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  • Political Science BibliographerAugust 1983 to August 2014Nashville, Tennessee
    • Head, Government Information and Media Services
      May 1987 to Jan 2014
Current City and Hometown
About Larry
  • I was born in Bangor, ME; grew up in West Palm Beach, FL; and have lived in Nashville, TN, since 1967, except for two three-year stints in New Orleans, LA.

    In West Palm Beach, I went to Belvedere Elementary School, Conniston Junior High School, and Forest Hill High School. I was Sergeant of the school patrol at Belvedere, I received the Social Studies Award at Conniston, I was captain of the Debate Team at Forest Hill, and I skipped my senior year to attend Stetson University.

    I started at Stetson at 16 and graduated with a B.A. at 19, but I didn't finish graduate school (Vanderbilt Univ., Tulane Univ., and Vanderbilt again) until I was 36. At Stetson I majored in Political Science and Economics. I was in the Student Senate, the Men's Judiciary Board, the Union Board, the Dorm Council, Young Democrats, and the Debate Team. I was in Who's Who among College Students.

    At Tulane I received an M.A. and was ABD in Political Science. I was President of the Graduate School Student Body and again in Who's Who among College Students. At Vanderbilt, I took many Political Science courses without getting a degree and later received an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science). I was President of the Library School Student Body.

    I am active in the Unitarian Church and was the President of my Congregation 1996-1998 and 2010-2012. I’m the newsletter editor and chair of the Membership Committee.

    For the last 29 years I have worked at Vanderbilt University’s Central Library. I am Head of Government Information and Media Services as well as Political Science, Communication Studies, and Leisure Reading Bibliographer.

    I am active in the American Library Association (ALA) and in the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), the national organization for government information library professionals. I have been chair of GODORT and have served on the ALA governing Council since 1992. For 2007-2010 I was on the Executive Board of the 60,000-member ALA. In 1995 I received the ALA/GODORT/ProQuest Documents to the People Award for “outstanding leadership.” In 2008 I received the ALA/GODORT James Bennett Childs Award for lifetime contributions to government information librarianship.

    In 2012 I was appointed to the U.S. Public Printer’s Depository Library Council for a three-year term.

    I am also active in the Tennessee Library Association, serving as chapter councilor, as well as chair of TN-GODORT and of the Legislation Committee and Intellectual Freedom Committee. In 2011 I received the Tennessee Library Association’s President’s Award for “outstanding service.”

    I had a liver transplant on June 28, 2006. It turned out that the old liver had cancer. In January 2011 I was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cancer that spread to a lymph node from my old liver. Because my current liver does not have cancer, it’s an odd case. At any rate, the tumor has been growing much more slowly than normal, so I went through radiation. The cancer is terminal, but the tumor’s growth has been slow.

    Mike Morgan and I got married in Boston on March 26, 2011. He has been the most important person in my life since August 12, 1970. (42 years and counting). He retired as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Research Nurse who tested new AIDS drugs.

    The Stonewall Book Awards are the oldest national GLBT book awards in the United States. One of the three awards is named after Mike and me: The Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Stonewall Book Award.

    We have a found dog (Maxine Sullivan, a hound mix) and a pound dog (Jake Gyllenhaal, whippet/beagle mix). Our other dogs were Bandit (Siberian Husky), Rosemary Clooney (a terrier mix), Albert Campion (Siberian Husky), and George Jones (a border collie mix).
Favorite Quotes
  • Shake and shake
    The ketchup bottle;
    None will come
    And then a lot'l.
    --Richard Armour

    From Tim: Never try to teach a pig to's a waste of time and it annoys the pig.

    From Laura: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess

    Funeral Blues

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead.
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West.
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    -- W. H. Auden

    Read in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"

    "You've gotta' dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt.
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth."

    Adapted by William Purkey from an old Irish proverb.