Title: Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator
Organization: University of California Irvine
Born and Lived: Born in Colorado. Raised in Utah until 3 then moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela. Later moved to The Hauge, Netherlands for elementary school. Returned to Central Texas briefly then middle school and high school in Arvada, Colorado. Undergraduate in Pittsburgh and graduate degree in Austin, Texas. Professional positions in Baton Rouge, LA and Princeton, NJ. Currently living in Costa Mesa CA and working in Irvine CA.
Professional Career and Activities:
- Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies at University of California Irvine 2005 – present
- and Scholarly Communications Coordinator at University of California Irvine 2011 – present
- Interim Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy Librarian at University of California Irvine 2006-07, 2008
- Mathematics and Physics Librarian at Princeton University 2000-2005
- Plasma Physics Librarian at Princeton University 1999-2001
- Head, Chemistry Library at Louisiana State University 1994-1999
Family: Four sisters, four nephews, and one niece. Father retired and living in Huntsville TX. Mother deceased.
In My Spare Time: I write short stories and paint with oils.
Favorite Books: Solar, Ian McEwan; Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens; Love Is a Dog from Hell, Charles Bukowski
Pet Peeves: California drivers who merge in front and don’t signal before changing lanes. Having personal habits that are other people’s pet peeves. Sleet and ice storms.
Philosophy: Seize the day and revel in your time. Build for today and hope for tomorrow.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Elected President of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC) 2011/12. Curating an exhibit of personal papers of 1995 Chemistry Nobel Laureate F. Sherwood Rowland for the University of California Libraries. The exhibit opens November 18, 2011.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Transition from print-based collection development to electronic collections for monographs and grey literature.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: Electronic distribution of monographs will predominate with the widescale adoption of portable readers. Most 4-year colleges and universities will offer one-third to one-half of courses as online courses. I see fewer individual or family operations as consolidation of book sellers creates a smaller number of large scale book selling enterprises.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.