Joseph Thomas

Librarian and Head of Technical Services

Office: 2355 Biolchini Hall
Phone: 574.631.5992
Fax: 574.631.6371

Joseph Thomas joined the faculty of the Kresge Law Library in 1989 as catalog librarian, became assistant head of technical services in 1992 and head of technical services in 1994. He earned his B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1980 and his M.A.L.S. from the University of Chicago in 1983. He worked as catalog librarian at both Eastern Kentucky University (1983-84) and Indiana University School of Law (1984-88), and as assistant librarian in the General Electric Corporate Legal Library (1988-89).

His areas of interest include integrated library systems and classification of knowledge. He serves on a number of committees as a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (since 1985) including Technical Services Special Interest Section (Cataloging and Classification Committee member 1990-92, Nominations Committee member 1991-92, Serials Committee member since 1993, Technology Subcommittee of the Serials Committee chair since 1993, vice chair in 1997-98, and chair-elect in 1998-99) and On-Line Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (editorial board member of Technical Services Law Librarian since 1996).

He has been a member of the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians Conference Committee, representing the University of Notre Dame Libraries (1996-97). In addition, he has participated in University libraries activities including the NOTIS Implementation and Policy Committee (1991-94) and the MARC Holdings Format Product Implementation Team (1992). He has served the Law School as a member of the Strategic Planning Subcommittee on Research (1994) and as a member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Computing (1994-95). In addition, Mr. Thomas attends annual meetings of the American Association of Law Libraries, Innopac Users Group, and the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, along with numerous other workshops and meetings dealing with cataloging, acquisitions, technical and management issues.


Mr. Thomas has published articles and given presentations on cataloging legal materials, electronic serials and collection management.