January 20, 2018

Roger Verny | Movers & Shakers 2002

Works Well with Others “For some reason you can get people in Ohio to cooperate” Imagine walking into your local library, requesting a book from any other public or school library in your state, and receiving it within 24 hours. A fantasy? Roger Verny doesn’t think so. “This is where the statewide sharing of resources […]

Todd Miller | Movers & Shakers 2002

The Convergence Guy Making it possible to search across systems “It was a complete accident,” says Todd Miller, founder and CEO of WebFeat. “I was in an office, back in 1998, when someone asked if you could search two web sites at once.” The solution, of course, was WebFeat, a “knowledge prism” that allows users […]

Pat Scales | Movers & Shakers 2002

Beyond “Safe” Books Giving each child a book that can make a dfifference As a middle school librarian and defender of students’ right to read for the past 30 years, Pat Scales is in the business of bringing books and kids together. Though she knows not every book is suitable for every child, she is […]

Cate McNeely | Movers & Shakers 2002

Focus on the Customer “How do we make a library that is so loved that people will support it?” The Richmond Public Library (RPL) is located in a smallish city (163,000) just outside Vancouver, but its new web address is www.yourlibrary.ca. Maybe that’s hubristic, but it sure reminds users–“customers,” to Cate McNeely, since she likes […]

Debbie Abilock | Movers & Shakers 2002

It Starts With Questions A teaching librarian who makes time to share her experience Debbie Abilock knows that librarians at their best don’t just provide answers, they help users develop good questions, because they’re not just teaching research, they’re teaching thinking. That’s why she is widely acknowledged as one of the great teaching librarians–by her […]

Rivkah K. Sass | Movers & Shakers 2002

Creating Next-Generation Reference “If we are going to survive, we have to find new ways to be there for the next generation” When Rivkah Sass was planning to attend library school, she and her husband packed up their car and headed cross county, visiting campuses and communities from Brooklyn to Berkeley. It was an action […]

Deveron Milne | Movers & Shakers 2002

Making Waves “My responsibility was to take the electronics and turn it into a deliverable solution for libraries” Some enter the library field as a vocation. For Deveron Milne, director of the Information Systems Division at VTLS, it was a case of falling into it accidentally. “I was a marketing major and was volunteered into […]

Andrew Dillon | Movers & Shakers 2002

Putting LIS Education in the Center “It’s the values in this field that separate it from other disciplines” What brings an Irish-born human computer interaction expert from the UK to a library and information science (LIS) program in Texas? “This whole area is so very dynamic and super flexible intellectually,” says Andrew Dillon, the new […]

Elaina Norlin | Movers & Shakers 2002

Bionic Librarian “With our profession struggling for respect, relevance, and a younger hipper image, we could use more role models like Elaina Norlin” Reading Elaina Norlin’s resume you might wonder if her many talents include adding several extra hours to the day. In four short years as undergraduate librarian at the University of Arizona, she […]

Cathy Bennett | Movers & Shakers 2002

At the Intersection of Needs and Opportunities Cultivating the talents of support staff in remote locations Cathy Bennett was an administrative aide at a small college near the border of Ohio and West Virginia when the library director left, and the dean asked her to take over that work. This happened just as the University […]