Miranda Clody has been able to forge a fulfilling career in a field that allows her to pursue three of her favorite things.
The new adult services librarian at the Cartersville Public Library said she's loved books, research and history "ever since I was a child."
"I spent a lot of time in the library — it fueled my sense of wonder and my drive for knowledge," she said. "During my undergraduate, I completed an internship in the archives at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, and I fell in love with the work. I decided to pursue my master’s in library and information science. Through this program, I came to realize that I had a passion for helping people, and this, combined with my love for books and learning, lent itself perfectly to pursuing a career in a library."
Name: Miranda Clody
Occupational title: Adult services librarian
City of residence: Kennesaw
Education: Bachelor of Science in international studies from Southern Polytechnic State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University
Family: My husband, Patrick; our boxer dog, Lily; and cat, Mundo
Daily Tribune News (DTN): When did you start working at the Cartersville Public Library, and why did you want to work there?
MC: I started my job here at the library on Jan. 29 of this year. I had just graduated with my master’s and began my job hunt when I saw that the Cartersville library was hiring. My younger brother lives in Cartersville and really enjoys being here. I was familiar with the area and was excited at the prospect of working somewhere close to my own city. When I came to interview, I was impressed with not only the library itself, but by the people with whom I would be working. I knew I would fit in nicely.
DTN: What are your responsibilities at the library?
MC: As the adult services librarian, I work with my team in planning and executing programs and events. I also aid in providing reference and assistance to patrons, developing our collection of adult fiction books and maintaining our interlibrary loan system. Recently, I have begun working to reorganize and preserve our Special Collections.
DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job and why, and what do you like least about it and why?
MC: It is hard to pick just one thing that I like most about my job. I absolutely love connecting people with the information they seek. Being able to help people find reliable information and learn something new really drives me. The only thing I can think of that I like least is that sometimes we get so busy that it can be difficult to give in-depth, personalized attention to each patron’s needs.
DTN: What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about the Cartersville Public Library?
MC: We have an amazing team at the library. Everyone that I work with is knowledgeable and helpful. Our programs and events are fun and engaging, providing the community with opportunities to learn new things and meet new people who have similar interests. I also think we have built great collections of print and digital materials that are only getting better.
DTN: What kinds of changes would you like to see occur in the library system in the next five years?
MC: I would love to see even more people visit the library and attend our events and programs. Programming is one of the main ways the library connects with the community, and continuing to strengthen and grow that bond will only benefit both. I also think it is important for the library to continue to evolve with the changing needs of the community, especially as the reliance on technology continues to grow.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
MC: Curious, kind and calm.
DTN: If you could visit any period or event in the past, what would you choose and why?
MC: I would love to go back to July 20, 1969, to witness the landing of Apollo 11. It was such an exciting moment in history. I have always been enamored with space, and it would be incredible to witness the first two humans walking on the moon.
DTN: What would the title of your autobiography be and why?
MC: "Persistence." Like most people, I have encountered a lot of obstacles and challenges in my life. I’ve come to realize that my persistence and unwavering drive to accomplish my life goals have gotten me to where I am now despite setbacks and inconveniences.
DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
MC: I am an avid video gamer. I started playing on the Nintendo system with my older brother when I was very young, and I have not stopped playing games since. I lead quite a busy life these days, but I always find time to unwind with games.
DTN: Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what is the one thing you most look forward to accomplishing?
MC: My bucket list has changed over the years, but the one thing that has remained a constant is that I must visit Norway at some point in my life. My grandfather is from a town outside of Oslo. His family’s house is still standing, and I would love to see it.
DTN: What is your favorite book, and why is it your favorite?
MC: This is such a tough question. I have read so many incredible books in my life, but I always seem to think back to "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I did not read the book as a child, though I wish I would have, but I felt a strong bond with the main character, Anne, even as an adult. Montgomery’s descriptions of the book’s setting in Prince Edward Island are so beautiful and captivating.