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.
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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.
Meredith Broadway (MS '15) was awarded the National Digital Stewardship Residency with World Bank Group in Washington, DC, where she will help create the foundation for a digital data stewardship and preservation program.
Emily Brock (MS '11) accepted the position of digital history project manager at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, to begin in October 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.
Holly Clingan (MS '16) is the associate director of principal gifts at the University of Illinois Foundation. In her role, she also serves as liaison to President Killeen's office for advancement-related activities.
Suzanna Conrad (MS '11) authored the book, Prison Librarianship Policy and Practice, which has been published in print and eBook by McFarland Publishers.
In September 2015, Amber (Castens) Cox (MS '11) became the makerspace librarian for Pikes Peak Library District's East Library in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was accepted into the fifth cohort of the Colorado Association of Libraries Leadership Institute and began the program in September 2016.
Prema Desai (MS '15) is the new metadata librarian for South Asian materials at the Stanford University Libraries in Stanford, 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.
Gillian Grossmann (MS '15) accepted a position as a library technician at the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington, DC.
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.
Rumyana Hristova (MS '12) accepted a position as catalog librarian at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, in November 2016.
Andrew Johnson (MS '11) and Alyssa Russo (MS '14) were published in the second edition of The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. This groundbreaking book published by the American Library Association deals with practical techniques and approaches for developing, collaborating on, delivering, and assessing high-quality library instruction grounded in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
Gerald Jurek (MS '12) accepted a position as user experience librarian and clinical assistant professor at the Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago in summer 2016.
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.
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.
In October 2016, April Lundberg (MS '15) began working at the Chicago Public Library as a children's librarian.
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.
Casey McCoy (MS '14) was selected for the American Library Association's 2017 class of Emerging Leaders. She is currently the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) librarian at the San José Public Library.
Lindsey O'Brien (MS '15) has accepted the position of cataloging project librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
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.
Nancy Kim Phillips (MS '11) recently joined Mount Prospect Public Library as deputy director strategic operations.
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.
Alyssa Russo (MS '14) is the new learning services librarian at the University of New Mexico beginning in January 2017.
After three years as Head, 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.
Renata Sancken (MS '12) started a new job as a teen/reference librarian at Memorial Hall Library in Andover, MA, in September 2016.
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 DC. Smith is the public services librarian at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Stephanie Sopka (MS '12) began work as the technical services librarian at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont, in October.
Madison Sullivan (MS '15) joined the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle as a business research and instruction librarian in February 2017.
Heather Thompson (MS '13) was selected as a 2017 ALA Emerging Leader with sponsorship by the Public Library Association.
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.
Michelle Urberg (MS '16) is a metadata librarian at ProQuest in Seattle, Washington, in the part of the company that was formerly Serials Solutions and is now part of ExLibris.
Emilie Vrbancic (MS '14) started a new job as the undergraduate experience librarian at the University of Washington in July 2016.
Jamie Wittenberg (MS '15) has accepted the position of research data management librarian and Head of the Scholarly Communication Department at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.
Lynn Yarmey (MS '11) received an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Community Engagement Fellowship as part of the inaugural cohort starting in 2017.
Amy Brokaw (MS '07) started a new job as the K-12 district librarian for Blue Ridge Community School District 18 in August 2016.
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.
Eric Edwards (MS '06) was elected secretary/treasurer for the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. He was also appointed to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois' Resource Sharing Committee and the Illinois Library Association's Reporter Advisory Committee.
Joshua Finnell (MS '07) was appointed by the mayor of Santa Fe to serve a three-year term on the board of the Santa Fe Public Library in New Mexico.
Jill Gage (MS '04) was named custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Esther Gillie (MS '02) graduated with an MDiv and a DMin from Northeastern Seminary in May 2016 and accepted the position of dean of Regent University Library in July 2016.
Alison (Bolla) Greenlee (MS '09) started her new position as special collections metadata librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, on February 1.
Paolo Gujilde (MS '09) will be a featured speaker at the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Midwinter Symposium, "Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections," which will take place during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta in January 2017.
Cheryl (Benoit) Harris-Sumida (MS '03) received her National Board Certification in Media in 2013 and the Illinois State Board of Education's Award of Recognition in 2016. She teaches educational technology classes for the library and information science program at Olivet Nazarene University. She has been married to Phil Sumida since 2013.
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.
Lindsay King (MS '08) is the associate director for access and research services in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University. She oversees public services, including reference, instruction, outreach, and digital services, as well as the operations of the main service desk in a library that welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year.
Laura Leavitt (MS '04) was elected to the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors. She is division cabinet chair-elect.
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.
Rachelle (Ramsey) Miller (MS '04) received her MBA with a leadership concentration from Bluffton University in 2016. She has been the director of Troy-Miami County Public Library in Ohio for the past eight years.
Roy Saldana (MS '08) is the project director for Achieving College Excellence (ACE), a program at Loyola University that serves first-generation college students, students with a high financial need, and students with a documented disability.
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.
Alec Sonsteby (MS '05) was named to the editorial board of the Journal of Web Librarianship. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the faculty of Metropolitan State University and as statewide board member of the Inter Faculty Organization, the union representing faculty at the seven universities of the Minnesota State system.
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.
Jeffry Dean Archer (MS '91) starts his new position at McGill University on January 1, 2017, after serving as head of reference and bibliographer for business and economics at the University of Chicago for over 21 years.
Michelle Glatt (MS '93) received the School Librarian of the Year Award from the Illinois School Library Media Association. Glatt is a librarian at Chiddix and Evans Junior High Schools in Bloomington-Normal. Chiddix held a parade in her honor, where she rode a tandem bike down the hallways while wearing a "super librarian" cape and crown and throwing candy to students who held signs and cheered.
Patt Leonard (MS '93) is assistant metadata librarian at Arizona State University Libraries in Tempe, the same department where she got her first library job as an undergraduate assistant.
Thomas Marsh (MS '91) became the director of the Johnson County (Kansas) Law Library in October 2016, after spending the past seventeen years at Dentons US LLP.
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.
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.
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.
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.