Organization: Information Power Ltd. 73, Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3TA, UK
Phone: +44 (0) 1234 303221
Born and lived: Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK. Subsequently lived in Nottingham, Loughborough, and currently Bedford.
Early life: Eldest child with a brother 7 years younger. Attended Keyworth Primary School (Keyworth was a small village near Nottingham). Then attended West Bridgford Grammar School, also near Nottingham.
Professional career and activities: First job after graduating was at Trinity and All Saints College Library in Horsforth, near Leeds, where I was appointed as an Assistant Librarian. I then moved to Loughborough University Library and held various posts, the final one being Head of Electronic Information. I was also involved in a research team based in the Department of Information Science at the university, and we undertook early research into e-journals. I wrote my PhD at this time. I ended my academic library career as Director Libraries at Cranfield University, which is situated between Bedford and Milton Keynes. I retired from this post in March 2012.
Family: I am married to Fytton Rowland, who, before he retired, was an academic in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. Between us we have four children, three boys and one girl (all now grown up and independent — whew!)
In my spare time: I love walking, and we try and get out into the beautiful English countryside as much as possible. I am passionate about food and cooking. I am also a member of my local Tennis Club and play regularly throughout the year.
Favorite books: Always a difficult question to answer, as there are so many and they change. But we do have a house full of books.
Pet peeves: People who are intolerant; people who are selfish.
Philosophy: As the years go by I think it is important to make sure you do the things you want to do. Don’t put things off — enjoy life to the full.
Most memorable career achievement: Being awarded an MBE in 2010 for “services to higher education.”
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: Getting the right work/life balance.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: The pace of change continues to accelerate, particularly with regard to technology. Our industry has undergone significant change during my career, and the shifting balances of power between providers and consumers is interesting to observe. I believe both librarians and publishers need to continue to focus on our primary goals of ensuring the ongoing dissemination of scholarly information and providing access to it for all. I would like to think that will still be the case in five years’ time.
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.