Laurence Skirvin

Catalog Librarian


Laurence was raised in a small town in Georgia by non-Southern parents. He attended the University of West Georgia with the intention of getting a degree in Computer Science, but eventually decided to major in Philosophy. Eventually, he decided to go to the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University to get his MLIS. While working as a cataloging student assistant, he also earned an MA in Philosophy. Laurence worked as an adjunct Catalog Library at Kent State before coming to Hiram College.


  • MA in Philosophy, Kent State University, 2015
  • MLIS, Kent State University, 2011
  • BA in Philosophy, University of West Georgia, 2001

Areas of Interest

  • Laurence’s areas of interests include metadata creation and standards, linked data, ethical theory, applied ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of cognitive science, epistemology.


Fun Facts

  • Laurence enjoys gaming of every sort. He’s particularly fond of video games and tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun. He’s also an avid Magic: The Gathering player. His favorite Magic format is Commander.