||Greg Heid became the director of the Des Moines Public Library on January 12, 2011. He is a member of the Iowa Library Association and the American Library Association and has served on many construction, business, and planning committees within both the Public Library Association and Library Administration and Management Association. He holds several degrees from the University of Minnesota including bachelor’s degrees in Media Communication Theory, Marketing, and Advertising, with a minor in Art History, as well as a master’s degree in Library Science with a minor in Business Administration.
Greg began his library career at Hennepin County Library and worked there until 1978, when he was attracted to thewarmer climate of Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library in Columbus, Georgia. In 1981, he became the manager of the Central Branch of the Atlanta Public Library in downtown Atlanta. He went on to become Assistant Director, managing
the operation of the Central Library, thirty branch libraries, eight housing project libraries, three rapid rail kiosk service centers and a bookmobile.
In 1992 Greg joined the offices of the State Library in Georgia to become the Construction and Technology Coordinator for public libraries across the state. During that time, he managed the oversight of thirty-five state-funded public library construction projects.
Prior to becoming the director of the Des Moines Public Library, Greg was the director of the Newton County Library in Covington, Georgia which was named in 2005 as the eighth fastest growing county in the United States. Hired as assistant director in 1997, Greg's chief responsibility was to manage the construction of the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System. He was director of that library from 1999 and opened a second branch library in a historic building. Most recently, he oversaw the construction of a third LEED® Gold Certified branch which opened in January of 2011. In 2010, the Newton County Library was acknowledged as being the top ranked library system in Georgia, according to the nationally recognized Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR).
Greg enjoys reading science fiction titles and has a deep interest in astrophysics. He can be seen on weekends tramping through fields and woods with a camera in hand, as he is avid photographer of nature and landscape scenes. Greg is also an avid user of sticky notes and received a warm welcome from staff who posted this collection of notes on his office door.
If you frequent the Forest Avenue Library or the North Side Library, you likely recognize the friendly face of Linda Roe, who has served as manager for both branch locations the past year. Linda will assume her new duties as Deputy Director following Sally Wisdom's retirement on December 30. In announcing his choice, Library Director Greg Heid stated, "Linda brings to the position the knowledge of the library system, library management experience, and a wealth of experience from her work in the private sector before obtaining her degree as a librarian."
Linda first began her career at the Des Moines Public Library as a Professional Librarian Substitute, a job she greatly enjoyed because it gave her a "wonderful overview of all the buildings and how they were unique." She then worked at the Central Library as Youth Services Librarian and later as Senior Librarian. In April, 2009, she became the manager of the Forest Avenue Library and subsequently took on the pilot project of managing two branches, which may serve as a model for dealing with further budget cuts.
In beginning her new role, Linda shared that she "believes access to information is a big part of equality. It levels the playing field for everyone, regardless of background. Becoming the Deputy Director of the Des Moines Public Library, to support a profession where that is one of the one of the primary goals, is a dream come true."
Prior to receiving her MLS from the University of Iowa, Linda had more than ten years of experience in staff and organizational development. Linda and her husband, Steve, live in Des Moines and have three grown children and four (soon to be 6) grandchildren. In her spare time, Linda enjoys being with her family, learning new crafts, and spending time at the lake.