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Movers & Shakers
Each year, LJ shines a spotlight on a cohort of about fifty top changemakers who are transforming what it means to be a librarian.


Paralibrarian of the Year 2016: Patricia Pacheco

Posted by John Berry on Feb 27, 2017

Just two years after she immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, Patricia Pacheco landed a library assistant position as the first bilingual staff member at the Sterling Branch of the Loudoun County Public Library system in Virginia. She had been a kindergarten teacher for nearly 20 years[...]

Librarians Mobilize Resources, Information, and Solidarity in Response to New Administration

Posted by Lisa Peet on Feb 22, 2017

The results of the 2016 presidential election caught many by surprise. With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, and his immediate remaking of American policy through executive orders, public and academic librarians began to mobilize.[...]

Prisons & Publics | Outreach

Posted by April Witteveen on Feb 17, 2017

“Tuesday is my favorite day of the week!” says Daniel Marcou, corrections librarian, Hennepin County Library (HCL), MN. Every Tuesday, Marcou visits the local county jail to provide a variety of outreach services to his incarcerated customer base. “Every time I am tired, I just think about how fun this is,” he tells LJ. Many other public librarians serving local jails and prisons share his enthusiasm, noting an increase in positive behaviors tied to inmates obtaining library services while inside and a desire to seek library services for themselves and their families upon release.[...]

From Pilot to Permanent | Innovation

Posted by Jennifer Koerber on Feb 13, 2017

One of the most effective ways to test and evaluate a new program or service is to conduct a pilot project, but how do you scale up from there? How do you translate the small successes into sustainable, permanent additions to your library?

The example of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library (CMPL), near Detroit, can shed some light on the subject. In 2015, CMPL was selected as one of some 60 communities to participate in the White House’s ConnectED Library Challenge, the goal of which was to connect every public school student in town to library resources, particularly ebooks.[...]

Shannon McClintock Miller Named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect

Posted by Christina Vercelletto on Feb 3, 2017

Shannon McClintock Miller is the new spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect. Future Ready Schools (FRS) and the Alliance for Excellent Education formed Future Ready Librarians last summer, which is aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning.[...]

Racial Justice at Your Library hosted by Libraries4BlackLives | ALA Midwinter 2017

Posted by Stephanie Sendaula on Jan 30, 2017

After the July 2016 shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, the #librariesrespond hashtag was a safe place for librarians on twitter to share everything from programs to resources to self-care tips. During this time, Amita Lonial, Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library (IL), wondered if libraries[...]

Placemaking and the Public Library | ALA Midwinter 2017

Posted by Stephanie Sendaula on Jan 27, 2017

“People crave community. Community needs space. Space can create community. If you are not creating community, you are probably not creating places,” explained Michelle Jeske, City Librarian at Denver Public Library (DPL) and a 2005 LJ Mover & Shaker, to an eager crowd gathered for Placemaking and the Public Library on Sunday, January 22. What [...]

Jill Bourne: LJ’s 2017 Librarian of the Year

Posted by John Berry on Jan 4, 2017

When she arrived to direct California’s San José Public Library (SJPL) in 2013, Jill Bourne faced the effects of years of decimating budget shortfalls and service cuts. The system’s 23 branches had all been built or renovated in a previous and generous capital improvement program, but several of the new buildings were already shuttered. In the rest, hours had been reduced to four days per week.[...]

Libraries Test Chronicle: Collaborative Local History

Posted by Jennifer Koerber on Dec 1, 2016

When libraries seek community help with local history/photography projects, one of the most challenging details is often finding a user-friendly tool for the job. The team behind Chronicle—a new collaborative platform and community designed for photographers—has approached several libraries over the past six months [...]

More Wins than Losses for Libraries

Posted by Lisa Peet on Nov 9, 2016

On a long election night filled with tension and political upset, 79 libraries across the country had referenda on the ballot. The news for libraries was more good than bad. At press time, 54 wins and 12 losses were recorded, with the remainder either not applicable—representing votes to leave a district, for instance—or still too close to call.[...]

Q&A with Gary Shaffer, New Director of USC’s MMLIS Program

Posted by Lisa Peet on Nov 3, 2016

Gary Shaffer, CEO of Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL), OK, since 2011 (and a 2006 LJ Mover & Shaker), will be stepping into a new role in January as director of the Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.[...]

At Your Service

Posted by April Witteveen on Nov 2, 2016

In 2014, the American Community Survey reported that an estimated 19.4 million veterans were living in the United States. Libraries, both public and academic, are well positioned to serve the unique needs of this population by offering programming and meeting space, sharing veterans’ stories, and providing the community connections necessary to transition successfully [...]

The Fix is Free | Programs That Pop

Posted by Donna Martel on Oct 14, 2016

What do you do with a broken toaster, a lamp with a frayed cord, or a shirt with a loose button? Toss it? No way! Massachusetts’s Westborough Public Library and the Rotary Club of Westborough partnered to offer Westborough’s first Repair Café at the library in March 2016. Repair cafés are free meeting places that are all about repairing things together.[...]