Vol. 23, No. 4/Summer 2001
New members introduce themselves
I completed my M.L.S. at Rutgers University and have worked as a reference librarian at the University of Iowa Libraries and as a librarian in the Systems Support Department of the University of Delaware Library. I worked in media publishing prior to becoming a librarian and I look forward to putting my undergraduate degree in journalism to use in the News Research Department of the News & Observer. So, in essence, this is a bit of a change for me. Raleigh is a wonderful place to live and I look forward to working with reporters, participating in NC/SLA and the SLA News Division, and learning more about the area.
Greetings from "Tabloid Valley." Things are moving quickly here in Boca Raton, Florida with the new merging of National Enquirer, Star, Globe and National Examiner under one umbrella called American Media.
My title is Chief of Research and I came through the ranks with an editorial background. I am a Philadelphia native with a degree in American Studies from Lynchburg College, Virginia and a degree in Mass Communications (News-Editorial Sequence) from the University of South Florida, Tampa. My experience with the tabloids dates back more than 20 years with a pause in between as a reporter with the mainstream press.
With the understanding that our reputation precedes us, our research department is, in fact, involved in serious business. I need only mention breaking stories on Pardongate, Jesse Jackson and O.J. Simpson as examples that beat the national media.
The ever-changing technology has resulted in different demands on our department and a redesign of our job descriptions. We are working more closely with editorial as computer-assisted reporters and finally being credited as a strong part of the team.
As a member of the News Division I hope to extend my network of working professionals and, more importantly, stay enlightened on new advances in our information odyssey.
I started my career working for the Baltimore Business Journal as the Research Assistant in November of 1999, after a less-fulfilling previous life in the retail world. My B.A. degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland was an independent student-designed major, which combined anthropology, sociology and religious studies.
In March of 2000, I was promoted to Research Director at the BBJ, and have been since. In my current position, I am chiefly responsible for compiling our "Top 25" Lists of the largest and most successful local businesses in every imaginable industry for each week's paper. I also write a short informational graphics column called "Market Facts." This year I had the honor of accepting the American Eagle Award for Excellence from the American City Business Journal Chairman, Ray Shaw, for my work on our annual Book of Lists, our 2000 Tech Resource Guide, and general teamwork with the other departments.
I joined the SLA so that I could improve my researching methods and get to know others in my field. I always love to find new ideas and new points of view, and look forward to finding just those sorts of things from all the inspiring people in the SLA.
A former journalist, Russ Singletary covers the semiconductor and related industries as a research analyst for Siebel Research, Siebel Systems Inc., the San Mateo, Calif.-based software company. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, Russ also has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.