In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we caught up with LIU Brooklyn Instruction Coordinator Emily Drabinski. Drabinski presents regularly on the intersections between information studies and gender studies, and is also involved in the publishing end of library work, editing a series of titles on gender and information studies and sitting on the board of the journal Radical Teacher, which she helped in moving to an open access format earlier this year.
In the latest of our In Depth interviews (sponsored by Sage) with Movers and Shakers from the academic realm, we spoke with Rachel Vacek, head of web services for the University of Houston libraries. Vacek made her way onto our 2014 Movers list by doing a lot with a little, making the most of microgrants available at her library to produce events that reached out to the campus and community alike.
In the latest in our series of interviews with 2014’s Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic backgrounds, sponsored by SAGE, we talk to University of Alabama (UA) librarian Vincent Scalfani. With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Scalfani now serves as the Science and Engineering librarian at UA, where he oversees programs like the university’s 3-D printing studio, while also teaching classes in the chemistry department to help graduate students better understand the research tools available to them, as well as how to more effectively communicate their work in journal articles and presentations.
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.
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.
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.
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.’ ”
Karen Lauritsen was not necessarily seeking library work when she left her job in continuing education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), three years ago, but she knew she wanted an environment where unconventional, interactive learning could thrive. “I was looking for an agile organization in education or public service that embraced creative experimentation,” Lauritsen says.