Katz Named a Mover & Shaker

Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
Posted on 05/12/2020
Stephanie Katz

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 12, 2020) – Stephanie Katz, Manatee Libraries’ Technology Trainer, was named one of Library Journal’s 2020 Movers & Shakers, a small group of library professionals recognized annually for an innovative or influential idea that has helped shape the future of libraries.

Since 2002, library employees nationwide have been nominated by their colleagues for this prestigious recognition, but only a select few make it. Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.

Called 805, after the Dewey Decimal number for literary journals, the magazine received notice shortly after its launch from Poets & Writers as a “One of the Nine New Lit Mags You Need to Read.” Over 180 writers and 135 artists from all over can be found within the 20 online issues.

Seeing a need for a starting platform for writers who may have been too intimidated to submit pieces to big university journals and missing writing short stories herself, Katz thought the publication would be a good fit for Manatee Libraries’ mission to “nurture imagination, promote lifelong learning, and enrich the community.”

“Libraries provide a safe place to welcome and encourage creative expression, so launching a literary magazine made sense," said Katz.

805 has helped to build community, as well, through related programming that includes receptions, readings and writing workshops. A few weeks ago, Katz launched a “My Home Library” blog for people to publish essays and poems about their home libraries and the books that have helped them to find comfort during COVID-19.

Interim Library Services Manager Cathy Laird thinks 805 has been a good way for people to stay connected through art.

“We are excited to have one of our team members recognized as a ‘Mover and Shaker.’ Implementing an online magazine five years ago was a very forward-thinking idea. It has given our community and beyond another creative way to continue to build connections through creative writing and by showcasing art,” said Laird.

Seeing the quick success of 805, several library systems have reached out to Katz for advice on starting their own literary magazine. This has led to Katz writing Libraries Publish: How to Start a Magazine, Small Press, Blog and More, which is scheduled to publish in August by Libraries Unlimited. Katz is also developing a non-academic library press organization (Literary Libraries) which will provide free resources and support. Twenty additional libraries now publish a literary magazine, most of which were started after 805.

805 also has received the Florida Library Association Innovation Award (2018). In addition to being recognized in Poets & Writers, 805 has also been listed in Tampa Bay Creative Loafing, Runner Up- Best Local Literary Journal (2017); and The Review Review, "New Lit Mag Celebrates Young Writers With Teen Issue" (2017).

The next issue of 805, scheduled to be published on August 5, will honor the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, by featuring art, poetry and prose by black women. Submissions are open to all artists and writers (18+) who identify as black women and live anywhere in the world regardless of nationality, and can be related to race, gender, identity and suffrage. Submissions are open until May 31, 2020. Go to 805lit.org for more information.

About Manatee Libraries: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at seven facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, Ellenton and the LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 0 to 5 and their parents/guardians). Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit Go to Manatee Libraries' About Page">About page, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About 805 Lit + Art: A quarterly online magazine that publishes debut and emerging writers, poets and artists. They accept unsolicited and simultaneous submissions from contributors worldwide. 805 was founded in 2015 by a team of librarians, writers, and a college professor. Each issue contains 4-6 short stories, 1-2 pieces of creative nonfiction, 3-4 poems, and 5-10 pieces of art. For more information, go to 805lit.org, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

About Library Journal Magazine: An American trade publication for librarians founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal system, the Library Journal reports news about libraries with an emphasis on public libraries and offers feature articles about aspects of professional practice. Their mission is to help libraries in the United States identify trends on the brink of impact, surfacing best practices and innovations to invest in, identifying emerging leaders, sharing important news and perspectives that shape the field, guiding purchasing decisions, acting as an advocate for librarians and libraries. For more information, go to libraryjournal.com or visit them on Twitter.