Deborah Schwarz is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History. After graduation she moved to Toronto and attended the University of Toronto’s School of Library & Information Science where she received her MLIS in 1979. That same year she moved to Los Angeles and began her professional career as a law librarian at Tuttle & Taylor, a now defunct Los Angeles law firm. After stints as the library director for two other prominent Los Angeles law firms, Deborah started her own company, Library Associates in 1986. Library Associates started as a contract staffing firm for information professionals, but grew steadily and expanded into outsourcing and project management. A series of strategic acquisitions opened up new avenues in media and digital archives, procurement and spend management, federal government outsourcing and most recently, virtual delivery of competitive intelligence and analysis. TZP Partners, a private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in the company, now called LAC Group in 2015. Deborah stepped down as CEO and into the role of Founder & Strategic Advisor in 2018.
Deborah served as the Southern California President of SLA in 2016, remains actively involved with LAC. She sits on the LAC/TZP Board of Directors and is the co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Council for JVS. She currently consults for law firms in Los Angeles on virtual library services and is on the Advisory Board of Climatechangeresources.org.