February 17, 2018

Dana Eure | Movers & Shakers 2006

Making Things Happen Dana Eure enjoys public library administration ‘because there are so many new things that you can make happen.’ She’s made a lot happen in her eight years at Union County Public Library (UCPL). Library director Martie Smith says it’s because ‘there are no bounds to her willingness to take on new challenges […]

Christy Wiggins | Movers & Shakers 2006

Genuine Genealogist ‘Genealogy is intensely personal,’ says Christy Wiggins. Her work serving genealogists, ‘the third most popular U.S. hobby and the second most searched topic online,’ is personal, too. ‘When a person returns to thank me because a piece of advice I provided led to a discovery…a life has been touched.’ Wiggins sees an incredible […]

Tim Bucknall | Movers & Shakers 2006

Taking the Initiative While libraries everywhere bemoaned rising journal costs, Tim Bucknall took action. He spearheaded the virtual ‘Carolina Consortium,’ which, in 2005, got member schools about $84 million of content for $4 million. He started the group ‘with a few phone calls and no institutional investment (other than my time).’ Taking the lead defines […]

Barbara Brown | Movers & Shakers 2006

Getting It Done Barbara Brown is one of those people who are so good at learning on the job that they take it over and redesign it. Starting as a part-time library assistant, she learned to do story times and readers’ advisory for children. Once full time, she took charge of a satellite branch in […]

Ruth Sinker | Movers & Shakers 2006

Playfulness with Purpose ‘I like to play,’ says Ruth Sinker, ‘and I do it whenever I can.’ Happily for her, and for the young people she serves, playfulness is a useful skill in youth services at the Skokie Public Library (SPL). Sinker began there as a computer assistant, a job that appealed to her because […]

Jeannie Dilger-Hill | Movers & Shakers 2006

Service on Wheels Jeannie Dilger-Hill loves bookmobiles. Not just because ‘the patrons are always so appreciative.’ Not just because she has ‘never found library staff more committed to providing the best possible service for their patrons than bookmobile staff.’ And not just because mobile service is a constant professional challenge that requires her to be […]

Bart Birdsall | Movers & Shakers 2006

Pride and Protest Bart Birdsall always wanted to be a media specialist but talked himself into becoming a ‘real teacher’ first. Of all his advanced degrees, though, his MLS is the one he marched for in graduation ceremonies. ‘I finally have a job I love and respect,’ he says. Respect and empathy define Birdsall’s insistence […]

John Blyberg | Movers & Shakers 2006

User-Centered ‘Geek’ When he’s not working toward his ultimate objective of taking over the world and making everyone drive hybrid vehicles, self-described ‘library geek’ John Blyberg keeps plenty busy with his day job. The three years he spent rebuilding the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) network and server infrastructure ‘from the ground up’ and moving […]

Angela Crockett | Movers & Shakers 2006

Schoolchildren’s Champion For years, the New Jersey Department of Education required low-income districts to provide library media centers and librarians for their schools. When she noticed K – 3 schools had been dropped from that regulation, Angela Crockett got to work. Colleague Alice Yucht says Crockett, a longtime media specialist in the Paterson schools, has […]

Christina Stoll | Movers & Shakers 2006

Good Karma While participating in Synergy, the Illinois Library Leadership Initiative (2002 – 03), Christina Stoll helped create a vision statement that committed to recruiting promising people to the profession. She’s never stopped recruiting since. In March 2005, as knowledge manager at North Suburban Library System (NSLS), IL, she helped organize a Librarian Recruitment Conference […]