Born and Lived: Born- Shamokin, PA; Lived – PA, DE, MO, CO, WY, Victoria Australia, Alberta Canada, TX
Professional Career and Activities: Librarian at M D Anderson for 13 years.
Family: Husband, 3 children, 3 grandchildren
In My Spare Time: Reading, family activities, yard work, piano
Favorite Books: There are a lot. Some recent ones are Freedom (Franzen), Fall of Giants (Follet), The Girl Who Played With Fire (Larrson), South of Broad (Conroy), Without Warning (Birmingham), Winter Garden (Hannah), The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), Exile (Patterson)…
Pet Peeves: People who rush into an elevator without waiting for the people on it to get off.
Philosophy: Try everything you can.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Many years ago, when digital was just becoming “the norm” we began using Prospero, Ariel and then ILLiad. This was very exciting at the time. I was head of Document Delivery then and our library was the first in the local area to use these tools.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I hope to be leading a department with satisfied, fulfilled employees.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: I actually see the library as becoming totally digital. I don’t foresee print books disappearing in general but I do believe most libraries will eventually weed them out. Libraries are for sharing and sharing is much faster electronically. Today, most everyone seems busy and most everyone wants things fast.
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.