July 21, 2017

Theresa Burress | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

Theresa Burress has found the perfect combination of jobs, she believes. Since 2014, she’s been humanities librarian at the New College of Florida (NCF). And since 2011, she has spearheaded (with Howard Rutherford, University of South Florida) Florida’s St. Petersburg Science Festival.

Ilana Stonebraker | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

Purdue University’s Ilana Stonebraker is on a mission to show students that a business education can serve as a powerful tool for social justice and meaningful change. Just five years into her career, the business information specialist has won numerous awards for her dynamic teaching and transformed the information literacy curriculum at her institution.

Amie Wright | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

In 2014, when Amie Wright became the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) manager for the MyLibraryNYC (MLNYC) school outreach program and project lead for NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and Queens Library (QL), she quickly discovered she’d made misguided assumptions about her audience.

Pete Barrell | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

Pete Barrell believes his job as a library director is to “cultivat[e] creative, diverse, exciting, inspiring, and new opportunities…for the people of our community,” he says. “I love that I can seek out cool, amazing stuff and bring it to rural Cottage Grove.”

Liz Phipps Soeiro | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

Thanks to the efforts of school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro, students and their families at Cambridgeport School Library know that their voices matter. Through innovative programs, Phipps Soeiro builds strong and trusting relationships among students, families, and community leaders. “Liz gives kids [and families] the opportunity to find their civic voice and use it to fight for what is right,” says Audrey Sturgis, Cambridgeport assistant principal.

Tyler Works | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

As a youth associate at the Northlake Public Library, IL, in 2008, Tyler Works took a workshop on the programming language Scratch. “Looking back, the hour or two I spent learning Scratch was probably one of the most formative hours of my life,” he says. It sparked in him a passion for coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Brandy McNeil | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

Brandy McNeil knows all about libraries fulfilling a genuine community need for digital literacy and computer training. After more than a decade serving as global training analyst for a Fortune 500 company, McNeil joined the New York Public Library (NYPL) in 2011 as part of the library’s learning and development team.

Krista Welz | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

“I’m what you would hashtag #NeverNotWorking,” says Krista Welz, library media specialist at North Bergen High School. “I’m a 24-7 librarian.” This might sound like exaggeration, but it reflects Welz’s all-in approach.

D. Joshua Taylor | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

You might say that genealogy runs in the family for D. Joshua Taylor. Taylor had been studying family trees for years bfore he made his name helping to bring the study of them to PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow as one of three starring genealogists. He got his start from his grandmother when he was only eight.

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.