Institution: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Born and Lived: From Louisville, KY; A Syracuse NY resident since 1984; BA from the University of Louisville; MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; MLS from Syracuse University
Professional Career and Activities: I have worked in the ILMS industry for Gaylord Brothers back in the Galaxy days, public libraries, academic libraries and NY State Court Libraries (Appellate Division, 4th Department).
Family: My wife Jan is the Associate Director of the H. Douglas Barclay Law Library at the Syracuse University College of Law. Our Daughter is studying to be an environmental engineer, and our Son is studying computer programming. Two dogs, (a lab and a golden retreiver)
In My Spare Time: I enjoy carpentry, fly fishing, fly tying, cooking, camping, gardening, and am an avid reader
Favorite Books: All time favorite is The Stand by Stephen King Best reads this past year so far: The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt.and Hillary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Pet Peeves: cosmological politics. People who think baseless opinions are as valid as evidence-based positions.
Philosophy: Never make a promise you can’t keep, and never make a threat you aren’t willing to carry out.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Co-Chair, Fourth NE Regional Law Libraries Conference 2007 Toronto http://www.law-lib.utoronto.ca/NE2007/default.html
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Affordable academic serials for libraries
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: That really depends on whether or not we recognize the challenges ahead and plan for them appropriately. There isn’t enough evidence either way to make a prediction on that.
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.