April 20, 2018

Jennifer Taggart | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Advocates

It started with fuzzy black-and-white copies of flashcards. Jennifer Taggart’s son was receiving speech and language therapy at school, and this was homework. “While we were thankful for having something to practice with, the librarian in me thought there must be a better way,” says Taggart, now assistant department head of youth services at Bloomfield Township Public Library. Simultaneously, Taggart noticed more families with special needs at the library “attending (or trying to attend) programs.”

Jenna Nolt | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

In 2012, then-U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) librarian Jenna Nolt spent six months researching a mysterious volume of photographs called found in the USGS’s rare book room in Reston, VA. It proved to be a record of the imperial regalia of the Romanov czars. By comparing the photos against the official inventory of Russian crown jewels, says Nolt, “I was able to determine that there were several pieces of jewelry depicted in our volume that were not in the official inventory and that had been lost to history for almost a hundred years.”