January 17, 2018

Brian Kamens | Movers & Shakers 2003

The Link to Local History Even when he was a kid, Brian Kamens was a history buff, devouring countless books about the Greeks and Romans and Egyptians, so when he was assigned to the Northwest Room at the Tacoma Public Library, he knew he’d found his place in life. Tracking down the history of a […]

Ann Sparanese | Movers & Shakers 2003

Small and Large Acts of Resistance Ann Sparanese doesn’t have an up-to-date résumé because she is exactly where she wants to be. “I think I have the best of all possible worlds,” she says. “I serve my own community (which is diverse, exciting, and challenging), in a profession that I consider to be essential to […]

Evelyn Minick | Movers & Shakers 2003

Making It Easy Evelyn Minick is good at getting people to do what she wants. One reason is that she makes it easy for them, even pleasurable. Distressed that only 23 academic librarians went to Washington for the American Library Association’s Legislative Day 2000, as compared with 600 public librarians, Minick called every academic library […]

Paolo Melillo | Movers & Shakers 2003

Library Ambassador Paolo Melillo’s native language is Italian, but growing up in Montreal, he also became fluent in English and French in school. Through friends and relatives, he picked up Spanish and Portuguese as well. After he took a degree in library science he found that jobs in the profession were scarce in Canada, so […]

Carol Gulyas | Movers & Shakers 2003

Asserting Our Position “The library field is still engaged in valuable and urgent work…in a time when it is not an exaggeration to speculate that we are entering another Dark Ages,” says Carol Gulyas. That faith in library work is what called her back to pursue her MLS “in midlife,” as she puts it, following […]

Kaite Mediatore | Movers & Shakers 2003

Make Me a Match Think of Kaite Mediatore as a matchmaker, since what she most enjoys is bringing together a book and a reader who needs what that exact book has to offer. The experience of reading isn’t complete, she says, “until we tell someone else how wonderful the book is.” She had been “matchmaking” […]

Mary George and Chris Christman | Movers & Shakers 2003

A Partnership for Fair Pay Mary George and Chris Christman bring radically different personalities to the fight for fair pay for the librarians of Placer County, CA. George thinks of Christman as the clever fox and herself as a Tasmanian devil. Their differing styles might be referred to as “That’s not fair!” and “That’s not […]

Glennor Shirley | Movers & Shakers 2003

Connecting Inside When Glennor Shirley came to the United States from Jamaica armed with an advanced library degree from an accredited British university, she was surprised and “humbled” to learn that she could not get a professional position in an American library. Now, two master’s degrees later, Shirley puts her unique experience and insight to […]

Jenna Freedman | Movers & Shakers 2003

Truth to Power Jenna Freedman combines a driving need to know with the passionate idealism of one who believes that individual action can make a difference. Before she could learn successfully to meld her profession with her values and beliefs in the pursuit of change, she had to come to librarianship. After years “resisting” it […]

Dani Porter | Movers & Shakers 2003

Selling a Great Product “It is great when you have a great product to sell,” says Dani Porter, who five years ago chose to put her marketing skills – once used to promote some of the country’s major casinos – behind libraries. In charge of recruiting gifts over $10,000 for the University of Nevada – […]