Now in its 16th year, LJ’s Movers & Shakers provides an annual snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types and sizes and across the field. At a time when individual and collective actions matter more than ever, the 52 people profiled here reflect the outsize impact librarians can have ...
Humanities Librarian, Jane Bancroft Cook Library, New College Of Florida, Sarasota
Theresa Burress has found the perfect combination of jobs, she believes. Since 2014, she’s been humanities librarian at the New College of Florida (NCF). And since...
Now in its 16th year, LJ’s Movers & Shakers provides an annual snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types and sizes and across the field. At a time when individual and collective actions matter more than ever, the 52 people profiled here reflect the outsize impact librarians can have through the services and programs they deliver, their deep community connections and collaborations with partner organizations, and their one-on-one interactions with patrons.
Among those with outsize impact is Sophie Maier, who made a commitment to her Louisville, KY, community after 9/11 and, as immigrant services librarian, spreads the word that the Louisville Free Public Library is a place where immigrants, refugees, and natives can share learning and experiences and the voices of all are audible. There’s Carlos Galeana at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, and Brandy McNeil at the New York Public Library, who help people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds cross the digital divide, embrace new technology, and learn to code. Aiden Street at the Pioneer Library System presents programs on financial literacy and “fiscal fitness” that have become models for the state of Oklahoma, and Jesse Vieau at Wisconsin’s Madison Public Library demonstrates passion for racial and social justice by bringing Maker-based programming to court-involved and at-risk youth.
These are just a few of the 2017 Movers & Shakers, whose work is changing the face of libraries everywhere. They join the more than 750 honorees named since 2002, to surpass 800 movers to date. Our congratulations to all! And thanks to everyone who sent in nominations for some 350 of your colleagues.
Be sure to check out the expanded Movers & Shakers online (libraryjournal.com/movers), sponsored by OCLC, where you’ll find not only this year’s Movers but all previous Movers by category and year, as well as Movers on the Map and Movers in the News. As in past years, we’ll be celebrating the newest class of Movers and welcoming past Movers at an OCLC-sponsored afternoon reception at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago on Friday, June 23.—Francine Fialkoff, Project Manager and Cofounder, LJ Movers & Shakers
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