March 17, 2018

Alison Cody | Movers & Shakers 2008

Working the Crossroads Cindy Fisher, one of numerous grateful fellow students at Simmons, called Alison Cody “the glue holding many Simmons GSLIS programs together,” because, as lead technology reference assistant (TRA), Cody helped students and faculty alike with computer problems and created a training manual and wiki for new TRAs. Seeing that fellow students wanted […]

Mark Vrabel | Movers & Shakers 2008

Show Me the Evidence Mark Vrabel is so devoted to the best available evidence that he can’t even give a friend a CD without adding voluminous documentation. Anne Snively, director of periodicals publishing at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), says Vrabel, the society’s information resources supervisor, supports ONS evidence-based practice initiatives by keeping nurses apprised […]

Mary Ellen Stasek | Movers & Shakers 2008

Community Ambassador Lakewood Public Library director Kenneth Warren is justly proud of the “smartly designed, deeply conceived, and community-connected web site” that Mary Ellen Stasek created for the library ( From the beginning, has been about the library and the neighborhood, because Stasek realized how wide an audience it would attract: prospective residents and […]

Steven Bowers | Movers & Shakers 2008

Expanding OPACs Steven Bowers, director of the 20-member Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), wants to expand library collections and digital projects to include materials created by the interactive online community. That’s whyhe enabled librarians to incorporate YouTube videos and make them viewable within the online catalog, with full MARC records, ultimately increasing public access to […]

Lucía González | Movers & Shakers 2008

Storyteller As a child in postrevolutionary Cuba, Lucía González would sit enthralled in the unelectrified dark as her great-aunt told stories. Growing up in Miami, she savored memories of that magic, which paved the way for her career as a children’s librarian, storyteller, and writer. She’s been reaching out to the Spanish-speaking children of South […]

Lisa Sweeney | Movers & Shakers 2008

The Translator Lisa Sweeney says her “ability to understand many things well enough to translate them to others” is her strongest asset as head of geographic information system (GIS) services at MIT Libraries. Reference coordinator and public services librarian Heather McCann agrees: “Students respond to her casual yet professional teaching style and are encouraged to […]

Jennifer Schember | Movers & Shakers 2008

On the Same Page Throughout her career at Las Vegas–Clark County Library District (NVCCLD), Jennifer Schember has worked to turn a city of tourists and new arrivals into a community. Of German-Japanese descent, Schember relishes her opportunity as community outreach and adult programming coordinator to honor Clark County’s many ethnic and cultural groups. Deputy Director […]

Elisabeth Jacobsen Marrapodi | Movers & Shakers 2008

Pathfinder Elisabeth Jacobsen Marrapodi says that when she does medical literature searches, the patient is a real person to her. A former emergency medical technician who is now director of library services at Trinitas Hospital, she “appreciates patient care from different vantage points,” including the spiritual; she’s creating a spiritual collection to help encourage, inspire, […]

Jamie Watson | Movers & Shakers 2008

Spark Plug Her Harford County Public Library colleagues agree that assistant materials manager Jamie Watson oozes energy; director Audra Caplan says she “generates excitement on any project.” Watson focuses that energy on reluctant teen readers. Nationally known for her leadership in YALSA, particularly on its Quick Picks Committee, she also works with Maryland library groups […]

Mario Ascencio | Movers & Shakers 2008

Anger into Fuel REFORMA president Mario Ascencio understands the value of diversity at a gut level. An American of Salvadoran descent raised in a Mexican American enclave in Los Angeles, he saw personally how educators’ assumptions that minority students couldn’t succeed could translate into self-fulfilling prophecies, and that made him mad. Today, Ascencio says, he […]