Q & A with New Library Director T.J. Urbanski


T.J. Urbanski, new library director, started at the college at the end of January. Urbanski’s primary goals in his new post are to plan, organize and manage the services of the library and to develop library services to meet current and future student and community needs, amongst other things. Urbanski sat down to answer a few questions this week about himself and his goals for the library.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Chicago.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Reading, hiking (with my daughter) and studying history.

Q: What was your previous job and how long were you there?

A: I was the Associate Dean of Libraries at Western Illinois University for three years.

Q: Why did you choose library sciences as a career path/what is it about library sciences you are passionate about?

A: I believe that information should be available and free to everyone. Without libraries, there would be no democracy. I feel like I participate in defending the democratic principles of our country every day.

Q: Are there any future endeavors/projects you look forward to?

A: I look forward to making as much information as possible, in digital format (on the internet), available to the college community in support of the educational mission of the institution and the goals of its students. As the primary source of information, the internet has become the public mode of information dissemination.

This has positive and negative aspects as not everything on the internet is accurate, up to date, or relevant to the information needs of the community. The library serves as the informational hub of the college and community and it should strive to make as much information available (for free) to its user base. Additionally, the library should make as much information available digitally to the college community in support of the educational mission of the institution and the goals of its students.

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