Kathleen Carlisle Fountain
Title: Head of Collection Development
Organization: Washington State University Vancouver
Born and Lived: I was born in Eugene, Oregon, where I lived until leaving for college. Since then, I have lived in Washington state, Illinois, Nebraska, California, and the District of Columbia.
Professional Career and Activities: I spent the bulk of my career as a public services librarian specializing in Political Science liaison responsibilities. I built on my collection development experience to move into my current position managing the collection development and technical services operations at a campus of Washington State University. Though my job still involves reference and instruction, it also involves more spreadsheet and data analysis work than ever before, which has been a good change.
In My Spare Time: I spent virtually all of my spare time with my husband and my toddler son. When possible, I try to squeeze in bike rides, trips to the gym, dinners out, or happy hours.
Favorite Books: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and The Stand by Stephen King.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: In five years, I expect collections to move to a mostly cooperatively licensed, just-in-time acquisitions model. Collections budgets will be largely supporting annual subscriptions paid through consortia. My hope is that open access continues to grow and presents a direct challenge to our big deals.
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.