Associate Dean
Rare Books and Special Collections Library


Brief Biography

Philip Croom is the associate dean for the Rare Books and Special Collections Library and Archives at The American University in Cairo. 

Croom received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialization in rare books, conservation and international, multilingual library activities. He did Practica in North Carolina Collection of rare books and manuscripts and UNC Population Center. His thesis, "The New French Library," was on innovations in services and buildings and based on a research grant to study libraries in Paris, Lille, Chartres, Nice, Arles and Cannes. Mr. Croom also completed a master's in business administration at the Thunderbird School of Global Management that included study at Templeton College, Oxford University and License in History from the Universite de Nice, France.

As associate dean for the Rare Books and Special Collections Library and Archives at AUC, Croom directs all activities of AUC research collections including acquisition, conservation, and reformatting of all library materials - including extensive rare book and archival collections. He is also responsible for the Center of Excellence for the Middle East and Arab Cultures initiative, where he records management programs among other duties. Previously, Croom served as assistant professor for Collection Management at Virginia Commonwealth University (1989-1993, 1994-1998), where he was primarily responsible for the collection development of the sciences and the arts ($2 million budget). He has also served as head of the collections management at Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, where he oversaw collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, conservation and special collections departments. 

Croom has been a member of the following societies: Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, (1993-1998), the Medical Library Association – Mid-Atlantic Chapter, (1989-1998), the Virginia Historical Society, (1994-1998), the International Congress on Medical Librarianship (Publications Committee, 1997) the Society of Architectural Historians (Virginia, 1994-1998), the Collections Committee, (VIVA Consortium for Commonwealth of Virginia, 1994-1998), and the Virginia Library Association, (1990-1998).


  • Conference, Cairo, April 2001. MELA and MESA Librarians Associations, IFLA. 
  • The Cyberstacks Virtual Advisory Board for Medicine: Changes and Challenges Implementing and Electronic Review Methodology for Internet Resources. Elizabeth Cooley, Consulting Product Support Specialist OCLC; Philip Croom, Collection Management Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, Julia K. Kochi, Personal Information Management Specialist for Clinical Programs, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, UC San Francisco, Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Kanasas City, Missouri 1997.
  • Preserving the Past: How?, Eighth AUC Research Conference 
  • Nubiana in the Collections of the AUC Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Middle Eastern Librarians Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2005.
Research Interest
  • History of Architecture
  • Building research collections about regional history based on the acquisition of family archives and recording oral histories