November 24, 2017

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 […]

Aspen Walker | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Good 4 Libraries Aspen Walker is a jack-(or jill)- of-all-trades, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She supports the library director’s functions, working closely with the library board and senior management, preparing budgets, and dealing with long-range planning. Always in touch with those on the front lines, she also works at the reference […]

Ellen Forsyth | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Outcome-Oriented Ellen Forsyth’s customers are 2,344 library workers in 99 libraries and 374 locations spread across more than 300,000 square miles in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, as well as the library users they serve. That’s why she focuses on delivering online tools tailored to local needs. With the help of collaborators, Forsyth adapted the […]

Eli Neiburger | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Game Changer At a Pokémon tournament Eli Neiburger once organized at Ann Arbor District Library, where he is associate director for IT and production, a shy and small-for-his-age third-grader, at Neiburger’s encouragement, participated in the gaming event under his mother’s watchful eye. Though the boy didn’t win the tournament that day, Neiburger recalls that “he […]