If you feel like your stuck in a rut The Bizarre Lives of Congress’s Global Treasure-Hunters by Rachel Roubein may offer another option. It tells the story of the little-known Library of Congress’s Overseas Offices. The folks staffing this unit of LC are not your typical librarians. They don’t spend their days sitting in front of a computer trying to keep an ILS in working order, or catalog new books, or search databases looking for articles. “They’re tasked with tracking down critical-yet-obscure materials from around the globe and bringing them stateside, all with the goal of making sure Congress—and anyone else who wants to use its library—has access to the world’s most current and comprehensive collection of information…”
Sounds pretty cool, huh! Kind of like the “Monuments Men” of the library world – but without George Clooney.
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.