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Deb Noggle | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

Library Journal March 15, 2011: Deb Noggle , Mover & Shaker

Mission: Possible

Deb Noggle took a part-time job 15 years ago at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) as a way to supplement a low-paying radio job. It soon became the place she preferred to be, and she’s been at ACPL ever since.

Noggle knew she loved being around people, and with a background in performing, she threw herself into story times, developing different voices and perfecting magic tricks. “I looked at each story time, every book I’d read, as performance art.”

Her love of reading reaches all ages. When Noggle launched a blog companion to Bella’s Book Club, a teen paranormal discussion group inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, “the kids moved on from simply describing the books as ‘awesome’ and the characters as ‘sooooo cute’ to being able to converse on the finer points and nuances of character development and plot.” The site now boasts participants from 156 countries and has had 100,000-plus visits.

As Noggle has risen in the ACPL ranks, she has not lost her passion. The organization of a 2007 Harry Potter event took more than nine months but was exceedingly rewarding. It drew in excess of 6000 people to the affair, which featured 24 event/activity stations and roving performers.

Her skills also brought her to the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library, a small GLBT library where she is now a board member. “A year ago, the collection was in a storage locker,” she says. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne loaned them a small space, where “we hope to preserve this important collection and work on growing it.”

Noggle’s enthusiasm isn’t limited to reading. She spearheaded the AquaBrowser project, a visual overlay that makes the catalog more user-friendly. As part of a team, she worked on customizing and testing the application, making it operational for ACPL’s unique collections. “The face of the library is not necessarily the person behind the desk at the local branch.”

In these challenging times, Noggle’s philosophy is on the mark. “You can do the impossible…just find a way. When that doesn’t work, try another way. Sometimes, you do have to reinvent the wheel.”


Deb Noggle, Tecumseh Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN


DEGREE MLS, Indiana University, Indianapolis, 2005

ORGANIZER First systemwide children’s programming venture for elementary-aged children, called “K.I.D.Z. Club (Kids in Discovery Zones)”

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