August 18, 2017

Sara Trettin | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

As a third grade teacher fresh out of college, Sara Trettin landed a spot at the Library of Congress (LC) Summer Teaching Institute. She credits that experience with preparing her to become a key driver of Future Ready Librarians, an initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the importance of the role librarians can play.

Ann Schoenenberger | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

Ann Schoenenberger knows the value of community and personal connections to the people of Kenton County, KY. Her partnerships with the local Maker community, web developers, and tech companies have helped almost 1,000 people learn new skills through STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) classes or groups on Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, and more that she organized at Kenton County Public Library (KCPL).

Rebecca Pou | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

Back in 1847, the founders of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) probably didn’t imagine it would one day employ an archivist who in her spare time does aerial and circus arts, or uses its material as pages in a vast, online coloring book. But they never met Rebecca Pou.

Jennifer Johnson | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

Digital scholarship outreach librarian Jennifer Johnson has worked with more than 40 cultural heritage organizations to create 80 digital collections since she arrived at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2001. While working at the library, first as a GIS applications analyst and then as digital initiatives project coordinator, she also earned her library degree.

Carlos Galeana | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

Carlos Galeana’s youngest student so far was an eight-year-old boy who wanted to get ebooks on his ereader. He’s helped students back up photos of their deceased relatives; gone “deep in the trenches of Microsoft Word” with a graduate student; and helped a nearly deaf woman with the notifications on her iPhone. He taught one of his longtime students, Kathy, who was stuck in an entry-level job, “almost everything I know about computers,” Galeana says.

Monica Dombrowski | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

After 15 years as a corporate trainer, says Monica Dombrowski, “I decided what I really wanted to do was teach people something…that would have a direct impact on their quality of life.” That decision took her to library school and Illinois’s Gail Borden Public Library District, where she turned her training background to educating her patrons, from beginners to the tech savvy.

Lindsay Cronk | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

“I kind of thought you had to get a letter from Hogwarts to become a librarian,” says Lindsay Cronk, coordinator of online resources and collections at the University of Houston (UH). Luckily, her mother wasn’t a muggle: when she retired after three decades as a public school teacher, she turned to librarianship.

Sarah Clayton | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Digital Developers

Sarah Clayton is fearless, says Carl Grant, the University of Oklahoma’s associate dean, Knowledge Services, and CTO. That’s fortunate, because a month after starting at the university library, Clayton dove into work on the “Presidential Dream Course.” This ambitious class combined the efforts of the library and the university’s history department and is built around the question, “What sort of class would faculty members devise if money were no object?”

Ignacio Albarracin | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Ignacio Albarracin, digital services coordinator at San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), knew the library’s digital resources were woefully underused. Albarracin wanted to change that. “We decided…to target potential users in a strategic setting where we could get [their] full attention—San Antonio International Airport,” he says.

Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Working the 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift at the University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library in his first full-time library job, Matt Cook noticed that students studying during those hours often appeared stressed out. Temporary diversions such as Facebook or other social media only seemed to distract them. Leveraging his background in philosophy and cognition, Cook began to think about how technology might help solve this problem instead of contributing to it.