Pratt Profile: Ryan O'Grady

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This Is How You Lose HerYour name?
Ryan O'Grady

Your age?

Your local branch?
Hampden Branch

Your favorite spot in the library?
My favorite spot is the laptop lounge on the second floor of Central Library. I love the window and the light patterns that shines through. A close second is the Poe Room, a very special and relaxing room.

What are you currently reading?
Second Skin by John Hawkes. I like to read a lot of science fiction and one of my friends recommended this to me. I am also making my way back through some Alfred Bester, one of the best sci-fi writers of all time.

What book would you recommend to readers right now, and why?
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. When I was about 15, I got a copy of his short story collection Drown and I was immediately hooked. I had my copy on hold at my local Pratt branch, then I picked it up, read it in a few days, and returned it. It was remarkable and in line with the rest Diaz's writing. His Pulitzer was well deserved for his last book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

What is one book you could not finish, and why?
I did not finish In Search of Lost Time, the multi-volume novel by Marcel Proust, and I hope to finally read it all one day. The reason I never finished is fairly simple--it is very long! I started reading it in college and I am hoping to finish it as an adult one day soon. He spent his entire life writing and drafting it, so I hope I can manage to finish reading it.

What are your job title and location?
I work in the Sights and Sounds Department of the Central Library as an Audio Visual Technologist.

What does your job entail?
I mostly work with the technology for different events and have recently been working on more podcasts and video-making to promote all the amazing things the library has to offer.

Describe your typical workday:
The majority of my day is spent working with library staff and guest speakers and presenters to ensure events proceed smoothly. I try to fill in my time between with small gaps of browsing the stacks, walking around and talking to different people about upcoming projects, and working on ongoing departmental video projects.

Describe up to three things you like about working in the library:
The People: Pratt staff are the best around. The Building: I enjoy the history of working in this building and the mission the library stands for. The Location: I live in Baltimore City, and you cannot beat having a job close by your home.


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