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!


  • Berry, Marcus (Class of 2018) 4 months 10 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) 3 months 20 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) 3 months 28 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. 

  • Bond, David (Class of 2014) 1 month 11 days ago

    After retiring in June 2018 from the Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, David Bond (MS '14) came out of retirement in May 2019 to become the director of the Val Verde County Library, Del Rio, Texas.

  • Cabada, Elisandro (Class of 2017) 5 months 3 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) 2 months 13 days 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) 5 months 17 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.

  • Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 15 days 8 hours ago

    Ann Matsushima Chiu (MS '15) accepted a position as the social sciences librarian at the Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

  • Conrad, Suzanna (Class of 2011) 4 months 13 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.

  • Cox, David E. (Class of 2013) 16 days 8 hours ago

    David E. Cox (MS '13) became the 2019-2020 president of the New Mexico Library Association on October 31.

  • Davis, Robin (Class of 2012) 2 months 19 days 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) 5 months 22 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).

  • Dudak, Leah (Class of 2017) 1 month 11 days ago

    Leah Dudak (MS '17) received Public Library Association's (PLA) Demco New Leaders Travel Grant which will fund a trip to the PLA conference in 2020.

  • Greenlee, Michael (Class of 2010) 1 month 28 days ago

    Michael Greenlee (MS '10) started his new job as systems librarian at Wayne State University, working for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). The DALNET Consortium provides shared systems to member libraries including the Alma Library Services Platform and Primo Discovery System.

  • Han, Sharon (Class of 2019) 2 months 30 days 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) 2 months 23 days 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) 2 months 26 days ago

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

  • Karpinski, Kel (Class of 2011) 3 months 29 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) 2 months 13 days 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.

  • Langston, William (Class of 2014) 14 days 8 hours ago

    William Langson (MS '14) recently started a new position as entrepreneurship librarian at Michigan State University. His weekly contributions include serving as a mentor and resource for students in the research process. He credits Professor Michael Twidale's Entrepreneurial IT Design course as a major influence toward his approach at MSU.

  • Lydston, Melissa (Class of 2015) 9 days 8 hours ago

    Melissa Lydston (MS '15) started a new position as librarian informationist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in August. Prior to this position, she worked as the research support librarian at the New England College of Optometry for three years.

  • Magnus, Sawyer (Class of 2018) 4 months 4 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) 2 months 13 days 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.

  • McEneely, KatieRose (Class of 2012) 3 months 30 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) 4 months 8 hours ago

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

  • Murray, Gail (Class of 2015) 17 days 8 hours ago

    Gail Murray (MS '15) is teaching the Fall 2019 course "Digital Tools, Trends, and Debates" as associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's iSchool. She is also the WISCAT technical coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she manages Wisconsin's statewide interlibrary loan platform.

  • Norick, Stephanie (Class of 2015) 17 days 8 hours ago

    Stephanie Norick (MS '15) started a new position as a visual analytics consultant with Decisive Data.

  • Petersheim, Kristin (Class of 2015) 4 months 14 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. 

  • Pitts-Noggle, Stephanie (Class of 2013) 2 months 26 days 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) 4 months 13 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. 

  • Ransberger, Rebecca (Class of 2015) 2 months 3 days 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.

  • Shorish, Yasmeen (Class of 2011) 5 months 16 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.

  • Sommersmith, Clairellyn (Class of 2013) 18 days 8 hours ago

    Clairellyn Sommersmith (MS '13) completed a $1.2 million capital campaign to expand and remodel the rural library in Princeton, Wisconsin. With that project completed, she has taken a position as assistant director of the Winnefox Library System, which serves 30 libraries in central/eastern Wisconsin.

  • Stewart, Rachel (Class of 2018) 1 month 30 days ago

    Rachel (Smith) Stewart (MS '18) was recently hired as the information services librarian at Parkland College. She has worked at the Mahomet Public Library since February 2019 and got married in August 2019.

  • Terza, Della (Class of 2013) 4 months 10 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.

  • Vegh-Gaynor, Shoshana (Class of 2012) 2 months 13 days 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.

  • Wallace, Jeanette (Class of 2017) 1 month 30 days ago

    Jeanette Wallace (MS '17) recently joined the staff at the Old School Museum in Winchester, Illinois, where she is working on document and artifact preservation as well as helping the museum apply for its first grant.

  • Weir, Erika (Class of 2019) 4 months 19 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) 4 months 20 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) 2 months 17 days 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


  • Ayad, Moustafa (Class of 2009) 14 days 8 hours ago

    Terrorism researcher Moustafa Ayad (MS ’09) was featured in a NPR segment on November 1, in which he discussed how ISIS is using Twitter.

  • Bonell, Jo (Class of 2008) 2 months 24 days ago

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

  • Finnell, Josh (Class of 2007) 4 months 7 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) 2 months 23 days 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. 

  • Hofher, Emily Hope (Class of 2005) 1 month 5 days ago

    Emily Hope Hofher (MS '05) passed away on October 15, 2019. She was the librarian at South View Middle School in Edina, Minnesota.

  • Kendall, Susan (Class of 2001) 4 months 16 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) 4 months 13 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) 2 months 13 days ago

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

  • Linda, Helen (Class of 2007) 1 month 11 days ago

    Helen Linda (MS '07) started a new position as continuous improvement program manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. She is excited to apply her skills as a professional change agent in the second largest state agency.

  • Lucht, Karla (Class of 2007) 3 months 1 day ago

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

  • Miller, Robin (Class of 2009) 30 days 8 hours ago

    Robin Miller (MS' 09) recently accepted the 2019 Federal Depository Library of the Year Award for McIntyre Library at UW-Eau Claire where she has been the depository coordinator since 2010.

  • Miskewitch, Anne (Class of 2005) 5 months 3 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. 

  • Olmi, Adria (Class of 2001) 3 months 27 days ago

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

  • Shepard, Brian (Class of 2005) 4 months 13 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.

  • Smith, Lindy (Class of 2009) 3 months 9 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) 4 months 25 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.

  • Stoffel, Bruce (Class of 2001) 1 month 21 days ago

    Bruce Stoffel (MS '01) has received a Living Our Values Award from Illinois State University. He is the coordinator of academic programs and policy for the Office of the Provost at Illinois State.

  • Suni, Karin (Class of 2006) 2 months 13 days 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) 5 months 10 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.


  • Burgard, Daniel (Class of 1990) 22 days 8 hours ago

    Daniel Burgard (MS '90), executive director of library and information services at UNTHSC Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library in Fort Worth, Texas, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Distinguished Service Award recipients are selected on the basis of their contributions in measurable ways to Chapter achievement and effectiveness.

  • Coleman, Anita (Class of 1996) 14 days 8 hours ago

    Anita Coleman (PhD '96) has been named associate professor of bibliography and research and director of library services for the Ernest Miller White Library at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

  • Hartman , Rochelle (Class of 1998) 2 months 3 days ago

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

  • Leonard, Pat (Class of 1993) 17 days 8 hours ago

    Patt Leonard (MS '93) recently joined the University Technology Office at Arizona State University, where she is now a systems analyst, helping establish software that will manage faculty documents.

  • McCammond-Watts, Heather (Class of 1995) 4 months 13 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 months 3 days 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.

  • Sweda, Jennifer Erica (Class of 1994) 18 days 8 hours ago

    Jennifer Erica Sweda (MS '94) left the University of Pennsylvania Libraries to accept the position of editor, Books and Proceedings, Web of Science Group, at Clarivate Analytics, Inc.

  • Thomas, Lynne (Class of 1999) 3 months 3 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.

  • Walker, Tom (Class of 1992) 15 days 8 hours ago

    Tom Walker (PhD '92) has been selected as the associate dean of the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences. He most recently served as the interim dean of libraries and associate dean and director of the Palmer School of Library and information Science at Long Island University.

  • Wong, Melissa A. (Class of 1994) 1 month 8 days ago

    Melissa A. Wong (MS '94) published Instructional Design for LIS Professionals: A Guide for Teaching Librarians and Information Science Professionals (Libraries Unlimited, 2019), an introduction for faculty and librarians seeking to develop high quality courses and professional development offerings.


  • Cloonan, Michèle (Class of 1988) 8 hours ago

    A book coauthored by Michèle Valerie Cloonan (MS '84, PhD '88), Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today, was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her book, The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World won the 2019 University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Book Prize. 

  • Davies-Smith, Alayna (Class of 1981) 4 months 21 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) 4 months 3 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) 3 months 27 days ago

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


  • Carden, Virginia (Class of 1977) 15 days 8 hours ago

    Virginia (Mattson) Carden (MS '77) received the 2019 MAC Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Science Librarian, at the MAC/MLA Annual Meeting held in Durham, NC.

  • Crissinger, John (Class of 1977) 3 months 29 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) 4 months 13 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.

  • Harris, Kathryn (Class of 1971) 1 month 26 days ago

    Kathryn Harris (MS '71) was appointed to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. She retired as the library  services director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in 2015 after serving in that role since 1996 (when it was formerly known as the Illinois State Historical Library). Harris is the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the Abraham Lincoln Association; she is currently the immediate past president. A native of Carbondale, she received her bachelor's degree in French education from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale in 1969.

  • McDaniels, Nancy Arthur (Class of 1970) 5 months 16 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) 4 months 11 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) 5 months 16 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) 4 months 14 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) 4 months 3 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.