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Spotlight: Tom Laws

June 30, 2021

With more of us working and learning from home and more patrons engaging with the library through virtual services and online resources, we are starting a monthly Biddle staff spotlight series to get to know the people behind the library.

Tom Laws

The Essential Questions


What is your role and how long have you been working at Biddle?

I am the Assistant Head of Stacks which is part of the Circulation Department and I have been here at Biddle for over 16 years. I oversee the stacks and have fostered lasting relationships with the faculty and staff.Missing books don’t stay missing for long.I am the union steward for Local 590 and am a delegate for D.C. 47.

What has helped you adjust to working from home?

Being close to loved ones.

What book/s are you reading right now?

You are your Best Thing by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown; Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins; Unworthy Republic by Claudio Saunt


Lightning Round


Cats or dogs? Dogs

Fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction

Comedy or horror? Comedy

Sweet or savory? Savory

Coffee or tea? Both


Wildcard Qs


Where did you work before your time at Biddle?

UPenn’s Biomedical Library

Are you taking or have you taken any classes at Penn?

Yes, I am currently completing a MSW degree, and I’ll be officially graduating at the end of Summer 2021.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which one/s?

On the Move by Mike Africa Jr.; Million Dollaz Worth of Game by Gillie da King & Wallo267; The Star Report by Troi Torain

Where did you grow up?

Yeadon, PA

What is the last television show you binged?

Mare of Easttown