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!

2020

  • Kulkarni, Archana (Class of 2020) 5 months 16 days ago

    Archana Kulkarni (MS '20) credits the iSchool's classes with preparing her for her job as a project manager at B2BMD.

  • Liao, Diana (Class of 2020) 5 months 16 days ago

    Diana Liao (MS '20) was selected as a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program Awards (MAP) for 2021. She is studying the art form of Japanese tea ceremony with Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji as part of the preservation of Illinois’ rich cultural heritage.

2010

  • Blakeman, Katie (Class of 2011) 1 month 25 days ago

    Katie Blakeman (MS '11) has been elected president of the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees.

  • Campbell, Heather (Class of 2019) 5 months 14 days ago

    Heather Campbell (MS '19) started a new position as the metadata management librarian at Iowa State University.

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 3 months 15 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS/LIS '15) has written a children's book called Mr. Watson’s Chickens that is being published by Chronicle Books with a release date of October 5, 2021.

  • Gibbons, Patti (Class of 2010) 2 months 18 days ago

    Patti Gibbons (MS/LIS '10) coauthored a library science textbook, Exhibits and Displays: A Practical Guide for Librarians, which was released by Rowman & Littlefield in April 2021. 

  • Helmick, Sam (Class of 2012) 2 months 18 days ago

    Sam Helmick (MS/LIS '12), community and access coordinator at the Iowa City (IA) Public Library, has been elected to serve on the ALA Executive Board.

  • Hodson, Rebecca (Class of 2013) 4 months 17 days ago

    Rebecca Hodson (MS/LIS '13), assistant director of career services at the iSchool, was interviewed by American Libraries for the article, "The Library Employment Landscape."  

  • Lassere, Monique (Class of 2017) 4 months 19 days ago

    Monique Lassere (MS '17) presented "Translating Bits: Maintaining (Born-)Digital Heritage" on May 3 as part of Syracuse University Libraries' annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. 

  • Lindenbaum, Sarah (Class of 2013) 1 month 8 days ago

    Sarah Lindenbaum (MS/LIS '13) published the article, "Memorializing the Everyday: The Evidence of the Final Decade of Frances Wolfreston's Life," in The Seventeenth Century (August 2, 2021).

  • Neal, Jordan (Class of 2017) 4 months 12 days ago

    Jordan Neal (MS/LIS '17) has been elected director-at-large of the Illinois Library Association.

  • Shorish, Yasmeen (Class of 2011) 5 months 2 days ago

    Yasmeen Shorish (MS '11), head of scholarly communications at James Madison University, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) as a director-at-large.

  • Wells, Kameron (Class of 2018) 5 months 15 days ago

    Kameron Wells (MS '18) has started a new job as baseball systems data engineer with the Boston Red Sox.

  • Wheelhouse, Paul (Class of 2016) 2 months 29 days ago

    Paul Wheelhouse (MS/LIS '16) is self-employed and the owner of A USA PPP LLC as well as the publisher of five book titles, mainly under the imprint name of Wheel House Publications. His professional archival goal of establishing the All American Archive, under the names of both American Heritage and For the American People, is underway, and he is in the process of legally establishing A USA Preservation Inc. to manage the archives and other preservation work.

  • Williams, Sherry (Class of 2019) 3 months 8 days ago

    Sherry Williams (MS/LIS '19), president and founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society, has received the MOSAIC Award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance in the category of Outstanding Community Leader. The award is given to worthy "community, institutional, and civic leaders who have invested in and engaged Chicago’s cultural communities in dynamic ways."

  • York, Elizabeth (Class of 2014) 2 months 8 days ago

    Elizabeth York (MS/LIS '14) has published an article, "Eden in Sin City: Adapting for the Musical Theater Body in Takarazuka Revue's Ocean's 11," in Dance Chronicle.

2000

  • Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2009) 14 days 2 hours ago

    Jeanie Austin (MS/LIS '09, PhD '17) and coauthor Chelsea Jordan-Makely published an article, "Outside and In: Services for People Impacted By Incarceration," in Library Journal.

  • Brock, Jr., André (Class of 2007) 1 month 5 days ago

    André Brock, Jr. (PhD '07) has received the 2021 Nancy Baym Book Award from the Association of Internet Researchers for his book, Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (NYU Press, 2020).

  • Caroline, Nappo (Class of 2008) 3 months 14 days ago

    Christine D'Arpa (MS/LIS '06, PhD '17) and Caroline Nappo (MS/LIS '08, PhD '15) co-presented "The Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project: Reappraising the Literature of Library Work and the WPA" at the Library History Seminar XIV on June 10, 2021. 

  • Christine, D'Arpa (Class of 2006) 3 months 14 days ago

    Christine D'Arpa (MS/LIS '06, PhD '17) and Caroline Nappo (MS/LIS '08, PhD '15) co-presented "The Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project: Reappraising the Literature of Library Work and the WPA" at the Library History Seminar XIV on June 10, 2021. 

  • Conn, Brian (Class of 2009) 2 months 10 days ago

    Brian Conn (MS/LIS '09) was featured by American Libraries in the article, "Serving Those Who Have Served," on June 27, 2021.

  • Czarnecki, Kelly (Class of 2002) 2 months 18 days ago

    Kelly Czarnecki (MS/LIS '02) is the new president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). She is Teen Loft manager at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Falciani-White, Nancy (Class of 2007) 5 months 23 days ago

    Nancy Falciani-White (MS '07) is the author of Creativity: A Toolkit for Academic Libraries, which was recently published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

  • Harrington, Matthew (Class of 2009) 5 months 25 days ago

    Matthew Harrington (MS '09) passed away on March 17, 2021.

  • Heller, Margaret (Class of 2008) 5 months 7 days ago

    Margaret Heller (MS '08), digital services librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected as the 2021-22 president-elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Her term will begin July 1, and she will serve in that role until July 1, 2022, when she will become president of Core.

  • Heller, Margaret (Class of 2008) 2 months 18 days ago

    Margaret Heller (MS/LIS '08), digital services librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected as the 2021-22 president-elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Her term began July 1, and she will serve in that role until July 1, 2022, when she will become president of Core. 
     

  • Kyrillidou, Martha (Class of 2009) 15 days 2 hours ago

    Martha Kyrillidou (PhD '09), research associate at the iSchool, has been engaged by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to lead a feasibility study for transferring the Academic Library survey from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)/National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to the IMLS. The full study will be completed in the fall. NCES collects annual data for academic libraries in the U.S. as part of the IPEDS. IMLS collects annual data for Public Libraries and biennial data for State Library Administrative Agencies in the U.S.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 3 months 23 days ago

    Safiya Noble  (MS/LIS '09, PhD '12) has been appointed to the advisory committee for the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries.

  • Robak, Michael (Class of 2001) 5 months 21 days ago

    Michael Robak (MS '01) contributed a chapter to the open textbook for LIS courses, Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives.

  • Walesby, Laura Leavitt (Class of 2004) 2 months 18 days ago

    Laura Leavitt Walesby (MS/LIS '04), head of the business library at Michigan State University, has been named a fellow of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

1990

  • Jagman, Heather (Class of 1996) 4 months 12 days ago

    Heather Jagman (MS/LIS '96) has been elected president-elect of the Illinois Library Association.

  • Thomas, Lynne (Class of 1999) 1 month 26 days ago

    Lynne M. Thomas (MS/LIS '99) has been selected as a finalist for a 2021 World Fantasy Award in the Special Award–Non-Professional category. She was selected for her work with Uncanny Magazine, alongside her husband Michael Damian Thomas.

1980

  • Wells, Karen (Class of 1980) 2 months 11 days ago

    Karen Wells (MS/LIS '80) retired from Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) Healthcare System on June 30, 2021. As the senior director of system library services, she oversaw libraries, staff, and resources for SCL’s eight hospital health care system. Her honors include the Barbara Dowell Award for excellence in hospital librarianship from the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (2010-2011), Marla Graber Award for excellence and achievement in health sciences librarianship from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (2011), and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for unwavering excellence in her field (2017). 

1970

  • Shuler, Elizabeth Griggs (Class of 1979) 3 months 14 days ago

    Elizabeth Griggs Shuler (MS/LIS '79) retired from Selmaville School in Salem, Illinois, after 34 1/2 years as a librarian and classroom teacher.

  • Spencer, Laura Cameron (Class of 1978) 5 months 19 days ago

    Laura Cameron Spencer (MS '78) is retiring after 34 years in Technical Services at the James V. Brown Public Library in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

  • Wilson, Lizabeth (Betsy) (Class of 1978) 4 months 29 days ago

    Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson (MS '78) will retire as vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of university libraries at the University of Washington on June 30. She has served as dean since 2001; in 2013 she took on the vice provost role as well, leading the libraries' strategy on digital scholarship, data stewardship, and open access.

1960

  • Doty, Carol (Class of 1963) 5 months 14 days ago

    Carol Doty (MS '63) retired last year from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation, where she had served as trustee and chair. She is currently serving on Committee 2021 for the new Sybil Shearer Dance Studio at Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. She worked at The Morton Arboretum from 1963 until her retirement in 1998.