NAME: Erin Gallagher
TITLE: E-Resources & Serials Librarian
ORGANIZATION: Rollins College Olin Library
ADDRESS: 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
PHONE: (407) 975-6431
BORN AND LIVED: I was born in Fairview, Ohio in 1982. I grew up on a farm in rural North Arkansas until graduating high school. I moved to Florida to attend college and have lived here for 13 years.
EARLY LIFE: Arkansan pastoral splendor. I spent most of childhood in and out of dance classes and with my nose in a book. I attended Florida School of the Arts for a degree in Dance and then Florida State University, where I changed my major to English and never looked back.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: I graduated with M.L.I.S. from Florida State University in 2010 and immediately began working with Ingram Coutts, a global book vendor, as a Collections Consultant. After three and a half wonderful, challenging years with Ingram, I was eager to get back into the library and was thrilled to take a position at Rollins College. Member of ALA, FLA, ACRL, and ALCTS. I’ve had the opportunity to attend and present at numerous conferences over the past four years, including ALA annual, AALL, SEAALL, FLA, and my favorite, Charleston.
FAMILY: I am the mother of a demanding and affectionate 5 year-old cat, Neko.
IN MY SPARE TIME: I love to travel, hike, and enjoy the natural offerings of new cities and countries around the world. I try to attend many theatre, dance, and literary events in and around Orlando. I love to cook and then eat too much of what I cook. I take ballet, swim, run, and do yoga to feel better about eating everything I cook. I read, smell, and love books.
FAVORITE BOOKS: Orlando by Virginia Woolf, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
PET PEEVES: Tardiness, adverbs, and Jeopardy contestants who do not finish an entire category before moving on to the next.
PHILOSOPHY: All global citizens should have the ability to access information. Knowledge is power, and reading is one of the universal joys that makes our small lives even bigger and better. On personal philosophy, I believe empathy is key. We’re all in this together.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Achieving this marvelous position at Rollins.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Professional: establish myself as a key leader in streamlining e-resource management in the 21st century while contributing to the stellar body of library scholarship through open access avenues. Personal: become a wildly successful Jeopardy contestant.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: I see academic libraries evolving to include services previously held by other campus departments. We will continue to be leaders in educating our campus and distance-learning communities on digital tools and information technology. We will continue to be the hearts, brains, and safe spaces of our communities while wowing new generations of patrons who may not be bound to antiquated ideas of what librarians do. We will shrug off the confines of our physical spaces to become recognizable faces in our communities. We will continue to be activists and educators on global issues like intellectual freedom and open access initiatives. And most importantly, we will continue to instill a love of reading and lifelong learning in everyone we touch.
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.