Sheahan keeps diamond literature service going

At the end of last year, the University of British Columbia’s Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) stopped offering the Sheahan-MDRU literature service, and the service’s founder, Patricia Sheahan, is now offering the monthly newsletter for free.

The service lists the latest information published on diamonds — from academic research papers to news and industry articles and conference papers — cross-referenced by source and region.

Sheahan founded the service (formerly known as Scanning Service), and donated her database of roughly 70,000 article references to the MDRU in 2000.

In other news, Sheahan was one of 21 people awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal on March 5, at a ceremony at the Royal York Hotel during this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention. The PDAC nominated the recipients, including Chuck Fipke (see Page 21), in recognition of their volunteer supportive efforts on behalf of the mineral exploration industry.

The medals were presented by John Baird, the federal minister of foreign affairs (see photo at left).

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal was created to mark the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in 1952.

Aside from the literature service, Sheahan has also organized the annual diamond session at the PDAC convention, ever since the very first such session in 1993.

To subscribe to the diamond newsletter, contact Sheahan at


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