April 15, 2014

People

Library People News from Princeton U. to Fullerton, CA

Stephen Abram joins the board of Librarians Without Borders; Robert Wolven wins 2014 Melvil Dewey Medal; Mindy Hackner is named Director, North Adams Public Library, MA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 1, 2014, issue of Library Journal.

Meet the Candidates: ALA President 2015-16

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The campaign to elect the 2015-2016 President of the American Library Association (ALA) ends this month. To help inform ALA members who haven’t yet voted, and to give other librarians some additional insight into key issues currently on the ALA agenda, LJ asked each of the candidates to respond to five questions. The candidates, Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, responded. (Full biographies of both candidates are available on the ALA Election Guide.)

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Karen Lauritsen

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In this first of an interview series sponsored by SAGE, LJ goes in depth with this year’s Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, delving into just how and why they pulled off the projects that brought them recognition as innovators, change agents, and more. Karen Lauritsen was chosen as one of this year’s Tech Leaders for her work as Communications & Public Programs Coordinator at the Robert E. Kennedy Library of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

All Together Now: These 50 Leaders Showcase the Profession | Editorial

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When LJ revealed the first group of Movers & Shakers back in 2002, we knew we were onto something special. This Class of 2014 brings the total cohort to 650. Reading about them together is like taking a whirlwind survey of the expansive potential and impact of library work. Together, they make an exciting case for the profession.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Celeste Choate named Executive Director of the Urbana Free Library; Bob Pasicznyuk named Director, Douglas County Libraries, CO; Peter Bromberg named Associate Director for Public Services at Salt Lake County Library, UT; and other new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

New hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 1, 2014 issue of LJ.

Devin Becker | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

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There’s a poetry to digital collections for Devin Becker, who considered a PhD in creative writing before discovering Indiana University’s Information and Library Science program. He found that information visualization and digital libraries sated his creativity.

Henry Bankhead | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

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Henry Bankhead believes electronic books are essential to the future of libraries, which includes helping aspiring writers to self-publish. The Los Gatos Library, CA, is on the leading edge of incorporating digital publishing into libraries, thanks to him.

Erin Shea | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

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Hooking commuters on the library can be a bit of a rough road, so Erin Shea decided to take the library to the people. Through her popular “Read, Write, Imbibe” book club, Shea met commuters on their way to and from New York City and Darien, CT. In early 2013, she took 20 copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In to the train platform and lent them out. During a one-month period, those books circulated 75 times, leading up to an evening discussion at a bar near the railroad. In comparison, the second most popular business book only circulated five times that month. Shea also reached 261 people by setting up a stand at the local farmers market, offering shoppers a chance to sign up for library cards and check out books. “This kind of library outreach, programming initiative, and creative problem-solving is exemplary of the kind of librarians we need…in the future,” says Andy Woodworth, a 2010 Mover & Shaker and adult services librarian at Burlington County Library System, NJ.

Sarah Sagmoen | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

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In 2009, Sarah Sagmoen was one of 100 librarians vying for an entry-level position at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library. “She was not the first person who jumped out at us on paper,” admits Jane Treadwell, the library’s dean. “However, one member of the search committee kept saying, ‘There’s just something about Sarah—you’ve got to talk with her.’ ”