Movers and Shakers 2010

Jedes Jahr werden im Libraryjournal die Movers and Shakers des Jahres benannt. Das sind Menschen, die die Zukunft des Bibliothekswesens formen (sollen). Dieses Jahr gab es 50 Preisträger in sechs Kategorien:

Advocates: They don’t waver in the effort to battle illiteracy, save library funding, help the unemployed, or fight censorship.

Innovators: These librarians create savvy solutions such as mobile apps, reference service à la Twitter, and a general store-like library.

Marketers: See libraries afresh through a Ben & Jerry’s library flavor, Library Minute vids, a Library Use Value Calculator, and more.

Tech Leaders: These techies take our services to the next level with a “technology petting zoo,” a mashup of images and maps, “The Techie Is IN” program, to name a few.

Community Builders: They break barriers to expand the library’s reach, with green initiatives, training, and outreach across geographic, cultural, and administrative lines.

Change Agents: No problem is too big for these librarians as they foster GED readiness for the 17-plus crowd, day-by-day literacy for preschoolers, health info for all, and more.

Es geht längst nicht nur um technische Innovationen oder “neue Produkte”. Zwar sind einige PreisträgerInnen auch wegen technischer Entwicklungen ausgezeichnet worden, wie z.B. Joann Ransom für Kete. Aber es werden eben auch Preise für Innovationen in anderen Bereichen vergeben. Zum Beispiel an Gretchen Caserotti, die Dewey als nicht kinderbibliothekstauglich befand:

She wanted to reorganize the picture books. Taking Dewey out of the equation, she scrapped alphabetical organization (how many four-year-olds will look for fairy-tale books by author?) and went for an intuitive approach—using colored tabs for categories like “Transportation,” “Folk and fairy tales,” etc. The next year saw an 80 percent jump in circulation, month to month, plus sky-high spirits among kids. “My heart soared when I overhead a four-year-old boy, pulling his grandfather’s arm, saying, ‘C’mon, Grandad! The trucks are the red books over here!’” she says.

Die Verteilung aller 450 Preisträger seit 2002 auf einer Karte kann man sich hier ansehen. Dabei fällt auf, dass nur wenige Preisträger außerhalb Nordamerikas beheimatet sind. Genauer gesagt:

  • 1x Australien
  • 1x England
  • 3x Niederlande
  • 1x Neuseeland

Der Rest der Welt starrt bewundernd nach Nordamerika und hinkt hoffnungslos hinterher? Spielt das deutsche Bibliothekswesen international wirklich keine Rolle? So ganz mag ich da nicht zustimmen, und bis zum 1. November darf sich jeder aufgerufen fühlen, die Movers and Shakers 2011 zu nominieren:

The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Our tenth annual round of Movers and Shakers will profile 50 or more up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers and Shakers 2011 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead.

Mir fällt auf Anhieb mindestens eine Handvoll bewegender Bibliothekswesen ein, die ich zweifellos nominieren könnte. Ich hoffe, das geht nicht nur mir so. Also nur keine Hemmungen!

Biblioblog: Fabilous Librarian

Fabienne Kneifel hat gerade einen neuen, zweisprachigen Biblioblog eröffnet. Unter möchte sie auf Deutsch und Englisch über bibliothek 2.0 (besonders im hinblick auf web 2.0-technologien in opacs) und virtuelle auskunftsdienste (e-mail und chat) schreiben. Hier begrüßt sie die Welt auf Deutsch und hier auf Englisch.

Das Blog ist im LISWiki verlinkt, und in allernächster Zeit auch Teil der Biblioblogsuche.

LibWorld – Puerto Rico

Logo of ‘preguntale a tu bibliotecario’ Next stop in our tour around the Libworld: Puerto Rico. It’s library and library related blogs are introduced by Rossana I. Barrios-Llorens (Master of Information Sciences from the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico and Bachelor in Biology from the same university). She works as virtual reference services librarian at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus Library. She is the person behind this logo at their web page, which leads for example to the virtual reference (via QuestionPoint).

Rossanna I. Barrios-Llorens is blogging herself at Alusión…Llamada Virtual.
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Libworld – France

Today in our Libworld series, Nicolas Morin and Marlène Delhaye give us a review about the biblioblogosphere in France. Both are academic librarians: Nicolas Morin works at the Université d’Angers, Marlène Delhaye at the l’Université Aix-Marseille III.
If you like to read more about the French librarianship, on the French Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs offers some information in English, French, Spanish and German.
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LibWorld – Sweden

Similar to the Swedish social systems, the Swedish libraries have a very good reputation. Not only the fully developed public library system is known for innovative ideas like the Living Library.

Peter Alsbjer, Director of the County Library of Örebro, Sweden, has written an overview about the Swedish biblioblogosphere. His blog can be found at [Omv] Lite IT. A not-so-good online translation tool for Swedish can be found here.

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Libworld – Brazil

Brazil ranks first in concentration of servers and using internet in Latin America [1]
Concerning quality and quantity the scientific offer is barely short of the European. Not only the National Library offers some online services on her homepage. For instance you can save queries (Minha estante, my shelf) and compile your own profile (Cadastro, personal entry) including an alerting service. Also unofficial contributions are interesting, for a thing the virtual library Bibvirt created by Brazilian students. It records a significant number of Brazilian and Portuguese literary works, some of them in full-text version.

Today our guest author Moreno Albuquerque de Barros will define the role of the Brazilian biblioblogosphere. He is a Brazilian librarian and editor of ExtraLibris and BSF (“Blog direcionado aos profissionais e estudantes de Biblioteconomia, Ciência e Gestão da Informação”) blog and has already written a few articles on the blogging subject.
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LibWorld – Iran

Next stop in our LibWorld series is Iran. Alireza Noruzi, faculty member of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Tehran will introduce the history of the Persian biblioblogosphere to us, followed by some general remarks about library science blogging and an overview about a selection of Persian blogs.

Alireza Noruzi received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Paul Cezanne in France. Besides Alireza Noruzi received a M.A. degree in Information Science from the University of Tehran in 2001 and B.A. degree in Library and Information Science from Shiraz University in 1998. Our guest author is also the Editor-in-chief of Webology, an international open access journal. You can contact him at For a comprehensive list of the several blogs he owns, see our comprehensive list on the LibWorld page.

For more information about Library and Information Science in Iran, please take a look at: [1]Library and Information Science Directory of Iran (LISDIRAN). Iranian Weblogs of Library and Information Science. Available at:
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1 Library and Information Science Directory of Iran (LISDIRAN). Iranian Weblogs of Library and Information Science. Available at: