April 20, 2018

Valerie Bell | Movers & Shakers 2006

Culture Connector Valerie Bell was once the only African American librarian in the Ocean County Library (OCL) System. Characteristically, says her friend Rose Dawson, Bell saw that not as a problem but an opportunity. Dawson calls Bell ‘an organizer extraordinaire,’ who founded and cochaired Ocean County Library’s Diversity Initiative in 1997 when ‘many people failed […]

Kathy Leeds | Movers & Shakers 2006

Operation Respect Kathy Leeds has been building community in the town of Wilton for over 30 years, as a dedicated volunteer in schools and civic and cultural organizations and now as library director. One of the things she loves about libraries is the way they build community – both inside the library with staff members […]

Cheryl Space | Movers & Shakers 2006

Literacy and Learning Literacy, learning, and community define Cheryl Space’s commitment to librarianship. ‘There are opportunities to talk, sing, read, and listen everywhere children go,’ she says, so it makes sense that she develops collaborations with local organizations. Among those collaborations is Providence Public Library’s (PPL) partnership with Ready To Learn Providence (R2LP), which for […]

Daniel Berdaner | Movers & Shakers 2006

Role Model Daniel Berdaner says he knows what it’s like to ‘start from zero’ in America, unable to speak the language. Brought here by his parents from Argentina as a child, he paid attention to a family friend who told him, ‘This is the land of opportunities, but they will not come if you do […]

Salvador Avila | Movers & Shakers 2006

Ambassador for Libraries Salvador Avila understands that ‘libraries are not only in the library business, they are also in the community business.’ And in a place like Las Vegas, where Latinos are now 20 percent of the population, libraries need ‘an ambassador for libraries,’ as Las Vegas – Clark County Library director Daniel Waters calls […]

Sandra Singh | Movers & Shakers 2006

Telling the Library’s Story As director of the eastern branches of Vancouver Public Library (VPL), BC, Sandra Singh routinely uses library statistics, though she knows the ultimate measure of a library’s value is in ‘people helped, lives enriched, and communities improved.’ That impact only appears in the stories people tell. Suite101.com (Canada’s answer to about.com), […]

Maura Marx | Movers & Shakers 2006

Access Enthusiast ‘I feel lucky,’ says Maura Marx, to have found ‘work that was and continues to be so incredibly ideal for me’ – without a long job search. A chance conversation with a Boston Public Library (BPL) manager led to her being hired for a grant project ‘in a matter of days.’ Armed with […]

Laurel McPhee | Movers & Shakers 2006

The Art of Discovery While interning at several major archives, Laurel McPhee felt the thrill of discovery, a sense of history coming alive in her hands as she ‘rehoused, -described, and -arranged’ the papers of an anthropology professor and research materials on Mark Rothko. She still feels that thrill when she examines manuscripts and documents […]

Ann Curtis | Movers & Shakers 2006

Gimme (More Than) Shelter When ProQuest decided to help both libraries and hurricane survivors who had lost everything, it created an Internet library for evacuees in Baton Rouge, LA, and donated $1 million worth of databases and instruction materials. It also donated Ann Curtis as project leader: when a project has enormous logistical and coordination […]

Carrie-Ann Smith | Movers & Shakers 2006

Telling the People’s Stories Carrie-Ann Smith admits to ‘falling backwards’ into ‘the greatest job in the world’: research manager at Canada’s equivalent of Ellis Island, where a growing collection of immigration records, images, books, and oral histories tracks immigrants’ arrival. On any given day, she might be helping long-lost shipmates find each other, assisting students […]