Drawing upon nearly 40 years of practical experience in librarianship and pharmaceuticals, Efren W. Gonzalez retired in 1990 after serving as the director of research and development administration at Bristol-Myers Squibb for seven years. Initially hired by the pharmaceutical giant in 1967, Mr. Gonzalez ascended the ranks from manager of technical communications to manager of scientific information services and manager of research quality compliance. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, he served Grove Laboratories in St. Louis as a technical librarian, director of technical communications, and administrative assistant to the vice president of research and development between 1956 and 1967.
Previously, Mr. Gonzalez was a librarian at Nepera Chemical Co. from 1955 to 1956, assistant librarian at the material laboratory with the New York Naval Shipyard from 1953 to 1955 and librarian at the Atlantic Area of the Military Sea Transportation Service from 1952 to 1953. He commenced his career as a part-time librarian at the Carroll Club in New York in 1951, holding the position for two years. Alongside his primary responsibilities, Mr. Gonzalez served on the council on library education with the New Jersey Department of Education and was an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Library Service. Furthermore, he sat on the advisory committee for library photocopying at the U.S. Copyright Office. Civically involved as well, Mr. Gonzalez has been a president, secretary and trustee of the Adult School of the Chathams between 1990 and 1995, as well as on the financial council of the St. Patrick Church.
To remain abreast of developments in the field, Mr. Gonzalez has maintained affiliation with several organizations, such as the Special Libraries Association, where he has served in myriad positions. First an association director, he was soon elected association president and has sat on numerous committees. In 1991, the association inducted him into their Hall of Fame. Additionally, Mr. Gonzalez has been a member of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, the Universal Serials and Book Exchange, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.
Married with five children, Mr. Gonzalez recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He enjoys jazz music and the piano in his spare time.
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