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News and tips from the Drexel University Libraries relating to the iSchool.

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 Info Systems E-Books

See below for links to new info-systems and technology books available from Drexel Libraries - right through the browser!

NFAIS 2007 Conference Commentary

Not since the height of the boom have I participated in a conference where the sense of change underway made it seem like the very ground beneath my feet was shifting. Let me back up a minute to describe what NFAIS is - the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services. Celebrating its fiftieth year of existence NFAIS is the professional association for top executives of library database vendors. Usually when I attend a conference it's a bunch of librarians or teachers talking about how fast the web and users are changing and how we've got to run to keep in place. This one really brought home to me how the vendors are in the same boat - something I've known intellectually but hadn't appreciated on an emotional level until I felt some of these speakers take the audience on what amounted to a roller coaster thrill ride of both the exciting and dire possibilities brought about by the advent of Web 2.0.

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).

Forrester Research - new IT industry analyst database

UPDATE as of 9/1/2009 Drexel no longer carries Forrester Research - See Faulkners, Burton or IGI Global instead

You guys are soooo lucky. If you *ever* have an IT strategy research project requiring in-depth background on a particular IT product space and anticipates industry trends, especially at the enterprise level - you are now extremely well supported. Between the "advisory" services of Forrester, Gartner and Faulkers Drexel is now on par with what the better endowed IT consulting firms use. How do I know this?

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