I was born in Surat, a city in a Western State of Gujarat, app. 160 miles from Mumbai.
Surat is known as the Diamond city of India. Mumbai is the financial capital of India.
Elementary and Secondary education took place at the Indian Education
Society’s Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya (Gujarati Medium) in Mumbai. I did my Undergraduate
studies in Electrical Engineering at the Walchand College of
Engineering (WCE) . In 2001, we created our Yahoo group for WCE alumni
and since then app. 90 of us are now interacting on this group at our
I did my M.S. in Electrical and Computer
Engineering, M.S. in Instructional Design and M.S. in the Library and
Information Science at Drexel University while M.S. in Education from
the University of Pennsylvania.
I received my M.S. in Library
and Information Science from Drexel University in 1997, M.S. in
Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, and M.S. in
Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel in 1986.
at Penn, I worked full time at Development Research and Analysis office
in the Franklin building where I assisted researchers in collecting
information about corporations and foundations using individual and
corporate gift histories from databases. While studying at Drexel for
my M.S. in Library and Information Science program, I was fortunate to
work at the Circulation Department and started working Part Time at the
Abington Free Library. My love for libraries grew intensely since then.
Professional Career & Activities
I joined the Hagerty Library as an Information Services librarian for Engineering in December 1997.
of my activities include: collection development in engineering,
outreach to faculty and students, teaching engineering information
seeking skills to faculty and students, information competencies for
engineering faculty and students, and in learning and exploring how web
2.0 is changing scholarly communication.
I love mentoring
students and I enjoy working with them since I believe that learning is
fun when it is mutual and involves sharing of new ideas with each
I also have two blogs:
Engineering Library Instructionhttp://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/index.php
am actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) of
the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). I was also the Program
Chair for ELD during the 2007 -2008. in 2010, I receieved the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2010. In 2003, I received Drexel
University's Harold Myers Distinguished Service Award. In June 2007,
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) honored me for
outstanding dedication and leadership to the Drexel University IEEE
Graduate Student Forum. Recently, I became a member of the Special
Libraries Association (SLA).
passion for trains so I became a member of the Indian Railways Fan
Club. It has at present app. 6000 members. I love to read and write
poetry so I created Gujarati language blog, bansinaad. In my spare
time, I try to find information on new initiatives that highlights U.S.
India collaboration in areas such as Engineering Education.
Occasionally, I contribute on LISNews and Information Initiatives in