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!


  • Beese, Teagan (Class of 2018) 1 day 19 hours ago

    Teagan Beese (MS '18) has been selected for a 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

  • Benson, Sara (Class of 2017) 8 days 2 hours ago

    Sara Benson (MS '17), copyright librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois Library, has been selected to participate in the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Policy Corps.

  • Boden, Elizabeth (Lizzy) (Class of 2018) 4 months 1 day 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) 5 months 27 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) 2 months 21 days ago

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

  • Chapman, Rachel (Class of 2018) 30 days 20 hours ago

    Rachel Chapman (MS '18) is a school librarian for the New York City Dept of Education and will be presenting at the Urban Librarian Conference in Brooklyn, New York, in June.

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 5 months 2 hours 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) 5 months 1 day 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) 4 months 2 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.

  • Dudak, Leah (Class of 2017) 5 months 27 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.

  • Hansen, Tammy (Class of 2017) 22 days 2 hours ago

    Tammy Hansen (MS '17) started her new job as a library specialist at the Illinois State Library.

  • Jacobs, Brittany (Class of 2018) 3 months 21 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) 3 months 18 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) 1 month 26 days ago

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

  • Kelley, Kevin (Class of 2018) 2 months 28 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) 3 months 19 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) 3 months 19 hours 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.

  • Lajoie, Stephen (Class of 2019) 1 month 10 days ago

    Stephen Lajoie (MS '19) writes that it has been "unbelievably gratifying" to use all he has learned, from both his courses as well as his assistantship position at the Undergraduate Library, in his first post-graduate position as a technology librarian at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, Massachusetts. "I truly would not be where I am without the amazing opportunities the iSchool gave me. The skills, knowledge, and personal growth I gained during my time at the iSchool continue to open doors for me that I never imagined."

  • Langston, William (Class of 2014) 4 months 30 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) 2 months 15 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) 4 months 24 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.

  • Lynch, Joshua (Class of 2018) 5 days 2 hours ago

    Joshua Lynch (MS '18), metadata services specialist for the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub, passed away on April 1, 2020.

  • Meisch-Lacombe, Sarah (Class of 2018) 10 days 19 hours ago

    Sarah Meisch-Lacombe (MS '18) started working as the instruction librarian and liaison for social sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler.

  • Miller, Mark (Class of 2016) 28 days 19 hours ago

    Mark Miller (MS '16) has authored a new book, The Librarian at the End of the World.

  • Moreno, Teresa (Class of 2019) 4 months 1 day 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) 5 months 1 day 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) 3 months 18 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) 5 months 1 day ago

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

  • Sahay, Devashish (Class of 2019) 1 month 21 days ago

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

  • Savage, Devin (Class of 2011) 1 month 4 days ago

    Devin Savage (MS '11) has been named dean of libraries for the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Savage served most recently as the interim dean of libraries at the IIT's Paul V. Galvin Library.

  • Schulz, Kelly (Class of 2018) 2 months 25 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) 4 months 11 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) 4 months 19 hours 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) 5 months 2 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) 2 months 1 day 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.

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

    Sreeharsha Sura (MS '18), a consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP, writes, "I owe my success at Deloitte to the iSchool, especially data analytics, ABR and usability engineering, which enabled me to explore new perspectives on crafting tailor-made solutions for my clients on a daily basis. I am even more grateful to have found my life partner through the School."

  • Tian, Cindy (Class of 2019) 3 months 26 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.

  • Villa-Nicholas, Melissa (Class of 2016) 2 months 7 days 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.

  • Wheelhouse, Paul (Class of 2016) 1 month 19 hours ago

    Paul Wheelhouse (MS '16) published his fifth book in 2018. A new book series, the "Book of..." series, is now planned that will triple the number of new titles published. 

  • Wittenberg , Jamie (Class of 2015) 1 day 19 hours ago

    Jamie Wittenberg (MS '15) has accepted a new position as assistant dean for digital strategy and information technology services at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.


  • Ayad, Moustafa (Class of 2009) 4 months 29 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.

  • David, Matthew (Class of 2007) 1 month 12 days 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.

  • Del Negro, Janice (Class of 2007) 7 days 19 hours ago

    Janice M. Del Negro (PhD '07), a professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, is an Illinois Library Luminary nominee.

  • Dodd, Leah (Class of 2005) 2 months 27 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) 2 months 30 days ago

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

  • Evans, Gwen (Class of 2002) 1 month 19 hours ago

    Gwen Evans (MS '02) has been appointed vice president, global library relations, for Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health. She was previously the executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio's academic library consortium and state agency under the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

  • Hahn, Jim (Class of 2007) 3 months 19 hours 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) 5 months 20 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.

  • Linda, Helen (Class of 2007) 5 months 26 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) 2 months 6 days ago

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

  • Miller, Robin (Class of 2009) 5 months 15 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) 3 months 20 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.

  • Silverman, Sharon (Class of 2004) 9 days 19 hours ago

    Sharon Silverman (MS '04) defended her dissertation, "Librarians in Community Colleges: Strategies for Promoting Information Literacy," on December 10, 2019, at Northern Illinois University.

  • Yu, Bei (Class of 2006) 2 months 8 days 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) 2 months 3 days 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) 5 months 6 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) 4 months 29 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) 4 months 1 day 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. 

  • Leonard, Pat (Class of 1993) 5 months 1 day 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.

  • Sweda, Jennifer Erica (Class of 1994) 5 months 3 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) 5 months 2 hours 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) 5 months 23 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) 4 months 16 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) 1 month 12 days 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) 3 months 4 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) 2 months 6 days 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) 4 months 30 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.

  • Richmond, John (Class of 1979) 3 months 19 hours ago

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

  • Tyckoson, David (Class of 1978) 1 month 19 hours ago

    David Tyckoson (MS '78) is retiring in May. He has been at California State University, Fresno, since July 1997 and has been a librarian since August 1978.