About Me (My Story)

Believe it or not, I haven’t always been a librarian . . . my first career out of college was in law enforcement. Yep, I “walked a beat” (figuratively) and got to put bad guys in jail. About midway through this career, I went back to school to retool myself and acquired my Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies.

I officially retired from the Tulsa Police Department at the end of April 2007 (after serving for 25 years) and began my next career as an academic librarian at Northeastern State University (the Broken Arrow campus) in November 2007.

26 Responses to “About Me (My Story)”

  1. Michael Douma Says:

    DEAR Tom ,
    The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover web 2.0 in The Gun-Carryin’ Librarian, I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
    The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
    The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html

  2. Teri D. Poreda Says:

    Salutations! How are you? It appears you are definitely thriving, but busy, here at NSU. Where is your office so the next time I come by the library, I can stop in and see you. May need help with a paper I have to write.


  3. Tom Rink Says:


    My office is E-134, right across the hall from one of the computer labs (the one that is on the opposite side of the library from where your class met).

    Stop by anytime.


  4. Connie Clem Says:

    Hi Tom –

    Welcome to blogging from another info pro with an interest in jails. We talked at SLA in Denver. (You may remember me sharing the “speaker presence” tips before you went in to make your successful case for the board seat?)

    I’m tweeting the occasional jail/public safety item at http://twitter.com/ConnieInfo if you’d like to check it out. Also doing a bit of volunteering with the SLA Division of Government Information. Highly recommend the blog here –

    Connie Clem
    Clem Information Strategies

  5. Tom Rink Says:


    Yes, I remember you from Denver! Thanks for the info. I’ve already seen the GI blog, and will check out your twitter.

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  7. Adam Jacot de Boinod Says:

    Dear Tom

    I wondered if you might like a mutual link to my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?


    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)



    or wish to include:

    The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under and elsewhere).

    Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew, such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

    Discover why it is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else

  8. Tom Rink Says:


    Sure, I can certainly add you to my links. Thanks.


  9. Rob Says:

    Hi Tom,

    We have a couple of Larry Hood paintings that we are interested in selling. We don’t know how to find collectors of his work, but I read your posts about having some of his pieces. If you are interested, or if you know of other collectors, would you email me? Thanks.

  10. Fred McKie Says:

    Hi: I am writing you about some information on a pair of James Hagen prints I have. I know nothing about them. They seem to go together. One is signed in pencil and has Austin Galleries printed above his signature. The other print has his name printed on the print. I do not see 24/568 for example but it may be under the frame. I can send you photos if you like once you email me back. Thanks in advance for any help you can supply. Regards, Fred

  11. Dara Miller Says:

    Hello, My name is Dara Miller I am the youngest of 4 children my father Larry Hood had. I cant believe how much art work you have of my fathers. What a blessing to just look back and see some of his ealier art work. My brother told me about this website and i think its just great how you are a fan of my late father. Thank you for posting his paintings where everyone can vie them and enjoy them.

  12. Jeffrey Hunter Says:

    I found your site surfing the web late at night as always – trying to understand the business that I have been in for 16 years. I sell and design ties – the last 11 on line. I made two blog posts about your blog – one specifically about the carrot tie and the other is a post that includes the bacon tie and other stuff that I found interesting. I also made a few comments – one on the Grand Canyon – I was a pro photographer before I got into the tie biz.

    The content is not what Google may consider “duplicate” therefore my posts that include several back links to your blog can only help you with your page ranking. I have had great success with Google Blogger and after only two months I could get a post indexed in seconds after publishing on page one of Google for many keyword phrases. The blog is now about 18 months old. The retail site is 25 months old which replaced a site that I had to sell to recover from the recession. That site had paged one of Google from 2001 for almost every keyword imaginable. Starting over has been a challenge. I have had great success as far as getting indexed again. I was told that I could never do it again – times had changed. I went back to school on web mastering.

    Here are the two blog URLS and the retail site URL

    The blog has serious and funny stuff. I must have two years of content that I could post more or less that cover everything possible about neckties and why men wear them or not. My next one is why plumbers don’t wear ties – its satire but it has a point about dressing sharp. As opposed to being too casual.




    A link to our retail site would be nice and maybe the blog

    Let me know if you would like me to change or add anything. If you are interested you are welcome to submit your tie of the month on our blog every month and I will actually do it for you and include the anchored one way back links to your blog that Google love as far as page rank and SEO stuff. As well I can make it so the content will not be considered duplicate.

    After a few minutes Google had the blog post # 5 for CARROT TIE against 6.1 million page returns, CARROT TIES # 6 against 4.7 million page returns

  13. Tom Rink Says:

    Jeffery, thanks. Your blogs and retail site are great! I will add them to my blogroll. And thanks for blogging my blog, I can certainly try to remember to post my “Necktie of the Month” to your blog each month, but if I ever forget, please feel free to do so yourself. Your retail site is fun . . . I really don’t have a lot of “novelty” ties, but it is never too late to expand the collection.

  14. Amy Heald Says:

    This is a Reply to above, Dara Miller,
    Hello Dara !! You will not remember me, but I remember you. Your father, Larry Hood, and mine, Donald Widener, were best friends..along with Rance and Clifford Hood. I am your sister, Angelique’s age, so her and I were friends for many years. I have pictures of you and your brother/sister..and I have one of Clifford. I remember your father Oh so well !! What a great man he was and will always be in my heart… I say things to my daughter today, that Larry would say to me when I was a child. My favorite memories as a kid was with all of you. My brother, Eric, has an original painting with your fathers signature, that your father had painted for my family. I would love to be back in contact with all of you. Please feel free to e-mail me at, earthlinglight@yahoo.com …..

  15. Therese Birkbeck Says:

    This is a well organized blog (I would expect nothing less). Please email me about your upcoming trip to Atlanta as I do not have your email address. You must come for dinner! Therese Birkbeck

  16. Kayi and Zara Says:

    My daughter Zara was especially taken by your cheescake recipes – she recently made her first New York style cheesecake which was rather good! Anyway, as a result of your mouth watering recipes we have nominated you for One Lovely Blog award. Enjoy. Phillipa

  17. Tom Rink Says:

    Thank you very much!

  18. Kayi and Zara Says:

    You’re welcome!

  19. Daniel Page Says:


    Your blog is great!

    It was a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to your next post.


  20. Tom Rink Says:

    Thanks. It was great to meet you as well. The next post will be in a few hours!

  21. Linda Calo Says:

    Please send me an email so that I can send you pictures from the wedding!

  22. Betty Orf Says:

    I have a signed 1985 print of an Apache fire dancer by Larry Hood. could u tell me anything about this and/or him?

  23. Tom Rink Says:

    Betty, Larry was a Comanche and the nephew of the more famous painter, Rance Hood (New Mexico). I believe the print you may have is entitled: “Mescalero Fire Dancer.” This was one of five different paintings that Larry printed (Comanche Buffalo Prophet, Winter War Party, When Death Comes Riding, and Charging Comanche). I don’t know much else, but Larry did pass away several years ago.

  24. Joe the Bott Says:

    Hey Tom,

    I’m showing Marsha Zielinski a few new tricks on the computer and showed her your page!!! Cold here, send SPRING!!!

  25. Tom Rink Says:

    Joe, I will do my best to send spring your way, but even though we have been getting glimpses of spring, we still have some “cold” spells in the forecast . . . hang in there.

  26. Anita McGuire Says:

    Tom, I’d love to talk to you asap about 2 signed prints by Valjean Hessing I have. I sent you a message on FB Messenger today re: same. I’m wanting to put them in a local auction this weekend, but need help setting their value.

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