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DUSLA Makes Mark at Philly SLA Board Meeting & Spring Banquet

The Drexel student chapter of SLA aka "DUSLA" really made a mark at the last SLA Philly Board meeting! The Board convened to a full agenda May 9th, at the bucolic Radnor Township “Willows” historic mansion, just prior to the Spring Banquet.

Congrat's to a pair of outstanding IST faculty!

We always knew they were special. Now the rest of the university gets to hear about it as well!
(---from an internal faculty announcement---)

Faculty Recognition Dinner
Provost Stephen W. Director cordially invites you to attend the 2007 Faculty Recognition Dinner.
We are pleased to announce the following retirees and award winners who will be recognized at the event:

College of Information Science and Technology
Jackie Mancall

Award Winners 2007
Christian R. and Mary F.

Philly AIDS Library 20th Anniversary - 6/28

I'd like to let you know about the AIDS Library 20th Anniversary on Thursday June 28th. Very timely as June happens to be AIDS Education Month. Way back when in graduate school, I was classmates with Jenny Pierce, who is a Librarian at the AIDS Library. I volunteered at the AIDS Library for a time as well.

I probably don't need to tell you about all of the important work that this group of people have accomplished in the past 20 years (

Help rebrand the library profession

Six participants in this year’s Emerging Leaders program have been charged with creating or finding options for “rebranding the library profession in the digital world.” The Project KK group has crafted a survey intended to go out to as broad a spectrum of library professionals as possible to analyze current perceptions and future trends in librarianship.

Examples of Library Science Funding Opportunities

Have you created a profile in in the COS (aka Community of Science) funding alert service?

Just for fun, I wanted to show a few examples of what I received today as part of the alert for the keyword "library" that runs on a daily basis. You can search COS funding opportunities, or else set up your own personal funding alerthere . Then you'll get the automated alerts every day that run against new grant listings from all government and many private foundation sources. Even if you're not looking for grants right now, it's a great way to track what public and private funding institutions feel are priority topics in your field! Give it a try!

SPONSOR: National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Division of Preservation and Access

New ALA and SLA Salary Surveys

Just in time for the spring resume-shopping experience! Get a sense of the marketplace for your anticipated MLS degree!

Here's the first of two 2006 ALA books (sorry - print only.)

And here's the 2005 SLA survey (yes - online but Drexel ID/PW required).

Any questions or quick look up's? Feel free to get in touch.


R&D Insight - for Pharma Subject Specialists and Investors

UPDATE as of 9/1/2008 Drexel no longer carries R&D Insight

Want a glimpse of what the pharma info-pro's life is all about? R & D Insight (RDI) is the authoritative source for worldwide pharmaceutical pipeline business intelligence monitoring all pertinent aspects of a drug's life cycle from clinical development to product launch or discontinuation. Begun in 1995 as ADIS R&D Insight, it provides drug intelligence on over 15,000 developmental compounds and continuously monitors the pharmaceutical environment, increasing its database by 15% annually.

The Drexel subscription will be on both the native and OVID platforms, starting in January, with the OVID platform permitting cross-searching with other OVID-hosted medical databases. The Library will hopefully carry links to both versions, but I highly recommend you try the native interface to get the full benefit of this tool.


See the extended entry for additional notes on this great drug-info database...

New Library E-Reference Book Series

Each of these series covers a sub-discipline in the field of librarianship or some relevant methodology used in its research. What is a "book series" in general, you might ask? Well, they are typically annual reviews of the state of the art on hot topics in their field. They are comprised of multiple entries or chapters, each of which is peer-reviewed or screened by a panel of experts for quality and relevance. The articles in a series tend to be longer than what you might find in a scholarly journal, but not necessarily. They all have extensive bibliographies and tend toward being comprehensive reviews of the literature with just a portion of new thinking by the author, rather than just expounding on one narrowly defined new research topic the way journal articles do typically. In many cases the whole entire issue will have a focus on a topic, and each article takes one aspect in detail. For those that had a special focus this year I have included that title as well (see below).

Professsional Associations - Personal Background

When faculty member Linda Marion invited me to speak to her introductory class of new library students about my professional affiliations I had to ponder what angle to take. I say that only because, aside from being a consistent Special Libraries Assn (SLA) member, my other affiliations have been all over the map. Is that the kind of example you want to pose to new students? Does it reflect poorly on me - all that jumping around? Does it reflect poorly on the associations - that they didn't work out for me? It was hard to say where the conversation would go. But in the end, a half hour seemed to pass quickly without anyone looking too offended, myself included. ... continue

It helped that my colleague Alison Lewis, Humanities and Social Science Librarian, was there to offer a contrasting experience and comment on some of my own overly broad generalizations.

What follows is more or less what I can recall of my remarks. Feel free to respond if anything inspires you to comment or ask a question.

Favorite grad student research project ...

When this story first appeared in the NY Times I had yet another opportunity to marvel at all the energy expended by graduate students doing their term projects. God bless them! Just think if we could harness that energy somehow so that the byproduct would benefit charitable organizations. I guess that's more or less what happens with the legal clinics, ER room interns and small business development centers (SBDC's) that various universities operate.

But when it's a lone researcher digging up these sorts of stories on their own, I have special affection for their stories.

Below is the introductory snippet from the NY Times and the last few paragraphs that tell more about the student. For the full-text Drexel users who have signed into our "Times Select" subscription in the past can follow this link. (For info on our NYTimes Select sub see: LINK

September 1, 2006
Education Dept. Shared Student Data With F.B.I.


The Federal Education Department shared personal information on hundreds of student loan applicants with the Federal Bureau of Investigation across a five-year period that began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agencies said yesterday.

Under the program, called Project Strikeback, the Education Department received names from the F.B.I. and checked them against its student aid database, forwarding information. Each year, the Education Department collects information from 14 million applications for federal student aid.

Neither agency would say whether any investigations resulted. The agencies said the program had been closed. The effort was reported yesterday by a graduate student, Laura McGann, at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, as part of a reporting project that focused on national security and civil liberties.

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