October 7, 2015

Alison Macrina | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Alison Macrina

Armed with a passion for privacy and knowledge of surveillance technologies, Alison Macrina helps fellow librarians prevent prying eyes from spying on their patrons’ online movements.

Jasmine Africawala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Jasmine Africawala

When librarian Jasmine Africawala sees a need among her patrons, she finds a way to fill it. She’s made a difference for Dallas residents earning their GEDs, learning English, or dealing with homelessness.

Michelle Luhtala | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Michelle Luhtala

“She is not about ‘business as usual,’ ” says Neverending Search blogger Joyce Valenza, of Michelle Luhtala. “She pulls us forward in her thought, principles, and actions. She pushes access and intellectual freedom.”

Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney

In the Venn diagram of the national conversation about librarianship, in the tiny overlapping space at the center, you’ll find Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney.

Oralia Garza de Cortes, Lucía Gonzalez, & Patrick Sullivan | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Oralia Garza de Cortes, Lucía Gonzalez, & Patrick Sullivan

Inspired to action by the recent deluge of over 70,000 unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States, Oralia Garza de Cortes, Lucía Gonzalez, and Patrick Sullivan spearheaded the Children in Crisis project in June 2014. The goal: to raise funds for books and backpacks for young refugees in detention centers across the country who awaited immigration processing or deportation.

Nakia Joye Woodward | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Nakia Joye Woodward

Nakia Joye Woodward, the senior clinical reference librarian at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine Library, is a grant-getting wonder. Most of those grants are devoted to a singular mission: bringing health services to the rural Appalachians.

T-Kay Sangwand | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

T-Kay Sangwand

Archivist T-Kay Sangwand works with human rights groups around the world to preserve the histories of marginalized peoples and everyday individuals caught up in war and genocide.

Stevo Roksandic | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Advocates

Stevo Roksandic

When Stevo Roksandic arrived in Columbus in 1999, the Croatia native decided it was time to drop anchor in landlocked Ohio after 15 years in the tourism industry—the last two sailing the world three times as a cruise ship employee.

Movers & Shakers 2015


Passion. Vision. Mission. These are just a few of the words that characterize the 50 individuals—and one organization—named 2015 Movers & Shakers.

Ciro Scardina | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Advocates


The way Ciro Scardina sees it, “teaching is a performing art.” Scardina taught fourth grade for eight years before becoming the school library media specialist at P.S. 18 on New York’s Staten Island. Scardina’s lessons involve high-tech tools, all of which are available thanks to his impressive fundraising track record.