(Orem, Utah) Dustin Fife of Utah Valley University Library has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.
In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Dustin Fife was selected, according to his colleague Emily Bullough, “because of his commitment to the profession and his passion about libraries and helping students to succeed, and this passion shows through his contagious enthusiasm. Not only is Dustin himself an excellent librarian, he brings out the excellence in those around him through his upbeat attitude and encouragement.”
Dustin Fife currently serves Utah Valley University Library as Outreach and Patron Services Librarian.
Library Journal honored Dustin Fife because at Utah Valley University…he is known as “overwhelmingly passionate about service and mentorship, which shines through every interaction,” says colleague Mary Naylor.
Fife co-founded and continues to work on Creative Libraries Utah [CLU], a website that enables Utah librarians to share their unique resources via Creative Commons licenses. The site connects librarians across the state and has created a thriving community. Utah State Library data coordinator Kristen Stehel says Fife’s “perseverance [with CLU] ignited new ideas including the Evil Librarians Podcast,” where Fife interviews Utah librarians about their projects, institutions, and events in the library world, creating further opportunity for sharing.
Fife has taken numerous colleagues under his wing, and the general consensus is that he changes the way they think and approach their work. “He finds ways to make things happen…,” says Utah Library Association past-president Pamela Martin.
“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.
Dustin Fife completed a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University. He served as the Library Director of San Juan County Library System from 2009-2014 and has been at Utah Valley University Library since December, 2014. Dustin is currently the President of the Utah Library Association.
The 2016 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers & 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, FL. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2016
ABOUT UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The Utah Valley University Library is located in Orem, Utah and serves a community of approximately 32,000 UVU students. The library is a dynamic space that hosts an information commons computer lab, writing center, visual arts lab, specialized hardware and software, a deaf studies lab, the Office of Teaching and Learning, the Center for Constitutional Studies, and an art gallery. www.uvu.edu/library
ABOUT LIBRARY JOURNAL
Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 75,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews over 8000 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.