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Dialog Names Simmons' Justin Daras 2011 Summit Scholarship Winner

Scholarship named for founder Roger Summit aims to fill information profession pipeline with promising students

June 12, 2011 (Morrisville, North Carolina) — Dialog, a ProQuest business unit supporting professional research, has awarded the 2011 Roger K. Summit Scholarship to Justin T. Daras, a graduate student at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Mr. Daras is also presently interning as a digital services librarian in the Knowledge Services Department of Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Massachusetts. The scholarship—named in honor of Dialog founder Roger K. Summit, a pioneer in developing online information retrieval services—was presented at the Special Libraries Association's annual conference in Philadelphia.

Mr. Daras intends to use the scholarship to prepare for a career in pharmaceutical librarianship. "I am passionate about and committed to this field," he said. "It allows me to blend my other academic interests."

Indeed, Mr. Daras' interests extend beyond the provision of electronic information services within the pharmaceutical industry to include information retrieval, digital privacy and the ethics of digital librarianship. His educational background includes a B.A. in Philosophy from Temple University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as a founding member of the Temple University Philosophy Club.

"Justin is a gifted student and we're honored to support his education," said Tim Wahlberg, Dialog General Manager and VP, ProQuest. "We're committed to helping bright, driven students complete their education as information professionals."

The Roger K. Summit Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student enrolled in an accredited library or information sciences program. Scholarship winners must demonstrate understanding of Dialog® services, academic achievement, and interest in the field of electronic information services.

For more information about the Roger K. Summit scholarship, including past winners, visit


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ProQuest's business unit Dialog pioneered online searching in advance of the internet. As the global leader in providing mission-critical information that drives innovation by professionals of all kinds including scientists, engineers, legal practitioners and business analysts, Dialog is renowned for enabling precision search of content from the world's most authoritative publishers. Sources include massive deep web repositories of scientific, technical and biomedical literature, patents and trademarks, and thousands of industry, news and company information sources — now being made accessible through the powerful and intuitive ProQuest Dialog™ search service on the new ProQuest platform.

Professional searchers such as librarians, researchers and information users from corporate, professional and government organizations in more than 100 countries prize Dialog for depth of content, advanced searching and the ability to provide complete solutions.

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