Welcome to the 2014 LJ Movers & Shakers. The 50 individuals recognized here are passionate about what all types of libraries can do to enhance lives—for adults, teens, schoolchildren, infants, and toddlers. If there’s a common theme among their profiles, it’s that as much as the library is a place to go, it is also a place on the go—to wherever patrons or potential patrons are. The Class of 2014 brings the total number of Movers to over 650. It was difficult to select just 50 people to honor from the more than 225 nominations we received. There’s not one Mover, however, who hasn’t told us that they couldn’t succeed without their colleagues, so, in effect, the Movers & Shakers represent hundreds more who work in and for libraries.
Unrelenting Vitals CURRENT POSITION Reference Librarian Shrewsbury Public Library, MA DEGREE MLIS, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, 2007 BARD LOVER Member of the Shakespeare Club FOLLOW @bookspriya; Work Initiative Network blog; ow.ly/hTFJ3; ow.ly/hTFSr Photo by T.F. Keegan Even after the Shrewsbury Public Library was forced in 2009 to cut her hours to part-time, Priya Rathnam […]
Risky Business Vitals CURRENT POSITION Communications Director Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO DEGREE BA, English, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2001 FOLLOW @ilovemyanythink; @rsquaredconf; www.anythinklibraries.org; www.facebook.com/ilovemyanythink Photo by McCory James A bold and original view of librarianship has been a hallmark of Stacie Ledden’s career. In 2008, as writer/editor and webmaster, she became an integral […]
Calm After the Storm Vitals CURRENT POSITION Communications Director Princeton Public Library, NJ DEGREE BA, Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), 1981 Community involvement President, Princeton Public School Board, and fundraiser for a nonprofit serving runaway, abused, and homeless children FOLLOW @tkq; facebook.com/timkquinn Photo by © Michael Mancuso After providing residents with […]
Teen-a-Rific Vitals CURRENT POSITION Teen Librarian La Vista Public Library, NE DEGREE MLIS candidate, San José State University, CA (expected December 2013); BA, English, University of Illinois at Springfield, 2010 TEEN ADVISORY BOARD YOUTUBE www.youtube.com/user/TheTabblerTeens FOLLOW inallseries-ousness.blogspot.com Photo by Mitch Beaumont Asked to describe some characteristics of teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu, the members of the […]
Big on the Little Vitals CURRENT POSITION School Librarian Zavala Elementary School, El Paso Independent School District, TX DEGREE MLIS, University of North Texas, 2010 FOLLOW zavalalibraryinanutshell.weebly.com Lisa Lopez was the first person in the state of Texas to install a Little Free Library (LFL)—the birdhouse-like free book exchanges pioneered by Rick Brooks and Todd […]
Viral VIP Vitals CURRENT POSITION Director of Technology Crowley Ridge Regional Library, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, AR DEGREE English/Psychology, University of Memphis, 1990–93 UPCOMING PROJECT “Words,” 2013 campaign that relies upon typography to promote the library “in a way that’s more art than advertisement” FOLLOW @benbizzle; www.benbizzle.com; www.libraryinjonesboro.org Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images for […]
Ebook Whisperer Vitals CURRENT POSITION Manager, Selection and Order, Collection Management Services King County Library System, Issaquah, WA DEGREE MLS, University of Washington, Seattle, 1994 Think Pink Moroni’s workspace includes a variety of bright pink objects: a fuchsia book truck, a hot-pink feather boa, a neon pink bucket and hard hat, and a Sony Reader […]
She Geeks Libraries Vitals CURRENT POSITION Field Marketing Manager OCLC, Dublin, OH DEGREE BA, Mass Communications, Taylor University, Upland, IN, 1985 GEEK THE LIBRARY www.geekthelibrary.org HOW LIBRARIES CAN GEEK get.geekthelibrary.org Photo by Rich Skopin, OCLC Jenny Powell was winding down a six-and-a-half-year position with the marketing and communications giant Leo Burnett USA, working with General […]
Awesome: that’s the best way to describe the 2013 class of Movers & Shakers. This particular group may have more librarians working outside traditional libraries than ever before, attesting to the role librarians, and those in the library field, play in the larger world. Yet whatever their title or workplace, these Movers are making outsize contributions. This latest group of 50 (rolling out over the next week) brings the number of Movers to over 600. The Movers are quick to tell us they’re stand-ins for the many creative, diligent librarians, and others, building the library future. We know there are innumerable talented candidates, and we thank all of you who took the time to send in your nominations.