Libraries similar in scope can more easily access and share each other's information resources, avoid duplication of effort and benefit from the shared expertise of their staff if they adopt standard methodologies for information management.
Many fisheries and aquaculture libraries adopt the methodologies developed for the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) database. These provide authoritative standards which are continuously being developed by the international collaboration of the ASFA Partnership.
The ASFIS Reference Series, in addition to bibliographic, abstracting and indexing guidelines, includes subject specific methodologies which may be used by fisheries libraries to index and organize their collections:
- ASFA Thesaurus (subject descriptors)
- Geographic Authority List (geographic descriptors)
- ASFIS list of species for fishery statistics purposes is available for downloading.
- ASFIS Subject Categories and Scope Descriptions: Over 250 subject categories, which are used by some fisheries libraries as the classification system for physically organizing their collections.
The UNESCO Libraries Portal
is an international gateway to information for librarians and library users. It provides links to ongoing projects and developments in all aspects of library science, including automation, open archives and digital libraries. UNESCO develops, maintains and disseminates, free-of-charge, the software package for database management (CDS/ISIS database software
). This software is used for producing the library catalogue in many developing country institutions.