April 23, 2018

Anthony Molaro | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Library Journal March 15, 2011: Anthony Moralo, Mover & Shaker

Information Activist

Anthony Molaro is a true “information activist.” Whether he’s blogging as the Information Activist Librarian, engaged as a public speaker, or gathering like-minded people to support a worthy cause, he is driven by “the poor understanding of the role of libraries in a democratic society.”
As a regular contributor to the Libraries and Transliteracy blog, Molaro is part of a team that is committed to removing barriers between people and information. They recognize the importance of library support for communicating across a range of platforms, from reading and hand writing to signing and social networking.
But Molaro does more than write. He cofounded Chicago Deskset, a local offshoot of the New York City—based group of librarians, bibliophiles, and information professionals who “thrive through social events and give something back to our community.”
A supporter of libraries in their essential form, he believes that attacks on libraries, intellectual freedom, and human rights can be countered with “the very stories contained within our walls.”
Those stories illustrate a critical service in action. “There is no greater reward in the world than knowing that our profession saves lives,” he says. “Whether it is a lonely senior or a kid trying to find [his] way in this world, their sanctuary is the public library.”


Anthony Molaro, Messenger Public Library, North Aurora, IL

CURRENT POSITION Head of Technical Services and Technology; also, Adjunct Instructor, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

DEGREE MLIS, Library & Information Science, Dominican University, 2008; Ph.D., anticipated 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKER “Pushing It Forward: Social Justice, Civic Librarianship and Information Activism,” Arizona Library Association Conference, November 16, 2010

FOLLOW@infoactivist; librariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com; informationactivist.com

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