Hume-Fogg librarian named one of 54 "movers and shakers" in America transforming school libraries
Hume-Fogg Magnet High School librarian Amanda Smithfield was recently honored with a 2016 Movers & Shakers Award by the national Library Journal for taking school library services and access to new heights.
Smithfield is credited with creating highly engaging programs at Hume-Fogg and increasing book checkouts by 300 percent in her first year at the school, which began in 2011. Checkouts at Hume-Fogg are now up more than 500 percent since 2010, the journal reported.
“This year’s class of 54 joins a group of talented professionals who are committed, passionate, and invigorated — each alone and all together transforming the library world and the communities it impacts for the better,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal, in a news release.
The 2016 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the library profession's leading trade magazine. Smithfield will be featured in the March 15 issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
Smithfield is a 2002 graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. She tweets under @asmithfield.
“If you have a computer or a smartphone, you have access to social media. Use it! Tweet your school board members all the great things you do. Share your projects with your director of schools. Showcase the work in your library to the world," Smithfield told the Library Journal.
Read the full story on Smithfield's work at Hume-Fogg here.