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Welcome! the 49th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). The conference will be hosted virtually by the University of British Columbia Library and the Cyamus Regional Group from Monday Oct 23 to Thursday Oct 26, 2023.

> Every bit of warming matters, every year matters, every choice matters - IPCC

Inspired by the UN IPCC's core message, the 2023 conference theme is What we do matters: Libraries, climate change, and transformation. This theme speaks to the roles of libraries and library workers in supporting research and learning; building connections and supporting communities; and undertaking the transformative change that is needed in our communities, our institutions, and ourselves. We are all connected and the changes we make can have far reaching impacts. To achieve “transformative systemic change” (IPCC), we seek inspired approaches to investigate and imagine new futures, accelerate change, and most importantly, work together. Throughout the conference, we will explore how these core messages relate to libraries and library workers.

The program will feature invited guests from British Columbia and the Cyamus region speaking on the impact of climate change on the natural world, presentations by members from around the globe, asynchronous content to accommodate different time zones, and social, cultural and wellness activities.

In keeping with our theme, the 2023 conference will be fully virtual. Using the Pheedloop conference platform, we will create a virtual space for participants to attend sessions, view pre-recorded content, and engage with each other in real-time. We’ll use Zoom for all sessions, meetings, and break-out rooms. Sessions will be recorded and made available on Pheedloop for three months post-conference.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, we invite you to review the instructions on the Call for Proposals webpage and submit an application.

We look forward to seeing you at the 49th IAMSLIC Conference!

On behalf of the 2023 IAMSLIC Conference Planning Committee:

  • Hannah Russell, Conference Convenor
  • Helen Brown, Sally Taylor, Mathew Vis-Dunbar, UBC Hosts
  • Angela Clark-Hughes
  • Dave Baca
  • Dorothy Barr
  • Geoff Timms
  • Ruth Gustafson
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