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School Librarianship grad named Mover & Shaker by Library Journal

Matthew Winner.
March 27, 2013

Matthew C. Winner, a library media specialist at Longfellow Elementary School in Howard County and a 2009 graduate of McDaniel’s master’s in School Librarianship program, has been named a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.

In its March 15 issue, Library Journal named 50 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service to meet the needs of the people they serve. Winner was selected because of his commitment to librarianship and use of technology in engaging and innovative ways.

Library Journal lauded Winner’s work with video games on the Nintendo Wii, as programmatic and instructional tools. Students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade visit the library each week during Library Media classes to participate in engaging activities and research projects that extend the curriculum learned in the general classroom and challenge them to grow as effective and responsible users of information.

While the library’s collections hosts a myriad of student favorites, perhaps no section is frequented more regularly than that of the graphic novels, a collection Winner has worked meticulously to develop and support. The library also hosts an annual Book Swap, along with a book fair and quarterly evening book clubs for students in grades three to five and their parents.

Winner is co-authoring a book on using the Wii to support math instruction and the Common Core State Standards. He is also the co-founder of the Level Up Book Club, an online book club for teachers, librarians and professionals exploring the concepts of game-based learning and gamification.

“Each member of this year’s Movers & Shakers class embodies service to their community and a passion for advancing libraries and their profession,” said Mike Kelley, Library Journal Editor-in-Chief.

The 2013 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. In its 137th year of publication, Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, LJ is read by more than 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine and Junior Library Guild.