February 16, 2018

Virginia Sanchez | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

Operation Literacy As a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst stationed for ten months at Camp Blackhorse outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Virginia Sanchez used the base library because it was “the only place with a smooth floor large enough for me to practice my karate drills.” But the California native, a reference librarian, also noticed that “the shelves […]

Bess Sadler | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Tech Leaders

Deep Technologist Bess Sadler, in her own words, has “spent the past four years defining, developing, and delivering information systems and infrastructure” for the University of Virginia (UV) Library. Currently, she is working on providing patrons with an updated Web 2.0–style interface design that will allow them to search physical and digital holdings at the […]

Liana Juliano | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

Tribal Counsel Liana Juliano already has a packed schedule between her teaching duties at San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science, the presidency of the American Indian Library Association, and her job as technical/electronic services librarian at a Los Angeles law firm. But she still finds time to drive two hours […]

Mandy Knapp & Laura Solomon | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

Ohio’s Salvation At approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009, Ohio governor Ted Strickland announced a proposal for 50 percent budget cuts to the Ohio library system. Mandy Knapp (pictured left), adult services librarian at the Worthington Libraries, was sick on Friday and didn’t check her email until Sunday. When she learned of the […]

Matthew Harp | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Marketers

Lights, Camera, Library Following a childhood in which he spent so much time in the library he was told to go get some sun, Matthew Harp attended film school and pursued a film career before taking a temporary job at Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries in 2001. Fast-forward nine years. Harp is still at ASU, […]

Denise Raleigh | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Marketers

Outside the Box “Since her arrival in 2004, Denise Raleigh has not stopped mobilizing both staff and community members, blazing trails for others to follow,” says Carole Medal, executive director of the Gail Borden Public Library (GBPL) in Elgin, IL. Raleigh brings in new ideas daily, moves the library and staff “out of their comfort […]

Ernie Cox | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

Culture-Shifter Ernie Cox came to librarianship because it “combines civics, art, technology, and community,” says the media specialist at St. Timothy’s, a K-8 Episcopal school in Raleigh, NC. As a school librarian there for the last five years, Cox is part of a community that includes teachers, and it’s his job to help them develop […]

Jennifer Wann Walker | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Mississippi Moxie One of the first things Jennifer Walker did when she began at Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) was to scrap a planned internship program. “The more I thought about that project, the more I realized that an internship wasn’t what was needed,” she says. Walker had just finished her MLIS—to the tune of ,000, […]

Monica Harris | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Innovators

Teen-Centric Within a year of arriving at the Oak Park Public Library (OPPL) in early 2007 as YA librarian (she has since been promoted), Monica Harris had made a big splash. Aided by a budget increase she had advocated for, she increased circulation in YA materials by 180 percent. She revamped the teen summer volunteer […]

Ramona Harten | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

Solid as a Rock “Personable, smart, young and energetic, Ramona Harten has great communication skills and a tremendous passion for libraries,” says Eileen Topitzer, Cheshire Public Library (CPL) reference librarian. Those assets were evident upon her arrival as director—in her first director position. She created the library’s first strategic plan, fostered better relationships with town […]