News Release - April 9, 2009

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2009 Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org San Francisco Librarians Chosen as "Movers & Shakers" for 2009 By Library Journal magazine San Francisco's Deputy City Librarian Jill Bourne and Chief of Branches Brian Bannon were recognized by Library Journal magazine as among the people around the country who are shaping the future of libraries in 2009 in its annual "Movers & Shakers," feature. Library Journal's "Movers & Shakers," recognized 51 librarians and others this year who are "transforming libraries for the better." The magazine has been bringing broad attention to these leaders of the library world since 2002 and has to date identified more than 400 "Movers & Shakers," who represent the future of libraries. Bourne, who has been with SFPL since 2006, was championed for her leadership of the Library's environmental endeavors, including the drive for recycling and composting at branch libraries, the acquisition of a plug-in hybrid vehicle for the library, the effort to ensure new and renovated branch libraries are built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification or higher, and her organization of the Library's Green Stacks program, in concert with SF Environment and Friends of SFPL, to promote the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by the library system. Bannon was recognized for helping to make SFPL history by leading the process for the $200 million Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), the city's largest-ever capital improvement program. The ongoing program, funded with a bond issue passed in 2000, calls for renovating 16 branch libraries, building seven new facilities to replace former buildings, and creating one new branch - which has already opened at Mission Bay. "We are all honored to work with such leaders who have great vision for the future of San Francisco Public Library. They are truly an asset for our library system and for the entire community of San Francisco," said City Librarian Luis Herrera.
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