March 30, 2015

Scott Bonner | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Scott Bonner

Scott Bonner had been serving as director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library District, MO, for just over a month when the turmoil in Ferguson put his small library on the map. When fears of violence caused many businesses to close, Bonner kept the library open and conveyed the importance of it as an oasis for all the people of the town. Over months of unrest, the message remained intact: the library is a safe space and resource for all the members of a community.

Ignacio Albarracin | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Ignacio Albarracin

Ignacio Albarracin, digital services coordinator at San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), knew the library’s digital resources were woefully underused. Albarracin wanted to change that. “We decided…to target potential users in a strategic setting where we could get [their] full attention—San Antonio International Airport,” he says.

Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Matthew Cook

Working the 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift at the University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library in his first full-time library job, Matt Cook noticed that students studying during those hours often appeared stressed out. Temporary diversions such as Facebook or other social media only seemed to distract them. Leveraging his background in philosophy and cognition, Cook began to think about how technology might help solve this problem instead of contributing to it.

Seth Ciotti | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Seth Ciotti

As teen technology librarian at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington State, Seth Ciotti wants to provide homeless and at-risk kids with the same comforting, inspiring library environment he enjoyed throughout his childhood and in college. His BiblioTEC program enables him to do that.

Jennifer Hamilton | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Jennifer Hamilton

Just three weeks before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (or BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Jennifer Hamilton had transitioned out of a 20-year career in nonprofit administration to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a librarian. Her first job was as reference librarian at the Terrebonne Parish Library (TPL) in the bayou country west of New Orleans. When a group of high school students showed up at the library, asking to use a library conference room, Hamilton learned that the teens were researching the impacts of the oil spill on the local environment and economy and organizing ways to help.

Jason Clark | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Jason Clark

vitals CURRENT POSITION Associate Professor and Head of Library Informatics and Computing, Montana State University Library, Bozeman, MT – DEGREE MA, English, University of Vermont; MLIS, University of Wisconsin SLIS, 2003 – AUTHOR Responsive Web Design in Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) – FOLLOW @jaclark;; – Photo by Kelly Gorham, Montana State University […]

Salwa Ismail | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Salwa Ismail

Soon after Salwa Ismail became the head of library information technology at Georgetown University (GU) in 2011, a network drive at the university library failed. She asked her team to stay late on a Friday night to replace it. “Things didn’t quite go as planned,” she admits. “Not only did we end up sleeping in the server room and eating in the closet next door to it, we spent the entire weekend up until 4 a.m. Monday morning fixing the issue.”

Sarah Espinosa | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Sarah Espinosa

“My job is similar to a medical residency,” Sarah Espinosa explains. As the 2013–15 Residency Librarian for Diversity and Innovation at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library, she rotated through three departments her first year to see where her strengths and interests lie, and she left a significant mark on each.

Alison Macrina | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Alison Macrina

Armed with a passion for privacy and knowledge of surveillance technologies, Alison Macrina helps fellow librarians prevent prying eyes from spying on their patrons’ online movements.

Jasmine Africawala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Jasmine Africawala

When librarian Jasmine Africawala sees a need among her patrons, she finds a way to fill it. She’s made a difference for Dallas residents earning their GEDs, learning English, or dealing with homelessness.