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Fox Chase Cancer Center Library Receives Grant From the Bell Atlantic Foundation

PHILADELPHIA (March 4, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to receive a $5,000 grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation. This funding will enhance and expand the wealth of information available in the Center's library.

The Talbot Research Library of Fox Chase Cancer Center is a centralized facility serving the information needs of all physicians, researchers, and staff at the Center. In support of the Center's research and patient-care needs, the library provides users with a broad range of data-base search and interlibrary-loan services, along with a finely honed collection of periodicals, books, and electronic products.

"The Bell Atlantic Foundation grant will help us to improve the library's services, which in turn, can enable us to provide better services for doctors and their patients," explains Karen Albert, director of library services. "At the same time, our researchers will also benefit from the improvements this generous grant will allow."

The library's history parallels the growth and development of the Center. The library was founded in 1926 to serve the Lankenau Hospital Research Institute, the precursor of today's research component of Fox Chase Cancer Center. In the late 1970s, the library was moved to its present site on the Fox Chase campus and was named for Timothy R. Talbot Jr., M.D., who once served as scientific director of the Institute for Cancer Research at Fox Chase and as the Center's founding president.

The Center's library takes advantage of advanced technologies, with the goal of providing clinical and research staff with desktop access to critical information sources. The library's new integrated automated library system includes a Web-based catalog (WebCat) listing the library's books and journals, and including daily updates on new acquisitions.

In addition, The library's Web page provides links to its many electronic subscriptions as well as to forms for placing in-house information requests. Library computers provide users with full Internet access along with access to several CD-ROM data bases, such as "Science Citation Index."

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research including prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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