EKU Libraries Official Earns National Recognition for Innovations

photo of Cindi Trainor

An Eastern Kentucky University Libraries coordinator has been named among 50 “Movers and Shakers” nationally who are shaping the future of libraries and communities across the nation.

Cindi Trainor, coordinator of the Library Technology and Data Services Division, was honored by Library Journal along with 49 other “innovators who take service to the next level and technology leaders who build bridges between libraries and users. All 50 inductees (chosen by the editors of Library Journal) are ensuring that our libraries deliver the materials and services, the training and technology, and the access to the Internet and instruction that Americans need to succeed in the 21st century.”

Trainor and the other honorees were featured in the March 15 issue of Library Journal, and will be honored at the American Library Association’s annual convention in New Orleans.     

According to the Library Journal profile, Trainor “loves to figure things out, especially things that will help library users. That’s one reason she has worked to bring user-experience (UX) design concepts to online services at EKU Libraries.”

            “I get giddy when given the opportunity to knock down barriers and make things work better,” Trainor told Library Journal.

John Blyberg, assistant director for innovation and UX at the Darien Library in Connecticut, said Trainor has introduced an emerging trend in public libraries – UX design – to the academic environment. “She has done so by valuing inclusion, compromise and, above all, students’ ability to access the information they need with ease.”

Blyberg and Trainor were on the Top Technology Trends panel at the American Library Association Annual conference in June 2010 and co-presented on the concept of UX at Internet Librarian in October 2010. Trainor also contributes regularly to the American Library Association's (ALA) TechSource blog, as well as posts on her personal blog, Citegeist.com. A respected photographer, her work has been published in the New York Times as well as on various library blogs and ­websites.

Trainor, who joined EKU Libraries in 2007, told the Library Journal that she credits her own success as a librarian to “supportive library leadership staff who aren’t afraid to take risks, especially if it means improving service to library stakeholders.”

Carrie Cooper, dean of EKU Libraries, said Trainor “is a wonderful example of library innovation. She has a passion for technology and cares deeply about how it impacts our students, staff and faculty.”

Library Journal, in its 135th year of publication, is read by more than 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic and special libraries.

Published on March 18, 2011