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Tim Spalding

Founder and developer

Tim founded LibraryThing in August 2005 as a pet project, to catalog his own library and for academic and bibliophile friends. He had no idea it would explode like it did.

Tim grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and went to Georgetown University. He spent much of his 20's dabbling in archaeology and pursuing a PhD in Greek and Latin at Michigan, but dropped out. Before founding LibraryThing, Tim developed educational software for Houghton Mifflin in Boston, and ran a variety of smaller websites.

Tim lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, the author Lisa Carey, and eight year-old son Liam.

Favorite authors include (fiction) Vladimir Nabokov, Mark Twain, Robertson Davies, (classics) Callimachus, Herodotus, Artemidorus, Moses Finley.

Abby Blachly

Librarian and head of LibraryThing for Libraries

Abby grew up on the coast of Massachusetts, and received a BA in Women's Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She then went to work for Tim at Houghton Mifflin while going to library school. She has MA and MLS degrees in History and Library Science from Simmons College (graduating with dreams of working in a university archive). Abby worked as a corporate indexer/cataloger before leaving to join Tim's little bookish startup...

Abby lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her wife Sara and their son Jasper. She loves running, baking, and has recently discovered gardening, in her small city-sized patch of yard.

Favorite authors—an ever growing list, including: Ann Patchett, David Sedaris, Sarah Waters, and Ian McEwan.

Christopher Holland

Developer

Christopher was born in Greenville, Mississippi and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Mississippi State University and attained a B.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design and Digital Media. He spent most of the 90s working on various research projects in digital media: mapping and data visualization of large data sets, archaeology dig site documentation and monitoring, 3D scanning and reproduction, and 3D virtual environments (CAVEs). Christopher became interested in the Web while it was still a research project among a few universities. Lucky for him, MSU was one of those universities. He's been developing websites since 1993. Recently, most of his work is related to user interfaces and mobile applications. Christopher became a member of LibraryThing in January of 2006 when he was hired by Tim to help with his little project.

Christopher has lived in various places: Washington D.C., Tampa, FL, Starkville, MS, and even briefly for two summers in Lahav, Israel. He currently lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter Kate. Christopher enjoys and spends his free time doing photography, painting, spending time with his family, carpentry/remodeling, and, strangely enough, programming.

Chris Catalfo

Library Developer

Chris is a native Baltimorean, hon. He made a lot of degree salad in school (a BBA in Business from Loyola College in Maryland, an MA in Italian Language from Middlebury and an MLS from North Carolina State University). He has worked at libraries doing data munging, MARC mushing and cataloging. He remembers well the musty book dust one wears after cataloging rare books! He had fun teaching Italian for a couple of years. Before coming to LibraryThing he worked on the Biblios cataloging editor project where he got to make something close to the editor he always wished he had as a cataloger.

Chris lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids. He enjoys playing classical and fingerstyle guitar and recording old Beatles songs.

Kate McAngus Krieger

Librarian for LibraryThing for Libraries

Kate is a native Austinite (5th generation, y'all) and the first of her family to leave the great state of Texas. She has a BA in English and Russian from Baylor University in Waco, TX, a MA in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Virginia, and a MLS from Simmons College in Boston. Kate is done collecting degrees.

Kate enjoys yoga, running, cooking & baking, facetime-ing with her nieces in Texas, reading fiction, translating Russian poetry, and cheering for the St. Louis Blues and the Houston Astros. Kate, her husband, and son live in St. Louis with their dumpster dog Angus.

Favorite authors: Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene, Tana French, Anna Akhmatova, Gillian Flynn

Mike Topper

Developer

Mike was born and raised in a small city right outside Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, he went on to work for various startup companies in Ann Arbor, New York City and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mike and his wife moved back from Argentina last year and are now restoring a 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Maine.

Mike enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, knitting things for friends and family, reading a lot of epic fantasy books, buying fancy scotch, rooting for the Detroit Tigers and working on his falling-down farmhouse. He has dreams of one day owning a herd of dairy goats.

Favorite authors: Arthur Conan Doyle, George R.R. Martin, Michael Sipser, and Kurt Vonnegut.

KJ Gormley

Assistant Librarian for LibraryThing for Libraries

KJ grew up on the coast of Maine and earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Smith College. After school, they went to work for the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, Maine, where they alternated between raising funds and assisting patrons with assorted technology woes. KJ lives the digital nomad lifestyle with recent time in Portland (ME), NYC, and parts European.

When not reading, KJ enjoys writing fiction, planning more trips, and playing ukulele. They are currently reading/watching the collected works of Shakespeare.

Favorite authors: Robertson Davies, Ruth Ozeki, Neil Gaiman, John Irving

Loranne Nasir

Member Support and Social Media Librarian

Loranne is originally from the small town of Vandalia, MO. After completing a B.A. English at the University of Chicago, she worked in her alma mater's library system for a few years. In 2011, she moved to Syracuse, NY and earned her MLIS from Syracuse University two years later. She has recently relocated to Portland, ME.

In what spare time she has, Loranne enjoys fencing (épée); taking pictures of people, places, and things; playing games (both the video and tabletop varieties); and, naturally, reading.

Favorite authors: Ursula K. Le Guin, Carlos Fuentes, Terry Pratchett, Nick Harkaway

Kirsten Griffith

Assistant Librarian for LibraryThing for Libraries

Kirsten was born in Massachusetts and lived in Virginia and Puerto Rico before landing in Maine, where she has spent most of her adult life. She lived in San Francisco from 2007-2010 and did her best to clean out the Bay Area's many independent booksellers, requiring an upgrade from a 10' box truck to 16' when she drove to Maine from California.

Kirsten lives with her 16 year old brother who is a computer and video game aficionado, and their two very spoiled cats. She studies belly dance and ballet, rides a metallic purple beach cruiser, and enjoys trying to make complicated dishes in her tiny, ill-equipped kitchen.

Favorite authors: Roald Dahl, Brandon Mull, Mercedes Lackey, and Sarah Waters

Kristi Kennedy

Project Specialist

Kristi's passions are eating, cooking, exploring the outdoors, eating, travel, and eating (did we mention she loves food?). While studying for her B.A. Zoology, Kristi spent a semester in Tasmania where she fed kangaroos, explored the rainforest, and interacted with Tasmanian Devils. In 2010 she graduated and moved to Portland for a summer with Environment America, U.S. PIRG, and the Human Rights Campaign.

Kristi fell in love with the city of Portland and decided to start planting her roots. She worked as an administrator at an independent children's school for a few years and cultivated her love for lifelong learning, systems, and general technology geekery. She recently purchased her first home with partner Chris in the summer of 2013. They live in a lake house with their two Maine Coon cats and hope to soon add a Golden Retriever puppy named Duncan to their family. In her spare time, Kristi is learning to kickbox, paint, and practice permaculture on her property—where she can harvest food to eat. She loves DIY books and sci-fi novels!

Favorite authors: Thích Nhất Hạnh, John Updike, Pema Chödrön, and Stephen King

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