February 18, 2018

Megan Rosenbloom | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

Beginning her career in librarianship at the University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library took Megan Rosenbloom down a path she never expected. Now this former journalist helps to train the doctors of tomorrow while acting as one of the faces of a burgeoning death positivity movement.

Brian Grubbs | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

When Brian Grubbs moved to Springfield, MO, in 2007 so his wife, Erin, could attend graduate school, he found that his own master’s degree in museum studies wasn’t landing him a job. After a few months, Erin spotted a promising listing on the Springfield–Greene County Library District’s website: a position digitizing collections documenting the Civil War in the Ozarks.

Sue Kowalski | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

Back when Sue Kowalski was a classroom teacher, she knew that a solid teacher-librarian partnership could create limitless possibilities. But her librarian, well…didn’t. So Kowalski went back to school for an MLS, completing it at the same time as that librarian was retiring. The rest is history.

Ben Himmelfarb | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

Creative collaboration is Ben Himmelfarb’s specialty. While still early in his career, Himmelfarb has “made…our local history collection come alive for the community,” says Kathleen Degyansky, White Plains PL assistant director. Through monthly local history roundtables, Himmelfarb connects the community on topics such as urban renewal and affordable housing, bringing together people with divergent views and leading them in productive conversation, says library director Brian Kenney. The latter roundtable drew the notice of the mayor’s office and the City Planning Department, as well as bringing in a large public audience.

Julie Scoskie | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

Three years ago, Julie Scoskie, then director of community support and adult education for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, never expected to be working in a library. When an opportunity arose to combine her passions of outreach and literacy, however, she couldn’t resist. With fierce determination, she has succeeded in securing partnerships and collaborations for Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) that have drawn the attention of the White House for innovative services to the community.

Vanessa Irvin | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

“I have a saying that I always share with my students: ‘Every experience is the answer to a reference question,’ ” says Vanessa Irvin, an assistant professor in the library and information science program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Ludmila (Mila) Pollock | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

As a child in the USSR, Mila Pollock loved both her grandma’s extensive library and the medical stories her mom, a physician, told her. Eventually, that combination led her to medical librarianship. From 1981 to 1992, she worked in the reference department at the State Central Scientific Medical Library in Moscow. She loved the job but immigrated to this country to be with her American husband, Don, a dedicated science teacher, to whom she credits much of her success here.

Nancy Andrus | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators

“Nancy is fearless about trying out new ideas and teaching herself new skills,” says Susan Kaplan, who supervises Andrus, a youth services librarian at the Sunnyvale Public Library, CA. Andrus noticed that, while popular, youth STEM/STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts, and math]–based programming in the library was primarily attracting boys. “When we ran a coding camp, the 20 spots quickly filled with 17 boys and three girls, and the girls dropped out,” Andrus recalls. “I wanted to help level the playing field by creating an environment in which girls could thrive, feel empowered, and be inspired to pursue STEM.” After winning a competitive grant from the Pacific Library Partnership, Andrus developed the Make-HER program, workshops aimed at girls eight to 12, plus their mothers or other adult women. That’s “a period during which studies show girls begin to lose interest and confidence in STEM pursuits,” says Kaplan.

Movers & Shakers 2016

Fifteen years old and now over 750 leaders strong, Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers (M&S) proudly introduces the Class of 2016—54 individuals profiled in 50 stories, who are changing the face of libraries of all types and sizes. When LJ launched the inaugural M&S issue on March 15, 2002, we had no idea how much enthusiasm it would draw, how the models of service reflected in the Movers’ stories would ripple throughout the field, how the Movers would become a connected cadre of supporters, cheerleaders, and go-to folks for one another and for the profession, or how the careers of those selected would flourish. The list goes on, as the Movers strive to transform public, school, academic, and special libraries across the United States and around the world. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Sherry Gick | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

“I think we need to teach and show students that failure is a very real part of life and learning,” says Sherry Gick, who was the librarian for Rossville Consolidated Schools in Indiana for five years before becoming the district’s K−12 library and instructional technology specialist in 2014. Gick embraces the pedagogy of “meaningful failure,” emphasizing the process of learning. “The library is a great place to demonstrate this and allow students to try many different things,” she says.