October 4, 2015

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Hosea Tokwe

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In our most recent 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Hosea Tokwe. In 2007 Tokwe, at the time a senior library assistant at Midlands State University (MSU) in Kweru, Zimbabwe, was given two boxes of books bound for the Matenda Primary School in rural Zimbabwe, donated by former students. The difficulties he encountered in simply getting the books to Matenda inspired him to singlehandedly establish a library at the school—no small task, as Zimbabwe was in the midst of ongoing political and social unrest and his first forays into the rural community were met with mistrust. But Tokwe prevailed, convincing the school to convert a classroom into its first library in 2008, and—in addition to serving as chief library assistant in MSU’s special collections department—he has continued to work with outside groups to continue to fill its shelves ever since.

News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Leslie Burger announced her retirement as Executive Director, Princeton Public Library; Farzaneh Razzaghi was named Dean of Library Services at Western Carolina University; John Faherty was named Executive Director, Mercantile Library, Cincinnati, and more new hire, promotion, retirement, and obituary People news from the July 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Ann Thornton: Collaboration, Expansion, and Library Cred

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Ann Thornton was appointed as the new university librarian and vice provost of Columbia University in May, replacing university librarian emeritus James Neal upon his retirement. Thornton has a long history with prominent New York City libraries, having previously served for nearly two decades at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Since starting out at NYPL’s Science, Industry, and Business Library as its first public training coordinator in 1996, Thornton has occupied a number of senior leadership positions. Most recently she served as Andrew W. Mellon director, where she was responsible for collection development, preservation, reference and research services, and exhibitions for the system’s four research libraries and 87 branch libraries. Before coming to New York, she worked at the University of Houston Libraries as a systems librarian.

Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015


The 2015 cohort of LJ’s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy!

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

Robert Miller appointed CEO of LYRASIS, Michael Cox named Deputy Director of the Whatcom County Library System, Mary Margaret Farrell is Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, and more new appointments, hires, and promotions and other people news from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

ALA President-Elect Julie Todaro on Transforming Librarians

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The American Library Association (ALA) 2016–17 presidential campaign concluded on May 8, with Julie Todaro winning the role of president-elect. She prevailed over the rest of this year’s unusually large field—Joseph Janes, James LaRue, and JP Porcaro—by a narrow margin, edging out Janes, the runner-up, by only 22 votes. A total of 10,119 votes were cast for the position of president between March 24 and May 1.

Librarian of Congress James Billington Announces Upcoming Retirement

Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington. Photo by Abby Brack Lewis.

James H. Billington, who has served as the 13th Librarian of Congress since he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, announced on June 10 that he would retire effective January 1, 2016.

Library People News | June 1, 2015

Bailey appointed Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, Bero named Executive Director of Algonquin Area Public Library District, Kirchner to be University Librarian at York University, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal

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

Anderson named Assistant Director for Public Services in Darien, CT; McNeil appointed Dean of Iowa State University Libraries, and more people new from the May 15 issue of Library Journal.

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Kyle Courtney

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In our first 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Kyle Courtney. In 2014 Courtney, Harvard University’s copyright advisor, brought together his first cohort of Copyright First Responders (CFRs)—a group of volunteer librarians who spent their summer in his Copyright Immersion Program in order […]