Professional Career and Activities: I have worked at Perkins Library at Duke University for nearly 20 years and have worked in Collection Development since 2000. My training is in French Renaissance Literature. I am currently the subject librarian for philosophy and I especially enjoy working on the reference desk, working with students, and heading up TRLN Collaborative Journal Retention Archive.
In My Spare Time: I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, watching foreign films, sewing, and knitting.
Favorite Books: Great Expectations, The Way to Cook, and Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas,Yeats, and Frost.
Pet Peeves: Failure to use turn signals. Loud cell phone use in public spaces.
Philosophy: One day at a time.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Overseeing the Perkins Relocation Group, responsible for the move of over 100,000 items to the Library Service Center.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Becoming an excellent subject librarian for a variety of fields.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: The essential role of libraries will not change; we will continue to be knowledge brokers and will be increasingly relevant.
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.