May 12, 2018

Jennifer Duvernay | Movers & Shakers 2005

A Nordstrom Experience A devoted shopper, Jennifer Duvernay loves Nordstrom because of its outstanding customer service. As science reference librarian at Arizona State University (ASU), she wants to make the information shopping experience just as satisfying. “I’d like our students to choose to come to us because they have good experiences with us, trust us, […]

Veronda Pitchford | Movers & Shakers 2005

The Easy Sell Pure energy: that’s one way to describe Veronda Pitchford, the assistant director of Chicago’s Metropolitan Library System (MLS). And she uses that energy to transform the profession one recruit, one project, one library supporter at a time. At work, she is involved with recruitment and taps her public relations B.A. to help […]

Kim Charlson | Movers & Shakers 2005

Barrier Buster Kim Charlson believes everyone should live life to the fullest no matter what their handicaps. Blind since early childhood, she chose librarianship because, as a braille reader and avid user of talking books, she wanted to be “in a decision-making capacity in the library field and influence the direction of library services for […]

James Walther | Movers & Shakers 2005

Mr. Education The career path that led James Walther to the job of director of training and development for the New York Public Library (NYPL) Branch Libraries is not your normal progression. He’s worked for LexisNexis, managed the library of a major law firm, and taught at two library schools. But two themes run throughout […]

Miriam Rodriguez | Movers & Shakers 2005

Transition Maker At 16, in Cuba, headstrong Miriam Rodriguez wanted to work, not go to school. Thanks to her librarian brother she found her first job at an academic library. She hoped to be an architect, but “I fell in love with trying to find what people needed,” she recalls. So she got a library […]

Sharon Morris | Movers & Shakers 2005

Total Immersion It’s been an unconventional career path. Sharon Morris has been a children’s librarian, a collection development librarian, a product manager for CARL, and an academic advisor in a graduate library science program. Today she’s coordinator for AskColorado, the 24/7 online reference service recognized as 2004 Project of the Year by the Colorado Association […]

Karen Bersche | Movers & Shakers 2005

Partners in a Great Adventure As early as junior high school, after she had gone to see The Music Man and came out idolizing Marian, Karen Bersche knew she was destined for librarianship. But she didn’t get around to it until after she got a degree in counseling, started her family, and opened her own […]

Lisa Poignant | Movers & Shakers 2005

Natural Born Leader Few people become library directors by accident. Four years ago, Lisa Poignant was laid off from her job as a supervisor at a sprinkler factory when she saw an ad for the directorship of Chillicothe Public Library District. She got an offer three days after the interview. The timing was just right […]

Neal Wyatt | Movers & Shakers 2005

A Head Full of Stories Neal Wyatt decided to be a librarian when she learned that some librarians did nothing but buy books and match them up with eager readers. She’d been doing that all along, but it hadn’t occurred to her she could get paid for it. As collection management librarian, Wyatt selects nonfiction, […]

Brad LaJeunesse | Movers & Shakers 2005

Daredevil It’s gutsy. No matter how you look at it, the decision by the PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) Consortium to develop its own integrated library system (ILS) with open source software is daring. But Brad LaJeunesse, system administrator for the 251 public libraries (in 44 different systems) that comprise PINES, is quick […]