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

  • Case, Christine (Class of 2020) 5 months 4 days ago

    Christine Case (MS '20) has started a new position as a library media specialist at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois.

  • Cofer, Ashleigh (Class of 2020) 4 months 1 day ago

    Ashleigh Cofer (MS '20) has accepted an offer for an instructional librarian position at Columbus Technical College in Columbus, Georgia.

  • Haas, Mitchell (Class of 2020) 2 months 14 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) 2 months 7 hours 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) 28 days 15 hours 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) 28 days 15 hours 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

  • Anantachai, Tarida (Class of 2011) 4 months 24 days ago

    Tarida Anantachai (MS '11) was a corecipient of the Syracuse University Libraries' 2020 Distinguished Service Award. The award is a 30-year tradition recognizing staff members who have made significant contributions to the libraries and university community.

  • Campbell, Heather (Class of 2019) 20 days 15 hours ago

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

  • Chiewphasa, Ben (Class of 2019) 4 months 24 days ago

    Ben Chiewphasa (MS '19) joined the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame as the economics and data librarian in December 2020.

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 2 months 12 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.

  • Dinnocenzo, Carla (Class of 2015) 4 months 1 day ago

    Carla Dinnocenzo (MS '15) recently joined the Palos Heights (IL) Public Library as the youth and teen services librarian.

  • Gabb, Henry (Class of 2019) 4 months 26 days ago

    Henry Gabb (PhD '19), senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation, joined the Board of Directors of the Linked Data Benchmark Council (LDBC). LDBC develops industry benchmarks for social network analysis, graph analytics, and Resource Description Framework (RDF).

  • Hodson, Rebecca (Class of 2013) 10 hours ago

    Rebecca Hodson (MS '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) 3 months 11 days ago

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

  • Lassere, Monique (Class of 2017) Less than an hour 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. 

  • Liu, Shuyi (Class of 2019) 5 months 10 days ago

    Shuyi Liu (MS '19) accepted a position as international outreach services librarian at the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • McGowan, Patty (Class of 2016) 4 months 1 day ago

    Patty McGowan (MS '16) started her new position as reference librarian at National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, in December 2020. 

  • Melone, Colleen (Class of 2016) 4 months 1 day ago

    Colleen Melone (MS '16) started a new position as the head of information services for the Lincolnwood (IL) Public Library District.

  • Mitchell, Alice (Class of 2015) 4 months 15 hours ago

    Alice Mitchell (MS '15) has started a new position as youth services manager at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.

  • Moran, Emily (Class of 2016) 3 months 3 days ago

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

  • Moreno, Teresa (Class of 2019) 1 month 28 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.

  • Nhek, Christina (Class of 2014) 5 months 27 days ago

    Christina Nhek (MS '14) recently accepted a promotion to become a senior librarian at Long Beach (CA) Public Library.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2012) 4 months 1 day ago

    UCLA's Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), co-directed by Safiya Noble (MS '09, PhD '12) and Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14), recently received a gift from the Archewell Foundation to support "research, programs, and convenings focused on the harms vulnerable communities face from internet technologies." 

  • Padilla, Thomas (Class of 2014) 1 month 26 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) 14 days 4 hours 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) 2 months 12 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.

  • Smith, Stacey (Class of 2015) 5 months 27 days ago

    Stacey A. Smith (MS '15) earned a promotion to digital asset strategist at Groupon. In her new role, she is now responsible for the strategic roadmap of Groupon's content.

  • Tipton, Kim (Class of 2018) 1 month 28 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) 1 month 14 days 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) 1 month 25 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) 28 days 15 hours ago

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

2000

  • (Kloster) Fisher, Kelly (Class of 2003) 2 months 2 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.

  • Chipps, Laurie (Class of 2007) 2 months 19 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.

  • Derden, Julie (Class of 2006) 5 months 26 days ago

    Julie Derden (MS '06) retired in June 2020 from Illinois State University's Milner Library where she served for 14 years as the teaching materials librarian and subject liaison to the College of Education's School of Teaching and Learning.

  • Edwards, Eric (Class of 2006) 4 months 1 day ago

    Eric Edwards (MS '06) recently finished serving as past president of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and as chair of the Illinois Library Association's ILA Reporter Advisory Committee. He is currently the secretary for the ACRL Chapters Council and a member of the ILA Conference Program Committee.

  • Falciani-White, Nancy (Class of 2007) 1 month 5 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).

  • Greenlee, Alison (Bolla) (Class of 2009) 4 months 26 days ago

    Alison (Bolla) Greenlee (MS '09) recently earned promotion and employment security status. She has been the special collections metadata librarian at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) since 2017.

  • Harrington, Matthew (Class of 2009) 1 month 6 days ago

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

  • Heller, Margaret (Class of 2008) 19 days 4 hours 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) 2 months 26 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.

  • Robak, Michael (Class of 2001) 1 month 4 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) 2 months 14 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) 2 months 2 days ago

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

1990

  • Drone-Silvers, Scott (Class of 1992) 3 months 1 day 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.

  • Simmons, Carol (Class of 1995) 5 months 26 days ago

    Carol Simmons (MS '95) just finished an Encore Fellowship with Community Tech Network (CTN), a 1000 hour per year commitment. Encore matches skilled, seasoned professionals who have 20+ years of experience with nonprofit organizations in flexible, high impact, (with a stipend) assignments. She is still working with CTN part-time and continuing her library consultant work.

  • Spasser, Mark (Class of 1998) 2 months 26 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).

1980

  • Chadwell, Faye (Class of 1988) 4 months 29 days ago

    Faye Chadwell (MS '88), the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries and Press, has been selected to serve as the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Pennsylvania State University, effective March 1.

  • Choy, Fatt Cheong (Class of 1987) 3 months 24 days ago

    Choy Fatt Cheong (MS '87) has received the 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award from the Library Association of Singapore.

  • Freiheit, Kathy (Class of 1980) 3 months 4 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!"

1970

  • Carothers , Diane (Class of 1975) 2 months 2 days ago

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

  • Gonzalez, Nelly (Class of 1973) 4 months 24 days ago

    Nelly Gonzalez (MS '73) passed away on November 29, 2020. She served as the head of Latin American Library Services at the University of Illinois before her retirement in 2008.

  • Harris, Kathryn (Class of 1971) 5 months 5 days ago

    Kathryn Harris (MS '71) has received the 2020 State Journal-Register First Citizen Award. The award recognizes residents in the Springfield, Illinois, area who give selflessly of their time and resources in service to others.

  • Spencer, Laura Cameron (Class of 1978) 1 month 1 day 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) 1 month 21 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) 10 days 4 hours 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) 20 days 15 hours 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) 3 months 11 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.