We are proud to have an engaged and vibrant alumni community. The powerful relationships forged between faculty and students, and among classmates, thrive long beyond graduation day. Our alumni share ideas, professional opportunities, and graciously offer their time to mentor current iSchool students.
Many of our alumni stay connected with our School and their classmates through active involvement in two professional organizations: the Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) and Beta Phi Mu. LSAA encourages participation in alumni events and promotes a lifelong connection with our School. Beta Phi Mu is an honor society that recognizes scholastic achievement and offers social and professional programming for its members.
David Kalat (MS '11) is a director with Berkeley Research Group LLC’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Practice. He is an expert witness in digital forensics, an eDiscovery specialist, and a senior investigator. In addition, he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), an Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE), an Illinois licensed private detective, and a non-fiction author.
Kayla Leitschuh (MS '14) started a new job as a librarian at Franklin Middle School in Champaign, Illinois, in August 2016.
Jason Harvey (MS '16) relocated his family to Rochester, New York, on January 1 and started his new job as the POA Librarian for the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester on January 9. "We enjoyed our 3+ years at UIUC and will miss all our friends and colleagues there. My time at the School was invigorating, challenging and fun!"
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As fake news reports spread like a disease over the internet, online users need to more carefully consider the credibility of their news sources. Jeanine Finn (MS '96), former reference librarian, recent PhD grad, and self-described "ninja of information spaces," has been doing research on information credibility for about eight years. For her dissertation, she examined the use and evaluation of scientific sources by journalists in writing about science news for diverse audiences.