February 17, 2018

Julie Masterson-Smith | Movers & Shakers 2007

A Spoonful of Sugar Award-winning media specialist Julie Masterson-Smith knows how to make library instruction easy to take, for both students and teachers. Teachers in the Honeoye Falls – Lima Central School District already knew her as a reading specialist who helped them do their jobs better, so it was easy for her to bring […]

Nicole Engard | Movers & Shakers 2007

Making It Work Picture this: your library’s web manager actually asks librarians what they need to do and creates a system that helps them do it. That’s why Nicole Engard gets rave reviews from her librarian colleagues at Philadelphia’s Jenkins Law Library. ‘We needed to communicate efficiently, and email and voicemail just weren’t good enough,’ […]

Susan Benz | Movers & Shakers 2007

Connecting Through Images An artist herself, Susan Benz thinks it’s the visual aspect of digitization – ‘providing information through images’ – that appeals to her. As manager of the Brooklyn Public Library’s web site and digital collections, she’s done that by digitizing the Brooklyn Sheet Music collection, Brooklyn Playbills collection, and Fulton Street Trade Card […]

Ross Singer | Movers & Shakers 2007

Überresolver Ross Singer claims to be a dilettante. ‘I am an actor who no longer acts. I have a career in libraries, yet am not a librarian,’ he says. ‘I am a bass player who cannot get along with drummers long enough to maintain a band.’ Those who know his work as an application developer […]

Gina Millsap | Movers & Shakers 2007

Show and Tell Gina Millsap says that when the staff of the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) told her they wanted to create the best public library in the country, ‘That was it,’ she says. ‘I was looking for a library organization that wanted to wow its customers and make them proud.’ Within days […]

Rob Cullin | Movers & Shakers 2007

Our Side of the Fence When Rob Cullin cofounded E•vanced Solutions, Inc. in 2002, he and his partner ‘just kind of fell into’ the library market. They started with two products, E•vents and Room Rese•rve, then designed Summer Re•ader after they heard that libraries needed a product to help them manage summer reading programs. ‘I’m […]

“Gene Ambaum” | Movers & Shakers 2007

Who Is That Masked Librarian? Odds are, you already know ‘Gene Ambaum’ – not because he is, as one colleague says, ‘an outstanding teen librarian, beloved by patrons and coworkers, who brings a freshness to everything we do,’ but because he’s the librarian half of the team that produces Unshelved, the comic strip set in […]

Richard Bray | Movers & Shakers 2007

An Interrupted Life After doctors told Richard Bray that he had to limit severely his heavy workload, running his bookstore and participating in numerous literary and cultural organizations, Bray looked into alternative careers. Tests suggested he was suited to be a minister or a librarian, though neither seemed obvious to him. But now, as senior […]

Amanda Etches-Johnson | Movers & Shakers 2007

Sharing the Wealth Amanda Etches-Johnson believes that as librarians we are ‘almost dutybound to share our experiences with each other.’ That’s why she shares everything she knows in her blog, online courses, frequent conference presentations, and on WebJunction’s Social Software forum. Her free, collaborative, online course, ‘Five Weeks to a Social Library,’ provides ‘first-rate cutting-edge […]

Katherine O’Clair | Movers & Shakers 2007

Living the Life Sciences Katherine O’Clair was roaming the halls of Arizona State University’s life sciences complex and chatting with faculty before the end of her first week on the job as science reference librarian. She was eager to get to know every single member and their research interests so she could serve them well. […]