Janina Goodwin

Colleague Spotlight

Janina Goodwin, Pueblo City-County Library District, Colorado Springs

– What is your professional role/position?
Rawlings Library Manager

– How has CATS helped you in your career/personal development?
CATS has given me the chance to become more involved in a larger arena – helping me to look around and see what other libraries are doing.

– What has been your favorite youth services project?
Books in the Park – an annual program offered for four mornings a week for eight summer weeks in Pueblo – where books, toys, games, etc are taken to parks.  We partner with the school districts to provide lunch and other community organizations to provide activities to the kids who attend.

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

Novelist K-8

– Any random facts you could share with us?
I have a giant tattoo of Where the Wild Things Are from my ankle to knee on my right leg.  It’s called a sock.  I never show it at work.

– Do you have a favorite quote?
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out” ~ R Collier

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Laura Ingalls Wilder.  My obsession with her has continued into adulthood!

– What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Focus on your plan, be flexible with your goals
Never ask your employees to do anything you wouldn’t do
Celebrate failures, you always learn from them

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
Giving my staff the tools and helping to provide the resources to serve the community.  I love seeing their pride as they accomplish a project or achieve a goal.