AISR Thanks Ed Tawyea for 23 Years of Outstanding Leadership

Michael J. Vergare, MD
Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

After 24 years of dedicated service to the Jefferson community, Edward Tawyea has announced his intention to step down in July 2012 as University Librarian and Director, Academic and Instructional Support and Resources (AISR). He will remain a member of the Jefferson faculty.

In 1988, Edward Tawyea joined TJU as the University Librarian. Ed assumed responsibility for the Audiovisual Department and the Office of Academic Computing in 1992. His foresight led to the reorganization of the department to create the Academic and Instructional Support and Resources department.

As technology changed, Ed transformed the Library from a print-based, traditional service to a virtual environment with more than 5,000 electronic journals, 700+ electronic books, dozens of specialized databases and clinical decision support tools and created an institutional repository: The Jefferson Digital Commons. The educational technology at Jefferson was transformed from slide projectors in classrooms to routine digital recording of lectures, video teleconferencing for distance learning, audience response system, and the Blackboard learning management system. AISR now manages over 400 public computers, six computer labs, and digital technologies in over 100 classrooms in the University and Hospital.

During Ed’s tenure he has served on numerous Jefferson committees, as well as leading numerous international programs for the University in Brazil, Hungary and Romania.

On a national level, Ed was elected President of the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, an affiliate of the AAMC, and was a member of its Board of Directors. He served on a number of committees for the Medical Library Association. He also has been a member of site teams of the Middle States Association for accrediting universities, and a reviewer of grant applications for the National Library of Medicine. Over the years he has written numerous journal articles, technical reports and book reviews, and presented at national conferences.

A search will be initiated to identify future leadership for AISR. Effective July 1, 2012, Anthony Frisby, PhD, will serve as Interim Director of AISR.

On behalf of the faculty and students of Jefferson, I extend our gratitude to Ed for his dedication and commitment to advancing our University’s academic mission.

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