Staff Spotlight—Thom Gerrish


Thom Gerrish joined the Miami University Libraries team earlier this fall as Science and Engineering Librarian in B.E.S.T. Library. Learn more about Thom in our December staff spotlight.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?

I’m originally from near Kalamazoo, Mich.  I graduated from Michigan State University with undergrad degrees in biochemistry and Russian.  I also have a master’s in linguistics from MSU. My MLIS is from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. 

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

My title is Science and Engineering Librarian.  This comes with a lot of different functions.  I’m essentially responsible for connecting with the students and faculty in chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and geology departments.  This means providing research help, managing the library’s collection, and liaising with the departments.  

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries? 

Being a librarian means working with a lot of interesting people and learning a lot of different things.  Working at Miami means being at a great school that allows me to live in the Midwest near family and friends. 

What's the best part of working in a library?

Almost every day is different.  Some days you meet with students, others you work on collection development or personal research.  I love the variety that the job brings.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

Probably inter library loan.  The library can get you nearly anything you need…but you might need to start your research earlier than the night before it’s due.  This is a powerful resource that I wish more people knew about and used.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

It’s hard to say what my favorite of all time would be. I really like The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Stand by Stephen King, and the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan.  As for a character from a book, I guess I’d like to be Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire for his combination of wit and sarcasm. 

Any hobbies?

I play trumpet and cornet.  I also enjoy cooking since it reminds me of being in a chemistry lab. 

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

I used to have all the licenses required to sell securities like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.