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.
Open “Sourcerer” Vitals CURRENT POSITION Manager of Implementation Equinox Software, Duluth, GA DEGREE BS, Mathematics, Millersville University, PA, 1998 EBOOKS Charlton and his wife, an LJ reviewer, have moved most of their 4,500-volume personal book collection into a digital library, but there’s one series he’ll always have in hard copy: J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy The […]
Winner’s Wii World Vitals CURRENT POSITION Teacher Librarian Longfellow Elementary School, Columbia, MD DEGREES MS, School Library Media, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, 2009; BS, Elementary Education, Towson University, MD, 2005 RECOGNITION Maryland Outstanding User of Technology Educator, 2012, Maryland Society for Educational Technology FOLLOW @MatthewWinner; busylibrarian.com; The Level Up Book Club; wiilearning.wikispaces.com Photo by Larry […]
An Untangled Web Vitals CURRENT POSITION Web Services Librarian Grand Valley State University Libraries, Allendale, MI DEGREE MLIS, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 2010 Spare Time Check out his online cartoon strip, High Maintenance Machine FOLLOW @mreidsma; matthew.reidsrow.com; gvsu.edu/library/; github.com/gvsulib As a library website designer and librarian, Matthew Reidsma wants people to locate information; he doesn’t want […]
Coding Power Vitals CURRENT POSITION Founding Team Member, Unglue.it, Somerville, MA DEGREE MSLIS, Simmons College, Boston, 2010; MA, Classics, Tufts, Medford, MA, 2003 FOLLOW @thatandromeda; andromedayelton.com; Unglue.it Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images for Library Journal “A few years into teaching middle school Latin, I discovered there are very special people who can teach middle school […]
From Sandbox to BookBot Vitals CURRENT POSITION Head of Information Technology North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh DEGREE MLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003 FOLLOW @mauriceyork; www.lib.ncsu.edu/huntlibrary; www.learningspacetoolkit.org Photo by Marc Hall When the cutting-edge James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU) opened in January 2013, the media went mad […]
Xtra Help with LibX Vitals CURRENT POSITION Assistant Director for Electronic Resources and Emerging Technology Services Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Libraries, Blacksburg DEGREE MLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001 FOLLOW libx.org Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images for Library Journal Around Virginia Tech University Libraries, Annette Bailey is known for her “determination, drive, […]
Experience Guy Vitals CURRENT POSITION User Experience Librarian, Department of Instruction and Emerging Technology Miami University Libraries, Oxford, OH DEGREE MLIS, Simmons College, Boston, 2007 FOOT RACE Started running two years ago and is “nerding out on it”; ran a marathon and is training for an ultramarathon FOLLOW @jpmichel; @miamiulibraries; www.lib.miamioh.edu/news_and_notes Photo by Jeffrey Sabo, […]
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.
Stylish Creativity Vitals CURRENT POSITION System Operations and Training Manager Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY DEGREE MLIS, Long Island University, Brookville, NY, 2005 FOLLOW @eclasper Emily’s Notebook PALS Wiki Suffolk Library System Photo ©Sean McGinty Photography LLC Emily Clasper was four years into a Ph.D. in music history and theory—and a part-time employee at […]