March 20, 2018

Teresa Naranjo | Movers & Shakers 2003

Renewing a Legacy When Teresa Naranjo moved back to Santa Clara Pueblo after graduating from college, she was thrilled to hear that a position was opening up at the community library where she had worked summers in high school. While she moved toward certification, her title was “librarian,” though she functioned as director of the […]

Charles W. Bailey | Movers & Shakers 2003

The Imagineer Charles W. Bailey has made a career out of being ahead of the technological curve. Fresh out of library school in 1981, he participated in system development projects and created user documentation at OCLC. In 1983, he introduced the use of IBM microcomputers in the library at Johns Hopkins University. In 1988, he […]

Roy Mersky | Movers & Shakers 2003

Renewable Resource If you’re looking at the picture of Roy Mersky, a library director for more than three decades, and thinking that this must be some kind of “mover and shaker emeritus” designation, think again. Because at the age of 79, with a distinguished 40-year career already filled with accomplishments, awards, and honors, Mersky is […]

David Orenstein | Movers & Shakers 2003

Make It Better Each time David Orenstein takes a new position, he says he tries to “approach the job as a sort of consultant and always keeps asking, ‘What is happening here and how can we make it better?’” Though he has worked in many library settings – public and academic, large and small – […]

Peggy Ann Seiden and Helen C. Plotkin | Movers & Shakers 2003

Updating a Classic We talk about the library being a laboratory for students in the social sciences and humanities, but Beit Midrash really brings them a new level of engagement with the books,” says Peggy Ann Seiden of Swarthmore College Library’s new Center for the Study of Classical Jewish Texts. Beit Midrash grew out of […]

Jeanne Holba Puacz | Movers & Shakers 2003

Discover the Possibilities Emblazoned across the top of the web site that Jeanne Holba Puacz built for the Vigo County Public Library, you’ll see “Discover the Possibilities.” It might just as well serve as the motto for Puacz’s adventures in librarianship. In the past she has worked in school, corporate, and academic libraries but now […]

Stacey Aldrich | Movers & Shakers 2003

Planning for Alternate Futures Stacey Aldrich has been a librarian since 1992, and a “futuring junkie,” she says, since she attended the World Future Society (WFS) General Assembly in 1996. In the intervening years she familiarized herself with the new Internet technologies through her own hands-on approach, not formal training. “I didn’t prep. I just […]

Elisa Topper | Movers & Shakers 2003

An Unabashed Librarian It offends Elisa Topper to the soul that the image of librarians continues to be “books and boring,” in the words of two schoolgirls she once overheard. She holds librarians partly responsible: she thinks we are too humble about our professional abilities. “We should be singing the song of librarianship wherever we […]

Waynn Pearson | Movers & Shakers 2003

Selling the Learning Experience It’s entirely appropriate that Cerritos Library was featured in Amusement Business magazine, since nearby Disneyland was in Waynn Pearson’s thoughts when he planned the newly opened building. Before he became a librarian, Pearson had been a race car driver, a salesman, and the owner of a men’s clothing store. Which is […]

Robert E. White | Movers & Shakers 2003

The Art of Win-Win Robert E. White didn’t plan a career in libraries. He had been a marketing manager for AT&T and vice president of marketing and sales promotion for Peachtree Marketing Inc./Sports Impressions. Libraries happened to him while he was building his own consulting business; he took a part-time job at Atlanta-Fulton’s Techwood Homes/Anne […]