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!


  • Barrientos, Quetzalli (Class of 2015) 5 months 9 days ago

    Quetzalli Barrientos (MS '15) moved to Medford, Massachusetts, and accepted the position of arts and humanities research and instruction librarian at Tisch Library at Tufts University. Before Tufts, she was at American University in Washington D.C. for three years, where she was the first resident librarian for reference and instruction.

  • Beese, Tegan (Class of 2018) 1 month 13 days ago

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

  • Chamberlain Kritikos, Katie (Class of 2010) 4 months 9 days ago

    Katie Chamberlain Kritikos (MS '10) recently relocated to Champaign-Urbana and is a new adjunct lecturer at the School of Information Sciences.

  • Claybaugh, Zachariah (Class of 2015) 2 months 28 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) 2 months 25 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) 29 days 3 hours 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) 1 month 24 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) 29 days 3 hours 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) 4 days 3 hours ago

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

  • McKeever, Lucas (Class of 2013) 5 months 29 days ago

    Lucas McKeever (MS '13), head of technical services at Elmwood Park Public Library, is the recipient of the 2018 TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award presented by Illinois Library Association's Resources and Technical Services Forum.

  • Migaldi, Scott F. (Class of 2011) 4 months 1 day ago

    Scott F. Migaldi (MS '11) has recently been issued a U.S. Patent on Pre-Steering Traffic in a Telecommunication Network. This patent takes into account user behaviors and previous information-seeking actions to predict the type of data services that a person will require to be successful in their request for information and/or services.

  • Noonan, Katie (Class of 2010) 2 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) 4 months 27 days ago

    Thomas Padilla (MS '14), visiting digital research services librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, recently received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the first awarded in the state of Nevada. The grant will fund his work as principal investigator on Collections as Data: Part to Whole, a three-year project that brings together the question of how to implement cultural heritage collections as data with the question of how to develop roles and services that optimally support their scholarly use.

  • Reno, Kristen (Class of 2016) 3 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) 9 days 5 hours 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.

  • Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 5 months 16 days ago

    Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) will receive a 2018 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for her groundbreaking content moderation research. 

  • Shaw, Emily Frieda (Class of 2010) 5 months 19 days ago

    Emily Frieda Shaw (MS '08, CAS '10) recently started a position as digitization manager for the Obama Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Soboroff, Holly (Class of 2017) 5 months 6 days ago

    Holly Soboroff (MS '17) has accepted a position as instructional services librarian at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

  • Starosta, Natalie (Bazan) (Class of 2010) 2 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) 12 days 3 hours ago

    Jon Sweitzer-Lamme (MS '17) participated in the 2018 inaugurate 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) 2 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) 2 months 11 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) 2 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.

  • Wittenberg, Jamie (Class of 2015) 4 months 8 days ago

    Jamie Wittenberg (MS '15) recently received an $850k IMLS grant to fund the Shared BigData-Gateway project, an effort to develop, seed, and maintain a cloud-based, extensible infrastructure for sharing large academic library data resources. IMLS LG-70-18-0202.


  • Carstensen, Angela (Class of 2000) 5 months 11 days ago

    Angela Carstensen (MS '00), an independent school librarian for 18 years, published The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature with ALA Editions in June. She is an active book reviewer and has served YALSA as chair of the Michael L. Printz Award, Alex Award, and Nonfiction Award committees. She is also the author of Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (2011).

  • Chambers, Tamela (Class of 2005) 3 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.

  • Chapuis, Audrey (Class of 2006) 4 months 8 days ago

    Audrey Chapuis (MS '06) has been named director of the American Library in Paris. The Library is an independent, non-profit institution that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. It is the largest English language lending library on the European continent.

  • Cuervo, Adriana (Class of 2005) 5 days 14 hours 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. 

  • Edwards, Eric (Class of 2006) 4 months 19 days ago

    Eric Edwards (MS '06) recently completed a year as co-chair of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Resource Sharing Committee. He is continuing as co-chair of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Reporter Advisory Committee. In October, he will start a one-year term as Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) President.

  • Erekson, Sarah (Class of 2004) 29 days 3 hours 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) 2 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) 3 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.

  • Mechler, Anita (Class of 2008) 5 months 25 days ago

    Anita Mechler (MS '08) has been named the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 2 months 20 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. 

  • Shaw, Emily Frieda (Class of 2008) 5 months 16 days ago

    Emily Frieda Shaw (MS '08, CAS '10) began her new role as digitization manager at the Obama Foundation in July 2018.


  • Bueche, Jennifer (Class of 1994) 6 months 3 hours ago

    Jennifer Bueche (MS '94), director of KidSpace at the Gail Borden Public Library District, has received the 2018 Davis Cup Award from the Illinois Library Association's Youth Services Forum.

  • Corbett, Bethany (Class of 1999) 30 days 3 hours 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) 23 days 3 hours 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.

  • Standerfer, Amanda (Class of 1999) 4 days 5 hours 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.

  • Thomas, Lynne M. (Class of 1999) 4 months 29 days ago

    Lynne M. Thomas (MS '99), head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has won two Hugo Awards—science fiction's most prestigious award.


  • Michel, Dee (Class of 1982) 1 month 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) 3 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. 


  • Dole, Wanda (Class of 1975) 1 month 20 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) 2 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.

  • Osmus Kappmeyer, Lori (Class of 1978) 3 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) 29 days 3 hours 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) 27 days 3 hours 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) 3 months 24 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. 

  • Stowers, Marianne W. (Class of 1965) 4 months 9 days ago

    Marianne W. Stowers (MS '65) has worked as a volunteer school librarian at Fairview Elementary School in Springfield, IL one day a week since retiring from the public library.

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