I am Kevin Engel, Science Librarian at Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa, USA) since 1987. Since the early 1990’s, I have worked with colleagues state-wide and regionally to help provide digital access to quality information resources for college and university students.
The roots of Strategian.com go back to February 1999 (see the evolution of this site though the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine). According to The Oxford English Dictionary (J.A. Simpson and E.S.C. Weiner; 2nd Edition; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989; Volume XVI, page 851), strategian is a rarely-used word one of whose meanings is a strategist.
The word is fitting, because in today’s world awash with human and machine-generated noise, rumor, and disinformation, a person needs to have a strategy to find and understand the information for making important decisions … and for making sense of the world. In 1999, as today, information access is a two-way street. The person using the information (you and me) must be skeptical, vigilant, and willing to question. The payoff is knowledge and understanding–which can be a respite from fear and confusion.
The goal of this blog, web site, and database is to assist you to become aware of, locate, and critically assess the information that helps you to understand science (the world’s physical, technological, and psychological forces) and how it impacts your life. Unless science is accessible to all, it cannot be as beneficial for all.
Many thanks to Griffin Engel for his hard work and many invaluable contributions to this project–especially the Science Primary Literature Database.
And, thank you for visiting Strategian.com.
Questions or comments? Please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).