University of Idaho Librarian Receives Prestigious “Mover & Shaker” Award

Tuesday, March 19 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho librarian Ben Hunter has been named a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, “Library Journal.”

The journal identified 50 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service to meet the needs of the people they serve. Hunter, who leads the University of Idaho Library’s Cataloging and Collections department, was selected for his commitment to librarianship and success transforming the library’s technical services department.

A Moscow native, he began his library career at the University of Idaho as a reference and instruction librarian in 2006 and moved to his current position, head of cataloging and collections, in 2009. He holds a master’s degree in library science and served as an Association of Research Libraries Fellow. Currently, he also is pursing a doctoral degree in managerial leadership in the Information professions at Simmons College. With both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in music composition, Hunter also serves as the university library’s music librarian.

“Ben adhered to key administrative principles of inclusive planning, good communications and leading with a shared vision while enacting positive change,” said Lynn Baird, U-Idaho’s library dean.

The 2013 Movers & Shakers “embody service to their community and a passion for advancing libraries and their profession,” said Mike Kelley, the journal’s editor-in-chief.

Read the Library Journal profile of Ben Hunter at:
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