Geoffrey Gregory

Colleague spotlight

Geoffrey Gregory

Denver Public Library

– What is your professional role/position?

I’m the Senior Librarian of Decker Branch. “Senior Librarian” is the odd moniker given to the mangers of individual DPL branches and departments. There are a lot of us.

– How has CATS helped you in your career/personal development?

It has given me experience in leading groups of people a lot smarter and more capable than me!

– What has been your favorite youth services project?

I love presenting our library’s Book Babies storytime.

– What are your favorite youth services tools? I.e readers advisory, read alikes, etc

Browsing among the stacks in libraries and bookstores.

– Any random facts you could share with us?

I had a cultured hick upbringing.

– Do you have a favorite quote?

“What we have here is a failure to communicate!” (from Cool Hand Luke)

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

Hmm, let’s go with Dwight Eisenhower alive.

– If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

A knife, a solar powered cell phone, and a soccer ball.

– If your library was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?

The quilt picture of the library made two years ago by a volunteer.

– What advice would you give to future youth librarians?

Keep learning, keep striving, keep leading.

– What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

Do what you love.

Be careful what you wish for.

Maintain a work/life balance.

– What are your hopes for children and teen services?

That youth services librarians continue to garner the support of their communities.

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Being given the freedom to mold the branch to my ideals.

– What book did you read last?

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson.

– What books are at your bedside?

The Complete Sailing Manual

Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn

– What children’s character can you relate with most? Why?

Little Tim in Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. His love of sea adventure.

– What is a super hero ability you wish you had?

Self defense skills.

– What would people never guess you do at your job?

I sometimes get to unclog toilets and clean up vomit. Oh boy!