Title: Acquisitions and Digital Resource Librarian
Institution: Roger Williams University School of Law
Born and Lived: Born in Massachusetts, lived in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Mexico. Currently back in Rhode Island, but dreaming of warmer climes!
Professional Career and Activities: Chose librarianship as a ‘second career’ and received MLIS from URI in 2007. Was blessed enough to find an internship during Library School that subsequently turned into a Cataloging Assistant position and, upon graduation, was hired as the Acquisitions Librarian. Recently, because of internal reorganizations, title was amended to “Acquisitions and Digital Resource Librarian”. A member of ALA and AALL and tries to attend conferences whenever possible, including ACRL, ALA and AALL.
Family: Growing! Baby number three was born in January 2013 and became a welcome addition to our family of an 9-year-old and a 3-year-old.
In My Spare Time: I knit, read and run from zombies. Sadly, the zombies won last time around and I broke a finger and tore ligaments in my ankle during the 5K obstacle run. I vow to win next time.
Favorite Books: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams, “The Great Influenza: the epic story of the deadliest plague in history” by John Barry, “Miss Pettigrew lives for a day” by Winifred Watson and the Harry Potter series.
Pet Peeves: Being unable to communicate with others
Philosophy: Everything has a purpose or a reason, even if you don’t understand it at the time.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Deciding to take the step to become a librarian in the first place. I ended up working full-time while attending school full-time and parenting full-time. Needless to say, I felt like if I could balance all that, I could do almost anything I put my mind to!
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Becoming an interesting mix of the electronic, paper and social world we’re starting to get a glimpse of today. I’m hoping that librarians are able to think of themselves as an integral part of that mix by becoming more involved with the process and showing patrons how on-top of the trends we really are, rather than running to catch up.
Tom Gilson. Test Bio