Jack G. Montgomery was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1953. He earned his B.A.
from the University of South Carolina and MLS at the University of Maryland–College Park.
He has worked as a librarian in Virginia, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky where he is a
Professor and Collection Services Coordinator at Western Kentucky University. 

As an author, he co-authored "Conflict Management for Libraries: a strategy for a
positive, productive workplace" in 2004, and authored "American shamans:
journeys with traditional healers" in 2008. Jack has written numerous professional
articles, book chapters and writes regular columns for Against the Grain magazine. He
also writes short articles, interviews and music reviews for the regional entertainment
newsapaper "The Amplifier." 

As a librarian, Jack has been professionally speaking at ALA, KLA, AALL, Charleston
Conference and regional library meetings since 1989. He also gives workshops on emotional
intelligence, change and conflict management as a paid consultant. 

He has also been a professional musician since 1969 and plays guitar, bass, harmonica,
and Appalachian dulcimer. He released his first musical CD in 2002 entitled “Onward to
Avalon,” followed by “Everywhere I Look” in 2004,“Tradition with a Twist” in 2008. His
fourth CD entitled "Watersprite," was released in 2011. Jack perfoms solo and
with the band “Watersprite” at local festivals in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, South
Carolina, Tennessee, and their music has been featured on several college, international
and Internet radio stations. 



Java City: Developing a Successful Cultural Center, DLTS Faculty Publications (2014)


Western Kentucky University Library had a large two-level, but largely unused lobby that had...



Chapter One: Beneath the Spanish Moss: The World of the Root Doctor, DLTS Faculty Publications (2008)

The spiritual practice of the Shaman is most likely the oldest spiritual tradition on Earth....



The Role of Organizational Culture in Effective Team Development, DLTS Faculty Publications (2006)

The concepts surrounding team management and organizational culture may seen unrelated when initially considering the...




ATG Interviews John Riley, Against the Grain (2015)


Colleagues Remembered, Against the Grain (2015)



Institutional Repository Task Force Report (with Connie Foster, Rose Davis, and Nelda Sims), TopSCHOLAR Presentations and Reports (2006)

A report of the University Libraries Institutional Repository Task Force, Western Kentucky University, with considerations...



Collections & Connections (with Elisabeth Knight, Roxanne Spencer, and Katherine Pennavaria), Collections & Connections (2002)

Collections & Connections is a newsletter of Western Kentucky University Libraries periodically featuring its major...



Onward to Avalon, Music at WKU (2002)

Onward to Avalon is a solo recording by Jack Montgomery of Shadowdancer.