Find out what's happening in the lives of your friends from days gone by. Publications, awards, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements—you're sure to come across news from someone you remember.
While you're here, don't forget to submit a Class Note and let old friends know what you've been up to. Don't be a stranger—we'd love to hear from you!
Alumni Class Notes will remain posted online for at least six months, and will be published in the next possible issue of the iSchool magazine, Intersections.
Mary Aylmer (MS '14) became the director of the Chillicothe Public Library District in November 2016.
Katie Chamberlain Kritikos (MLIS '10), a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, will co-present "Privacy and Cloud Services in Public Libraries: The Case of BiblioCommons" at the 2017 Information Ethics Roundtable, which will be held April 21-22 in Champaign.
In June 2017, Kellye (Hallmark) Cohn (MS '13) accepted the position of assistant professor and librarian at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.
On January 3, Carla Dinnocenzo (MS '15) began her new position as youth services librarian at the Lake County Public Library, supervising the Youth Services department as well as planning programs and ordering for the juvenile collection.
Kaylan (Hutcherson) Ellis (MS '14) accepted the position of technical services librarian in the Taggart Law Library of Ohio Northern University in June 2016.
David Forero (MS '15) contributed a chapter to the book, Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual, which was recently published by ALA Neal-Schuman.
Kate Grabon (MS '16) has accepted a position as a branch services librarian for the Winnetka-Northfield (IL) Public Library District.
Jason Harvey (MS '16) relocated his family to Rochester, New York, on January 1 and started his new job as the physics-optics-astronomy (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!"
In fall 2008, Elaine Ricketts Hicks (MS '10) reviewed the book, Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society, and Participation, by Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, and Ramona S. McNeal for Leigh Estabrook's LIS 502 class. She recently revised her review to focus on health promotion practice, and the resulting article, "Digital Citizenship and Health Promotion Programs: The Power of Knowing," was published in Health Promotion and Practice 18(1) in January 2017.
Andrew Johnson (MS '11) received the ACRL Early-career Librarian Scholarship and began his new position as emerging technologies librarian at the University of Georgia in February.
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 nonfiction author.
William Langston (MS '14) will start his new job as student success and engagement librarian at North Carolina State University on July 17.
Corrine (Vogel) Latham (MS '14) recently began working as a knowledge services analyst at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, she got married in Colorado in June.
In January 2017, Urszula (Biegaj) Lechtenberg (MS '14) began working at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut as an instructional design librarian.
Kayla Leitschuh (MS '14) started a new job as a librarian at Franklin Middle School in Champaign, Illinois, in August 2016.
Sarah Lindenbaum (MS '13) recently won a Houghton Library Visiting Fellowship and a Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant for her project on the reconstruction of 17th-century female book collector Frances Wolfreston's library.
In May 2017, Marcela Peres Evans (MS '10) became the library director for the Lewiston Public Library in Lewiston, Maine. She replaced Rick Speer, long-time Lewiston Public Library library director, who retired from the position.
Celia Perez (CAS '12) is an academic librarian at Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Her debut middle grade novel, The First Rule of Punk, will be published by Viking in August 2017.
Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) was featured in a segment on commercial content moderation (CCM) on Public Radio International's "Science Friday" on March 10. She also discussed CCM in the March 8th article, "Social Media's Silent Filter," in The Atlantic.
On March 1, Charlotte Roh (MS '13) was featured in American Libraries discussing the future of libraries. She is a scholarly communications librarian at University of San Francisco Gleeson Library.
After three years as head of Scholarly Communication Services at Columbia University Libraries in New York City, Simone Sacchi (PhD '15) moved back to Europe (The Hague, The Netherlands) after spending eight years in the United States. Sacchi recently joined LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, as an open science officer.
Madison Sullivan (MS '15) joined the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle as a business research and instruction librarian in February 2017.
Matthew Timko (MS '16) began working at Northern Illinois University's College of Law Library as a reference and instructional librarian on January 5.
Kelli Trei (MS ’12) was featured in the March 20th current member spotlight of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Science & Technology Section e-news. She is a biosciences librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In February 2017, Audrey Chapuis (MS '06) assumed a new role as assistant director of Institutional Advancement at the American Library in Paris, France.
Jill Gage (MS '04) was named custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Alison (Bolla) Greenlee (MS '09) started her new position as special collections metadata librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, on February 1.
On March 1, Sarah Houghton (MS '01) was featured in American Libraries discussing the future of libraries. She is the director of the San Rafael (CA) Public Library.
Diana (Thomson) Koppang (MS '04) was recently elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals (PLLIP) section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Her three-year term on the board begins in July 2017. This section includes 1,300 law librarians in the private law and corporate sectors throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Melanie Lyttle (MS '03) and Shawn Walsh coauthored the book, Library Service to Tweens, which was recently published by McFarland & Company, Inc. She is head of public services for the Madison Public Library in Madison, Ohio.
After serving at Wheaton College's Buswell Library for nearly twenty-five years, David Malone (MS '02) has taken on the deanship of the library at Calvin College. Hekman Library serves both Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.
The Wall Street Journal featured Kim Sigle (MS '09) in the March 5th article, "The 'Rock-Star' Librarians Who Choose What Your Kids Read." Sigle is a librarian at Lake Ann Elementary School in Reston, Virginia.
Josh Sopiarz (MS '09) has earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in the University Library at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.
Besiki Stvilia (MS '97, PhD '06) has been promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Florida State University School of Information.
Janice Wien (MS '09) was promoted from librarian I-cataloging to librarian II-acquisitions at Santa Monica Public Library in June 2016.
Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual, a book edited by Kyle Banerjee (MS '96) and Bonnie Parks, has been published by ALA Neal-Schuman.
Steve Oberg (MS '91) was appointed group leader for resource description and digital initiatives at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, in January 2017.
Brian Quigley (MS '99) was awarded the Distinguished Librarian Award by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley, in November 2016.
Mel DeSart (MS ’87) was featured in the April 14th current member spotlight of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Science & Technology Section e-news. He is head of the Engineering Library and director of Branch Libraries at the University of Washington.
Arn Ellsworth Winter (MS '84) has retired after an enjoyable thirty-five-year career as a library director in West Virginia and New Jersey.
Fred Jenkins (MS '86) recently published Ammianus Marcellinus: An Annotated Bibliography, 1474 to the Present (Leiden: Brill, 2017).
Sara Tompson (MS '87) is serving as the 2017 president of the Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).
Lynn Cline (MS '75) retired as head of Content Management & Acquisitions for the Missouri State University Libraries on March 1st, after 41½ years of service to the University and the libraries of Missouri.
Rose Levy (MS '70) will be retiring at the end of July 2017 as professor of library services at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. "What a great career it has been!"
Louis J. Reith (MS '76) retired from Georgetown University in 2013 but continues to present papers and write articles and book reviews for several international historical societies and journals. Since retirement, he has completed the cataloging of the rare book collection of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. In March he will present a lecture for the Concordia University Reformation commemoration series on “An Unknown Reformation Prince—Duke Christoph of Wuerttemberg,” and this summer he will attend a conference on Martin Luther research in Wittenberg, Germany, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Mohamed El Hadi (MS '60, PhD '64) recently organized the 23rd Scientific Conference on "Big Data and Analytics for Business" at Sadat Academy for Management Sciences. The conference, which was held April 26-27, was attended by more than 145 participants.
In September 2016, Elaine Estes (MS '60) was recognized for her service as former director of the Des Moines Public Library (Iowa) at the Des Moines Public Library Foundation Book Ball 150.
Grace E. Shope (MS '67) is happily retired, traveling, and enjoying the company of her sixteen-year-old grandson, Will, after a rewarding thirty year career with Abington School District and seventeen years as an adjunct professor with Arcadia University.