Thomas Weissinger

Professor of Library
Professor of African American Studies
Professor of Center for African Studies

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Thomas Weissinger is the Librarian of the African American Research Center, a unit within the History, Philosophy, and Newspapers Library. His primary responsibilities are to select and provide information about materials on the Black experience in the Americas, and worldwide outside of Africa, to library users. In addition to regular guest lectures his duties include teaching a 3-credit course for the Department of African American Studies annually each spring. Tom's research interests include African American Studies bibliography, equity issues involving access and library services, and the philosophy of librarianship. He has been an active member of the American Library Association serving on the association's African American Studies Librarianship Section, Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Professional Ethics Committee.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Black Studies scholarly communication
  • Black heritage book collectors


Journal Articles

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "Black Studies Journal Assessment: Two Possibilities." Journal of Pan African Studies 8.4 (2015): 97-116.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "The Core Journal Concept in Black Studies." Journal of Academic Librarianship 36.2 (2010): 119-124.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "Black Power Movement Book Publishing: Trends and Issues." Collection Management 31.4 (2007): 5-18.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "Information as a Value Concept: Reconciling Theory and Practice." Library Philosophy and Practice 8.1 (2005): 12.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "The New Literacy Thesis: Implications for Librarianship." portal: Libraries and the Academy 4 (2004): 245-257.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "Competing Models of Librarianship: Do Core Values Make a Difference?." Journal of Academic Librarianship 29 (2003): 32-39.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "Black Studies Scholarly Communication: A Citation Analysis of Periodical Literature." Collection Management 27.3-4 (2002): 45-56.

  • Weissinger, Thomas. "Defining Black Studies on the World Wide Web." Journal of Academic Librarianship 25.4 (1999): 288-293.

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