February 17, 2018

Movin' and Shakin'!

I couldn’t miss the opportunity of this forum to thank Library Journal for my recognition as a 2011 Mover and Shaker. I am deeply humbled by the attention and for being called out for this award.

But because I’m an oldest daughter and middle child, I can’t just say thanks. I have to thank others who made it possible — and it starts with library leadership. One of the reasons CML has been successful is because we want to be bold. And it takes an organization that has the organizational will to take risks and to jump in with both feet into a new world order: and for many libraries that is what the marketing world feels like.

It hasn’t always been easy. I didn’t understand that I’d stepped into the raging current of a sea change when I first came to CML. For many people that change was confusing, something that I didn’t understand. When I’m out talking to other libraries I always focus on change management and talk about tools to help people transition through the change. Perhaps that’s because, of all things, I wish we had done that differently.

But overall it has been an honor and a privilege to work at CML, to have this forum at LJ and now to have all that work recognized and appreciated. To quote my sister (with whom I shared the LJ link): “I wish Mom and Day were here to see it — they would be proud.”

Congratulations to all 50 winners and thanks to LJ for rewarding innovation and change!

Alison Circle About Alison Circle

Alison Circle is director of marketing communications for Columbus Metropolitan Library. Previously she was an Account Director at Jack Morton Worldwide, a global branding agency, and her primary client was Target Stores. Prior to that she was the National Marketing Director for Minnesota Public Radio and "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor." She has advanced degrees in English and Fine Arts, and is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.



  1. Congratultions Alison! You’re our hero.

  2. Alison, as a newcomer to your circle I am proud of the association. I always wanted to know a real “mover and shaker” and now I do. Kudos to another middle child.

  3. Congratulations Alison! This is so thoroughly deserved. And I totally agree with Loretta :-)

    • Alison Circle says:

      Thank you. I so appreciate your comments. It hasn’t always been easy….but I really believe my library is on the other side of the resistance to change. I’m going to tote around the LJ cover to every meeting now — just like the actress Shelley Winters did with her Academy Award whenever someone suggested she needed to audition for a role! All best.