METRO Members (Move &) Shake Things Up

For ten years now, Library Journal has been publishing its annual list of Movers & Shakers - “librarians and others in the library field who are doing extraordinary work to serve their users and to move libraries of all types and library services forward."  The now 500 total honorees have come from all over the US and several other nations as well, yet New York boasts more Movers & Shakers than any other state.  This year, METRO is thrilled that two of our members have been honored for their professional achievements and contributions.
Michael Santangelo, a current myMETRO Advisory Council member, is recognized for his work as electronic resources analyst at Brooklyn Public Library.  As his title might suggest, Michael manages BPL’s electronic contents, and also guides the rest of the staff through how to help patrons use electronic and downloadable resources.  With his efforts, BPL’s ebook circulation has increased dramatically, and “overall, downloadable circulation, including books and music, more than doubled from 2009 to 2010...”
However, Michael’s work at Brooklyn Public reaches beyond the digital realm.  In 2006 and 2007, he organized the Association for Library Service to Children’s Intellectual Freedom Committee’s “Kids Know Your Rights” program.  He also organized a new “Love in the Stacks” readers’ advisory program at BPL in an effort to extend better services to romance readers.  With a commitment to teamwork, Michael has made significant strides in his goal to enhance library services for a more diverse set of patrons.
Tracy Crawford, a METRO member at Queens Library and curator of the Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County, is also honored for her work both behind and away from the reference desk.  As curator, Tracy ensures that cultural resources such as books, magazines, art, and more remain accessible to the community.  
Tracy has also gone beyond her regular duties to organize BHRC’s first Author and Publishers Book Fair.  The fair, started in 2009, faced dramatically decreased funding the next year, but with Tracy’s diligent efforts, they saw an over 92% increase in attendance.  Achievements like this one make Tracy stand out from the crowd, as demonstrated by her “recent appointment to the Literary Awards Committee of the the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, making her part of a team that recognizes the endeavors of African American authors."  Clearly, her love of literature and her passion for making the history of the African Diaspora available to her community have inspired Tracy to go above and beyond.

Well-deserved congratulations to you both!

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Laura Forshay
Author: Laura Forshay
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