Color me moved and shaken.


I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be part of the 2009 class of Library Journal Movers and Shakers.  To be listed with people like Michael Porter, Sarah Houghton-Jan, Jason Griffey and Karen Coombs, Chad Boenninger, Lori Reed, and Karen Kleckner Keefe is a real honor. Half of me feels like the spring chicken in this group, and the other half wonders why on earth they weren’t made Movers and Shakers already.

I really couldn’t have done it without the support and insights from so many people.

  • Many thanks are due to everyone at Skokie Public Library for their trust and enthusiasm. I’d like to thank director Carolyn Anthony and Adult Services supervisor Deborah Grodinsky for hoodwinking the selection committee making such a strong case for me. I should also single out Ruth Sinker for taking the photos that we sent in to LJ. But I owe everyone on staff at SPL a billion thanks.
  • I participated in the Illinois State Library’s Synergy program for emerging library leaders in 2007, without which I would not have gained the perspective and confidence to push many of these projects through. I’m so grateful to have been part of such a fantastic cohort, and know the rest of the class is doing some Moving and Shaking of their own.
  • I also owe a debt of thanks to my first POW, the Westmont Public Library. Director Christine Kuhn gave me a lot of support in my first job out of library school, and provided a lot of coaching as I found my librarian legs.
  • Finally, I’d like to thank my parents, my sister Sarah, and my wife Jordan for putting up with all my librarian blather over the years. Sorry to say it’s not going to stop.

There’s a million other people I should be thanking – everyone from NextRound, for certain – but if I continue, I’m not going to stop, and I’m already gushing enough as it is. I should also address the LSTA grant mentioned in the article. The Shoutbomb text messaging service was initiated by the folks at the Peninsula Public Library, and as I was working to adapt what they had developed for Skokie, I ended up pestering them to no end with questions about their implementation strategy. Thank you for putting up with all of that.

Once again, it’s a real treat to be part of this group. I hope to do all I can to continue living up to the honor.

  • Karen Kleckner

    Right there with you on the honored part, Toby.
    Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition!

  • Shirley

    Congratulations and best wishes. No doubt your success and list of accomplishments will grow.

  • Lori Reed

    Congratualtions to you as well!

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