The “Views from the Penthouse Suite” video interviews are an important part of the Charleston Library Conference. Select speakers and attendees are invited to the Bridgeview Penthouse Suite of the historic Francis Marion Hotel, to discuss key topics and issues of concern to librarians and publishers.
Once again, this year’s 2019 Penthouse Suite interviews saw a diverse and informed group of “movers and shakers” happy to share their knowledge and expertise.
The first three of the interviews have just been released and include:
Other interviews to be released in the near future include:
- Trevor Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware Library
- Julien Roche, Director of Libraries, University of Lille
- Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer, Brill
- Eleni Lialiamou, Vice President, Product Management, Atypon
- Michelle Wu, Associate Dean for Library Services & Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
And for the second year in a row the Penthouse Suite interviews will include three winners of the Charleston Conference Up & Comer awards.
This year’s interviews feature 2018 award winners Allyson Rodriguez, Coordinator of E-Resources at University of North Texas Libraries; Sandy Avila, Science Librarian at University of Central Florida Libraries and Paolo P. Gujilde, Asst. Head of Acquisitions at Northwestern University Libraries.
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.