Department of Information Science alumnae, Haley K. Holmes (Ph.D. '07) and kYmberly Keeton (MLS '14) have received the honor of being selected as a 2020 Mover and Shaker by the Library Journal.
The Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers award recognizes librarians and library workers who have done transformative work in their libraries, schools and communities. This year, 46 individuals were recognized and will join the ranks of almost 1,000 honorees recognized since 2002.
Dr. Haley K. Holmes is the Public Services Administrator at the San Antonio Public Library, where she has helped to empower the library staff there. Her ideas and solutions have helped improve communication between management and frontline staff. Her solution to create the Idea Incubator, a web portal where employees can share their proposals, has helped improve employee morale and have given way to several successful initiatives.
“Being named a Mover and Shaker was an awesome surprise, but the most meaningful part for me is knowing I was nominated by my Library system. I feel honored to be recognized and appreciate the support I’ve received to make a difference,” said Holmes.
Holmes is also the recipient of the San Antonio City Managers Excellence Award in 2016 and 2019. She is co-author of the book "Library Programming Made Easy".
For more about how Haley is changing the library world, visit her LJ profile page.
kYmberly Keeton’s role as the African American Community Archivist and Librarian at the Austin Public Library has enabled her to be in touch with her community. In addition to curating, preserving and sharing the experiences of Austin’s African American history, she leads genealogy workshops to help African Americans trace their roots.
Keeton is also the founder and director of ART | library deco an online African American digital art library, that documents the visual experience of art and literature through the eyes of various artists and institutions in the United States and abroad.
“I believe that the work and service that comes with being a librarian/archivist is an invaluable lesson in the human condition,” said Keeton, when asked about receiving this award. “And, this honor validates each step taken to give back to others and becoming a seasoned professional with a purpose.”
For more about how kYmberly is making a difference, visit her LJ profile page.