Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Kudos to Colleagues: Chrystie and Rachel Rock!

Every now and then you just have to speak out when you see a colleague making a mistake. Right now, I have two colleagues in our Seattle WebJunction office who are guilty of inappropriate modesty, and I say, "Enough!"

First, Chrystie Hill, our fellow blogger here on "It's All Good," has been selected as one of Library Journal's "Movers & Shakers" for 2007. According to LJ, Movers & Shakers are "up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2007 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead." A supplement to the March 15, 2007, issue of LJ will feature all the honorees.

Second, Rachel Van Noord was one of 100 librarians selected as an Emerging Leader by ALA. Rachel has been working on e-learning for WebJunction for a while now, and was one of the co-authors of our recent study, "Trends in E-Learning for Library Staff; A Summary of Research Findings." The Emerging Leaders Initiative was created by ALA President Leslie Burger---my hero---to create a cadre of 100 young (35 or under or fewer than 5 years of post-MLS experience) to take on leadership roles within our profession.

Working on WebJunction and QuestionPoint at OCLC has enriched my life by exposing me to a lot of newer members of our profession. These people fill me with hope, because they are willing to challenge our conventions and they have no fear. Their dedication is unquestioned and their questioning is dedicated!


Rachel said...

George, thanks for your kind words!

Chrystie said...

stop. no. seriously. (thank you.)

mgmason said...

Amen, brother. As one who has the great good fortune to work with these dynamos I say, you got it just right.