August 21, 2017

Helping New Librarians by Sticking with It | Not Dead Yet

Last spring I did a research consultation with a student who was preparing to work on her senior thesis. She was smart, focused, motivated, and self-directed, and in addition to discussing the research process and research resources, we talked about what it is like to work in libraries. The young lady got back in touch […]

Paula Webb | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

Information Spill When the BP oil spill threatened Gulf of Mexico communities during the summer of 2010, Paula Webb knew immediately that “it would come to our Alabama shores.” So she got working on developing the University of South Alabama (USA) Library’s Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill website, “a place people could go to find […]

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 […]

Lauren Smith | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Library-Saving Machine Lauren Smith, called the “one-woman library-saving machine,” campaigned tirelessly throughout 2010 against the closure of libraries in Great Britain. She is the driving force behind the “Save Doncaster Libraries” campaign ( in defense of library service in what nominator Laura Woods describes as “one of the most deprived areas of the country, where […]

Buffy J. Hamilton | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

Eloquently Unquiet Neither of Buffy J. Hamilton’s parents finished high school, but they “did everything they could to support my love of learning and reading,” she says. This unyielding support during her childhood in rural Georgia enabled Hamilton to become the respected, outspoken change-maker she is today. A school librarian at Creekview High School in […]

Jim Duncan | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

Up-to-Data Jim Duncan is a “quiet leader,” endowed with the “skills and finesse of a planner, implementer, negotiator, and communicator,” says Eugene Hainer, Colorado state librarian. As director of networking and resource sharing for the Colorado State Library, Duncan moved the entire state server system to a new home in less than two days, at […]

Cindi Trainor | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Giddy for UX Cindi Trainor loves to figure things out, especially things that will help library users. That’s one reason she has worked to bring user-experience (UX) design concepts to online services at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, where she is the coordinator of the Library Technology and Data Services Division. “I get giddy when given […]

Paul Smith | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Think Big, Read Big When Paul Smith’s “literary hero,” author Tobias Wolff, visited Kansas City in 1999, Smith sat 20 feet away from him. Ten years later, as the communications specialist at the Kansas City Public Library, Smith got readers across the city and in two states hooked on Wolff’s novel Old School, taking a […]

Joanna Axelrod | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Texting Librarian Whether she’s moderating a book club or texting reminders to teenage community volunteers, youth services librarian Joanna Axelrod speaks the language of teens and tweens. She finds out what they want and develops services so the Escondido Public Library can meet those needs. “You can’t be intimidated or hesitant to get in their […]

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 […]