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.

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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.

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

2020

  • Bafna, Akshay (Class of 2020) 5 months 13 days ago

    Akshay Bafna (MS/IM '20) recently started as a manager for Salesforce Einstein Analytics team in KPMG LLP. He will support business in improving processes and workflow to enhance the data quality, provide insights from data coming from different sources in Salesforce Tableau CRM, and work on automation and AI/ML Einstein discovery reports in Salesforce platform.

  • Creswell, Marilyn (Class of 2020) 4 months 3 days ago

    In March 2022, Marilyn Creswell (MS/LIS '20) was hired by the University of Michigan Law Library as an information resources assistant intermediate.

  • del Carmen Cifuentes, Maria (Class of 2022) 2 months 28 days ago

    María del Carmen Cifuentes (MS/LIS '22) started a new position as adult services specialist/DOJ accredited representative at Addison (IL) Public Library in April 2022.

  • Flore, Rebecca (Class of 2021) 4 months 17 days ago

    Rebecca Flore (MS/LIS '21) is the special collections metadata librarian at the University of Chicago.

  • Green, Zhaneille (Class of 2021) 1 month 2 days ago

    Zhaneille Green (MS/LIS '21) has been selected as an Innovation Fellow by ITHAKA. She will be part of an inaugural cohort of fellows spending six weeks learning and applying design thinking and lean startup skills in the education/library space.

  • Greenlee, Rebecca (Class of 2021) 4 months 2 days ago

    Rebecca Greenlee (MS/LIS '21) has accepted a position with the Education Justice Project as a community library co-coordinator, where she will be working with community and student librarians in the community library located within the Danville (IL) Correctional Center.

  • Hutton, Dyamond (Class of 2021) 4 months 3 days ago

    Dyamond Hutton (MS/LIS '21) accepted a full-time position digitizing the collection dealing with President Truman’s decision to desegregate the military in 1948.

  • Liao, Diana (Class of 2020) 4 months 30 days ago

    Diana Liao (MS/LIS '20), education associate at the Japan House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was selected by the Rare Book School as a Cultural Heritage Fellow for the 2022–2024 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage.

  • Schaefer, Fernanda (Class of 2020) 3 months 13 days ago

    Fernanda Schaefer (MS/LIS '20) started a new position as manager, enterprise metadata and taxonomy at NBCUniversal, where she will help devise and maintain an enterprise-level content classification taxonomy. She has been working at NBCUniversal since graduation and was previously a metadata analyst in the anti-piracy group.

  • Warren, Olivia (Class of 2021) 2 months 23 days ago

    Olivia Warren (MS/LIS '21) serves as the program coordinator for Allerton Park and Retreat Center, which is owned by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Wittman, Hollis (Class of 2021) 1 month 4 days ago

    Hollis Wittman (MS/LIS '21) has accepted a position as the metadata and music library specialist at Virginia Tech. She has also been appointed the digitization manager for the the journal of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).

  • Zerrenner, Emily (Class of 2022) 2 months 7 days ago

    Emily Zerrenner (MS/LIS '22) is a research and instructional services librarian at Salisbury University in Maryland.

2010

  • Alexander, Jess (Class of 2013) 25 days 6 hours ago

    Jess Alexander (MS/LIS '13) has received the Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Askins, Joe (Class of 2012) 4 months 18 days ago

    Joe Askins (MS/LIS '12) has accepted the position of technical services manager at the Fayetteville (AR) Public Library. He was previously the head of instructional services for the University of Missouri Libraries in Columbia.

  • Bane, Treasa (Class of 2017) 15 days 6 hours ago

    Treasa Bane (MS/LIS '17) is starting a new role in August 2022 as copyright and scholarly communications librarian at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Benson, Sara (Class of 2017) 27 days 6 hours ago

    Sara Benson (MS/LIS '17), copyright librarian at the University of Illinois, has received the 2022 Outstanding Public Engagement Award from the University Library.

  • Boden, Lizzy (Class of 2018) 2 months 21 days ago

    Lizzy Boden (MS/LIS '18) was featured in the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Member Spotlight on May 2, 2022.

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 1 month 2 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS/LIS '15) was elected to the board of trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation of American Library Association. His new picture book, The Most Haunted House in America, a Halloween story about skeleton drummers and the ghosts that haunt the White House, will be published by Abrams Kids on August 2, 2022. 
     

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 3 months 17 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS/LIS '15) was featured in the Evanston RoundTable on April 18, 2022.

  • Dinnocenzo , Carla (Class of 2015) 17 days 2 hours ago

    Carla Dinnocenzo (MS/LIS '15) has been promoted to assistant department head of youth and teen services at the Palos Heights (IL) Public Library.

  • Eberle, Holly (Class of 2015) 4 months 29 days ago

    Holly Eberle (MS/LIS '15) is an ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Blogger (2020-2022), ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee member (2019-2021), and leader of a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten club at the Algonquin Area Public Library District, where she serves as teen outreach & programming librarian (2022-2023).

  • Erlanger, Julia (Class of 2014) 2 months 7 days ago

    Julia Erlanger (MS/LIS '14) coauthored the book, LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Children's Librarianship: Policies, Programs, and Practices, which was recently published by Libraries Unlimited (ABC-CLIO).

  • Gough, John (Class of 2014) 5 months 3 hours ago

    John Gough (MS/LIS '14) chaired the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2022 DRIVE/Conference on March 8-9 in New Orleans.

  • Jihan, Itzel (Class of 2019) 1 month 7 days ago

    Itzel Jihan (MS/LIS '19) recently began serving as data governance lead at Jobcase, Inc.

  • Johnson, EvaAnne (Class of 2018) 1 day 4 hours ago

    EvaAnne Johnson (MS/LIS '18), volunteer librarian at Starhill Forest Arboretum, was recently recognized for her instrumental role in the creation, design, and completion of a new library at the Arboretum. She has been cataloging their specialized collection since 2016, in preparation for moving the books from a private collection to the new library.

  • Kelley, Dustin (Class of 2018) 27 days 6 hours ago

    Dustin Kelley (MS/LIS '18) has started a new position as a research and instruction librarian at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

  • Lansdown , Kristin (Class of 2019) 2 months 14 days ago

    Kristin Lansdown (MS/LIS '19) recently accepted a new role of librarian and inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) coordinator at DePaul University, beginning July 2022.

  • Lapp, Anna (Class of 2017) 4 months 3 days ago

    Anna Lapp (MS/LIS '17) started at the Cincinnati (OH) Public Library as a youth librarian in May 2021 after working in Washington state. In April 2022, she will move to the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library to work as a youth librarian.

  • Lenstra, Noah (Class of 2016) 4 months 9 days ago

    Starting August 1, 2022, Noah Lenstra (PhD '16) will be an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

  • Long, Ashley (Class of 2019) 3 months 26 days ago

    Ashley Long (MS/LIS '19) is the recipient of the 2022 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Frances Henne Award. 

  • MacKendrick, Katie (Class of 2018) 2 months 14 days ago

    Katie MacKendrick (MS/LIS '18) has accepted a new position as catalog and metadata librarian at the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver (CO) Public Library.

  • Mann, Adam (Class of 2013) 4 months 28 days ago

    Adam Mann (MS/LIS '13) has changed careers and is now a software engineer.

  • Mi, Xiying (Class of 2011) 5 months 19 days ago

    Xiying Mi (MS/LIS '11), digital initiatives metadata librarian at the University of South Florida, has been named an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Fellow.

  • Miller, Jhani (Class of 2015) 2 months 21 days ago

    Jhani Miller (MS/LIS '15) has received ACRL Membership Funding for BIPOC Library Workers.

  • Miller, Jhani (Class of 2015) 5 months 7 days ago

    Jhani Miller (MS/LIS '15) has received a Code4Lib 2022 Diversity Scholarship and Public Library Association (PLA) 2022 Scholarship.

  • Miller, Jhani (Class of 2015) 4 months 23 days ago

    Jhani Miller (MS/LIS '15) has received the All of Us Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

  • Moore, Valerie (Class of 2019) 1 month 9 days ago

    Valerie Moore (MS/LIS '19) has received the James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Ward from the Speical Libraries Association (SLA). The award recognizes new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. 

  • Murray, Gail (Class of 2015) 2 months 14 days ago

    Gail Murray (MS/LIS '15) has accepted a position as the electronic resources management librarian at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

  • Nagle, Sarah (Class of 2015) 1 month 14 days ago

    In May 2022, Sarah Nagle (MS/LIS '15) published Innovation and Experiential Learning in Academic Libraries with co-editor Elias Tzoc.

  • Norton, Christina (Class of 2014) 2 months 22 days ago

    Christina Norton (MS/LIS '14) has been elected secretary of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL).

  • Rains, Hillary (Class of 2014) 15 days 6 hours ago

    Hillary Rains (MS/LIS '14) rejoined the library profession, accepting the position of community engagement manager at Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield, Illinois.

  • Riggs, Allison (Class of 2018) 26 days 3 hours ago

    Allison Riggs (MS/LIS '18) has received the Young Adult Library Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Ruan, Lian (Class of 2011) 5 months 7 days ago

    Lian Ruan (PhD '11), iSchool research affiliate and head librarian at the U of I Illinois Fire Service Institute, and her team received an ALA American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries to develop a Children Fire Safety Literacy Reading and Discussion Program. The project will purchase and catalog 68 books about fire safety for preschool through high school readers.

  • Ruiz, Miguel (Class of 2013) 5 months 21 days ago

    Miguel Ruiz (MS/LIS '13), library supervisor at the Arlington (VA) Public Library, has been named to the American Library Association (ALA) Policy Corps.

  • Smith, Mikki (Class of 2017) 4 months 1 day ago

    Mikki Smith (PhD '17) became the medical librarian for Guthrie, based at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, in November 2021. She was awarded a 2022 Hospital Libraries Professional Development Grant by the Hospital Library Caucus of the Medical Library Association, and she is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

  • Swatscheno, Janet (Class of 2014) 2 months 16 days ago

    Janet Swatscheno (MS/LIS '14) has accepted a position as digital scholarship librarian/associate director of outreach and education at HathiTrust Research Center.

  • Swearingen, Christinna (Class of 2019) 15 days 6 hours ago

    Christinna Swearingen (MS/LIS '19) was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to serve a three-year term on the Council for Library and Network Development (COLAND) to improve library services for all of Wisconsin and also recently received a fellowship for bringing educational virtual reality to the state through the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

  • Tang, Lydia (Class of 2015) 4 months 2 days ago

    Lydia Tang (MS/LIS '15) has been elected to a three-year Council term with the Society of American Archivists.

  • Trei, Kelli (Class of 2012) 1 month 8 days ago

    Kelli Trei (MS/LIS '12) has been elected vice-chair of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Executive Committee.

  • Vetsch, Angela (Class of 2014) 2 months 9 days ago

    Angela Vetsch (MS/LIS '14) has accepted the position of library director at Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

  • Yocum, Penelope (Class of 2012) 5 months 3 hours ago

    Penelope Yocum (MS/LIS '12) will start a new job in April as the registrar/collection manager at the National Park Service Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

2000

  • Benevento, Jenny (Class of 2005) 7 days 3 hours ago

    Jenny Benevento (MS/LIS '05) researched, indexed, and wrote a literature review about the history of diagrams for the new book, Stuck? Diagrams Help, by information architect Abby Covert. 

  • Chambers, Tamela (Class of 2005) 30 days 2 hours ago

    Tamela Chambers (MS/LIS '05) is the recipient of the 2022 Demco Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA) Excellence in Librarianship Award. This award recognizes librarians who have made significant contributions to the promotion of African Americans in the library profession.

  • Edwards, Eric (Class of 2006) 21 days 6 hours ago

    Eric Edwards (MS/LIS '06) is president-elect of Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI), vice-chair/chair-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Chapters Council, co-chair of the Illinois Library Association's 2023 Conference Program Committee, and a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Support for Creation of Open Educational Resources Advisory Committee and Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Nominations Committee.

  • Finnell, Joshua (Class of 2007) 2 months 14 days ago

    Joshua Finnell (MS/LIS '07) was recently promoted to full professor in the University Libraries at Colgate University.

  • Foote, Diane (Class of 2006) 4 months 24 days ago

    Diane Foote (MS '06) has announced her retirement as executive director of the Illinois Library Association, which is scheduled for November 2022.

  • German, Beth (Class of 2009) 2 months 14 days ago

    Beth German (MS/LIS '09) started a new position as the assistant director for assessment and user experience at the Princeton University Library.

  • Hollis, Kate Fultz (Class of 2004) 1 day 4 hours ago

    Kate Fultz Hollis (MS/LIS '04) lives in Los Angeles and works remotely for the medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. This summer, she and her supervisor, Bill Hersh, edited the 8th edition of Health Informatics

  • King, Lindsay (Class of 2008) 4 hours ago

    Lindsay King (MS/LIS '08) is the new head of the Bowes Art and Architecture Library at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, she was a librarian in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University for eleven years, most recently as associate director for access and research services.

  • Mackinder, Lisa (Class of 2007) 15 days 6 hours ago

    Lisa Mackinder (nee Sibert) (MS/LIS '07) has accepted a position with California Digital Library as assistant director of systemwide licensing and collection services. Though appointed as interim assistant director in June 2021, she was selected for the permanent position through a national search in March 2022.

  • McHone-Chase, Sarah (Class of 2005) 2 months 20 days ago

    Sarah McHone-Chase (MS/LIS '05) has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL).

  • McLellan, Amanda (Class of 2008) 6 days 4 hours ago

    Amanda McLellan (MS/LIS '08) has been named director of Thomas Library at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Nappo, Caroline (Class of 2008) 3 months 24 days ago

    Caroline Nappo (MS/LIS '08, PhD '15) and Edward Remus (MS/LIS '10) will co-present "Libraries as Partners in Heterodoxy: History, Current Conflicts, and Best Practices" at the Heterodox Academy's annual conference in Denver this June.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 5 months 13 days ago

    Safiya Noble (MS/LIS '09, PhD '12) was named the inaugural recipient of the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which acknowledges leaders creating change within the social justice and technology realm to advance civil and human rights.

  • Reece, Scott (Class of 2006) 3 months 24 days ago

    Scott Reece (MS/LIS '06) has accepted a position as the e-resources librarian at Central New Mexico Community College.

  • Rhinesmith, Colin (Class of 2004) 3 months 3 hours ago

    Colin Rhinesmith (PhD '04) started a new position in 2022 as the founder and director of the Digital Equity Research Center (DERC) at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. The DERC engages in community-based and participatory digital equity research to advance social, economic, and racial justice.

  • Scott, Rachel (Class of 2007) 5 months 16 days ago

    Rachel Scott (MS/LIS '07), associate dean for information assets at Illinois State University's Milner Library, has been selected as the new editor of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) journal. 

  • Shah, Stacey (Class of 2008) 2 months 27 days ago

    Stacey Shah (MS/LIS '08) was featured as an Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Member of the Week on April 25, 2022. She serves as a professor and distance learning librarian at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois.

1990

  • Barnes, Laura (Class of 1993) 28 days 6 hours ago

    Laura Barnes (MS/LIS '93), sustainability information curator for the University of Illinois' Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, was featured in the Illinois Library Association's Member Spotlight for the week of July 11, 2022. 

  • Bishop, Nancy Driscoll (Class of 1990) 4 days 5 hours ago

    Nancy Driscoll Bishop (MS/LIS '90) passed away on July 12, 2022.

  • Cauthen, Paul (Class of 1991) 2 months 14 days ago

    Paul Cauthen (MS/LIS '91) retired from the University of Cincinnati in 2020 as assistant music librarian emeritus.

  • Coleman, Anita (Class of 1996) 6 days 4 hours ago

    Anita Coleman (PhD '96) authored a chapter in the open access book, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism in Collection Development, which was recently published by the American Theological Libraries Association.

  • Pifer, Jill (Class of 1998) 5 months 17 days ago

    Jill Pifer (MS/LIS '98), library director at the Fairview Heights (IL) Library, serves on the steering committee for an initiative called Illinois Libraries Present.

  • Saia, David (Class of 1995) 5 months 19 days ago

    David Saia (MS/LIS '95) has been appointed as chair of the ALA's Stonewall Book Awards - Children's and Young Adult Committee.

  • Sweda, Jennifer Erica (Class of 1994) 6 days 4 hours ago

    Jennifer Erica Sweda (MS/LIS '94) has taken a position as an editorial specialist for Merck (via Aquent). She is putting her cataloging skills to use checking and updating metadata for Merck promotional materials, as well as providing editorial quality control.

  • Thomas, Lynne (Class of 1999) 3 months 13 days ago

    Lynne M. Thomas (MS/LIS '99), head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library and an iSchool adjunct professor, has been recognized as a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine for her work in Uncanny Magazine, for which she is the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. 

  • Todd, Alex (Class of 1995) 2 months 20 days ago

    Alex Todd (MS/LIS '95) has been elected to the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Executive Board.

1980

  • Diodato, Virgil (Class of 1981) 2 months 20 days ago

    Virgil P. Diodato (PhD '81) credits Professors Smith and Lancaster for piquing his interest in how people search for information. After spending 35 years as a freelance indexer, he spent much of his 20 years of retirement as a volunteer in medical services, helping medical workers and patients find the information they need. 

  • Horcher, Ann-Marie (Class of 1981) 17 days 2 hours ago

    Ann-Marie Horcher (MS/LIS '81) has joined Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, as an associate professor in computer science and the program lead for developing the new cybersecurity program. She completed a Fulbright fellowship in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2022.

  • Johnson, Mary Kirby (Class of 1981) 15 days 6 hours ago

    Mary Kirby Johnson (MS/LIS '81) retired from her position as adjunct reference and instruction librarian at Rogue Community College in White City, Oregon, in June 2020. She was happy to return to academic librarianship for the last part of her career.

  • McNeil, Beth (Class of 1989) 3 months 21 days ago

    Beth McNeil (MS/LIS '89), dean of Libraries and School of Information Studies and Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science at Purdue University, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She will become president-elect in July 2022 and assume the presidency in July 2023 for a one-year term.

  • Tenopir , Carol (Class of 1984) 2 months 20 days ago

    In August 2021, Carol Tenopir (PhD '84) retired after 27 years as a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Tucker, Mark (Class of 1983) 2 months 14 days ago

    After retiring from Purdue University, Mark Tucker (PhD '83) served as dean of library and information resources at Abilene Christian University from 2003-2011. He co-edited, with Mark McCallon, The Academic Library in the United States: Historical Perspectives, currently in press. He is grateful to "world-class professors" D.W. Krummel and Linda C. Smith.

1970

  • Harris, Kathryn (Class of 1971) 4 months 30 days ago

    Kathryn Harris (MS/LIS '71) was interviewed by NPR's Community Voices about her career from learning French to library science.

  • Phillips, Don (Class of 1976) 4 months 30 days ago

    At 92, Don Phillips (MS/LIS '76) has become a great-grandfather again on March 9, 2022.

  • Van Kirk, Ruth (Class of 1972) 2 months 15 days ago

    Ruth Van Kirk (MS/LIS '72) passed away on May 3. She worked for many years in serial cataloguing at the University of Illinois Library, retiring as an associate professor.

  • Wise, Olga Bornstein (Class of 1972) 5 months 22 days ago

    Olga Bornstein Wise (MS/LIS '72) recently published her family history, From the Elbe to the Rio Grande. The book includes translations from German into English of important family resources and many images from her large family archive—"all organized thanks to skills gained in my studies in information science."