Meet Our Web & Discovery Librarian

Hannon Library is prouTom Dodson sits at a table wearing a jacket, glasses, and a smiled to welcome Tom Dodson, our Web & Discovery Librarian. Tom is a writer, editor, and front-end web developer interested in interaction design, visual design, information architecture, and writing for the web. He’s also a research and instruction librarian with subject knowledge in the humanities. He worked at Harvard Library for nine years, first as a program coordinator for the Office of Scholarly Communication, and then as a web developer and designer.

He holds graduate degrees from the Ohio State University, Kent State University, and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction. His short stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, Consequence Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. His story “Keeping,” forthcoming in The Missouri Review, was awarded the 2020 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize.

As Hannon Library’s Web & Discovery Librarian, Tom leads the development and management of the Hannon Library website, the ExLibris Primo discovery layer, LibGuides, and other library web platforms. Art and art history, creative writing, and theatre arts are Tom’s subject liaison areas, in which he provides faculty-requested instruction sessions and serves as collection coordinator. Tom also provides research assistance, so you might catch him on research chat or in a one-on-one Zoom consultation. To get in touch with Tom, you can email him at