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) 1 month 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) 1 month 1 day 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) 1 month 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) 3 weeks 1 day 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.

Cohn, Kellye (Class of 2013) 2 months 2 days 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, Dr. David E. (Class of 2013) 1 month 1 week ago

On June 28, 2017, Dr. David E. Cox became the library director of the Joseph R. Skeen Library at New Mexico Tech in Soccoro, New Mexico.

DeNotto, Michael (Class of 2012) 1 week 5 days 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) 1 month 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.

Ellis, Kaylan (Class of 2014) 6 months 1 week ago

Kaylan (Hutcherson) Ellis (MS '14) accepted the position of technical services librarian in the Taggart Law Library of Ohio Northern University in June 2016.

Forero, David (Class of 2015) 2 months 1 day 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) 2 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.

Johnson, Andrew (Class of 2011) 4 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Kupferschmid, Linda (Class of 2015) 1 month 1 week ago

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

Langston, William (Class of 2014) 4 months 2 weeks ago

William Langston (MS '14) will start his new job as student success and engagement librarian at North Carolina State University on July 17.

Latham, Corrine (Class of 2014) 2 months 1 day 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.

Lechtenberg, Urszula (Class of 2014) 5 months 4 days ago

In January 2017, Urszula (Biegaj) Lechtenberg (MS '14) began working at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut as an instructional design librarian.

Lindenbaum, Sarah (Class of 2013) 3 months 1 week ago

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 seventeenth-century female book collector Frances Wolfreston's library.

Peres Evans, Marcela (Class of 2010) 2 months 3 days 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.

Perez, Celia (Class of 2012) 5 months 3 weeks ago

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.

Ransberger, Rebecca (Class of 2015) 2 days 6 hours 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.

Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 5 months 2 weeks ago

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

Roh, Charlotte (Class of 2013) 5 months 2 weeks ago

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. 

Sacchi, Simone (Class of 2015) 5 months 2 days ago

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.

Sullivan, Madison (Class of 2015) 5 months 2 weeks ago

Madison Sullivan (MS '15) joined the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle as a business research and instruction librarian in February 2017.

Trei, Kelli (Class of 2012) 5 months 4 days ago

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.

Wilson, Laura (Class of 2016) 3 weeks 6 days 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

Chapuis, Audrey (Class of 2006) 4 months 2 weeks ago

In February 2017, Audrey Chapuis (MS '06) assumed a new role as assistant director of Institutional Advancement at the American Library in Paris, France.

Chronister , Michelle (Class of 2009) 1 week 6 days 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) 1 month 2 weeks 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, Eric (Class of 2006) 1 month 2 weeks 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.

Edwards, Wendy (Class of 2009) 2 weeks 6 days 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.

Falciani-White, Nancy (Class of 2007) 5 days 6 hours 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) 3 weeks 1 day 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).

Houghton, Sarah (Class of 2001) 5 months 2 weeks ago

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. 

Ingram, Bill (Class of 2009) 1 month 6 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) 3 weeks 1 day 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) 2 months 2 days 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) 3 weeks 6 hours 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!"

Malone, David B. (Class of 2002) 4 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Perryman, Carol (Class of 2004) 3 weeks 1 day 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) 1 month 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) 2 days 6 hours 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) 1 month 1 week 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) 3 months 6 hours 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 day 6 hours 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.

Decade: 1990s

Banerjee, Kyle (Class of 1996) 2 months 1 day 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) 1 month 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) 1 month 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) 3 weeks 1 day 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) 4 months 1 week 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.

Tompson, Sara R. (Class of 1987) 5 months 1 week ago

Sara Tompson (MS '87) is serving as the 2017 president of the Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

Decade: 1970s

Cline, Lynn (Class of 1975) 5 months 1 week ago

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. 

Levy, Rose (Class of 1970) 4 months 1 week 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

El Hadi, Mohamed (Class of 1964) 3 months 1 week 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.

Estes, Elaine (Class of 1960) 5 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Hicks, Stanley (Class of 1969) 4 weeks 6 hours 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.

Shope, Grace (Class of 1967) 5 months 1 week ago

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.