Marcus A. Berry (MS '18) started his job as a teen services librarian at the Chicago Public Library in June. He currently works at the South Chicago Branch but will be in charge of the YOUmedia space at the Altgeld Branch once the new building is complete. Previously, he worked as a reference and instruction librarian for City Colleges of Chicago at Malcolm X College.
Ann Chiu (MS '15), electronic services and instruction librarian at Warner Pacific University Library, was recently elected as a member-at-large for the ACRL-Oregon Board.
Suzanna Conrad (MS '11) was awarded $149,384 by IMLS to organize a National Forum on assessing scholarly communication programs at M1 public institutions.
Alayna Davies-Smith (MS '81), accepted the branch manager position of Lahaina Public Library on the island of Maui, one of 51 branches in the Hawaii State Public Library System. She also serves on the Hawaii Library Association Board of Directors.
Tracy Drake (MS '15), archival specialist at the Chicago Public Library's Vivian G. Harsh Research Center, is a 2019 recipient of the Brenda S. Banks Travel Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
Kristine Hammerstrand (MS '79), director of user services for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), received the 2019 TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award from the Illinois Library Association (ILA).
Susan K. Kendall (MS '01) has received the 2019 Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences from the Medical Library Association. She is the health sciences coordinator at Michigan State University Libraries.
Stacey Knight-Davis (MS '01), head of library technology services for Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library, received the 2019 ILA Reference Services Award.
Julie Kuenzel Kwan (MS '68), 2018-2019 president of the UCLA Faculty Center Board of Governors, continues to serve on the board of the UCLA Emeriti Association. She retired in July 2016 as librarian emerita with 36 years at the UCLA Library at the Biomedical Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region. She also served 12 years with the University of Southern California Libraries, focusing on science, engineering, and business.
Sawyer Magnus (MS '18) accepted the position of assistant archivist at Texas A&M-Commerce and will start in August.
Jennifer L. Marill (MS '88), chief of the Technical Services Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), received the 2019 NIH Director's Award for leadership in building the NLM digital collection and providing access to biomedical resources. The NIH Director's Awards acknowledge achievements from across all of the Institutes and Centers in advancing NIH-wide priorities.
Heather McCammond-Watts (MS '95), youth department director at Glen Ellyn Public Library, received the 2019 Davis Cup Award from ILA.
Nancy Arthur McDaniels (MS '70) retired eight years ago from the St. Paul Public Library. She volunteers several hours each week.
Emily (Hardesty) Moran (MS '16) married Mike Moran on June 22, 2019, in central Pennsylvania.
Cyril Oberlander (MS '00) coauthored the article, "How Data Improved Our Library Space," which was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Kristin Petersheim (MS '15) has received a James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Award from the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The award recognizes outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession.
David Pilachowski (MS '73) spoke on a panel at the 2019 National ACRL Conference about lessons learned from the ALA/AIA winning Williams College library building. He retired in 2017 after serving as director of libraries at Williams College for 19 years but continues to consult on space planning.
Katie (Lucas) Potempa (MS '17) accepted the position of archives assistant at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, in October 2018.
Ted Quiballo (MS '17) started his role as instructional technologies librarian at Northwestern University on January 1, 2019.
Hiral Rayani (MS '19) is a data scientist at Caterpiller.
A new book by Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14), Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, was published by Yale University Press in June. Roberts is an assistant professor of information studies at UCLA.
Stephanie Shallcross (MS '18) accepted a position as the Learning Commons director at Meadow Glens Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year.
Brian Shepard (MS '05), executive director of the Indian Trails Public Library District, received the 2019 ILA Librarian of the Year Award.
Yasmeen Shorish (MS '11) was awarded $89,000 by IMLS to convene a national forum to address key opportunities and challenges in building a collective collection-development system for open access (OA) content. She also is completing her term as 2018-2019 chair of ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee.
Rachel Shulman (MS '08) left her position as research librarian for education and outreach at the University of California, Irvine, in late 2010 and became a private tutor. In 2017 she was recruited to run undergraduate programming at the MIT Energy Initiative, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the interdisciplinary energy studies minor.
Lissa Staley (MS '01) has become the community connections librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas. In this new position, she will continue moderating deliberative conversations and offering facilitation services in the community, in addition to managing popular programming around trivia nights and National Novel Writing Month events.
Patricia Fitzgerald Stenstrom (MS '57) passed away on July 2, 2019, in Woodlands, Texas. She worked for thirty years at the University of Illinois Library, concluding her career as the library and information science librarian. Professor Emeritus Donald Krummel remembers Stenstrom as "a treasure," a careful listener who kept the library running beautifully.
Guy St. Clair (MS '65) has received the John Cotton Dana Award, SLA's top honor, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession.
Sreeharsha Sura (MS '18) writes that he is grateful for the iSchool guiding him in his career and also for helping him meet his life partner.
Andrea Telli (MS '01) has been named the new commissioner for the Chicago Public Library (CPL), effective June 15, 2019. She served most recently as deputy commissioner of public services, where she oversaw operations for CPL's 81 branches and its central library at Harold Washington Library Center.
Della Terza (MS '13) has been named the new executive director of Naperville (IL) Public Library. He most recently served as deputy director of the three-building library system.
Kathryn Tripp (MS '15) received a promotion from young adult librarian to head of Youth Services at the Woodstock Public Library. In addition to this new role, she will continue to work with the young adults in grades 6-12. She has been with the Woodstock Public Library for five years.
Erika Weir's (MS '19) article, "Exploring the Digital Information Needs of Diaspora Communities: A User Study of the Lithuanian Diaspora," has been published in Slavic & East European Information Resources.
In May 2019, Harriet Wintermute (MS '11) started a new position as head of Metadata Services at Iowa State University Library.