Winston Tabb was appointed Associate Librarian of Congress for Library Services in November 1995, when all library services and programs at the Library of Congress were consolidated under his leadership. In this capacity, he manages 53 divisions and offices whose 2,400 employees are responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, public service, and preservation activities, services to the blind and physically handicapped, and network and bibliographic standards for America's national library.
Mr. Tabb served as Acting Deputy Librarian of Congress from 1989 to January 1992, assisting the Librarian of Congress in the overall management of the Library.
Mr. Tabb has been with the Library of Congress since 1972, when he was chosen to participate in the Library's Intern Program for outstanding library school graduates. After completing the internship, he joined the staff of the Congressional Research Service. From 1978 to 1984, he served as assistant chief of the General Reading Rooms, whose five reading rooms are the most heavily used at the Library of Congress. From 1984 to 1988, he was chief of the Copyright Information and Reference Division. In October 1988, he was appointed Director for Research Services.
Mr. Tabb graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1963. He earned a master's degree in American literature from Harvard University in 1964 and another in library science from Simmons College in 1972. He is a member of the Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Visiting Committee for Harvard Libraries, and the Digital Library Federation Policy Committee. He has represented the Librarian of Congress since 1988 on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and since 1995 on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). He is Vice-Chair of the Professional Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and serves as chair of IFLA's National Libraries Section and of the Coordinating Board for the Division of General Research Libraries. He is the U.S. representative to the G7 global digital libraries project, and represents the Library of Congress on the AACR 2 Committee of Principals. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for Alexandria, the Journal of National & International Library and Information Issues. Since 1994, he has served on the Board of the Soros Foundation - Open Society Institute Network Library Program, which makes grants for library advancement in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
In 1998, Mr. Tabb was awarded a top honor of the American Library Association, the Melvil Dewey Medal, for creative leadership in, and distinguished contributions to, the national and international library communities.