February 18, 2018

The Reveal: Announcing LJ’s 2015 Movers & Shakers


Passion. Vision. Mission. These are just a few of the words that characterize the 50 individuals—and one organization—named 2015 Movers & Shakers. They are passionate about what they do, whether it is advocating for literacy and diversity, serving the underserved, spreading and sharing technology, and much more. Chosen from more than 300 nominations, the Movers see the future and bring it to life.
And they are committed to the mission of the library as an engine of democracy.

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This year’s Movers & Shakers are profiled in the March 15 issue of Library Journal, and those profiles will be published online during the week of March 16th, one group at a time, sponsored by OCLC and Boopsie.

OCLC logoHowever, so as not to prolong the suspense, the complete class of 2015 is listed below. Join us in congratulating them.—Francine Fialkoff, Project Manager, Movers & Shakers 2015

The profiles of Change Agents will go live on Monday, March 16; Innovators, Tuesday March 17; Advocates and Educators, Wednesday, March 18; Digital Developers, Thursday, March 19; and Community Builders, Friday, March 20. A special edition of LJXpress featuring all
the categories of 2015 Movers will follow on Friday, March 20.





K.C. Boyd

Library Media Specialist and Director of Social Media

Wendell Phillips Academy High School, Academy for Urban School Leadership Network, Chicago


Kyle Courtney

Copyright Advisor and Program Manager

Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard Library, Cambridge, MA


Perry Genovesi & Adam Feldman

Librarian 2, Parkway Central Library

Music Department

Free Library of Philadelphia

@perrygenovesi; @adamleofeldman

Melissa Jacobs


Office of Library Services, New York City Department of Education


Carrie Lucas

Assistant Manager, Youth and Outreach Services, and Children’s Librarian

Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, WY

Heather McCue

Librarian, Children’s Room

Richland Library, Columbia, SC

Hosea Tokwe

Chief Librarian Assistant, Special Collections

Midlands State University Library, Gweru, Zimbabwe

We Need Diverse Books™

Founding Members:

Ellen Oh YA author, President

Aisha Saeed YA author, VP Strategy

Marieke Nijkamp YA author, VP Finance

Lamar Giles YA author, VP Communications

I.W. Gregorio YA author, VP Development

Meg Medina, Executive Committee board member

Miranda Paul teacher, picture book author, VP Outreach




Lauren Comito

Job & Business Academy Manager

Queens Library, Jamaica, NY


Lori Easterwood & Jessica Zaker

Library Supervisor II

Programming and Partnerships Coordinator

Sacramento Public Library, CA

Elizabeth Joseph

Coordinator, Information & Adult Services

Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Jérémy Lachal

Executive Director

Libraries without Borders (Bibliothèques

sans Frontières), Paris, France

Tracy LaStella

Coordinator for Youth Services

Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

Brian Mayer

Gaming and Library Technologies Specialist

Genesee Valley School Library System, Le Roy, NY

Mindy Reed

Managing Librarian, Bookstore Manager

Austin Public Library, TX


Tysha Shay

Reference Manager

Springfield–Greene County Library District, MO



Jasmine Africawala

Community Engagement Administrator

Dallas Public Library


Oralia Garza de Cortes, Lucía Gonzalez, & Patrick Sullivan

Latino Children’s Literature Consultant, Austin, TX

Cochair, Children in Crisis; Director, North Miami Public Library, FL

Cochair, Children in Crisis; Emeritus Librarian, San Diego State University

Children in Crisis

Michelle Luhtala

High School Library Department Chair

New Canaan Public Schools, CT


Alison Macrina


Library Freedom Project, Boston


Stevo Roksandic

Regional Director, Library Services

Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH


T-Kay Sangwand

Archivist, Human Rights Documentation Initiative; Librarian for Brazilian Studies at the Benson Latin American Collection

University Of Texas Libraries, Austin


Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney

Administrative Librarian

Sunnyvale Public Library, CA


Nakia Joye Woodward

Senior Clinical Reference Librarian

Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City




Jason Broughton

Outreach Coordinator

South Carolina State Library, Columbia

Manuel Escamilla


Santa Ana Public Library, CA


Sherry Gick

Library and Instructional Technology Specialist

Rossville Consolidated Schools, IN


Trent Miller

Library Program Coordinator (aka Head Bubblerarian and Gallery Coordinator)

Madison Public Library, WI


Jenna Nolt

Digital Initiatives Librarian

Olin Library, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Oli Sanidas

Director, Digital & Library Material Services

Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO


Colleen Theisen

Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Special Collections, Librarian/Social Media Manager

University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City


Jay Turner

Senior Consultant, Talent and Organizational Development

American Red Cross, Snellville, GA


Jacquie Welsh

Project Manager, “Live and Dine in LA”

Los Angeles Public Library




Ignacio Albarracin

Digital Services Coordinator

San Antonio Public Library


Seth Ciotti

Teen Technology Librarian

Kitsap Regional Library,

Bremerton, WA

Jason Clark

Associate Professor and Head of Library Informatics and Computing

Montana State University Library, Bozeman


Matthew Cook

Emerging Technology Librarian

University Of Oklahoma

Libraries, Norman

Sarah Espinosa

Residency Librarian for Diversity and Innovation

Towson University Libraries, MD


Salwa Ismail

Head, Library Information Technology

Georgetown University Library, Washington, DC



Scott Bonner


Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO


Ma. Lorna Eguia

American Corner Librarian

University of San Carlos Library System, Cebu City, Philippines

Taneya Gethers

Senior Librarian

Macon Branch, Brooklyn Public Library


Sharona Ginsberg

MakerBridge Coordinator; Instructional Technology Consultant

University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Jennifer Hamilton

Community Librarian

Terrebonne Parish Library, Houma, LA

Adam Rogers

Emerging Technology Services Librarian

North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh


Cecilia Tovar

Principal Librarian, Public & Branch Services

Santa Monica Public Library, CA

Rebekah Willett

Assistant Professor

School of Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Facts Matter: Information Literacy for the Real World
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  1. Bootsy Gnocchin says:

    Congratulations, all! Party hard!

  2. Lony the Liger says:

    Makin it happen, bitches. w00t!