Name: Tony Davies
Title: Manager, Information Support Services
Organization: Swinburne University of Technology
Website (Personal or Professional): http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib
Born and Lived: I was born in Wales but we moved to Australia when I was 5 months old, so sadly I don’t have a Welsh accent. I do probably have an Australian accent though. I live in Melbourne, it’s a great city.
Professional Career and Activities: I began working at Swinburne University on a 2 week contract in 1987 and I’m still there, although I’ve done quite a few jobs over the years. I was appointed to the newly created position of Electronic Services Librarian in 1993 and I’m currently Manager of Information Support Services.
Family: I live with my partner Wayne and our two rescue dogs.
In My Spare Time: I like learning new things. I’m currently learning Japanese and I was also taught to knit by our university copyright officer a few years ago which I love. I’m currently working on a sweater.
Favorite Books: The Tale of Genji, although I have never managed to finish it. I recently started again back at the beginning, the Edward Seidensticker translation.
Pet Peeves: Injustice and rudeness.
Philosophy: “If you’re not good at something, get better.” – Joanna Lumley.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Recently I was invited to travel around Australia as part of the Ex Libris Roadshow talking about our library’s implementation of Alma, as we were the first Alma library in the Asia Pacific. And now, in the same year, I get to travel to the Charleston Conference to talk about ebooks. It’s turned out to be a very exciting year.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I had thought my career was winding down but over the past year some wonderful new developments have opened up. Just taking each day as it comes.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Things have changed so much over the past five years that it’s hard to know what might happen in the next five. I am very lucky to work in a library which values and nurtures people, encourages innovation, is open to trying things out to see what happens, embraces playfulness, and doesn’t mind if you make mistakes while you’re doing it.I think some great things will happen and we are fortunate to be part of it.
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.