March 30, 2012






(BROOKLYN, NY) March 30, 2012 – Carrie Banks of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been named one of 2012’s “Movers & Shakers” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.

In its March 15, 2012 issue, Library Journal named 53 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service to meet the needs of the people they serve. Carrie Banks was selected because of her commitment to the profession and her key role in the expansion of The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs, an inclusive environment meant to appeal to kids with and without disabilities.  As supervising librarian since 1997, she has taken The Child’s Place from a single branch facility to a five-site system with a range of programs, including a Kidsmobile that travels to clinics, day-care centers, homeless shelters and more.

“Being recognized as a ‘Mover & Shaker’ indicates that, as a professional, one has the passion, dedication and desire to serve the public,” said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal Editor-in-Chief.

Carrie’s extensive background in serving children with special needs began in high school and has included working with children with dyslexia, pediatric psychiatric diagnoses, histories of abuse, and craniofacial differences.  She has overseen BPL’s The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs since 1997 and serves on numerous committees that include BPL’s Children’s Steering Committee, American Library Association’s (ALA) Odyssey Award Committee, and the Universal Access Community of Interest in ALA’s Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.  She is the past chair of the Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers Committee of ALA’s Children’s Services Division, the Schneider Family Book Award committee, and has helped draft national guidelines for serving people with disabilities in public libraries. In 2010, Ms. Banks was one of six New York City civil servants honored by the Fund for the City of New York with the prestigious Sloan Public Service Award for her outstanding efforts on behalf of children with special needs and their families, and in 2000, she received New York University’s Samuel and May Rudin Award for Community Service for her work with the disability community. Carrie obtained her Masters of Library Science from Queens College, and her Bachelors of Science in Development Psychology from Oberlin College.

The 2012 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 15, 2012 issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special luncheon in June during ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, CA. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at The luncheon and awards ceremony is made possible by the support of generous sponsors, including ABC-CLIO, DEMCO, ProQuest, Reference USA, and Rosen Publishing.

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About Brooklyn Public Library:

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries around the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at our website:

About Library Journal:

In its 136th 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.




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