It's my fifth year writing Movers & Shakers profiles. I'm always amazed at the talent in the library profession. Profiles will go live throughout this week.
Music librarians Perry Genovesi and Adam Feldman at the Free Library of Philadelphia help teens learn a language to discuss their favorite tunes by helping young people think like music critics. For more read Library Journal.
Jasmine Africawala saw patrons impacted by cuts to programs that help people learn English and earn their GED and used her experience with literacy volunteer groups to find ways for the Dallas Public Library to offer programs. As part of DPL’s Homeless Engagement Initiative, she found ways to improve the relationships between staff and patrons who are homeless. Read more about Africawala and other Advocates like her in Library Journal.
Archivist T-Kay Sangwand helps bring us the stories of people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Rwanda and other countries torn by violence. If it were not for Sangwand's work with human rights groups and fellow archivists and historians around the world, we would never know about the stories of people who were marginalized or victims or war and genocide. Read about Sangwand and other Advocates in the Movers and Shakers at Library Journal.
Alison Macrina leveraged her technology know-how and passion for protecting library patrons privacy into an organization that helps libraries and librarians learn how to prevent surveillance of their patrons. Learn more about Macrina who is director of the Library Freedom Project and other Advocates in Library Journal's Movers & Shakers edition. Grants are allowing Macrina to take her workshops nationwide.
In Arapahoe Library District, Colorado, Oli Sanidas has helped patrons get their hands on the newest technology so they can test out virtual reality headsets and other cutting edge devices and has transformed ALD branches into community hubs. Sanidas is one of the educators. For more about him and other educators who were named Movers & Shakers, see Library Journal.
Sharona Ginsberg is building an online community of librarians interested in maker spaces so that their peers have a place to go to find tips about the maker movement. Ginsberg's MakerBridge Project also looks for makers who are not the typical white male techno-geek portrayed in the media to highlight the true diversity of the maker movement. For more Community Builders who are Movers & Shakers, see Library Journal.
Thank you to all the Movers and Shakers for being so inspiring.