Karl Bridges has been a professional academic reference librarian for more than twenty years. He is the acting dean at Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University. He holds master's degrees in history from Miami University and the University of Illinois, from which he also has an MLS. He has extensive professional writing experience, including scholarly articles in journals such as American Libraries and The Journal of Library Philosophy and Practice. He has also written three books (two as sole author, one as editor) and a book chapter on various library subjects including Web 2.0, library interviewing, and the future of libraries. He is also a book reviewer for publications including the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship and Catholic Library World.