Position: Head Librarian – Education Library & Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University
Born and Lived: Born: Chicago, IL; Lived: Chicago, IL; Poughkeepsie, NY; Florence, Italy; Princeton, NJ; Montreal, QC
Professional Career and Activities:
- Head Librarian, Education Library and Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University (2010-current, Interim Head 2008-2010)
- Liaison Librarian, Education Library and Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University (2006-2008)
- Data Specialist, Electronic Data Resources Service, McGill University (2005-2006)
- Interim Project Manager/Associate Director of the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA), Princeton University (2003-2004)
- Reference Librarian, Princeton University (2001-2004)
Currently active in: American Library Association (Library Instruction Roundtable), Association of College & Research Libraries (Instruction Section, Education & Behavioral Sciences Section), L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec Library Association (Board Member)
Family: Married, 1 child
In My Spare Time: sports (playing & watching), cooking/baking/eating good food, reading, travel
Favorite Books: Too many to mention… what I’m reading right now will give an idea: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; Bad Boy by Peter Robinson; Beyond Literacy by Michael Ridley
Pet Peeves: bad driving, poorly-run meetings, intellectual snobbery
Philosophy: Just smile and wave…. – Skipper the Penguin
Most Memorable Career Achievement: passing promotion & tenure review and the publication of my book “Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends & Best Practices (IGI Global)
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: This is my least-favorite interview question – so much can change in one year, not to mention five. I am currently supervising two librarians who are on the tenure track – I would be very happy to look back five years from now and feel that I had effectively supervised/coached/mentored them both through that process.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Libraries will continue the move toward being providers of space and services rather than storehouses of books. We will provide access to materials but the need to visit the library physically in order to use them will continue to decrease. The libraries that survive and thrive will be those who have been innovative in offering the services and providing/designing the types of spaces that their users want and need.
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.