Position: Electronic Resources and Acquisitions Librarian,
Institution: Claremont University Consortium
Born and Lived: Born in Burbank, California; Lived in Panorama City, Chatsworth, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Hayward, and Chino Hills, California; Lived in Taipei, Taiwan for one year.
Professional Career and Activities: Pool reference librarian at Rio Hondo College, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Fullerton. Reference Librarian and Web Coordinator at CSU Fullerton. Electronic Resources Coordinator and Environmental Sciences, Water and Soils Subject Specialist at UC Riverside. Electronic Resources and Acquisitions Librarian at Claremont Colleges Library.
Family: Two sons, Fred, a mechanical engineer finishing his Masters at CSU Fullerton, working for Applied Medical designing automation, and Tom, at Mt. San Antonio Junior College, interested in chemical engineering and having a goat farm. My husband, Bill, manages field service for Glory Global Solutions in Arizona and Nevada.
In My Spare Time: I am a rockhound with the Anaheim Searchers Gem and Mineral Club. I do lapidary work, particularly mixing cabochons with beads and shells. I’m just finishing covering my ugly brick fireplace with slate tiles and Lavic Siding Jasper jewels and will start making stone marbles soon. I also like reading, writing, sewing and other fiber-related activities, and gardening.
Favorite Books: High Tide at Tucson. Any field guide. Millinery books.
Pet Peeves: People who move to California and then complain about it. It was better before so many people moved here.
Philosophy: Upon closer examination, almost anything can become fascinating. Naming something makes a difference. Use one’s gifts to the fullest extent possible. Help others.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: I wrote a book, with some help from Kenneth Furuta, on Data Clean-up and Management for librarians.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Ultimate access to our library resources for our patrons; an information hub about groundwater in California; and a fiction book about possibilities.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: More standardized. I think there will be one, shared, mother knowledge base where each library activates their instance of the holding. I think librarians and staff will have a much more robust world view of information, with omniscient technical skills.
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.