News / Three MLIS alum recognized as “Movers & Shakers” by Library Journal


Library Journal has announced their annual “Movers & Shakers” nominations, highlighting those who have contributed greatly to the library profession.  The iSchool is proud to note that, for 2009, three graduates of the MLIS degree program have been recognized by the magazine.

Rachel Walden, (FastTrack MLIS, 2006) was selected for her efforts to raise awareness about the science and politics of women’s health issues, particularly through her women’s health news blog and her work as a Librarian in the Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Tennessee. While here at the iSchool, Rachel was in the Medical Librarianship/Medical Informatics specialization in the online MLIS program.

Also on the list is Ingrid Kalchthaler, MLIS 1999. Ingrid was nominated in the activist category for her work at the Bethel Park Library in Pittsburgh. While there, she worked with a local education fund to create libraries for children in 18 homeless shelters. She co-initiated a Bully Prevention Program for local schools and helped to create bimonthly events at the library for homeschooled kids.  She now serves as the Head of Youth Services and Assistant Director at Shaler North Hills Library in suburban Pittsburgh.

A graduate of the MLIS program in 2001, Carlie Webber is on the “Movers & Shakers” list for her passionate advocacy of Young Adult literature and services.  Webber is the Young Adult Services Librarian at Bergen County Cooperative Library System in New Jersey, where she has initiated a number of intriguing programs including “Harry Potter for Grownups” and “YA Bootcamp 2.0.”  She hosts a blog that has become an industry standard on YA literature and issues as well as pop phenomena. 

To read more about the “Movers & Shakers,” please visit The iSchool congratulates these outstanding representatives of the library profession!