CAS Library

This page is archived. The Library closed in December 2016.

The Information Services Division has refocused its functions over the past 8 years, shifting its role from a passive repository of knowledge to an active participant in the research, training, and dissemination missions of CAS. The library is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of English-language biomedical and psychosocial alcohol literature. The Division documents scholarly, scientific, and professional literature, and disseminates it to scientists, scholars, students, and clinicians using the most current methods of information science.  The Information Services Division actively serves all CAS faculty and students with the various research projects, and promotes the national and international presence of CAS and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The library provides support for CAS faculty by identifying evolving and anticipated needs in their research and training, through regular information sessions, training for research assistants, customized self-guided tools and resources, and a quarterly newsletter. In affiliation with the Rutgers University Libraries, the library also serves the Rutgers community and general public.

Current Projects

R4R - Reading for Recovery

Funded by a Carnegie-Whitney Grant from ALA, this project aims to connect those affected by addiction to helpful and inspiring books by developing and authoritative and easily accessible resource for bibliotherapy, clinical practice, and education. The collection is meant to facilitate the use of libraries by highlighting materials for users who may wish to remain anonymous, add to the reader's advisory toolkit for librarians on a sensitive topics, and provide addiction professionals with a sustainable database to complement traditional therapies.

The History of Alcohol Studies

As part of the first interdisciplinary research center devoted to alcohol use and alcohol-related problems and treatment, the CAS Library houses the world's oldest collection on the topic. The Information Services Division has been collecting, preserving, assessing, and digitizing the documents, images, and other artifacts related to the history of alcohol studies. The Special Collections and the Archives hide many treasures from the past of the field, and the Information Services Division is pleased to share resources from its archival collection as well as to pay tribute to the founding fathers of the field, such as E. M. Jellinek.

The Infrastructure of Addiction Science

Working with the members of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists and the International Confederation of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug (ATOD) Research Associations, the Information Services Division is exploring the roles academic librarians can assume in their field as integral part of the infrastructure of science, including researchers, journals, libraries, professional societies and specialized databases. Full time staff and graduate assistants participate in collaborative research, which focuses on the values, needs, and commonalities of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug organizations via mapping the field with tools of information science.

Information Literacy in Addiction Science

Translating the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by the Association of College and Research Libraries into the field of addiction science, the Library has been promoting information literacy in addiction science by creating research guides, such as the Alcohol Studies LibGuide, and providing customized training in addiction science for CAS research assistants as well as for students of the programs taught by the Education & Training Division. On a national level, CAS librarians are actively involved in a joint effort of SALIS linking research to practice in the addiction field by means of using library and information science, such as at a presentation at the NAADAC 2015 conference.

Past Projects, Publications, and Posters

The Information Services Division has been sharing results related to its research and best practices at conferences, workshops, and in various publications. The Special Issue #2 of the Information Services Newsletter lists past projects and also publishes a bibliography of these publications and presentations (2007-2014).

Personnel

Full Time Staff

Judit H. Ward, PhD, MLIS, Director of Information Services

Information Specialist  - Vacant

Part Time Staff

Maria Ortiz-Myers, MI, Information Specialist
Nicholas Allred, MA, PhD Student (English), Graduate Researcher
Rebecca Berkowitz, MI '17, Graduate Assistant

Undergraduate Assistants

Aylin Guillen, Senior Undergraduate Assistant 
Ralph Silva, Undergraduate Assistant

Awards to Graduate Students at the CAS Library

NJLA/CUS/ACRL Student Recognition Award - Maria Ortiz-Myers (2016)
Inaugural NJLA Student Award - William Bejarano (2015)
Beta Phi Mu-Omicron Chapter International Library & Information Studies Honor Society Scholarship Award - William Bejarano and John Daquino (2015)
Scholarship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to attend and present at the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS) annual conference - William Bejarano (2015)
NJLA/CUS/ACRL Student Recognition Award - William Bejarano, Will Haggis, John Daquino (2015)
NJLA Scholarship Award - John Daquino (2015)
John A. Carpenter Award – Danny Geary (2015)
NJLA/CUS/ACRL Student Recognition Award - Tony Chu (2014)
NJLA/CUS/ACRL Student Recognition Award - Jonathan Torres, Christine Bahriataris, Bethany O'Shea (2013)
NJLA/CUS/ACRL Student Recognition Award - Kate Scherler, Lauren Antolino (2011)

Former Graduate Assistants

The following MLIS students worked at the CAS Library as interns and graduate assistants, or complemented their coursework in the MLIS program with field work.

  • William Haggis (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, December 2014- December 2015; PT Librarian January 2016 - May 2016)
  • Diane Feldman (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2015- September 2015)
  • William Bejarano (MLIS course work at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2014-August 2015)
  • John Daquino (MLIS course work at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2014-January 2015)
  • Jessica Maratea (MLIS intern and course work at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2014-August 2015)
  • Christine Rambo (MLIS course work at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2014-May 2014)
  • Daniel Geary (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2014-December 2014)
  • Tony Chu (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2013-August 2014)
  • Deborah Fanslow (post-MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2013-August 2014)
  • Lewis Parsons (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, October 2012 - December 2013)
  • Scott Goldstein (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, April 2012-August 2014)
  • Karen Thomas (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, May 2012-June 2013)
  • Jonathan Torres (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2012-August 2014)
  • Christine Bahriataris (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2012-August 2014)
  • Carolyn Mohr (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2012- May 2012)
  • Yvonne Yeh (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2011 - December 2011)
  • Lauren Antolino (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2011-May 2011)
  • Kate Scherler (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, January 2011-May 2012)
  • David Eisenberg (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2009-May 2010)
  • Laura Panos (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2009-May 2010)
  • Molly Stewart (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, September 2008-August 2009)
  • Nicole Frisone (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, October 2008-August 2009)
  • James Cox (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, October 2007-December 2009)
  • Daniel Calandro (MLIS intern at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library, October 2007-June 2008)