Newsletter of the Association of Library and Information Science Students (ALISS)




 title of the newsletter: The Silverfish


March 2004

Vol VIII Issue III

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Animated Silverfish. Silverfish are pests of paper products and prefer food containing starch such as the glue found in book bindings and photographs. Silverfish are found throughout the United States and the world. They are the traditional nemesis of librarians.

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) have inhabited the earth for over 300 million years. These hardy insects live in areas with mild temperatures and high humidity, such as damp storage rooms, bathrooms and basements. Silver fish are silver in color, grow to about 1/2 inch in length and lay thier eggs in cracks and crevices. These light-shy, nimble and wingless insects live for up to four years. Silver fish generally cause trouble in large quantities.

The Silverfish is also the official newsletter of the Association of Library & Information Science Students (ALISS) at the University of Washington. It is published monthly by the students of the Information School and covers issues including fieldwork experiences, conferences, student organizations, and quality of life issues for students. The Silverfish is actively seeking contributions including articles, artwork, poetry and short stories. If you are interested in contributing or have an idea for a piece, please contact Katy Shaw .