February 17, 2018

David Pattern | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Tech Evangelists

Idea Generator “Dave Pattern has a knack for improving things and/or making them much funnier,” explains Kathryn Greenhill, emerging technologies specialist, Murdoch University, Western Australia. “He exemplifies the qualities of curiosity, sharing, play, and experimentation so necessary for contemporary library staff.” Pattern is best known for the catalog enhancements he created for the University of […]

Lisa Harris | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Advocates

Fresh Starts Lisa Harris grew up in a rough neighborhood in East Oakland, CA, where many classmates dropped out around eighth grade and later wound up behind bars. Eighteen years ago, when Harris answered an ad for a “Jail Literacy Coordinator” with the Alameda County Library (ACL), she reconnected with some of those peers—and began […]

Toby Greenwalt | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Trendspotters

The Translator When Skokie Public Library director Carolyn Anthony wanted to turn the library’s web site into a virtual branch, she placed Toby Greenwalt, who had only been at the library since 2007, in charge, because “he was key to the successful implementation of the ’10 Things’ [Learning 2.0] training,” she says. Colleague Deborah Grodinsky […]

Natalie Caruso | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Innovators

Keep ‘Em Moving Natalie Caruso’s devotion to customer service happens behind the scenes rather than on the front lines. As library circulation leader for the 60-branch Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)—the fifth largest system in the nation—she has had an enormous impact on when and where patrons get materials. Caruso joined the Highlawn Branch in 1990 […]

Karen Kleckner Keefe | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Innovators

The Alchemist Karen Kleckner Keefe’s brilliance as an “alchemist” has to do with how she “creatively and consistently demonstrates the essential role of the library in the life of the community,” says Mary Pergander, director of the Deerfield Public Library, where Keefe is head of readers’ services and public relations coordinator. Keefe’s talent for making […]

Joe Murphy | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Trendspotters

Short Messaging for the Long Term Joe Murphy’s self-identification as “a Millennial and digital native who lives in online social networks” informs his perspective on their intersections with library services; he works to suggest best practices for realistic applications of 2.0 technologies. Murphy developed an iPhone-based text messaging reference service for the Yale Science Libraries, […]

Carey Gross | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Activists

Force of Nature As a directionless college student, Carey Gross knew she wanted to “work toward something I could really get involved with.” Volunteering to tutor at her local library, she found her calling. Chuck Ashton, of Redwood City Public Library, CA, calls Gross “a force of nature cutting through any obstacles between learners and […]

J. Drusilla Carter | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Community Builders

Library as Hub When J. Drusilla Carter walked into the five-branch Chesterfield County Library (CCL) in 2006, she was the rural library system’s fifth director in as many years. Her 45,000 constituents, spread out over 745 square miles in the northern part of the state, have diverse needs and backgrounds: many have low income and […]

William Harmer | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Marketers

Buzz Master In 2005, teen services librarian at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, MI, William Harmer became nationally known for the buzz he created with his Rock’n’Roll Library Tour. A former DJ, Harmer convinced the Detroit-based band The High Strung to take its act to Michigan public libraries and then to over 200 libraries […]

Kenning Arlitsch | Movers & Shakers 2009 – Community Builders

Digital Adventurer Kenning Arlitsch’s stints as a truck driver, floor installer, and furniture deliverer gave him “a willingness to work hard” and a “no-excuses mentality,” he says. Arlitsch applies those qualities to his current post as associate director for IT Services at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library and to his central role in developing […]