Born and Lived: Born in Newark Ohio. Currently live in New Orleans Louisiana.
Professional Career and Activities: I’ve been working in libraries since middle school. My first staff position was for Miami University of Ohio as the manager for the information desk, and then as the night manager for their Instructional Materials Center. In addition I processed all the government documents for our Ohio depository program for the Miami libraries. I worked for the Ohio State University Law Library next, as a circulation manager. I am currently the Acquisitions Coordinator for the Tulane University Libraries; I manage the day to day activities of the department, and assist the Head of Acquisitions in overseeing all funds and orders. I am currently working on an M.A. in English Literature at the University of New Orleans, and I plan to pursue a degree in library science next. My first book, Fairy Tale Magic will be published in May of 2014 on Llewellyn Worldwide.
Family: My mother and father currently reside in Heath Ohio. Both are school teachers, and I was raised with a love of books that I hold to this day. My partner here in New Orleans is an author and professional musician.
In My Spare Time: I write a great deal and I travel extensively with my partner, who plays concerts all over the world: I occasionally perform with him. He and I are working on another book together on fairy folklore. I am a “real” New Orleans witch and am an initiated Wiccan Priestess in the Blue Star tradition of Wicca, a fairly widespread sect of that religion.
Favorite Books: Lolly Willowes: Or The Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner; The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter; American Gods by Neil Gaiman; and The White Goddess by Robert Graves
Pet Peeves: Punctuality, or really the lack thereof.
Philosophy: It’s always important to look at the bigger picture and how what we do today will affect us tomorrow.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: I worked with my boss, the government documents librarian, to create a centennial celebration for Miami University’s government documents program. Several of my displays were featured on the FDLP website, and he and I published a paper with our preservation librarian about the experience.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Receive my M.L.I.S from a great university!
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I believe we will still be tackling issues of electronic resources. I also think that we will continue to see a need to defend the place of libraries in our society and to uphold the right to free speech.
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.