I’d love to give a huge shout-out to Laverne Mann. She was one of the first librarians I interacted with when I started getting involved in my local library organization, and has been an inspiration to me ever since. She also was kind enough to nominate me as a Mover & Shaker this year, and although I didn’t end up making the final cut, I think she is wonderful for trying.
Laverne was recently named the director of Cherry Hill Public Library, and I think they’re incredibly lucky to be getting her. She’s not only a great librarian, but she’s passionate about comics and graphic novels, and she’s a fellow fangirl and pin-up librarian. All in all, she’s the bee’s knees!!!
Leah White (Reader Services Librarian at Northbrook Public Library) kindly shared this letter she wrote, nominating Michael Stephens for the Library Journal Teaching Award. Dr. Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.
I think it’s pretty awesome of Leah to nominate her mentor, *and* to allow me to share it here. Now go and nominate someone you admire for an award! Or just say thank you! :)
The banana-slicer trend got me and Emily Clasper thinking… what if it were a thing, where you send something random, or nice, or whatever, to someone who inspires you professionally, with a little note of thanks? And what if you then took a pic of the note & the gift, tagged it #thnxlib on tumblr or twitter, and we could collect all of them here? WHATIF?!
So do that, so we can say thank you to those we admire and look up to.