Born and Lived: Born in Morocco. Family immigrated to Canada when I was 13 months old. I have lived in Toronto ever since. Attended York University in Toronto.
Professional Career and Activities: 11 years with R.R. Bowker, a division of Reed Reference Publishing; 14 years and counting with Gale. Various responsibilities focusing on Sales and Product Development
Family: Married for 20 years to my lovely wife Shirley Trojman; 3 Beautiful Children.
- Valerie is a freshman at Western University
- William is a Senior in High School
- Jacque is a Junior in High School
In My Spare Time: Golf, Work out, Hockey, Listen to classical music, dream about what lies ahead in life.
Favorite Books: Catcher in the Rye, Life of Pi, The Chrysalids, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Giving Tree, Oh the Places You WIll Go
Pet Peeves: Waiters that don’t write down your menu selections. Where is the value-add in memorizing my order? Will the food taste better? There is no upside.
Philosophy: A library used to be a physical box. Now that it’s a clicks and mortar shop, collectively our job is to fill it with information sources and people that can help you maximize your imaginative thoughts and aspirations.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: -25 years with only 2 employers
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Continue to be an asset to our customers and be an advocate for what they need in order to stay relevant.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I see the library as a physical place that can be anything you need it to be. Quiet spaces that become a respite for studying and individual learning. Collaboration spaces equipped with technology to share workflow and complete project based assignments.
Secondly, I see librarians as research partners for students and faculty. They will spend more physical time in their faculty department spaces and less time in the library.