November 17, 2017

Jeannie Dilger-Hill | Movers & Shakers 2006

Service on Wheels Jeannie Dilger-Hill loves bookmobiles. Not just because ‘the patrons are always so appreciative.’ Not just because she has ‘never found library staff more committed to providing the best possible service for their patrons than bookmobile staff.’ And not just because mobile service is a constant professional challenge that requires her to be […]

Bart Birdsall | Movers & Shakers 2006

Pride and Protest Bart Birdsall always wanted to be a media specialist but talked himself into becoming a ‘real teacher’ first. Of all his advanced degrees, though, his MLS is the one he marched for in graduation ceremonies. ‘I finally have a job I love and respect,’ he says. Respect and empathy define Birdsall’s insistence […]

John Blyberg | Movers & Shakers 2006

User-Centered ‘Geek’ When he’s not working toward his ultimate objective of taking over the world and making everyone drive hybrid vehicles, self-described ‘library geek’ John Blyberg keeps plenty busy with his day job. The three years he spent rebuilding the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) network and server infrastructure ‘from the ground up’ and moving […]

Angela Crockett | Movers & Shakers 2006

Schoolchildren’s Champion For years, the New Jersey Department of Education required low-income districts to provide library media centers and librarians for their schools. When she noticed K – 3 schools had been dropped from that regulation, Angela Crockett got to work. Colleague Alice Yucht says Crockett, a longtime media specialist in the Paterson schools, has […]

Christina Stoll | Movers & Shakers 2006

Good Karma While participating in Synergy, the Illinois Library Leadership Initiative (2002 – 03), Christina Stoll helped create a vision statement that committed to recruiting promising people to the profession. She’s never stopped recruiting since. In March 2005, as knowledge manager at North Suburban Library System (NSLS), IL, she helped organize a Librarian Recruitment Conference […]

Patricia Husband | Movers & Shakers 2006

Adapting to Crisis Patricia Husband was managing 11 branches and overseeing the construction of four new branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) when Hurricane Katrina hit. She had to maintain normal services and keep construction on schedule while also making sure the buildings were safe, operational, and available to help both residents […]

Amy Cheney | Movers & Shakers 2006

Life-Changer Cheney draws inspiration from a collection of rocks worn smooth by the waves. They’re a constant reminder to her of ‘the impact we all have on creation, even if we can’t at first tell.’ Amy Cheney likes teens, even rebels who’ve been abused and neglected and in return are ‘walking a thin line between […]

Derek Engi | Movers & Shakers 2006

Embodying Moore’s Law Derek Engi found his first job in library tech support as a high school sophomore, and he’s ‘bounced around several libraries’ since. His first experience taught him to innovate and learn on the job: ‘There aren’t too many places that will hire a 15-year-old kid to troubleshoot their network, then put him […]

Trina Magi | Movers & Shakers 2006

‘Rabble-Rouser’ If by ‘rabble’ one means librarians and Congress, then University of Vermont librarian Trina Magi has earned that title, bestowed on her by Vermont Woman magazine. She worried that section 215 of the USA PATRIOT ACT could have a chilling effect on her students’ curiosity. ‘If you have to start wondering what your reading […]

Joan Bernstein | Movers & Shakers 2006

Merchandising the Library Joan Bernstein has a message for librarians: ‘You can create exciting change with very little money.’ It’s not magic. It’s marketing – understanding what your customers want and giving it to them. Focus groups had told Bernstein they wanted a more comfortable library that was easy to use. She’d already found that […]