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) 4 months 13 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.

  • Berry, Marcus (Class of 2018) 2 months 9 days 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. 

  • Bettivia, Rhiannon (Class of 2016) 1 month 19 days ago

    Rhiannon Bettivia (PhD '16) will join the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University as an assistant professor in Spring 2020.

  • Bjork, Charles (Class of 2013) 1 month 27 days ago

    Charles Bjork (MS '13), an international and foreign law reference librarian at Georgetown University Law Library, co-coordinated two half-day workshops prior to the annual meeting and conference of the American Association of Law Libraries held in Washington, D.C. in July. The first workshop provided an introduction to researching international and foreign law, including the law of the European Union. The second workshop, which featured speakers from the Georgetown Law faculty, focused on hot topics in international economic law, including international trade, taxation, and anti-corruption measures. 

  • Boden, Lizzy (Class of 2018) 5 months 10 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) 4 months 27 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) 3 months 2 days 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.

  • Charles, Heidi (Class of 2019) 12 days 4 hours ago

    Heidi Charles (MS '19) started her new job as an archivist librarian at Nobel and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, in August.

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 3 months 16 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) 4 months 20 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) 2 months 12 days 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.

  • Davis, Robin (Class of 2012) 18 days 4 hours ago

    Robin Davis (MS '12) started a new position as user experience librarian at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Previously, she was the emerging technologies & online learning librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York.

  • Drake, Tracy (Class of 2015) 4 months 18 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) 3 months 21 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) 5 months 15 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) 5 months 3 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.

  • Han, Sharon (Class of 2019) 29 days 4 hours ago

    Sharon Han (MS '19) has been named a 2019-2020 Associate Fellow of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest biomedical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Haykal, Aaisha (Class of 2011) 22 days 4 hours ago

    Aaisha N. Haykal (MS '11), manager of archival services at the Avery Research Center of African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, received an Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. The award is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals. 

  • Hess, Jennifer (Class of 2018) 25 days 4 hours ago

    Jennifer Hess (MS '18) has been named the new director of the Danville (IL) Public Library, effective September 3.

  • Irwin, Clair (Class of 2016) 5 months 27 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.

  • Karpinski, Kel (Class of 2011) 1 month 28 days ago

    Kel R. Karpinski (MS '11) was hired as the IT/ILL and systems librarian at CUNY NYC College of Technology in Fall 2018 and has since been promoted to assistant professor. They are also co-organizing the 2019 NY Queer Zine Fair hosted this year by Brooklyn Public Library.

  • Labinger , Brittany (Class of 2017) 12 days 4 hours ago

    Brittany (Craig) Labinger (MS '17) received the Ohio Library Council John Philip Outreach Award for her work on the Discovery on the Go program at the Lorain Public Library System.

  • Leetaru, Kalev (Class of 2016) 5 months 10 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) 2 months 3 days ago

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

  • Maiuorana , Zachary (Class of 2019) 12 days 4 hours ago

    Zachary Maiuorana (MS '19) was selected for the Librarians-in-Residence program at the Library of Congress. The program gives early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in at least one track of the following: Acquisitions and Collection Development, Cataloging and Metadata, Collection Preservation, Reference and Instruction, and Systems and Standards.

  • Mallick, Samip (Class of 2011) 5 months 10 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.”

  • McEneely, KatieRose (Class of 2012) 1 month 29 days ago

    KatieRose McEneely (MS '12) started a new position as electronic resources librarian at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Previously, she was the technology librarian at Fremont Public Library.

  • Moran, Emily (Class of 2016) 1 month 30 days ago

    Emily (Hardesty) Moran (MS '16) married Mike Moran on June 22, 2019, in central Pennsylvania.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2012) 5 months 10 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.

  • Petersheim, Kristin (Class of 2015) 2 months 13 days 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) 4 months 1 day 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.

  • Pitts-Noggle, Stephanie (Class of 2013) 25 days 4 hours ago

    Stephanie Pitts-Noggle (MS '13) has been named to the Forty under 40 Class of 2019 by Central Illinois Business Magazine. The magazine, published by The News-Gazette, gives the awards to young professionals in recognition of their career achievements, leadership ability, and dedication to community service.

  • Potempa, Katie (Class of 2017) 2 months 12 days 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) 5 months 10 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) 4 months 4 hours ago

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

  • Rains, Hilary (Class of 2014) 4 months 13 days ago

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

  • Ransberger, Rebecca (Class of 2015) 2 days 4 hours ago

    Rebecca Ransberger (MS '15) started a new position at Toledo Lucas County Public Library as the Studio Lab supervisor and assistant manager of computers and media. She formerly held the positions of assistant manager at the Sylvania and King Road Branches.

  • Rayani, Hiral (Class of 2019) 4 months 1 day ago

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

  • Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 4 months 1 day 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) 4 months 13 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.(

  • Shallcross, Stephanie (Class of 2018) 4 months 1 day ago

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

  • Shorish, Yasmeen (Class of 2011) 3 months 15 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 also is completing her term as 2018-2019 chair of ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee.

  • Sura, Sreeharsha (Class of 2018) 4 months 1 day 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) 2 months 9 days 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) 4 months 4 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) 5 months 2 days ago

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

  • Vegh-Gaynor, Shoshana (Class of 2012) 12 days 4 hours ago

    Shoshana Vegh-Gaynor (MS '12) started a new position as the reference and instruction librarian at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in August.

  • Weir, Erika (Class of 2019) 2 months 18 days 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) 2 months 19 days ago

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

  • Witt, Steve (Class of 2018) 16 days 4 hours ago

    Steve Witt (PhD '18) was awarded a Scroll of Appreciation by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) at the World Library and Information Congress and 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens, Greece. He is beginning his second term as editor of IFLA Journal


  • Bonell, Jo (Class of 2008) 22 days 9 hours ago

    Jo Bonell (MS '08) started her new job as executive director of the Des Plaines (IL) Public Library in July.

  • Cragin, Melissa (Class of 2009) 5 months 11 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) 4 months 13 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. 

  • Finnell, Josh (Class of 2007) 2 months 6 days ago

    Josh Finnell (MS '07) is part of a team that has received a 2019 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to create the New York State Data Carpentries Library Consortium.

  • Gujilde, Paolo (Class of 2009) 22 days 4 hours ago

    Paolo P. Gujilde (MS '09), assistant head of acquisitions at Northwestern University, received an Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. The award is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals. 

  • Harris, Michelle (Class of 2007) 5 months 3 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) 5 months 12 days ago

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

  • Kendall, Susan (Class of 2001) 2 months 15 days ago

    Susan K. Kendall (MS '01) has received the 2019 Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences from the Medical Library Association. She is the health sciences coordinator at Michigan State University Libraries.

  • Knight-Davis, Stacey (Class of 2001) 2 months 12 days 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.

  • LaFollette, Donna (Class of 2009) 12 days 4 hours ago

    Donna LaFollette (MS '09) was promoted to chief operating officer at SCELC, a library consortium located in Los Angeles.

  • Lucht, Karla (Class of 2007) 1 month 4 hours ago

    Karla Lucht (MS '07) was promoted to assistant director of MS/LIS advising at the iSchool at Illinois.

  • Miskewitch, Anne (Class of 2005) 3 months 2 days 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. 

  • Oberlander, Cyril (Class of 2000) 4 months 6 days ago

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

  • Olmi, Adria (Class of 2001) 1 month 26 days ago

    Adria Olmi (MS '01) became the library director of U.S. Army Logistics University Library in Fort Lee, Virginia, in July 2019.

  • Ritchie, Catherine (Class of 2000) 4 months 13 days ago

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

  • Shepard, Brian (Class of 2005) 2 months 12 days 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) 4 months 4 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. 

  • Smith, Lindy (Class of 2009) 1 month 8 days ago

    Lindy Smith (MS '09) has joined the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City as head of LaBudde Special Collections in University Libraries. LaBudde's major collecting areas include music and performing arts, women's and gender studies, the LGBT community, popular culture, and Western Americana.

  • Staley, Lissa (Class of 2001) 2 months 24 days 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.

  • Suni, Karin (Class of 2006) 12 days 4 hours ago

    Karin Suni (MS '06), curator of the Theatre Collection in the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia, has been accepted into the British Library's International Library Leaders Programme. The week-long training, held this coming November, will look at the current status and future of special collections and archives.

  • Telli, Andrea (Class of 2001) 3 months 9 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) 4 months 12 days ago

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


  • Hartman , Rochelle (Class of 1998) 2 days 4 hours ago

    Rochelle Hartman (MS '98) has been appointed the new director of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois.

  • Jagman, Heather (Class of 1996) 4 months 13 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) 2 months 12 days 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.

  • Quinn, Chris (Class of 1993) 2 days 4 hours ago

    Chris Quinn (MS '93) passed away on September 18, 2019. He was most recently serving as the interim head of the Ricker Architecture and Art Library at the University of Illinois.

  • Thomas, Lynne (Class of 1999) 1 month 2 days ago

    Lynne M. Thomas (MS '99) received her eighth Hugo Award during a ceremony at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland, on August 18. She and her husband, Michael, were honored as best professional editors in the SemiProzine category for their work in publishing Uncanny magazine.


  • Davies-Smith, Alayna (Class of 1981) 2 months 20 days 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.

  • Marill, Jennifer (Class of 1988) 2 months 2 days ago

    Jennifer L. Marill (MS '88), chief of the Technical Services Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), received the 2019 NIH Director's Award for leadership in building the NLM digital collection and providing access to biomedical resources. The NIH Director's Awards acknowledge achievements from across all of the Institutes and Centers in advancing NIH-wide priorities.

  • McNeil, Beth (Class of 1989) 1 month 26 days ago

    Beth McNeil (MS '89) was appointed dean of Libraries and School of Information Studies and professor at Purdue University on July 1.


  • Crissinger, John (Class of 1977) 1 month 28 days ago

    John D. Crissinger (MS '77) is the reference and special collections librarian for the Ohio Native Heritage Archives in the John L. and Christine Warner Library at The Ohio State University-Newark. He also serves as president of the Licking County Historical Society.

  • Hammerstrand, Kristine (Class of 1979) 2 months 12 days 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.

  • McDaniels, Nancy Arthur (Class of 1970) 3 months 15 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) 2 months 10 days ago

    David Pilachowski (MS '73) spoke on a panel at the 2019 National ACRL Conference about lessons learned 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.


  • Kwan, Julie Kuenzel (Class of 1968) 3 months 15 days ago

    Julie Kuenzel Kwan (MS '68), 2018-2019 president of the UCLA Faculty Center Board of Governors, 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 12 years with the University of Southern California Libraries, focusing on science, engineering, and business.

  • St. Clair, Guy (Class of 1965) 2 months 13 days 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.


  • Stenstrom, Patricia Fitzgerald (Class of 1957) 2 months 2 days 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. Professor Emeritus Donald Krummel remembers Stenstrom as "a treasure," a careful listener who kept the library running beautifully.