April 20, 2018

Tim Spalding | Movers & Shakers 2008

Metadata Man With LibraryThing (librarything.com), Portland, ME–based web developer/publisher Tim Spalding has repurposed the library catalog into a social web application and, in the process, made cataloging fun. “LibraryThing brings into large-scale practice what the most visionary among us can only talk about,” says Don Yarman, assistant director, Delaware County District Library, OH—“folksonomies, crowd-sourcing, a […]

Annabelle Núñez | Movers & Shakers 2008

Life Work Annabelle V. Núñez became passionate about health issues when her mother’s chronic illness made her understand the cultural and financial barriers to good health and preventive care among Hispanics. Now, in her daily work at the Arizona Health Sciences Library and in frequent conference presentations, Núñez helps medical professionals, community leaders, and librarians […]

Marshall Shore | Movers & Shakers 2008

The Man Who Said No to Dewey Raised in a small Indiana farming town, Marshall Shore had little previous exposure to many communities he’s since served as a librarian, including Hispanics, people with disabilities, and GLBTs. He got around that initial ignorance by asking each community how the library could serve them. As adult services […]

Kim Ricker | Movers & Shakers 2008

Data Tracker While working on her MLS, Kim Ricker served as geospatial information systems assistant at the University of Maryland Libraries and got hooked. Now, as GIS (geographic information system) librarian, she’s “turned a small-scale GIS instruction program into a high-profile service that has administrators and faculty clamoring for more,” according to map librarian Michael […]

Char Booth | Movers & Shakers 2008

Collaborative Experimentation Char Booth believes “it’s incredibly important that libraries create cultures of play and experimentation.” She credits her own achievements to working “with exceptionally creative, collaborative colleagues” in Ohio University’s Alden Library, “an organization that encourages innovation.” Booth’s “Skype a Librarian” innovation enables virtual text, video, and audio reference from patrons’ PCs or library […]

Peter Bromberg | Movers & Shakers 2008

Transformer Peter Bromberg’s job is to provide transformative library services, and, oh, does he ever. In his six years at the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC), he’s spearheaded several major projects. They include the popular 24/7 reference service QandANJ.org, New Jersey’s Train-the-Trainer program, and the “Trading Spaces” demonstration project at Mount Laurel Library, described […]

Robin Kear | Movers & Shakers 2008

Global Thinker Robin Kear loves both librarianship and travel and puts both loves to good use. During an internship at the UN HABITAT Agency in Nairobi, Kenya, Kear taught library staff to use electronic databases, helped produce a CD-ROM publication on water and sanitation issues for the 2003 World Water Forum, and learned the difficulties […]

Hilary Davis | Movers & Shakers 2008

In Context For Hilary Davis, a biologist turned librarian, academic libraries are living organisms that must constantly adapt to changes in the scholarly ecosystem. As physical science collection manager at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, she’s a prime agent in that evolution. Kathleen Brown, NCSU Libraries director for planning and research, calls Davis a […]

Penny Sympson | Movers & Shakers 2008

Creating Customers Penny Sympson knew when she was hired as corporate librarian for Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE) Associates that the firm was considering outsourcing the library. She found that challenge irresistible—and met it. Now WJE’s professionals rank their satisfaction with her library as 6.59 out of a possible 7, and the company’s president brags that […]

Caleb Tucker-Raymond | Movers & Shakers 2008

Never Satisfied Caleb Tucker-Raymond might have developed Oregon’s statewide digital reference service, L-Net (www.oregonlibraries.net), from the ground up, but according to Jim Scheppke, Oregon State Librarian, he’s not resting on his laurels. “For Caleb, the status quo is never good enough,” he says. “His fine mind is always working on how to make virtual reference […]