Anthony Molaro, MLIS '09, PhD '12

The Information Activist

He was one of only 50 librarians called a "Mover and a Shaker” by the Library Journal in 2011, but he prefers the title Information Activist. 

Anthony Molaro, PhDAnthony Molaro, MLIS '09, PhD '12, defines an Information Activist as “a vigorous advocate of knowledge gained through study, communication, research or instruction.” He coined the title in 2009, in his post “On My Mind,” on his blog Since then, the term has caught on, even having been added to Wikipedia. The USA Network recently referred to the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, as an Information Activist.

The list of “Movers and Shakers” is a prestigious annual rundown of librarians throughout the country who are shaping the future of libraries and information centers.

The Library Journal highlighted Molaro’s regular contributions to the Libraries and Transliteracy blog as well as his role in co-founding Chicago Deskset, a local offshoot of the New York City-based group of librarians, bibliophiles, and information professionals, as some of the reasons for his place on the list.

Molaro told the Library Journal that he believes that attacks on libraries, intellectual freedom, and human rights can be countered with "the very stories contained within our walls."

Molaro says his passion for justice was kindled at Dominican while earning his Master of Library and Information Science and carried him into the university's doctoral programin LIS.

“At Dominican I learned the art and science of librarianship,” says Molaro.  “It has helped me run organizations of librarians dedicated to social justice, and I co-founded Chicago Deskset with two fellow alums of Dominican’s MLIS program.”

He says that being part of the first class of doctoral students at Dominican bonded the students and the faculty together.

“We had a running tradition of buying a personalized coffee mug for the professors.  The mugs had a funny comment that someone has made during the long 8-hour days,” he says.

He says Dominican faculty members Kate Marek and Gertrude Koh inspired his dedication to research and encouraged him to be a library leader.

“I do very little without consulting one or both of these strong Dominican women.”

A native of Batavia, IL, Molaro got this MBA from Elmhurst College in 2006, his MLIS from Dominican in 2009, and his PhD, also from Dominican, in 2012.

In 2012, Molaro joined the library and information science faculty of St. Catherine University in St. Paul after work experiences in both academic and public libraries. He continues to write and present on a variety of topics, with particular interests in technology and libraries, eBooks and eReaders, organization of information, digital media, the digital divide, information activism and social justice.