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Hernández wraps up successful 40-year career with CPL

Héctor Hernández (MS '78) retired in September after 40 years with the Chicago Public Library, having served the past 30 years as branch manager of CPL's Rudy Lozano Branch. Located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, the Rudy Lozano Branch is the largest Hispanic public library in the Midwest. Hernández was drawn to the field of librarianship because he never saw any Hispanic librarians when he was growing up. Over the course of his lengthy career at CPL, he became a role model for Hispanic youth in his community.

Hector Hernandez

McIntyre Library named Federal Depository Library of the Year

On October 21, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library was named the 2019 Federal Depository Library of the Year by the U.S. Government Publishing Office. iSchool alumna Robin Miller (MS '09), associate professor and government documents librarian at McIntyre Library, accepted the award during the annual Federal Depository Library Program conference in Washington, D.C.

Robin Miller

Celia Pérez: iSchool alumna, librarian, and children’s book author

Celia C. Pérez (CAS '12) credits her experience as a student in the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program with her decision to become a children's book author. Her debut children’s book, The First Rule of Punk, published by Viking Books for Young Readers in 2017, was a hit. In addition to receiving several honors, including the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis is currently adapting the book into a musical.

Celia Perez

Alumni receive Up and Comer Awards

Two iSchool alumni have received the Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. 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, and Paolo P. Gujilde (MS '09), assistant head of acquisitions at Northwestern University, are among the fifteen individuals who were selected for the award, which is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals.