October 26, 2016



Willie Miller’s Grassroots Approach to Student Engagement Costs Less Than a Dollar


When LJ Mover & Shaker Willie Miller first got hired at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as the Informatics and Journalism Librarian in 2010, he was that rare commodity: a young person with an ear to the ground on social media and a taste for library science.

Ann Marie Stock, William & Mary Libraries’ Inaugural Faculty Scholar

STOCK, Ann Marie

At the beginning of the 2016 academic year Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies at the College of William & Mary (W&M), Williamsburg, VA, stepped into her new role as the inaugural W&M Libraries faculty scholar. Stock will be embedded in the library—working out of a “gorgeous” renovated former storage room across from the Reeder Media Center— to collaborate and forge new alliances with students, faculty, and librarians.

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

RAILS’s Deirdre (Dee) Brennan receives the 2016 Illinois Library Association’s Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award; Valeda F. Dent appointed Dean of University Libraries at St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY; Heidi Dolamore to be Director of Library Services, Berkeley Public Library, CA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Librarian of the People | LJ Interview

Illustration by Miriam Klein Stahl

On September 14, Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the new Librarian of Congress. The first African American and the first woman to hold the position in American history, she is also only the third to have worked in a library prior to her appointment. After a moving ceremony in the Library of Congress’s (LC) 1897 Jefferson Building and a reception to meet “as many staff members as they could stand,” Hayden sat down with LJ in her ceremonial office to outline her vision for the library.

Nicholas Carr | The Digital Shift


Nicholas Carr is a journalist, cultural and technology commentator, and professional skeptic on issues of the Internet, social media, and the potential consequences of our love affair with technological progress. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has written numerous articles, essays, contributions to his blog Rough Type, and five books, including The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains and a recent collection of pieces from 2005–15, Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations (both Norton). Carr will be the opening keynote speaker at LJ and School Library Journal’s virtual conference The Digital Shift, on October 19, and LJ recently caught up with him to find out where libraries fit into his thoughts on our wired world.


Video Archivist Makes Scientific History


At her core, LJ Mover & Shaker Ludmila (Mila) Pollock is an archivist. As the executive director, library and archives at the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she has been at the forefront of preserving the annals of scientific breakthroughs—through the stories of the people who made them.


Predicting the Unpredictable | Designing the Future


The modern library movement began in 1876, a year that saw the birth of both the American Library Association (ALA) and Library Journal (LJ). The January 1, 1976, issue of LJ celebrated that centennial, asking 25 experts and leading librarians to project the future of libraries over the next 25–50 years. Now on LJ’s 140th anniversary, we’ve taken a sampling of those forecasts and briefly assessed their accuracy. The result is evidence of how inadequate current knowledge is to predict the future.

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

Teresa Elberson is the Director of Lafayette Public Library System, LA; Susanne Mehrer to become Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; OCLC and IFLA name five librarians to Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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

Peter Bromberg to be Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library; Martin Garnar elected 2016–17 President of ALA’s Freedom To Read Foundation; Kevin Young appointed Director, NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Thomas Padilla, UCSB’s Inaugural Humanities Data Curator


Most academic librarians stepping into a position can model their work on that of their predecessors. But not Thomas Padilla. On his appointment in April as the first humanities data curator at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library (and the first in the entire University of California system), Padilla has had to draw on a number of different disciplines to shape his role of working with data throughout its life cycle, creating a support plan for digital humanities researchers, and providing research data consultation.