Katie Blakeman (MS '11) has been elected president of the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees.
André Brock, Jr. (PhD '07) has received the 2021 Nancy Baym Book Award from the Association of Internet Researchers for his book, Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (NYU Press, 2020).
Brian Conn (MS/LIS '09) was featured by American Libraries in the article, "Serving Those Who Have Served," on June 27, 2021.
Kelly Czarnecki (MS/LIS '02) is the 2021-2022 president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). She is Teen Loft manager at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jarrett Dapier (MS/LIS '15) has written a children's book called Mr. Watson’s Chickens that is being published by Chronicle Books with a release date of October 5, 2021.
Christine D'Arpa (MS/LIS '06, PhD '17) and Caroline Nappo (MS/LIS '08, PhD '15) copresented "The Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project: Reappraising the Literature of Library Work and the WPA" at the Library History Seminar XIV on June 10, 2021.
Patti Gibbons (MS/LIS '10) coauthored a library science textbook, Exhibits and Displays: A Practical Guide for Librarians, which was released by Rowman & Littlefield in April 2021.
Margaret Heller (MS/LIS '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 began July 1, and she will serve in that role until July 1, 2022, when she will become president of Core.
Sam Helmick (MS/LIS '12), community and access coordinator at the Iowa City (IA) Public Library, has been elected to serve on the ALA Executive Board.
Rebecca Hodson (MS/LIS '13), assistant director of career services at the iSchool, was interviewed by American Libraries for the article, "The Library Employment Landscape."
Heather Jagman (MS/LIS '96) has been elected president-elect of the Illinois Library Association.
Sarah Lindenbaum (MS/LIS '13) published the article, "Memorializing the Everyday: The Evidence of the Final Decade of Frances Wolfreston's Life," in The Seventeenth Century (August 2, 2021).
Jordan Neal (MS/LIS '17) has been elected director-at-large of the Illinois Library Association.
Safiya Noble (MS/LIS '09, PhD '12) has been appointed to the advisory committee for the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries.
Elizabeth Griggs Shuler (MS/LIS '79) retired from Selmaville School in Salem, Illinois, after 34 1/2 years as a librarian and classroom teacher.
Mark Spasser (PhD '98) retired as the online nursing librarian at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). In his 25+ year career in health sciences librarianship, he held both administrative positions—some with faculty status—and public service roles.
Laura Leavitt Walesby (MS/LIS '04), head of the business library at Michigan State University, has been named a fellow of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).
Lynne M. Thomas (MS/LIS '99) has been selected as a finalist for a 2021 World Fantasy Award in the Special Award–Non-Professional category. She was selected for her work with Uncanny Magazine, alongside her husband, Michael Damian Thomas.
Karen Wells (MS/LIS '80) retired from Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) Healthcare System on June 30. As the senior director of system library services, she oversaw libraries, staff, and resources for SCL’s eight-hospital health care system. Her honors include the Barbara Dowell Award for excellence in hospital librarianship from the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (2010-2011), Marla Graber Award for excellence and achievement in health sciences librarianship from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (2011), and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for unwavering excellence in her field (2017).
Paul Wheelhouse (MS/LIS '16) is self-employed and the owner of A USA PPP LLC as well as the publisher of five book titles, mainly under the imprint name of Wheel House Publications. His professional archival goal of establishing the All American Archive, under the names of both American Heritage and For the American People, is underway, and he is in the process of legally establishing A USA Preservation Inc. to manage the archives and other preservation work.
Sherry Williams (MS/LIS '19), president and founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society, has received the MOSAIC Award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance in the category of Outstanding Community Leader. The award is given to worthy "community, institutional, and civic leaders who have invested in and engaged Chicago’s cultural communities in dynamic ways."
Elizabeth York (MS/LIS '14) has published an article, "Eden in Sin City: Adapting for the Musical Theater Body in Takarazuka Revue's Ocean's 11," in Dance Chronicle.
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