January 14, 2018

David Lee King | Movers & Shakers 2008

User-Centered Technologist Librarians agree: David Lee King is your go-to guy for simplifying complex technology. “He has that rare ability to take tough tech and make it easy to understand and get excited about,” says Kathy Dempsey, former editor-in-chief, Computers in Libraries. TSCPL executive director Gina Millsap concurs: “David communicates ideas in ways that are […]

Devo Carpenter | Movers & Shakers 2008

Not Clowning Around Many people know Devona Carpenter as a storyteller at the Austin Public Library. Some know her from her spare-time roles as “Devo the Clown” or as the puppeteer who staged a two-minute production of The Wizard of Oz, complete with tornado, wicked witches, and flying monkeys. But to teens at Austin’s Gardner-Betts […]

Marcia Mardis | Movers & Shakers 2008

Push Technology Robert Holley, professor at Wayne State University’s LIS program, calls colleague Marcia Mardis “an unstoppable force, inspiring others to try new things and undertake new challenges.” As assistant professor in Wayne State’s school library media program, Mardis constantly encourages school librarians to show teachers how new technologies—even personal entertainment devices—can enhance student learning. […]

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 […]