June 19, 2018

Helping New Librarians by Sticking with It | Not Dead Yet

Last spring I did a research consultation with a student who was preparing to work on her senior thesis. She was smart, focused, motivated, and self-directed, and in addition to discussing the research process and research resources, we talked about what it is like to work in libraries. The young lady got back in touch […]

Ryan Deschamps | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Buliders

The Knitty-Gritty Say you’re an e-learning manager at a public library system who wants to get the word out to the community that the system is getting a new branch. What do you do? Add a landing page to the library’s website? Tweet about it a lot? How about knit? In 2010, Ryan Deschamps, e-learning […]

Meg Gerritsen Knodl | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Social Media Maven Social media is supposed to be about contact, connection, and conversation. Instead, it’s often about me, myself, and I. Not at Hennepin County Library (HCL), however, where Meg Gerritsen Knodl uses social media to fine-tune user services. Her efforts have been so influential that she played a key role in Hennepin County […]

John Watts | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

Protector of Privacy When John Watts arrived at the Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University in 2009, meaningful fun was close on his heels. His engaging marketing and outreach efforts have included a “de-stress fest” before finals, an Edible Book Contest, a presence in social media, and a video about censorship and a reading from […]

Rebecca Renard | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Innovators

Keen on Teens “I always heard my teens talking about how smelly or crazy the homeless in the libraries were,” says Rebecca Renard, charged with teen employment for District of Columbia Public Library’s (DCPL) 26 branches through its Teens of Distinction and Summer Youth Employment programs. “As I began researching homelessness, I discovered that the […]

Tina Thomas and Alison Circle | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Brand Leader Alison Circle and Tina Thomas are both seasoned marketing professionals who have brought their expertise to public libraries. They didn’t come a moment too soon. “We are long past the time when libraries need professional marketing,” believes Circle. “Marketing can help libraries drive real results: increased use, community presence, fundraising, you name it.” […]

Anthony Molaro | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Information Activist Anthony Molaro is a true “information activist.” Whether he’s blogging as the Information Activist Librarian, engaged as a public speaker, or gathering like-minded people to support a worthy cause, he is driven by “the poor understanding of the role of libraries in a democratic society.” As a regular contributor to the Libraries and […]

Rogan Hamby | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Integrator Rogan Hamby, by job definition, is a techie. He manages all the IT needs for Florence County Library System (FCLS) and also is central administrator for SCLENDs (South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System), a consortium formed in 2009 that uses Evergreen open source software for a shared ILS. It now includes one-third of […]

Sarah Steiner | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

A Librarian’s Librarian Sarah Steiner confesses that in 2008, when she launched the Atlanta Emerging Librarians (AEL) group, a division of the Georgia Library Association (GLA) that provides networking, career resources, and early leadership activities for new and aspiring librarians, she spent a lot of time fretting. “The group ended up being much larger than […]

Nancy Fredericks | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Bridge to E-Gov As access to government services increasingly moves online, the people who need services the most are often the least technologically capable of finding them. The irony is not lost on Nancy Fredericks, until recently the e-government services manager at Pasco County Library System (PCLS), who “fell in love with information technology” during […]