May 22, 2018

People

Lisa Rosenblum, New King County Library System Director

On January 16, Lisa Rosenblum became the new executive director of the King County Library System (KCLS), the 2011 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. LJ caught up with her to hear more about switching libraries, coasts, and communities.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Nashville Public Library’s Cheryl Hadley is Adult Educator of the Year; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera has retired; Tim Rogers is the new Director of Jacksonville Public Library, FL; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Q&A with Jennifer Egan, New PEN American President

On March 1 PEN America, a literature and human rights organization that advocates for freedom of expression, named Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jennifer Egan as its new president.

Remembering Bernie Margolis, NY State Librarian

New York State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, known to all as Bernie, died on Saturday, April 14 at age 69 after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Raymond Brior named Interim Library Director at Johnson State College, VT; Lisa G. Rosenblum appointed Director of King County Library System, WA; Matthew Sheehy promoted to University Librarian, Brandeis University, MA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the February 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

The Heart of Transformation: Shaped By the Moment, Anchored in Mission | Editorial

We seem to be creating a new level of humane library—as this year’s Movers & Shakers illustrate. Welcoming a new class of Movers offers an occasion to celebrate the many creative, passionate, and committed people who work in this field. For me, the process of selecting each Mover & Shaker from the many nominations is an opportunity to see just how robust individual effort, supported by enabling organizations, can be—and how impactful.

Tom Bober | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

Students who can confidently analyze primary sources “look at things with a critical eye,” says school librarian Tom Bober. But cultivating this crucial skill can be daunting, as he discovered as a classroom teacher. After attending the Library of Congress (LC) Summer Institute in 2013, however, Bober was armed with strategies—and ready to spread the word.

Jerica Copeny | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

In November 2017, a few months after she became Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s (EVPL) civic data scientist—one of the few in the country at a public library—Jerica Copeny volunteered at the inaugural conference of Data for Black Lives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.

Trina Evans | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

When it comes to funding programs at the Kokomo–Howard County Public Library (KHCPL), Trina Evans has dubbed herself the #persistentlibrarian. “I am not afraid to ask, be told ‘no,’ or wear people down until they say ‘yes,’ ” Evans explains. Since she began working a few hours a week for KHCPL in 2014, Evans has become, in the words of Director Faith Brautigam, a “one-woman tidal wave.”

Marian Fragola | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

A photo spurred Marian Fragola to create the Making Space series at North Carolina State University (NCSU). As part of a study on the library’s gaming spaces, a student snapped a picture of herself looking into one of the rooms, her body reflected in the glass. “[It] captured her feelings of not being welcomed,” says Fragola, director of program planning and outreach. The photo brought home to Fragola and her colleagues the issue of women’s underrepresentation in the Maker movement and tech.