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

Affinito, Alessandra (Class of 2018) 1 week 6 days ago

Alessandra Affinito (MS '18) attributes her earning an MS degree to helping her be promoted from a library information assistant to a librarian at the New York Public Library.

Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2017) 2 months 1 week ago

Jeanie Austin (PhD '17) joined the newly formed Jail & Reentry Services program with San Francisco Public Library. In this capacity, they will provide direct library services within San Francisco jails as well as link recently released patrons to library resources.

Conley, James (Class of 2013) 1 month 5 hours ago

James Conley (MS '13) opened the "Gay is Good" exhibit for the Gerber/Hart Library & Archives in Chicago in April, for which he acted as lead curator. The exhibit has been mentioned in various press and will be featured in an upcoming USA Today piece about activism in the 60's. "Gay is Good" runs through September 2018.

Connick, Abigail (Class of 2017) 5 months 2 weeks ago

Abigail Connick (MS '17) has been appointed as special collections and technical services specialist at the California State University, Stanislaus Library.

Conrad, Suzanna (Class of 2011) 4 weeks 1 day ago

Suzanna Conrad (MS '11) has been appointed as the associate dean for Digital Technologies and Resource Management at the University Library of California State University, Sacramento.

Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 2 months 4 weeks ago

Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) recently sold his first picture book, which will be due out from Chronicle Books in 2020.

Davies, Mary Gen (Class of 2011) 3 months 3 weeks ago

Mary Gen Davies (MS '11) served on the 2018 Stonewall Book Awards - Children’s and Young Adult subcommittee.

Dubbs, Mary (Class of 2013) 5 months 4 hours ago

Mary Dubbs (MS '13) is excited to begin service on the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2019 Newbery Award Committee. She celebrates one year in youth services at Hennepin County Library's North Regional Branch in Minneapolis this March.

Goodsett, Mandi (Class of 2013) 3 weeks 2 days ago

In June 2018, Mandi Goodsett (MS '13) was named a member of the ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review: Steering Committee, a broadly-representative committee that will work to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies and rules with the association’s 21st century values, key action areas and strategic directions.

Graf, Grete (Class of 2017) 1 month 5 hours ago

Grete Graf (MS '17) has accepted the position of digital preservation librarian at Yale University.

Greer, Graham (Class of 2014) 5 months 3 weeks ago

Graham Greer (MS '14) has accepted the position of reference librarian at The Newberry Library in Chicago.

Hallman, Shelby (Class of 2017) 3 months 1 week ago

Shelby Hallman (MS '17) was promoted to research librarian for engineering & entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University.

LaChance, William (Class of 2016) 2 months 5 days ago

Will LaChance (MS '16) (and his three animal children) moved to St. Louis and accepted a position as assistant branch manager at the Cliff Cave Branch of the St. Louis County Library.

McCoy-Simmons, Casey (Marks-McCoy) (Class of 2014) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Casey (Marks-McCoy) McCoy-Simmons (MS '14) has been elected as director-at-large for the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table for 2018-2020. She currently works as the program specialist at KidsTek, a non-profit teaching tech-literacy skills to K-12 grade students in the Denver Metro Area.

Mead-Harvey, Benjamin (Class of 2011) 2 weeks 2 days ago

Benjamin Mead-Harvey (MS '11) recently accepted an adjunct lecturer position at the iSchool to teach financial management. He is very excited to reconnect with the School.

Miller, Jhani (Class of 2015) 2 months 1 week ago

Jhani Miller (MS '15) was promoted to library and information supervisor at the Ulmer Park Library Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (NY).

Phillips, Nancy Kim (Class of 2011) 4 months 5 days ago

Nancy Kim Phillips (MS '11) is the community engagement manager at the Skokie (IL) Public Library.

Riesenberger, Cameron (Class of 2016) 5 months 4 hours ago

Cameron Riesenberger (MS '16) was recently elected to a three-year term as chair of the Colorado Association of Libraries Children and Teen Services Division.

Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 1 month 4 weeks ago

Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) has been named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Roberts joins thirty other Carnegie Fellows from across the nation and will receive a $200,000 stipend from the Carnegie Corporation in support of her work.

Sarwark, Robert (Class of 2016) 3 months 3 weeks ago

Robert Sarwark (MS '16) was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellowship in Publishing History at Harvard University’s Houghton Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He will continue to study and interpret works included on the Catholic Index of Forbidden Books, a project he began at the iSchool in 2015 for Assistant Professor Emily Knox’s IS502 course.

Sullivan, Madison (Class of 2015) 3 months 3 days ago

Madison Sullivan (MS '15) has been elected as the member services director for the ALA New Members Round Table for 2018-2020. She is a business research and instruction librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle and a co-director of the board of the iSchool Alumni Association.

Urberg, Michelle (Class of 2016) 2 weeks 5 days ago

Michelle Urberg (MS '16) finished a ten-month contract at the University of Washington learning audio and visual cataloging, which she used to enhance my knowledge for her current position as a metadata librarian. She is also currently the principal investigator on a research grant from OLAC, which is focusing on improving streaming video cataloging for content providers and for libraries.

Vrbancic, Emilie (Class of 2014) 1 week 3 days ago

Emilie Vrbancic (MS '14) has been appointed to senior assistant librarian at the University of Washington Libraries. She became the undergraduate experience librarian for Odegaard Undergraduate Library in 2016.

Youngstrum, Laura (Class of 2015) 5 months 4 hours ago

Laura (Fultz) Youngstrum (MS '15) has accepted the position of adult services librarian at the Reddick Public Library District in her hometown of Ottawa, Illinois, after serving for two and a half years as the library director for the Berlin (WI) Public Library.

Decade: 2000s

Bradford, Robin (Class of 2000) 4 months 1 week ago

Robin Bradford (MS '00) was named a 2018 Mover & Shaker for advocacy by the Library Journal.

Caldara, Tara (Yoder) (Class of 2005) 2 months 1 week ago

Tara (Yoder) Caldara (MS '05) joined Lake Villa District Library (IL) as head of Adult Services, bringing twenty-one years of library experience specializing in technology and developing innovative services.

Dahlen, Sarah Park (Class of 2009) 1 month 5 hours ago

Sarah Park Dahlen (MS, PhD '09) co-founded a peer reviewed, open access journal named Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL). RDYL 1.1 was published June 1, 2018.

Elia, Anthony (Class of 2007) 3 months 6 days ago

Anthony Elia (MS '07) has been named J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and director of Bridwell Library in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, effective June 1, 2018.

German, Elizabeth (Beth) (Class of 2009) 3 months 1 week ago

Elizabeth (Beth) German (MS '09) was elected vice president/president-elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, in April 2018. 

Hartman, Rochelle (Class of 2008) 3 months 3 weeks ago

In 2018, Rochelle Hartman (MS '08) became the chair of the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries. She is also serving as councilor at large for the American Library Association for 2017-2019.

Hines, Samantha Schmehl (Class of 2003) 5 months 3 weeks ago

Samantha Hines (MS '03) was named an inaugural member of ALA's Policy Corps. As a member of Policy Corps, she aims to develop strategies to advocate for community college and academic libraries and librarianship in her state and region as well as the nation.

Houghton, Sarah (Class of 2001) 1 month 5 hours ago

Sarah Houghton (MS '01) has been appointed as the new director of the Discovery & Delivery (D2D) program by the California Digital Library effective August 1, 2018.

Jeter, Melissa (Class of 2008) 3 months 3 weeks ago

Melissa Jeter (MS '08), adult services librarian of Toledo Lucas County Public Library, along with her coworker Linda Koss, grant specialist, Business Technology Services developed "Living Better, Spending Smarter," a financial literacy online reference guide. Due to their work, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library was named the 2018 winner of the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services, sponsored by ReferenceUSA.

Murrey, Matthew (Class of 2003) 1 month 5 hours ago

Matthew Murrey's (MS '03) first-book poetry manuscript, Bulletproof, was selected by Marylin Nelson as the winner of the 2018 Jacar Press Full-length Book Contest.

Olmi, Adria P. (Class of 2001) 2 weeks 2 days ago

Adria P. Olmi (MS '01) works as the chief for the Research and Instruction branch of the U.S. Army War College Library.

Perry, Juliana (Class of 2009) 5 months 3 weeks ago

Juliana Perry (MS '09) is now an IT project manager with Penn Medicine. She has found her LIS degree to be a great help in analyzing healthcare business processes and software.

Pierre-Louis, Elizabeth (Class of 2003) 2 weeks 2 days ago

Elizabeth Pierre-Louis (MS '03) was the 2015-2016 president of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institution Libraries (ACURIL).

Pritchett, Hallie (Class of 2006) 3 weeks 3 days ago

Hallie Pritchett (MS '06) is now the associate dean of libraries for Research and Learning at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Shreeves, Sarah (Class of 2002) 1 month 5 hours ago

In January 2018, Sarah Shreeves (MS '02) became the vice dean at the University of Arizona and is enjoying the transition from the tropics of Miami to the desert.

White, Marijane (Class of 2008) 5 months 4 weeks ago

In October 2017, Marijane White (MS '08) was appointed to the library faculty at Oregon Health & Science University as a linked data librarian and assistant professor.

Wightman, Rachel (Class of 2009) 4 months 1 week ago

Rachel Wightman (MS '09) was recently promoted to associate director for instruction and outreach at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She joined the library staff of Concordia in June 2017 as a reference and instruction librarian.

Decade: 1990s

Hickey, Liza (Class of 1999) 2 weeks 5 days ago

Liza Hickey (MS '99) accepted the position of manager of Technical Services and Digitization at the Peoria Public Library (IL).

Kern, Kathleen (Class of 1999) 4 months 2 weeks ago

Kathleen Kern (MS '99) has been appointed incoming editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly, the journal of the Reference and User Services Association. She began as editor-designate in early February and will assume the position of editor on July 1, 2018.

Kuhl, Jason (Class of 1999) 2 months 1 week ago

Jason Kuhl (MS '99) began his new role as director and CEO of Saint Charles City-County Library District (MO) in January 2018.

Lipinski, Tomas (Class of 1998) 5 months 3 days ago

Tomas Lipinski (PhD '98) has received the 2018 GreyNet Award from GreyNet International, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of grey literature. 

Salela, Pamela M. (Class of 1999) 2 weeks 2 days ago

Pamela Salela (MS '99) has been the coordinator of the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center as part of the Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield. Additionally, she is the government documents librarian and liaison to numerous departments including Women & Gender Studies where she frequently teaches credit courses of her own design.

Schneider, Karen (Class of 1992) 3 weeks 2 days ago

In June 2018, Karen Schneider (MS '92) was named a member of the ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review: Steering Committee, a broadly-representative committee that will work to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies and rules with the association’s 21st century values, key action areas and strategic directions.

Spasser, Mark (Class of 1998) 3 months 3 weeks ago

Dr. Mark A. Spasser (PhD '98) retired after more than twenty years in health sciences librarianship. He is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Decade: 1980s

Allen, Beverly (Class of 1987) 1 week 5 days ago

Beverly Allen ('87) has a book coming out in July 2018 from Routledge entitled Practicing Oral History to Connect University Community.

Berger, Sid (Class of 1987) 4 months 4 days ago

Sidney Berger (MS '87) was the featured lecturer at the meeting sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America and the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America in February 2018. The meeting, held in conjunction with the annual ABAA book fair in Pasadena, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Berger spoke on "Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination."

Burgh, Scott (Class of 1986) 3 months 2 weeks ago

Scott G. Burgh (MS '86) retired in June 2017 after 28 years as chief law librarian for the City of Chicago Department of Law Library.

Horcher, Ann-Marie (Class of 1981) 3 months 3 weeks ago

On March 1, Ann-Marie Horcher (MS '81) successfully defended her dissertation as part of her pursuit of a PhD in Information Systems with a concentration in security from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Horcher also became the program director of the cybersecurity certification offered by the College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University.

Johnson, Mary Kirby (Class of 1981) 2 weeks 3 days ago

Mary K. Johnson (MS '81) retired in December 2017 from Sno-Isle Libraries, WA after 15 years of service as a reference librarian at various branches. She now lives in Medford, OR. with her two birds. To keep herself busy, Johnson currently volunteers to organize the library of the (Pacific) Northwest Bird Club in Medford, OR.

Decade: 1970s

Pilachowski, David (Class of 1973) 3 weeks 2 days ago

In June 2017, David Pilachowski (MS '73) retired after nineteen years as director of libraries at Williams College. He recently contributed a chapter on space planning in Leading in the New Academic Library and continues to consult on library buildings, an area of interest first developed in Walter Allen's Library Buildings course.

Widener, Michael (Class of 1974) 3 months 1 week ago

ABA Book Publications has released a second book by Michael Widener (MS '74), entitled Joint Tenancies: Property Leasing in Cannabis Commerce, an analytical look at landlord-tenant relations in this remarkable niche. Widener has published two dozen academic and trade publication articles while being an adjunct law professor and of counsel to his law firm. He is a zoning adjustment hearing officer for the City of Phoenix, and is a member of the Arizona State Liquor Board.

Decade: 1960s

McGoings, Michael C. (Class of 1967) 4 months 3 weeks ago

Michael C. McGoings (MS '67) retired in July 2017 as the principal deputy chief immigration judge for the U. S. Immigration Court, completing a federal government career of 47 years.