Tony White is the Library Director, Purchase College, the State University of New York. Previous positions include working as University Librarian, Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario; Florence and Herbert Irving Associate Chief Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Director of Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); and Head of the Fine Arts Library, Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). During his time at IUB, he served as Director of the Specialization in Art Librarianship, teaching the Art Librarianship seminar and the Art History Research Methods course. He has taught studio art courses on artists’ books at MICA and the Pratt Institute. He was the first appointed Field Editor for Artists’ Books and Books for Artists for the College Art Association’s online reviews journal. He has curated exhibitions at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library, the Museum of Printing History, the Center for Book Arts, the Lilly Library, and the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, among others. He is a founding board member of the College Book Art Association, and he founded the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference held each fall at MOMA’s PS 1 (2007-2018), as part of the New York Art Book Fair. For several years, he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Artists’ Books, guest-editing issue 25.
His board service includes the Center for Book Arts (NYC), the College Book Art Association, and the Kinsey Institute. Prior to library school, he worked as a book and paper conservation technician, first on an NEDCC and National Park Service project with the Frederick Law Olmsted plans and drawings collections, then at Yale University working on the Charles Ives music manuscript collection and early printed maps of America. He has published articles, catalogs, essays, and book chapters on artists’ books, artists’ publishing, and topics in art librarianship. He has a post-M.L.S. certificate in preservation management for libraries and archives from Rutgers University, an M.L.S. from Indiana University Bloomington with a concentration in art librarianship, and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.