Henry Bankhead believes electronic books are essential to the future of libraries, which includes helping aspiring writers to self-publish. The Los Gatos Library, CA, is on the leading edge of incorporating digital publishing into libraries, thanks to him.
Hooking commuters on the library can be a bit of a rough road, so Erin Shea decided to take the library to the people. Through her popular “Read, Write, Imbibe” book club, Shea met commuters on their way to and from New York City and Darien, CT. In early 2013, she took 20 copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In to the train platform and lent them out. During a one-month period, those books circulated 75 times, leading up to an evening discussion at a bar near the railroad. In comparison, the second most popular business book only circulated five times that month. Shea also reached 261 people by setting up a stand at the local farmers market, offering shoppers a chance to sign up for library cards and check out books. “This kind of library outreach, programming initiative, and creative problem-solving is exemplary of the kind of librarians we need…in the future,” says Andy Woodworth, a 2010 Mover & Shaker and adult services librarian at Burlington County Library System, NJ.
In 2009, Sarah Sagmoen was one of 100 librarians vying for an entry-level position at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library. “She was not the first person who jumped out at us on paper,” admits Jane Treadwell, the library’s dean. “However, one member of the search committee kept saying, ‘There’s just something about Sarah—you’ve got to talk with her.’ ”
As learning engagement manager at Richland Library, with 11 branches and 403 employees, Susan Lyon cultivates a culture of experimentation. Starting in April 2011, Lyon led weekly eReady takeovers at local restaurants and cafés, where she and other mobile librarians showed patrons how to access Richland Library’s digital offerings, including ebooks, e-magazines, free music, and language-learning services.
Having worked in both academic and public libraries, Cathryne Kaufman (r.) and Brittany Dudek view community college librarianship as a specialty all its own. “No one is denied admission to Illinois Central College [ICC],” says library services director Kaufman. “Our students have different needs.” Beyond that, she says, “We serve the community as a whole but also our students and faculty and staff.” That’s a tall order, but these two have proven they are up to it.
Soon after Kevin Clark and Brian Lashbrook started working together at Daviess County Public Library (DCPL) in 2012, they learned about a smartphone app that would make the library an innovator in using interactive technology to attract patrons. “Why not give people something fun and entertaining they can do at their library without having to remove their devices from their hands?” says library associate Clark (top). “It makes the library more relevant.”
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 […]
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 […]