My name is Gerrit van Dyk. I became interested in libraries from a very early age when I was taken to the local public library where I grew up. From then on I was in and out of libraries until I chose to pursue a position at a public library during college. The librarian on duty sneered at me and told me they didn’t hire just anybody (no joke!). That threw me off the scent until I met my beautiful future bride who happens to be a daughter of a law librarian.
I investigated academic librarianship and never looked back.
The two things that interest me most about libraries are outreach and collection management. Both are about the users. Although it seems many people are worried about the future of libraries, I am excited to be a part of this time where libraries really are being reshaped. I am always on the look-out for new ways in which we can better become a user-centric service.
I am from Northern California and I miss the beach terribly. I am into literature, particularly epic poetry; I enjoy gardening, hockey, football, kite-flying, and especially spending time playing with my family.