November 20, 2017

Erin Berman | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

Before December 2014, when she stepped into the new role of San José Public Library’s (SJPL) technology and innovation project manager (now innovations manager), Erin Berman launched SJPL’s first Maker faire, which introduced 200 people to after-school STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] programs. She believes Making can empower her community and help close the digital divide. Statewide, 25 percent of Californians in 2014 lacked broadband Internet access at home, according to a Field Poll. “When someone walks into one of our libraries and says they want to learn something, we don’t just hand them a book; we hand them the tool and teach them how to use it,” Berman says.

The Human Connection | The Digital Shift 2015

Libraries may be going digital, but librarians still bring—and need—that personal touch. On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal’s virtual conference, The Digital Shift, Libraries Connecting Communities, aptly demonstrated this in a wide range of offerings throughout the day-long event.

Brian Mayer | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators

For Brian Mayer, designing the award-winning board game (Academy Games, 2013) about the slave trade and abolitionist movement was an extension of the gaming and library technology specialist’s lifelong love of board games—he owns over 600—and his work as the gaming and library technologies specialist of the Genesee Valley School Library System (GVSLS) in upstate New York.