COVINGTON – Ann Schoenenberger sits quietly in the FORGE, a community arts center in Covington where she’s creating an embedded library.
Her dark curly hair bounces as she begins to softly speak.
“We’re here in the Westside of Covington and we’re gearing our programs to our neighbors,” the Kenton County librarian said. “It’s a specific approach. We are making available modern 21st-century tools to the public. That’s what libraries do. We help people grow and expand their knowledge.”
From the simplest form of technology like a book to more complex tools like a 3D printer, Schoenenberger hopes to use the FORGE to “empower.”
Schoenenberger just celebrated her 10th year at the Kenton County Public library where she serves as a digital librarian. The Lakeside Park resident oversees the library’s e-newsletter, the marketing segmentation program and chat services. Ann has also been using innovative technology to engage people who may not otherwise use the library.
“Ann has a vision for the future that includes community building and creating community-focused STEAM based technology partnership,” said her supervisor Nicole Frilling, the library webmaster. “Ann found connections that allowed the library to reach out to new populations. She is driven to facilitate learning environments that empower, inspire and ultimately lead to happier, healthier and more economically successful individuals.”
Schoenenberger was recently named a Mover & Shaker in the library industry by the national publication “Library Journal.” In March the Journal named 52 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. She was selected for her commitment to the profession and innovation in working with the community. Schoenenberger is the second librarian from the Kenton County Public Library to be recognized as a Mover &…