'Library Journal' names alumni to Movers and Shakers list
Library Journal has named School of Information Sciences alumni Calvin Battles and Amy Hermon to its 2022 Movers and Shakers list. The list recognizes leaders in the library profession and profiles up-and-coming, innovative, creative individuals from around the world who are providing inspiration and model programs for others.
Calvin Battles is an adult services coordinator for the Jackson District Library and was recognized in the Advocates category for his work assisting members of his community get eligible convictions expunged from their records allowing them to gain housing, get promotions and qualify for employment.
Battles was born and raised in Jackson and said that helping members of his community is incredibly satisfying. By partnering with local nonprofit organizations he has been able to offer a number of programs through the library system to help people in his hometown. Read more about Battles here.
Amy Hermon, a high school librarian for Royal Oak High School, was recognized in the Community Builders category. She created School Librarians United, a weekly podcast for and by school librarians to learn, network, collaborate and share their work.
During the pandemic she recorded several episodes addressing the challenges of virtual programming in school libraries and provided a platform for presenters whose conferences had been cancelled. The podcast, which started in 2018, now has listeners in all 50 states and 110 countries. Read more about Hermon here.