Biology, Chemistry, BEES and First-Year Engineering
Kumru E. Kastro is the Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, BEES, and first-year Engineering at Drexel University. Kumru is responsible for building library collections and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students. Kumru offers individual and small group consultations to students, as well as instructional sessions to specific classes.
Kumru has been involved in the field of life sciences for more than 20 years, earning her BS in Biology and an MSc in Molecular Biology. She started her career as a research scientist for biotechnology at TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). She then spent 13 years working in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, during which time she held leading roles within the Regulatory Affairs departments at GlaxoSmithKlein, Merck & Co., and Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson. After moving to the United States in 2003, Kumru became an Adjunct Faculty member for Biology at Camden County College, where she participated in various bioinformatics research projects with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her interests in information management systems for life sciences grew from there, and she went on to earn her Master of Information (MI) degree from Rutgers University in December 2016. Prior to coming to Drexel, Kumru worked as a bioinformatics intern at the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Library.
Her interests include project management, bioinformatics and data and health sciences literacy.
Phebe Dickson is the Liaison Librarian for Business at Drexel University, working with LeBow College of Business, Close School of Entrepreneurship and the Center for Sport Management. Phebe also collaborates to increase awareness of Drexel's research data management practices.
Phebe earned a BS in Management and an MLIS from Rutgers University and an MS in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University. While pursuing her MLIS, Phebe interned at the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School. Prior to joining Drexel, Phebe was an Adjunct Reference and Instruction Librarian at Rowan University. Previously, she was the Industrial Relations Librarian at Princeton University and a Reference Librarian at Castleton University.
Education, Computing & Informatics, Math, Physics, and Global Studies & Modern Languages
As the Liaison Librarian for Education, Computing & Informatics, Global Studies & Modern Languages, Math, and Physics at Drexel, Tim is responsible for guiding students in their navigation of information resources and strengthening their information literacy skills. He works with faculty to improve integration of research publications and data management in their research workflows as well as their design of curricula and courses. Prior to coming to Drexel, he worked in private industry as a knowledge manager, project manager and as an analyst in innovation and market research. He advises student chapters of several professional associations at Drexel including the ALA, SLA, SAA and completed both the masters degree in information systems and a seconds masters in library & information science in 1997 from Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics.
Jay Bhatt is responsible for building library collections in engineering subject areas, outreach to faculty and students, and teaching information and research skills to engineering faculty and students. He provides individual and small group consultations to students, instructional sessions to specific classes, online research support in both face to face and distance learning programs and workshops for specialized research areas.
Jay is actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He experiments with innovative applications of Web 2.0 to enhance information awareness among faculty and students. Jay has published and presented papers extensively in the area of information literacy for engineering students.
English & Philosophy
Elise Ferer is the librarian for undergraduate learning and works with campus partners to integrate the library and information literacy into the undergraduate experience. She works closely with the Freshman English sequence and orientation as well as other units on campus that support undergraduates.
Prior to coming to Drexel, Elise served as a liaison librarian at a small liberal arts college that had a strong library instruction program where she had the opportunity to teach a noncredit class in library resources for English majors and collaborate with the college's writing center. Elise is interested in designing and assessing effective library instruction, collaborating with writing and tutoring centers, and how academic integrity is communicated to students.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Larry Milliken is the Manager, Learning Partnerships and Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drexel University. He received his Master's in Library and Information Science in 2002 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to becoming a librarian he earned a B.A. In History from the University of Dallas followed by a M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and was a doctoral student in Medieval European History at the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center. Before coming to Drexel, Larry was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy at Neumann College (now Neumann University) and was an Assistant Librarian for the Sciences at St. Peter's College.
His research interests alternate between Library and Information Science and History and include: librarian involvement with digital humanities projects, collaborations with History faculty in the education of Engineering undergraduates, medieval visual culture, the travels of monks and friars, and early contacts between the medieval West and the Mongol Empire.
Media Arts and Design
Shannon Robinson partners with faculty from Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to integrate information literacy instruction into the classroom, provide research support to the College's students and faculty, and develop the library collections to meet the curriculum needs of the Media Arts & Design programs.
She earned her MFA in Fibers and Fabrics from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MLIS from Drexel University. Prior to coming to Drexel, Shannon taught at Tyler School of Art, was the Access Services Librarian at The University of the Arts, and the Fine Arts Liaison Librarian at Denison University.
Her research interests include the information needs of visual and performing artists and designers, research-based art practices, and Outsider Art. She is continually active in the art librarianship profession though conference presentations, journal publications and book reviews, and serving on various local and national committees.
Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Creative Arts Therapies
Gary Childs is the Drexel University Librarian for Nursing and Health Professions. He educates and instructs the Drexel community, focusing on the utilization of library-related databases, tools and resources. He specializes in health sciences-based library instruction, with a focus on evidence-based practices and the use of bibliographic citation tools like EndNote.
Mr. Childs has a strong commitment to volunteer service, which is demonstrated by his previous roles on the board of the Medical Library Association of Philadelphia and his continued work in animal rescue and advocacy.
Physical Therapy, Behavioral Health Counseling, Couple and Family Therapy, Health Administration, Nursing, and Nutrition Sciences
Janice Masud-Paul is the Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences Research at Drexel University. She provides library instruction in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Food Science and Culinary Arts and supports the expanding research programs of health sciences faculty and graduate students.
Prior to joining the Drexel Libraries, Janice worked as an academic librarian for Old Dominion University and Lafayette College. She most recently served as the head of information technology for the Camden County Library System where she managed their IT staff and coordinated the shared integrated library management system. She is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and holds an MLIS and an MPH from Drexel University.
Public Health and Psychology
Kathleen Turner is the Liaison Librarian for the School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology. She evaluates and selects resources in these disciplines and provides research support to faculty and students. She also collaborates with faculty to integrate information literacy instruction into the curriculum of these programs. In her more than 25 years with the libraries, Kathleen has had several roles including web editor, education librarian for health sciences, and manager of the Florence A. Moore Library of Medicine. She is interested in health literacy and equity of information access (and knitting).
Kathleen is a long-time resident of University City and works with children's activities in Clark Park.