March 20, 2018

Poppy Johnson | Movers & Shakers 2006

The Art of Community Poppy Johnson took a job at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport, NY, for the same reason she took all the other ‘jobettes’ that supported her real life as an artist: it was close enough so she could walk to work. Instead, she says, she ended up with two professions that […]

Beth Gallaway | Movers & Shakers 2006

Game On ‘I’ve played video games since I was five,’ says Beth Gallaway, who feels we can’t ‘ignore something that 80 percent of the teen population is doing.’ Gallaway wants to ensure that teens ‘get their fair share of library resources’; as a YALSA Serving the Underserved trainer, she believes she can ‘do more to […]

Meredith Farkas | Movers & Shakers 2006

Playing with Technology In her previous career as a child and family therapist, Meredith Farkas was often frustrated by her inability to give families the concrete assistance they needed. ‘I realized that I wanted a job where I could be [more] useful,’ she says. ‘Librarianship seemed a natural fit.’ Her experience created a natural bridge […]

David Ongley | Movers & Shakers 2006

A Lit Fuse To David Ongley, director of the Tuzzy Consortium Library in Barrow, AK, creating a library environment that reflects Inupiat Eskimo culture is ‘not outreach but recognizing my library’s primary clientele and developing collections and services to reflect their interests and needs.’ When Ongley first came to this college/public library with branches in […]

Karen Rossi | Movers & Shakers 2006

Customer-Centric Thinking like a customer comes naturally to Karen Rossi, who’s been a library user much longer than she’s been a librarian. Without an emotional investment in traditional ways of delivering library service, she found it easy to understand that ‘libraries are complex and confusing to customers.’ When that perception of the Carnegie Library of […]

Charles Pace | Movers & Shakers 2006

Turning It Around When Charles Pace became director of Fargo Public Library (FPL) in 2001, his first imperative was to rebuild staff morale and ‘give employees a sense of ownership and pride in the library.’ Beth Postema, deputy director, says Pace recognized their previously underused talents and expressed complete confidence in their ability to achieve […]

Matt Gullett | Movers & Shakers 2006

Trendsetter ‘Libraries have always been about technology – the book is one of our best technologies,’ emphasizes Matt Gullett. He sees IT as a natural extension, implementing technology ‘to serv[e] our community…and [set] the library in a different and more innovative place in the minds of our public.’ Gullett’s initiatives have put Bloomington Public Library […]

John Hubbard | Movers & Shakers 2006

Technological Sherpa ‘I like being a technological Sherpa,’ says John Hubbard, whose biggest joy is participating in the online gift economy – and biggest frustration is getting other librarians to contribute. His ‘Librarians: We’re Not What You Think‘ essay, picked up by Slashdot, expresses some of this frustration. ‘The way some prominent figures mouth off […]

Annette DeFaveri | Movers & Shakers 2006

Social Inclusion One might not have expected Annette DeFaveri to become a librarian. She grew up in an Italian immigrant family that valued books but ‘did not use or feel welcome at the library,’ she says. ‘Libraries were for smart, educated people and not for working people.’ Before she got her MLIS, DeFaveri worked as […]

Mimi Cirillo | Movers & Shakers 2006

Rural Lives Storytelling runs throughout Mimi Cirillo’s life and work. As a Cherokee, ‘I grew up with stories,’ she says, ‘play-acted stories’ with friends, ‘joined drama [club] to act out stories.’ As a teacher, ‘[I] used stories to help students understand concepts.’ Now she uses stories and storytelling as outreach coordinator for the Pemberton library. […]