In its March issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Jessica Anne Bratt was selected because of her commitment to the profession and her work in creating DigiBridge, a partnership between the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Grand Rapids Public Schools.
DigiBridge connects students and educators to the library’s online resources and technology. The goal is to bridge the technology gap that students face by providing them with eReaders, a technology camp, database training, and digital library cards. In 2014, DigiBridge was awarded the Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Leading Learning. In 2015, the project was honored with the Upstart Innovation Award.
Bratt currently serves the Grand Rapids Public Library as a Youth Librarian. She has presented nationally on collaborations between schools and libraries, engaging teens in literacy through technology, and reader’s advisory gap for tweens and young adults.
Library Journal honored Bratt not only because of the impact of DigiBridge, but also because of her dedication to educate the library community about public school/public library partnerships.
“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 Library School Journal.
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 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.