John DiGilio is the National Manager of Research Services for Reed Smith, LLP. He has over 15 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. John has proudly been affiliated with such industry standouts as Thomson Reuters, where he served as a Librarian Relations Manager, and K&L Gates, where he was the Firmwide Legal and Business Research Librarian/ Instructor for many years.
John is very active in the law and law library communities. He has written for numerous regional and national publications as well as taught college and graduate courses in such topics as business ethics, e-commerce, fair employment practices, research methodology and business law. John is active in both the Special Libraries Association and the American Association of Law Libraries. As an SLA member, he is a two-time Dana Award recipient. He is the Past-Chair of SLA’s Legal Division, Chair of the Legal Division’s Professional Development Committee, and a 2012 candidate for SLA Treasurer.
John has been presenting the wildly popular “60 Sites in 6o Minutes” at the SLA Annual Meeting and Conference for many years now. He and speaking partner, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, still attract a standing room only audience every year. John also enjoys talking about technology and leadership to various library organizations and has spoken all over the United States, Canada, and even the Caribbean. There is never a speaker’s fee, as he believes in giving something back to the profession that has given him so much.
John earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. He is currently pursuing a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Saint Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary.
From John: I am a jack of all trades, master of none . . . ok . . . maybe a few. I am a librarian by day and an aspiring amateur photographer by night and weekend. A hopeless romantic, I am most happy when curled up with my partner and our dog. I am spiritual (Zen Buddhist, Gnostic) and a vegetarian and a big believer in reuse rather than refuse. I love to read and travel and go geocaching. And, believe it or not, I AM an anarchist. Surprised? Thank you for reading iBraryGuy and for making being a librarian so much fun!
John is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of On Firmer Ground, a blog by and for law firm librarians. It is an international collaboration by law library groups from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and the United States. This is his latest project and a real labor of love.