November 23, 2017

Steve Lawson & Josh Neff | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Carping Nerdboys Josh Neff (pictured below) and Steve Lawson (pictured left) started the Library Society of the World (LSW), an online social network of like-minded librarians that has attracted a host of librarians affectionately disaffected from the more formal organizations of librarianship. Lawson credits Neff as the “guy who got everything going in 2007.” Neff […]

Janice Kowemy | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

Beyond Legacy Janice Kowemy is only the second Laguna tribal community librarian in tribal history. She ably walks in the footsteps of the late Liz Wacondo, who had mentored her since Kowemy worked at Laguna Public Library in high school. It was then she decided to become a librarian, and Wacondo vowed not to retire […]

Sandra Sajonas | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Hooked on Books How do you help 50 17- to 24-year-olds who read below sixth-grade level select books that will be meaningful to them? If you’re Sandra Sajonas, the only full-time young adult literacy librarian in New York City, it’s no problem, and it happens to be her job. Sajonas works as part of a […]

Jason Puckett | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

Fearless Innovator Jason Puckett is known for harnessing new technology for library users and fellow librarians. Consultant and trainer Beth Gallaway (Information Goddess Consulting, Hampton, NH) describes him as both an early adopter and a “fearless innovator.” Puckett is particularly proud of his work teaching and promoting the open source citation manager Zotero. He’s responsible […]

Joann Ransom | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Tech Leaders

For the People New Zealand’s Horowhenua community—a district of 30,00090 minutes north of Wellington—had a problem. Its many historical societies and museums were struggling. Content wasn’t getting online, valuable historical and cultural information was staying locked up in people’s heads, and volunteers, ready to offer a host of skills and services, were going untapped. But […]

Laura Kasak | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

Transformer If the Florissant Valley Branch Library of the St. Louis County Library (SLCL) ever needs a motto, “change is good” would be apt. Florissant Valley has seen a 40 percent increase in usage—and a 26 percent rise in circulation—since Laura Kasak took the helm in July 2008. Among other steps, Kasak replaced the oversized […]

Joanna Kolendo & Melissa Rice | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Dewey Free Some libraries are moving away from Dewey. First came the Perry Branch of Arizona’s Maricopa County Library District in 2007. The Frankfort Public Library District (FPLD), IL, followed suit in 2008. After an arduous year of converting more than 29,000 titles to a taxonomic system that is less Dewey and more Barnes & […]

Talia Sherer | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

A New Script What makes Talia Sherer great at what she does—directing library marketing for adult trade books at Macmillan (with publishers like Henry Holt, St. Martin’s, and Farrar) and traveling the United States to reach out to librarians nationwide, speaking with them at huge conferences and small-town library staff meetings? “Well, I did go […]

Monique Delatte | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Grant Leader On the display team at Nordstrom, Monique Delatte’s customer service–oriented work contributed to her “pro-customer” point of view. When she switched gears to pursue a library degree, she brought her marketing savvy and customer skills with her. How lucky the library world is to have her. In addition to her full-time job at […]

Peggy Cadigan | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Futurista Library 2.0 is so…2005. For a forecast about evolution of the library, talk to a “professional futurist” like Peggy Cadigan, the New Jersey State Library’s (NJSL) associate state librarian for innovation and outreach strategies. One of two librarians accepted into the Association of Professional Futurists, whose members analyze how social and technological developments are […]