Library Journal has released its 2017 list of Library Movers and Shakers:
"Now in its 16th year, LJ’s Movers & Shakers provides an annual snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types and sizes and across the field. At a time when individual and collective actions matter more than ever, the 52 people profiled here reflect the outsize impact librarians can have through the services and programs they deliver, their deep community connections and collaborations with partner organizations, and their one-on-one interactions with patrons."
Winners were chosen in the following categories:
- Digital developers
- Community builders
Among this year's winners is Colette Poitras, Public Services Manager, Northern Lights Regional Library System (NLLS) in Elk Point, Alberta.
Poitras, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, has worked on introducing indigenous programs into local libraries:
"Poitras has provided cultural awareness training to the NLLS board and staff and has brought staff to First Nation pow-wows and Treaty Days celebrations, where they connected with tribal officials and community members, resulting in an arrangement to provide remote services to another First Nation reserve and Métis settlement, with more in the works. She also facilitated a history 'Learning Day' at the First Nations–owned and operated Blue Quills University, formerly a residential school, and has purchased culturally appropriate library materials."
The publication provides a map of all the Movers and Shakers from 2002 to 2017. Over the years, quite a few Canadians have been recognized as "Movers and Shakers".