Br. Thomas O'Connor, FSC

Br. Thomas O'Connor, FSC

Public Service Librarian
Associate Librarian (Academic Rank)

Br. Thomas was born in Buffalo, NY in 1942 and grew up in neighboring Fort Erie, Ontario. Though he lived in Canada, he states, I am not and have never been a Canadian. Br. Thomas has worked at Manhattan College full-time for a total of 25 years. He first came to the College in 1979, working as an evening reference librarian and assistant librarian until 1985. He returned in 1988 and he has worked in the College library ever since. Currently, he provides reference service and teaches information literacy class, mostly to freshman. In his leisure time, he enjoys walking, watching movies and reading history and biography. He is the author of several articles in the field of library science.
 
Educational Background:
  • B.A. Modern European History, The Catholic University of America, 1966
  • M.A. Modern European History, The Catholic University of America, 1968
  • M.L.S. Library Science, State University of New York at Albany, 1973
  • D.L.S. Library Science, Columbia University, 1984
 
Area of Expertise:
Library and Information Science
 
On becoming a Christian Brother: 
Unlike most Christian Brothers, I did not attend one of their schools before I entered the Brothers. As a young man, I was attracted to the religious life and teaching, but not to the priesthood and, after studying in a Jesuit college for three years, entered the Christian Brothers in Barrytown, New York in 1963.
 
Career at Manhattan:
  • Manhattan College Library, 1988 
  • Public Services Librarian, Head of Department, 1994 
  • Associate Librarian and Assistant Director for Public Services, 1988-94
  • Evening Reference Librarian and Assistant Librarian I, 1979-85 (on leave 1980-81)
  • Reference Librarian (part-time) and Adjunct Assistant Librarian I, 1976-79
 
Before coming to Manhattan, Br. Thomas taught social studies at Good Shepherd School in New York City (1967-69) and at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY (1969-71). He also served as school librarian and library media specialist at Christian Brothers Academy (1971-76). From 1985-88, he was information services librarian at Saint Mary's College Library in Moraga, CA.