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!


  • Arnold, DoMonique (Class of 2012) 1 day 4 hours 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) 3 months 13 days ago

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

  • Claybaugh, Zachariah (Class of 2015) 4 months 25 days ago

    A new book by Zachariah Claybaugh (MS '15), Research Guide to Southeastern Europe: Print and Electronic Sources, is scheduled to be published in March 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Cox, David (Class of 2013) 4 months 22 days ago

    David E Cox (MS '13), director of the Joseph R Skeen Library and Office for Student Learning at New Mexico Tech, was elected vice president/president elect of the New Mexico Library Association on October 19, 2018.

  • Denneler, Alyssa (Class of 2018) 2 months 26 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.

  • Flota, Brian (Class of 2013) 3 months 21 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).

  • Hayes, Sarah (Class of 2018) 2 months 26 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) 2 months 4 days ago

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

  • Jackson, Megan (Class of 2017) 11 days 5 hours 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) 20 days 5 hours 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) 1 month 17 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.

  • Mangal, Harsh (Class of 2018) 1 day 4 hours 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) 13 days 5 hours ago

    Matt Matkowski (MS '18) has been appointed as a committee associate to the ALA Committee on Legislation for the 2019-2021 term.

  • Noonan, Katie (Class of 2010) 4 months 11 days ago

    Katie Noonan (MS '10) is an elementary school librarian in Oak Park, Illinois, spending her days teaching about books, digital citizenship, robots, STEAM, informational literacy and more. She recently became National Board Certified, which was demanding but taught her a lot about teaching. She enjoys her 500 students and the joy they bring to the library.

  • Padilla, Thomas (Class of 2014) 1 month 24 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.

  • Pooler, William (Class of 2015) 1 month 18 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.

  • Reno, Kristen (Class of 2016) 5 months 6 days ago

    Kristen Reno (MS '16) was recently promoted to the position of youth services librarian from youth service assistant at Edwardsville Public Library and is enjoying creating fun and educational programming for youth of all ages.

  • Riesenberger, Cameron (Class of 2016) 2 months 10 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.

  • Sandberg, Jane (Class of 2013) 3 days 3 hours 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.

  • Sheets, Laura (Class of 2012) 1 month 11 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) 14 days 5 hours 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.

  • Starosta, Natalie (Bazan) (Class of 2010) 4 months 11 days ago

    Natalie (Bazan) Starosta (MS '10) began as director of the North Riverside (IL) Public library in February 2018, married her husband James in May, and is expecting her first child in March 2019.

  • Sweitzer-Lamme, Jon (Class of 2017) 2 months 12 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.

  • Tanner, Elise (Class of 2015) 4 months 10 days ago

    Elise Tanner (MS '15) started working at the Center for Arkansas History and Culture, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in October 2018 as the director of digital projects and initiatives.

  • Todd, Amanda (Class of 2017) 4 months 9 days ago

    Amanda Todd (MS '17) recently began a new position as director of the Dominy Memorial Library in Fairbury, Illinois. She is excited to serve her hometown community.

  • Van Orman, Colin (Class of 2015) 4 months 14 days ago

    Colin Van Orman (MS '15) has been named the student affairs coordinator for the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois.

  • Vredenburg, Beth (Class of 2011) 1 month 5 days ago

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


  • Chambers, Tamela (Class of 2005) 5 months 16 days ago

    Tamela (James) Chambers (MS '05) has recently returned to the Chicago Public Library as the head of Children's Services at Woodson Regional Library. She has 17 years of experience working with children and their families as a children's paraprofessional, school and public librarian.

  • Cuervo, Adriana (Class of 2005) 2 months 7 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. 

  • Erekson, Sarah (Class of 2004) 2 months 26 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.

  • Kirkpatrick, Nancy (Class of 2007) 4 months 14 days ago

    Nancy Kirkpatrick (MS '07) has been named the new executive director/CEO of OhioNET, the library consortium for libraries and information centers throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania.

  • Kirkpatrick, Nancy S. (Class of 2007) 5 months 8 days ago

    Nancy S. Kirkpatrick (MS '07) has been selected as the next executive director/CEO of OhioNET. She is currently the associate director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.

  • Miller, Robin (Class of 2009) 1 day 4 hours 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) 1 month 9 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

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 4 months 17 days ago

    Safiya Noble (MS '09, PhD '12) will join the Oxford Internet Institute as a senior research fellow (associate professor) in June 2019. She is currently visiting at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, and is on the faculty of the Department of Information Studies and the Department of African American Studies at UCLA. 

  • Perry, Juliana (Class of 2009) 1 day 4 hours 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.

  • Senseney, Megan (Finn) (Class of 2008) 1 month 5 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.

  • Voell, Erica (Class of 2009) 1 month 11 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) 14 days 5 hours 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) 2 months 27 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) 2 months 20 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.

  • McMillan, James L. (Class of 1995) 1 day 4 hours 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) 1 month 22 days 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) 1 month 7 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) 2 months 5 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.


  • Michel, Dee (Class of 1982) 3 months 8 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.

  • Tompson, Sara (Class of 1987) 5 months 16 days ago

    Sara Tompson (MS '87), Fellow of the Special Libraries Association, is leaving the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and southern California and moving to Lawrence, Kansas. 


  • Batista, Emily (Class of 1977) 1 month 5 hours 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) 3 months 17 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.

  • Herron, Joan (Class of 1975) 4 months 11 days ago

    Joan Herron (MS '75) is retired after 35 years at Eureka High School in Eureka, Illinois. She is currently working part time at Eureka Public Library, dabbling in cataloging, YA services, circulation and the children's department as well as cosponsoring the high school book club in her "old" library.

  • Kaiser, Don (Class of 1978) 1 month 8 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.

  • Osmus Kappmeyer, Lori (Class of 1978) 5 months 15 days ago

    Lori Osmus Kappmeyer (MS '78) retired from the Iowa State University Library in Ames on August 3, 2018, after a 40-year career there. Her most recent position was head of the Metadata Services Department.

  • Tyckoson, David (Class of 1978) 2 months 26 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) 2 months 22 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.


  • Churchwell, Charles (Class of 1966) 5 months 21 days ago

    Charles Churchwell (PhD '66) passed away September 19, 2018. He was the first African-American male to earn a doctorate in library science from Illinois and had an illustrious career. 

  • Swain, Barbara (Class of 1966) 3 months 16 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) 1 month 16 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.