Position: Assistant Manager of EconLit
Organization: American Economic Association
Born and Lived: I was born in Atlanta, GA. Moved to Washington, DC to complete my undergraduate degree in Print Journalism at American University. In 2005, I moved to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. I received my Masters in Library and Information Sciences in 2007. I fell in love with Pittsburgh and have made it my home.
Professional Career and Activities: I am the assistant manager of EconLit, the bibliographic database of the American Economic Association.
Family: My husband and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary this October. We live with our big goofy dog Henry and 3 cats.
In My Spare Time: I’m training for my second half marathon in September and preparing for some longer biking adventures. I enjoy live music and making time to practice my banjo and learn new recipes. I like reading creative nonfiction, mysteries and most things with a good story. I also love visiting friends and family around the country, spending time with my husband and our four legged roommates and exploring Pittsburgh and other spots nearby.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I’m not worried about the changes that are upon us. I see it as a challenge and a chance to grow. And I’m really excited by it! Having the fortune to attend NFAIS for the last couple years, in addition to SLA and ALA meetings, I’ve been impressed and inspired by those working to better understand what the advances in technology and the changes in the educational structure will mean and how to embrace them. It’s not only a method of survival, but it’s a genuine concern that what we do as information providers and organizers harmonizes with what our clients, subscribers, and students want. Learning is a lifetime endeavor and I feel honored to work in an industry that not only encourages but supports that idea.
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.