Vanessa Irvin of the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been named a Mover and Shaker in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.
In its March 15 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals across six categories, who are committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. In the “educators” category, Irvin was selected because of her pioneering research, teaching and promotion of urban literature in public libraries and for her leadership in convening the Street Literature Book Award Medal (2009-present). Her book, The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature, won book awards from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA) and from the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania.
Irvin is an assistant professor at UH Mānoa where she teaches reference services, public library services and diversity topics as a tenure-track faculty member of the Library and Information Science Program. Her research program focuses on public librarian identity and professional development with the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System.
“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.
The 2016 Movers and Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers and Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.