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2009 Mover & Shaker

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. :)

I'm a Library Journal 2009 "Mover & Shaker"! Thank you, thank you!! *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! :)


LJ Mover & Shaker Nominations Are Open

Today over on friendfeed, Greg Schwartz (of Uncontrolled Vocabulary fame), posted this:
Oh boy, it’s LJ Movers and Shakers nomination season again. Where does the time go?”
And within seven hours there were almost 50 comments. Some are typically irreverent and fun, but others are more pointed. So what is this award really about?

Well, the Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award recognizes “emerging leaders in the library world.” This is the eighth year for the award (and special print supplement to the regular magazine). Each year LJ “profile(s) 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field”.

In my conversations and observations, the general consensus out there in Libraryland is that this is a very good thing to have happen each year and that it is a valuable “thing” to receive. There are some exceptions to this more general opinion though which are interesting to note.

In Greg’s friendfeed discussion thread on the subject some folks put forth the idea that this whole “Mover & Shaker” business is mostly just a marketing tool. I wouldn’t disagree, but it isn’t just a marketing for LJ in my opinion. I think Libraryland should honor their own more than they do. This recognition tool is for a specific segment of our profession. And I think it is important. I would also say that I think we need a couple other awards of this size that embrace the folks that don’t fit into the category of this award. Wouldn’t be a total blast to work on coming up with those award criteria?

But *this* is the award that the largest number of my closest Libraryland colleagues are involved with. And I have personally seen the positive impact receiving it has had on several careers. So the award get my vote of support. And I don’t say this lightly either. I have had lengthy conversations with more than one very high profile winner of this award that really thought it was mostly bunk. I respect their opinion on this, but also know that they have the luxury of not really caring about this. Besides, I believe that even if they didn’t care about getting it, that the award provided more attention to their work. And their work is just magnificent in my opinion. So, I still say this is a valuable event/award/honor to hold.

A couple folks observed that there have been cases where people became more isolated in their library after receiving this award. I’ve heard that too, and know it a real concern for some. From my observations this is a more rare exception. An exception that is amazingly frustrating and intolerable, but an important thing to note.

So I’m here to encourage you to vote for the next round of LJ Movers & Shakers.

I can think of several folks just right off the top of my head that would be fine Libraryland reps for this award. I know there really are hundreds of others. In fact, I’d LOVE for you to list other names in the comments! Here are a few I wold love to see get this award:

Jason Griffey
Cindi Trainor
Greg Schwartz
Bobbi Newman
Josh Neff

And, I have to confess that I posted this to the discussion we had today about the award:
“So is there a way to try to get nominated without coming across like an egocentric jerk? *ahem*” So, no, I haven’t ever been selected as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker award winner.

So who do you think should be on the list this year??