Beverly Allen ('87) is the author of the new book Practicing Oral History to Connect University to Community, published by Routledge.
Emily Bayci (MS '14) married Marek Mroczek on April 28, 2018, and has changed her name to Emily Mroczek.
Alessandra Affinito (MS '18) credits earning an MS degree with her promotion from a library information assistant to a librarian at the New York Public Library.
Quetzalli Barrientos (MS '15) moved to Medford, Massachusetts, and accepted the position of arts and humanities research and instruction librarian at Tisch Library at Tufts University. Before Tufts, she worked for three years at American University in Washington D.C., where she served as the first resident librarian for reference and instruction.
Angela Carstensen (MS '00), an independent school librarian for eighteen years, published The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature with ALA Editions in June. An active book reviewer, she has served YALSA as chair of the Michael L. Printz Award, Alex Award, and Nonfiction Award committees. She is also the author of Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (2011).
James Conley (MS '13) opened the "Gay is Good" exhibit for the Gerber/Hart and Archives in Chicago, for which he acted as lead curator. The exhibit has been mentioned in various press and in a USA Today piece about activism in the 60s. "Gay is Good" runs through September 2018.
Suzanna Conrad (MS '11) has been appointed associate dean for Digital Technologies and Resource Management at the University Library of California State University, Sacramento.
Sarah Park Dahlen (MS '09, PhD '09) co-founded a peer reviewed, open-access journal titled Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL). RDYL 1.1 was published June 1, 2018.
Eric Edwards (MS '06) recently completed a year as co-chair of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Resource Sharing Committee. He is continuing as co-chair of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Reporter Advisory Committee. In October, he will start a one-year term as Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) President.
In September 2017, Angie Fegenbush Rachels (MS '94) began a new position as public services librarian at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.
In June 2018, Mandi Goodsett (MS '13) and Karen Schneider (MS '92) were named members of the ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review: Steering Committee, a broadly representative committee that will work to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies and rules with the association’s twenty-first century values, key action areas, and strategic directions.
Grete Graf (MS '17) has accepted the position of digital preservation librarian at Yale University.
Christopher Hamb (MS '04) was called home on June 14, 2018. One of his many accomplishments was serving as assistant professor of the Engineering Library. Chris lived his life and loved it. "C4 FOR LIFE!"
Liza Hickey (MS '99) accepted the position of manager of Technical Services and Digitization at the Peoria Public Library (IL).
Mary K. Johnson (MS '81) retired in December 2017 from Sno-Isle Libraries, Washington, after 15 years of service as a reference librarian at various branches. She now lives in Medford, Oregon, with her two birds. To keep busy, she currently volunteers at the library of the (Pacific) Northwest Bird Club in Medford.
Carl Lehnen (MS '13) was elected secretary of Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL).
Joshua Lynch (MS '17) started a position as a visiting metadata services specialist for the Illinois DPLA Hub as part of the Content Access Management department of the University Library.
Benjamin Mead-Harvey (MS '11) recently accepted an adjunct lecturer position at the iSchool to teach financial management. He is very excited to reconnect with the School.
Matthew Murrey's (MS '03) first-book poetry manuscript, Bulletproof, was selected by Marylin Nelson as the winner of the 2018 Jacar Press Full-length Book Contest.
Cheryl L. Niemeier (MS '86) started a new position as firm-wide director of Knowledge & Research Services for the Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP law firm's Indianapolis office. Taft is a full service law firm of over 430 attorneys with offices in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.
Adria P. Olmi (MS '01) works as the chief for the Research and Instruction branch of the U.S. Army War College Library.
Thomas Padilla (MS '13), visiting digital research services librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, recently received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the first awarded in the state of Nevada. The grant will fund his work as principal investigator on Collections as Data: Part to Whole, a three-year project.
Elizabeth Pierre-Louis (MS '03) was the 2015-2016 president of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institution Libraries (ACURIL).
In June 2017, David Pilachowski (MS '73) retired after nineteen years as director of libraries at Williams College. He recently contributed a chapter on space planning in Leading in the New Academic Library and continues to consult on library buildings, an area of interest first developed in Walter Allen's Library Buildings course.
Hallie Pritchett (MS '06) is now the associate dean of libraries for Research and Learning at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) will receive a 2018 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for her groundbreaking content moderation research. She also has been named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, which includes a $200,000 stipend in support of her work from the Carnegie Corporation.
Pamela M. Salela (MS '99) has been the coordinator of the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, which is part of the Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield. Additionally, she is the government documents librarian and liaison to numerous departments including Women & Gender Studies, where she frequently teaches credit courses of her own design.
Emily Frieda Shaw (MS '08, CAS '10) recently started a position as digitization manager for the Obama Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.
In January 2018, Sarah Shreeves (MS '02) became the vice dean of university libraries at the University of Arizona and is enjoying the transition from the tropics of Miami to the desert.
Holly Soboroff (MS '17) has accepted a position as instructional services librarian at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
Anna Trammell (MS '15) has accepted a position as university archivist/special collections librarian at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
Michelle Urberg (MS '16) finished a ten-month contract working in audio and visual cataloging at University of Washington, which she used to enhance knowledge for her current position as a metadata librarian. She also is the principal investigator on a research grant from OLAC, which focuses on improving streaming video cataloging for content providers and for libraries.
Emilie Vrbancic (MS '14) has been appointed to senior assistant librarian at the University of Washington Libraries. She became the undergraduate experience librarian for Odegaard Undergraduate Library in 2016.