January 20, 2018

Tim Spalding | Movers & Shakers 2008

Metadata Man With LibraryThing (librarything.com), 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 […]

Lisa Sweeney | Movers & Shakers 2008

The Translator Lisa Sweeney says her “ability to understand many things well enough to translate them to others” is her strongest asset as head of geographic information system (GIS) services at MIT Libraries. Reference coordinator and public services librarian Heather McCann agrees: “Students respond to her casual yet professional teaching style and are encouraged to […]

Jennifer Schember | Movers & Shakers 2008

On the Same Page Throughout her career at Las Vegas–Clark County Library District (NVCCLD), Jennifer Schember has worked to turn a city of tourists and new arrivals into a community. Of German-Japanese descent, Schember relishes her opportunity as community outreach and adult programming coordinator to honor Clark County’s many ethnic and cultural groups. Deputy Director […]

Elisabeth Jacobsen Marrapodi | Movers & Shakers 2008

Pathfinder Elisabeth Jacobsen Marrapodi says that when she does medical literature searches, the patient is a real person to her. A former emergency medical technician who is now director of library services at Trinitas Hospital, she “appreciates patient care from different vantage points,” including the spiritual; she’s creating a spiritual collection to help encourage, inspire, […]

Jamie Watson | Movers & Shakers 2008

Spark Plug Her Harford County Public Library colleagues agree that assistant materials manager Jamie Watson oozes energy; director Audra Caplan says she “generates excitement on any project.” Watson focuses that energy on reluctant teen readers. Nationally known for her leadership in YALSA, particularly on its Quick Picks Committee, she also works with Maryland library groups […]

Mario Ascencio | Movers & Shakers 2008

Anger into Fuel REFORMA president Mario Ascencio understands the value of diversity at a gut level. An American of Salvadoran descent raised in a Mexican American enclave in Los Angeles, he saw personally how educators’ assumptions that minority students couldn’t succeed could translate into self-fulfilling prophecies, and that made him mad. Today, Ascencio says, he […]

Maria Redburn | Movers & Shakers 2008

Grace Under Pressure Becoming manager of the Bedford Public Library, which had closed briefly in 2005, was a risky career move for Maria Redburn: city council members were considering outsourcing it to LSSI. But as a Bedford resident who had always dreamed of living and working in the same community and making a difference for […]

Amy Buckland | Movers & Shakers 2008

Do Something! Amy Buckland, already successful as editor of a language and linguistics journal, chose librarianship because she believes “everyone should have access to quality information, not just those who can afford it.” When Library Student Journal‘s (LSJ) founding editor, Eli Guinnee, left, Buckland became editor. She argued in her first issue that LIS students […]

Michelle Boulé | Movers & Shakers 2008

Geek Librarian Michelle Boulé, says Jason Griffey, head of library IT at the University of Tennessee–Chattanooga, “is unwilling to accept the status quo as the best of all possible worlds.” She’s particularly unwilling to settle for the standard model of professional participation, including conference attendance, because, as she puts it, “traveling is time away from […]

Sol Gómez | Movers & Shakers 2008

Paying It Forward Sol Gómez was a construction worker when he entered the University of Arizona’s (UA) Knowledge River program, which trains librarians to serve Hispanic and Native American communities. Now, as a branch manager at the Pima County Public Library (PCPL), his raw materials are young minds, and what they’re building is a better […]