December 16, 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 […]

Erin Meyer | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Jane of All Trades Erin Meyer splits her time between managing her university’s research center and student outreach efforts. The dual functions pose no problem. “I feel like I’m a salesperson for the best product in the world,” she says. “And who can turn me down when what I’m selling is free?” And fun. For […]

John Palfrey | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

Transformer With the publication of Born Digital, a seminal study of Internet use by the “digital natives” who’ve grown up with it (and one of LJ‘s Best Sci-Tech Books for 2008), John Palfrey got on the library world’s radar the same year he joined the field. In 2008, Palfrey, then executive director of Harvard’s Berkman […]

Donna Walker | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Fearless Capacity As project manager for a new .7 million library in a largely immigrant community in the southeast Denver metro area, Donna Walker responded to architects’ proposal for an 11,000 square foot space that “looked like a jail,” she says, by pushing for a 30,000 square foot facility, opened in 2009, that “says we […]

Diane Walden | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

For the Underdog People tried to talk Diane Walden out of prison librarianship—graduate school professors and the VP of a company that employed her as an undergrad. “He said, ‘You’re throwing away your career,’ and ‘You’re too good for that,’ ” Walden recalls. Fortunately, she didn’t listen. Her current day job involves overseeing 17 staff […]

Bob Sisson | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

Minding the Store For users, the plentiful resources at the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) may be free, but, as we all know, most of life isn’t. Perhaps that’s why reference librarian Bob Sisson organizes so many job fairs at the Northeast Regional Library, the second largest facility in FLP’s 54-branch system, serving a community […]

Gwyneth A. Jones | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Innovators

Rebel with a Cause A self-described “goofball and geek,” Gwyneth Jones is a frequent and formidable presence at library conferences; on her blog, The Daring Librarian, where she appears as a cartoon persona with cat’s-eye glasses and fiery red hair; and at Murray Hill Middle School Library in Laurel, MD, where she oversees everything from […]

Chad Haefele & Emily King | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Innovators

Always Game In spring 2010, many students at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill witnessed a fellow student, Brandon, propose to his girlfriend, Nicole, at The Pit, a popular campus hangout. What made the incident unique—more so than its public nature—was that it was actually the opening move in an alternate reality game […]

Kim Leeder | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

“Leeding” by Example Kim Leeder “was full of ideas, chutzpah, drive, tenacity, compassion, and energy,” remembers Emily Ford, scholarly communication librarian, Oregon Health & Science University, of the time both women worked on a project as 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. Those qualities are still in evidence as Leeder, Boise State University librarian […]

Courtney L. Young | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

Driven To Diversify Whether it’s in the parking lot before class or on Facebook, Penn State’s students chase down librarian Courtney L. Young to ask for advice on their research projects. That’s partly because she’s “a master at making connections,” says Sara Whildin, head librarian at Penn State Brandy­wine. “She exemplifies the skills our library […]