'Library Journal' cites influential UMSI people

The just-out “Movers and Shakers 2012” issue of Library Journal hails three UMSI alumni and Clinical Assistant Professor Kristin Fontichiaro as “people who are shaping the future of libraries.”

For 11 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.

Kristin Fontichiaro

Kristin Fontichiaro is singled out as one of the Change Agents, librarians who “aren’t afraid to shake things up.” Her visionary idea for producing an ebook with content solicited from school librarians resulted in the crowdsourced book School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come. Contributions came from both industry veterans and library newcomers, who sent in over 100 essays on storytelling, personal learning networks, book fairs, public/school library partnerships, copyright, and more. In its first two months of publication, the free book was downloaded over 6,000 times.

In 2010, Fontichiaro won the Margaret Grazier Award for Contributions to the Profession from the Michigan Association for Media in Education. Blog: blog.schoollibarymedia.com; Twitter: @activelearning.

David Wasserman (MILS ’95), online services coordinator for the King County Library System in Issaquah, WA is identified as a Community Builder. The King County library system, with a patron base of over one million users, considers itself the nation’s busiest. Wasserman’s work in preparing for and promoting the evolution to ebooks earned him this year’s honor. He uses webinars and instructional YouTube videos to educate the public and his fellow library workers  on how ebooks work, and he created ebook kits featuring seven different types of ereaders that were distributed to library staff for training themselves and their patrons.

Stephen X. Flynn (MSI ’11) and Richard Kong (MSI ’06) both earned the title of Tech Leaders. Flynn developed an online job-seeker service called Open Cover Letters. The website is a collection of cover letters by successful library job seekers, solicited through posts on Facebook and Twitter. This project was featured in a Library Journal article in September 2011. The emerging technologies librarian for the College of Wooster Libraries in Ohio, Flynn is currently working on webinars that discuss the impact of technologies on delivering library service to underserved populations. Website: sxflynn.net, Twitter: @sxflynn

Richard Kong, digital services manager for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Illinois, helped to design and launch the Skokie Public Library Digital Media Lab in 2009. The lab provides both equipment and instruction that allows library users to create their own digital media, such as videos, music, ebooks, websites, and podcasts. He is now developing a pilot digital media lab at AHML, which officially opened in early March. He also helps colleagues develop their digital expertise through the Reference Librarians Association for Continuing Education. Website:Richardkong.com; Twitter: @kongtemplation

UMSI congratulates these outstanding leaders of the UMSI community for their recognition and their achievements in shaping the future of libraries.

Posted on Wednesday, MArch 14, 2012