February 16, 2018

Ria Newhouse & April Spisak | Movers & Shakers 2004

Front Desk Ria Newhouse Teen Services Librarian, Hancock County PL, Greenfield, IN; April Spisak , Youth Services Librarian, Clark County PL, Springfield, OH Ria Newhouse, 26, and April Spisak, 27, both love reality TV. “I like to watch people do things for money,” Newhouse joked with LJ, “maybe because I don’t have much of it.” […]

Abigail Grotke | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Capturing History In a career full of twists and turns, Abbie Grotke picked up the skills to help her land her ideal job: Digital Projects Coordinator for the Library of Congress. Presently, she oversees Minerva (Mapping the INternet Electronic Resources Virtual Archive, www.loc.gov/minerva), a project to collect and preserve those materials that were ‘born […]

Miriam Blake | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Simplifying Complexity The holy grail for many research librarians is one-stop searching: seamless access to all the library’s resources on a topic, regardless of the source. Miriam Blake, Library Without Walls Project Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is making this vision a reality. Consider how complex it is to go directly from […]

Sally Lancaster | Movers & Shakers 2004

  The Advocate Sally Lancaster may be an educator by training, but she knows the value of libraries. As assistant principal of Alternative Programs for the Everett Public Schools, Lancaster led a statewide battle that not only saved the criteria for school libraries in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) but created mandatory standards in the […]

Cynthia Chadwick | Movers & Shakers 2004

The Missionary An M.A. in divinity is an uncommon qualification in librarianship, and so is experience in teaching job skills to homeless women. But Cynthia Chadwick, the Arapahoe Library District’s manager of outreach services, thinks her background is a good match for library work. Libraries not only ‘have a duty to serve the marginalized of […]

Sharon Mcqueen | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Showstopper She’s still in the wings, but once Sharon (Sherri) McQueen arrives on the stage of library education, innovation will surely follow. McQueen comes across like a fast-forward version of Katharine Hepburn’s Bunny Watson–without the fear of technology. Funny and clever, she seamlessly trades her comedy mask for tragedy when she turns to the […]

Jill Emery | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Digital Girl For Jill Emery, an interest in librarianship came at an unusually young age. ‘In elementary school, I would take over for the school librarian so she could have breaks,’ Emery recalls. Today, Emery’s earliest colleagues would be proud, not just of the vibrant career Emery has established for herself but for what […]

Matthew Battles | Movers & Shakers 2004

Our Public Intellectual Many of us take for granted the tools of the librarian’s trade: typography, books, even the idea of a library. But when Matthew Battles looks at these things, he sees responses that evolved to meet human needs and wants to know more. What purposes were these tools put to and what do […]

Genie Tyburski | Movers & Shakers 2004

Seizing Opportunities Genie Tyburski didn’t set out to be a law librarian. When asked at Drexel’s library school what kind of librarian she wanted to be, she was surprised that ‘a good one’ was not one of the options. But six weeks into the semester, she landed a part-time cataloging job at Community Legal Services […]

Wai Sze (Lacey) Chan | Movers & Shakers 2004

  Better Service Through Data Numbers The New Americans Program at Queens Borough Public Library (QBPL) is well known for the innovative collections and programs it provides to one of the nation’s most diverse communities. What is less known is the rigorous analysis of demographic data that provides direction to the program. Wai Sze (Lacey) […]