November 24, 2017

Aiden Street | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Change Agents

Aiden Street has all the instincts of a great librarian. “I want to know what keeps people up at night—what are they worried about and what can the library do to help them achieve their goals?” As regional coordinator for the Pioneer Library System (PLS), Norman, OK, and Moore Branch manager, she is perfectly situated to help alleviate some of those worries.

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Money Matters: Teaching Students Debt Avoidance

Financial literacy is a lifelong learning experience, and students are at an important, if often embryonic, stage in the process. Few people have taken that more seriously than LJ Mover & Shaker Lauren Reiter, Business & Economics Librarian, Pennsylvania State University. Believing that universities should support their student’s financial well-being, and after hearing a lot of talk on campus at Penn State University about student debt and the financial illiteracy of college students, she took action. In 2012 she began work on a resource guide.

Lauren Reiter | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Advocates

Even though she worked as a corporate analyst before becoming a business librarian, college hadn’t prepared Lauren Reiter for personal money management. So when she heard discussions at Penn State seeking ways to address rising student debt and the lack of basic financial literacy, Reiter jumped at the opportunity. “I recognized the need for financial literacy education among college students and also the potential for the library to take a leading role,” she says.

Money Talks | Research

Chelsea Dodd remembers learning how to handle money at an early age but later seeing grown-up cousins and college roommates prove terrible with their finances. To her, launching a series of programs at the Montclair Public Library, NJ, felt just as core to her mission as a librarian as helping patrons locate reference titles. Getting people to attend? That was another story.

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.”

Financial Literacy | Product Spotlight

Financial literacy is one of the most important skills a person can develop, and yet it is often one of the least-emphasized subjects in K–12 schools or in higher education settings. Library programs can help fill this need. This spotlight focuses on online tools, both free and ­subscription-based, that are available for guiding patrons toward solid financial decision-making.