• Tom Karel
Collection Development Librarian, Associate Librarian
Shadek-Fackenthal Library

717-291-3845

gbz.xnery@snaqz.rqh

Office: SFL

Biography

My chief responsibility at the library is to oversee the print and electronic collections, including government documents.  

I received my BA degree from Moravian College (1970), a MA in Political Science from Temple University (1973), and a MSLS from Drexel University (1976).  I have been at F&M since October 1984.  Previously I had worked at Rider College (now Rider University) in New Jersey and held several public and corporate library jobs.

Specialties

 

Liaison Areas 

Economics

Government

Public Health

Public Policy

Interests (scholarly and otherwise) 

Government Information

Statistical Data

Bob Dylan

George Orwell

John Updike

Professional Activities

 

Organizations and Committees

American Library Association (ALA) - served on several committees

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Delware Valley Chapter - served as a board member and treasurer

Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania  (ACLCP) - served as chair or co-chair of several interest groups 

Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) - served on several collections committees

 

Teaching

Drexel Universtiy - Assistant Adjunct Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics since 1995

taught the following courses:

U. S. Government Information

Collection Development

Social Context of Information Professions

Academic Library Services

 

Recent Conference Presentations

“Is there a Future for Collection Development Librarians?,” presentation at the 33rd Annual Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC, November 8, 2013

“The Folly and Frustration of Trying to Weed Congressional Committee Hearings, or, A Lot Was Happening in the 1980s,” presentation at the Federal Depository Library Conference, Arlington, VA, October 19, 2011

 “FDSys Can Be Contagious, or, Improving Online Access to Government Information,” presentation at the SirsiDynix Northeast Regional Group Conference, Franklin & Marshall College, June 14, 2011

“Using Donations as a Collection Analysis Tool: Dispersal and Retention of 7,000 Unexpected Books,” presentation at the 30th Annual Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC, November 5, 2010

“Teaching Government Documents,” participant in a panel discussion at the Federal Depository Library Conference, Arlington, VA, October 18, 2010

 

Other

Frequent book reviewer for Library Journal (1977- present) and other publications

Member of the editorial board of Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 2009-2014