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!


  • Adams, Emily (Class of 2017) 17 days 3 hours 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) 2 months 7 days 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."

  • Beese, Tegan (Class of 2018) 5 months 19 days ago

    Tegan Beese (MS '18) has been appointed to the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award Committee.

  • Boden, Lizzy (Class of 2018) 1 month 14 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) 1 month 3 hours 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.

  • Clark, Midori (Class of 2017) 24 days 3 hours 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.

  • Denneler, Alyssa (Class of 2018) 5 months 4 days ago

    Alyssa Denneler (MS '18) accepted a position as the Scholars' Commons librarian at Indiana University. In this capacity, she works to create programming for graduate students, including workshops, receptions, and exhibits, while also serving at the reference desk and as part of the library's social media team.

  • Drake, Tracy (Class of 2015) 22 days 3 hours 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.

  • Faux, Derek (Class of 2015) 1 month 19 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

  • Flota, Brian (Class of 2013) 5 months 29 days ago

    Brian Flota's (MS '13) essay titled, “How I Left My PhD in English Behind and Learned to Love the Stacks,” was recently published as part of a collection of essays in Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM (2018, ed. Joseph Fruscione and Kelly J. Baker).

  • Goodsett, Mandi (Class of 2013) 1 month 7 days 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.

  • Hayes, Sarah (Class of 2018) 5 months 4 days ago

    Sarah Hayes (MS '18) started her first post-master's position as a graduate research assistant in the Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She hopes to meet lots of fellow Illinois graduates while working in the Southwest U.S.!

  • Helregel, Nicole (Class of 2013) 4 months 10 days ago

    Nicole Helregel (MS '13, CAS '15) accepted the position of student success librarian at Purchase College (SUNY).

  • Irwin, Clair (Class of 2016) 2 months 3 hours 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) 2 months 17 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) 2 months 28 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) 3 months 25 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) 1 month 14 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.

  • Mallick, Samip (Class of 2011) 1 month 14 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) 2 months 7 days 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) 2 months 19 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) 1 month 14 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) 4 months 2 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) 5 days 3 hours 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) 3 months 26 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.

  • Quiballo, Ted (Class of 2017) 4 days 3 hours ago

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

  • Quiballo, Ted (Class of 2017) 1 month 14 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.

  • Rains, Hilary (Class of 2014) 17 days 3 hours 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) 5 days 3 hours ago

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

  • Riesenberger, Cameron (Class of 2016) 4 months 16 days ago

    Cameron Riesenberger (MS '16) has been selected to serve on the committee for the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

  • Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 5 days 3 hours 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) 17 days 3 hours 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) 2 months 10 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) 5 days 3 hours 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) 3 months 17 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) 2 months 20 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.

  • Sura, Sreeharsha (Class of 2018) 5 days 3 hours ago

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

  • Sweitzer-Lamme, Jon (Class of 2017) 4 months 17 days ago

    Jon Sweitzer-Lamme (MS '17) participated in the 2018 inaugural residency program at the Library of Congress. The program, which ran from June to December 2018, gave five early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and receive mentoring from seasoned staff at the Library.

  • Tripp, Kathryn (Class of 2015) 4 days 3 hours 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) 1 month 6 days ago

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

  • Vredenburg, Beth (Class of 2011) 3 months 11 days ago

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


  • Cragin, Melissa (Class of 2009) 1 month 15 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.

  • Cuervo, Adriana (Class of 2005) 4 months 13 days ago

    Adriana Cuervo (MS '05) will become the inaugural head of Archival Collections and Services at Rutgers–Newark. In this position, she will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute of Jazz Studies—the largest and most comprehensive jazz research facility in the world, located in the John Cotton Dana Library—as well as the newly established Dana Archives, documenting the history of Rutgers–Newark as an anchor institution in its host city. In addition to having oversight of all archival personnel, she will identify opportunities for fund development and gift acquisitions and develop programming that heightens the visibility and use of these collections. 

  • Del Rio, Lora (Class of 2008) 17 days 3 hours 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. 

  • Erekson, Sarah (Class of 2004) 5 months 4 days ago

    Sarah Erekson (MS '04) joined Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida as the new regional government documents librarian. She is the regional coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

  • Harris, Michelle (Class of 2007) 1 month 7 days 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) 1 month 16 days ago

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

  • Miller, Robin (Class of 2009) 2 months 7 days 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.

  • Murrey, Matthew (Class of 2003) 3 months 15 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

  • Oberlander, Cyril (Class of 2000) 10 days 3 hours 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) 2 months 7 days 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) 17 days 3 hours 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) 3 months 11 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.

  • Shulman, Rachel (Class of 2008) 4 days 3 hours 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. 

  • Thompson, Bethany (Dishion) (Class of 2005) 16 days 3 hours ago

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

  • Voell, Erica (Class of 2009) 3 months 17 days ago

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


  • Bueche, Jennifer (Class of 1994) 2 months 20 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.

  • Corbett, Bethany (Class of 1999) 5 months 5 days ago

    In December 2018, Bethany Corbett (MS '99) was named chief branch officer for the Orange County Library System in Orlando, Florida, where she will be responsible for administering seven of the fifteen branch locations. She has have been with the system for eighteen years in various managerial roles.

  • Dupuis, Elizabeth (Class of 1992) 4 months 28 days ago

    Elizabeth Dupuis (MS '92) received the 2018 Distinguished Librarian Award from the Librarians' Association of the University of California, Berkeley, recognizing excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers the university's teaching and research missions.

  • Jagman, Heather (Class of 1996) 17 days 3 hours 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.

  • McMillan, James L. (Class of 1995) 2 months 7 days 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) 4 months 3 hours 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) 3 months 13 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.

  • Standerfer, Amanda (Class of 1999) 4 months 11 days ago

    Amanda E. Standerfer (MS '99) is now the director of development and promotion for The Urbana Free Library after working in the philanthropic sector since 2013. Amanda also continues her library consulting work through Fast Forward Libraries, specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, and coaching.


  • Dawe, Carol (Class of 1984) 2 months 6 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.

  • Michel, Dee (Class of 1982) 5 months 14 days ago

    After many years of research, writing, and hunting for a publisher, Dee Michel's (MS '82) book, Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz, is now available. Dee would love to hear from classmates, gay Oz fans, and others.


  • Batista, Emily (Class of 1977) 3 months 6 days 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.

  • Dole, Wanda (Class of 1975) 5 months 25 days ago

    Wanda Dole (MS '75) passed away on November 23, 2018. She held library positions at several universities and was the dean of the Ottenheimer Library at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock when she retired.

  • Kaiser, Don (Class of 1978) 3 months 14 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.

  • Tyckoson, David (Class of 1978) 5 months 4 days ago

    David Tyckoson (MS '78) writes, "Forty years ago when I graduated, I knew that libraries were in for some changes, but never expected the amount and range of innovations that have happened since then. This is a great time to be a librarian—and it is just going to get better."

  • Widener, Michael (Class of 1974) 5 months 2 days ago

    Michael Widener (MS '74) moderated a national Webinar in July 2018 for the American Bar Association on the New Localism and marijuana law. He is an adjunct professor of business law and ethics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. His paper, "Populist Placemaking: Grounds for Open Government-Citizen Spatial Regulation Discourse," will be published in Volume 119 of the West Virginia Law Review in early 2019.


  • Swain, Barbara (Class of 1966) 5 months 22 days ago

    Barbara Swain (MS '66) passed away on November 24, 2018. Barbara worked and retired as head librarian for the home economics library at the University of Illinois. 

  • Wood, Don (Class of 1965) 3 months 24 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.