March 22, 2018

Erik Berman | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Change Agents

Erik Berman subscribes to a “teen run, teen led” mentality, according to senior librarian Sharon Fung at San José Public Library (SJPL). “He works tirelessly to get to know his teens, build their confidence, and guide them into taking an active role in the library.” Hand in hand with local teens and professional designers, Berman is responsible for the creation of the new teen center, TeenHQ, in San José’s central Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Erin Berman | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

Before December 2014, when she stepped into the new role of San José Public Library’s (SJPL) technology and innovation project manager (now innovations manager), Erin Berman launched SJPL’s first Maker faire, which introduced 200 people to after-school STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] programs. She believes Making can empower her community and help close the digital divide. Statewide, 25 percent of Californians in 2014 lacked broadband Internet access at home, according to a Field Poll. “When someone walks into one of our libraries and says they want to learn something, we don’t just hand them a book; we hand them the tool and teach them how to use it,” Berman says.

Courtney Saldana | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

Youth services librarian Courtney Saldana says she “came into the library world backward.” She got her master’s in children’s literature because she loved the books but not (yet) the audience for them: “I joke that I started Teen Book Fest [at Ontario City Library] as a way to stalk authors without freaking them out.”

Seth Ciotti | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

As teen technology librarian at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington State, Seth Ciotti wants to provide homeless and at-risk kids with the same comforting, inspiring library environment he enjoyed throughout his childhood and in college. His BiblioTEC program enables him to do that.

Perry Genovesi & Adam Feldman | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

Music librarians Perry Genovesi (seated, l.) and Adam Feldman of the Free Library of Philadelphia tap teens’ passion for music to introduce them to criticism and help them to develop research and information literacy skills. “If you’re a librarian, and you want to know your teens better, have them share the music they’re passionate about!” Genovesi says.

K.C. Boyd | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

When fellow educators and librarians warned high school librarian K.C. Boyd against using street lit with her students, Boyd listened—to her patrons. “What kids are interested in is not what we were interested in,” she says.

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design, Fall 2012

Surprising, stunning, outrageous even—that’s what teens asked for and hot in these library spaces.