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Literature Access for SFCC Members

Exposure to literature from a range of sources ensures that fisheries managers in Scotland keep up to date with best practice and thinking in other countries and related disciplines.

 

1.    Background

Integration of science and practical management is part of the vision for a reformed fisheries management system. For FMO’s, improved access to, and active dissemination of scientific literature is one of many ways to promote this integration. Information on new fisheries science is arising from a broadening range of disciplines, countries and providers. Exposure to these sources enables fisheries managers in Scotland to keep up to date with best practice and thinking. Currently, local fisheries managers do not have routine access to science publication, whether it be published by universities or public bodies. To begin this process, SFCC is looking to develop access and awareness, with the following 4 items currently available:

 

3.1    Access to the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory Library

Helen MacGregor (Marine Scotland Science Librarian) has kindly set out the current procedure here:

“SFCC members may visit the libraries at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory near Pitlochry and the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen to make use of the collections.  There is no need to make an appointment, but it may be worth doing so to ensure that someone is available to help if necessary (the library at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory is unstaffed).  Visitors may make copies of book chapters or journal papers at no charge.  Visitors may also access the library’s collection of online journals and databases when they are on-site. Details of books and journals held by the library, locations and availability, are available through the library catalogue –

http://788.sydneyplus.com/Marine_Scotland/portal.aspx?lang=en-US.

Books are available to consult and copy, but are not available for loan. Both libraries are normally open to visitors between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays.  There is no access to either library at weekends.”

It is important to note that the library portal is now publically accessible, enabling local fisheries managers to target material in their own time and arrive at the library knowing what is available and where to look.

 

3.2    Contents of Recent Journals (CORJ) Service

Until February 2014, the freshwater laboratory library produced a monthly CORJ service containing a photocopy of the contents page of each relevant journal. This enabled local fisheries managers and interested parties to keep up to date with new publications falling within the particular subscription list of Marine Scotland Science. This service was valued and appreciated, and according to feedback received, is missed by local fisheries managers.

A similar and enhanced service for Marine Scotland staff has been developed by Helen MacGregor, using a simple public web-page which automatically displays the contents of recent fisheries journals. By clicking on a journal or article, users can then read abstracts and navigate to additional sources. There is no reason why this public service cannot be utilised. Therefore, SFCC have created a page targeted specifically towards freshwater fisheries management, available here. 

 

3.5   Fisheries Management Reference Database

Web-based reference managers allow references and abstracts to be gathered together and maintained, ready for rapid citation and automatic bibliography generation in Microsoft Word.

New technology also permits multiple users to collaborate in developing and using a reference library. For example, Scottish Natural Heritage staff benefit from this shared system. Access to this technology is free of charge, and is enabled by sharing your email address with SFCC, and signing up for a free account here.

In summer 2015 SFCC developed this as the beginning of a freshwater fisheries reference library (see below) with the aim of developing a resource that will be kept up-to-date in the long-term by its users. The library is split A-Z into broad topic themes, with a total of 2575 references to date. This library is currently shared with everyone on the SFCC mailing list.

A demonstration video showing how to use the resource is available here.

 

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