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Jerry Dujsik Retires from Illinois College of Optometry

Gerald “Jerry” Dujsik retires today from his position as Director, Learning Resources, Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago. Jerry as been at the College for over 23 years. He received his MALS in 1970 from Rosary College (now Dominican University). He began his library career at the age of 19 as a student assistant while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked as a hospital librarian before starting at ICO in the then-new Learning Resources Center in 1986.

Jerry has been a member of the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) for over 30 years. He was HSLI president from 1980-81, and a member of the meeting planning committee and former bylaws committee. Jerry has also served the Association of Vision Science Librarians and the Metropolitan Consortium of Chicago. He is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

While at ICO, Jerry created the first online computer catalog for the library (PAL) and developed VisionCite, the online indexing system for vision science periodicals. He was instrumental in integrating a system of state-of-the-art technologies for the Eyepod, or Enhanced Learning Center, at ICO.

Jerry’s plans for retirement include hiking, swimming and R&R. He leaves these parting words: “Keep the library profession moving forward since we have a bright future.”

Best wishes to Jerry on his retirement.

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