ALSC Member Profile

ALSC Member of the Month – Tracy Geiser

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. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Tracy Geiser.

Courtesy photo from Tracy Geiser
Courtesy photo from Tracy Geiser

1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I am currently the fulltime Head of Children’s Services at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills, NY as well as being a parttime Youth and Family Services Librarian for the Hauppauge Public Library in Hauppauge, NY. This October will be 3 years at Half Hollow so I’m still relatively new there but I’ve been at Hauppauge for about 13 years now.

2.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

I joined ALSC back when I first started library school because it was a place where I could go for answers and ideas. It was a HUGE help back then and still is! I also belong to YALSA (I actually used to be a Teen Services Department Head) and PLA.

3.  What do you think children’s librarians will be doing ten years from now?

With so much of our programming turning towards STEAM workshops or being based on Common Core, I definitely see us in more of a teaching role.

4.  E-books or Print?

Print! I do have a tablet that I use BUT I only started reading e-books because all of my books wouldn’t fit in my suitcase when I went away.

5.  Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

I currently have 3 tattoos but have 2 more in the works…one being a gorgeous book themed one that I can’t wait to get!

6.  Who is your favorite book character?

Jo from Little Women is still to this day my favorite book character. She was such a tomboy and that’s how I grew up. It was easier to relate to her and with her being a bookworm.

7.  Favorite part of being a Children’s Librarian?

It’s bittersweet but I love meeting children when they’re very little and watching them grow up in to teens and then seeing where they head to in the future.

8.  Who is the last person you said thank you to?

More like people – my staff at Half Hollow. The summer is always crazy for every library and everyone is short staffed nowadays. They are just amazing to work with and always pull through. I can’t begin to even thank them enough!

9.  When you were a kid, did you excitedly look forward to the first day of school? Or did you dread the thought of the end of summer?

I was the school geek – I LOVED the first day of school! I would wait impatiently for the name of my teacher to come in the mail and I couldn’t wait to go school supply shopping. I still love to shop for office supplies. I’m very picky about my pens.

10.  What volunteer or altruistic activities are you involved with?

I have done the AVON Breast Cancer Walk and would love to do it again but that’s something that you need to have a team as support. It’s emotionally draining as well as physically. It’s absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend doing it at least once. I also walk in honor of my Dad for Heart Association Walks.

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Thanks, Tracy! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

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 alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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