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About Jack G. Montgomery Jr.

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.


Present Coordinator, Collection Services, Western Kentucky University
Present Professor, Western Kentucky University

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2005 - Present Editor/Journal Editor, Against the Grain
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Contact Information

Work address:
304 Cravens Library, Acquisitions Unit
Western Kentucky University Libraries
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11067
Bowling Green, KY 42101


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Book Chapters (3)

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Articles (23)