November 23, 2017

Archives for March 2011

The Next Generation of Discovery

The stage is set for a simpler search for users, but choosing a product is much more complex. A casual Google search may well be good enough for a daily task. But if you are a college student conducting his or her first search for peer-reviewed content, or an established scholar taking up a new […]

Jennifer R. Wright | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Gadget Guide Self-described tech geek Jennifer Wright is known for whipping out gadgets to demonstrate the solutions offered by emerging technology. As assistant chief of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s (FLP) Materials Management Division, she would like to see everyone increase their tech skills. She has led her library to a stronger, more user- and […]

Kim Leeder | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

“Leeding” by Example Kim Leeder “was full of ideas, chutzpah, drive, tenacity, compassion, and energy,” remembers Emily Ford, scholarly communication librarian, Oregon Health & Science University, of the time both women worked on a project as 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. Those qualities are still in evidence as Leeder, Boise State University librarian […]

Diane Walden | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

For the Underdog People tried to talk Diane Walden out of prison librarianship—graduate school professors and the VP of a company that employed her as an undergrad. “He said, ‘You’re throwing away your career,’ and ‘You’re too good for that,’ ” Walden recalls. Fortunately, she didn’t listen. Her current day job involves overseeing 17 staff […]

John Palfrey | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

Transformer With the publication of Born Digital, a seminal study of Internet use by the “digital natives” who’ve grown up with it (and one of LJ‘s Best Sci-Tech Books for 2008), John Palfrey got on the library world’s radar the same year he joined the field. In 2008, Palfrey, then executive director of Harvard’s Berkman […]

Jason Casden | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Digital Artisan Jason Casden combines a background in archives, a talent for writing software, and a drive to meet the needs of North Carolina State University (NCSU) students into creating award-winning mobile and other tech services. Beginning at NCSU only five years ago, Casden provided technical leadership for the creation of two award-winning projects. One […]

Cindi Trainor | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Giddy for UX Cindi Trainor loves to figure things out, especially things that will help library users. That’s one reason she has worked to bring user-experience (UX) design concepts to online services at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, where she is the coordinator of the Library Technology and Data Services Division. “I get giddy when given […]

Lauren Smith | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Library-Saving Machine Lauren Smith, called the “one-woman library-saving machine,” campaigned tirelessly throughout 2010 against the closure of libraries in Great Britain. She is the driving force behind the “Save Doncaster Libraries” campaign (savedoncasterlibraries.wordpress.com) in defense of library service in what nominator Laura Woods describes as “one of the most deprived areas of the country, where […]

Jennifer L. Peterson | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

The Collaborator For a sense of Jennifer L. Peterson’s success as community manager at WebJunction.org/OCLC, consider that she received five nominations from five different parts of the library field. Those testimonials reflect on her skills developing programming designed to build community and learning among individuals and groups. “If there’s a need for someone to facilitate […]

Anthony Molaro | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Information Activist Anthony Molaro is a true “information activist.” Whether he’s blogging as the Information Activist Librarian, engaged as a public speaker, or gathering like-minded people to support a worthy cause, he is driven by “the poor understanding of the role of libraries in a democratic society.” As a regular contributor to the Libraries and […]