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Library Journal Makes Georgia State Librarian a “Mover & Shaker”

Georgia State University Library’s Sarah Steiner is already a prolific scholar and a successful instructor. She has nine high-quality publications and numerous awards, as well as an excellent teaching record. Now Sarah can add one more notch to her belt, as Library Journal has added her to its highly regarded list of “Movers & Shakers.”

The March 2011 issue of the magazine recognizes new leaders who will guide libraries through their changing role in the 21st century. In place since 2002, the Movers & Shakers award recognizes people like Steiner as shapers of the future of libraries. Movers & Shakers try new ideas and strategies, use technology to solve problems creatively, and make a difference for libraries and their users.

Library Journal recognized Steiner as a “community builder” because of her commitment to professional development in the library discipline. Here are just a few examples of her accomplishments:

  • Steiner co-founded the Atlanta Emerging Librarians group, which has provided a needed forum to connect library students and new professionals in a city where library programs are only available via distance education.
  • She is heavily involved in the Georgia Library Association and currently chairs two of its committees.
  • Steiner also co-founded and organizes GLA’s Carterette Series webinars, which has proven popular and drawn attendees from all over the country. Two one-hour sessions are held every other month.
  • She has published nine articles and book chapters, while continuing to regularly present at conferences. In 2008, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published her best seller with co-editor Leslie Madden, The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services.

Steiner did all of this while finishing her second master’s degree, in Georgia State’s English program, from which she graduates this spring. As a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Steiner continues to research, write, mentor and present innovative ideas. She extends these practices as a highly valued member of Georgia State’s community, serving as both a faculty senator and our Social Work and Virtual Services Librarian.