February 16, 2018

Devin Becker | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

There’s a poetry to digital collections for Devin Becker, who considered a PhD in creative writing before discovering Indiana University’s Information and Library Science program. He found that information visualization and digital libraries sated his creativity.

Henry Bankhead | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

Henry Bankhead believes electronic books are essential to the future of libraries, which includes helping aspiring writers to self-publish. The Los Gatos Library, CA, is on the leading edge of incorporating digital publishing into libraries, thanks to him.

Erin Shea | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

Hooking commuters on the library can be a bit of a rough road, so Erin Shea decided to take the library to the people. Through her popular “Read, Write, Imbibe” book club, Shea met commuters on their way to and from New York City and Darien, CT. In early 2013, she took 20 copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In to the train platform and lent them out. During a one-month period, those books circulated 75 times, leading up to an evening discussion at a bar near the railroad. In comparison, the second most popular business book only circulated five times that month. Shea also reached 261 people by setting up a stand at the local farmers market, offering shoppers a chance to sign up for library cards and check out books. “This kind of library outreach, programming initiative, and creative problem-solving is exemplary of the kind of librarians we need…in the future,” says Andy Woodworth, a 2010 Mover & Shaker and adult services librarian at Burlington County Library System, NJ.

Sarah Sagmoen | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

In 2009, Sarah Sagmoen was one of 100 librarians vying for an entry-level position at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library. “She was not the first person who jumped out at us on paper,” admits Jane Treadwell, the library’s dean. “However, one member of the search committee kept saying, ‘There’s just something about Sarah—you’ve got to talk with her.’ ”

Karen Lauritsen | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

Karen Lauritsen was not necessarily seeking library work when she left her job in continuing education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), three years ago, but she knew she wanted an environment where unconventional, interactive learning could thrive. “I was looking for an agile organization in education or public service that embraced creative experimentation,” Lauritsen says.

Jan Holmquist | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

Jan Holmquist’s nominators describe him as a “global librarian,” and it’s easy to see why. In addition to his current work as head of development for Denmark’s Guldborgsund libraries, Holmquist’s side projects tend to involve collaboration with librarians all over the world. He is engaged with ongoing international projects in Germany and the Read Watch Play Twitter reading group based in Australia. And in 2011 and 2012, he worked with librarians in the United States and the UK on the “Buy India a Library Project” and then built awareness of the program’s efforts with a presentation on crowdfunding for libraries at the Bibliothekartag conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Susan Lyon | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

As learning engagement manager at Richland Library, with 11 branches and 403 employees, Susan Lyon cultivates a culture of experimentation. Starting in April 2011, Lyon led weekly eReady takeovers at local restaurants and cafés, where she and other mobile librarians showed patrons how to access Richland Library’s digital offerings, including ebooks, e-magazines, free music, and language-learning services.

Lianne Flax | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

When Lianne Flax joined the State Library of Kansas (SLK) as online services and programming librarian in late 2011, SLK was a year into a battle to break its contract with OverDrive to work with multiple digital content vendors—and avoid a 700 percent increase in administrative costs. SLK eventually won, a success that was part of the inspiration for LJ to name state library head Jo Budler Librarian of the Year in 2013.

Cheryl Lee | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Marketers

Last year, Cheryl Lee produced 131 programs with 14,465 attendees (in a city of about 64,000) at the Palo Alto City Library (PACL) and attended 26 outreach events. She has fostered over 33 partnerships with local organizations, nonprofits, schools, and other departments.

Kyle Denlinger | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

In his first job out of library school, Wake Forest University (WFU) librarian Kyle Denlinger took point on building WFU’s information literacy MOOC ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web, which aimed to provide easy answers to common questions about online research. (For more on the MOOC, see “A MOOC of Our Own.”) The massive open online course drew on both Denlinger’s technology and teaching background. After all, it had been a part-time job in the library at the University of Cincinnati, where he received his BA, which derailed him from a career in teaching.