Two UMSI grads named to Library Journal's 2015 Movers and Shakers list

Two recent graduates of the University of Michigan School of Information are among the 50 named 2015 Movers and Shakers in the Library Journal’s annual recognition of top influencers in the library field, people who are shaping the future of libraries.

For 14 years, the journal has spotlighted librarians and others in the library field who are doing great work in serving users and moving libraries of all types and library services forward.

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Colleen Theisen (MSI ’11), an outreach and instruction librarian in special collections at the University of Iowa libraries, was recognized in the Educators category. She actively promotes her special collections -- such as maps, women’s archives, science fiction and fore-edge paintings -- to a general audience using social media. Her platforms include Tumblr, where she has 36,000 followers, Vine and YouTube. She also teaches classes on topics that complement collecting areas such as the transition from manuscript to printing, the history of fanzines, artists’ books and children’s literature. During her time at Michigan, she worked as a graduate student instructor at UMSI and as a reference assistant at the Hatcher Graduate Library.



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Sharona Ginsberg (MSI ’13) was cited as a Community Builder. She is the coordinator of MakerBridge, and an instructional technology consultant at the University of Michigan.

While still in graduate school at UMSI, she realized there was a lack of places for librarians to exchange information about their experiences with the Maker movement. A month later, in February 2013, she launched the MakerBridge Project, a website and blog that offers librarians and educators information, tools, and best practices. She is also a strong proponent of diversity in maker culture, featuring Makers who are people of color, female or LGBTQ. In the future, she hopes to expand the MakerBridge to host local community hubs, where people can aggregate resources and event information in spaces oriented to a particular region.

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services conducted an extensive interview with Sharona following her being named a Mover and Shaker.

The Class of 2015 brings the number of Movers and Shakers to over 700. Several UMSI graduates have achieved this distinction since the awards began in 2002. In 2013, UMSI alumna Emily Puckett Rodgers (MSI ’10) was named an LJ Mover and Shaker in the Innovator category; in 2012, clinical assistant professor Kristin Fontichiaro was recognized as an Agent of Change.

The group will be recognized at a luncheon on June 26, during the upcoming American Library Association conference in San Francisco. See the complete list of 2015 Movers and Shakers.

Posted on March 23,2015