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Library Heroes/Heroines

Submitted by alycia on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 18:58

Inspired by Toni Samek's Librarian Heroes page, I decided to make my own in the wake of a recent rant about radical librarians.

The folks listed below are utterly inspirational people. Not all of them have an MLS, but all of them are library workers and thinkers. My hope is that this list will continually grow.

My library heroes include:

Alana Kumbier

Aliqae Geraci

Andrea Grimes

Audre Lorde While studying library science, Lorde supported herself working various odd jobs: factory worker, ghost writer, social worker, X-ray technician, medical clerk, and arts and crafts supervisor.

Barbara Fister

Chris Dodge

Celeste West

Charles Willett

Christine Pawley

E.J. Josey

Emily Drabinski

Greig Means

The InfoLadies

Interference Archivists

Jackie Eubanks

James Danky

James Jacobs

Jenna Freedman

Jerianne Thompson

Jessamyn West

Jill Cirasella

John Gehner

Julie Tozer

K.R. Roberto

Karen Gisonny

Katelyn Angell

Kathleen de la Peña McCook

Kelly Shortandqueer

Laura Crossett

Lia Friedman

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

Marcel Duchamp "So, that cooled me off so much that, as a reaction against such behavior coming from artists whom I had believed to be free. I got a job. I became a librarian... " (Dialogues With Marcel Duchamp by Pierre Cabanne, 1987)

Melissa Morrone

Milo Miller and Christopher Wilde

Noel Peattie

Randall Scott

Sanford Berman

Sherman Clarke

Shin Jeong Yeo

Tom Eland

Toni Samek

Zoia Horn

same

I won't even bother to make my own list because it would be nearly identical. I'd just add you, Barbara Fister, James Jacobs, and Melissa Morrone. Oh yeah, and my dad.

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