February 16, 2018

Janie Hermann | Movers & Shakers 2007

Technology for All It was an accident that former middle school teacher Janie Hermann discovered librarianship, which, she says, ‘I was really meant to do.’ As technology training librarian at the Princeton Public Library, however, she’s still teaching. Colleagues say that before Hermann’s arrival, the library scheduled only a few computer classes a month, but […]

Linda Slusar | Movers & Shakers 2007

  Recruiter-in-Chief If you’ve ever attended a Soaring to Excellence teleconference, you can thank Linda Slusar, who cofounded this series of 100-plus programs featuring the library world’s top experts and innovators. If you’re a paraprofessional aiming to improve your skills, you’ve probably benefited from Slusar’s Library and Information Technology program at the College of DuPage, […]

Jenny LaPerriere | Movers & Shakers 2007

The Big Wow Jenny LaPerriere knew nothing about ‘merchandising’ a library until she was assigned to test the concept at the Schlessman Branch of the Denver Public Library. She not only discovered her innate talent for it, she found it was ‘totally fun!’ Her library became one more outlet for a passion for design and […]

Michael Casey | Movers & Shakers 2007

Inspirator ‘I wouldn’t be in librarianship if I couldn’t combine so many of my passions,’ explains Michael Casey, whose interests range from technology to photography. Casey’s major passion, though, is reserved for improving library services. He coined the term Library 2.0, ‘a model for library service that encourages constant and purposeful change by inviting users […]

Nicole Cooke and Trevor Dawes | Movers & Shakers 2007

Team Power When a posting on the electronic mailing list for black librarians inquired whether New Jersey should have a chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Nicole Cooke and Trevor Dawes said yes – and they made it happen. According to Howard McGinn, dean of Seton Hall University libraries, South […]

Lisa Von Drasek | Movers & Shakers 2007

Split Personality As a media specialist, academic librarian, and adjunct faculty member at the Bank Street College of Education’s elementary school, Lisa Von Drasek daily demonstrates the importance of media specialists to aspiring teachers and principals and the faculty who train them. ‘Librarians are essential academic staff,’ she says. ‘Providing a grounding in information literacy […]

Larry White | Movers & Shakers 2007

Businesslike Larry White could have kept on being a successful public library director, gaining plaudits for steadily adding services, raising circulation and attendance, increasing the number of partnerships with community organizations, and building the library foundation he’d established. But he wasn’t satisfied with the managerial and interpersonal communications skills of the new library school graduates […]

Leslie Jones | Movers & Shakers 2007

Can-Do Revolutionary The CD-ROM game collection was becoming an expensive problem for Leslie Jones, collection development manager for the Pasco County Library System (PCLS). There weren’t enough games to fill demand from a burgeoning teen population, and the ones they had needed upgrading every time computer operating systems were enhanced. Her solution: convince Extant Technologies, […]

Casey Bisson | Movers & Shakers 2007

Mad Scientist While others complained that ‘OPACs suck,’ Casey Bisson actually did something about it. He was troubled that most people begin their research in a general search engine, but libraries’ content and information is not, as a whole, findable there. It’s not easily searched and accessed, not easily remixed and mashed up with other […]

Jill Grogg | Movers & Shakers 2007

Life of Links Although Jill Grogg’s childhood ambition was to ‘own a flower shop,’ instead she pursued degrees in English. She found, however, that ‘familiarity with Prufrock and cursory knowledge of The Fairie Queene are not qualifications listed in many job ads.’ Her husband, formerly a public library director in Maine, suggested librarianship. The two […]