Title: Life, Health, Marine & Earth Sciences Collections Coordinator; Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives Curator;
Organization: UC San Diego Library
address: 9500 Gilman Drive #0219, La Jolla California 92093-0219 USA
work website: scrippsarchives.ucsd.edu
Born and lived: I’m a native Southern Californian, back when there were highways and not eight lane freeways, there were orange groves and open space, and Disneyland was not Waiting-in-line-land….
professional career and activities: I started shelving books in Huntington Beach Public Library in high school, drove the bookmobile too, and worked there through college. I I worked as a librarian at UCLA Biomedical Library from 1980-1984, followed by the UCSD Library to date. I was Scripps Library Director from 1993-2012. I have been active over the years in the international marine science libraries association and other avenues.
family: I met my wife Kathy Creely on a UCSD librarian committee. Our son Leo was born on his due date.
in my spare time: vintage racing bicycles; cycling; scuba diving; Antarctic underwater field guide; Palomar Mountain local history
favorite books: R. Crumb sketch books
pet peeves: Bicycle wheel quick release levers on the right side of the bicycle.
how/where do I see the industry in five years (please answer this question if you answer none of the others)
I have been engaged in collection development since the late 1980s. Truly, I thought scholarly publishing would have crashed and burned by now, and some new model would have arisen from the ashes. Nope, financially unsustainable scholarly publishing and academic publishing practice continues. Five years from now, a continuing steady decline…. academics aren’t going to change their publishing practice en masse.
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.