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Issue No:74
  • :August
  • :2016


On an empty beach
in sunlight
I built my castle
the wind was my architect
together we sculpted
soft curves from the dunes
I found ribbons of seaweed
sprawling like handwriting
in the tideline of debris
washed from the sea of knowledge
with these I garlanded the walls
I made a roof from shells
that giggled stories about crabby hermits
and boring barnacles
someone has spilt black
tar on my castle
ink black sticky stains
that burn where they touch me
that burn
—Gabriellr Maughan



Growing Blue

The 41st IAMSLIC Conference on 'Blue Growth: Motivating Innovations in Aquatic Information Management' stressed the need to select and organize information

This article is by Armand Gribling (, David Lubin Memorial Library (retired), FAO, Rome, Italy and Maria Kalentsits (, Consultant, ASFA Secretariat, FAO, Rome, Italy

Libraries face hard times now that organizations tend to cut their budgets and limit resources which, in the past, would cover the information sections. Can it all be found on the Internet, as some managers seem to think? There might be a growing need to select and organize information. These and other issues were discussed at an international conference organized by the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres (IAMSLIC), together with its regional group from Europe, the European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres (EURASLIC), and hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, in September 2015.

The early days of IAMSLIC were in the 1970s, when a group of marine science librarians from the east coast of the United States...

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