Movers & Shakers & Mentors

Lori Reed Challenging ParadigmsI am so honored to be recognized as one of the 2009 Library Journal Movers & Shakers and even more honored to be listed alongside Sarah Houghton-Jan who has been an inspiration, friend, and sounding board to me for the past few years.

I really have to thank my library – including our director, Charles Brown, and my manager, Rick Ricker, for supporting my endeavors, ideas, and my own learning. Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to take part in many of the opportunities that have come my way.

Thanks to Helene Blowers and Sarah Washburn for the nomination and kind words that they said. “Learning is at the core of Lori,” has to be one of my favorite quotes.

And lastly my husband, Russ, who has been Daddy of the Year while I have been busy working, writing, and finishing school. Thank you for all that you do.

So here is what you can learn from this. There has to be learning here, right? Behind us all there are people who support us, mentor us, guide us, coach us. This is the key to any success – not just moving and shaking. Think about the people you have in your life who can help you achieve your goals? Are you utilizing them? Are you letting them know what you need? Now turn it around. Who can you support, mentor, guide, coach? Any good trainer (or learner) will tell you that the best way to learn is to do. When you help others you learn a lot about yourself. She or he who teaches learns twice. It’s amazing how that works.

There are so many people who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the library profession that I almost feel guilty for receiving this. As Michael Porter put it, this could turn into an Oscar speech, but I just have to say thank you to all the people who have been there for me this past year through good times and bad (in no particular order): Peter, Paul, Pat, Pat, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, Brenda, Jamie, Julia, Marianne, Maurice, Bobbi, Tony, Michael, David, David, Stephanie, Chris, Andrew, Helene, Russ, and last but not least the other Lori Reed (yes there are two of us and we live within a few blocks of each other) and her hubby for hosting my site. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone.

Keep on learning!

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 “One to Watch” for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. Yaaaayyyyyy!!! Congrats again Lori!!

  2. Congrats Lori! You’re the only Mover & Shaker from 2009 whom I’ve actually met, I feel like I know a celebrity! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to the profession. 🙂

  3. Way to go!!! You so deserve it, you have been working so hard. I love the line “She or he who teaches learns twice” – I’m stealing it of course. So true.

  4. Congrats! It was so nice meeting you at the photoshoot in Denver. You are such a sweet person with a good heart. I picked up on that just from chatting with you briefly! You rock, and continue to rock on!

  5. @Pete Thank you!

    @Erin Thank you it was a pleasure to meet you in Denver!

    @Stehanie I got that from my choir days. It was originally “he who sings prays twice.” I even thought of you as I wrote this post last night.

    @Rebecca Thank you. It was great to meet you too. And congratulations to you as well! Your photo is awesome. Love the purple background.

  6. You won an award? You really won an award? How come none of us heard anything about it?…Well, OK, maybe I did hear something, somewhere, in a dozen or so RSS feeds.

    Joining everyone else here in saying how wonderful it is that you’re receiving recognition you’ve earned through lots of hard work and inspirational acts. Congratulations.

  7. congratulations! I’m so happy for you! I know you’ve moved than earned this and I’m so glad to see you recognized!

  8. Congratulations Lori. Well deserved

  9. oh lori, it was such a great honor to nominate you. i’m so pleased that others are taking this opportunity to recognize the movin’ and the shakin’ up you’ve been doing these past years.

    i should give YOU credit for “Learning is at the core of Lori,” since you inspired it! i’m glad you liked it. i thought it captured the essence of you pretty well. 🙂


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