Class Notes

16669843936_842827de30_k.jpg?itok=AXSf9t 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.

Decade: 2010s

Aldred, Benjamin (Class of 2014) 3 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Askins, Joseph (Class of 2012) 2 months 3 weeks ago

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.

Bayci, Emily (Class of 2014) 3 months 2 weeks ago

Emily Bayci (MLIS '14) received a 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers grant to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference and the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet.

Booker, Anne (Class of 2013) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Brackmann, Dan (Class of 2014) 1 week 4 days ago

Dan Brackmann (MS '14) began a position as a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 3 weeks 6 days ago

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. 

Cohn, Kellye (Class of 2013) 3 months 4 weeks ago

In June 2017, Kellye (Hallmark) Cohn (MS '13) accepted the position of assistant professor and librarian at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.

Cox, David E. (Class of 2013) 3 weeks 4 days ago

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.

DeNotto, Michael (Class of 2012) 2 months 1 week ago

Michael DeNotto (MS '12) began his new job as the humanities librarian at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, in July.

Eberle, Holly (Class of 2015) 3 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Forero, David (Class of 2015) 3 months 3 weeks ago

David Forero (MS '15) contributed a chapter to the book, Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual, which was recently published by ALA Neal-Schuman.

Grabon, Kate (Class of 2016) 4 months 2 weeks ago

Kate Grabon (MS '16) has accepted a position as a branch services librarian for the Winnetka-Northfield (IL) Public Library District.

Kupferschmid, Linda (Class of 2015) 3 months 6 days ago

Linda Kupferschmid (MS '15) began her position as a children's librarian at the Champaign Public Library in May 2017.

Latham, Corrine (Class of 2014) 3 months 3 weeks ago

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.

LeGrand, Samantha (Pernicka) (Class of 2015) 2 weeks 20 hours ago

Samantha (Pernicka) LeGrand (MS '15) is a librarian at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

Lindenbaum, Sarah (Class of 2013) 3 weeks 4 days ago

Sarah Lindenbaum (MS '13) has started a position as visiting assistant professor and outreach librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Peres Evans, Marcela (Class of 2010) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Ransberger, Rebecca (Class of 2015) 1 month 4 weeks ago

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.

Slagle, Ruth (Class of 2017) 4 weeks 1 day ago

Ruth Slagle (MS '17) recently started a position as the public services librarian at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

Stutzman, Maura (Class of 2016) 1 month 2 days ago

Maura Stutzman (MS '16) began her career as the youth services and programming librarian at the Mahomet Public Library in July 2017.

Wilson, Laura (Class of 2016) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Laura Wilson accepted a position as a youth services librarian with a story time focus at the Fremont Public Library located in Mundelein, IL.

Decade: 2000s

Baldus, Bryan (Class of 2000) 1 week 1 day ago

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.

Chronister , Michelle (Class of 2009) 2 months 1 week ago

Michelle Chronister (MS '09) has accepted a position as associate dean of University Libraries at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Edwards, Julie Biando (Class of 2005) 3 months 1 week ago

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.

Edwards, Wendy (Class of 2009) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Edwards, Eric (Class of 2006) 3 months 1 week ago

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.

Falciani-White, Nancy (Class of 2007) 2 months 1 day ago

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.

Finnell, Joshua (Class of 2007) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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).

Ingram, Bill (Class of 2009) 3 months 2 days ago

Bill Ingram (MS '09) started a new position as director for information technology services at Virginia Tech University Libraries in Blacksburg, Virginia.

King, Lindsay (Class of 2008) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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 ( King is associate director for access and research services at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University.

Koppang, Diana (Class of 2004) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Linda, Helen (Class of 2007) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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!"

Miskewitch, Anne (Class of 2005) 1 month 1 week ago

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.

Perryman, Carol (Class of 2004) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Poulosky, Laura J. (Class of 2007) 3 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Robertson, Deb (Class of 2000) 1 month 4 weeks ago

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. 

Sigle, Kim (Class of 2009) 3 months 3 days ago

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.

Sopiarz, Josh (Class of 2009) 4 months 3 weeks ago

Josh Sopiarz (MS '09) has earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in the University Library at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.

Thompson, Sara Q. (Class of 2009) 1 month 3 weeks ago

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.

Wallis, Lisa C. (Class of 2001) 3 weeks 4 days ago

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.

Weible, Cherie (Class of 2000) 1 month 1 week ago

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.

Decade: 1990s

Banerjee, Kyle (Class of 1996) 3 months 3 weeks ago

Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual, a book edited by Kyle Banerjee (MS '96) and Bonnie Parks, has been published by ALA Neal-Schuman.

Kahl, Chad (Class of 1998) 3 months 2 weeks ago

Chad Kahl (MS '98) was named associate dean for public services and technology at Illinois State University's Milner Library.

Lanham, Allen (Class of 1991) 3 months 1 week ago

Allen Lanham (MS '91), dean of library services at Eastern Illinois University, retired on June 30 after almost 26 years of service.

Decade: 1980s

Childers, Martha (Class of 1981) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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).


DeSart, Mel (Class of 1987) 6 months 3 days ago

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.

Wrigley, Kathryn (Class of 1980) 1 month 3 days ago

Kathryn (Kitty) Wrigley (MS '80) retired after 38 years with Hospital Sisters Health System, where she was director of libraries.

Decade: 1970s

Campion Riley, Ann (Class of 1977) 1 month 2 weeks ago

Ann Campion Riley (MS '77) is now the vice provost and university librarian for University Libraries at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

LeMay, Neil Curtis (Class of 1976) 2 weeks 6 days ago

Neil Curtis LeMay (MS '76) is the newly elected president of the Catholic Library Association.

Levy, Rose (Class of 1970) 6 months 6 days ago

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!"

Decade: 1960s

Bardhan, Gail (Class of 1969) 2 weeks 5 days ago

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.

El Hadi, Mohamed (Class of 1964) 5 months 4 days ago

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.

Hicks, Stanley (Class of 1969) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Stanley Hicks (MS '69) is the world authority on the history of twentieth century Canadian pottery. His website 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.