Institution: Anderson University
Born and Lived: Chattanooga, TN; Belton, SC
Professional Career and Activities: ALA, ACRL, SCLA, ACL, ALABI (past president)
Family: Linda (wife), Andy, David, Dani
In My Spare Time: Read, Write, Travel
Favorite Books: Dorothy Dunnett, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Clavell, Patricia Cornwell, Tony Hillerman, Lindsey Davis, Tom Clancy
Pet Peeves: People who don’t signal before they turn.
Philosophy: Learn how to do something new.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Transitioning from two year library to undergraduate, from undergraduate to graduate, from graduate to doctoral. And from traditional to digital.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Clean my desk.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Primarily digital, but still providing students an inviting place to study, conduct research, learn how to conduct research, create educational documents and projects, meet and talk in small and large groups. Most collections – Reference, Reserves, Audio Visual, Microfilm, even Current Periodicals, will go digital. We need to be thinking about how to reclaim that space for things that digital can’t do better.
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.