Company: Texas A&M University
Location: Laredo, Texas, United States
John M. Maxstadt, Librarian at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library science.
Amassing more than 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Maxstadt was a librarian and the head of public services at Texas A&M University from 1995 to 2016, where he helped students obtain informational articles and services while managing and organizing materials. Prior to this position, he was a public services librarian at Lamar University for four years, an instruction coordinator at the University of Arkansas for three years, and a reference librarian at Louisiana State University for four years.
Mr. Maxstadt was inspired to enter the library sciences industry by his grandmother, who was also a librarian. Originally intending to teach English as a full-time career, he found great influence in the school librarian, who mentored and motivated him to pursue work as a librarian. Mr. Maxstadt earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College in 1980, followed by a Master of Arts in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1982. The following year, he received a Master of Library Science from Ball State University.
In an effort to remain abreast of changes in his industry, Mr. Maxstadt maintained affiliation with several societies, including The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, where he served as secretary of his local chapter between 2007 and 2009. He was associated with the American Library Association, the Texas Faculty Association, the Texas Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to library science, Mr. Maxstadt was honored as Teacher of the Year by Texas A&M University in 2007. A native of Royal Oak, MI, he enjoys participating in community theater and cactus gardening in his spare time.
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