February 16, 2018

Dorothea Salo | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Cassandra of Open Access As digital repository librarian at the UW-Madison Library, all Dorothea Salo’s computer knowledge is self-taught, leading to a “rough and ready” approach to making things work. Steve Lawson, humanities librarian, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, says that Salo’s “exhortation to just ‘beat things with rocks until they work’ has been a source […]

Matt L. Moran | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

The Common Good In 2004, wanting to do something he “felt good about,” Internet industry veteran Matt Moran traveled from New York City to West Africa as part of the International Rescue Committee to evaluate a database application used to reunite separated families in conflict zones and train Liberian refugees in its use. On his […]

Kristi Palmer | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

Easy Access Kristi Palmer loves touching original historic objects and documents. But she also believes that free, open, easy digital access to them reveals otherwise impossible research avenues to otherwise unreachable audiences. As metadata librarian for IUPUI’s digital repository, IDeA, and manager of its Electronic Theses and Dissertations collection, she provides 1000 downloads per day […]

Dean Giustini | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

Spur for Innovation In his preweb library days, Dean Giustini noticed that consumer health groups for breast and prostate cancer, along with the AIDS movement, were using the library intensively. “That was a major reason I liked health libraries,” says Giustini, who, as University of British Columbia (UBC) biomedical branch librarian, works in a hospital. […]

Susan Conlon & Allison Santos | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Just Say Yes They started at Princeton Public Library (PPL) within two years of each other, and their impact on children’s and teen services has been nothing short of astonishing. When Susan Conlon began her current position as teen services librarian at PPL in 2002, teen/YA programming was scarce. Having learned from a previous career […]

Lori Reed | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

Challenging Paradigms “Lori Reed’s advocacy and leadership efforts,” says Helene Blowers, director of digital strategy, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH (and a 2007 Mover & Shaker), “challenge the old paradigms that only the ‘MLS-degreed’ can add value and be leaders.” “Doesn’t it benefit libraries to have staff with a variety of knowledge, skills, and experience?” asks […]

Pam Sessoms | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Puzzle Master One of Pam Sessoms’s first jobs was working at a gas station, where she got in trouble for being too generous. She let customers buy candy when they were a dime short and allowed nonemployees to use the “staff only” bathroom. Her current profession is better suited to her nature. “We are in […]

Rebecca Near | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

Redirected Talents For Rebecca Near, librarianship began as a way station between her MFA and a teaching career. But as she worked at the Grand Rapids Public Library, she discovered that in a library, “orphaned skills from other careers find useful and unexpected applications.” Near draws on her research and artistic skills while creating displays […]

Lauren Pressley | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

2.0 Toolmaker “Every library director should have a Lauren Pressley on their staff!” exclaims Lynn Sutton, director of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, where Pressley works as instructional design librarian. For Pressley, knowing users’ expectations lets library staff “tailor our building, web presence, services, and teaching to best meet their needs” and focus […]

Melissa Rethlefsen | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Communicator While Melissa Rethlefsen was a student working at the Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota, a reference staff member found her engrossed in the writings of Herodotus—the ancient Greek researcher known as the world’s first historian, who chronicled events in an organized, logical way. The librarian asked Rethlefsen to work at the reference […]