Tom O’Donnell is the current Director of the West Warwick Public Library. He has 15 years experience as a library manager. He arrived at librarianship as a career when the confluence of his 15 years experience in the independent bookstore business and 10 years as a manager in non-profit theatre led to a position at the Providence Public Library in 2001. A Master of Library and Information Studies degree with honors from URI soon followed. : He believes libraries best serve as incubators and outlets for the various creative impulses in their communities, whether expressed in the cultural/arts, technology, education, public/community service or any other transformative endeavor.