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Dr. Pearlstein has 30 years of experience as an information professional in both the public and private sector; including state and regional organizations, as well as a global professional services firm. She has been an archivist, a records manager, a solo librarian, managed a small staff of less than 10 and managed a team of more than 60 located around the world. As a member of several vendor global advisory boards, she has witnessed the profession from both the seller and consumer perspective.
Since her retirement in 2007 (and even before), she has been a frequent presenter for various information professional organizations, both in-person and virtually, and has an active writing and publishing career in partnership with Simmons GSLIS Dean & Professor Emeritus Jim Matarazzo. Dr. Pearlstein's area of concentration is in special libraries, especially corporate for-profits; including negotiating with vendors and methods of cost recovery, alignment of IS with organizational goals, and IS survival skills in general.
Writing and presenting are part of her abiding belief in giving back to the profession, and as such she mentors and advises students and colleagues. She also participates in preliminary accreditation activities for MLS programs as part of ALA External Review Panels. Dr. Pearlstein continues to be active in the Special Libraries Association.
Outside the IS world, Dr. Pearlstein is working on a biography of a Civil War soldier from Maine.
Toby Pearlstein currently has no scheduled workshops.