iSchool Alumni Association

The mission of the iSchool Alumni Association (ISAA) is to support the School, to encourage active participation of alumni in the programs of the School and ISAA, to encourage students to become active, lifelong supporters of the School and ISAA, and to be a partner with the University of Illinois Alumni Association in supporting alumni in their professional lives. Alumni are automatically included as members of ISAA, which provides several valuable benefits and services. To learn more, including information about membership upgrades, please visit the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

2020-2021 ISAA Board Members

President: Brad Irwin (MS LIS '16)
Vice President: Louisa Kwasigroch (MS LIS '13)
Secretary (2018-2021): Robert Sarwark (MS LIS '16)
Treasurer (2018-2021): Bradley Kuykendall (MS LIS '15)
Past President: Jamie Wittenberg (MS LIS '15)
Director (2018-2021): Jhani Miller (MS LIS '15)
Director (2018-2021): Mark McCarthy (MS IM '18)
Director (2019-2022): Jake Bowen (MS LIS '17)
Director (2020-2023): Tarida Anantachai (MS LIS '11)

Bylaws & Past Presidents

Alumni Awards

Each year, ISAA recognizes three distinguished alumni with awards presented at the alumni reception during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

  • The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes an individual alumnus of the iSchool who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library and information science.
  • The Leadership Award recognizes a recipient of the master's degree who has graduated in the past ten years and who has shown leadership in the field of library and information science.
  • The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a friend of the School, including faculty, staff, alumni, and non-alumni, who has served ISAA or the School in an exceptional way.
  • The Student Award recognizes a student who "caught the spirit" of the library and information science profession while employed in a library setting and so chose to enter the master's program.

The deadline for application each year is April 1. To submit a nomination, please send the candidate's name, present position, and specific reasons for the nomination to:

ISAA Awards Committee
iSchool Office of Advancement
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6211
Phone: (217) 333-2973

The nominator's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address must be included. Supporting documentation, additional materials, and/or references will be appreciated. All materials must be e-mailed or postmarked by April 1.