Tom Rink began his new career as an Instruction Librarian at Northeastern State University (the Broken Arrow Campus) in November of 2007. Prior to this, Tom worked as a police officer for the Tulsa Police Department. The last 13 years of his law enforcement career were spent creating and managing the Resource Center as a solo librarian for the department. Tom retired from the Tulsa Police Department in April 2007 after serving for 25 years.
Tom is active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and has held numerous leadership positions at every level within the association. Tom currently serves on the SLA Board of Directors as the Division Cabinet Chair-Elect and is responsible for planning and delivering biannual training sessions for the unit leadership of SLA.
Tom received his B.A. in Criminal Justice/Psychology from Michigan State University in 1982, and his M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma in 1992.
Tom is a member of Beta Phi Mu (the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society), has been awarded the SLA President's Award (2003), was named a Fellow of SLA (2005), and was named one of Library Journal's "Movers and Shakers" (2005).