November 18, 2017

Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

It started with Mr. Crittenden at Freeport High School, NY. “He was the first African American librarian I had ever met, and that was a big deal. His presence meant that librarianship was an option for someone like me,” recalls Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, now head of young adult services at Uniondale Public Library, just a few miles from her old high school.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

“One of my favorite questions is, ‘Why is there a kitchen in the library?’ ” says Elizabeth Fitzgerald. “There is such an opportunity [here] for advancing literacy.” As culinary literacy specialist at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s (FLP) Culinary Literacy Center, a commercial-grade kitchen classroom that seats 36, Fitzgerald teaches “reading (recipes), math (measuring), and even chemistry through cooking,” says nominator Donald Root, FLP chief of Central Library public services.

Chris Brown | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

For Chris Brown, being a librarian is about providing “what[ever] information is most valuable and impactful to the public,” something that changes from community to community. While he was working in Contra Costa County, CA, in 2014, that concept led to his finding innovative ways to assist veterans recently returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who were having trouble readjusting to civilian life.

Kathy Shahbodaghi | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

Kathy Shahbodaghi, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML)director for youth and teen services, had her aha moment long ago when she visited a school in a low-income neighborhood where student performance was poor. When her colleague showed kindergartners David Shannon’s book No, David! (Scholastic), several eagerly raised their hands. The teacher confided, “Those are the children who had been read to before they started school. I had to teach the rest howto listen to a book.”

Willie Miller | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

For Willie Miller, informatics and journalism librarian at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Valentine’s Day has become a stealth data-gathering operation. He calls it “guerrilla assessment,” and it has transformed the university library (UL).

Colleen Graves | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

A finalist for School Library Journal’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award, Colleen Graves has made her mark developing top-notch Maker spaces at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX, and her current school, Ryan High School, in Denton, as well as lesson plans and other resources applicable to many Maker spaces. When Graves began her career in education 14 years ago, though, it was as an English teacher.

Shaun Briley | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Innovators

Shaun Briley believes in science for the people. His adopted hometown of San Diego is a major biotechnology hub, home to more than 20 colleges and universities, three major hospitals, and numerous pharmaceutical companies and research facilities. Now, thanks to him, it also hosts the first biotech laboratory in a public library—the La Jolla/Riford Branch’s Bio Lab, which branch manager Briley brainstormed, organized, outfitted, and brought to life with the help of local biohackers and citizen scientists.

Ann Carlson Weeks, Jeffrey DiScala, & Christie Kodama | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

The career of a district school library supervisor can be a solitary one. Many are the only ones in their regions, and chances to coordinate and collaborate with others have been few and far between—until the Lilead Project.

Andy Plemmons | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

A firm believer in “expecting the miraculous”—a phrase from an award-winning book that he’s made into his school’s philosophy and a blog that guides numerous media specialists—school librarian Andy Plemmons makes his lessons a blend of education, fun, and technology.

Megan Rosenbloom | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

Beginning her career in librarianship at the University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library took Megan Rosenbloom down a path she never expected. Now this former journalist helps to train the doctors of tomorrow while acting as one of the faces of a burgeoning death positivity movement.