About Gerrit van Dyk

Professional stuff:

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.

Find me: Hotmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Yelp, Twitter

Personal stuff:

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.

8 Responses to About Gerrit van Dyk

  1. Jaclyn says:

    Gerrit! I found your blog on Ben Crowder’s. Amazing to find your thoughts in so many different forums!

  2. Marvia Hall says:

    Gary! I mean, Gerrit! 🙂 I found you through Jaclyn. I am very excited to see that you’re so involved in improving libraries. I live in Fargo, ND now and our main library lacks in it’s selection. Some friends of mine and I have been wondering what we can do as members of the community to help increase and improve the selection of books offered in our libaray. Do you have any suggestions for us? I hope you’re doing well. Take care.

  3. Gerrit says:

    Good to hear from you! ND, huh? Well, I looked at your Fargo library. As far as helping the library, that could fill up volumes. Fargo Library looks like it is well supported, but with only 165,000 books it is relatively limited (roughly 1.5 books for everyone if Fargo). I guess one thing to always remember is to vote on any legislation related to library funding. Lobbying for more $ can help a lot when it comes from permanent residents and not just library employees. You can also volunteer or donate old books to the library that you don’t read anymore. The library also has a very handy form right on the home page to request new book titles. If you know there is something missing, request it. Finally, Fargo also offers free interlibrary loan (up to four items at a time, then it is $1.00 per request thereafter). If you really need something that they don’t have, see if they can borrow it from another library for you. Good luck!

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  6. Joel Sherlock says:

    Gerrit, just wanted to thank you for the article you wrote on PDA for Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services last year. It really helped me create some discussion in a library school paper I’m writing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey thanks, Joel, for mentioning it. Hope you find a place to publish your paper after your class is over (I find all too many MLS papers never see the light of day after the assignment is graded–unfortunate.). Best of luck in your program and in the future!


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