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!


  • Boden, Elizabeth (Lizzy) (Class of 2018) 2 months 22 days ago

    Elizabeth (Lizzy) Boden (MS '18) was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.

  • Bond, David (Class of 2014) 4 months 17 days ago

    After retiring in June 2018 from the Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, David Bond (MS '14) came out of retirement in May 2019 to become the director of the Val Verde County Library, Del Rio, Texas.

  • Campbell, Sierra (Class of 2013) 1 month 12 days ago

    Sierra Campbell (MS '13) has accepted a position as a research and instruction librarian at Lewis University.

  • Charles, Heidi (Class of 2019) 5 months 19 days ago

    Heidi Charles (MS '19) started her new job as an archivist librarian at Nobel and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, in August.

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 3 months 21 days ago

    Ann Matsushima Chiu (MS '15) accepted a position as the social sciences librarian at the Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

  • Cox, David E. (Class of 2013) 3 months 22 days ago

    David E. Cox (MS '13) became the 2019-2020 president of the New Mexico Library Association on October 31.

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 2 months 24 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) was featured in an article about school safety in the U.S. published in The Guardian on December 2.

  • Davis, Robin (Class of 2012) 5 months 25 days ago

    Robin Davis (MS '12) started a new position as user experience librarian at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Previously, she was the emerging technologies & online learning librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York.

  • Dudak, Leah (Class of 2017) 4 months 17 days ago

    Leah Dudak (MS '17) received Public Library Association's (PLA) Demco New Leaders Travel Grant which will fund a trip to the PLA conference in 2020.

  • Greenlee, Michael (Class of 2010) 5 months 3 days ago

    Michael Greenlee (MS '10) started his new job as systems librarian at Wayne State University, working for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). The DALNET Consortium provides shared systems to member libraries including the Alma Library Services Platform and Primo Discovery System.

  • Haykal, Aaisha (Class of 2011) 5 months 29 days ago

    Aaisha N. Haykal (MS '11), manager of archival services at the Avery Research Center of African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, received an Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. The award is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals. 

  • Jacobs, Brittany (Class of 2018) 2 months 12 days ago

    Brittany Jacobs (MS '18) was named a 2019-2020 Fellow with the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship hosted by the National Institute of Out-of-School-Time at Wellesley College.

  • Jacobs, Jen (Class of 2016) 2 months 9 days ago

    Jen Jacobs (MS '16) started a new job in August as a librarian at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois (Township High School District 113).

  • Jihan, Itzel (Class of 2019) 15 days 12 hours ago

    Itzel Jihan (MS '19) started their position as a metadata curator at CAT Digital in Peoria, Illinois.

  • Kelley, Kevin (Class of 2018) 1 month 19 days ago

    Kevin Kelley (MS '18) has been promoted from children's librarian to afterschool program coordinator, a new position at the New York Public Library.

  • Kelly, Jane (Class of 2018) 2 months 10 days ago

    Jane Kelly (MS '18) recently left her position as web archiving assistant for the #metoo Digital Media Collection at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard, to become the records and accessioning archivist at Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives. She will be managing all transfers, whether analog or digital, from both campus partners and outside donors. She will also continue to serve as a steering committee member for the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists through 2021.

  • Knott, Gregory (Class of 2017) 1 month 22 days ago

    Gregory Knott (MS '17), an administrator for nearly two decades at the University of Illinois, has been appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University.

  • Labinger , Brittany (Class of 2017) 5 months 19 days ago

    Brittany (Craig) Labinger (MS '17) received the Ohio Library Council John Philip Outreach Award for her work on the Discovery on the Go program at the Lorain Public Library System.

  • Langston, William (Class of 2014) 3 months 20 days ago

    William Langson (MS '14) recently started a new position as entrepreneurship librarian at Michigan State University. His weekly contributions include serving as a mentor and resource for students in the research process. He credits Professor Michael Twidale's Entrepreneurial IT Design course as a major influence toward his approach at MSU.

  • Larson, Miriam (Class of 2011) 1 month 5 days ago

    Miriam Larson (MS '11, CAS '13) has been named executive director of the Independent Media Center in Urbana.

  • Lydston, Melissa (Class of 2015) 3 months 15 days ago

    Melissa Lydston (MS '15) started a new position as librarian informationist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in August. Prior to this position, she worked as the research support librarian at the New England College of Optometry for three years.

  • Maiuorana , Zachary (Class of 2019) 5 months 18 days ago

    Zachary Maiuorana (MS '19) was selected for the Librarians-in-Residence program at the Library of Congress. The program gives early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in at least one track of the following: Acquisitions and Collection Development, Cataloging and Metadata, Collection Preservation, Reference and Instruction, and Systems and Standards.

  • Moreno, Teresa (Class of 2019) 2 months 22 days ago

    Teresa Moreno (MS '19) was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.

  • Murray, Gail (Class of 2015) 3 months 22 days ago

    Gail Murray (MS '15) is teaching the Fall 2019 course "Digital Tools, Trends, and Debates" as associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's iSchool. She is also the WISCAT technical coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she manages Wisconsin's statewide interlibrary loan platform.

  • Nixon, Christopher (Class of 2015) 2 months 10 days ago

    Christopher Nixon (MS '15) started a new position as a user experience researcher at Facebook in Menlo Park, California. He credits his experience working as a research assistant with Professor Twidale as key to getting this position.

  • Norick, Stephanie (Class of 2015) 3 months 22 days ago

    Stephanie Norick (MS '15) started a new position as a visual analytics consultant with Decisive Data.

  • Ransberger, Rebecca (Class of 2015) 5 months 9 days ago

    Rebecca Ransberger (MS '15) started a new position at Toledo Lucas County Public Library as the Studio Lab supervisor and assistant manager of computers and media. She formerly held the positions of assistant manager at the Sylvania and King Road Branches.

  • Sahay, Devashish (Class of 2019) 11 days 5 hours ago

    Devashish Sahay (MS '19) recently converted an internship with PwC into a full-time position as an advisory associate.

  • Schulz, Kelly (Class of 2018) 1 month 15 days ago

    Kelly Schulz (MS '18) has accepted a job with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center as the new assistant archivist.

  • Sheehan, Beth (Class of 2010) 3 months 2 days ago

    Beth Sheehan (MS '10) received the Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). She was recently elected to the Board of Directors for SLA Illinois as membership director.

  • Silverman, Jodi (Class of 2016) 2 months 22 days ago

    Jodi Silverman (MS '16) was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.

  • Sommersmith, Clairellyn (Class of 2013) 3 months 24 days ago

    Clairellyn Sommersmith (MS '13) completed a $1.2 million capital campaign to expand and remodel the rural library in Princeton, Wisconsin. With that project completed, she has taken a position as assistant director of the Winnefox Library System, which serves 30 libraries in central/eastern Wisconsin.

  • Stamm, Caitlin (Class of 2015) 23 days 5 hours ago

    Caitlin Stamm (MS '15) recently joined the faculty of the Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University as an archivist. Prior to this, she worked as a reference librarian at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

  • Stewart, Rachel (Class of 2018) 5 months 5 days ago

    Rachel (Smith) Stewart (MS '18) was recently hired as the information services librarian at Parkland College. She has worked at the Mahomet Public Library since February 2019 and got married in August 2019.

  • Tian, Cindy (Class of 2019) 2 months 17 days ago

    Cindy Tian (MS'19) accepted a position as metadata services librarian at Kresge Law Library at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

  • Vegh-Gaynor, Shoshana (Class of 2012) 5 months 19 days ago

    Shoshana Vegh-Gaynor (MS '12) started a new position as the reference and instruction librarian at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in August.

  • Villa-Nicholas, Melissa (Class of 2016) 28 days 8 hours ago

    Melissa Villa-Nicholas (PhD '16) will be the keynote speaker for Library Instruction West 2020 at the Universty of Washington, Seattle, on July 23.

  • Wallace, Jeanette (Class of 2017) 5 months 5 days ago

    Jeanette Wallace (MS '17) recently joined the staff at the Old School Museum in Winchester, Illinois, where she is working on document and artifact preservation as well as helping the museum apply for its first grant.

  • Witt, Steve (Class of 2018) 5 months 23 days ago

    Steve Witt (PhD '18) was awarded a Scroll of Appreciation by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) at the World Library and Information Congress and 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens, Greece. He is beginning his second term as editor of IFLA Journal


  • Ayad, Moustafa (Class of 2009) 3 months 20 days ago

    Terrorism researcher Moustafa Ayad (MS ’09) was featured in a NPR segment on November 1, in which he discussed how ISIS is using Twitter.

  • Bonell, Jo (Class of 2008) 5 months 30 days ago

    Jo Bonell (MS '08) started her new job as executive director of the Des Plaines (IL) Public Library in July.

  • David, Matthew (Class of 2007) 3 days 5 hours ago

    Matthew David (MS '07) is the new learning experiences manager for the Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library (THPL), the 2019 Florida Library of the Year. As someone who embraces the importance of public libraries in education, this role and responsibility is an honor for him to assume. He will be located at the Tampa Free Library, a Carnegie building which opened in 1917. Up until the late 1960s it served as THPL's central branch; and it was the same library that Matthew's mother attended as as a young girl.

  • Dodd, Leah (Class of 2005) 1 month 18 days ago

    Leah Dodd (MS '05) joined the Olin Library at Cornell University as the research services lead librarian in January 2020. She was previously the director of Willard Public Library in Battle Creek, Michigan.

  • Dowling, Marcie (Class of 2007) 1 month 21 days ago

    Marcie Dowling (MS '07) was named director of Polk County Libraries in North Carolina.

  • Gujilde, Paolo (Class of 2009) 5 months 29 days ago

    Paolo P. Gujilde (MS '09), assistant head of acquisitions at Northwestern University, received an Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. The award is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals. 

  • Hahn, Jim (Class of 2007) 1 month 22 days ago

    Jim Hahn (MS '07, CAS '11) started a new job as head of metadata research for the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in January 2020. His work will develop a vision for the services, technologies, and policies to enhance discovery of collections, following international standards and best practices for linked data and metadata. He will work towards implementation of the vision, including transformation of existing library metadata into new schemas, and training of cataloging and metadata librarians in the creation and use of linked data.

  • Hofher, Emily Hope (Class of 2005) 4 months 11 days ago

    Emily Hope Hofher (MS '05) passed away on October 15, 2019. She was the librarian at South View Middle School in Edina, Minnesota.

  • LaFollette, Donna (Class of 2009) 5 months 19 days ago

    Donna LaFollette (MS '09) was promoted to chief operating officer at SCELC, a library consortium located in Los Angeles.

  • Linda, Helen (Class of 2007) 4 months 16 days ago

    Helen Linda (MS '07) started a new position as continuous improvement program manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. She is excited to apply her skills as a professional change agent in the second largest state agency.

  • Long, Dallas (Class of 2002) 28 days 8 hours ago

    Dallas Long (MS '02) was named dean of the Milner Library at Illinois State University on January 31.

  • Miller, Robin (Class of 2009) 4 months 5 days ago

    Robin Miller (MS' 09) recently accepted the 2019 Federal Depository Library of the Year Award for McIntyre Library at UW-Eau Claire where she has been the depository coordinator since 2010.

  • Shaffer, Janette (Class of 2001) 2 months 11 days ago

    Janette Shaffer (MS '01) started her position as assistant state librarian for library advancement at the Vermont Department of Libraries in November 2019.

  • Stoffel, Bruce (Class of 2001) 4 months 27 days ago

    Bruce Stoffel (MS '01) has received a Living Our Values Award from Illinois State University. He is the coordinator of academic programs and policy for the Office of the Provost at Illinois State.

  • Suni, Karin (Class of 2006) 5 months 19 days ago

    Karin Suni (MS '06), curator of the Theatre Collection in the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia, has been accepted into the British Library's International Library Leaders Programme. The week-long training, held this coming November, will look at the current status and future of special collections and archives.

  • Yu, Bei (Class of 2006) 30 days 8 hours ago

    Bei Yu (PhD '06), Katchmar-Wilhelm Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, has been selected as a Microsoft Investigator Fellow.


  • Archer, Jeffry (Class of 1991) 25 days 8 hours ago

    Jeffry Archer (MS '91) has been apponted dean of University Libraries at Baylor University, effective June 1, 2020. He is currently serving as associate dean of user services at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Burgard, Daniel (Class of 1990) 3 months 28 days ago

    Daniel Burgard (MS '90), executive director of library and information services at UNTHSC Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library in Fort Worth, Texas, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Distinguished Service Award recipients are selected on the basis of their contributions in measurable ways to Chapter achievement and effectiveness.

  • Coleman, Anita (Class of 1996) 3 months 20 days ago

    Anita Coleman (PhD '96) has been named associate professor of bibliography and research and director of library services for the Ernest Miller White Library at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

  • German, Lisa (Class of 1992) 2 months 23 days ago

    Lisa German (MS '92) will be the next University librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Minnesota, effective February 28, 2020, pending approval by the Board of Regents. She has served as the dean of libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at the University of Houston Libraries since 2015. 

  • Hartman , Rochelle (Class of 1998) 5 months 9 days ago

    Rochelle Hartman (MS '98) has been appointed the new director of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois.

  • Leonard, Pat (Class of 1993) 3 months 23 days ago

    Patt Leonard (MS '93) recently joined the University Technology Office at Arizona State University, where she is now a systems analyst, helping establish software that will manage faculty documents.

  • Quinn, Chris (Class of 1993) 5 months 9 days ago

    Chris Quinn (MS '93) passed away on September 18, 2019. He was most recently serving as the interim head of the Ricker Architecture and Art Library at the University of Illinois.

  • Sweda, Jennifer Erica (Class of 1994) 3 months 24 days ago

    Jennifer Erica Sweda (MS '94) left the University of Pennsylvania Libraries to accept the position of editor, Books and Proceedings, Web of Science Group, at Clarivate Analytics, Inc.

  • Walker, Tom (Class of 1992) 3 months 21 days ago

    Tom Walker (PhD '92) has been selected as the associate dean of the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences. He most recently served as the interim dean of libraries and associate dean and director of the Palmer School of Library and information Science at Long Island University.

  • Wong, Melissa A. (Class of 1994) 4 months 14 days ago

    Melissa A. Wong (MS '94) published Instructional Design for LIS Professionals: A Guide for Teaching Librarians and Information Science Professionals (Libraries Unlimited, 2019), an introduction for faculty and librarians seeking to develop high quality courses and professional development offerings.


  • Cloonan, Michèle (Class of 1988) 3 months 6 days ago

    A book coauthored by Michèle Valerie Cloonan (MS '84, PhD '88), Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today, was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her book, The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World won the 2019 University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Book Prize. 

  • Davis, Mary Ellen K. (Class of 1981) 3 days 5 hours ago

    Mary Ellen Davis (MS '81), executive director of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), has announced that she will be retiring in April 2020.

  • Riley, Ruth (Class of 1985) 1 month 25 days ago

    Ruth Riley (MS '85) has been named the 2019 recipient of the Gerald J. Oppenheimer Cornerstone Award by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The award is given by the association's Board of Directors for a notable or important contribution that has assisted AAHSL in achieving its mission or had a significant impact on the profession of academic health sciences librarianship.

  • Van Jacob, M. Elizabeth (Class of 1988) 28 days 5 hours ago

    M. Elizabeth (Van Dyke) Van Jacob (MS '88) was named library director for Ivy Tech Community College at South Bend/Elkhart, Indiana, on January 31, 2020.


  • Carden, Virginia (Class of 1977) 3 months 21 days ago

    Virginia (Mattson) Carden (MS '77) received the 2019 MAC Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Science Librarian, at the MAC/MLA Annual Meeting held in Durham, NC.

  • Harris, Kathryn (Class of 1971) 5 months 1 day ago

    Kathryn Harris (MS '71) was appointed to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. She retired as the library  services director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in 2015 after serving in that role since 1996 (when it was formerly known as the Illinois State Historical Library). Harris is the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the Abraham Lincoln Association; she is currently the immediate past president. A native of Carbondale, she received her bachelor's degree in French education from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale in 1969.

  • Richmond, John (Class of 1979) 1 month 22 days ago

    John Richmond (MS '79) has retired after 18 years as head librarian at Alpha Park Library in Bartonville, Illinois.