John J. DiGilio | Age 31
Legal and business research librarian/ instructor, Kirkpatrick
While his law school classmates were envisioning careers
in the courtroom, John DiGilio was relishing the task
of library research. That appreciation for research brought
him to the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information
Sciences to combine his law degree with his research abilities
toward a M.L.I.S. Upon graduation, he landed a job as
the legal librarian for all of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart's
10 offices, based in downtown Pittsburgh.
"[The classification of] ‘Librarian' carries
a wide spectrum of jobs because of this information economy,"
say DiGilio, dismissing the stereotype that librarians
are older women with buns amongst stacks of books. These
days, librarian jobs can be based on virtual reference
and Internet research, not books. "My real love of
the research aspect in the library is getting to the core
of the issue -- getting to the nuts and bolts.
"Somebody has to be available not just to point people
to the proper research," DiGilio says, "but
with so much being available today, they need individuals
who can sift through it all to come up with the best research
… given the wide variety of resources today."
Actively involved in two professional information-related
organizations, DiGilio is president of the Pittsburgh
chapter of the Special Libraries Association, which brings
together specialized collections, such as medical libraries,
law or even prison libraries. He's also a member of the
Western Pennsylvania Law Libraries Association. He received
awards from both organizations in 2001 -- a feat never
accomplished before. The SLA recognized his activism within
its organization with The Chapter Award, and he was the
WPLLA's Librarian of the Year.
"I was completely knocked over, to say the least,
because I'm still fairly new to the profession,"
He's also involved in the Mount Washington Community Development
Corp., working to sustain and improve the area's parks
and green areas. As Mount Washington-area representative
for the Democratic Party, DiGilio conveys the issues important
to the community to Democratic legislators and other elected
"I'd like to see more people use their voice and
get involved," says DiGilio, adding that they have
no right to complain about the state of affairs if they
do nothing to bring about change.
And the Pepperdine University-educated boy (originally
from Nesquehoning, northeastern Pennsylvania) has become
a real advocate for Pittsburgh. He's happy to open up
his guest room to friends and family and show off the
town. He's also impressed by the accessibility of Pittsburgh
-- he doesn't own a car and has never felt "locked."
DiGilio also has found it easier to find common-interest
groups here than in bigger cities like Los Angeles or
London. "One of the big reasons I came here is the
incredible diversity -- I didn't expect to find Buddhist
groups, but I did," DiGilio says, referring to study
groups he attends weekly to discuss Buddhist teachings
and to meditate. "The diversity here is awesome,
and people should come to realize it."
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