AISR Staff Directory
Edward W. Tawyea, MSLS
Ed Tawyea is Director of Academic & Instructional Support
& Resources and the University Librarian.
Interests & Expertise
- The University as publisher:
- Leading efforts for TJU faculty to produce high quality,
multimedia materials which address the learning needs of
our students and which also have market appeal to commercial
- Educating TJU faculty and providing leadership related
to the options to publish their new scientific discoveries
in alternative ways to the commercial, for-profit sector.
This includes new venues such as the Jefferson Digital Commons.
- Improving the physical and virtual learning infrastructure
on campus to address new methods of teaching and learning.
- Developing new programs which complement the rich historical
and cultural materials held by the Library.
Background & Training
Prior to arriving at Jefferson in 1988, Ed was Associate Director
of the Medical Library of Northwestern University in Chicago for
ten years. He has worked in health sciences libraries for thirty
He received a BA in history (classical) from the University of
Detroit and a Master's in Library Science from Wayne State University.
He is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library Science
Ed is an active member of the Association of Health Sciences
Libraries (AAHSL). He has served on the Board of Directors and
as President of AAHSL and is currently Web Editor for the association.
He has served as a member of the Joint Legislative Taskforce of
AAHSL/MLA, working on issues related to copyright and intellectual
A member of the Medical Library Association since 1978, Ed has
served on a variety of national committees for the association.
He is also a member of American Library Association.
In Chicago, Ed served as a founding member of the Board of the
Chicago Access Corporation on behalf of Northwestern University.
This corporation guided the utilization of public access cable
channels for educational, health and public information uses.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Series Co-Editor: "The Patient Encounter". An interactive
multimedia series on physical examination and medical history
taking. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2003-
Panelist: "E-Commerce: What is Ahead for Healthcare?"
Tenth Annual Raymond C. Grandon Lecture, Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.
Invited Speaker: "Universities: The Sleeping Giants of Publishing?"
Annual Meeting of the American Medical Publishers' Association,
Philadelphia, PA 1999.
Poster Session: "Anatomy of a Learning Infrastructure Project".
Annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. Seattle, WA,
Workshop: "Developing a Masterplan to Use Technology to
Teach". Annual meeting of the Medical Library Association.
Seattle, WA, 1997.
"Strategic Planning to Harness Educational Technology Across
a University: The Learning Infrastructure Project". Computers
in Health Care Education Symposium, Philadelphia, PA 1997..
Invited Paper: "Affording the Electronic Library: Questions
Based on the ISI Electronic Library Project." Annual Meeting
of the Medical Library Association, Kansas City, MO. 1996.
Invited Paper: "Document Delivery: Future Outlooks in the
Electronic Library." III Regional Congress on Health Sciences
Information. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1996.
Invited Paper: "Creating an Organization and Team Approach
for the Development of a Web-Based Knowledge System." III
Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information. Rio de Janeiro,
Poster Session: Rodney Murray and Edward W. Tawyea: "Building
a Global Network." Multimedia in Health Science Education.
International Conference and "Slice of Life" Workshop.
Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996.
Invited Paper: "The Electronic Library: Implications Across
the Entire University" World Conference on Medical Education.
Bogota, Columbia, 1995.
Invited Paper: "The Electronic Transmission of Documents:
the Ariel Solution." International Seminar on the Challenges
of the Information Era. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1994.
Tawyea, Edward W.: Book review of "Management of Organizational
Change in Higher Education." Edited by Gary M. Pitkin. Bulletin
of the Medical Library Association.: 82(1): January 1994.
Contributed Paper: "The Development of a Joint Brazilian/American
International Program Incorporating the Internet." Annual
Meeting of the Medical Library Association, Chicago, IL., 1993.