Colleen Knight doesn't go by the book
by Mark Andrews
Apr 09, 2012 | 1618 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County Library System's Colleen Knight, among other roles, is responsible for making sure the system's adult programs run smoothly. Whether one is interested in attending an informative class, has questions about navigating the library or is excited about the release of a new mystery novel, chances are Knight's influence has been a prevalent aspect in the patron's experience.

Approaching her service to the community with an outgoing and positive attitude, the mother of two says she enjoys working in the various areas of the library but feels one's work, or number of responsibilities, is never complete.

Occupation/title: Adult Services Coordinator for the Bartow County Library System

City of residence: Cartersville

Family: Husband, Ken Knight; daughters, Brandi Baggett and Amber Pulley

Education: Associates from Perimeter College, Bachelor of Secondary Education in Social Studies from Georgia State University, master's degree in Library Science from Valdosta State University.

How long have you been with the Bartow County Library System and what drew you to this line of work?

A: I have been with the library system for almost 13 years. I graduated with my bachelors in Education but quickly realized that teaching in a school setting was not for me. I took a job as a library assistant just until I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I found instead a profession and a career I love. I get to help people find answers to the questions they have; I get to talk about books that I have read. What could be better than that? So, I returned to school to get my masters in Library Science and can't imagine working in any other field.

What is your favorite aspect of working with the library system?

A: I believe that I have all the fun jobs at the library. I help people with questions down at the reference desk. I plan the adult programs. I enjoy doing both informational programs like how to download e-books and recreational programs like the murder mystery dinner theaters. I select the fiction books that the library purchases. I also help people choose their next favorite book by offering reader's advisory. See, all the fun jobs.

What role do you feel the library serves in the local schools and the community as a whole?

A: Traditionally libraries were mainly just a warehouse of books. Today's library is a much more multi-faceted concept. With computers, Internet, DVDs, programs, online resources and, of course, books, the library offers free lifelong learning outside the formal classroom structure to any person of any age from any socio-economic status. The library also serves the recreational needs of the community by providing materials for leisure time and programming that brings people together and gives them a social outlet in a fun, safe environment.

What is your greatest achievement?

A: It's cliché I know, but my family is my greatest achievement. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 29 years. We have two beautiful daughters. Both live in Acworth. Brandi has an MBA and works at as a bookkeeper for an insurance company. Amber, following in her mother's footsteps, will earn her Masters of Library Science in May. Both have recently married, and I am looking forward to being a doting grandmother sometime in the future.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I like watching sports. I am a Braves and Falcons fan. I am also an avid NASCAR fan, rarely missing a race. Jeff Gordon is my favorite driver. Martinsville [recently] was heartbreaking.

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow?

A: The library.

What is your favorite restaurant or favorite food?

A: I really enjoy good Italian food. Carrabba's is one of my favorite restaurants. Cartersville really needs one.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A: Outgoing, optimistic and well-coordinated. Although others might say loud should be included; I am not your stereotypical shy, quiet librarian.

How do you like to spend your spare time?

A: Do you even need to ask? Reading, of course. I enjoy popular genre fiction like romance, mystery and suspense. I have way too many favorites to name one. I also enjoy cooking and shoe shopping.

Do you have a personal philosophy?

A: You can never have too many shoes! Seriously, my father, who was a minister, would never let any of his seven children leave the house without telling us to, "Remember who you are, what you are, and what you stand for." Good words to live by. Or as Shakespeare put it, "This above all: to thine ownself be true."