It is with a deep sense of gratitude, humility and motivation that I can now happily share some big news with you! Because of many of your very kind nominations, I have been selected as one of the 2009 Library Journal “Movers & Shakers“!
Given the things I get to work on and present about in Libraryland I suppose it fits best that I got plopped in the “Trendspotters” category. And I have to say that being there with folks like Sarah Houghton-Jan and Jason Griffey & Karen Coombs makes me just say “Wow! Cool!”.
Additionally, there are hundreds of other folks who have received this recognition over the years that I personally owe a great deal to. Too many to mention, really as it would be a huge list of hyperlinked names filling the page. Suffice it to say that David, Michael(s), Jenny, Helene, Chrystie, Rachel, Aaron, John, Stephen…oh, just check out the full list already! It is full of people who are motivating, inspiring, amazingly hard working and just plain good people. And if you want them to help you out too I’ll bet they will!
Since 2009 is my M&S “class” I wanted to give a shout to these folks on the list, people that I know especially well, have ben able to work with and am just pleased as punch to see on this year’s short, short list of folks selected: Jenica Rogers-Urbanek, Lori Reed, Lauren Pressley, Brian Bannon and Eric, Jaap and Geert. You guys (and more) all knock my socks off.
Now, I know very, very clearly that for every person that receives this honor there are hundreds of equally (or even more) worthy library professionals out there. I have written in the past that I believe this award is a good thing and does actually mean something. In that same piece I commented that I firmly believe our industry needs to do more to recognize the people that this award does not. So to the folks not on the list yet, the folks that might not know the amazing and powerful importance of their work and the folks that don’t get fancy recognition as they slog it out every day in their library, please know that YOU are are the people that really make it happen and you and the impact of your work are why I try to do as much as I can in Libraryland. I feel the most kinship with these professionals and want to do whatever I can to help them (us, really), especially during these crazy times. So whether you are an LJ Mover & Shaker or not, if you are trying to get good things done for your community though your work in a library and can think of any way I can help or encourage you, please drop me a line and I will do what I can. You know, if you need an industry recognized consultant with credentials to support a programming proposal, budget item, grant or innovative library, learning or technology project, I’m your man. Ping me and I will do whatever I can to help you!
Regardless of attention or accolades, we are all so fortunate to work together in an industry that does so much good for so many people and is filled with the caliber of intellect and professional commitment that we see around us in Libraryland each day. It is one of my greatest privileges to work with you all and I promise to try and use this (and any other) small bit of recognition that might come my way to try and get as much good work done as I can for our profession and the people we serve.
Finally, thanks to all the folks who sent nominations, congratulatory notes or even just sat through a blog post, a conference of staff day presentation, column or whatever I’ve done that might have touched your professional life over the last few years. Also, to Mary, Becky and Steve at the ACPL and Mary K at Indiana University thank you so very, very much! Before I was really rolling along professionally each of you got me up and running in Libraryland at vulnerable times when I really could have fallen over flat. Thanks also to my Grandma, who would likely be both pleased as punch at this moment and would also be telling me to pipe down and be more humble. I miss you Grandma, and you are right, I’ll stop now.
*this picture is supposed to tell a story, but it just looks like four pics of me being a ham. Sorry about that. Still, if you click it you’ll get linked to the flickr page with the story*
PS- I can just see it now on the blogs/twitter/etc “What, did this joker think he won an Emmy or something?! Sheesh!” lol!