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Penn Libraries Appointments
March 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 24



The Penn Libraries announced the appointment of Candice Galindo as the first Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries, Ms. Galindo will be an integral member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries.

Established by library Overseer Eugene Garfield, the Eugene Garfield Residency in Science Librarianship arose from an idea to support a growing information literacy program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Penn.

“The Libraries are very proud of this initiative and so thankful to Gene for making it possible,” said Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries.

The Residency is intended to provide a new librarian with practical experience and preparation for a permanent position in science librarianship. The Residency is also intended to serve as a diversity initiative, encouraging, but not requiring, applications from members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. While similar programs exist at other universities, this one is unique in its focus on science librarianship.

Ms. Galindo is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of North Texas with a concentration in health sciences informatics. She holds a bachelor of business administration with a major in computer information systems from Baylor University and has experience working as a library aide at the University of Texas-Pan American.



The Penn Libraries announced the appointment of Waleed el-Shobaki to the position of Middle East Studies Librarian. Mr. el-Shobaki comes to Penn from The John Rylands University Library of the University of Manchester (UK) where he had been employed since May 2004 as the academic liaison librarian for Middle Eastern Studies.

Mr. el-Shobaki holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Manchester and another in library & information management from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He also holds a BA in Oriental languages from the University of Cairo with specialization in Semitic languages and cultures, primarily Hebrew and Judaism.

Since the early 1990s, Mr. el-Shobaki has supplemented his formal degrees with professional training in online cataloging and post-graduate coursework in politics and economics, Spanish language and culture, Islamic Studies, and religious education. He is a native speaker of Arabic, has near-native command of Hebrew, and has working proficiency in Spanish, Persian, French, German, and Turkish. His range of expertise in languages and cultures of the Near East extends from Syriac and the history of the Eastern Church to Persian and the history of Iran.

For more information about Mr. el-Shobaki and other subject specialists at the Penn Libraries, see http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/contact/subjspec/.


Almanac - March 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 24