October 17, 2017

Helping New Librarians by Sticking with It | Not Dead Yet

Last spring I did a research consultation with a student who was preparing to work on her senior thesis. She was smart, focused, motivated, and self-directed, and in addition to discussing the research process and research resources, we talked about what it is like to work in libraries. The young lady got back in touch […]

Richard L. Hasenyager Jr. | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

True to His Schools When Richard Hasenyager speaks to community organizations and other groups, he talks about the critical role school libraries play in developing students’ life skills—from the age of five. “College and career readiness begin in kindergarten,” he says. “We can’t wait until students are in high school to teach them information and […]

Angela Nolet | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Called to Connect One of those lucky people who found her professional calling at an early age, Angela Nolet was well known to her local King County Library System (KCLS) librarians because she was such a frequent visitor. She knew from the age of seven—when she was making her own library cards and book stampers—that […]

Tracy Crawford | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Heritage Queen As curator of the Black Heritage Reference Center (BHRC) of Queens County, Tracy Crawford puts her love for literature and interest in the history of the African Diaspora to work for her diverse community. By preserving books, artwork, microfilm of newspapers and magazines, and other materials, as well as organizing programs, the reference […]

Rosalind K. Lett | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Healthier for Her Passionate about helping people to expand their health literacy, Rosalind Lett realized that north Alabama was underserved when it came to access to understandable medical information. Many people want to make better decisions about their health, but they lack the skills to locate information that would help guide their choices, says Lett, […]

Ryan Deschamps | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Buliders

The Knitty-Gritty Say you’re an e-learning manager at a public library system who wants to get the word out to the community that the system is getting a new branch. What do you do? Add a landing page to the library’s website? Tweet about it a lot? How about knit? In 2010, Ryan Deschamps, e-learning […]

Meg Gerritsen Knodl | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Social Media Maven Social media is supposed to be about contact, connection, and conversation. Instead, it’s often about me, myself, and I. Not at Hennepin County Library (HCL), however, where Meg Gerritsen Knodl uses social media to fine-tune user services. Her efforts have been so influential that she played a key role in Hennepin County […]

John Watts | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Protector of Privacy When John Watts arrived at the Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University in 2009, meaningful fun was close on his heels. His engaging marketing and outreach efforts have included a “de-stress fest” before finals, an Edible Book Contest, a presence in social media, and a video about censorship and a reading from […]

Rebecca Renard | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Innovators

Keen on Teens “I always heard my teens talking about how smelly or crazy the homeless in the libraries were,” says Rebecca Renard, charged with teen employment for District of Columbia Public Library’s (DCPL) 26 branches through its Teens of Distinction and Summer Youth Employment programs. “As I began researching homelessness, I discovered that the […]

Tina Thomas and Alison Circle | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Brand Leader Alison Circle and Tina Thomas are both seasoned marketing professionals who have brought their expertise to public libraries. They didn’t come a moment too soon. “We are long past the time when libraries need professional marketing,” believes Circle. “Marketing can help libraries drive real results: increased use, community presence, fundraising, you name it.” […]