Tom Peters
Assistant Dean for Strategic Technology Initiatives, Milner Library, Illinois State University


Tom Peters currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Strategic Technology Initiatives at Milner Library at Illinois State University in Normal. Prior to that, Tom was the CEO of TAP Information Services, a company he founded in 2003 to help organizations innovate. Tom also has worked at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC, the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago), Western Illinois University in Macomb, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Minnesota State University at Mankato, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Tom did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College, where he majored in English and philosophy. He earned his library science degree at the University of Iowa. His second master’s degree (in English) was completed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His library experience includes reference service, library instruction, collection management, information technology, and administration.

His current interests include:

  • the adoption and diffusion of information technologies in general
  • eReading on portable devices
  • online continuing education opportunities
  • mobile library initiatives