David Smith, NYPL’s Librarian to the Stars

David Smith has worked at the 42nd and 5th branch of the New York Public Library for 30 years, starting as a clerk and eventually landing at the General Research Division. Before becoming a librarian he was a bookstore clerk, Queens College student, cab driver and under the employ of Sufi Bakery and a butcher shop on Queens Blvd called Joe Salta’s Meats.

Currently he’s a supervising librarian (and a librarian to the stars), but on top of directing New Yorkers to the information they seek, he’s also a member of PEN American Center, on the Board of the Accompanied Literary Society, and an advisor to many. He’s also a vault of information, and a teller of some fascinating stories. Recently he told gothamist.com about giving Werner Herzog an insider’s tour of the NYPL, about how stacks run all under Bryant Park and about his dear friend Joey Goldstein.