Thomas Kessler joins Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council
Kessler to represent University of Northern Iowa community. "Tom is well-known and respected in the Iowa library community," said Mary Wegner, State Librarian. "He will bring special expertise to the Council."
Thomas Kessler has been appointed to the ICB Advisory Council. Kessler serves professionally as Social Sciences Bibliographer & Associate Professor on the Rod Library faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, and vocationally as Coordinator of the Peace & Justice Center of the Cedar Valley. An Iowa City native, he received his BGS, MBA and MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa. He has served in a wide variety of capacities in the Iowa Library Association and the ILA Foundation. He is a member of the UNI American Democracy Project Committee and is active in developing collaborative campus and community programming to address contemporary social justice issues.
Reacting to his appointment, “I am one of those individuals who ended up working in libraries as a result of an early love of reading and books, and in one way or another my identity as a librarian influences much of what I touch professionally, vocationally and personally. I look forward to serving the larger Iowa community through work with the Iowa Center for the Book to promote reading and literacy, and am especially interested in their role in community development efforts.”