Welcome to LJ’s 2020 Movers & Shakers 

It is my great pleasure to congratulate and welcome the 46 individuals named 2020 Movers & Shakers. They join a distinguished group that is now nearly 1,000 strong. Reading any of these profiles will surely bring a little light into our COVID-19–quarantined days.

The 2020 Movers, like so many librarians and library workers, are passionate about what they do. They’re transforming their communities, schools, and colleges and universities in myriad ways. They’re changing education for children and adults, with innovative approaches to literacy, learning, and teaching. They’re lowering barriers to access for English language learners and those who aren’t connected to the internet—and creating opportunities. They’re empowering voters. They’re redefining archives to include groups that have been marginalized, erased, or misrepresented. They’re devising strategies to make libraries, and our society, more inclusive for everyone.

With most schools, colleges and universities, and public libraries closed due to COVID-19, they’re delivering formerly inperson services virtually and expanding online services on the fly, like so many reading this. For more on what librarians are doing now and insights on what the “new normal” must include, see Meredith Schwartz’s editorial, “Don’t Settle for Normal.”

Since 2002, when Movers & Shakers launched, I’ve watched Movers grow in their careers and progress into positions of power. They’re directors, associate directors, division, branch, and department heads, as well as workers with titles that were unheard of back in 2002. I can’t wait to follow the further achievements of this latest cohort.

Thanks to all of you who nominated several hundred of your colleagues for the 2020 Movers & Shakers. It’s difficult to narrow the selection to a manageable number when there are so many outstanding people in the field. If we overlooked your nominee, please submit them again next year.

Finally, thank you to overall sponsor Baker & Taylor and to SAGE for their support of Movers & Shakers 2020. For the digital edition of Movers, go to LibraryJournal.com/movers. We had hoped to celebrate this year’s Movers, along with previous honorees, during the American Library Association annual conference in June. Instead, we’ll have a joint bash for the 2020 and 2021 Movers next year. In the meantime, stay safe, and be well.—Francine Fialkoff, Project Manager & Cofounder, LJ Movers & Shakers

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