November 23, 2017

Tina Thomas and Alison Circle | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Brand Leader Alison Circle and Tina Thomas are both seasoned marketing professionals who have brought their expertise to public libraries. They didn’t come a moment too soon. “We are long past the time when libraries need professional marketing,” believes Circle. “Marketing can help libraries drive real results: increased use, community presence, fundraising, you name it.” […]

Nancy Fredericks | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Bridge to E-Gov As access to government services increasingly moves online, the people who need services the most are often the least technologically capable of finding them. The irony is not lost on Nancy Fredericks, until recently the e-government services manager at Pasco County Library System (PCLS), who “fell in love with information technology” during […]

Jennifer Velásquez | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Innovators

Teen Transformer Jennifer Velásquez wants librarians thinking about teen services to know something important about teens: “They come up with better ideas than you do. Just go with that.” This principle has guided her in her transformation of the teen programs and services at San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), where she has worked as teen […]

John Schumacher | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

The Xtreme Librarian The difference between sports and xtreme sports—according to Wikipedia—”is speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear or spectacular stunts.” This makes John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) an xtreme librarian: he uses a high level of exertion—along with some gear and stunts—to get kids reading. Examples of his […]

Erin Meyer | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Jane of All Trades Erin Meyer splits her time between managing her university’s research center and student outreach efforts. The dual functions pose no problem. “I feel like I’m a salesperson for the best product in the world,” she says. “And who can turn me down when what I’m selling is free?” And fun. For […]

Donna Walker | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Fearless Capacity As project manager for a new .7 million library in a largely immigrant community in the southeast Denver metro area, Donna Walker responded to architects’ proposal for an 11,000 square foot space that “looked like a jail,” she says, by pushing for a 30,000 square foot facility, opened in 2009, that “says we […]

Eli Neiburger | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Game Changer At a Pokémon tournament Eli Neiburger once organized at Ann Arbor District Library, where he is associate director for IT and production, a shy and small-for-his-age third-grader, at Neiburger’s encouragement, participated in the gaming event under his mother’s watchful eye. Though the boy didn’t win the tournament that day, Neiburger recalls that “he […]

Tracy Crawford | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Heritage Queen As curator of the Black Heritage Reference Center (BHRC) of Queens County, Tracy Crawford puts her love for literature and interest in the history of the African Diaspora to work for her diverse community. By preserving books, artwork, microfilm of newspapers and magazines, and other materials, as well as organizing programs, the reference […]

John Watts | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Protector of Privacy When John Watts arrived at the Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University in 2009, meaningful fun was close on his heels. His engaging marketing and outreach efforts have included a “de-stress fest” before finals, an Edible Book Contest, a presence in social media, and a video about censorship and a reading from […]

Rogan Hamby | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Integrator Rogan Hamby, by job definition, is a techie. He manages all the IT needs for Florence County Library System (FCLS) and also is central administrator for SCLENDs (South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System), a consortium formed in 2009 that uses Evergreen open source software for a shared ILS. It now includes one-third of […]