Anthony “Tony” Stamatoplos
Meet Anthony “Tony” Stamatoplos, Scholarly Support Services Librarian at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Tony moved to USFSP from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he worked for 19 years and is enjoying the area and most especially working with our students.
He describes his current position as an opportunity to connect people with knowledge that supports and enriches learning, research, and work. Additionally, Tony teaches strategies and skills that empower people to connect independently with knowledge and enjoys connecting with the students and faculty. Much of his focus here is teaching information literacy to first-year students. His academic training was in anthropology, and as a librarian he found the skills and perspective he gained initially in anthropology has proven to be invaluable. Tony is personally and professionally people-focused, service-oriented, and improvisational.
Tony was the first person in his family to earn a college degree, so his passion for serving first-generation and first-year college students is evident in his approach and style when working with the amazing students on campus. Tony’s accomplishments are noteworthy and highlight his dedication to helping people understand the many complexities involved in library research. He has published and presented on topics such as: assessment, creative librarianship, customer service, first-year learning communities, improvisational teaching, information literacy, undergraduate research programs, and roles of academic librarians.
In Tony’s spare time he does long form improv at the American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg where he is part of a team that presents reality-based improvised comedy. When not doing that, he can be found in Walt Disney World with his wife, Kari Ann.