March 16, 2018

Barry Bailey | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Innovators

Barry Bailey, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KSHe Is the Future

One of our youngest Movers & Shakers, digital projects librarian Barry Bailey has been out of library school for less than two years and at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for less than a year. Yet, he’s already made an impact: from creating a digital collection of vintage fashions to developing a digital record of faculty scholarship and creative work. He migrated JCCC’s collection of online research from a static home on the library’s web site to the LibGuides information sharing system (and is teaching senior librarians how to manipulate it). Bailey also transformed a four-page bibliography created for an autism conference at JCCC into a comprehensive resource at LibGuides that Billington colleague and LJ reviewer Andrea Kempf anticipates will be a resource for their users for years to come.

Bailey is currently working on a mobile version of his library’s catalog. “It works, but it’s a dirty, dirty hack,” he admits. And then there is the shush! factor: “While half the library community wants to smack the phone out of a patron’s hand, I see possibilities. I’d love to see dozens of users with smartphones in hand, searching a title, looking at a minimap, navigating themselves through the stacks,” he says.

“He sees digital opportunities in everything we do,” says Kempf. “He recognizes the future. Actually, he is the future—and it looks great.”


Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

POSITION Digital Projects Librarian, Billington Library

DEGREE MSLIS, University of Illinois, 2007