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Local librarian honored by trade journal

Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 12:01 am

Deb Noggle, manager of the Tecumseh branch of the Allen County Public Library, has been named by Library Journal as one of its 50 “Movers & Shakers” for 2011.

The library professionals' publication has honored 50 outstanding librarians each year for the past 10 years, a news release said. Noggle was named to the list for her efforts in community building.

Honorees were nominated by their colleagues, friends, bosses and patrons, the publication said on its website, www.libraryjournal.com.

Noggle joined the ACPL staff 15 years ago on a part-time basis while also working in radio, but soon went to work full time for the library, the news release said. She used her background in performing to enhance story times, using different voices for various book characters and performing magic tricks.

With the rising popularity of Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” book series, Noggle started a Bella's Book Club and also a companion blog to the club, the news release said. The blog has had participants from 156 countries and more than 100,000 visits.

She also helped organize library events coinciding with the release of the last few “Harry Potter” series books. She spent more than nine months working on the 2007 event, which attracted more than 6,000 people. The evening featured 24 event or activity stations and roving Potter personalities and performers.

She led the Allen County Public Library system's AquaBrowser project, which created a visual overlay to make the library catalog more user-friendly. She also serves on the board of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered library housed at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Library Journal 2011 “Movers & Shakers” are featured in the March 15 issue of the publication, the news release said. They also will be honored at a luncheon in June during the American Library Association's annual convention in New Orleans.

To see the online version of the publication's story on honorees, go to www.libraryjournal.com/movers2011.