2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute Mentor: Danis Kreimeier

First off, I want to say that I may or may not look like this picture - sometimes I'm curly, sometimes I'm straight, and usually I am a bit of a blur. I believe in the laws of physics and especially relate to "a body in motion, remains in motion," which explains why most pictures of me are usually out of focus. I, however, am very much focused on library services and how best to provide them to our community. I think that a lot of my drive comes from the fact that I started out my professional career as a Children's librarian. Children demand a quick response and a quality experience. If those factors are present during a child's interactions at the library, we've got them hooked. If not, we may never see them again.

I had a very strange path to librarianship; in fact I think it must be some sort of weird karma that I'm a librarian at all. It all started in Covina, where my mom was a third grade teacher. She would go to the library every week and check out a crate full of books. I went with her and started reading, very methodically, around the edges of the Children's section. By the time I was in sixth grade, I made it all the way to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then, high school came along and I had "other" interests. I would convince my parents to drop me off at the library after dinner and pick me up when it closed at 9:00. I would go in the back door and out the front door of the library - and off to sneak cigarettes and meet boys. My parents must have thought I had challenges because for someone who went to the library to study as much as I did, I sure had lousy grades.

My first library job was as a shelver at Fullerton library. I got the job because I was at a baby shower and the Children's Librarian happened to be there. It never occurred to me to work at a library.

And as they say, the rest is history. I have worked as a shelver, clerk, children's librarian, assistant director and director. All along the way I have loved each job. I have served on the Beatty Committee, the California Young Reader Committee, CLA Assembly, and as CLA president. In 2001 I was accepted into the Stanford- California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship and after that experience, my career took off. That experience is the reason that I am so thrilled to be a mentor. If I can be a part of recreating that experience for someone else, it will be time well spent.

And by the way - I quit smoking long, long ago (sort of, maybe)...