“My favorite part of the job is teaching students,” Ream said, “both in class sessions and one-to-one in the library. I have visited several thousand classes to teach them how to use library and internet search tools better, and my favorite moment is seeing the excitement students feel when they realize the power our search tools give them to find information faster and more efficiently than they ever imagined.”
He adds, “I’ve enjoyed getting to know our faculty and staff at RCC. They’re intelligent and nice people . . . lots of fun to work with, especially the library staff, who have been extremely supportive as I learn the ropes.”
Ream holds a master’s in library science and education from the University of South Florida and master’s in English from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). In addition to working as a reference librarian at UTK for seven years, he held a variety of department head and management positions in public services and instruction during 26 years with the Virginia Commonwealth University libraries in Richmond, including hosting the radio show “Anarchy from the Archives” on VCU’s student internet radio station.
“Probably the most unusual thing I have done as a university librarian,” Ream reflects, “was to serve as president of the Faculty Senate at VCU from 2007 to 2009. It was an exciting time, as VCU transitioned from past president Eugene Trani to current president Michael Rao.”
Other career highlights include speaking at national conferences on such topics as information literacy, Wikipedia, and “glitch management”handling the technology malfunctions that occur while teaching.
Ream’s goal, he said, is to make RCC’s library and its resources “more important to our students, faculty, staff and the community than they have ever been before. We have great resources here, in both our talented library staff and our collectionsespecially online collectionsand way too many people don’t realize what we have to offer.” Further, he aims to ensure that every RCC student has “a positive experience doing library and Internet research while they are here, so that they’ll feel ready for the research they’ll need to do at their next school or job.”
Ream is married to Lucretia McCulley, a University of Richmond librarian. Their son, Paul, graduated from Davidson College in 2012 and now works for the Department of Justice in Washington as a legal researcher and translator. In his spare time, Ream enjoys walking, travel, reading, music, fishing, baseball and college basketball. He and his wife are active members of Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Richmond. Just before he began working at RCC, Ream participated in a 10-day church trip to Guatemala. “I was inspired to find people who lived in extreme poverty, yet remained cheerful, generous, and hopeful about their future,” he said.