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

  • Haas, Mitchell (Class of 2020) 4 months 29 days ago

    Mitchell Haas (MS '20) has been appointed assistant professor and online learning librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

  • Kilberg, Allison (Class of 2020) 4 months 17 days ago

    In February, Allison Kilberg (MS '20) started a new position as the archivist and genealogy librarian at the Floyd County Library and Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana.

  • Kulkarni, Archana (Class of 2020) 3 months 15 days ago

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

  • Liao, Diana (Class of 2020) 3 months 13 days ago

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

2010

  • Campbell, Heather (Class of 2019) 3 months 11 days ago

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

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 1 month 12 days ago

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

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 4 months 29 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) is the author of a new children's book, Jazz for Lunch, which was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

  • Gibbons, Patti (Class of 2010) 14 days 22 hours ago

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

  • Helmick, Sam (Class of 2012) 14 days 22 hours ago

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

  • Hodson, Rebecca (Class of 2013) 2 months 14 days ago

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

  • Labinger, Brittany (Craig) (Class of 2017) 5 months 26 days ago

    Brittany (Craig) Labinger (MS '17) has been appointed director of the Elgin (TX) Public Library.

  • Lassere, Monique (Class of 2017) 2 months 16 days ago

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

  • Moran, Emily (Class of 2016) 5 months 18 days ago

    Emily Moran (MS '16) recently joined the University of Wisconsin-Superior as an instructional design librarian.

  • Moreno, Teresa (Class of 2019) 4 months 13 days ago

    Teresa Helena Moreno (MS '19) was featured in the March 2021 issue of Information Today for her research focusing on problems in coding, classifying, and organizing information related to diasporic groups.

  • Neal, Jordan (Class of 2017) 2 months 9 days ago

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

  • Padilla, Thomas (Class of 2014) 4 months 11 days ago

    Thomas Padilla (MS '14) has been named director of information systems and technology strategy at the Center for Research Libraries.

  • Shorish, Yasmeen (Class of 2011) 2 months 29 days ago

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

  • Slagle, Ruth (Class of 2017) 4 months 27 days ago

    Ruth Slagle (MS '17) started her position as instruction librarian at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tennessee, in March 2020. She recently published the article, "Remembering who is important: keeping the right focus in a national emergency," in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.

  • Tipton, Kim (Class of 2018) 4 months 13 days ago

    Kim Tipton (MS '18) and Cherie Watson (MS '14) coauthored the article, "Starting a Professional Reflection Practice," in the March 2021 issue of the ILA Reporter.

  • Trammell, Anna (Class of 2015) 4 months 1 day ago

    Anna Trammell (MS '15) joined the Tacoma Public Library as the Northwest Room local history librarian. In this role, she will manage the Library's archives and special collections.

  • Watson, Cherie (Class of 2014) 4 months 13 days ago

    Kim Tipton (MS '18) and Cherie Watson (MS '14) coauthored the article, "Starting a Professional Reflection Practice," in the March 2021 issue of the ILA Reporter.

  • Wells, Kameron (Class of 2018) 3 months 13 days ago

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

  • Wheelhouse, Paul (Class of 2016) 25 days 1 hour ago

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

  • Williams, Sherry (Class of 2019) 1 month 5 days ago

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

  • York, Elizabeth (Class of 2014) 4 days 22 hours ago

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

2000

  • (Kloster) Fisher, Kelly (Class of 2003) 4 months 17 days ago

    Kelly (Kloster) Fisher (MS '03) has been promoted to full professor rank at Eureka College, where she has served as a librarian since 2004. Originally hired as the Public Services Librarian, Fisher now serves as the public & access services librarian and the campus learning management system administrator.

  • Caroline, Nappo (Class of 2008) 1 month 11 days ago

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

  • Chipps, Laurie (Class of 2007) 5 months 4 days ago

    After taking nearly a six-year break from libraries to work with a nonprofit organization focused on bicycle travel and advocacy, Laurie Chipps (MS '07) has "found her way back" as the technical services librarian at the Montana Historical Society's Research Center.

  • Christine, D'Arpa (Class of 2006) 1 month 13 days ago

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

  • Conn, Brian (Class of 2009) 6 days 22 hours ago

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

  • Czarnecki, Kelly (Class of 2002) 14 days 22 hours ago

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

  • Falciani-White, Nancy (Class of 2007) 3 months 22 days ago

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

  • Harrington, Matthew (Class of 2009) 3 months 23 days ago

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

  • Heller, Margaret (Class of 2008) 15 days 1 hour ago

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

  • Heller, Margaret (Class of 2008) 3 months 4 days ago

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

  • Hensley, Merinda Kaye (Class of 2006) 5 months 14 days ago

    Merinda Kaye Hensley (MS '06) was named senior fellow of information literacy for Project Information Literacy. She will be focused on their Provocation Series, a new publishing initiative for 2021 that will delve into pressing information literacy and higher education issues, while exploring new ways of thinking and directions for future research.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 1 month 20 days ago

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

  • Robak, Michael (Class of 2001) 3 months 19 days ago

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

  • Rose, Mary (Class of 2001) 4 months 29 days ago

    Mary Z. Rose (MS '01) was recently appointed as the archival library research manager at the Madison County Archival Library in Edwardsville, Illinois.

  • Voell, Bryan (Class of 2007) 4 months 18 days ago

    Bryan Voell (MS '07) recently started his eighth year as the local arts librarian with Johnson County (KS) Library.

  • Walesby, Laura Leavitt (Class of 2004) 15 days 1 hour ago

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

1990

  • Drone-Silvers, Scott (Class of 1992) 5 months 16 days ago

    Scott Drone-Silvers (MS '92) retired on January 1 after serving as director of library services at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, for 29 years.

  • Jagman, Heather (Class of 1996) 2 months 9 days ago

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

  • Spasser, Mark (Class of 1998) 5 months 11 days ago

    Mark Spasser (PhD '98) retired as the online nursing librarian at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a distinguished member of Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). In his 25+ year career in health sciences librarianship, Dr. Spasser held both administrative positions—some with faculty status—and public service roles.

1980

  • Freiheit, Kathy (Class of 1980) 5 months 19 days ago

    Kathy Durley Freiheit (MS '80), former director of library services for the City of Rowlett, Texas, is now (blissfully) retired. Her post-graduate career path included library administrative services and building projects in public, academic, school and special libraries in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Texas. She adds, "Reading, relaxing & soaking up the sun has never been better!"

  • Wells, Karen (Class of 1980) 7 days 22 hours ago

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

1970

  • Carothers , Diane (Class of 1975) 4 months 17 days ago

    Diane Carothers (MS '75) died on March 1. She retired in 1995 as head librarian of the University of Illinois Communications Library.

  • Shuler, Elizabeth Griggs (Class of 1979) 1 month 11 days ago

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

  • Spencer, Laura Cameron (Class of 1978) 3 months 16 days ago

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

  • Thorson, Thomas (Class of 1978) 4 months 6 days ago

    Thomas Thorson (MS '78) has released the second novel in his popular Malcom Winters mystery series, "The Connubial Corpse." 

  • Wilson, Lizabeth (Betsy) (Class of 1978) 2 months 25 days ago

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

1960

  • Doty, Carol (Class of 1963) 3 months 11 days ago

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

  • Singh, Rosemary (Class of 1969) 5 months 26 days ago

    Rosemary Young Singh (MS '69) passed away on January 20, 2021. She worked at the Mathematics Library, Illinois Historical Survey, and Main Library circulation desk at the University of Illinois and at the Manitowoc (WI) Public Library.