What is your professional background? The short answer is that I am a technologist who has grown up through the ranks. I’ve been a QA, Build Manager, Developer, Tech Manager, etc. I’ve spent my career learning new technologies and businesses because I like diversity, growth and change. The detailed answer is just to repeat my public LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/garysamson ]
What do you like most about working for Serials Solutions? Oh that is easy; it’s the people who are passionate about what they are building. Many companies pay this lip service but few staff with 1/4th of the people they call clients. Serials Solutions has over 60 librarians working here. It is impressive to see so much passion to do right by the client and get data and software right. As a distant second, working in Fremont is very cool!
What do you find most exciting about the future of the library? Our work will make a difference. As a technologist, I see so much opportunity to improve things and help in a way that matters to people. So many aspects of library technology are outdated and it makes daily work for librarians more difficult and time consuming than it has to be. I see our work as having a pay-it-forward model. We improve lives of librarians, who will help educators and students, who will go on to help others and improve society, etc.
Who is your favorite author? Here we go, I dislike this question. I don’t have just one but if I have to choose, it is Kurt Vonnegut. If I get three it would also include Mark Twain and Douglas Adams. Then I have the problem that I also like poetry and then who do I include or exclude?
Do you have a favorite library? If so, which one? Yep, the one right by my house. It is close to home, modern, has open spaces and reading areas, meeting rooms, is technology up-to-date, the staff is knowledgeable and they run lots of interesting programs. As part of the King County system, I can get just about anything quickly and easily. What could be better?
What can you tell us about yourself that we might never guess? Ha! If you don’t know, I won’t tell. However, you are welcome to Google me (https://www.google.com/search?q=gary+samson). Something there is bound to surprise people that don’t know me well. I am a pretty open book, even online...