Position: Coordinator of Electronic Resources & Serials
Organization: Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University
Phone: (714) 532-7769; Fax: (714) 532-7743
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Born and lived: Champaign County, IL, and elsewhere in IL; later in Philadelphia, PA; and now in Orange County, CA.
Early life: Champaign, IL.
Professional career and activities: Active member of ALA-ALCTS and (substantial) academic library experience in both public and technical services positions; certified teacher at the secondary level and member of the AATG.
Family: Mom (a retired librarian); three siblings, including a brother who is a librarian; nieces & nephews
In my spare time I like: Reading; writing.
Favorite books: Mysteries by a short list of authors; historical non-fiction.
Pet peeves: Poor planning.
Philosophy: Do it right the first time.
Most memorable career achievement: As I am submitting this profile, one thing does not stand out, other than chairing a committee and making an award presentation at ALA Annual 2012. This article might supersede that, and there are other possibilities. Let’s just say I have a lot of “irons in the fire.”
Goal: I hope to achieve five years from now: Book/book chapter publication(s).
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Fewer service positions identifiable as librarians; consolidation of services and content access points via vendor/publisher mergers or otherwise; library acquisitions increasingly driven by patron options/selections made at the point-of-use.
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.