The Library of Congress has appointed Deborah Thomas as chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division. Thomas brings more than 20 years’ expertise working with digital collections and coordinating several of the Library’s signature programs. She has served as acting chief of the division since December 2019.
Since joining the Library in 1998, Thomas has held numerous positions as an expert in the digital serials process. Her specialized knowledge of newspapers, metadata, born digital, collections accessibility and e-acquisitions has played a significant role in furthering the Library’s institutional goal of developing a comprehensive management system in response to the transition from a traditional print to a digital media environment.
Thomas has served in a diverse set of roles since the start of her time at the Library.
Thomas played a significant role in the Library’s Chronicling America project, an undertaking by the Library and the National Endowment for Humanities to develop a searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information. Serving as the senior resource for the nationally-renowned program, Thomas provided deep expertise on the technical and programmatic management of the project, and ensured the database, which contains 17 million pages of newspapers, is readily accessible online.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a certificate in publishing from Radcliffe College.