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Tom Karel

Collection Development Librarian


I am responsible for guiding and coordinating collection development efforts in the library and work closely with the Acquisitions Librarian and Acquisitions staff to implement material orders. I also oversee the government documents collection and maintain the government information section of the library's web page. I continue to take part in reference desk service, research appointments, and library instruction. I serve as liaison to the following departments: Economics; Government. Finally, I am the collector of all donations to the library (books and videos - no magazines or journals, please!).

Favorite Websites (for work and pleasure)
New York Times
for all the news that's fit to print

for all the other news
for tracking the Phillies and 76ers and the cultural scene in Philadelphia

U.S. Government Printing Office
for indispensable links to electronic government information

Bob Links
another indispensable site - everything there is to know about Bob Dylan, including tour schedules, set lists and concert reviews

Association of College and Research Libraries
for all the important library news and policies

Inside Higher Ed
for news and opinion concerning higher education, and sometimes libraries

The John Updike Society
A potpourri of reviews, articles and fan commentary.

A splendid source of political and cultural opinion.

God's Politics
A lively blog on faith, politics, and culture from Jim Wallis and friends at Sojourners magazine.

Degrees and Education

M.S.L.S. - Drexel University, 1976
M.A. - Temple University (political science), 1973
B.A. - Moravian College (political science), 1970

Professional Interests

Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), American Library Association; Delaware Valley Chapter, Association of College and Research Libraries; PALCI Cooperative Collection Development Group; Collection Development Interest Group, Association of College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania (ACLCP) (co-chair); Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian (member of the editorial board); frequent book reviewer for Library Journal.


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