Institution: Harvard Library
Born and Lived: I grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH, but have lived in several places that start with B: Bryn Mawr, Binghamton, Brookline. Now I’m in Arlington, MA and I love it here.
Professional Career and Activities: I started as a student assistant in acquisitions and kept on going through special collections, cataloging, and e-resource management. Right now I’m trying to figure out how to turn successful experimental projects into sustainable products and services, and I provide project management support for a very cool program, the Harvard Library Lab.
Family: My family roots go back to Barbados on one side. I think about this every February or March, when it’s really cold outside. I live with my boyfriend, who is a mathematician, and my cat, who is a Maine Coon.
In My Spare Time: I sing Bulgarian and other world music, knit, and play the flute for a Morris team.
Favorite Books: It’s hard to have favorites; it really depends on what I’m into. I finished A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor while I was traveling down the Danube last fall. And I’ve recently started reading Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series. I highly recommend both.
Pet Peeves: Tardiness.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Turn 44.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Everywhere I looked or listened this past week, there was something about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). I’m interested to see what really happens with them over the next few years. Nicholas Carr, whom I always find interesting even when I disagree with him, reviews predictions about education and various technologies of the last 100 years and finds many similarities. How will the reality stack up to the hype this time?
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.