Hello everyone! I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Eric Tommerdahl, and I’ve recently been appointed Branch Manager Librarian for the Port Orange Campus of the David D. Palmer Library. In that position, I have overall charge of the Port Orange Campus Library, supervising the library staff under Chabha’s leadership, as well as educating students and faculty about the use of the library and the wonderful resources it has to offer. I am very proud to have this opportunity, and I hope to serve the Palmer community well in the years to come.
My career background is in public librarianship, so this position is a new opportunity for me. Before coming to Palmer, I was Director of the Clewiston Public Library/Hendry County Library Cooperative, where I was responsible for supervision of the staff, budgeting and fiscal management, public relations, and project management, relations with other City departments and government bodies, and similar matters. Before that, I was the Manager of Lake County’s Astor Branch Library, and before that held library directorships in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as other positions in Minnesota, Ohio, and Louisiana. I have more than 20 years of experience in libraries. As a librarian, I am oriented toward customer service and community relations. In the case of my position with Palmer, I believe that building a strong relationship with the student body and faculty is an essential part of fulfilling the library’s mission, and hope to work toward that end by leading the Port Orange Campus Library to exceed expectations in service.
My Masters’ of Science – Library and Information Science is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have an academic background in 20th century German History, holding an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in that subject. My hobbies remain highly academic. I have interests in history, especially those of the 20th century and ancient times, as well as Celtic studies, linguistics, archaeology, and so on. I also have an interest in alternative healing and related topics. As part of this interest, I have begun studying herbalism with the Live Oak School of Natural Healing. This has given me an interest in Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and similar healing modalities.
So, far, I am very impressed with Palmer, most especially the community and student body. Everyone at Palmer has been very welcoming to me, and the library appears to be top notch. We offer great resources to our students, an up-to-date and sophisticated learning environment, and a wealth of chiropractic history and heritage. This, of course, is exactly what one would expect from what is widely reputed to be the finest chiropractic college in the world.