May 29, 2015

Lauren Comito | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators

Lauren Comito

Lauren Comito has a regular patron at New York’s Queens Library who is one of the most cheerful and positive people she’s ever met. Homeless and unemployed, the woman is also one of the neediest. Comito had trouble locating the help the woman required. “I realized that if I was having a hard time finding services as a librarian, people who don’t have my training must have an even harder time,” says Comito, the job and business academy manager at the library.

Urban Librarians’ First Conference Is a Love-In

Urban Librarians’ First Conference Is a Love-In

“Out of the stacks and into the streets” was the rallying cry for the first Urban Librarian’s Conference this weekend in New York City. Organized by Urban Librarians Unite, a grassroots advocacy group, it attracted 120 librarians from around the country.

Urban Librarians Unite Plants Mini Libraries, Plans Conference

ULU mini library at Brooklyn Public Library's closed Red Hook branch

  Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) collected more than 20,000 children’s books to help replace library collections damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The library advocacy and support group, founded by 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker Christian Zabriskie, also placed Mini Libraries in front of libraries that were closed by storm damage. Locations include Queens Library branches in […]