BGSU has chosen the director of a large medical school library
who has significant experience with OhioLINK as its next dean of
University Libraries, Linda Dobb, executive vice president, has
Thomas Atwood, currently director of the Ocasek Medical Library
at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEUOCOM),
in Rootstown, will begin his duties at BGSU June 29.
At NEUOCOM, Atwood oversees a total budget of more than $1.5
million in operating and capital expenses. In addition to the
College of Medicine library, he has responsibility for the
Northeastern Ohio Cooperative Regional Depository and the
library’s Academic Learning Resources, and oversees the
management of areas such as academic technologies and course
management systems, public, technical and media services. In
addition, he is chief medical librarian for the Oliver Ocasek
Regional Medical Information Center.
“The search committee felt that Tom Atwood would be an
exceptional dean for the University Libraries based on his
participatory leadership style and exceptional listening
skills,” according to Dr. William Balzer, chair of the search
committee and dean of Continuing and Extended Education. “Tom’s
extensive professional experience and background in Ohio
university libraries and his acknowledged leadership in the
development of OhioLINK—arguably one of the nation’s best
systems for searching, accessing and sharing library resources
across institutions—brings additional prestige and recognition
to BGSU’s well-recognized library staff, collections and
Atwood, who is chair of the OhioLINK Coordinated Depositories
Task Force, also served on OhioLink’s Governing Board and
Executive Committee in 2004-05, and has been a member of its
Library Advisory Coordinating Committee Council since 2002. He
has been on its Advisory Council of Deans and Directors since
1990, serving as chair of the council in 2004-05.
A member of the Ohio Board of Regents Inter-University Council
of Library Deans and Directors since 1999, he was chair of that
group from 2001-03.
Before his appointment at NEOUCOM, he was executive director of
libraries and served at Youngstown State University from 1986-
He earned a master’s degree in library and information science
in 1981 from Florida State University, along with a bachelor’s
and another master’s degree in English from Youngstown State
University, in 1977 and 1980, respectively.