Shawn ThomasThe director of, Shawn M. Thomas, obtained a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) in May 2007 from the Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLiS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. GSLiS has consistently been ranked as the number one LIS program by U.S. News and World Report. Shawn's outstanding graduate school performance was recognized by University of Illinois faculty, who selected him to the prestigious Chancellor's List. He achieved a 3.96 GPA after 42 credit hours of demanding graduate study and only received one A-. Shawn also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from Quincy University (QU) in Quincy, Illinois. He has also studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and received an Associate of Science degree after a semester at John Wood Community College. Shawn's primary research interests include improving the dissemination of biomedical information and enhancing our understanding of drugs that affect the brain. He is currently working full-time on a variety of updates to E-mail to contact Shawn.

Shawn's work related to has been reviewed or cited in journals such as Science Magazine (June 10, 2005), Molecular Interventions (December 2004), Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development (September 2004), Chemical Biology & Drug Design (November 2007), The Journal of Family Practice (March 2007), Drugs & Therapy Perspectives (March 2007), Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets (January 2007), BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making (January 2007), Applied Bioinformatics (2006; Volume 5, Number 3), Nursing (October 2006), Gene (December 2005), Genome Research (December 2005), the American Journal of Epidemiology (July 2006), the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (June 2006), Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (November/December 2005), Complementary Health Practice Review (October 2007), Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (March 2007), and Australasian Psychiatry (September 2005). has been cited in books such as Psychiatry, Third Edition (editors: Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Michael B. First, Mario Maj; 2008), The Practice of Medicinal Chemistry, Third Edition (Wermuth; 2008), Internet Cool Tools for Physicians (Rethlefsen, Rothman, & Mojon, 2008), Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties (McCloskey, Perkins, Van Diviner, 2008), Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians (Morrison; 2006) and Psychology Today: Taming Bipolar Disorder (Oliwenstein, 2004).

Shawn first opened to the public in September 2002, soon after his twenty-first birthday. He is the originator of the hypothesis that the neurotransmitter agmatine, an endogenous NMDA antagonist, is the key neurobiological factor involved in near-death experiences. He has studied neuropsychopharmacology for more than ten years and has written detailed summaries about the mechanisms of action of more than one hundred drugs such as general anesthetics.

In order to improve his ability to organize information, Shawn worked at the John Wood Community College Library from August 2008 to August 2010. His primary responsibilities included developing the library web site, answering reference questions, and maintaining databases. He also performed a variety of health science librarianship duties at the Blessing Health Professions Library in Quincy, Illinois from August 2007 to December 2007 to help the library succeed while the Public Services Librarian was on leave for three months. From August 2003 to May 2005, Shawn served as an assistant to Dr. John Natalini, professor of biology at Quincy University. He was responsible for grading exams and papers, editing exams, updating course syllabi, creating PowerPoint presentations, digitizing course material, and laboratory assistance. From October 1999 to February 2001, Shawn worked as a computer technician at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was responsible for solving a variety of hardware, software, peripheral, and network related problems. He has also worked as a web development contractor for ETC ComputerLand in Quincy, Illinois. Shawn has acquired world class online reference skills and technical expertise with his work and school experience.

Completed Coursework

Library & Information Science:

Independent Research - Creation of a web-based Drug Reference for FDA Approved General Anesthetics
Health Science Information Services & Resources (UIUC)
Biodiversity Informatics (UIUC)
Interfaces to Information Systems (UIUC)
Information Sources and Services for the Sciences (UIUC)
Design of Digitally Mediated Information Services (UIUC)
Use and Users of Information (UIUC)
Digital Libraries (UIUC)
Reference and Information Services (UIUC)
Libraries, Information, and Society (UIUC)
Information Organization and Access (UIUC)


Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (QU)
Vertebrate Physiology (QU)
Vertebrate Endocrinology (QU)
General Microbiology (QU)
Vertebrate Embryology (QU)
Interdisciplinary Honors Core in the Social Sciences (UIC; The topic of the course related to sociobiology.)
General Biology I (JWCC)
Independent Research – Creation of the MetaDB Metadatabase for the Biological Sciences (QU)


Physiological Psychology (QU)
Research Methods & Statistics I (QU)
Research Methods & Statistics II (QU)
Psychopathology (QU)
Personality Theory (QU)
Child Psychology (QU)
Introduction to Psychology (QU)


Honors General Chemistry I (UIC)
General Chemistry II (QU)
General Physics I (UIC)


Calculus III (UIC)
Calculus & Analytical Geometry II (UIUC)
Calculus I (UIC)
Precalculus Mathematics (UIC)

Computer Science:

Introduction to Computing (UIC)
Introduction to Programming (UIC)
Foundations of Computer Science (UIC)
Languages and Automata (UIC)


Freshman Colloquium II (UIC; Shawn received an ACT English score of 34/36 with a perfect score in Usage/Mechanics, which counted for credit in Freshman Colloquium I.)
Fiction (JWCC)

Political Science:

Power, Authority, Freedom, and Liberty in the Modern Era (QU)
History of U.S. Foreign Relations (QU)
Symposium on Politics (UIC)
Introduction to American Government (UIC)


Introduction to the Study of Language (UIC)
Myths & Rituals (QU)
Western Civilization to 1648 (UIC)
Concepts in Geography (UIC)
Introduction to Speech I (JWCC)
The Art of Being Human (JWCC)
Major World Religions (JWCC)