Where are they now? Spotlight: Tomaro Taylor

Tomaro Taylor

In the Fall of 2009, Tomaro Taylor received promotion to the rank of Associate University Librarian at the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries, where she currently works as a Special Collections Librarian.

Tomaro received a Master of Arts degree from the USF School of Library and Information Science (USF SLIS) in 2002.  From 2003 — 2004, Tomaro served as the USF Libraries’ first Dr. Henrietta M. Smith Resident Librarian, a visiting faculty position established by the Libraries to provide members of underrepresented ethnic and minority populations professional library experience in an academic setting. Prior to completing the 2-year program, Tomaro was appointed to a full-time position in Special Collections [now, Special and Digital Collections].  She became a Certified Archivist in 2005.

In her own words:

In an academic setting, there may come a time when your title changes but your duties and responsibilities remain the same –  this happened to me with my recent promotion.  For the past few years, I have served as the Special Collections’ curator of archives, manuscripts, personal papers and related collections.    I oversee graduate students and staff engaged in the physical processing and description of archival collections and work with the Library’s cataloguers and digitization team to create bibliographic (i.e., catalogue) records and enhance and facilitate access to our collections.  I also work with the USF SLIS to provide internships, directed studies, fieldworks and practicums in special collections/archives at the USF Library.  Depending on their assignment(s), students may receive both theoretical and practical experiences applicable to managing collections and establishing various means of intellectual control.

Outside of work (well, sort of!), I currently serve as a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists’ Exam Development Committee; as a Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) representative to the ALA-SAA-AAM’s Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries and Museums; and as newsletter editor for the  SAA’s Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable.  I like to stay engaged professionally as these activities truly complement the work I do. Fortunately, the Residency taught me how to balance the many aspects of a professional career; being an Associate Librarian affords the opportunities to do so.

For more information check out:

Tomaro I. Taylor’s Why a Residency or Fellowship Might be Right for You

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