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) 2 months 25 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) 1 month 17 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) 12 days 6 hours 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.

  • Deushane, Katelin (Class of 2021) 4 months 3 days ago

    Katelin Deushane (MS/LIS '21) is a youth services librarian at Sarasota County (FL) Libraries.

  • Flore, Rebecca (Class of 2021) 2 months 1 day ago

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

  • Greenlee, Rebecca (Class of 2021) 1 month 16 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) 1 month 16 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.

  • Ihssen, Clarissa (Class of 2021) 4 months 18 days ago

    Clarissa Ihssen (MS/LIS '21) is a science liaison and reference librarian for Georgetown University Library.

  • Liao, Diana (Class of 2020) 2 months 14 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.

  • López, Eileen (Class of 2020) 5 months 9 days ago

    Eileen López (MS/LIS '20) has been promoted to senior design researcher for Arity, a telematics and behavioral insights company.

  • Lueshen, Kristy (Class of 2021) 3 months 14 days ago

    Kristy Lueshen (MS/LIS '21) is the student success resident librarian at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • Rooks, Alysha (Class of 2020) 3 months 28 days ago

    Alysha Rooks (MS/LIS '20) authored the book, The Black Joke, The True Story of One Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade, which was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

  • Saenz, Ernestina (Class of 2020) 5 months 8 days ago

    Ernestina (Tina) Saenz (MS/LIS '20) was recently promoted to project cataloging librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

  • Schaefer, Fernanda (Class of 2020) 27 days 6 hours 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) 7 days 6 hours 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.

2010

  • Askins, Joe (Class of 2012) 2 months 1 day 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.

  • Boden, Lizzy (Class of 2018) 4 days 6 hours ago

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

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 4 months 4 days ago

    Ann Matsushima Chiu (MS/LIS '15) wrote a chapter, "Our Zine Futures: A Call for Accessible, Inclusive, and Diverse Zine Communities," for the newly published Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing (ALA Editions/CORE 2022).

  • Conley, James (Class of 2013) 3 months 15 days ago

    James Conley (MS/LIS '13) was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives in Chicago after serving as a volunteer exhibit curator for six years. Furthermore, he was elected co-president of the Board and invites all librarians and interested parties to drop by for a visit.

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

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

  • DeNotto, Michael (Class of 2012) 3 months 14 days ago

    Michael DeNotto (MS/LIS '12) has been promoted to associate librarian/professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

  • Driver, Jason (Class of 2011) 5 months 8 days ago

    Jason Driver (MS/LIS '11) has been named director of the Kitsap Regional Library in Kitsap County, Washington. He served most recently as a district chief at Chicago Public Library, overseeing 14 branches and the supervision of 125 staff.

  • Eberle, Holly (Class of 2015) 2 months 13 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).

  • Goodsett, Mandi (Class of 2013) 4 months 18 days ago

    The American Library Association has selected Mandi Goodsett (MS/LIS '13), performing arts & humanities librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio, as the 2022 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellow. 

  • Gough, John (Class of 2014) 2 months 14 days 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.

  • Hyatt, Julie (Class of 2012) 3 months 20 days ago

    Julie Hyatt (MS/LIS '12) is a proposal content administrator for Health Care Service Corporation, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield divisions in five states.

  • Lapp, Anna (Class of 2017) 1 month 18 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) 1 month 22 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) 1 month 8 days ago

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

  • Mann, Adam (Class of 2013) 2 months 11 days ago

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

  • Mi, Xiying (Class of 2011) 3 months 3 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) 5 days 6 hours ago

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

  • Miller, Jhani (Class of 2015) 2 months 22 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) 2 months 7 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).

  • Norick, Stephanie (Class of 2015) 4 months 11 days ago

    Stephanie Norick (MS/LIS '15) started a new position as a Tableau business intelligence senior analyst with Salesforce.

  • Norton, Christina (Class of 2014) 3 days 2 hours ago

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

  • Pérez, Ziba (Class of 2012) 4 months 4 days ago

    Ziba Pérez (MS/LIS '12) wrote a chapter, "Circulating Zines," for the newly published Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing (ALA Editions/CORE 2022).

  • Potempa, Katie (Class of 2017) 4 months 4 days ago

    Katie (Lucas) Potempa (MS/LIS '17) started a new position in January as a corporate archivist at Caterpillar Inc.

  • Rhinesmith, Colin (Class of 2014) 4 months 17 days ago

    Colin Rhinesmith (PhD '14) has been appointed as senior director of research and fellowships for Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.

  • Ruan, Lian (Class of 2011) 2 months 22 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) 3 months 3 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) 1 month 16 days 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.

  • Snyder, Libby (Class of 2014) 5 months 10 days ago

    In 2020, Libby Snyder (MS/LIS '14) became the K-5 librarian for Gray’s Woods Elementary in the State College Area School district in Pennsylvania. She also served as the chair of the 2018 Lee Bennet Hopkins Award committee for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

  • Steinke, Cassidy (Class of 2015) 4 months 11 days ago

    Cassidy Steinke (MS/LIS '15) recently accepted the position of public services manager for the Matteson Area Public Library District in Matteson, Illinois.

  • Swearingen, Christinna (Class of 2019) 3 months 19 days ago

    In December 2021, Christinna Swearingen (MS/LIS '19) started a new position as the library director for Rusk County Community Library in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She has volunteered with the Library of Congress on a metadata project since January 2021.

  • Tang, Lydia (Class of 2015) 1 month 16 days ago

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

  • Tringali, Billy (Class of 2019) 5 months 21 days ago

    Billy Tringali (MS/LIS '19) has started a new position as a research and instruction librarian at Babson College in his home state of Massachusetts. He recently published the second issue of the Journal of Anime and Manga Studies, an open-access journal he started while he was a student at the iSchool.

  • Yocum, Penelope (Class of 2012) 2 months 13 days 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

  • Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2009) 5 months 2 days ago

    Jeanie Austin (MS/LIS '09, PhD '17) was interviewed by Ithaka S+R about their new book, Library Services and Incarceration: Recognizing Barriers, Strengthening Access.

  • Foote, Diane (Class of 2006) 2 months 7 days ago

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

  • Jimenez, Migdalia (Class of 2007) 5 months 8 days ago

    Migdalia Jimenez (MS/LIS '07) started a new role as the branch manager of Mabel Manning Branch, Chicago Public Library.

  • Lindner, Mark (Class of 2006) 3 months 21 days ago

    Mark Lindner (MS/LIS '06) passed away on January 31, 2022, in Bend, Oregon.

  • Lupkin, Josh (Class of 2008) 4 months 4 days ago

    Josh Lupkin (MS/LIS '08) wrote a chapter, "Genre, Context, and Purpose in Contemporary Latin American Fanzines," for the newly published Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing (ALA Editions/CORE 2022).

  • McHone-Chase, Sarah (Class of 2005) 4 days 6 hours ago

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

  • Nappo, Caroline (Class of 2008) 1 month 8 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) 2 months 25 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) 1 month 8 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) 14 days 6 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) 3 months 6 hours 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) 11 days 6 hours 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.

  • Willette, Kerri (Class of 2005) 5 months 21 days ago

    Kerri Willette (MS/LIS '05) coauthored the "Humans in the Loop" recommendation report from LC Labs, which was recently released by the Library of Congress.

1990

  • Coleman, Anita (Class of 1996) 5 months 2 days ago

    Anita Coleman (PhD '96) will serve as a panelist for the webinar, "Conversations on Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Breaking Digital Barriers, by Unboxing Empathy and Equity in the Post-COVID-19," on January 5.

  • Pifer, Jill (Class of 1998) 3 months 1 day 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) 3 months 3 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.

  • Siegel, Leora (Class of 1991) 3 months 22 days ago

    Leora Siegel (MS/LIS '91), senior director of the Chicago Botanic Garden's Lenhardt Library, was interviewed by Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for a Specialized Libraries Spotlight

  • Thomas, Lynne (Class of 1999) 26 days 6 hours 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) 4 days 6 hours ago

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

1980

  • Bodling, Kurt (Class of 1988) 5 months 8 days ago

    Kurt A.T. Bodling (MS/LIS '88) has been named director of the Appalachian Trail Museum's Research Library in Gardners, Pennsylvania.

  • Cockerham, Cynthia (Class of 1980) 4 months 2 days ago

    Cynthia R. Cockerham (MS/LIS '80) passed away on January 22, 2022, in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

  • Diodato, Virgil (Class of 1981) 3 days 2 hours 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. 

  • McNeil, Beth (Class of 1989) 1 month 5 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) 4 days 6 hours ago

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

1970

  • Davis, Elisabeth (Class of 1970) 3 months 22 days ago

    Elisabeth (Betty) Bachman Davis (MS/LIS '70) passed away on December 13, 2021, in Chicago.

  • Harris, Kathryn (Class of 1971) 2 months 12 days ago

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

  • Harris, Kathryn (Class of 1971) 3 months 22 days ago

    Kathryn Harris (MS/LIS '71) was interviewed for the Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stories: Oral Histories project. She holds a bachelor's degree in French from SIU.

  • Phillips, Don (Class of 1976) 2 months 13 days ago

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

  • Wise, Olga Bornstein (Class of 1972) 3 months 5 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."