University of Illinois

Two alumni named 2011 Movers and Shakers

Posted: Mar. 16, 2011

Two GSLIS alumni have made Library Journal's annual "Movers & Shakers" list, a list meant to recognize information professionals who are breaking new ground in the field. This year, Bill Pardue and Jennifer Wright have been honored.

Bill Pardue (MS '92) is the reference and virtual services supervisor at the Arlington Heights (IL) Public Library where he is responsible for developing virtual reference services.

"The idea is to extend the presence and visibility of librarians beyond the traditional boundaries of the library and its website," says Pardue, supervisor of the library's reference and virtual services. "Reference librarians also need to find more ways to weave themselves into the fabric of the local community," he adds. "We've got the desk covered. Now we need to get outside."

Jennifer Wright (MS '99) is assistant chief in the materials management division of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wright is currently developing a techmobile to serve the 40 percent of households in Philadelphia that lack computers. The traveling, state-of-the-art tech and computer laboratory, outfitted with mobile gadgets such as ereaders and laptops, will offer computer literacy classes and wireless Internet access to neighborhoods not served by libraries, starting in late fall. It is part of the library's Hot Spots program, aimed at bringing technology to community spaces, like churches or senior centers.


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