Organization: Ex Libris Group
Born and Lived: Born in Urbana, Illinois. Lived in Illinois, Virginia, and London as well as now in Massachusetts.
Professional Career and Activities: Librarian at Virginia Union and Virginia Commonwealth Universities and Corporate Librarian at Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA
Joined CLSI and worked in product management and marketing as well as Associate Director of CLSI-UK for almost 3 years.
Other experience with Faxon Research Services, NorthernLight Technology, Gaylord Information Systems [now Polaris] and Inmagic before joining Ex Libris.
Family: Husband and 2 sons.
In My Spare Time: Wine-making with my husband [who was born in Italy and has been genetically pre-disposed to quality wine-making]
Favorite Books: Recent – The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman; Classics – Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe and The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford; Humor – anything by David Sedaris; Travel – The Lonely Planet books; Mystery – Elizabeth George; Everyday reading – The New Yorker
Pet Peeves: Slow walking; Poorly timed red lights; Cheese in salads; Small glasses of wine
Philosophy: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good [definitely applies to libraries as well!]
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Developing an award winning marketing program for Northern Light Technology. Working with Bill Schickling to develop the Polaris library system.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Hmmmm – too far ahead. Just hope to be around.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I hope the industry is still around and thriving and that “library” has a whole new meaning for people.
Tom Gilson. Test Bio