John Aubry was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. in British Studies from Grinnell College in 1977, his MLS from the University of Michigan in 1980, and a certificate in Database Application, Development and Design from Columbia University in 1999. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Aubry served as archivist and librarian at the American Institute of Physics’ Center for the History of Physics, before becoming a curator and reference librarian at Columbia University in 1984. From 1987 until 1998, Aubry served as associate secretary and archivist for the College Board. From March 1999 until March 2000, he was database administrator for Town Sports International, and from March 2000 until February 2004, the digital database manager for the American Museum of Natural History. Aubry joined the New School Libraries in March 2004 as a systems librarian before being promoted to director of the Raymond Fogelman Library in 2007. Following a reorganization of the university’s librarian system in 2012, Aubry became assistant university librarian for access services, the role in which he served until his retirement in 2014.
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