Beach Librarian Receives Prestigious “Mover and Shaker” Award

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Katie Cerqua, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) youth and family services manager, 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 committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Cerqua was selected as a Mover & Shaker in the Change Agent category based on her leadership in combatting “summer slide,” the learning loss that children can experience during summer break, and spearheading a partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Title I sites.

“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 & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. In addition to being featured in the March 15 issue, the honorees will be celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Information about the 2016 Movers &  Shakers may be found at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2016, including an interview with Katie Cerqua.

About Katie Cerqua
Katie Cerqua began her career at Virginia Beach Public Library as a youth librarian in 2007. During her tenure at VBPL, she has been instrumental in implementing and coordinating system-wide library services that have yielded results in meeting educational needs of Virginia Beach’s youngest residents. She helped create the vision and framework for children’s services at VBPL, including the provision of curriculum-based story times for children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Thanks in large part to Cerqua’s efforts, VBPL now offers nearly 2,000 curriculum-based story times annually. She was promoted to become VBPL’s first teen librarian in 2009, implementing a coordinated, system-wide approach to teen programming.

In 2013, Cerqua was promoted again to her current position as youth and family services manager. In this role, Katie oversees a staff of 15, including the bookmobile and its early literacy outreach team. She is responsible for coordinating all VBPL programs and services for children from birth to 18 years and their families. She also oversees system-wide training for staff who deliver youth and family programming.

In 2015, Cerqua was named Outstanding Staff Member by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. She has presented at a variety of local, regional and national conferences on the role of libraries in early literacy and in combatting “summer slide.”

 

About Library Journal
Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. It’s read by more than 75,000 library directors, administrators and staff in public, academic and special libraries. Library Journal reviews more than 8,000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases and web sites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy and other professional concerns. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com. Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book publications and Junior Library Guild.

 

About Virginia Beach Public Library
A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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