Thank You, Librarian

Sweeter than Banana Runts. Better than a Banana Slicer.

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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!!!

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!!!

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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! :)

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! :)

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My first official Thank You, Librarian is to Lisa Kurt, User Experience and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. 
I know Lisa’s passion is art and design, but she knows a whole helluva lot about library technology and web development, and when she heard I was entering a more technical role in academic libraries, she went out of her way to cheer me on and cheer me up. I definitely felt out of my depth, and Lisa has acted as a mentor and a friend, and I am tremendously thankful to her for not only the awesome work she does, but the kindness to reach out and support others in the field. 
In a profession where we sometimes feel unappreciated if we don’t get this or that honor, I am so thankful for librarians like Lisa, who take the time to help others (a quiet and un-lauded endeavor!) and who actively foster a supportive network of peers who can collaborate and share.
Thank you, Lisa, for making the profession a better place!
xoxo,
val

My first official Thank You, Librarian is to Lisa Kurt, User Experience and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

I know Lisa’s passion is art and design, but she knows a whole helluva lot about library technology and web development, and when she heard I was entering a more technical role in academic libraries, she went out of her way to cheer me on and cheer me up. I definitely felt out of my depth, and Lisa has acted as a mentor and a friend, and I am tremendously thankful to her for not only the awesome work she does, but the kindness to reach out and support others in the field. 

In a profession where we sometimes feel unappreciated if we don’t get this or that honor, I am so thankful for librarians like Lisa, who take the time to help others (a quiet and un-lauded endeavor!) and who actively foster a supportive network of peers who can collaborate and share.

Thank you, Lisa, for making the profession a better place!

xoxo,

val

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I sent my first Thank You Librarian card out this morning, but I want it to be a surprise, so I’m not posting it yet. In the meantime, academic librarian, zotero-master, and all around cool dude Jason Puckett (Communication Librarian @ Georgia State University Library) was kind enough to share pics of this lovely card he received from some students. Way to go, Jason, and thank you for being an awesome librarian!

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It’s only polite to 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. 

xoxo,

Val

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