|Aquatic and marine science information sources in Alaska|
Anderson, J.H. (2000). Aquatic and marine science information sources in Alaska. IAMSLIC Proceedings 25: 235-257
In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers. IAMSLIC: Imprint varies, more
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Alaska is mostly surrounded by the North Pacific Ocean, the Bering and Chukchi Seas and the Arctic Ocean. These cold waters are highly productive of diverse biotas that are of great scientific interest and commercial value, and ocean thermal and circulation processes here substantially influence regional and global climates. Numerous lakes and streams in the state are also highly productive and scientifically compelling. Therefore a great deal of aquatic, marine and fisheries research, education and public service occurs in Alaska. While some of this is based in institutions outside of Alaska, much is based in federal installations in Alaska and state government entities, particularly the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the University of Alaska with its School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS), all with field stations and offices around the state. Information sources and services in support of all the activity include at least 14 primary World Wide Web sites, the new Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, and eight libraries of variable scope. These sources are described and compared in terms of their collections and other services, emphasizing electronic sources of aquatic and marine science information and any service innovations. The university's BioSciences Library, a growing and fairly versatile facility which incorporated the former SFOS Institute of Marine Science Library, is capable of highly competitive service despite its existence in antiquated and cramped quarters. This library together with the multiagency Alaska Resources Library and Information Services and others provide fairly comprehensive aquatic and marine science information services in Alaska.