A reference associate at the Fairfield Public Library has been named one of the nation's 50 "Mover & Shakers" by a leading library trade publication.

Judy Sparzo was cited by Library Journal for launching the Fairfield Library's acclaimed Jobs Series, now in its third year.

The program offers a series of workshops on job hunting strategies and interviewing skills that has relied completely on the volunteer efforts of local human resources experts, lawyers and career counselors.

Sparzo joins 500 librarians named over the past decade as "Movers & Shakers" by the journal.

"Despite the fact that library budgets are being cut, these librarians continue to deliver amazing services that assist and engage individuals of every age and contribute to their communities' well-being," said Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Francine Fialkoff.

The program Sparzo built has drawn nearly 3,000 attendees from 39 towns and has been featured on local radio shows and social networking sites.

In announcing Sparzo's selection by the trade journal, the Fairfield library said librarians' roles have changed drastically in the past decade; they no longer merely "guard books and collect fines."

"Librarians are expected to identify underserved populations and to develop new ways to respond to their needs," the library said in a prepared statement.

As the economic downturn accelerated, increasing number of people losing their jobs have turned to public libraries seeking ways to upgrade their skills, search for jobs and learn about possible new careers.

The Fairfield Public Library went one step further, it said, and became a first responder to people left jobless.

The Library Journal's "Movers & Shakers" are helping to shape the future of libraries and their role in communities across the United States, Fairfield library officials said.

The 50 "Movers & Shakers" are innovators who take service to the next level and technology leaders who build bridges between libraries and users, the library said. The 2011 honorees were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession's leading trade magazine.

More information all to librarians honored is available at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2011.