Meet Chris Roy, Acquisitions and Reference Librarian

chris65What is your role in the library?
I mainly order library materials (books, movies, music, etc.), and I have the pleasure of receiving them before they’re added to the collection.  I also provide research assistance while staffing the Help Desk.  If the collection doesn’t have a book you need, I’ll try to acquire it quickly (request a library purchase). 

Where are you from?
I grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, but I currently live in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Why did you become a librarian?
While pursuing my bachelor’s in English at Rivier College (now University), I took a part-time job as a student worker in the library.  I quickly fell in love with the library’s relaxed, yet studious atmosphere.  Over time, I became familiar with each department.  Going into my last semester, I was given the chance to staff the Help Desk.  I found it rewarding to help others with their research.  My fondness for organization, learning, and collaboration made librarianship a natural career choice.

What are your interests or hobbies?
I have too many to name, but some are: reading / classics / fantasy / sci-fi / TV / anime / Dragonball Z / Dracula / South Park / How I Met Your Mother / The Office / Restaurant Impossible / Shark Tank / movies / Rocky / It’s a Wonderful Life  / The Wizard of Oz / Star Wars / video games / Mario / Zelda / role-playing games / Halo / Call of Duty / Mario Kart / Smash Bros. / Pokemon / card games / poker / Texas Holdem / Omaha / Magic: the Gathering / Guillotine / board games / chess / sports / Boston Bruins / Patriots / Red Sox / Celtics / art / comedy / travelling / Hawaii / Cape Cod / BBQ / Dynamite Sushi.

Any fun facts?
I’m the first two-time New Hampshire state champion in Magic: the Gathering in 2002 and 2004.  I’ve watched all 1,225 episodes of the original Dark Shadows, not the pathetic 2012 movie (Johnny Depp and Tim Burton destroy classics).  Also, I once walked around campus in a pink gorilla suit and handed out flyers to advertise for the library’s first Game Night event.

Favorite book?
I can’t pick one, but three books I really like are The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby, and The Catcher in the Rye

Favorite Movie?
Either the original Rocky or The Wizard of Oz.

Favorite game?
Halo 2 for video games and Magic: the Gathering for card games.

Favorite sport?
Hockey hands-down.  I’ll never forget how the Bruins battled back from a two-game deficit to beat the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Favorite Food?
Either bulgogi or baby back ribs.

Pet peeves?
I can’t stand it when famous athletes misuse the word “humble.”  Examples:

Pitcher after throwing a perfect game, “I’m so humbled right now.”
Player after being awarded MVP, “This is very humbling.”