February 16, 2018

Gretchen Caserotti | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Innovators

Goodbye, Dewey—Hello, Fun! When Gretchen Caserotti became coordinator and then head of children’s services at the Darien Library in 2008, her supervisor asked, “If you could do anything differently, what would it be?” Caserotti didn’t have to think hard: she wanted to reorganize the picture books. Taking Dewey out of the equation, she scrapped alphabetical […]

Teresa Kiser | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Tech Leaders

Jane of All Trades When a grant she cowrote for new computers for her library came through, Teresa Kiser did what she could to stretch the money: for one, she climbed up a ladder to run cable to each department so that the computers could be installed. “We don’t have the resources to have an […]

Maurice Coleman | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Tech Leaders

Library Trainer The ever-changing technology landscape can be intimidating even for the most committed 2.0 librarian. So it’s no surprise that technical trainer Maurice Coleman chose to get fuzzy and friendly with the technology fair he created with Harford County Public Library colleague Annette Gaskins in 2007. As they developed the library’s 23 Things Technology […]

Matthew Hamilton | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Tech Leaders

No Holding Back The avid traveler was frustrated. She had road-tripped across the United States in her RV taking hundreds of photos, which she uploaded to her laptop. When her computer died, it trapped all of her images. She had no idea how to transfer her laptop’s contents—and all those pictures—to her external hard drive. […]

Bethan Steward | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

Steward-ship “Libraries need to work on creating a utopic space that reflects society’s concern for the environment,” says Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Bethan Steward, the librarian at the Egleston Square branch in Roxbury, MA. In her two and a half years there Steward has launched green initiatives that have brought a touch of Eden to […]

Stephanie Chase | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Buliders

Green Mountain Woman “Here in northern New England, most of us are still getting over our highly independent Yankee sensibilities,” says Stephanie Chase, director of the Stowe Free Library, VT. This independent streak also applies to the state’s libraries. While patronage is strong, resources can be weak, and librarians have historically shied away from pooling […]

Ed Garcia | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

Called To Serve When you consider Ed Garcia’s sensitivity to the least among us, it’s no surprise that one of his regular patrons is an unemployed gravedigger. An information access librarian at the Cranston Public Library (CPL), Garcia regularly spends 30 minutes helping the man fill out online applications for jobs at places like McDonald’s. […]

Bernadette Salgado | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Advocates

School Booster The City of SeaTac, WA, is so ethnically diverse that at the Valley View Library, “You peer over at the computers and see children, teens, and adults from Somalia, Ethiopia, India, Samoa, and Mexico interacting,” says Bernadette Salgado, children’s section supervisor of the King County Library System. SeaTac is also a city where […]

Denise Lyons | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Change Agents

Literacy Partner It’s Denise Lyons job to help libraries across South Carolina deal with challenges, and she takes the issue of literacy quite seriously. Some 30 percent of her state’s children have been found to be unprepared for first grade. In order to stimulate school readiness and family literacy statewide, Lyons spearheaded the creation of […]

Georgia Lomax | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Marketers

The Royal Treatment Outreach Services Queen Georgia Lomax is a pro. She gets what makes a public library a valued community institution—dedication to the customer. Lomax is a promise keeper. When Pierce County Library System (PCLS) won a levy in 2006 (which recently was reauthorized), the administration promised it would expand hours, add books and […]