February 27, 2017

Movers & Shakers 2016

Movers and Shakers 2016
Fifteen years old and now over 750 leaders strong, Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers (M&S) proudly introduces the Class of 2016—54 individuals profiled in 50 stories, who are changing the face of libraries of all types and sizes. When LJ launched the inaugural M&S issue on March 15, 2002, we had no idea how much enthusiasm it would draw, how the models of service reflected in the Movers’ stories would ripple throughout the field, how the Movers would become a connected cadre of supporters, cheerleaders, and go-to folks for one another and for the profession, or how the careers of those selected would flourish. That first M&S selection led with Felton Thomas, then branch manager at the West Las Vegas Library (where he grew up and was a page) and now head of the Cleveland Public Library. Thomas’s mottoes for the West Las Vegas Library—“success for all” and “we make people better”—resonate in the accounts of the 2016 Movers. Courtney Saldana is working to ensure that tomorrow’s teens and children “have a better chance of future success,” Tammy Westergard brought advanced entry-level manufacturing certification to her library, Katie Cerqua is tackling literacy inequity, and Shanika Heyward is “giving others the chance to succeed, as she has.” The list goes on, as the Movers strive to transform public, school, academic, and special libraries across the United States and around the world. Congratulations to the Class of 2016! And thanks to all of you who took the time to nominate over 275 of your colleagues. It bears repeating that the Movers represent many more unsung individuals in the field who deliver exemplary service every day as they usher in the library of the future. Once again, we’ll celebrate the current class at the American Library Association annual conference—this year at a reception on June 24, 3–5 p.m., for the 2016 Movers as well as all previous honorees.—Francine Fialkoff, Project Manager and Cofounder, LJ Movers & Shakers Movers on the MapMovers2015sponsors_OCLCMovers2015sponsors_Boopsie


Change Agents
Community Builders
Tech Leaders
Jennifer Taggart Amanda Smithfield Lauren Reiter Titus Moolathara Amita Lonial Heather Ketron Stephanie Anderson Andria Amaral Tammy Westergard Lance Werner Courtney Saldana Cecilia LaFrance Shanika Heyward David Giles Katie Cerqua Clare McKenzie  Mary Jones Karen Greene Erica Freudenberger Alyson Dalby William Chan Kate Byrne Richard Ashby Jr. Adam Marcus Quintin Jose V. Pastrana Andy Plemmons Megan Rosenbloom Ludmila  (Mila) Pollock Susan Kowalski Christie Kodama Vanessa Irvin Ben Himmelfarb Brian Grubbs Jeffrey DiScala Nancy Andrus Julie Scoskie Ann Carlson Weeks Kathy Shahbodaghi Willie Miller Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel Colleen Graves Elizabeth Fitzgerald Chris Brown Shaun Briley •	Jessica Anne Bratt Erin Berman Rebecca Blakiston Jason Evans Groth Duncan Fife Nick Grove Jacob Heil Ryan Litsey Ashley Maynor Beth-Ann Ryan

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