Clem Guthro, Director of LibrariesStaff Spotlight: Clem Guthro

I have overall leadership responsibility for all areas of the three Colby libraries, a staff of 14 librarians, 15 staff, and 100+ student staff and a budget of $5 million dollars annually. I work closely with the Leadership Team of six Assistant Directors in facilities planning and management, strategic planning, assessment, and innovation, and developing proposals for new initiatives, services, and process improvements that advance the library’s mission and vision in support of the mission of the college. I work closely with strategic collections partners (Bates and Bowdoin Colleges) and other libraries in Maine and New England in developing statewide and regional programs and resource sharing.

1. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Innovative, Changeophile, Technophile

2. What do you value most about your work?  

I value the interaction with the library staff. It is wonderful to see their enthusiasm for their work and their commitment to provide exceptional service to students and faculty.

I also value hearing from students and faculty, especially when the work of the librarians and staff have made a difference.

3. When not at work, what three activities do you enjoy the most?

Hanging out at Starbucks
Refurbishing old houses
Cooking, especially baking

4. What are your reading/watching/listening to?

I’m a huge audiobook fan. I’m currently listening to “Counting by 7’s” and just finished “Caffeinated:How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us”

5. In your own words…

I’m currently working with the Hathi Trust on planning a major nationwide program that will provide long-term stewardship for library print book collections. Once in place this program will provide assurance to the scholarly community that they will have persistent access to the books that they need and in print format.