November 17, 2017

Tim Spalding | Movers & Shakers 2008

Metadata Man With LibraryThing (, Portland, ME–based web developer/publisher Tim Spalding has repurposed the library catalog into a social web application and, in the process, made cataloging fun. “LibraryThing brings into large-scale practice what the most visionary among us can only talk about,” says Don Yarman, assistant director, Delaware County District Library, OH—“folksonomies, crowd-sourcing, a […]

Amanda McKeraghan | Movers & Shakers 2008

Rural Improvement Amanda McKeraghan knew early on that she wanted to spend her life improving life in rural communities like the one in which she grew up. She just didn’t believe it when she was told she could do that as a librarian. Having worked her way up in the Stevens County Rural Library District […]

Evette Atkin | Movers & Shakers 2008

Multitalented Evette Atkin says her wide-ranging interests feed her work for the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC), as a trainer, and as leader of the statewide development of Evergreen, an open source catalog debuting in pilot libraries there this summer. Years of teaching violinists of all ages and abilities helped her adapt instruction to librarians’ existing […]

Karen Brooks-Reese | Movers & Shakers 2008

Better Than Cool Karen Brooks-Reese thought librarians were “boring shushers” until she saw Party Girl. Now, as coordinator of teen services at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), she, too, gets to upend teens’ stereotypes of librarians—and not just by bringing Wii and Playstation2 to CLP’s 19 facilities. Brooks-Reese helps teens expand their skills and […]

Mark Greek | Movers & Shakers 2008

Restoring History As photo archivist for the DCPL’s Washingtoniana Division at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the city’s main, Mark Greek restores historical photos from the ravages of time and invisibility by constructing a database of holdings, writing finding aids, producing exhibits, and adding new images to the collection. He even discovered a […]

Padma Polepeddi | Movers & Shakers 2008

Passion for Diversity When Padma Polepeddi discovered that her nearby public library was free, she cried for joy. Having emigrated from India, where libraries charge for service, she loves telling other immigrants about the “amazing world of public libraries.” Now supervisor of the Glendale Library, Polepeddi builds collections and programming for a diverse community and […]

Christopher Harris | Movers & Shakers 2008

Deep Impact Christopher Harris says he switched from teaching to administrative support because he wanted to have an impact on more students—he now impacts 26,000 as coordinator for Genesee Valley BOCES. Charged with providing automation, online media resources, and professional development offerings to 22 small, rural New York school library districts, he is leading librarians […]

Alison Cody | Movers & Shakers 2008

Working the Crossroads Cindy Fisher, one of numerous grateful fellow students at Simmons, called Alison Cody “the glue holding many Simmons GSLIS programs together,” because, as lead technology reference assistant (TRA), Cody helped students and faculty alike with computer problems and created a training manual and wiki for new TRAs. Seeing that fellow students wanted […]

Mark Vrabel | Movers & Shakers 2008

Show Me the Evidence Mark Vrabel is so devoted to the best available evidence that he can’t even give a friend a CD without adding voluminous documentation. Anne Snively, director of periodicals publishing at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), says Vrabel, the society’s information resources supervisor, supports ONS evidence-based practice initiatives by keeping nurses apprised […]

Mary Ellen Stasek | Movers & Shakers 2008

Community Ambassador Lakewood Public Library director Kenneth Warren is justly proud of the “smartly designed, deeply conceived, and community-connected web site” that Mary Ellen Stasek created for the library ( From the beginning, has been about the library and the neighborhood, because Stasek realized how wide an audience it would attract: prospective residents and […]