Thomas J. Galvin

Thomas J. Galvin
Born 1933
Died February 18, 2004
Nationality American
Occupation Librarian
Known for President of the American Library Association

Thomas J. Galvin (1933 - February 18, 2004) was an American librarian and academic. Galvin held a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University and a master’s in library science from Simmons College as well as a doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University. From 1962 to 1972, he held a series of combined faculty and leadership positions at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, ultimately being named associate dean and professor. He was dean of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1974 to 1985.

Galvin served as President of the American Library Association from 1979 to 1980 and as its Executive Director from 1985 to 1989.[1]

Galvin became Director of the Library at the University at Albany in 1989 and implemented a doctoral program in information science. He was a professor in the School of Information Science and Policy until he retired in 1999.[2]

Awards and Honors


  1. "ALA's Past Presidents". American Library Association. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. "Obituary / Thomas J. Galvin". SUNY Albany. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. "Ida and George Eliot Prize". Medical Library Association. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
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