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!


  • Graham, Rebecca (Class of 2020) 2 months 28 days ago

    Rebecca Graham (MS '20) has been appointed assistant professor and instructional design and technology librarian at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

  • Tripathi, Mansi (Class of 2020) 1 month 3 days ago

    Mansi Tripathi (MS '20) has accepted a full-time offer as a senior data scientist at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 


  • Adams, Emily (Class of 2017) 3 months 9 days ago

    Emily Adams (MS '17) started her new position as librarian at Parkview Junior High in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

  • Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2017) 4 months 9 days ago

    Jeanie Austin (PhD '17) has authored a book about library services to people who are incarcerated. The book, with the working title "Library Services and Incarceration: Recognizing Barriers, Strengthening Access," will be published by ALA in 2021.

  • Bells, Vanna (Class of 2010) 4 months 4 days ago

    Vanna Bells (MS '10) graduated from the 2020 Carson City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute and celebrated her one-year anniversary as creative learning librarian at the Carson City Library.

  • Campbell, Heather (Class of 2019) 3 months 3 days ago

    Heather Campbell (MS '19) has been named discovery and metadata librarian at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. She also was appointed to the editorial board of ACRL's College & Research Libraries News and the ALA Publications Committee.

  • Conrad, Suzanna (Class of 2011) 5 months 17 hours ago

    Suzanna Conrad (MS '11) has been named Dean of Libraries at Towson University. She begins her position August 1.

  • Correa, Dale (Class of 2019) 5 months 26 days 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.

  • D'Arpa, Christine (Class of 2017) 1 month 15 days ago

    Christine D'Arpa (PhD '17), assistant professor of information sciences at Wayne State University, has co-authored a juried paper, "'12pm Eastern, 11am Central, 10am Mountain': Student Contributions to Research on Rural and Small Public Libraries," as a result of her IMLS-funded research project, Community Health and Wellness: Small and Rural Public Library Practices, Perspectives, and Programs.

  • Johnson, EvaAnne (Class of 2018) 1 month 14 days ago

    EvaAnne Johnson (MS '18) has started her new position as adult services librarian, specializing in Local History and Genealogy services, at Wilmette (IL) Public Library.

  • Lechtenberg, Urszula (Class of 2014) 17 days 17 hours ago

    Urszula Lechtenberg (MS '14) recently started a new position as learning design coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh University Library System.

  • Love, Lacey (Class of 2013) 1 month 24 days ago

    Lacey Love (MS '13) will begin her new job as library director of the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, on October 19.

  • Miller, Melinda (Class of 2011) 1 month 1 day ago

    Melinda Miller (MS '11) became an owner of Pixo, a custom software consultancy in Urbana, IL. Melinda is the general manager at Pixo and co-owns the company with her business partner, Jason Berg.

  • Mody, Nisha (Class of 2017) 5 months 26 days ago

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

  • Moreno, Araceli (Class of 2018) 1 month 1 day ago

    Araceli Moreno (MS '18) presented, "Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens," at the School Library Journal Virtual Summit 2020, which was held on October 24.

  • Moreno, Teresa Helena (Class of 2019) 5 months 10 days ago

    Teresa Helena Moreno (MS '19) was featured on the Association of College & Research Libraries website as an ACRL Member of the Week

  • Moss, Christy (Class of 2017) 1 month 15 days ago

    Christy Moss (MS '17) will join the University of Illinois Alumni Association as vice president of membership and marketing on November 2.

  • Nhek, Christina (Class of 2014) 14 days 4 hours ago

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

  • Ross, Ryan (Class of 2010) 1 month 14 days ago

    Ryan A. Ross (MS '10) has been named associate editor of Illinois Alumni, the U of I's alumni magazine. He also serves as assistant director of history and traditions programs at the University of Illinois Alumni Association and curator of the Richmond Family Welcome Gallery at Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

  • Slagle, Ruth (Class of 2017) 3 months 9 days ago

    Ruth Slagle (MS '17) started her new position as instruction librarian at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tennessee, in March 2020.

  • Smith, Stacey (Class of 2015) 13 days 3 hours 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.

  • Strong, Dena (Class of 2014) 1 month 14 days ago

    Dena Strong (MS '14) and Keith Wessel will present their research on accessible teleconferencing software for inclusive collaboration and presentation at the National Association for Computing Machinery's special interest group on HPC Education.

  • Swearingen, Christinna (Class of 2019) 1 month 17 hours ago

    Christinna Swearingen (MS '19) recently got appointed as library director for Schreiner Memorial Library in Lancaster, WI.

  • Tang, Lydia (Class of 2015) 2 months 25 days ago

    Lydia Tang (MS '15) was awarded the Society of American Archivists' Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award, and three projects she contributed to received SAA Council Resolutions for the Archival Workers Emergency Fund, Task Force to Revise Best Practices for Accessible Archives for People With Disabilities, and the Accessibility & Disability Section.

  • Urberg, Michelle (Class of 2016) 5 months 28 days ago

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

  • Urberg, Michelle (Class of 2016) 1 month 14 days ago

    Michelle Urberg (MS '16) recently left the ExLibris Business Unit of ProQuest to move into the consulting space that supports scholarly publishing. She is currently doing some work with Maverick Publishing Specialists.

  • Van Poolen, Kayleigh (Class of 2018) 5 months 8 days ago

    Kayleigh Van Poolen (CAS '18) is working with The Atlantic on The COVID Tracking Project. As a volunteer on the data entry team, she scours posts from states and territories for information for the project's website.

  • Villa-Nicholas, Melissa (Class of 2016) 1 month 14 days ago

    A paper by Jeanie Austin (MS '09, PhD '17) and Melissa Villa-Nicholas (PhD '16) titled, "Information Provision and the Carceral State: Race and Reference beyond the Idea of the 'Underserved,'" published in the journal The Reference Librarian, was named the winner of the Eighth Annual Library Juice Paper Contest.


  • Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2009) 1 month 14 days ago

    A paper by Jeanie Austin (MS '09, PhD '17) and Melissa Villa-Nicholas (PhD '16) titled, "Information Provision and the Carceral State: Race and Reference beyond the Idea of the 'Underserved,'" published in the journal The Reference Librarian, was named the winner of the Eighth Annual Library Juice Paper Contest.

  • Belovari, Susanne (Class of 2002) 2 months 14 days ago

    Susanne Belovari (MS '02), the archivist for faculty papers at the University of Illinois Archives, won the 2020 Sophie Coe Prize for her work on the forgotten history of Viennese cuisine. 

  • Del Negro, Janice (Class of 2007) 20 days 3 hours ago

    Janice Del Negro (PhD '07) has been selected as a 2020 Illinois Library Luminary Honoree. She is a professor at the School of Information Studies at Dominican University.

  • Derden, Julie (Class of 2006) 12 days 17 hours 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, Kathy (Class of 2006) 4 months 10 days ago

    Kathy Edwards (MS '06) was promoted to librarian at Clemson University Libraries in July 2020. At Clemson, she has been the research and collection development librarian for architecture, art, city planning, and historic preservation since 2008 and was tenured in 2013. 

  • Gorman, Jonathan (Class of 2004) 20 days 17 hours ago

    Jon Gorman (MS '04) received an Outstanding Academic Professional Award from the University Library. He works as an application support specialist within Library IT.

  • Lin, Sarah (Class of 2006) 5 months 18 days ago

    Sarah Lin (MS '06) joined RStudio, an open-source data science software company, last September as their information architect & digital librarian. She remains involved in the law library profession and was recently sworn in as president of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries. Her website is

  • Miskewitch, Annie (Dougherty) (Class of 2003) 3 months 27 days ago

    In December 2019, Annie (Dougherty) Miskewitch (MS '03) was appointed by the Board of Trustees as executive director for the Schaumburg Township District Library. Schaumburg Library has three locations just outside of Chicago, IL.

  • Noble, Safiya (Class of 2009) 3 months 24 days ago

    Safiya Noble (MS '09, PhD '12) has been appointed to the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance, which was formed by Oxford University to advise world leaders on effective ways to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in public administration and governance.

  • Obst, James (Class of 2004) 27 days 17 hours ago

    James "Jim" Obst (MS '04) died on October 14, 2020, from pancreatic cancer. He worked as an archivist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for 14 years. He was a valuable member on the iSchool Alumni Association Board from 2012-2015, serving as president from 2013-2014.

  • Scott, Rachel E. (Class of 2007) 3 months 25 days ago

    Rachel E. Scott (MS '07) was appointed associate dean for information assets at Illinois State University.


  • Davis-Kahl, Stephanie (Class of 1998) 3 months 25 days ago

    Stephanie Davis-Kahl (MS '98) has been appointed university librarian and copyright officer for the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University.

  • Fox, Darin (Class of 1994) 5 months 19 days ago

    Darin Fox, (MS '94) has been named interim dean of Oklahoma University libraries.

  • Posz, Pamela (Class of 1995) 2 months 15 days ago

    After many years of teaching a job hunting class, Pamela Posz (MS '95) has published her book, Power Posz: and other Hacks for Getting the Job You Want.

  • Qin, Jian (Class of 1996) 5 months 27 days 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).

  • Rogers, Mark (Class of 1994) 2 months 10 hours ago

    Mark Rogers (MS '94) passed away on September 1. He worked as a library specialist in the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois.

  • Simmons, Carol (Class of 1995) 12 days 17 hours 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.


  • Cloonan, Michèle (Class of 1984) 2 months 1 day ago

    Michèle Cloonan (MS '84, PhD '88) has co-authored a new book with Elizabeth Joffrion, Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts, which was recently published by the Society of American Archivists.

  • Tompson, Sara (Class of 1987) 4 months 8 days ago

    Sara Tompson (MS '87) retired at the end of January 2020. She has been keeping busy with the Special Libraries Association (she was named an SLA Fellow in 2017), chairing the Engineering Community for 2020. She is also pursuing additional aviation ratings and has a large tomato-dominated garden.


  • Bienemann, Margaret (Class of 1976) 3 months 17 days ago

    Margaret Bienemann (MS '76) retired at the end of January 2020 from the University of Texas Libraries.

  • Headley, Charles (Class of 1978) 3 months 4 days ago

    Charles Headley (MS '78) retired in March after thirteen years as senior executive director of development services at Southern Methodist University.


  • Thomas, Lucy (Becker) (Class of 1968) 3 months 16 days ago

    Lucy (Becker) Thomas (MS '68) retired as adjunct librarian at Santa Barbara City College. Previously, she served as director of the Reeves Medical Library and as a school librarian. Honors include Beta Phi Mu, distinguished member of Academy of Health Information Professionals, and officer of the Faculty Senate. She co-authored, "Making Informed Medical Decisions," with Nancy Oster, a handbook for consumers of healthcare.

  • Thrasher, Margaret (Class of 1964) 3 months 30 days ago

    Margaret Thrasher (MS '64) passed away on April 29, 2020. She was the branch manager of the New Carrollton (MD) Branch Library before retiring in 2000.