Who we are

Tim Spalding

Founder and developer

Tim founded LibraryThing in August 2005 as a pet project, to catalog his own library and for academic and bibliophile friends. He had no idea it would explode like it did.

Tim grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and went to Georgetown University. He spent much of his 20's dabbling in archaeology and pursuing a PhD in Greek and Latin at Michigan, but dropped out. Before founding LibraryThing, Tim developed educational software for Houghton Mifflin in Boston, and ran a variety of smaller websites.

Tim lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, the author Lisa Carey, and twelve year-old son Liam.

Favorite authors: include (fiction) Vladimir Nabokov, Robertson Davies, (classics) Callimachus, Herodotus, Artemidorus, Moses Finley.

Abby Blachly

Librarian and head of LibraryThing for Libraries

Abby grew up on the coast of Massachusetts, and received a BA in Women's Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She then went to work for Tim at Houghton Mifflin while going to library school. She has MA and MLS degrees in History and Library Science from Simmons College. Abby worked as a corporate indexer/cataloger before leaving to become the first official employee at Tim's little bookish startup.

Abby lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her wife Sara and their daughter. She loves libraries, theater, running, coffee, and oxford commas.

Favorite authors: an ever growing list, including Ann Patchett, Kate Atkinson, Sarah Waters, Madeline Miller, Deborah Harkness, and Ian McEwan.

Christopher Holland

Director of UX and Developer

Christopher was born in Greenville, Mississippi and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Mississippi State University and attained a B.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design and Digital Media. He spent most of the 90s working on various research projects in digital media: mapping and data visualization of large data sets, archaeology dig site documentation and monitoring, 3D scanning and reproduction, and 3D virtual environments (CAVEs). Christopher became interested in the Web while it was still a research project among a few universities. Lucky for him, MSU was one of those universities. He's been developing websites since 1993. Recently, most of his work is related to user interfaces and mobile applications. Christopher became a member of LibraryThing in January of 2006 when he was hired by Tim to help with his little project.

Christopher has lived in various places: Washington D.C., Tampa, FL, Starkville, MS, Salt Lake City, UT, Mobile, AL and even briefly for two summers in Lahav, Israel. He currently lives in The Woodlands outside of Houston, TX with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter Kate. Christopher enjoys and spends his free time doing photography, painting, spending time with his family, auto racing, and, strangely enough, programming.

Chris Catalfo


Chris is a native Baltimorean, hon. He made a lot of degree salad in school (a BBA in Business from Loyola College in Maryland, an MA in Italian Language from Middlebury and an MLS from North Carolina State University). He has worked at libraries doing data munging, MARC mushing and cataloging. He remembers well the musty book dust one wears after cataloging rare books! He had fun teaching Italian for a couple of years. Before coming to LibraryThing he worked on the Biblios cataloging editor project where he got to make something close to the editor he always wished he had as a cataloger.

Chris lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids. He enjoys playing classical and fingerstyle guitar and recording old Beatles songs.

Kate McAngus Krieger

Librarian for LibraryThing for Libraries

Kate is a native Texan, specifically a 5th generation Austinite. She has a BA in English and Russian from Baylor University in Waco, TX, a MA in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Virginia, and a MLS from Simmons College in Boston. Kate is done collecting degrees.

Kate enjoys yoga, running (in theory), cooking & baking, reading fiction, visiting the library with her kids, and cheering for the St. Louis Blues and the Houston Astros. Kate, her husband, son & daughter live in St. Louis with their dumpster dog Angus.

Favorite authors: Donna Tartt, Hanya Yanagihara, Tana French, Lauren Groff, Ann Patchett, Anna Akhmatova, Karen Thompson Walker, Marisha Pessl, and Roxane Gay.

Kristi de Bree

TinyCat Management and Member Support

Kristi's passions are eating, cooking, outdoor exploration, travel, and eating (did we mention she loves food?). Kristi has a B.A. in Zoology and spent a semester in Tasmania where she fed kangaroos, explored the rainforest, and interacted with Tasmanian Devils.

After spending a summer campaigning for organizations like Environment America and the Human Rights Campaign, Kristi fell in love with the city of Portland (ME). She found a local, independent school to cultivate her joy of lifelong learning and general technology geekery before coming to LT in 2014. She currently lives on a lake with her husband Chris, Maine Coon cats Lucy and Mahli, and Pointer-Foxhound rescue Gunner. In her spare time, Kristi is learning to knit, paint, and practice permaculture on her property—where she can harvest food to eat. She loves high fantasy novels, self-help books, and thrillers!

Favorite authors: Thích Nhất Hạnh, Sarah Waters, David Mitchell, Brian Jacques, and Stephen King.

Lucy Horpedahl


Lucy was born and raised in Nebraska (but no, she's not a Huskers fan; it's really not a requirement). She has two bachelor's degrees, English from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has worked in libraries and loves shelving and cataloging so much she has cataloged her own personal library on LibraryThing using the Dewey Decimal system. Prior to working for LibraryThing, she worked as a software developer for 8 years.

Lucy lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, Casey; her daughter, Sara; and her three cats—Lilith, Ajax, and Rosey. She enjoys reading; knitting; playing board games, card games, and video games with her husband; The Simpsons; and semicolons.

Favorite authors: Sandra Boynton, Stephen King, Wally Lamb, J. Robert Lennon, Haruki Murakami, Lionel Shriver, and Mo Willems.

Abigail A. Moller

Specialist and Member Support

Abigail was born in Cleveland, but grew up in New York, just north of the city. She received a B.A. in Classics from Oberlin College, and a MPhil in Children’s Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked in the book business since the age of sixteen, when she got her first job at a local Waldenbooks, and has since worked at six other bookstores, in four cities on two continents. At her most recent bookstore, she had the pleasure of meeting some of her favorite children’s book creators.

Abigail currently lives in central New Jersey, with her mother and four somnolent cats answering (sometimes) to Chloe, Emmie, Orion, and Tigger. She has a passion for history (ancient and modern), languages, world music, and children’s literature, and is currently engaged in a project to visit all of her new home state’s Revolutionary War sites.

Favorite authors: L.M. Montgomery, Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and Georgette Heyer

Favorite illustrators: Kinuko Craft, Trina Schart Hyman, P.J. Lynch, Angela Barrett, Shaun Tan, Freya Blackwood, Vladyslav Yerko, Ivan Bilibin, and the Fan Brothers (Terry Fan and Eric Fan)

Lauren Przywara

Developer and Librarian

Lauren comes to LibraryThing with over ten years of experience working in libraries and technology. Her technical background includes Java and Python programming, test engineering, web and graphic design, and UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience).

After earning her MLIS from Kent State University in 2016, Lauren began her career in librarianship as a Youth Services Librarian. Since then, she has had the joy of working as a School Media Specialist in the K–12 system, and an Academic Librarian.

In 2022, Lauren decided to pursue her longtime interest in coding, and completed technical training to become a Software Development Engineer in Test. She will be working on LibraryThing.com, as well as our library products, Syndetics Unbound, Talpa.ai, and TinyCat.

Lauren lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and painting.

Favorite authors: C.S. Lewis, J. Kenji López-Alt, Stuart Turton, Mo Willems

Favorite illustrators: Lorena Alvarez, Zachariah OHora, Vera Brosgol, Dan Santat

Ganawa Juanah

Systems Administrator

With a wealth of I.T. experience, Ganawa will be working behind the scenes as our systems administrator/reliability engineer, in order to ensure that all of our sites and products—LibraryThing.com, TinyCat, Syndetics Unbound, and Talpa.ai—run smoothly.

Ganawa was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas. He has worked in various I.T. roles, supporting companies large and small in multiple positions, from support to engineering.

Ganawa lives in the rural suburbs outside of Dallas with his wife Lauren, his two sons Joel and Miles, and his three dogs Sammi, Sawyer, and Sophie. He enjoys binge-watching old T.V. shows with his wife, staying involved in his local community, spending time outdoors with a very active toddler, and dabbling with technology in his home lab.

Favorite books:
The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know by Bob Beaudine
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama
All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer

Molly Peters

Junior Librarian and Programmer

Molly was born in upstate New York and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Vermont, where she completed a BA in Anthropology and enjoyed lots of outdoor adventures and local produce. She discovered her passion for library technology while completing her MLIS at Simmons University in Boston. Molly worked at the Boston Architectural College Library before joining LibraryThing and has a soft spot for architectural history and glossy design magazines.

Molly lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her sister. She loves to spend her time cooking, playing guitar, running, biking, rock climbing, birding, and knitting.

Favorite Authors: Alison Bechdel, Haruki Murakami, Gabriel García Márquez and Mary Oliver