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!

2010

  • Adams, Emily (Class of 2017) 2 months 10 days ago

    Emily Adams (MS '17) is moving to the Bloomington, Illinois, area to begin work as the Tri-Valley Elementary School librarian. She will be with the K-3 students twice a week, teaching library and technology skills. She is looking forward to the smaller, rural setting.

  • Arnold, DoMonique (Class of 2012) 4 months 1 day ago

    DoMonique Arnold (MS '12), librarian at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School, has been awarded the J. Frederick Miller Award from the University YMCA for her volunteer work throughout the Champaign-Urbana community. She currently supervises two youth radio projects, "Outta the Mouth of Babes" and "Girl Radio."

  • Berry, Marcus (Class of 2018) 6 days 11 hours ago

    Marcus A. Berry (MS '18) started his job as a teen services librarian at the Chicago Public Library in June. He currently works at the South Chicago Branch but will be in charge of the YOUmedia space at the Altgeld Branch once the new building is complete. Previously, he worked as a reference and instruction librarian for City Colleges of Chicago at Malcolm X College. 

  • Boden, Lizzy (Class of 2018) 3 months 8 days ago

    Lizzy Boden (MS ’18), head of adult services at North Riverside Library was featured in a recent article in the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark about the library’s work to increase its Spanish-language collection and programming.

  • Boden, Lizzy (Class of 2018) 2 months 23 days ago

    Lizzy Boden (MS '18) is the recipient of the Illinois Library Association's 2019 Robert P. Doyle Conference Grant for Support Staff. She is currently an adult services librarian at the North Riverside Public Library.

  • Cabada, Elisandro (Class of 2017) 1 month 3 hours ago

    Elisandro Cabada (MS '17), medical and bioengineering librarian at the University of Illinois, was selected to participate in the 2019 American Library Association Leadership Institute.

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 1 month 14 days ago

    Ann Chiu (MS '15), electronic services and instruction librarian at Warner Pacific University Library, was recently elected as a member-at-large for the ACRL-Oregon Board.

  • Clark, Midori (Class of 2017) 2 months 17 days ago

    Midori Clark (MS '17) will be the new director of Library and Cultural Services for the city of Aurora, Colorado, starting on June 24.

  • Conrad, Suzanna (Class of 2011) 9 days 11 hours ago

    Suzanna Conrad (MS '11) was awarded $149,384 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to organize a National Forum on assessing scholarly communication programs at M1 public institutions.

  • Drake, Tracy (Class of 2015) 2 months 16 days ago

    Tracy Drake (MS '15), archivist/librarian for the Chicago Public Library, has received a scholarship from EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association (ALA)  to attend the ALA Annual Conference.

  • Drake, Tracy (Class of 2015) 1 month 17 days ago

    Tracy Drake (MS '15), archival specialist at the Chicago Public Library's Vivian G. Harsh Research Center, is a 2019 recipient of the Brenda S. Banks Travel Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

  • Faux, Derek (Class of 2015) 3 months 12 days ago

    After time with the MediaPreserve in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, Derek Faux (MS '15) has accepted a position as a preservation specialist with the Hoover Institution Library and Archives in Palo Alto, California

  • Goodsett, Mandi (Class of 2013) 3 months 1 day ago

    Mandi Goodsett (MS '13), performing arts & humanities librarian at Cleveland State University, was recently elected vice president/president-elect of the Academic Library Association of Ohio. She is also serving on the ALA Steering Committee for Organizational Effectiveness and as an instructor for the Open Textbook Network's OER Librarianship Certification program.

  • Irwin, Clair (Class of 2016) 3 months 23 days ago

    Since August 2018, Clair Irwin (MS '16, CAS '18) has led the Illinois chapter of #insulin4all. With the help of other volunteers, she has advocated for stronger oversight of the pharmaceutical industry in light of the insulin crisis.

  • Jackson, Megan (Class of 2017) 4 months 11 days ago

    Megan Jackson (MS '17) began a new job as a full-time youth librarian with the Austin (TX) Public Library in January 2019.

  • Jacobsen-Wood, Jennifer (Class of 2013) 4 months 22 days ago

    Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood (MS '13) became branch manager of Peoria Public Library's North Branch in January 2019. Previously, she was head of technical services at Alpha Park Public Library in Bartonville, Illinois.

  • Lambertson, Jesse (Class of 2012) 5 months 19 days ago

    Jesse Lambertson (MS '12) helped form the Special Libraries Association's Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity Caucus (DICE) in 2018 and has helped lead the caucus since its formation. DICE provides a forum for promoting diversity and inclusion within SLA and encouraging discussion around related issues, such as intersectionality, privilege, and gender roles.

  • Leetaru, Kalev (Class of 2016) 3 months 8 days ago

    Dr. Kalev Leetaru (PhD ’16) was a featured keynote speaker at the 20th Annual WebCon at the University of Illinois on April 4-5.

  • Magnus, Sawyer (Class of 2018) 1 day 3 hours ago

    Sawyer Magnus (MS '18) accepted the position of assistant archivist at Texas A&M-Commerce and will start in August.

  • Mallick, Samip (Class of 2011) 3 months 8 days ago

    Samip Mallick (MS ’11), co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Arcive (SAADA) will speak on April 23 at Syracuse University as part of the celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Mallick and Michelle Caswell will present “Now More Than Ever: The Political Urgency of Community Archives.”

  • Mangal, Harsh (Class of 2018) 4 months 1 day ago

    In March 2018, Harsh Mangal (MS '18) started a full-time position as a data engineer at Denodo Technologies in Chicago.

  • Matkowski, Matt (Class of 2018) 4 months 13 days ago

    Matt Matkowski (MS '18) has been appointed as a committee associate to the ALA Committee on Legislation for the 2019-2021 term.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2012) 3 months 8 days ago

    Dr. Safiya Noble (MS ’09, PhD ’12) was featured on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee based on her work Algorithms of Oppression. Dr. Noble was also a featured keynote speaker at the 20th Annual WebCon at the University of Illinois on April 4-5.

  • Padilla, Thomas (Class of 2014) 5 months 25 days ago

    Thomas Padilla (MS '14), currently visiting digital research services librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, will join OCLC Research as practitioner researcher-in-residence. In this six-month position, he will investigate and facilitate OCLC's engagement with the library data science community and will help inform OCLC's research agenda.

  • Petersheim, Kristin (Class of 2015) 10 days 11 hours ago

    Kristin Petersheim (MS '15) has received a James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Award from the Special Libraries Association. The award recognizes outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. 

  • Petersheim, Kristin (Class of 2015) 1 month 29 days ago

    Kristin Petersheim (MS '15) has received the award of 2019 SLA Rising Star, which will be presented to her at the annual conference in Cleveland.

  • Pooler, William (Class of 2015) 5 months 20 days ago

    William Pooler (MS '15) returned to his home state of Maine as a lecturer in the John Mitchell Center for Science, Technology, and Health at the University Of Southern Maine.

  • Potempa, Katie (Class of 2017) 9 days 1 hour ago

    Katie (Lucas) Potempa (MS '17) accepted the position of archives assistant at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, in October 2018. 

  • Quiballo, Ted (Class of 2017) 3 months 8 days ago

    Ted Quiballo (MS ’17), user support specialist associate and instructional technologies librarian at Northwestern University,  was named the ACRL Member of the Week in mid-March.

  • Quiballo, Ted (Class of 2017) 1 month 28 days ago

    Ted Quiballo (MS '17) started role as instructional technologies librarian at Northwestern University on January 1, 2019.

  • Rains, Hilary (Class of 2014) 2 months 11 days ago

    Hilary Rains (MS '14) is starting her third year as the youth services manager at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois.

  • Rayani, Hiral (Class of 2019) 1 month 28 days ago

    Hiral Rayani (MS '19) recently graduated and is a data scientist at Caterpiller.

  • Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 1 month 29 days ago

    Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14), assistant professor of Information Studies at UCLA, announces the publication of her book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, on June 25th, from Yale University Press.

  • Ruiz, Miguel (Class of 2013) 2 months 11 days ago

    Miguel Ruiz (MS '13) has been elected a director at large of the Illinois Library Association (ILA). He serves as the information services supervisor at Skokie (IL) Public Library.(

  • Sandberg, Jane (Class of 2013) 4 months 4 days ago

    Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control, a new book edited by Jane Sandberg (MS '13), was published by Library Juice Press in March 2019.

  • Shallcross, Stephanie (Class of 2018) 1 month 28 days ago

    Stephanie Shallcross (MS '18) accepted a position as the Learning Commons director at Meadow Glens Elementary for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Sheets, Laura (Class of 2012) 5 months 11 days ago

    Laura Sheets (MS '12) accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor/reference & instruction librarian at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Previously, she was the teaching & learning librarian at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee.

  • Shorish, Yasmeen (Class of 2011) 4 months 14 days ago

    Yasmeen Shorish (MS '11) was awarded $89,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to convene a national forum to address key opportunities and challenges in building a collective collection-development system for open access content. She is also serving as the Chair (2018-19) of ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee.

  • Shorish, Yasmeen (Class of 2011) 1 month 13 days ago


    Yasmeen Shorish (MS '11) was awarded $89,000 by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to convene a national forum to address key opportunities and challenges in building a collective collection-development system for open access (OA) content. She is also serving as the chair (2018-19) of ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee.

  • Sura, Sreeharsha (Class of 2018) 1 month 29 days ago

    Sreeharsha Sura (MS '18) is grateful for the iSchool guiding him in his career and for also helping him meet his life partner.

  • Terza, Della (Class of 2013) 7 days 3 hours ago

    Della Terza (MS '13) has been named the new executive director of Naperville (IL) Public Library. He most recently served as deputy director of the three-building library system.

  • Tripp, Kathryn (Class of 2015) 1 month 27 days ago

    Kathryn Tripp (MS '15) received a promotion from Young Adult librarian to head of Youth Services at the Woodstock Public Library. In addition to this new role, she will continue to work with the young adults in grades 6-12. Kate has been with the Woodstock Public Library for 5 years now.

  • Vallen, Lisa (Class of 2016) 2 months 29 days ago

    Lisa Vallen (MS '16) has accepted a position as the Southern Labor Archivist at Georgia State University.

  • Vredenburg, Beth (Class of 2011) 5 months 5 days ago

    Beth Vredenburg (MS '11) is the new director of the Leonia Public Library in Leonia, New Jersey.

  • Weir, Erika (Class of 2019) 15 days 11 hours ago

    Erika Weir's (MS '19) article, "Exploring the Digital Information Needs of Diaspora Communities: A User Study of the Lithuanian Diaspora," has been published in Slavic & East European Information Resources.

  • Wintermute, Harriet (Class of 2011) 17 days 3 hours ago

    In May 2019, Harriet Wintermute (MS '11) started a new position as head of Metadata Services at Iowa State University Library.

2000

  • Cragin, Melissa (Class of 2009) 3 months 9 days ago

    Melissa Cragin (PhD '09) has been named chief strategist for the San Diego Supercomputer Center's Research Data Services group at the University of California San Diego.

  • Del Rio, Lora (Class of 2008) 2 months 10 days ago

    Lora Del Rio (MS '08) began working at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) as humanities librarian in 2013. As of March 2019, she has been appointed as a tenured member of the SIUE faculty and promoted to associate professor. 

  • Harris, Michelle (Class of 2007) 3 months 1 day ago

    Heyworth CUSD #4 District Librarian Michelle Harris ('07) received a 2019 Excellence Award from the Illinois Education Association Region 62. She has been the district librarian, a solo librarian serving two libraries, for 13 years.

  • Heller, Margaret (Class of 2008) 3 months 10 days ago

    A new book by Margaret Heller (MS '08), Community Technology Projects: Making Them Work, was recently published by ALA Editions. 

  • Knight-Davis, Stacey (Class of 2001) 9 days 1 hour ago

    Stacey Knight-Davis (MS '01), head of library technology services for Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library, received the 2019 Reference Services Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Miller, Robin (Class of 2009) 4 months 11 hours ago

    Robin Miller (MS '09) and Kate Hinnant (MS '02) co-authored the book, Making Surveys Work for Your Library: Guidance, Instructions, and Examples (Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO). The book was released in December 2018 and since then they have been invited to deliver webinars about designing effective surveys for any library context.

  • Miskewitch, Anne (Class of 2005) 1 month 3 hours ago

    Anne Miskewitch (MS '05), deputy director for Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois, was selected to participate in the 2019 American Library Association Leadership Institute. 

  • Murrey, Matthew (Class of 2003) 5 months 9 days ago

    A debut collection of poetry by Matthew Murrey (MS '03) titled "Bulletproof" was published by Jacar Press in February 2019. It was selected by Marilyn Nelson as the winner of Jacar's 2018 Full-Length Book Contest. Matthew's website is https://www.matthewmurrey.net.

  • Oberlander, Cyril (Class of 2000) 2 months 3 days ago

    Cyril Oberlander (MS '00) coauthored the article, "How Data Improved Our Library Space," which was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Perry, Juliana (Class of 2009) 4 months 1 day ago

    Juliana Perry (MS '09) began a new job as enterprise project manager in Information Technology at the University of the Sciences. She's looking forward to bringing her experience supporting LEEP to online learning there, and continues to find the LIS degree an invaluable asset in project management.

  • Ritchie, Catherine (Class of 2000) 2 months 11 days ago

    Catherine (Cathy) Ritchie (CAS '00) will retire as adult materials selector for the Dallas (TX) Public Library in July 2019.

  • Senseney, Megan (Finn) (Class of 2008) 5 months 4 days ago

    Megan (Finn) Senseney (MS '08) joined the University of Arizona Libraries as the head of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship in January 2019.

  • Shepard, Brian (Class of 2005) 9 days 1 hour ago

    Brian Shepard (MS '05), executive director of the Indian Trails Public Library District, received the 2019 Librarian of the Year Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Shulman, Rachel (Class of 2008) 1 month 28 days ago

    Rachel Shulman (MS '08) left her position as research librarian for Education and Outreach at UC, Irvine in late 2010 and went onto being a private tutor. In 2017, she was recruited to run undergrad programming at the MIT Energy Initiative, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the interdisciplinary Energy Studies Minor. 

  • Staley, Lissa (Class of 2001) 20 days 11 hours ago

    Lissa Staley (MS '01) has become the community connections librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas. In this new position, Lissa will continue moderating deliberative conversations and offering facilitation services in the community, in addition to popular programming around trivia nights and National Novel Writing Month events.

  • Telli, Andrea (Class of 2001) 1 month 6 days ago

    Andrea Telli (MS '01) has been named the new commissioner for the Chicago Public Library (CPL), effective June 15, 2019. She served most recently as deputy commissioner of public services, where she oversaw operations for CPL's 81 branches and its central library at Harold Washington Library Center.

  • Thompson, Bethany (Dishion) (Class of 2005) 2 months 9 days ago

    Bethany (Dishion) Thompson (MS '05) achieved National Board Certification in Library Media.

  • Voell, Erica (Class of 2009) 5 months 10 days ago

    Erica Voell (MS '09) recently started as a youth services librarian at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas.

1990

  • Bueche, Jennifer (Class of 1994) 4 months 14 days ago

    Jennifer Beuche (MS '94) received the 2018 Davis Cup Award from the Illinois Library Association in recognition of her contribution to library services for youth. Beuche is the director of KidSpace at the Gail Borden Public Library District.

  • Jagman, Heather (Class of 1996) 2 months 11 days ago

    Heather Jagman (MS '96) has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL). She is the coordinator of reference, instruction, and academic engagement at DePaul University Library.

  • McCammond-Watts, Heather (Class of 1995) 9 days 1 hour ago

    Heather McCammond-Watts (MS '95), youth department director at Glen Ellyn Public Library, received the 2019 Davis Cup Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • McMillan, James L. (Class of 1995) 4 months 1 day ago

    James L. McMillan (MS '95) transitioned from the Board of Trustees of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society to an archival associate position at DCHS on April 1, 2019. Located on the campus of historic Bethany College, DCHS is the premier archival repository for the Stone-Campbell Movement. McMillan retired from an IT Academic Professional position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and has worked in the digital identity field since then.

  • Merry, Allen (Class of 1992) 5 months 24 days ago

    Allen Merry (MS '92) received the 2018 AFSCME District Council 47 "Union Member of the Year Award" in December in recognition of his advocacy for Free Library of Philadelphia employees in his role as chief steward of Local 2186.

  • Salela, Pamela M. (Class of 1999) 5 months 6 days ago

    Pamela M. Salela (MS '99) is currently the chair of the Women & Gender Studies Section of the ACRL. She continues to coordinate the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center in Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield and is co-teaching a course in the Capital Scholars Honors Program that she developed based on community informatics.

1980

  • Davies-Smith, Alayna (Class of 1981) 18 days 3 hours ago

    Alayna Davies-Smith (MS '81), accepted the branch manager position of Lahaina Public Library on the island of Maui; one of 51 branches in the Hawaii State Public Library System. She also serves on the Hawaii Library Association Board of Directors.

  • Davies-Smith, Alayna (Class of 1981) 18 days 3 hours ago

    Alayna Davies-Smith (MS '81) accepted the branch manager position of Lahaina Public Library on the island of Maui, one of 51 branches in the Hawaii State Public Library System. She also serves on the Hawaii Library Association Board of Directors.

  • Dawe, Carol (Class of 1984) 3 months 29 days ago

    After twenty-plus years of serving public libraries in the Chicago area, Carol Dawe (MS '84) is now the director of the Lakeland Library Cooperative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which serves 42 public libraries in eight counties.

1970

  • Batista, Emily (Class of 1977) 5 months 3 hours ago

    Emily Batista (MS '77) has been working at Penn Libraries for nearly 35 years. Her husband, David Batista (MS '82), passed away on May 31, 2018, from complications from metastatic cancer. He had retired just one month before his diagnosis.

  • Hammerstrand, Kristine (Class of 1979) 8 days 3 hours ago

    Kristine Hammerstrand (MS '79), director of user services for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), received the 2019 TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Kaiser, Don (Class of 1978) 5 months 8 days ago

    In 2018, Don Kaiser (MS '78) moved to Powell, Ohio, a Columbus suburb near OCLC where he worked after receiving his MS degree until 1983. He is now retired and keeping busy with Rotary and being a volunteer with the Red Cross.

  • McDaniels, Nancy Arthur (Class of 1970) 1 month 12 days ago

    Nancy Arthur McDaniels (MS '70) retired eight years ago from the St. Paul Public Library and volunteers several hours each week.

  • Pilachowski, David (Class of 1973) 7 days 1 hour ago

    David Pilachowski (MS '73) spoke on a panel at the 2019 National ACRL Conference about lessons learning from the ALA/AIA winning Williams College library building. He retired in 2017 after serving as director of libraries at Williams College for 19 years but continues to consult on space planning.

1960

  • Kwan, Julie Kuenzel (Class of 1968) 1 month 13 days ago

    Julie Kuenzel Kwan (MS '68) has been elected president-elect of the UCLA Faculty Center Board of Governors effective August 2018 and continues to serve on the board of the UCLA Emeriti Association. She retired in July 2016 as librarian emerita with 36 years at the UCLA Library at the Biomedical Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region. She also served twelve years with the University of Southern California Libraries, focusing on science, engineering, and business.

  • St. Clair, Guy (Class of 1965) 10 days 11 hours ago

    Guy St. Clair (MS '65) has received the John Cotton Dana Award, Special Libraries Association's top honor, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession.

  • Wood, Don (Class of 1965) 5 months 18 days ago

    Don E. Wood (MS '65) passed away peacefully at home in McMinnville, Tennessee, on January 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and daughter, Jennifer Juniper.

1950

  • Stenstrom, Patricia Fitzgerald (Class of 1957) 3 hours ago

    Patricia Fitzgerald Stenstrom (MS '57) passed away on July 2, 2019, in Woodlands, Texas. She worked for thirty years at the University of Illinois Library, concluding her career as the library and information science librarian.