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

  • Alaks, Kadet (Class of 2021) 2 months 7 days ago

    Kadet Alaks (MS/LIS '21) has been hired by the College of DuPage as a technical education and applied arts librarian, liaising to architecture/construction, cosmetology, fashion, interior design, automotive, horticulture, HVACR, manufacturing, welding, electronics/electro-mechanical technology, fire science, and aviation.

  • Garza, Livia (Class of 2021) 1 month 7 days ago

    Livia Garza (MS/LIS '21) has started a new job as a program manager in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards at the University of Houston.

  • Green, Zhaneille (Class of 2021) 4 months 27 days ago

    Zhaneille Green (MS/LIS '21) has been selected as an Innovation Fellow by ITHAKA. She will be part of an inaugural cohort of fellows spending six weeks learning and applying design thinking and lean startup skills in the education/library space.

  • Henry, Josh (Class of 2021) 27 days 12 hours ago

    Josh Henry (MS/LIS '21) coauthored and presented the paper "Cultivating the Scientific Data of the Morrow Plots: Visualization and Data Curation for a Long-term Agricultural Experiment" at the 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Monson, Connor (Class of 2021) 3 months 13 days ago

    Connor Monson (MS/LIS '21) serves as manager of the Champaign County History Museum in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Peterson, Katie (Class of 2022) 21 days 12 hours ago

    Katie Peterson (MS/LIS '22) started a new job as an electronic resources cataloger at the University of Iowa in September 2022.

  • Salkeld, Helen (Class of 2022) 1 month 4 days ago

    Helen Salkeld (MS/LIS '22) has accepted a youth services library assistant position at the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex, North Carolina.

  • Shah, Mimosa (Class of 2022) 1 month 20 days ago

    Mimosa Shah (MS/LIS '22) is associate curator, Schlesinger Library at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. This two-year position is part of the library's Diversity Residency Program and in partnership with Harvard's Administrative Fellowship Program and ACRL Diversity Alliance. Responsibilities include working with donors, managing incoming material, collection appraisal, collection development audits, exhibits, and teaching.

  • Williams-Friemel, Megan (Class of 2020) 24 days 12 hours ago

    In October 2022, Megan Williams-Friemel (MS/IM '20) started a new position with Abbott as a competitive intelligence manager in the Rapid Diagnostics Division.

  • Wittman, Hollis (Class of 2021) 4 months 27 days ago

    Hollis Wittman (MS/LIS '21) has accepted a position as the metadata and music library specialist at Virginia Tech. She has also been appointed the digitization manager for the the journal of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).

  • Zerrenner , Emily (Class of 2022) 26 days 4 hours ago

    Emily Zerrenner (MS/LIS '22) blogged about her experience landing her first librarian job as research and instructional services librarian at Salisbury University on ACRLog.

2010

  • Alexander, Jess (Class of 2013) 4 months 20 days ago

    Jess Alexander (MS/LIS '13) has received the Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Alvarez, Barbara (Class of 2012) 11 hours ago

    Barbara Alvarez (MS/LIS '12), who serves as an adjunct lecturer at the iSchool, was featured in an Academic Movers Q&A in Library Journal on November 30.

  • Archer-Helke, Caitlin (Class of 2015) 28 days 12 hours ago

    Caitlin Archer-Helke (MS/LIS '15), acquisitions and content support specialist at the national law firm Dykema, was featured in the Illinois Library Association's Member Spotlight for the week of September 29, 2022.

  • Baker, Mary (Class of 2016) 2 months 5 days ago

    Mary Baker (MS/LIS '16) was promoted to lead at Bain & Company in September 2022. She supports consulting staff research as part of the company's Research & Data Services team.

  • Bane, Treasa (Class of 2017) 4 months 10 days ago

    Treasa Bane (MS/LIS '17) is starting a new role in August 2022 as copyright and scholarly communications librarian at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Bell, Alyson (Class of 2016) 3 months 10 days ago

    Alyson Bell (MS/LIS '16) started her new job as associate director of advancement for stewardship and donor relations for the University of Illinois Library on August 16.

  • Benson, Sara (Class of 2017) 4 months 22 days ago

    Sara Benson (MS/LIS '17), copyright librarian at the University of Illinois, has received the 2022 Outstanding Public Engagement Award from the University Library.

  • Booker, Anne (Class of 2013) 24 days 12 hours ago

    Anne Booker (MS/LIS '13) recently accepted a position as the adult services librarian for the Central Skagit Library District in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

  • Borntreger, Stephanie (Class of 2017) 2 months 26 days ago

    Stefanie Borntreger (MS/LIS '17) was promoted to the role of senior LMS applications administrator at Brandeis University.

  • Bruce, Emily (Class of 2017) 3 months 15 days ago

    Emily Bruce (Adams) (MS/LIS '17) was hired as the high school media specialist at Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana. She will be celebrating her marriage to David Bruce in November.

  • Cabada, Elisandro (Class of 2017) 28 days 12 hours ago

    Elisandro Cabada (MS/LIS '17) was featured in Library Journal's Academic Movers Q&A on November 2, 2022.

  • Chiewphasa, Ben (Class of 2019) 2 months 6 days ago

    Ben Chiewphasa (MS/LIS '19) has started a new position as the social sciences and policy librarian at Columbia University in New York City.

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 4 months 28 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS/LIS '15) was elected to the board of trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation of American Library Association. His new picture book, The Most Haunted House in America, a Halloween story about skeleton drummers and the ghosts that haunt the White House, will be published by Abrams Kids on August 2, 2022. 
     

  • Davis, Robin (Class of 2012) 1 month 14 days ago

    Robin Davis (MS/LIS '12) is the associate head of the User Experience Department at North Carolina State University Libraries. 

  • Dinnocenzo , Carla (Class of 2015) 4 months 10 days ago

    Carla Dinnocenzo (MS/LIS '15) has been promoted to assistant department head of youth and teen services at the Palos Heights (IL) Public Library.

  • English, Jessie (Class of 2013) 1 month 20 days ago

    Jessie English (MS/LIS '13) has started a new position as grants and data coordinator for St. John Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Center is on a mission to help people experiencing homelessness address the barriers to housing and self-sufficiency so they can leave homelessness for good.

  • Gannon, Andrea (Class of 2015) 1 month 29 days ago

    Andrea Gannon (MS/LIS '15) has been promoted to senior product manager at Microsoft in the Modern Work Transformation organization. She continues to work and reside in Dublin, Ireland, where she has lived since 2018.

  • Gunnell, Heather (Class of 2015) 5 days 6 hours ago

    In October 2022, Heather M Gunnell (MS/LIS '15) was selected as the new youth services collection management librarian at the Rockford (IL) Public Library, where she previously served as a youth services librarian.

  • Jihan, Itzel (Class of 2019) 5 months 3 days ago

    Itzel Jihan (MS/LIS '19) recently began serving as data governance lead at Jobcase, Inc.

  • Johnson, EvaAnne (Class of 2018) 3 months 27 days ago

    EvaAnne Johnson (MS/LIS '18), volunteer librarian at Starhill Forest Arboretum, was recently recognized for her instrumental role in the creation, design, and completion of a new library at the Arboretum. She has been cataloging their specialized collection since 2016, in preparation for moving the books from a private collection to the new library.

  • Kelley, Dustin (Class of 2018) 4 months 22 days ago

    Dustin Kelley (MS/LIS '18) has started a new position as a research and instruction librarian at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

  • Kuipers, Thomas (Class of 2019) 5 days 6 hours ago

    Thomas Kuipers (MS/LIS '19) is the sole archivist and curator at the Betsy Ross House, responsible for all current and new exhibits as well as maintenance of their collections. He is also a grant-funded archivist for the Woodford Mansion, where he organizes and maintains the mansion's entire paper collection.

  • Kuipers, Thomas (Class of 2019) 1 month 6 days ago

    Thomas Kuipers (MS/LIS '19) has started a new job as collections and exhibits assistant at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia.

  • McCarthy, Mark (Class of 2018) 2 months 22 days ago

    Mark McCarthy (MS/IM '18) has been promoted to lead quality assurance engineer at AITS, where he spearheads accessibility testing and research.

  • McEneely , KatieRose (Class of 2012) 2 months 19 days ago

    KatieRose McEneely (MS/LIS '12) started a new position as an information delivery and technology analyst at Abbott.

  • McGary, Van (Class of 2018) 28 days 12 hours ago

    Van McGary (MS/LIS '18), adult and teen services assistant manager at Downers Grove (IL) Public Library, was featured in the Illinois Library Association's Member Spotlight for the week of October 3, 2022.

  • Moore, Valerie (Class of 2019) 5 months 4 days ago

    Valerie Moore (MS/LIS '19) has received the James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Ward from the Speical Libraries Association (SLA). The award recognizes new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. 

  • Nagle, Sarah (Class of 2015) 5 months 9 days ago

    In May 2022, Sarah Nagle (MS/LIS '15) published Innovation and Experiential Learning in Academic Libraries with co-editor Elias Tzoc.

  • Norton, Christina (Class of 2014) 28 days 12 hours ago

    Christina Norton (MS/LIS '14) was interviewed by the Illinois Library Association after her election as secretary of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL).

  • Rains, Hillary (Class of 2014) 4 months 8 days ago

    Hillary Rains (MS/LIS '14) rejoined the library profession, accepting the position of community engagement manager at Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield, Illinois.

  • Reiser, Kathy (Class of 2014) 3 months 16 days ago

    Kathy Reiser (MS/LIS '14) is a columnist for The News-Gazette.

  • Riggs, Allison (Class of 2018) 4 months 19 days ago

    Allison Riggs (MS/LIS '18) has received the Young Adult Library Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Library Association.

  • Riggs, Kinsley L. (Class of 2015) 16 days 6 hours ago

    Kinsley L. Riggs (MS/LIS '15) has been promoted to deputy county librarian at Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas, and will begin her new role in December 2022.

  • Rojas, Kate (Class of 2014) 2 months 20 days ago

    Kate Rojas (MS/LIS '14) started a new position as the courseware support specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in September 2022. She coordinates user-facing instruction for Canvas and collaborates with colleagues across campus on projects related to educational technology and instructional design.

  • Smith, Stacey (Class of 2015) 3 months 2 days ago

    Stacey Smith (MS/LIS '15) has accepted a role at Walmart as senior DAM manager. In her new role, she will focus on improving the DAM system by assessing user needs, increasing findability of assets, and improving current processes.

  • Somers, Kristin (Class of 2014) 21 days 12 hours ago

    Kristin Somers (MS/LIS '14) is a nurse technician at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois.

  • Sullivan, Madison (Class of 2015) 24 days 12 hours ago

    Madison Sullivan (MS/LIS '15) was promoted to associate librarian with permanent status at the University of Washington Libraries on June 3, 2022, following the birth of her first child, Agnes Rooney Sullivan. She is the fine and performing arts librarian at UW, and teaches art librarianship at the San Jose State iSchool.

  • Swearingen, Christinna (Class of 2019) 4 months 10 days ago

    Christinna Swearingen (MS/LIS '19) was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to serve a three-year term on the Council for Library and Network Development (COLAND) to improve library services for all of Wisconsin and also recently received a fellowship for bringing educational virtual reality to the state through the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

  • Trei, Kelli (Class of 2012) 5 months 3 days ago

    Kelli Trei (MS/LIS '12) has been elected vice-chair of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Executive Committee.

  • Villa-Nicholas, Melissa (Class of 2016) 5 days 6 hours ago

    Latinas on the Line: Invisible Information Workers in Telecommunications (2022, Rutgers Press), authored by Melissa Villa-Nicholas (PhD '16), received honorable mention for the inaugural Labor Tech Research Network book award. Her upcoming book, Data Borders: How Silicon Valley is Building an Industry around Immigrants (UC Press), is available for pre-order.

  • Whitledge, Bryan (Class of 2011) 19 days 6 hours ago

    Bryan Whitledge (MS/LIS '11) is the public services librarian and archivist for the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. He recently received the Exemplary Service Award from the Society of American Archivists for "his longstanding and passionate commitment to advocating for a better world for archives, archivists, and the public."

2000

  • Benevento, Jenny (Class of 2005) 4 months 2 days ago

    Jenny Benevento (MS/LIS '05) researched, indexed, and wrote a literature review about the history of diagrams for the new book, Stuck? Diagrams Help, by information architect Abby Covert. 

  • Bray, Honore (Class of 2005) 2 months 6 days ago

    The Missoula (MT) Public Library has named its newly expanded People's Terrace in honor of its retired director, Honore Bray (MS/LIS '05).

  • Buchel, Olha (Class of 2001) 2 months 25 days ago

    Olha Buchel (MS/LIS '01) is a postdoctoral researcher at the New England Complex Systems Institute.

  • Carmichael, Christine (Class of 2004) 1 month 29 days ago

    After 17 years as the web services/business reference librarian at Creighton University, Christine Carmichael (MS/LIS '04)  was recently promoted to senior research and instruction librarian for business, arts, and sciences. Her new role includes info lit assessment, creating workshops, and developing a peer-to-peer mentoring program.

  • Chambers, Tamela (Class of 2005) 4 months 23 days ago

    Tamela Chambers (MS/LIS '05) is the recipient of the 2022 Demco Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA) Excellence in Librarianship Award. This award recognizes librarians who have made significant contributions to the promotion of African Americans in the library profession.

  • Chandler, Katherine (Class of 2006) 2 months 20 days ago

    Katherine Chandler (MS/LIS '06) has started a new job as assistant professor, special collections cataloger, at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

  • Edwards, Eric (Class of 2006) 4 months 16 days ago

    Eric Edwards (MS/LIS '06) is president-elect of Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI), vice-chair/chair-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Chapters Council, co-chair of the Illinois Library Association's 2023 Conference Program Committee, and a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Support for Creation of Open Educational Resources Advisory Committee and Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Nominations Committee.

  • Hawkins, Kevin (Class of 2003) 2 months 19 days ago

    Kevin Hawkins (MS/LIS '03) has become the first program director for the Opioid Industry Documents Archive. He now works remotely from Corvallis, Oregon.

  • Hollis, Kate Fultz (Class of 2004) 3 months 26 days ago

    Kate Fultz Hollis (MS/LIS '04) lives in Los Angeles and works remotely for the medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. This summer, she and her supervisor, Bill Hersh, edited the 8th edition of Health Informatics

  • Kaufman, Cate (Class of 2009) 1 month 29 days ago

    Cate Kaufman (MS/LIS '09) was recently promoted to dean of Faculty Development and Learning Innovation at Illinois Central College. She oversees the Library, Academic Support Center, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and Illinois Tutoring Initiative.

  • King, Lindsay (Class of 2008) 3 months 25 days ago

    Lindsay King (MS/LIS '08) is the new head of the Bowes Art and Architecture Library at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, she was a librarian in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University for eleven years, most recently as associate director for access and research services.

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

    Stacey Knight-Davis (MS/LIS '01) has received the President's Award from the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI). 

  • Kong, Martin (Class of 2005) 2 months 4 days ago

    Martin Kong (MS/LIS '05) recently started his new job as a library services coordinator for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

  • Koshykar, Roman (Class of 2001) 2 months 26 days ago

    Roman Koshykar (MS/LIS '01) has transitioned to a new job role as the engineering, technology, and sustainability librarian at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was the computing and information sciences librarian at RIT for the past nineteen years.

  • Mackinder, Lisa (Class of 2007) 4 months 10 days ago

    Lisa Mackinder (nee Sibert) (MS/LIS '07) has accepted a position with California Digital Library as assistant director of systemwide licensing and collection services. Though appointed as interim assistant director in June 2021, she was selected for the permanent position through a national search in March 2022.

  • McHone-Chase, Sarah (Class of 2005) 28 days 12 hours ago

    Sarah McHone-Chase (MS/LIS '05) was interviewed by the Illinois Library Association after her election as vice president/president-elect of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL).

  • McLellan, Amanda (Class of 2008) 4 months 2 days ago

    Amanda McLellan (MS/LIS '08) has been named director of Thomas Library at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Miller , Robin (Class of 2009) 24 days 12 hours ago

    Robin Miller (MS/LIS '09) was promoted to full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in July 2022. Robin has also accepted a new position as head of library collections and discovery after having served as an instruction librarian since 2010.

  • Navsaria, Dipesh (Class of 2004) 3 months 8 days ago

    Dipesh Navsaria (MS/LIS '04), pediatrician and early literacy proponent, has been appointed by President Biden to serve as member of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 2 months 12 days ago

    Safiya Noble (MS/LIS '09, PhD '12) will receive the Privacy Champion Award from the Electronic Privacy Information Center for her groundbreaking research on algorithmic discrimination.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 11 hours ago

    Safiya Noble (MS/LIS '09, PhD '12) has received the 2023 Miles Conrad Award from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

  • Petrusa, Josh (Class of 2007) 9 hours ago

    Josh Petrusa (MS/LIS '07) became dean of libraries at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 1, 2022.

1990

  • Barnes, Laura (Class of 1993) 4 months 23 days ago

    Laura Barnes (MS/LIS '93), sustainability information curator for the University of Illinois' Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, was featured in the Illinois Library Association's Member Spotlight for the week of July 11, 2022. 

  • Bishop, Nancy Driscoll (Class of 1990) 4 months 1 day ago

    Nancy Driscoll Bishop (MS/LIS '90) passed away on July 12, 2022.

  • Coleman, Anita (Class of 1996) 3 months 28 days ago

    Anita Coleman (PhD '96) authored a chapter in the open access book, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism in Collection Development, which was recently published by the American Theological Library Association.

  • Kimball, Melanie (Class of 1998) 2 months 25 days ago

    Melanie Kimball (MS/LIS '98, PhD '03), associate professor in the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, has received the University Award for Service from Simmons.

  • Makala, Jeffrey (Class of 1998) 9 hours ago

    Jeffrey Makala (MS/LIS '98) authored Publishing Plates: Stereotyping and Electrotyping in Nineteenth-Century US Print Culture, which was published by Penn State University Press in November 2022.

  • Stone, Bethany (Class of 1999) 5 days 6 hours ago

    Bethany Stone (MS/LIS '99) was promoted to chief operating officer of the Orange County Library System in Orlando, Florida, in October 2022.

  • Sweda, Jennifer Erica (Class of 1994) 4 months 2 days ago

    Jennifer Erica Sweda (MS/LIS '94) has taken a position as an editorial specialist for Merck (via Aquent). She is putting her cataloging skills to use checking and updating metadata for Merck promotional materials, as well as providing editorial quality control.

1980

  • Horcher, Ann-Marie (Class of 1981) 4 months 10 days ago

    Ann-Marie Horcher (MS/LIS '81) has joined Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, as an associate professor in computer science and the program lead for developing the new cybersecurity program. She completed a Fulbright fellowship in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2022.

  • Johnson, Mary Kirby (Class of 1981) 4 months 10 days ago

    Mary Kirby Johnson (MS/LIS '81) retired from her position as adjunct reference and instruction librarian at Rogue Community College in White City, Oregon, in June 2020. She was happy to return to academic librarianship for the last part of her career.

1960

  • Wetzel, Rebecca (Class of 1969) 2 months 5 days ago

    Rebecca (Becky) Wetzel (MS/LIS '69) passed away on September 23, 2022.