There’s a poetry to digital collections for Devin Becker, who considered a PhD in creative writing before discovering Indiana University’s Information and Library Science program. He found that information visualization and digital libraries sated his creativity.
Karen Lauritsen was not necessarily seeking library work when she left her job in continuing education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), three years ago, but she knew she wanted an environment where unconventional, interactive learning could thrive. “I was looking for an agile organization in education or public service that embraced creative experimentation,” Lauritsen says.
Jan Holmquist’s nominators describe him as a “global librarian,” and it’s easy to see why. In addition to his current work as head of development for Denmark’s Guldborgsund libraries, Holmquist’s side projects tend to involve collaboration with librarians all over the world. He is engaged with ongoing international projects in Germany and the Read Watch Play Twitter reading group based in Australia. And in 2011 and 2012, he worked with librarians in the United States and the UK on the “Buy India a Library Project” and then built awareness of the program’s efforts with a presentation on crowdfunding for libraries at the Bibliothekartag conference in Hamburg, Germany.
When Lianne Flax joined the State Library of Kansas (SLK) as online services and programming librarian in late 2011, SLK was a year into a battle to break its contract with OverDrive to work with multiple digital content vendors—and avoid a 700 percent increase in administrative costs. SLK eventually won, a success that was part of the inspiration for LJ to name state library head Jo Budler Librarian of the Year in 2013.
In his first job out of library school, Wake Forest University (WFU) librarian Kyle Denlinger took point on building WFU’s information literacy MOOC ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web, which aimed to provide easy answers to common questions about online research. (For more on the MOOC, see “A MOOC of Our Own.”) The massive open online course drew on both Denlinger’s technology and teaching background. After all, it had been a part-time job in the library at the University of Cincinnati, where he received his BA, which derailed him from a career in teaching.
Cen Campbell founded LittleeLit.com in November 2011 to document her experiments using apps and ebooks in toddler and preschool story times in libraries and children’s museums in Silicon Valley. Soon, other children’s librarians, reviewers, developers, library administrators, and teachers from all over the United States and Canada began to reach out to LittleeLit.com to request training workshops and to share their own experiences on the blog in an effort to establish a community of practice around an issue for which there were limited professional resources and more than a little professional ambivalence.
As a child, says Caris O’Malley, “I harbored dreams of working at the library. Things weren’t always great at home, and our local library provided me with sanctuary.” O’Malley followed his dream, starting at Arizona’s City of Apache Junction Public Library in high school; he stayed for nearly 11 years, all through high school and college and receiving his MLS in 2010. Now, as teen services manager for the three million–plus users of the 17-branch Maricopa County Library District (MCLD), he’s helmed pilot projects like the Social Learning Labs, which deployed a mobile recording studio and filmmaking and digital art labs to branch libraries. The labs have enabled teens to produce four short films, several hundred photographs, one concert recording, and multiple digital art pieces.
While enrolled in the MA program at Harvard University in 1995, Tasha Bergson-Michelson acquired valuable online database search skills from librarians as she continued her undergraduate research on Chinese sign language. A research junkie, she was well on her way to becoming an anthropologist but began to consider librarianship after the librarians took her under their wings. The deal was sealed on a drive to Cape Cod with her college friend Ursula Scholz, now head of access services at Loyola University in Chicago.
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 […]