Librarians like to network (and socialize) and one of their major professional associations to consider joining is Special Libraries Association. SLA is a non-profit organization representing the interests of librarians and knowledge managers working for commercial corporations, law firms, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, biomedical, technical or academic institutions, museums, law firms, etc.
SLA sponsors a section called Division of BioMedical & Life Sciences (or DBIO), which is described on their blog as a “community for biomedical and life science librarians and information professionals“.
A poll of almost 700 DBIO members was conducted electronically in late 2008 and early 2009, asking them to identify the “100 most influential journals of Biology & Medicine over the last one hundred years“. Every section member was eligible to vote.
The stated goal was for the final vote “ to yield a balanced assortment of 33 or 34 journals in three areas: Clinical Medicine & Allied Health, Molecular & Cell Biology and Natural History “.
The 12-page summary report was written by Tony Stankus, Life Sciences Librarian and Science Liaison at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, who recruited the expert teams, arbitrated disputes about disciplinary boundaries, and served as final editor.
This venerable list, “The DBIO 1oo“, was made public in January 2009, and is available – free, online – at this link (note: PDF). The list of journals is also shown on the March 2009 SLA press release about the project.
The SLA DBIO section will hold an award ceremonies for publishers and editors of this special group of journals, scheduled to be held during the 2009 SLA National Conference, June 14-17, Washington, D.C.
The official DBIO blog is an interesting information source, too.