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Thomas C. Leonard, journalism professor and University Librarian

Thomas C. Leonard

Thomas C. Leonard is UC Berkeley's University Librarian and a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism. He has published several books on the role of the press in society and on the origins of modern American journalism.

Leonard is in charge of 32 constituent and affiliated libraries that together make the University Library the fourth largest academic library in the United States, surpassed only by the Library of Congress, and the libraries at Harvard and Yale. In 2003, the Association of Research Libraries ranked the UC Berkeley Library the top public university library in North America, and the third overall.

Author of "Above the Battle: War-Making in America from Appomattox to Versailles," "The Power of the Press: The Birth of American Political Reporting," and "News for All," Leonard focuses much of his research and teaching on the role of the press in society. He is working on a book about "notorious Americans" and how journalists and historians have helped to build them up and tear them down.

Posts by Thomas C. Leonard

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