November 24, 2017

Ria Newhouse & April Spisak | Movers & Shakers 2004

Front Desk Ria Newhouse Teen Services Librarian, Hancock County PL, Greenfield, IN; April Spisak , Youth Services Librarian, Clark County PL, Springfield, OH Ria Newhouse, 26, and April Spisak, 27, both love reality TV. “I like to watch people do things for money,” Newhouse joked with LJ, “maybe because I don’t have much of it.” […]

Christine Borne | Movers & Shakers 2004

Putting the Nex in Gen On May 9, 2003, a noisy revolution began in the library world. That’s when Christine Borne launched the electronic discussion group NEXGENLIB-L. Her aim was to involve colleagues around her age (she’ll turn 26 in May) professionally, a group usually unheard in the professional literature and discussions. The list quickly […]

Vonda Ward | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Creating Readers When Vonda Ward was a middle-school teacher, she couldn’t get her students to share her excitement about history because they couldn’t read its stories. That’s when she realized how much subject mastery depended on the basics. Broward County Library’s leaders were also interested in teaching basic literacy. Ward, who grew up in […]

Kimberly Bolan Taney | Movers & Shakers 2004

Choreographing a Life When Kim Taney isn’t tending 80 workstations on the Webster Public Library’s local area network, supervising the pages, working the reference desk, and advising libraries on how to improve teen services, she teaches ballet and choreographs her dance studio’s productions. Choreography is a useful skill for someone with such a multifaceted life. […]

Michael Neubert | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Goodwill Ambassador Michael Neubert came by his interest in Russian studies naturally. His father was a foreign service officer who was stationed in the Soviet Union. But when he received his M.A. in Soviet Studies, Neubert wasn’t sure how he’d make a living–until he read about the job opportunities for area studies librarians. He […]

Abigail Grotke | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Capturing History In a career full of twists and turns, Abbie Grotke picked up the skills to help her land her ideal job: Digital Projects Coordinator for the Library of Congress. Presently, she oversees Minerva (Mapping the INternet Electronic Resources Virtual Archive,, a project to collect and preserve those materials that were ‘born […]

Miriam Blake | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Simplifying Complexity The holy grail for many research librarians is one-stop searching: seamless access to all the library’s resources on a topic, regardless of the source. Miriam Blake, Library Without Walls Project Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is making this vision a reality. Consider how complex it is to go directly from […]

Sally Lancaster | Movers & Shakers 2004

  The Advocate Sally Lancaster may be an educator by training, but she knows the value of libraries. As assistant principal of Alternative Programs for the Everett Public Schools, Lancaster led a statewide battle that not only saved the criteria for school libraries in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) but created mandatory standards in the […]

Cynthia Chadwick | Movers & Shakers 2004

The Missionary An M.A. in divinity is an uncommon qualification in librarianship, and so is experience in teaching job skills to homeless women. But Cynthia Chadwick, the Arapahoe Library District’s manager of outreach services, thinks her background is a good match for library work. Libraries not only ‘have a duty to serve the marginalized of […]

Sharon Mcqueen | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Showstopper She’s still in the wings, but once Sharon (Sherri) McQueen arrives on the stage of library education, innovation will surely follow. McQueen comes across like a fast-forward version of Katharine Hepburn’s Bunny Watson–without the fear of technology. Funny and clever, she seamlessly trades her comedy mask for tragedy when she turns to the […]