November 23, 2017

David Pattern | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

Idea Generator “Dave Pattern has a knack for improving things and/or making them much funnier,” explains Kathryn Greenhill, emerging technologies specialist, Murdoch University, Western Australia. “He exemplifies the qualities of curiosity, sharing, play, and experimentation so necessary for contemporary library staff.” Pattern is best known for the catalog enhancements he created for the University of […]

Lisa Harris | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Fresh Starts Lisa Harris grew up in a rough neighborhood in East Oakland, CA, where many classmates dropped out around eighth grade and later wound up behind bars. Eighteen years ago, when Harris answered an ad for a “Jail Literacy Coordinator” with the Alameda County Library (ACL), she reconnected with some of those peers—and began […]

Barry Bailey | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Innovators

He Is the Future One of our youngest Movers & Shakers, digital projects librarian Barry Bailey has been out of library school for less than two years and at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for less than a year. Yet, he’s already made an impact: from creating a digital collection of vintage fashions to developing […]

Rachel Walden | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Activists

Spreading Awareness Rachel Walden, observes David Rothman, information services specialist, Community General Hospital Medical Library, Syracuse, NY, “is unique in providing frequent, authoritative posts on the science and politics of women’s health.” Walden is best known for demanding answers and action in the POPLINE abortion controversy. In spring 2008, POPLINE, the major database on global […]

Ann Dutton Ewbank | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Activists

Tireless Ann Dutton Ewbank takes education seriously. A former high school teacher, teacher-librarian, and now education liaison for Arizona State University, she attempts to educate everyone—especially city, state, and national legislators—about the role librarians play in developing 21st-century literacies in today’s students. Earlier this year, she and her colleagues launched a campaign called Fund Our […]

Carlie Webber | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Smarter Than Hermione Carlie Webber has a “dirty secret”: “I never really grew out of reading children’s and YA literature,” she says. It’s led to her success as a YA librarian and a nationally recognized—and often attitudinous—voice on YA lit, with Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) programs like “Harry Potter for Grownups” and “YA […]

Michael Porter | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Trendspotters

Libraryman Michael Porter has an “incredible appetite for trendspotting,” says Chrystie Hill, his boss at WebJunction (, the nonprofit, library-professional-run online community. This future-oriented focus imbues his passion for libraries. Porter worked in libraries even before getting his MLIS; he took his newly minted degree to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was […]

Casey Long | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Community Builders

Closing the Gap When Casey Long, business liaison librarian at Georgia State University, was working with a group of seniors there, she realized that few of them were familiar with the research tools she was teaching them. “It seemed that students [in business, one of the largest academic divisions] should already be equipped with these […]

Nancy J. Keane | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Marketers

Booktalker  Nancy Keane had just started her job as library media specialist at New Hampshire’s Rundlett Middle School in 1995 when a teacher asked her to booktalk—something that Keane had never done. She searched the Internet for scripts and found nothing. After that, but long before anything Web 2.0, she put her booktalks on a […]

Jamie Markus | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Innovators

Resident Comedian “Not every library has a resident comedian, but here in Wyoming we have Jamie Markus,” says deputy state librarian Jerry Krois. Markus, the continuing education coordinator for the Wyoming State Library, may be a wunderkind auteur of the library world. In addition to his role as the designer of professional development opportunities for […]