Class Notes

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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.

We're proud of the accomplishments of our alumni and their contributions to the field and their communities!


  • Affinito, Alessandra (Class of 2018) 2 months 10 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) 4 months 4 days 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.

  • Barrientos, Quetzalli (Class of 2015) 1 month 9 days ago

    Quetzalli Barrientos (MS '15) moved to Medford, Massachusetts, and accepted the position of arts and humanities research and instruction librarian at Tisch Library at Tufts University. Before Tufts, she was at American University in Washington D.C. for three years, where she was the first resident librarian for reference and instruction.

  • Chamberlain Kritikos, Katie (Class of 2010) 9 days 2 hours ago

    Katie Chamberlain Kritikos (MS '10) recently relocated to Champaign-Urbana and is a new adjunct lecturer at the School of Information Sciences.

  • Conley, James (Class of 2013) 2 months 28 days 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.

  • Conrad, Suzanna (Class of 2011) 2 months 27 days 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) 4 months 25 days 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) 5 months 17 days ago

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

  • Fabiku, Adebola (Class of 2012) 3 months 20 days ago

    Adebola Fabiku (MS '12), head of interlibrary loan & document delivery services for the University of Washington, has been selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Association of Research Libraries Leadership & Career Development Program. 

  • Goodsett, Mandi (Class of 2013) 2 months 21 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) 2 months 28 days ago

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

  • Hallman, Shelby (Class of 2017) 5 months 6 days ago

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

  • LaChance, William (Class of 2016) 4 months 1 day 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.

  • Lehnen, Carl (Class of 2013) 2 months 17 days ago

    Carl Lehnen (MS '13) was elected secretary of Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL).

  • Lynch, Joshua (Class of 2017) 2 months 3 days ago

    Joshua Lynch (MS '17) started a position as a visiting metadata services specialist for the Illinois DPLA Hub as part of the Content Access Management department of the University Library.

  • McCoy-Simmons, Casey (Marks-McCoy) (Class of 2014) 4 months 20 days 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.

  • McKeever, Lucas (Class of 2013) 2 months 2 hours ago

    Lucas McKeever (MS '13), head of technical services at Elmwood Park Public Library, is the recipient of the 2018 TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award presented by Illinois Library Association's Resources and Technical Services Forum.

  • Mead-Harvey, Benjamin (Class of 2011) 2 months 13 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) 4 months 9 days ago

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

  • Mroczek (Bayci), Emily (Class of 2014) 2 months 27 days ago

    Emily Bayci (MS '14) married Marek Mroczek on April 28, 2018 and has changed her name to Emily Mroczek.

  • Padilla, Thomas (Class of 2013) 3 months 20 days ago

    Thomas Padilla (MS '13), visiting digital research services librarian for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Association of Research Libraries Leadership & Career Development Program. 

  • Padilla, Thomas (Class of 2014) 27 days 2 hours ago

    Thomas Padilla (MS '14), visiting digital research services librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, recently received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the first awarded in the state of Nevada. The grant will fund his work as principal investigator on Collections as Data: Part to Whole, a three-year project that brings together the question of how to implement cultural heritage collections as data with the question of how to develop roles and services that optimally support their scholarly use.

  • Phillips, Nancy Kim (Class of 2011) 6 months 2 hours ago

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

  • Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 3 months 26 days 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.

  • Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 1 month 16 days ago

    Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) will receive a 2018 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for her groundbreaking content moderation research. 

  • Salopek, Alexander (Class of 2015) 3 months 5 days ago

    Alexander Salopek (MS '15), acquisitions/government documents librarian for the Supreme Court of the United States, has been chosen to participate in the highly competitive American Library Association Leadership Institute. 

  • Sarwark, Robert (Class of 2016) 5 months 21 days 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.

  • Shaw, Emily Frieda (Class of 2010) 1 month 19 days ago

    Emily Frieda Shaw (MS '08, CAS '10) recently started a position as digitization manager for the Obama Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Soboroff, Holly (Class of 2017) 1 month 6 days ago

    Holly Soboroff (MS '17) has accepted a position as instructional services librarian at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

  • Sullivan, Madison (Class of 2015) 4 months 30 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.

  • Trammell, Anna (Class of 2015) 2 months 6 days ago

    Anna Trammell (MS '15) has accepted a position as university archivist/special collections librarian at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

  • Urberg, Michelle (Class of 2016) 2 months 16 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) 2 months 7 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.

  • Wittenberg, Jamie (Class of 2015) 8 days 2 hours ago

    Jamie Wittenberg (MS '15) recently received an $850k IMLS grant to fund the Shared BigData-Gateway project, an effort to develop, seed, and maintain a cloud-based, extensible infrastructure for sharing large academic library data resources. IMLS LG-70-18-0202.


  • Caldara, Tara (Yoder) (Class of 2005) 4 months 8 days 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.

  • Carstensen, Angela (Class of 2000) 1 month 10 days ago

    Angela Carstensen (MS '00), an independent school librarian for 18 years, published The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature with ALA Editions in June. She is an active book reviewer and has served YALSA as chair of the Michael L. Printz Award, Alex Award, and Nonfiction Award committees. She is also the author of Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (2011).

  • Chapuis, Audrey (Class of 2006) 8 days 2 hours ago

    Audrey Chapuis (MS '06) has been named director of the American Library in Paris. The Library is an independent, non-profit institution that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. It is the largest English language lending library on the European continent.

  • Dahlen, Sarah Park (Class of 2009) 2 months 28 days ago

    Sarah Park Dahlen (MS '09, 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.

  • Edwards, Eric (Class of 2006) 19 days 2 hours ago

    Eric Edwards (MS '06) recently completed a year as co-chair of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Resource Sharing Committee. He is continuing as co-chair of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Reporter Advisory Committee. In October, he will start a one-year term as Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) President.

  • Elia, Anthony (Class of 2007) 5 months 2 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) 5 months 7 days 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. 

  • Hamb, Christopher (Class of 2004) 2 months 29 days ago

    Christopher Hamb (MS '04) was called home on June 14, 2018. One of his many accomplishments was assistant professor of the Engineering Library. Chris lived his life and loved it. "C4 FOR LIFE!"

  • Han, Myung-Ja (Class of 2006) 3 months 20 days ago

    Myung-Ja Han (MS '06), associate professor of library administration and metadata librarian for the University of Illinois, has been selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Association of Research Libraries Leadership & Career Development Program. 

  • Hartman, Rochelle (Class of 2008) 5 months 21 days 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.

  • Jeter, Melissa (Class of 2008) 5 months 21 days 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.

  • Mechler, Anita (Class of 2008) 1 month 25 days ago

    Anita Mechler (MS '08) has been named the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

  • Murrey, Matthew (Class of 2003) 2 months 28 days 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 months 13 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.

  • Pierre-Louis, Elizabeth (Class of 2003) 2 months 13 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) 2 months 22 days ago

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

  • Shaw, Emily Frieda (Class of 2008) 1 month 16 days ago

    Emily Frieda Shaw (MS '08, CAS '10) began her new role as digitization manager at the Obama Foundation in July 2018.

  • Shreeves, Sarah (Class of 2002) 2 months 28 days 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.


  • Bueche, Jennifer (Class of 1994) 2 months 2 hours ago

    Jennifer Bueche (MS '94), director of KidSpace at the Gail Borden Public Library District, has received the 2018 Davis Cup Award from the Illinois Library Association's Youth Services Forum.

  • Fegenbush Rachels, Angie (Class of 1994) 2 months 3 days ago

    In September 2017, Angie Fegenbush Rachels (MS '94) began a new position as public services librarian at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.

  • Hickey, Liza (Class of 1999) 2 months 16 days ago

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

  • Kuhl, Jason (Class of 1999) 4 months 9 days ago

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

  • Salela, Pamela M. (Class of 1999) 2 months 13 days ago

    Pamela M. 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) 2 months 21 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 A. (Class of 1998) 5 months 21 days 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.

  • Thomas, Lynne M. (Class of 1999) 29 days 2 hours ago

    Lynne M. Thomas (MS '99), head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has won two Hugo Awards—science fiction's most prestigious award.


  • Allen, Beverly (Class of 1987) 2 months 9 days ago

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

  • Berger, Sidney (Sid) (Class of 1987) 5 months 30 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 G. (Class of 1986) 5 months 13 days 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) 5 months 17 days 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 months 14 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.

  • Niemeier, Cheryl L. (Class of 1986) 2 months 8 days ago

    Cheryl L. Niemeier (MS '86) started a new position as firm-wide director of Knowledge & Research Services for the Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP law firm's Indianapolis office. Taft is a full service law firm of over 430 attorneys with offices in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.


  • Pilachowski, David (Class of 1973) 2 months 21 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) 5 months 6 days 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.


  • Stowers, Marianne W. (Class of 1965) 9 days 2 hours ago

    Marianne W. Stowers (MS '65) has worked as a volunteer school librarian at Fairview Elementary School in Springfield, IL one day a week since retiring from the public library.