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.
Ben Aldred (MS '14) started as a reference librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, working with government information, urban planning, and social work.
Joseph Askins (MS '12) has accepted a position as head of instructional services for MU Libraries at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He previously served as information literacy programs librarian at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Emily Bayci (MS '14) was appointed to the 2019 (John) Newbery Award Selection Committee. From the books published the preceding year, the committee selects—within the terms, definitions, and criteria governing the award—the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Karen Bonarek (MS '16) accepted a position at Downers Grove (IL) Public Library in January 2017. Her emphasis is on the library's flourishing graphic novel collection.
Anne Booker (MS '13) accepted a position as a public services associate for adult programs and collection marketing at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington, Washington.
Dan Brackmann (MS '14) began a position as a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Ann Matsushima Chiu (MS '15) is an electronic services and instruction librarian at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She is also the organizer of the Portland Zine Symposium.
In June 2017, Kellye (Hallmark) Cohn (MS '13) accepted the position of assistant professor and librarian at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.
David E. Cox (MS '13) has been appointed to serve as the director of the Office for Student Learning at New Mexico Tech, combining library, tutorial, and research services together at the university.
Caitlin E. Crane (MS '15) accepted a position as the corporate archivist/research analyst at Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington.
Michael DeNotto (MS '12) began his new job as the humanities librarian at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, in July.
Holly Eberle (MS '15) is the youth library technical assistant III/page supervisor for the Crystal Lake Public Library, which has been her home library since childhood.
Chris Flood (MS '12) is the business reference librarian at the St. Charles (IL) Public Library. She cochairs BIG (Business Interest Group, a Chicagoland SIG for business librarians); serves on the Business, Development and Education Committee for the Downtown St. Charles Partnership; is a Women's Business Council committee member for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce; and is the vice president for the Kiwanis Club of St. Charles.
David Forero (MS '15) contributed a chapter to the book, Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual, which was recently published by ALA Neal-Schuman.
Linda Kupferschmid (MS '15) began her position as a children's librarian at the Champaign Public Library in May 2017.
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.
Samantha (Pernicka) LeGrand (MS '15) is a librarian at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.
Sarah Lindenbaum (MS '13) has started a position as visiting assistant professor and outreach librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
Nicolle Mazzola (MS '14) is the library media center director at Westgate School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In September, she was appointed to the editorial board for Knowledge Quest, the professional journal of the American Association of School Librarians.
Felicia Minard (MS '16) began as a teen librarian with Montgomery County Public Libraries in Bethesda, Maryland.
Gail Murray (MS '15) was promoted to technical coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she manages the statewide interlibrary loan platform.
Perry Nigro (MS '17) began a new job as integrated library advisor for select classes in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University.
In May 2017, Marcela Peres Evans (MS '10) became the library director for the Lewiston Public Library in Lewiston, Maine. She replaced Rick Speer, longtime Lewiston Public Library library director, who retired from the position.
Rebecca (Becky) Ransberger (MS '15) accepted the assistant manager position at the King Road Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, Ohio.
Susie (Woo) Rivera (MS '17) accepted a reference specialist position focusing on digital library services and 3D printing at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.
Ryan Ross (MS '10) has been named to News-Gazette Media's annual "Forty Under 40" list of young leaders in central Illinois. He is the U of I Alumni Association's coordinator of History and Traditions Programs and manager of the forthcoming University of Illinois Welcome Center.
Melissa Salrin (MS '10) recently became head of special collections and rare books at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She had previously served as archivist and special collections librarian at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
Ruth Slagle (MS '17) recently started a position as the public services librarian at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.
Katrina Spencer (MS '16) is the literatures & cultures librarian at Middlebury College in Vermont. As a member of the Reference and Instruction Team, among others, she serves the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the multicultural student center, and the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Program. Her latest contribution to campus culture is a weekly column in the newspaper called "The Librarian Is In." She is also working on a Spotify playlist for Arabic language students and has developed a diverse array of thematic displays to celebrate commemorative months.
Quinn Stitt (MS '16) has accepted a position as a readers advisory/teen librarian at Berwyn (IL) Public Library, starting in January 2018.
Maura Stutzman (MS '16) began her career as the youth services and programming librarian at the Mahomet Public Library in July 2017.
Janet Swatscheno (MS '14) was selected to participate in the pilot of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, a new professional development initiative aimed at empowering open education leaders within academic libraries.
Laura Wilson accepted a position as a youth services librarian with a story time focus at the Fremont Public Library located in Mundelein, IL.
Bryan Baldus (MS '00) began his position as a consulting database specialist for WorldCat metadata quality, global product management, at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, on October 9, 2017.
Michelle Chronister (MS '09) has accepted a position as associate dean of University Libraries at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Eric Edwards (MS '06) was recently elected vice-president/president-elect of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. Beginning this October, he will serve one year (2017-18) as vice-president/president-elect, one year (2018-19) as president, and one year (2019-20) as past president.
Julie Edwards (MS '05) received the 2017 Frank B. Sessa Scholarship for Continuing Professional Education from Beta Phi Mu Honor Society. She is an associate professor and the ethnic studies librarian and diversity coordinator at the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Wendy Edwards (MS '09) was selected for the NASA Datanauts program, where people can get exposure to NASA and learn about data science. In April, she did the NASA Space Apps Challenge in Chicago, and her team was a global nominee. She was recently named to the SANS Women's Academy, which provides free cybersecurity training.
Nancy Falciani-White (MS '07) became the director of the McGraw-Page Library at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in December 2016. Previously, Falciani-White worked at Wheaton College in Illinois for fourteen years.
Joshua Finnell (MS '07) has accepted the position of associate professor and head of research and instruction services at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He was recently appointed associate editor of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication (Library Review).
Kelly Fisher (MS '03) is marking her 14th academic year as the public services librarian at Eureka College in Illinois where she is also an associate professor and Brightspace learning management system (LMS) administrator.
Diane Foote (MS '06) assumed her role as executive director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) on November 14, 2017.
Leah Gregory (MS '04) is happily working in her dream library job in a middle school and is considering returning to school for high school certification or instructional technology.
Bill Ingram (MS '09) started a new position as director for information technology services at Virginia Tech University Libraries in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Lindsay King (MS '08) will give two presentations with Peter Leonard at the Digital Humanities 2017 Conference in Montreal, Canada named, "Processing Pixels: Towards Visual Culture Computation," the keynote for the computer vision workshop, and "Transforming Theater History through Crowdsourced Transcription," about the Ensemble@Yale project (ensemble.yale.edu). King is associate director for access and research services at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University.
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.
Ela Darling (Rebecca Krznarich) (MS '08) was recently featured in Rolling Stone and The New York Times for her work pioneering adult livestream broadcasting in virtual reality.
Helen Linda (MS '07) has transitioned into a new career as an IT business analyst with the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services as part of their IT Project Management Office. She writes, "As a systems and metadata librarian, I spent my career IT-adjacent, and it was marked by a relentless pursuit of value-driven projects and efficiencies; this is a natural fit for the next journey!"
Dallas Long (MS '02) received a Fulbright Specialist grant and spent September and October in Doha, Qatar, where he trained the access services staff at the Qatar National Library in preparation for the library's grand opening in November.
Annie (Dougherty) Miskewitch (MS ’05) recently accepted the deputy director position at Schaumburg Township District Library. STDL has three locations with a central location and branches in Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates. The central location is the second largest physical public library in Illinois. Miskewitch previously worked at Chicago Public Library as a division chief for business, history, and sciences.
Heather Moulaison Sandy (MS '02) was elected secretary/treasurer of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She is an associate professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Carol Perryman (MS '04) was awarded tenure and a promotion in June 2017. She currently teaches all medical library courses as an associate professor and is involved in informatics research at the Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.
Laura J. Poulosky (MS '07) has been working as a senior library specialist at the University of Illinois Residence Hall Libraries since February 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a library specialist at the University of Illinois Art and Architecture Library.
Cathy Ritchie (CAS '00) is materials selection librarian at the Dallas (TX) Public Library, specializing in nonfiction. She also writes a monthly book review column for the Dallas/Fort Worth-area performing arts online magazine, Theater Jones.
Deborah Robertson (MS '00) founded Gibson House Press, an independent press that publishes novels by musicians in the belief that songwriters and musicians of all kinds are connected to storytelling in a unique way.
Kim Christiansen Sigle (MS '09) is one of the 2017 award recipients of the Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant for her library program, The "See Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya" Museum of History. This project will directly benefit the students at Lake Anne. Her application was the only mini-grant awarded in Virginia this year.
Sara Q. Thompson (MS '09) accepted a position as an adult services manager at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon. For the past 5 years, Thompson was the solo librarian of a small academic library branch at the Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon.
Lisa C. Wallis (MS '01) was named acting dean of libraries for Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) on September 1, 2017. She has been with the NEIU Ronald Williams Library since January 2007.
Cherié L. Weible (MS '00) was named interim associate university librarian for user services and associate dean of libraries at the University of Illinois Library on July 24, 2017. Weible has been employed with the Library since 1998.
Nicole Wilhelms (MS '08) is the library manager of Southglenn and Castlewood Libraries at Arapahoe Libraries in Centennial, Colorado.
Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual, a book edited by Kyle Banerjee (MS '96) and Bonnie Parks, has been published by ALA Neal-Schuman.
Christine Friese (MS '91) enjoys her job as assistant director at the Portsmouth (NH) Public Library. She is the VP/president-elect of the New Hampshire Library Association and continues to work on advocacy issues for libraries.
Chad Kahl (MS '98) was named associate dean for public services and technology at Illinois State University's Milner Library.
Allen Lanham (MS '91), dean of library services at Eastern Illinois University, retired on June 30 after almost 26 years of service.
James L. McMillan (MS '95), a senior technical support engineer for Idemia, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society in Bethany, West Virginia.
Susan K. Burke (MS '88) has been named director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Martha Childers (MS '81) is a 2017 American Small Business Champion, an award sponsored by SCORE and Sam's Club. Childers is a multicultural therapist specializing in couples, grief, caregiver stress, and 50+. Childers worked in libraries for 38 years at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Harvard Law School, San Diego County Law Library, Spencer Art Reference Library, and Johnson County Library (KS).
Kathryn (Kitty) Wrigley (MS '80) retired after 38 years with Hospital Sisters Health System, where she was director of libraries.
Ann Campion Riley (MS '77) is now the vice provost and university librarian for University Libraries at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Lawrence A. D'Urso (MS '75) retired from the Mount Prospect Public Library on October 31 and is enjoying his new role as library patron instead of employee.
Neil Curtis LeMay (MS '76) is the newly elected president of the Catholic Library Association.
Anne Shimojima (MS '74) was featured as a new voice teller at the National Storytelling Festival in 2017 and recently released her first storytelling CD, Sakura Tales, with eleven Japanese folk tales.
Gail Bardhan (MS '69) retired in late-September after 40 years as the reference and research librarian for the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
Stanley Hicks (MS '69) is the world authority on the history of twentieth century Canadian pottery. His website canadianpotteryidentifier.com has been online for almost twenty years and receives between 700-1,000 unique hits per week. He credits his library school training for helping him to categorize and organize information for the website.