June 25, 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 […]

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 […]

Jason Casden | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Digital Artisan Jason Casden combines a background in archives, a talent for writing software, and a drive to meet the needs of North Carolina State University (NCSU) students into creating award-winning mobile and other tech services. Beginning at NCSU only five years ago, Casden provided technical leadership for the creation of two award-winning projects. One […]

Aaron Tay | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Datahound Aaron Tay’s prior experience as an auditor makes him “a believer in collecting and using empirical data to make decisions.” He now applies that mind-set to social networking and the website to find ways to improve the library. By using web tools to monitor social media sites for mentions about his library, for example, […]

Deb Noggle | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

Mission: Possible Deb Noggle took a part-time job 15 years ago at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) as a way to supplement a low-paying radio job. It soon became the place she preferred to be, and she’s been at ACPL ever since. Noggle knew she loved being around people, and with a background in […]