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Sep. 27, 2016

Community services librarian Ziba Perez Zehdar (MS ’12) is going mobile with the Long Beach Public Library (LBPL), and we’re not talking about a digital app. She leads several community engagement projects at multiple branch libraries and outside the library.

Zehdar oversees the library’s makerspace, which includes a physical space at the Main Library called The Studio. One of her first tasks after joining the system in October 2015 was to take the makerspace mobile. She now manages mobile makerspace resources that can pop up at any one of the system’s twelve branches. She also oversees makerspace programming and a small staff of creatives and tech industry specialists who work with patrons at The Studio.

This fall, Zehdar is...

Sep. 19, 2016

Most academic librarians stepping into a position can model their work on that of their predecessors. But not Thomas Padilla (MS '14). On his appointment in April as the first humanities data curator at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library (and the first in the entire University of California system), Padilla has had to draw on a number of different disciplines to shape his role of working with data throughout its life cycle, creating a support plan for digital humanities researchers, and providing research data consultation. Formerly the digital scholarship librarian at Michigan State University Libraries, Padilla is pioneering a new niche for academic...

Aug. 16, 2016

Tina Hubert (MS '88), director of the Six Mile Regional Library District located in Granite City, Illinois, is the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Library Association Librarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes a librarian's distinguished service and leadership in Illinois libraries. The award is sponsored by Sikich.

Hubert has worked in libraries for over twenty years. In 2010, she became director of the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD). During her short tenure, she has managed a $4.1 million renovation, spearheaded a succession referendum campaign, and positioned the library as an integral part of the community’s revitalization plan.

Throughout her career, and regardless of her role, Hubert has strived to create services that strengthen the community. Currently, she serves on several county and city boards within her district, not only as a library advocate but also as a conduit for change and collaboration.

Hubert is no stranger to sharing...

Aug. 10, 2016

The company culture at Spotify is just one of the reasons knowledge manager Colleen McClowry loves working there. She encourages students to seek out job opportunities that align with their own personal interests, whether it be music or any other passion.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Spotify as a knowledge manager for their analytics department. I'm helping to design, build, and manage a knowledge base that collects and organizes internal research papers, A/B test analyses, and other key insights and reports from across the business. I was previously in a similar role at Adobe.

What do you like best about your job?
The first thing that comes to mind is the culture. Spotify is a Swedish company that highly values open communication, diversity, consensus around company goals, and (of course!) fikas. These factors, along with the strong emphasis on work-life balance and the music-driven mission of the organization, align with my...

Aug. 1, 2016

Alumna Melissa Cragin (PhD '09) has been named executive director of Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH). MBDH is a network of regional institutions created to facilitate collection, management, and use of complex information, creating active partnerships of experts and resources to address issues relevant to life in the Midwest. MBDH is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Cragin will work closely with colleagues at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Previously, Cragin was a staff associate at the National Science Foundation and research assistant professor at the iSchool from 2009 until 2011, when she received a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for...

Jul. 25, 2016

Corey Schumacher's work as a research specialist supports a global firm's management consulting teams across North America. She credits the iSchool's courses with exposing her to the many possible career tracks open to graduates, including her current role.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I'm a senior research specialist at Bain & Company, working in the information services department and affiliated with the consumer products and retail practice area. Bain & Company's information services department is a global team of more than ninety researchers. I am one of four researchers in the Chicago office and support consulting case teams throughout North America. My primary role is providing secondary, external research to consulting teams. In addition, I work on collection...

Jul. 19, 2016

Alumna Michèle V. Cloonan (MS '84, PhD '88) has received the Preservation Publication Award for the book she edited, Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age. The award is given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in recognition of the author or editor of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation.

Preserving Our Heritage ties together a variety of groundbreaking historical texts to lay both a theoretical and practical foundation for the field of preservation. With insightful and engaging prose, Cloonan offers students, researchers, librarians,...