Archive for July, 2008

ScienceDirect down this Saturday

29 July 2008

ScienceDirect, the online home of Elsevier journals, will be down for a
scheduled upgrade this weekend. The outage is currently scheduled to start
Friday, Aug. 1, at 11:30 p.m. HST and last till Saturday, Aug. 2, 7:30
p.m. HST. This of course is an estimate, so ScienceDirect may come back
sooner, or if they run into problems, take longer to return.

Lori Ann Y. Saeki
Electronic Resources Librarian
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

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Hawai’i Conservation Week, July 27 – August 2, 2008

23 July 2008

Forwarded from Hawaii Conservation Alliance:

The end of July marks the second annual Hawai’i Conservation Week and the 16th Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference, hosted by the Hawai’i Conservation Alliance (HCA) and the Hawai’i Conservation Alliance Foundation (HCAF).

Hawai’i Conservation Conference
July 29-31, 2008 (registration required)
The Hawai’i Conservation Conference, held annually during the last week of July, is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawai’i’s natural environment. The theme of the 16th Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference is Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef, which coincides with a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, while motivating people to take action to protect them. Over 800 people will gather for three days to hear presentations on a wide variety of topics in addition to coral reef ecosystems, including native plant conservation, traditional approaches to marine conservation, alternative energies, and strategies to save the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

Other Hawai’i Conservation Week events that are free and open to the public include:

Hawai’i Conservation Film Festival, July 27 (11 am – 9 pm) & 28 (10:30 am – 8:30pm): Viewers will be entertained and educated by a mixture of short and feature length films, including The Airport and the Ae’o, Sharkwater, and the documentary 11th Hour, produced and narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Conservation Through Art Exhibit, July 29, 7-9 pm: This year’s exhibit focuses on coral reef and ocean themes in celebration of the International Year of the Reef. Works include a new display by acclaimed marine life artist and advocate Wyland, an interactive mural created by intermediate and high school students, and other talented local artists.

Public Lecture, July 30, 7-9 pm: This lecture will be given by world-famous oceanographer and explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and master navigator, Nainoa Thompson, of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

All Conservation Week events take place at the Hawai’i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu. For a complete events schedule log on to http://hawaiiconservation.org/2008cw.asp

About the HCA:

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance is a cooperative partnership of 16 agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations that promotes effective, long-term management of Hawai‘i’s native ecosystems through collaborative research, training and outreach among land managers, scientists, educators, and the general public.

For additional information about the HCA please visit www.hawaiiconservation.org

Support the National Agricultural Library

17 July 2008

Below is an important news release from the American Library Association about the impending disastrous cut in the budget of the National Agricultural Library. Why should this matter to us? Besides the fact that NAL would no longer have the funding to function as a “national” library for agriculture, it also impacts us directly. NAL is a major source for interlibrary loan materials. As UH Manoa’s library budget is eaten up by inflation, we depend more and more on shared resources such as interlibrary loan to serve the campus community. NAL’s collection is an important part of that shared resource. NAL is also a significant repository for the history of agriculture both for the nation and for our state. When I was working on the bibliography for the NEH grant on the history of agriculture and rural life in Hawaii, I was surprised that some of our historic publications were available at NAL, but not here in our state! Please consider contacting your Senator and/or Congressperson to ask them to support an adequate budget for NAL.

NEWS
For Immediate Release

July 15, 2008

ALA Council passes resolution in support of the National Agriculture Library

At the American Library Association (ALA) 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the ALA Council adopted a resolution in support of the National Agriculture Library (NAL).

In the resolution, the Council urges the United States Congress to fund NAL for fiscal year 2009 at the $22-million level recommended by the House Agricultural Subcommittee. It also calls on ALA to raise awareness of the value of the four national libraries.

The NAL is the world’s largest agricultural library, providing collections, journals, databases and other data and information and services that help citizens establish successful agricultural practices.

It also provides guidance in such areas as gardening, animal husbandry, organic farming, pesticide management, ecological stewardship, water quality, invasive species, healthy diet choices and food safety.

Along with the National Library of Education, the National Library of Medicine and the National Transportation Library, the NAL is one of four national libraries responsible for collecting and organizing materials in support of research in their special fields. Although the costs of purchasing books, journals, database operations and management, delivery of comprehensive reference services and other library materials and services have increased as much as 12% annually over the last two decades, the NAL’s appropriated budget has remained essentially constant since 1995.

The President’s fiscal year 2009 budget estimate includes a $4 million reduction from the fiscal year 2008 budget estimate and $6 million less than the fiscal year 2007 actual budget for the library. This change will force NAL to eliminate nearly 60 positions by the end of fiscal year 2009

Coral Reef Ecosystem Report

8 July 2008

The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008 was released to the public on July 7, 2008 at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This NOAA report attempts to provide a comprehensive picture of the status of shallow-water coral reef ecosystems in the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States.

The URL below has links to download pdfs of the entire report as well as of individual chapters. The chapters covering Hawaii and other Pacific areas are:
• Hawaii
• Northwest Hawaiian Islands
• American Samoa
• Pacific Remote Island Areas
• Marshall Islands
• Federated States of Micronesia
• Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
• Guam
• Palau

More than 270 researchers contributed to the 569-page report and each section team was asked to include information on: 1) the types and distribution of the reefs in the area; 2) the key threats for the location; 3) existing monitoring programs; 4) data generated by current monitoring programs regarding water quality, benthic habitats, and associated biological communities; 5) current conservation and management actions; and 6) the overall status of the coral reefs in the location and recommendations for future research and management.

This is the third in a series of assessments of the current status of 15 U.S. coral reef ecosystems in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico; links to the 2002 and 2005 reports are also available at this URL.

Report available at
http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/coral2008/welcome.html