November 20, 2017

Lance Werner | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

In 2011, at Lance Werner’s very first board meeting as the new director of the Kent District Library (KDL), he asked for a half million dollars for ebooks. “Many of my friends and colleagues thought I was crazy to make such a big request as a brand-new director,” Werner admits. The board turned Werner down. But at the second meeting, they decided to make a $400,000 investment in ebooks.

Katie Cerqua | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

Neither of Katie Cerqua’s parents went to college, but “they raised me to embrace reading, hard work, and education,” says the youth and family services manager at Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL). Growing up near Pittsburgh, two blocks from a public library, Cerqua says that books and programs were always part of her life—and “the thought of other children missing out on that is troubling.”

Courtney Saldana | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

Youth services librarian Courtney Saldana says she “came into the library world backward.” She got her master’s in children’s literature because she loved the books but not (yet) the audience for them: “I joke that I started Teen Book Fest [at Ontario City Library] as a way to stalk authors without freaking them out.”

Shanika Heyward | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

A teen single mother, Shanika Heyward began her library career as a work-study student from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. “I faced obstacles…that could have caused me to fail,” she says, “but grace, a strong support system, and a thirst for knowledge have allowed me to beat the odds.”

Movers & Shakers 2016

Fifteen years old and now over 750 leaders strong, Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers (M&S) proudly introduces the Class of 2016—54 individuals profiled in 50 stories, who are changing the face of libraries of all types and sizes. When LJ launched the inaugural M&S issue on March 15, 2002, we had no idea how much enthusiasm it would draw, how the models of service reflected in the Movers’ stories would ripple throughout the field, how the Movers would become a connected cadre of supporters, cheerleaders, and go-to folks for one another and for the profession, or how the careers of those selected would flourish. The list goes on, as the Movers strive to transform public, school, academic, and special libraries across the United States and around the world. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Carrie Lucas | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

It takes a special kind of alchemy to create something from nothing, as Carrie Lucas did at the Laramie County Library System (LCLS). Originally, the large room on the second floor of the main library was used for story times and special programs and little else. Lucas transformed it into the Early Literacy Center (ELC) via an impressive three-year plan for phased implementation that she developed and presented to the library administration. “In the LCLS story time room space Carrie envisioned a place where children, parents, and caregivers could come and learn together simply by playing,” says coworker and nominator Carey Hartmann.

Kyle Courtney | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

Kyle Courtney is infectiously enthusiastic—about copyright law, MOOCs, open access, Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) (“we are a nimble, technologically awesome library unit”), and especially his Copyright First Responders (CFRs), a cohort of 14 volunteer librarians assembled to serve as the first line of defense for the ever-growing number of copyright questions fielded by Harvard libraries. CFRs spent spring and summer 2014 attending Courtney’s Copyright Immersion Program, learning about copyright fundamentals, fair use, public domain, open access, and more.

Heather McCue | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

For Heather McCue, children’s librarian at Richland Library, early literacy is a passion. As such, everything she has done during her ten years on the job has been with the goal of enriching children’s lives and getting books into their hands. Experience has taught her, however, that “if you want a child to be literate, you need to have the family involved.”

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.

Perry Genovesi & Adam Feldman | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

Music librarians Perry Genovesi (seated, l.) and Adam Feldman of the Free Library of Philadelphia tap teens’ passion for music to introduce them to criticism and help them to develop research and information literacy skills. “If you’re a librarian, and you want to know your teens better, have them share the music they’re passionate about!” Genovesi says.