Community Builders, Trendspotters and Advocates are the categories represented by three School of Information and Library Science alumni included as “Movers & Shakers” in the March 15, 2009 issue of the Library Journal. Kim Duckett (MSLS ’01), Jason Griffey (MSLS ’04) and Pam Sessoms (MSLS ’94) were three of 51 professionals acknowledged as “the people shaping the future of libraries” for 2009.
Kim Duckett is the principal librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries where she serves as product lead for Library Tools, a system which matches course data and librarian recommendations to create course Web guides for all 6000-plus NC State University courses. She is recognized as a "Connector" by the Library Journal for bringing together faculty, information technology professionals and instructional designers along with soliciting student input during her projects. According to the article, Duckett is well-known for working with staff "to develop online workshops for distance learners and provide workshops on Blackboard, blogs and wikis."
Jason Griffey is recognized as a Mover & Shaker in the “Trendspotters” category alongside Karen Coombs, a colleague from the University of Houston who worked with Griffey and Michelle Boulé to create the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase, an annual program from the BIGWIG Interest Group of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) that challenges the format of the traditional conference program. He also collaborated with Coombs on Library Blogging, a book that attempts to help libraries that aren't quite sure how to use blogs or blogging in their organization. According to the Library Journal, Griffey is committed to open source, moving many of the systems he is responsible for to open source options, including his library's content management system, blogs, wiki, subject guides and more. You can find him online as a regular columnist for the ALA TechSource Blog, at his blog Pattern Recognition or on Twitter. He is currently working on his second book, Mobile Technologies in Libraries, part of Neal Schuman's forthcoming "Tech Set," and regularly speaks on Web 2.0, mobile technologies and the future of libraries.
Griffey is Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Lupton Library.
Pam Sessoms is an adjunct professor at SILS who was awarded an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for adjuncts in 2008. She also serves as an electronic reference services librarian at the UNC at Chapel Hill Libraries. She has been named "Puzzle Master" in the Library Journal's Movers & Shakers issue for coming up with a solution to allow multiple librarians "to respond to and field IM and chat reference questions." Sessoms co-developed LibraryH3lp with her husband, Eric. LibraryH3lp is a software program that allows multiple librarians to answer questions through instant messaging or chat services.
"Our alumni continue to excel in their chosen fields, finding better solutions for those with whom they interact and serve," said Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, dean of SILS. "We're delighted the Library Journal recognizes the talents and expertise of those who are leading the way in the library and information science arenas through its "Movers & Shakers" issue. Keeping us all aware of the extraordinary things that can be done inspires us all."
Jason Griffey's photo by Iris Jastram.