Name: Douglas Bates
Organization: Tennessee Tech University
Born and Lived: Born and raised in Berkeley, California. Since then I have moved around, living in Sweden, Utah, California again, Texas, Kansas, Hawaii, and now Tennessee.
Professional Career and Activities: I started out in the food service business, working in restaurants and company food service, including some time at Universal Studios in California. After a few years in business I went back to school and made the change to libraries. I have worked in government documents reference and then worked in various library administration jobs until I became director at BYU-Hawaii. I moved back to the mainland to accept the job at Tennessee Tech.
Family: Married with four daughters
In My Spare Time: I work with the young people in our church.
Favorite Books: I don’t have a favorite although I read a good mix of fiction and non-fiction. I go through lots of audiobooks while working out.
Philosophy: It is only a job, it is not your life.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Helping create a learning commons at Tennessee Tech
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: That the library will be as or more relevant to the university then as it is now.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: The options for people to find, acquire and keep information will continue to grow. Librarians will have to identify what problems they can solve or needs they can fill at their institutions in order to remain relevant.
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.