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

  • Bosas, Joann (Class of 2020) 3 months 15 days ago

    Joann Bosas (MS/LIS '20) is the youth services librarian at the Franklin Park Public Library.

  • Deushane, Katelin (Class of 2021) 6 days 7 hours ago

    Katelin Deushane (MS/LIS '21) is a youth services librarian at Sarasota County (FL) Libraries.

  • Dubin, Gillian (Class of 2020) 3 months 15 days ago

    Gillian Dubin (MS/LIS '20) moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to begin working on site as the special collections and metadata librarian at the American Printing House for the Blind.

  • Gupta, Tanya (Class of 2021) 3 months 15 days ago

    Tanya Gupta (MS/IM '21) has started a job as business technology solutions associate in the Philadelphia office of ZS Associates.

  • Ihssen, Clarissa (Class of 2021) 23 days 17 hours ago

    Clarissa Ihssen (MS/LIS '21) is a science liaison and reference librarian for Georgetown University Library.

  • Kauffmann, Hannah (Class of 2021) 2 months 16 days ago

    Hannah Kauffmann (MS/LIS '21) has accepted a position as the visiting instructional librarian at Saint Paul College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

  • López, Eileen (Class of 2020) 1 month 14 days ago

    Eileen López (MS/LIS '20) has been promoted to senior design researcher for Arity, a telematics and behavioral insights company.

  • Rooks, Alysha (Class of 2020) 3 days 6 hours ago

    Alysha Rooks (MS/LIS '20) authored the book, The Black Joke, The True Story of One Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade, which was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

  • Saenz, Ernestina (Class of 2020) 1 month 13 days ago

    Ernestina (Tina) Saenz (MS/LIS '20) was recently promoted to project cataloging librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

2010

  • Anantachai , Tarida (Class of 2011) 2 months 20 days ago

    Tarida Anantachai (MS/LIS '11) has started a new position as director of inclusion and talent management at the North Carolina State University Libraries.

  • Barrientos, Quetzalli (Class of 2015) 2 months 16 days ago

    Quetzalli Barrientos (MS/LIS '15) became the open education research librarian at Gutman Library (Harvard Graduate School of Education) in August.

  • Bayer, Betty (Class of 2019) 2 months 25 days ago

    Betty Bayer (MS/LIS '19) has opened a bookstore, Betty's Books, in Webster Groves, Missouri. It is a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly specialty bookstore featuring comics, graphic novels, and manga for all ages.

  • Beese, Tegan (Class of 2018) 3 months 13 days ago

    In June, Tegan Beese (MS/LIS '18) started as teen services librarian at Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny, Iowa. She is also in charge of the library's makerspace, including staff training.

  • Bell, Erin (Class of 2018) 2 months 10 days ago

    Erin Bell (MS/LIS '18) reports that in 2021 she bought her first car, bought and moved into a new home, and was promoted to library manager.

  • Berryhill, Kelsey (Class of 2015) 2 months 16 days ago

    Kelsey Berryhill (MS/LIS '15) started her new role as the State Historical Society of Iowa's reference librarian in August 2021, where she heads the Research Center operations. Prior to this, she was at the Missouri State Archives for five years as a reference archivist.

  • Blakeman, Katie (Class of 2011) 5 months 29 days ago

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

  • Chamberlain, Katie (Class of 2010) 3 months 15 days ago

    Katie Chamberlain (MS/LIS '10) recently moved back to Champaign from Burlington, Vermont. She teaches online courses at the iSchool and was included on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students for Spring 2021.

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 9 days 6 hours ago

    Ann Matsushima Chiu (MS/LIS '15) wrote a chapter, "Our Zine Futures: A Call for Accessible, Inclusive, and Diverse Zine Communities," for the newly published Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing (ALA Editions/CORE 2022).

  • Claybaugh, Zachariah (Class of 2015) 3 months 15 days ago

    In July, Zachariah Claybaugh (MS/LIS '15) started a new job as student success librarian at the University of Connecticut, where he advocates for and facilitates the use of open educational resources (OER) on campus.

  • Driver, Jason (Class of 2011) 1 month 13 days ago

    Jason Driver (MS/LIS '11) has been named director of the Kitsap Regional Library in Kitsap County, Washington. served most recently as a district chief at Chicago Public Library overseeing 14 branches and the supervision of 125 staff.

  • Fargo, Hailley (Class of 2016) 3 months 15 days ago

    Hailley Fargo (MS/LIS '16) started a new job in August as the head of education and outreach services at the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University.

  • Flota, Brian (Class of 2013) 3 months 15 days ago

    Brian Flota (MS/LIS '13) coauthored the article, "Re-imagining (black) comic book cataloguing: increasing accessibility through metadata at one university library," with Steven Holloway (MS/LIS '13) and Justina Kaiser, which appears in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

  • Goodsett, Mandi (Class of 2013) 23 days 17 hours ago

    The American Library Association has selected Mandi Goodsett (MS/LIS '13), performing arts & humanities librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio, as the 2022 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellow. 

  • Jackson, Megan (Class of 2017) 3 months 15 days ago

    Megan Jackson (MS/LIS '17) has accepted a new position as youth services supervisor with the St. Charles City-County Library system in St. Charles, Missouri, where she oversees all youth services at the Kathryn Linnemann branch.

  • Janowski, Ellen (Class of 2018) 3 months 15 days ago

    Ellen Janowski (MS/IM '18) started a new role at Invenergy LLC as a senior analyst in knowledge management.

  • Kuykendall, Bradley (Class of 2015) 2 months 16 days ago

    Bradley Kuykendall (MS/LIS '15) started a new role as assistant branch manager at Dayton (OH) Northwest Public Library.

  • Larson, Annie (Class of 2015) 3 months 15 days ago

    Annie Larson (MS/LIS '15) recently accepted the position of humanities librarian at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University.

  • Lindenbaum, Sarah (Class of 2013) 5 months 12 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).

  • Mallick, Samip (Class of 2011) 4 months 17 hours ago

    Samip Mallick (MS/LIS '11) has been selected to serve on the advisory board for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative, a key component of the new initiative Of the People: Widening the Path at the Library of Congress. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative aims to connect the Library more deeply with Black, Indigenous and other communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States.

  • Miller, Lainie (Class of 2018) 3 months 15 days ago

    Lainie Miller (MS/LIS '18) is now the collection development librarian for adult materials for Colorado's Jefferson County Public Library system.

  • Mills, Daniel (Class of 2018) 2 months 20 days ago

    Daniel Mills (MS/LIS '18) is now a software librarian at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, after receiving two promotions in two years. He credits the iSchool's culture of "you can always change paths," keeping himself open, embracing changes, and learning new skills for leading to his success.

  • Norick, Stephanie (Class of 2015) 16 days 17 hours ago

    Stephanie Norick (MS/LIS '15) started a new position as a Tableau business intelligence senior analyst with Salesforce.

  • Parker, Erica (Class of 2015) 3 months 15 days ago

    Erica Parker (MS/LIS '15) recently accepted a position as manager of adult programming at the New York Public Library.

  • Pérez, Ziba (Class of 2012) 9 days 6 hours ago

    Ziba Pérez (MS/LIS '12) wrote a chapter, "Circulating Zines," for the newly published Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing (ALA Editions/CORE 2022).

  • Popovitch, Catheryne (Class of 2011) 3 months 15 days ago

    Catheryne Popovitch (MS/LIS '11) was awarded the 2021 Rising Star Award from the Council of State Archivists, which acknowledges outstanding contributions to state archives and constituencies. She also became the first recipient of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes early-career archivists who work in government and demonstrate significant promise of leadership.

  • Potempa, Katie (Class of 2017) 9 days 17 hours ago

    Katie (Lucas) Potempa (MS/LIS '17) started a new position in January as a corporate archivist at Caterpillar Inc.

  • Rhinesmith, Colin (Class of 2014) 23 days 17 hours ago

    Colin Rhinesmith (PhD '14) has been appointed as senior director of research and fellowships for Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.

  • Ruan, Lian (Class of 2011) 2 months 13 days ago

    Lian Ruan (PhD ’11), iSchool research affiliate and head librarian at the U of I Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), received a $50,000 IMLS American Rescue Plan Grant Program award for her project, “Experienced-Based Knowledge Management Initiatives to Support Illinois Firefighters’ Dynamic Needs in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The project will gather and add COVID-19 information to the Illinois Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths Digital Image Collection Database (IFLODD) and Response for the Reflections Oral History Project. It also will collect IFSI COVID-19 materials that document the pandemic response and deposit them into IDEALS, the U of I institutional repository, as well as collect Illinois fire departments’ COVID-19 response images and deposit them into the Illinois Digital Archives. The project lasts from November 2021 to October 2022.

  • Sandler, Naomi (Class of 2012) 3 months 15 days ago

    Naomi Sandler (MS/LIS '12) has started a new job as a junior salesforce developer at NextStep in Seattle, Washington.

  • Snyder, Libby (Class of 2014) 1 month 13 days ago

    In 2020, Libby Snyder (MS/LIS '14) became the K-5 librarian for Gray’s Woods Elementary in the State College Area School district in Pennsylvania. She also served as the chair of the 2018 Lee Bennet Hopkins Award committee for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

  • Steinke, Cassidy (Class of 2015) 16 days 17 hours ago

    Cassidy Steinke (MS/LIS '15) recently accepted the position of public services manager for the Matteson Area Public Library District in Matteson, Illinois.

  • Stewart, Rachel (Class of 2018) 2 months 14 days ago

    Rachel Stewart (MS/LIS '18) recently accepted a position as the librarian at the Tolono (IL) Public Library District.

  • Travis, Joella (Class of 2018) 3 months 15 days ago

    Joella Travis (MS/LIS ’18) recently celebrated two years as the youth services librarian at Rantoul (IL) Public Library.

  • Tringali, Billy (Class of 2019) 1 month 26 days ago

    Billy Tringali (MS/LIS '19) has started a new position as a research and instruction librarian at Babson College in his home state of Massachusetts. He recently published the second issue of the Journal of Anime and Manga Studies, an open-access journal he started while he was a student at the iSchool.

  • Vrbancic, Emilie (Class of 2014) 2 months 20 days ago

    Emilie Vrbancic (MS/LIS '14), undergraduate experience librarian, has been promoted to associate librarian for the University of Washington Libraries.

  • Wallace, Jeanette (Class of 2017) 3 months 15 days ago

    Jeanette Wallace (MS/LIS '17) has been named the new director of the Winchester (IL) Public Library.

2000

  • Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2009) 4 months 18 days 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.

  • Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2009) 1 month 7 days ago

    Jeanie Austin (MS/LIS '09, PhD '17) was interviewed by Ithaka S+R about their new book, Library Services and Incarceration: Recognizing Barriers, Strengthening Access.

  • Brock, Andre (Class of 2007) 4 months 17 hours ago

    Andre Brock (PhD '07) has been selected to serve on the advisory board for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative, a key component of the new initiative Of the People: Widening the Path at the Library of Congress. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative aims to connect the Library more deeply with Black, Indigenous and other communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States.

  • Brock, Jr., André (Class of 2007) 5 months 11 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).

  • Chambers, Tamela (Class of 2005) 3 months 15 days ago

    Tamela (James) Chambers (MS/LIS '05) is now the branch manager at the Beverly Branch Library in Chicago.

  • Czarnecki, Kelly (Class of 2002) 3 months 15 days ago

    Kelly Czarnecki (MS/LIS '02) will serve as YALSA president from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. She coauthored Connecting Teens with Technology at the Library, which was recently published by Rowman and Littlefield.

  • Enright, Aaron (Class of 2003) 3 months 15 days ago

    Aaron J. Enright (MS/LIS '03) is enjoying his eighteenth year at Wolfram Research & WolframAlpha, where he was recently named senior information scientist. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his family.

  • Griswold, Fiona (Class of 2009) 3 months 15 days ago

    Fiona Griswold (MS/LIS '09) recently returned to Illinois from Louisiana to assume the role of librarian at Alton (IL) High School.

  • Jimenez, Migdalia (Class of 2007) 1 month 13 days ago

    Migdalia Jimenez (MS/LIS '07) started a new role as the branch manager of Mabel Manning Branch, Chicago Public Library.

  • Kyrillidou, Martha (Class of 2009) 4 months 19 days 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.

  • Linda, Helen (Class of 2007) 2 months 16 days ago

    Helen Linda (MS/LIS '07) recently accepted the position of business and process analyst with the Vermont State Colleges System. She is a core member of the Transformation effort to unify three publicly funded institutions into the new Vermont State University entity.

  • Lupkin, Josh (Class of 2008) 9 days 6 hours ago

    Josh Lupkin (MS/LIS '08) wrote a chapter, "Genre, Context, and Purpose in Contemporary Latin American Fanzines," for the newly published Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing (ALA Editions/CORE 2022).

  • Miller, Sarah (Class of 2006) 3 months 15 days ago

    Sarah Miller (MS/LIS '06) started a new position as research services librarian and assistant professor at the University of Dayton in July.

  • Muller, Elizabeth (Class of 2008) 3 months 15 days ago

    Elizabeth D. Muller (MS/LIS '08) began a new position as assistant director for special collections processing at the New York Public Library. In this role, she oversees the description of distinctive collections across NYPL's research libraries.

  • Newton, Mark (Class of 2007) 3 months 15 days ago

    Mark Newton (MS/LIS '07) began serving as the University Librarian ad interim at Boston University in July.

  • Ritchie, Cathy (Class of 2000) 3 months 15 days ago

    Cathy Ritchie (CAS '00) is a blog contributor to Public Libraries Online, focusing on book-related topics and recommendations. She retired from the Acquisitions/Selection department of the Dallas (TX) Public Library in 2019.

  • Sonsteby, Alec (Class of 2005) 3 months 15 days ago

    Alec Sonsteby (MS/LIS '05), chair in the Department of Library and Information Services at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was promoted to the rank of full professor.

  • Vogel, Janet (Class of 2008) 3 months 15 days ago

    Janet Vogel (MS/LIS '08) became library director for Hiram College on June 1, 2020.

  • Willette, Kerri (Class of 2005) 1 month 26 days ago

    Kerri Willette (MS/LIS '05) coauthored the "Humans in the Loop" recommendation report from LC Labs, which was recently released by the Library of Congress.

1990

  • Coleman, Anita (Class of 1996) 1 month 7 days ago

    Anita Coleman (PhD '96) will serve as a panelist for the webinar, "Conversations on Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Breaking Digital Barriers, by Unboxing Empathy and Equity in the Post-COVID-19," on January 5.

  • Currano, Judith (Class of 1999) 3 months 15 days ago

    Judith Currano (MS/LIS '99) was named a 2020 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her devotion to teaching chemical information and making it accessible as well as for international leadership. She was further recognized for mentoring women in science and for her service to ACS.

  • Kahl, Chad (Class of 1998) 3 months 15 days ago

    Chad Kahl (MS/LIS '98) has started a new position as a data services librarian at Illinois State University’s Milner Library in Normal.

  • Prest, Loring (Class of 1997) 3 months 15 days ago

    Loring Prest (MS '97) retired from Manderino Library at California University of Pennsylvania at the end of June. He joined the university in 1998 as the electronic resources librarian and library webmaster. During his twenty-three years, he became a full professor and spent nine years as department chair.

  • Sweda, Jennifer (Class of 1994) 3 months 15 days ago

    Jennifer E. Sweda (MS/LIS '94) recently accepted the position of editor of the Books and Proceedings for the Web of Science database (Clarivate) in Philadelphia.

  • Thomas, Lynne (Class of 1999) 5 months 30 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

  • Bodling, Kurt (Class of 1988) 1 month 13 days ago

    Kurt A.T. Bodling (MS/LIS '88) has been named director of the Appalachian Trail Museum's Research Library in Gardners, Pennsylvania.

  • Cockerham, Cynthia (Class of 1980) 7 days 6 hours ago

    Cynthia R. Cockerham (MS/LIS '80) passed away on January 22, 2022, in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

  • Jenkins, Fred (Class of 1986) 3 months 15 days ago

    Fred Jenkins (MS/LIS '86) is retiring as associate dean for collections and operations after 34 years at the University of Dayton Libraries.

  • Van Jacob, Elizabeth (Class of 1988) 3 months 15 days ago

    Elizabeth Van Jacob (MS/LIS '88) retired as director of library services at Ivy Tech Community College at South Bend/Elkhart in September.

1970

  • Carden, Virginia (Class of 1977) 3 months 15 days ago

    Virginia Carden (MS/LIS '77) retired from Duke University Medical Center Library in August, following 35 years of service.

  • Christensen, Beth (Class of 1977) 3 months 13 days ago

    In March, Beth Christensen (MS/LIS '77) was awarded the Music Library Association (MLA) Citation for a lifetime of "expert professional practice, insightful scholarship, and generous service."

  • Houle, Linda (Class of 1970) 3 months 15 days ago

    Linda Houle (MS/LIS '70), a retired junior high media center director/technology facilitator, is a part-time content curator for LiveBinders.com.

  • Michalove, Sharon (Class of 1975) 3 months 15 days ago

    Sharon Michalove (MS/LIS '75) released her debut romantic-suspense novel, At First Sight, in October.

  • Stottlar, Carline (Class of 1979) 2 months 20 days ago

    Carline Stottlar (MS/LIS '79) passed away on October 17, 2021.

  • Widener, Michael (Class of 1974) 3 months 15 days ago

    Michael Widener (MS/LIS '74) has digitally published his first novel, Fishbein, Ascending. He retired from law practice and public officialdom in 2021 and splits his time between Arizona's deserts and Tennessee's hill country.

  • Williams, Mitsuko (Class of 1974) 2 months 11 days ago

    Mitsuko (Mitzi) Williams (MS/LIS '74) passed away on November 11, 2021. 

1960

  • El Hadi, Mohamed M. (Class of 1960) 3 months 15 days ago

    Mohamed M. El Hadi (MS/LIS '60, PhD '64) recently published two books in the Arabic language about the data revolution and artificial intelligence and their impact on societal and economic development.