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.
Stacey Smith (MS '15) won the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award for Fall 2016. She will use the prize to attend the 2016 Librarian Assessment Conference in Washington D.C. Smith is the public services librarian at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Douglas R. Dechow (MS '07) has been awarded the 2016-2017 Fellowship at the American Library in Paris. Along with his wife and coauthor Anna Leahy, Dechow will be in residence at the library in October, where they will conduct research on the Concorde.
In September 2016, Susan Mayer (MS '14) moved into a full-time position, specialty information services librarian, at Arlington Heights (IL) Memorial Library. She provides programing, teaches courses, and offers one-on-one guidance to customers in genealogy, business services, and reference.
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The systems Scott Migaldi helps to create at T-Mobile facilitate human interaction and information sharing across the globe. To accomplish this he uses skills acquired at the iSchool—he conducts research into information-seeking behavior, evaluates user needs, and determines how information sharing systems can meet those needs.