Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. This month, we randomly selected a candidate who bravely agreed to participate. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten (plus) questions with ALSC member, Carrie Gardner.
1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I have wanted to be a librarian since I was in Kindergarten! The evidence can be found in my yearbooks—I consistently said: I will be a librarian when I grow up. True to my word, I have been a librarian since I was 17.
2. How long have you been an ALA member? Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?
I have been an ALA member since 1990. I have always been focused on youth issues, so I’m a member of ALSC, YALSA and AASL. I also belong to the Intellectual Freedom Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table.
3. Who was the last person you said “thank you” to? Why?
The waiter who served me a wonderful crabcake dinner tonight. Why? Because we should all say ‘Thank You’ and mean it as often as possible!
4. Favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Oh! the Places You’ll Go!
5. What motivates you?
Watching a patron interact with information that they want and/or need!
6. What are you proudest of having accomplished in your professional career?
Having been an educator for almost 20 years, I’m most proud of my former students (and patrons) and their accomplishments. They have written award winning books, won Olympic medals, started charities, had great children, and become productive, happy, content members of society! I’m so lucky to read about it all on facebook and feel that I was part of the village that helped raise them.
7. What is your favorite word?
Vivacious! I first heard it in Gone with the Wind and it still makes me smile! It has a 100% positive connotation in my mind.
8. E-books or Print?
Either! Whatever I have at my fingertips. I own over 7000 print books but also have the ereader software on my ipad. Like Jackie Kennedy Onassis, I hope to die surrounded by my favorite books.
9. Do you have a “guilty pleasure” TV show?
Yes. I think most all of TV qualifies as a guilty pleasure and not educational. Okay, if I must confess–it’s the Simpsons. I find the cultural references and social commentary fascinating.
10. What’s your favorite color?
Purple. Always has been, always will. My grandmother made me a gaudy purple blanket before I was born and it imprinted on my developing brain in utero.
11. What are you afraid of?
A world where citizens are not able to access the information they need in order to be informed members of a representative democracy.
12. If you could bring a folk or fairytale character to life, who would it be?
It would not involve a female character being made complete because of the acquisition of a man. As a child, I liked tales about Paul Bunyan.
13. Do you have any pets?
A few thousand bees.
14.. What’s your favorite season?
Spring. Because I live in the Northeast, I feel as if Mother Earth wakes up from her winter slumber and comes alive in the Spring.
15. What has been a defining moment for you as a librarian?
I was invited to legally travel to Cuba and study the flow of information in a society where Internet access is heavily filtered by the government and librarians can only provide resources approved by a government bureaucrat. It cemented my belief that librarians and all American citizens must continue to fight for access to all information so tyrannical leaders can not take root in America.
Thanks, Carrie! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature! (Carrie can be reached at email@example.com.)
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org; we’ll see what we can do.