November 23, 2017

Adam Marcus | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

As an insurance sales rep, Adam Marcus noticed he only seemed to enjoy his job when he trained other reps. “My wife and my friend’s wife told me that I would make a great teacher,” he recalls. After working as a New York City Teaching Fellow, Marcus moved to P.S. 32 in Brooklyn in 2003. In 2009, Marcus was asked to restart the school’s long-disused library.

Erica Freudenberger | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

When the Red Hook Public Library’s (RHPL) Erica Freudenberger became director in 2010, the library was nearly as tired and burned out as she had once been. “It had a reputation as being a profoundly unfriendly place and was for the most part off the radar of…the community,” she says.

Quintin Jose V. Pastrana | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

Since Quintin Jose V. Pastrana founded Library Renewal Partnership (LRP) in 2010, he has helped local Filipino communities open 105 libraries and community education centers. With up to 30 more centers planned for this year, the nonprofit, volunteer-run organization is on track to meet its 2020 goal to open 200 libraries and reach two million people.

Kate Byrne, Alyson Dalby, & Clare McKenzie | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

Three Australian librarians are behind the successful International Librarians Network (ILN), an all-volunteer peer-mentoring program that is global, digital, and free. It was started in 2013 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Library in Sydney, Australia, where Kate Byrne, Alyson Dalby, and Clare McKenzie were colleagues. (Only Byrne is currently still at the UNSW Library, as manager of research reporting; McKenzie has since become manager of scholarly content at the University of Wollongong Library, Australia, and Dalby, ILN director of business operations, is team manager in data readiness for regulatory affairs at LEO Pharma, in Copenhagen, Denmark.)

Mary Jones | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

Mary Jones, a British teacher living in Amiens, was shocked by the migrant camp at Calais, packed with refugees from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Sudan. After starting as a volunteer English teacher, she began bringing books. Then, recognizing a demand, she created a makeshift library known as Jungle Books, after the camp’s moniker, “The Jungle,” in August 2015.

Karen Greene | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

Known as “The Librarian on the Move,” Greene has a vision “to pair the promotion of alternate modes of travel with literacy and to make reading more visible and available,” writes nominator Lisa Bunker, electronic resources librarian at Pima County Public Library (PCPL). Inspired by similar projects in Illinois, Greene founded the first-ever public library–sponsored Bookbike program in January 2012, giving free books to people of all ages at various stops and events in Tucson. As of this January, 1,064 miles have been pedaled on the library’s fleet of three bikes, and nearly 40,000 books given away to nearly 39,000 individuals. While the stats are impressive, Greene emphasizes that “it’s really about the personal stories and connections.”

Richard Ashby Jr. | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

The Yeadon Public Library opens at 10 a.m., but director Richard Ashby always arrives two hours earlier. “I begin with walking the floor—praying and getting emotionally ready for the day—to ensure the library’s presentation is up to par,” he says.

William Chan | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Community Builders

For William Chan, librarianship is more than a career: it’s a personal calling. The son of immigrants—his mother was a Chinese refugee from Vietnam, his father an undocumented immigrant from Hong Kong—Chan was inspired by “seeing the struggles [they went through] to have a better life for me. All the opportunities they didn’t have.”

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!

Rebekah Willett | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Through her research, teaching, and mentoring of grad students at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), Rebekah Willett works to narrow the gulf between the often enclosed academic arena and the outside world. “By offering students [opportunities] in ‘real world’ situations, I aim to connect their experiences to theories and ideas we’re covering in class,” deepening both, she says.