Library Journal 2018 Movers & Shakers

By Library Journal on March 16, 2018

Libraries Are for Everyone was created by Rebecca McCorkindale and Julie Syler in early 2017 (learn more in their profile), but it could just as easily be the mantra for the entire class of 2018 Movers & Shakers. The 50 individuals profiled here—from every type and size of library—are all for inclusivity. They’re narrowing the opportunity gaps caused by poverty, education, technology, race, ethnicity, gender, [dis]ability, and more. They’re expanding upon traditional perceptions of libraries without leaving behind those who value such traditions. And in doing so, they’re moving all libraries forward.

The range of this year’s Movers is vast. In addition to McCorkindale and Syler, the 2018 Movers include academic librarians such as Marian Fragola, whose Making Spaces programs help women across the gender gap in technology, and Spokane public librarian Jason Johnson, who developed both LevelUp, a coworking space hosting new technology and tools, and the Community Lens performance space. Jerica Copeny in Evansville, IN, is breaking new ground as a civic data scientist in a public library.

Megan Godbey at the Nashville Public Library and Eva Raison at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) have forged pathways to citizenship—and because of Raison, BPL now has “Justice Fellows” who provide immigrants with legal help. Chera Kowalski at the Free Library of Philadelphia, an adult/teen librarian, has been addressing the opioid crisis inside her branch and out and has saved the lives of six people who overdosed by administering Narcan. The list goes on and on.

Movers & Shakers, which began in 2002, is now over 850 strong. We welcome this latest cohort and thank all of you who took the time to nominate some 300 of your colleagues.—Francine Fialkoff, Project Manager & Cofounder, LJ Movers & Shakers