November 18, 2017

Julia Wallace | Movers & Shakers 2003

Let’s Not Be Quiet Who would have thought a government documents librarian would be leading a political battle? Certainly not Julia Wallace. But in June 2002, after OMB Director Mitch Daniels told government agencies to ignore the century-old requirement that the Government Printing Office (GPO) print their documents, Wallace was chosen by a coalition of […]

Connie Mitchell | Movers & Shakers 2003

Rekindling the Flame You could say Connie Mitchell was born to be a teacher and librarian with an old-fashioned passion to help children read. After years of helping her teacher mother build and maintain a school library collection, Mitchell realized this was her calling, too. She knows that reluctant readers in her high school were […]

Isabel Espinal | Movers & Shakers 2003

Returning the Favor Isabel Espinal developed an early interest in libraries while growing up poor in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. “Libraries were always free,” she says. “We had no toys, no bicycles, but, thank God, we had the New York Public Library.” As a librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Espinal is more […]

Jose Aponte | Movers & Shakers 2003

Outgrowing the Library As were a surprising number of others on this list, Jose Aponte was born into librarianship: his mother was a librarian who hired him for his first library job, at the age of eight, reading stories to little kids for 25¢ apiece. Yet it made sense in 2000 for him to become […]

Mackenzie Smith | Movers & Shakers 2003

Perfect Timing You’d be hard-pressed to find a librarian more ahead of the profession’s technology curve than Mackenzie Smith. But if you ask Smith, she’ll tell you, “I really just have been very lucky timing wise.” While earning a degree in comparative literature from the University of Washington in the 1980s, Smith always maintained a […]

Barbara Franchetto | Movers & Shakers 2003

The Connector From the very beginning of her career, when she was a customer service representative for Utlas’s French-speaking customers in Quebec, Barbara Franchetto has been helping librarians connect to and use online services. (She did a little connecting on her own behalf there as well, since that’s where she met her husband.) Franchetto says […]

Amy Shelley | Movers & Shakers 2003

Moving Out When Amy Shelley talks about one of the wide variety of children’s and outreach programs she has instituted over the last five years, she seems to always begin, “We got a grant and….” Grant-writing is not in her job description. “It’s just something I have taken on,” she says. “There are so many […]

Teresa Naranjo | Movers & Shakers 2003

Renewing a Legacy When Teresa Naranjo moved back to Santa Clara Pueblo after graduating from college, she was thrilled to hear that a position was opening up at the community library where she had worked summers in high school. While she moved toward certification, her title was “librarian,” though she functioned as director of the […]

Charles W. Bailey | Movers & Shakers 2003

The Imagineer Charles W. Bailey has made a career out of being ahead of the technological curve. Fresh out of library school in 1981, he participated in system development projects and created user documentation at OCLC. In 1983, he introduced the use of IBM microcomputers in the library at Johns Hopkins University. In 1988, he […]

Roy Mersky | Movers & Shakers 2003

Renewable Resource If you’re looking at the picture of Roy Mersky, a library director for more than three decades, and thinking that this must be some kind of “mover and shaker emeritus” designation, think again. Because at the age of 79, with a distinguished 40-year career already filled with accomplishments, awards, and honors, Mersky is […]