Member of the Week: Martin Garnar

Martin GarnarMartin Garnar is Reference Services Librarian at the Regis University Dayton Memorial Library in Denver, Colorado. Martin has been an ACRL member since 1999  and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic. Driven. Puckish.

2. What are you reading right now? Proud to be a lover of fantasy, I’m reading A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (4th book in the Song of Ice and Fire series).  I’m also reading A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Authoritative. Essential. Collaborative.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? The ability to connect with my colleagues from across the profession, knowing that I can count on those connections for expert advice and support.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Our ability to create and support a welcoming space (both literally and figuratively) for the communal creation of knowledge — we are the intellectual hub of the university.

6. In your own words: I’ve been an academic librarian for a dozen years and love the way that our role has evolved. In my early years, our reference desk was across from the front doors, creating a figurative and literal barrier between the outside world and our resources. Facing the doors meant we had our backs to our students, and we looked more like the gatekeepers of old.  Following a renovation, our desk moved to the middle of our main floor, where we’re the center of activity and are usually found sitting side by side with students as they learn how to navigate the ever-expanding world of information.

I’m also spending more and more time outside of the library and in the classroom, giving me greater opportunities to connect with students and see them grow in confidence when it comes to research, analysis, and synthesis of information.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.


  1. Martin Garnar is ALWAYS my favorite member of any team, every week! He is so dynamic, fantastic, well-dressed, and he kills at being organized in meetings.
    And just to let everyone know how cool he is, he’s got a fan club on Facebook! It’s called the Martin Garnar Fan Club and everyone (but Martin) should request to join!

  2. As a colleague of Martin’s I heartily applaud the choice of Martin as member of the week. He is a true library leader, not just in academic circles, but in public, school, and special, especially in Colorado. He has influenced many future library leaders by teaching ethics of librarianship at the University of Denver, and is a VERY active member of the Colorado Association of libraries. So many of us, even those who have been in the library biz a LOOONG time have learned from Martin. He makes us remember why we went into librarianship in the first place.

    If you would like to see just how much Colorado loves Martin, check out to see Martin with two of his fan club members. That’s right, there is an OFFICIAL Martin Garnar Fan Club!!

    As one of the Managers of the Martin Garnar Fan Club, I can tell you he is such a joy to stalk at conferences and other library events. We follow waiting for pearls of wisdom to drop from his lips, and we are never disappointed.

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