Well, it turns out that I’m a Library Journal Mover and Shaker! As much as I am honored about this, I’m most especially honored that the yarnbomb and Podcamp were mentioned. That means I get to give credit to the many many people in the community who contributed to that project including the lovely Rachel Derrah who was on the invite team for the consultations, My partner-in-so-many-crimes, Craig Moore of Spidervideo who, by some good karma was working on both projects with me, Marlo Mackay & Terri Fraser were also big inspirers on the way as were just about everyone else on the Halifax Public Libraries staff. Somehow I got lucky enough to be the face behind so much of that work.
Then there were the knitters – Sarah, Kelli, Neil, Rachel, Anne and so many more – if you want your name on the list, then add it! And The Coast deserves some thanks too because they helped us get the word out in fairly short notice and “knitten smitten”‘s Love kept us all going with it. And the Foggy Goggle for letting us take over their pub for a bit to knit our stuff.
I know that the whole Movers and Shakers thing gets some flack because — yes, it is true — many great, hard-working Movers and Shakers who are hidden behind the “I’m not blogging or on Twitter” screen are not given the credit they deserve. Here’s my thoughts — there are so many librarian rockstars, that in the end, it’s good to highlight librarianship in whatever way possible. Part of me wants to name every librarian in our system, but I’m not always sure how they’d feel about me popping their names on the Internet willy-nilly. Suffice it to say that if you work in Halifax Public, Masters degree or no, you deserve your name out there as a mover and a shaker as well.
And of course, congrats are in order for such folks as Eli Neiburger, Bobbi Newman, and Cindi Trainor . And others of course, but heck – once you’re there you can look through all of them. They’re all pretty nifty folk.
Then, one can only hope, these librarians will that that recognition and acknowledge the great people that make their communities so special. Halifax has given me plenty of opportunity and room to shine, I wish all the best for the people in this sweet, sweet town. It’s the people around me that make me Move and Shake. I just hope that I sent some of that vibration back at them.