Tom Peters is the Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the academic consortium of the Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago. An academic librarian for thirteen years, Tom has worked previously at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Minnesota State University at Mankato, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, he did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College, where he majored in English and philosophy. He earned his library science degree at the University of Iowa. His second master's (in English) was completed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Tom's practical library experience includes reference service, library instruction, collection management, and administration. He has written numerous articles on topics ranging from transaction log analysis to browsing. He has written two books (most recently, Computerized Monitoring and Online Privacy  published by McFarland). His current interests include privacy in online environments, digital library initiatives, collaborative online reference services, and all things "e" (e-books, e-publishing, e-commerce, e-resources, e-ink, etc.). He currently is serving as guest editor of an upcoming theme issue of Library Trends on the topic of assessing digital library public services. During 2001 he will serve as a column editor for the Journal of Academic Librarianship on issues related to academic library consortia.