Thursday, March 21, 2013

LJ Movers and Shakers: Inspiration Guaranteed!

The twelfth annual Library Journal Movers & Shakers list rolled out on March 13, 2013. For those of you not familiar with it, the Movers list identifies and acknowledges emerging leaders in the library world for that year. In many ways, the list acts as a who’s who in libraries today and the future.

The list not only seems to be predictor of potential greatness within libraries, it also takes the temperature of the current library climate. Looking back through previous lists, I see many faces of well-known figures in today’s biblio-circles. Many of my favourite library bloggers and speakers have been previously named (Librarian in Black, Agnostic Maybe, John Bylberg, etc.) and, as such, I like to check out blogs of current winners if they have them. Categories within the list also tend to reflect broader trends in libraries and the world at large. For instance, the 2012 list contained a “Recession Busters” category, while the 2009 list had such labels as “Trendspotters” and “Tech Evangelists”.  Watching the list year after year, you can see interesting shifts in the library landscape over time

Whether you read it for the inspiring stories or the niche, pseudo celebritism, I would encourage you to check out LJ's list. People are doing amazing things in libraries these days and it is always interesting and informative to hear about the best of the best in our field! Happy reading!

Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2013

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