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!


  • Beese, Tegan (Class of 2018) 1 month 22 days ago

    Tegan Beese (MS '18) has been selected for a 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

  • Benson, Sara (Class of 2017) 1 month 27 days ago

    Sara Benson (MS '17), copyright librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois Library, has been selected to participate in the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Policy Corps.

  • Boden, Elizabeth (Lizzy) (Class of 2018) 5 months 22 days ago

    Elizabeth (Lizzy) Boden (MS '18) was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.

  • Bolton , Darnetta (Class of 2019) 6 days 1 hour ago

    Darnetta Bolton (MS '19), youth services reference librarian at the Orland Park (IL) Public Library, is the recipient of the Illinois Library Association's 2020 Robert P. Doyle Conference Grant for Support Staff, which is presented by the ILA Reaching Forward Forum. 

  • Campbell, Sierra (Class of 2013) 4 months 12 days ago

    Sierra Campbell (MS '13) has accepted a position as a research and instruction librarian at Lewis University.

  • Caragher, Kristyn (Class of 2014) 6 days 1 hour ago

    Kristyn Caragher (MS '14, CAS '16) is serving on the new Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force. The task force is a joint initiative of the Association of College and Research Libraries; Association of Research Libraries; American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; and Public Library Association.

  • Carpino, Lindsey Ann (Class of 2014) 10 days 1 hour ago

    Lindsey Ann Carpino (MS '14) has received an Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

  • Chapman, Rachel (Class of 2018) 2 months 22 days ago

    Rachel Chapman (MS '18) is a school librarian for the New York City Dept of Education and will be presenting at the Urban Librarian Conference in Brooklyn, New York, in June.

  • Correa, Dale (Class of 2019) 1 day 1 hour ago

    The Rare Book School has selected Dale Correa (MS '19) to be part of an inaugural cohort of fifteen Andrew W. Mellon Fellows for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Fellows will participate in a three-year program that includes an orientation, Rare Book School coursework, community symposia, and other activities relating to multicultural collections and trainings.

  • Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 5 months 24 days ago

    Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) was featured in an article about school safety in the U.S. published in The Guardian on December 2.

  • Hansen, Tammy (Class of 2017) 2 months 12 days ago

    Tammy Hansen (MS '17) started her new job as a library specialist at the Illinois State Library.

  • Hicks, Elaine (Class of 2010) 23 days 1 hour ago

    Elaine Hicks (MS '10), research, education, and public health librarian at Tulane University, created the Librarian Reserve Corps (LRS), a global librarian crowdsourcing approach that is currently being used to gather COVID-19 scientific information for the World Health Organization.

  • Jacobs, Brittany (Class of 2018) 5 months 11 days ago

    Brittany Jacobs (MS '18) was named a 2019-2020 Fellow with the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship hosted by the National Institute of Out-of-School-Time at Wellesley College.

  • Jacobs, Jen (Class of 2016) 5 months 9 days ago

    Jen Jacobs (MS '16) started a new job in August as a librarian at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois (Township High School District 113).

  • Jakka, Pujeethaa (Class of 2019) 1 month 12 days ago

    Pujeethaa Jakka (MS '19) is a data scientist at Pattern Computer Inc. working on high-dimensional data visualization.

  • Jihan, Itzel (Class of 2019) 3 months 16 days ago

    Itzel Jihan (MS '19) started their position as a metadata curator at CAT Digital in Peoria, Illinois.

  • Kelley, Kevin (Class of 2018) 4 months 19 days ago

    Kevin Kelley (MS '18) has been promoted from children's librarian to afterschool program coordinator, a new position at the New York Public Library.

  • Kelly, Jane (Class of 2018) 5 months 10 days ago

    Jane Kelly (MS '18) recently left her position as web archiving assistant for the #metoo Digital Media Collection at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard, to become the records and accessioning archivist at Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives. She will be managing all transfers, whether analog or digital, from both campus partners and outside donors. She will also continue to serve as a steering committee member for the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists through 2021.

  • Knott, Gregory (Class of 2017) 4 months 22 days ago

    Gregory Knott (MS '17), an administrator for nearly two decades at the University of Illinois, has been appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University.

  • Kritikos, Katie Chamberlain (Class of 2010) 6 days 1 hour ago

    Katie Chamberlain Kritikos (MS '10) recently relocated to Burlington, Vermont, and took the Vermont bar exam. She was admitted to practice and sworn in via video conference in May 2020.

  • Lajoie, Stephen (Class of 2019) 3 months 1 day ago

    Stephen Lajoie (MS '19) writes that it has been "unbelievably gratifying" to use all he has learned, from both his courses as well as his assistantship position at the Undergraduate Library, in his first post-graduate position as a technology librarian at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, Massachusetts. "I truly would not be where I am without the amazing opportunities the iSchool gave me. The skills, knowledge, and personal growth I gained during my time at the iSchool continue to open doors for me that I never imagined."

  • Larson, Miriam (Class of 2011) 4 months 6 days ago

    Miriam Larson (MS '11, CAS '13) has been named executive director of the Independent Media Center in Urbana.

  • Lynch, Joshua (Class of 2018) 1 month 26 days ago

    Joshua Lynch (MS '18), metadata services specialist for the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub, passed away on April 1, 2020.

  • Manci, Catherine (Class of 2016) 1 month 17 days ago

    Catherine Manci (MS '16) is the public programming and community engagement specialist for the Georgia Institute of Technology Library.

  • Meisch-Lacombe, Sarah (Class of 2018) 2 months 1 day ago

    Sarah Meisch-Lacombe (MS '18) started working as the instruction librarian and liaison for social sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler.

  • Miller, Mark (Class of 2016) 2 months 19 days ago

    Mark Miller (MS '16) has authored a new book, The Librarian at the End of the World.

  • Mody, Nisha (Class of 2017) 1 day 1 hour ago

    Nisha Mody (MS '17) has been named interim associate director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region.

  • Moreno, Teresa (Class of 2019) 5 months 22 days ago

    Teresa Moreno (MS '19) was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.

  • Moreno, Teresa (Class of 2019) 6 days 1 hour ago

    Teresa Moreno (MS '19) is serving on the new Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force. The task force is a joint initiative of the Association of College and Research Libraries; Association of Research Libraries; American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; and Public Library Association.

  • Nixon, Christopher (Class of 2015) 5 months 10 days ago

    Christopher Nixon (MS '15) started a new position as a user experience researcher at Facebook in Menlo Park, California. He credits his experience working as a research assistant with Professor Twidale as key to getting this position.

  • Sahay, Devashish (Class of 2019) 3 months 11 days ago

    Devashish Sahay (MS '19) recently converted an internship with PwC into a full-time position as an advisory associate.

  • Savage, Devin (Class of 2011) 2 months 26 days ago

    Devin Savage (MS '11) has been named dean of libraries for the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Savage served most recently as the interim dean of libraries at the IIT's Paul V. Galvin Library.

  • Schulz, Kelly (Class of 2018) 4 months 15 days ago

    Kelly Schulz (MS '18) has accepted a job with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center as the new assistant archivist.

  • Silverman, Jodi (Class of 2016) 5 months 22 days ago

    Jodi Silverman (MS '16) was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.

  • Stamm, Caitlin (Class of 2015) 3 months 23 days ago

    Caitlin Stamm (MS '15) recently joined the faculty of the Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University as an archivist. Prior to this, she worked as a reference librarian at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

  • Sura, Sreeharsha (Class of 2018) 2 months 22 days ago

    Sreeharsha Sura (MS '18), a consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP, writes, "I owe my success at Deloitte to the iSchool, especially data analytics, ABR and usability engineering, which enabled me to explore new perspectives on crafting tailor-made solutions for my clients on a daily basis. I am even more grateful to have found my life partner through the School."

  • Tang, Lydia (Class of 2015) 23 days 1 hour ago

    Lydia Tang (MS '15) assisted in creating the Archival Workers Emergency Fund and spearheaded creating the Archivists at Home document with the SAA Accessibility & Disability Section Steering. 

  • Tian, Cindy (Class of 2019) 5 months 17 days ago

    Cindy Tian (MS'19) accepted a position as metadata services librarian at Kresge Law Library at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

  • Urberg, Michelle (Class of 2016) 2 days 1 hour ago

    Michelle Urberg (MS '16) received an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing in May 2020.

  • Villa-Nicholas, Melissa (Class of 2016) 3 months 27 days ago

    Melissa Villa-Nicholas (PhD '16) will be the keynote speaker for Library Instruction West 2020 at the Universty of Washington, Seattle, on July 23.

  • Wittenberg , Jamie (Class of 2015) 1 month 23 days ago

    Jamie Wittenberg (MS '15) has accepted a new position as assistant dean for digital strategy and information technology services at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.


  • David, Matthew (Class of 2007) 3 months 3 days ago

    Matthew David (MS '07) is the new learning experiences manager for the Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library (THPL), the 2019 Florida Library of the Year. As someone who embraces the importance of public libraries in education, this role and responsibility is an honor for him to assume. He will be located at the Tampa Free Library, a Carnegie building which opened in 1917. Up until the late 1960s it served as THPL's central branch; and it was the same library that Matthew's mother attended as as a young girl.

  • Del Negro, Janice (Class of 2007) 1 month 28 days ago

    Janice M. Del Negro (PhD '07), a professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, is an Illinois Library Luminary nominee.

  • Dodd, Leah (Class of 2005) 4 months 18 days ago

    Leah Dodd (MS '05) joined the Olin Library at Cornell University as the research services lead librarian in January 2020. She was previously the director of Willard Public Library in Battle Creek, Michigan.

  • Dowling, Marcie (Class of 2007) 4 months 21 days ago

    Marcie Dowling (MS '07) was named director of Polk County Libraries in North Carolina.

  • Evans, Gwen (Class of 2002) 2 months 22 days ago

    Gwen Evans (MS '02) has been appointed vice president, global library relations, for Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health. She was previously the executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio's academic library consortium and state agency under the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

  • Hahn, Jim (Class of 2007) 4 months 22 days ago

    Jim Hahn (MS '07, CAS '11) started a new job as head of metadata research for the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in January 2020. His work will develop a vision for the services, technologies, and policies to enhance discovery of collections, following international standards and best practices for linked data and metadata. He will work towards implementation of the vision, including transformation of existing library metadata into new schemas, and training of cataloging and metadata librarians in the creation and use of linked data.

  • Hamilton, Jeanne (Class of 2008) 10 days 1 hour ago

    Jeanne Hamilton (MS '08) was elected president-elect of the Illinois Library Association's 2020 Executive Board.

  • Long, Dallas (Class of 2002) 3 months 27 days ago

    Dallas Long (MS '02) was named dean of the Milner Library at Illinois State University on January 31.

  • Meyer, Rick (Class of 2009) 10 days 1 hour ago

    Rick Meyer (MS '09) was elected as a director-at-large of the Illinois Library Association's 2020 Executive Board.

  • Olmi, Adria (Class of 2001) 25 days 1 hour ago

    Adria Olmi (MS '01) has been elected to a leadership role in the Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), a division of the American Library Association. She has been elected as the designated director, Armed Forces Libraries; the term of office begins in the summer of 2020.

  • Sandusky, Robert (Class of 2005) 1 month 13 days ago

    Robert Sandusky (PhD '05) passed away on April 10. He was an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University Library's associate university librarian and associate dean for information technology.

  • Shaffer, Janette (Class of 2001) 5 months 11 days ago

    Janette Shaffer (MS '01) started her position as assistant state librarian for library advancement at the Vermont Department of Libraries in November 2019.

  • Silverman, Sharon (Class of 2004) 2 months 1 hour ago

    Sharon Silverman (MS '04) defended her dissertation, "Librarians in Community Colleges: Strategies for Promoting Information Literacy," on December 10, 2019, at Northern Illinois University.

  • York, Maurice (Class of 2003) 23 days 1 hour ago

    Maurice York (MS '03) has been appointed as the new director of library initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, effective May 21, 2020.

  • Yu, Bei (Class of 2006) 3 months 29 days ago

    Bei Yu (PhD '06), Katchmar-Wilhelm Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, has been selected as a Microsoft Investigator Fellow.


  • Archer, Jeffry (Class of 1991) 3 months 24 days ago

    Jeffry Archer (MS '91) has been apponted dean of University Libraries at Baylor University, effective June 1, 2020. He is currently serving as associate dean of user services at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Barnes, Laura (Class of 1993) 10 days 1 hour ago

    Laura Barnes (MS '93) was elected as a director-at-large of the Illinois Library Association's 2020 Executive Board.

  • German, Lisa (Class of 1992) 5 months 23 days ago

    Lisa German (MS '92) will be the next University librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Minnesota, effective February 28, 2020, pending approval by the Board of Regents. She has served as the dean of libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at the University of Houston Libraries since 2015. 

  • Glatt, Michelle (Class of 1993) 10 days 1 hour ago

    Michelle Glatt (MS '93) was elected treasurer of the Association of Illinois School Library Eductors' Executive Board for 2020-2021.

  • Qin, Jian (Class of 1996) 1 day 1 hour ago

    Jian Qin (PhD '96) has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA).


  • Burgh, Scott (Class of 1986) 10 days 1 hour ago

    Scott G. Burgh (MS '86) has received the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

  • Davis, Mary Ellen K. (Class of 1981) 3 months 3 days ago

    Mary Ellen Davis (MS '81), executive director of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), has announced that she will be retiring in April 2020.

  • Horcher, Ann-Marie (Class of 1981) 1 month 4 days ago

    Ann-Marie Horcher (MS '81) was selected as a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar. She will be going to Poland in 2021 to do research and teach in "Media Literacy and Cybersecurity." 

  • Riley, Ruth (Class of 1985) 4 months 25 days ago

    Ruth Riley (MS '85) has been named the 2019 recipient of the Gerald J. Oppenheimer Cornerstone Award by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The award is given by the association's Board of Directors for a notable or important contribution that has assisted AAHSL in achieving its mission or had a significant impact on the profession of academic health sciences librarianship.

  • Van Jacob, M. Elizabeth (Class of 1988) 3 months 26 days ago

    M. Elizabeth (Van Dyke) Van Jacob (MS '88) was named library director for Ivy Tech Community College at South Bend/Elkhart, Indiana, on January 31, 2020.


  • Richmond, John (Class of 1979) 4 months 21 days ago

    John Richmond (MS '79) has retired after 18 years as head librarian at Alpha Park Library in Bartonville, Illinois.

  • Tyckoson, David (Class of 1978) 2 months 21 days ago

    David Tyckoson (MS '78) is retiring in May. He has been at California State University, Fresno, since July 1997 and has been a librarian since August 1978.