November 21, 2017

Susan Cohen | Movers & Shakers 2002

Jumping Barriers Using special abilities to assist those with special needs Susan Cohen originally didn’t want to be a librarian. She was told librarians had to have strong communication skills and that was a skill set she worried she didn’t have. It wasn’t that she was shy; she was born profoundly deaf. Her mother contracted […]

Ann Peterson Bishop | Movers & Shakers 2002

Grass Roots in Action Bridging the digital divide For Ann Peterson Bishop, a career in librarianship seemed inevitable. “I became increasingly interested with each library experience,” she recalls, “as a public and academic user, as a cataloger at Cornell University, and as a student at Syracuse University, where I was exposed to an exciting array […]

Kate Houston Mitchoff | Movers & Shakers 2002

Not Just Informing Kids but Exciting Them Extending public library services to 200 schools Kate Houston Mitchoff likes kids, even the challenging youngest teenagers. A camp counselor and mentor to middle school students in her high school years, she had intended to be a teacher, but when Oregon’s state government cut education funding, she rethought […]

Rachel Singer Gordon | Movers & Shakers 2002

Accidental Internet Guru Championing online career development Rachel Singer Gordon never wanted to be a computer geek. The prototypical girl with her nose in a book, she once was even misplaced by her camp counselor who never thought to look for her in the camp’s library. So when Gordon, who had two degrees in religious […]

Susan Hauer | Movers & Shakers 2002

“No” Is Not in Her Vocabulary Sharing the vision of what librarians can do If you read an e-mail about Susan Hauer’s accomplishments, you’d think it was spam: Take your budget from $22,000 to $250,000! Double your hours of service! Quadruple your cardholders! Win grants for capital improvements! Make the governor fund libraries better! Thanks […]

Shelley Neville | Movers & Shakers 2002

Love at First Byte Applying standards in the real world Many librarians have moved into positions at automation companies after playing traditional library roles in an academic, corporate, or public setting. Not Shelley Neville. “I went into library school knowing I wanted to go into automation,” she said. Currently a library systems analyst at leading […]

LaWanda C. Roudebush | Movers & Shakers 2002

Libraries Revitalize Communities “She doesn’t just see opportunity, she seizes it” As part of their presentation in June 2001 for the National Civic League’s All American City Award in Atlanta, the team from Fort Dodge, IA, used a live downlink to their new library. LaWanda Roudebush, the library director, was onstage as a member of […]

Lorrie Ann Butler | Movers & Shakers 2002

I Can Do That “Consumate professional and tireless member of the Denver Public Library” When you’serve as Lorrie Ann Butler, it can be dangerous just to deliver a file to the administrative offices, because sure as shooting, somebody will say, “Lorrie, can you help me on this project?” And she will say, “Sure, I can […]

Steven J. Bell | Movers & Shakers 2002

A Passion for the Profession “Our future is strongly linked to our ability to become partners in the educational enterprise.” Those who know Steven Bell know him as both a leader and a teacher passionate about the role of the academic library in an increasingly technological world. “My most profound influential experience,” recalls Bell, “was […]

Jessamyn West | Movers & Shakers 2002

The Ultimate Antistereotype “Many people outside of the biz have never known that most librarians are in favor of free speech, or a child’s right to read” If Jessamyn West was what people thought of when they thought of the word “librarian,” our profession would be unbelievably cool. Visit West’s web site (see below) and […]