Alumni Updates

Our alumni are leaders in the information professions and other fields they have pursued. Read about where they are, where they've been and what they're doing. If you're an alumnus, send us your updates so we can share them with faculty, former classmates, current and prospective students.

Alumni updates below are organized by program (health informatics, knowledge management, library and information science, user experience design) ~ year of graduation ~ alphabetically by last name.

Health Informatics

2013

  • Don Jason III, M.L.I.S. ‘13, M.S. ‘13 (health informatics), Cincinnati, Ohio, is author of a blog post titled “Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference,” published in December 2016 on the ARL Library Assessment blog. http://libraryassessment.info/?p=1678 Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Don P. Jason III, M.L.I.S., M.S. (health informatics) ‘13, Cincinnati, Ohio, has begun working at Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library at the University of Cincinnati as an assistant librarian and clinical informationist.

2012

  • Bridgette A. Billingslea, M.L.I.S. '12, M.S. (health informatics) '13, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was recently promoted to patient access supervisor at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In this role, she supervises 10 clinical and administrative staff members at four outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio. A fifth clinic site is currently under construction. She is responsible for logistics and site planning, hiring and training the staff for each site, coordination of training for each specialty clinic's EMR launch, purchasing medical supplies and equipment, and leasing clinical space to specialty physicians.

Knowledge Management

2015

  • Martha Balash, M.S. ’15, Norton, Ohio, has received the Thomas J. Froehlich Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. This award is presented to a graduate in information architecture and knowledge management (IAKM) who has demonstrated academic excellence and promise for leadership in the field.

2012

  • Edwin K. Morris, M.S.’12, Olean, N.Y., has received the IAKM Alumnus of the Year award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The award is presented to an information architecture and knowledge management (IAKM) graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession. Posted April 25, 2016. 

  • Edwin K. Morris, M.S. ’12, Sierra Vista, Arizona, is the author of an article titled “Culture and Knowledge Operations at the Learning Technology Directorate,” which was recently published in Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin. The article was based on a paper he wrote for Special Topics in IAKM 61095 taught by Iouri P. Bairatchnyi, Ph.D. Morris also recently received Certified Knowledge Management Professional (CKMP) certification from the Knowledge Management Professional Society (KMPro). The CKMP designation is awarded by KMPro to experienced practitioners in the field of Knowledge Management (KM) based upon demonstration of practical application of knowledge management. Posted April 25, 2016. 
  • Edwin K. Morris, M.S. '12, was quoted in an article titled "Gaining KM ‘cred’ in graduate school: Academic programs help forge career paths" in KM World, Jan. 31, 2016. Morris is founder and president of Pioneer Knowledge Services and an adjunct instructor in knowledge management at Kent State SLIS. Morris is founder and president of Pioneer Knowledge Services and an adjunct instructor in knowledge management at Kent State SLIS.
  • Edwin K. Morris, M.S. ‘12, presented “Knowledge Management as a Societal Capacity Builder” at the World IA Day at Kent State University Feb. 20, 2016. Posted May 2, 2016.

Library and Information Science

2016

  • Julaine Clunis, M.L.I.S./M.S. '16 of Kent, Ohio, has received the August Alpers Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (iSchool). The award is given to a graduate who contributed the most to the school as a student, while maintaining a good grade point average. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • iSchool students Jennifer Sweeny and Melissa Carr, as well as CCI doctoral student Julaine Clunis, M.L.I.S./M.S. ’16,  volunteered at the Museums and the Web 2017 Conference in Cleveland on April 21, 2017. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Randie Haste, M.L.I.S. ’16, Boca Raton, Fla., is the Children/Teen Librarian at the North Miami Beach Public Library. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Margaret (Peggy) Hull, M.L.I.S. '16, Cleveland, Ohio, is teen librarian at the Beachwood branch of Cuyahoga Public Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016. 
  • Kaitlyn Humphrey, M.L.I.S. ’16, Columbus, Ohio, was recently hired as library assistant at the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library in Columbus. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Allison Jacobs, M.L.I.S. ’16, Cincinnati, Ohio, is teen librarian at Walnut Hills branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Laurie Katusin Swallen, M.L.I.S. '16, of Canton, Ohio, has received the Dan MacLachlan School Library Media Award, given to iSchool graduates who have exhibited creativity, leadership and dedication to the K-12 audience. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • James Lloyd, M.L.I.S. '16, Medina, Ohio, was promoted to reference librarian at Medina County District Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Andria Morningstar-Gray, M.L.I.S. '16, of Newton Falls, Ohio, has received the Dan MacLachlan School Library Media Award, given to iSchool graduates who have exhibited creativity, leadership and dedication to the K-12 audience. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Sondra Presley, M.L.I.S. '16, Cincinnati, Ohio, was accepted as a member of the 2017 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Cincy Next Class 4, a competitive leadership development opportunity for young professionals in early stages of their careers. Presley is Senior Library Services Assistant at The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Gayle Riedel, M.L.I.S. ‘16, Mount Vernon, Ohio, is Patron Services Coordinator at Thorne Library at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Kirsten Setzkorn, M.L.I.S ’16, Cedarville, Ohio, is the Digital Services Specialist at Cedarville University. Posted Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Philip C. Shackelford, M.L.I.S. '16, El Dorado, Ark., is library director at South Arkansas Community College. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Penelope Shumaker, M.L.I.S. ’16, Kent, Ohio, is Digital Initiatives Librarian in the Library Programs and Development Department at the State Library of Ohio. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Tracy Skrabut, M.L.I.S. ’16, Boston, Mass., is an Archives Technician at The National Archives at Boston, where she also completed her practicum. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Lori Suffield, M.L.I.S. ‘16, Cincinnati, Ohio, has accepted a position as the Lotspeich Lower School Librarian at the 7 Hills School in Cincinnati. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Brianna Treleven, M.L.I.S. ’16, Mentor, Ohio, has accepted a position as project cataloger for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, beginning May 1. She will be cataloging and digitizing archives materials that will be featured in a publication about the archives collection. Posted May 4, 2017.
  • Audrey Wimbiscus, M.L.I.S. ‘16, Columbus, Ohio, recently accepted a position as Archives Migration Project Assistant at The Ohio State University Libraries, where she completed her practicum. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Kelsey Yarnell, M.L.I.S. ‘16, Smithville, Ohio, is Access Services Evening Supervisor at The College of Wooster. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Kristen Michele Zajac, M.L.I.S. '16, of Richmond Heights, Ohio, has received the Janice Smuda Children’s Librarianship Award, given to an iSchool graduate who, as a student, demonstrated creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through outstanding academic achievement. Posted May 2, 2017.

2015

  • Al Bernardo, M.L.I.S. ‘15, Valley City, N.D., is User Services Librarian at Valley City State University. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Dominique Bortmas, M.L.I.S. ’15, Tallahassee, Fla., was hired as the metadata librarian at the University of South Florida. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Dominique Bortmas, M.L.I.S. ’15, Tallahassee, Fla., presented a paper titled “Using XSLT for Automated Quality Control for Vendor Provided Records” at ALCTS CaMMS Copy Cataloging Interest Group at the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco on June 27, 2015. She also served as a committee member for the ALCTS Coding Efficiencies Pre-conference. She currently works as the metadata librarian at the University of South Florida. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Kristin Bugnitz, M.L.I.S. ’15, Columbus, Ohio, has received the Dan Maclachlan School Library Media Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. This award is presented to library and information science graduates who have exhibited creativity, leadership and dedication to the K-12 audience. Posted April 25, 2016.     
  • Elizabeth Campion, M.L.I.S. ‘15, Cleveland, Ohio, is Contract Database Manager/Archivist at The MetroHealth System. She was previously employed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Project Archivist, where she completed a three-month grant funded project that included processing the Jane Scott Papers, presented her project at the Ohio History Connection Conference and Rock Solid Summit, and curated an exhibit that was housed in the Library and Archives. She later was employed as a Library and Archives Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where she was in charge of processing bank records being transferred to the Archives as part of a Federal Reserve System Project. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Kelly Chaplin, M.L.I.S. ’15, is the programming librarian at Minerva Public Library, Minerva, Ohio.
  • Joshua Cohen, M.L.I.S. ‘15, Girard, Ohio, is an academic librarian in Pennsylvania. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • Jeff Corbett, M.L.I.S '15, University Heights, Ohio, is children's librarian at E. 131st. Branch of Cleveland Public Library. He also recently obtained his "Certified Public Librarian" credential from the Ohio Library Council (OLC). Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Alexa Elgabri, M.L.I.S. '15, of Columbus, Ohio, has received the H.F. Group Preservation Group Award, given to an iSchool graduate who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and an interest in the area of library preservation. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Samantha Enters, M.L.I.S. ’15, has accepted a position as a reference librarian at Noel Wien Public Library in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she completed her internship. Posted Oct. 20, 2015.
  • Sheree Howard, M.L.I.S. ’15, Portsmouth, Ohio, was awarded the Dan Maclachlan School Library Media Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. This award is for graduates who have exhibited creativity, leadership and dedication to the K-12 audience. Posted April 25, 2016. 

  • Corinna Iannaggi, M.L.I.S. ’15, Aurora, Ohio, has accepted a position as curatorial assistant at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Cori Iannaggi, M.L.I.S. ’15, Kent, Ohio, and Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. '09, Ph.D. ’15, North Canton, Ohio, each received a $325 scholarship to attend the Document Academy (DOCAM) annual conference at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Annie Jansen, M.L.I.S. ‘15, Carlisle, Pa., is featured in this article about a unique book discussion group she helped create for multilingual students. The project was supported by a University Libraries innovation microgrant; Jansen is assistant librarian at Penn State Brandywine. http://brandywine.psu.edu/story/5500/2017/03/03/brandywine-designs-discu... Posted March 9, 2017.

  • Jamie Lauver, M.L.I.S. ’15, Lakewood, Ohio, is a children’s librarian at the Cleveland Public Library, Memorial-Nottingham branch. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

  • Danielle Zenira Maynard, M.L.I.S. ’15, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has received the H.F. Group Preservation Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. This award is for students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and an interest in the area of library preservation. Posted April 25, 2016. 
  • Jenessa McElfresh, M.L.I.S. ’15, Sacramento, Calif., is now a medical librarian for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Kelly Reinaker Perry, M.L.I.S. ‘15, Palo Alto, Calif., is Youth Services Librarian at San Mateo County Libraries. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Hildy Pearl, M.S. '15, was named the IAKM Alumnus of the Year Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The award is given to information architecture and knowledge management (IAKM) graduates who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Jack Phoenix, M.L.I.S. ’15, London, Ohio, gave a presentation titled “Comics Aren’t Books! (And That’s Okay!)” at the 2016 Ohio Library Council Central/Southeast Chapter Conference in Columbus on April 22, 2016. The presentation was based on a paper he wrote for his culminating experience. Phoenix is currently the adult programming coordinator at London Public Library, London, Ohio. Posted April 27, 2016.
  • Clayton Ruminski, M.L.I.S ’15, Hubbard, Ohio, is the author of a forthcoming book titled Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio's Mahoning Valley, 1802-1913. He recently accepted a position as an archives specialist at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del. 
  • Shannon Schilling, M.L.I.S. ’15, Windsor, Conn., is the teen/reference librarian at the Windsor Public Library in Windsor, Conn. Posted June 29, 2015
  • Marisha Sullivan, M.L.I.S. '15, has been named teen services librarian for the Ashtabula County District Library system. 
  • Desiree Thomas, M.L.I.S. ’15, Mansfield, Ohio, has received the Janice Smuda Children’s Librarianship Award from Kent State University’s School of library and Information Science. This award is presented to a library and information science graduate who, as a student, demonstrated creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through outstanding academic achievement. Posted April 25, 2016. 

  • David Todd, M.L.I.S. ’15, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the August Alpers Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The award is presented to a library and information science graduate who contributed the most to the school as a student while maintaining a good grade point average. Posted April 25, 2016. 

  • Todd Warhola, M.L.I.S. ’15, St. Joseph, Mo., has started a job at OverDrive, the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video worldwide, which is based in Cleveland. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Shawn Walsh, M.L.I.S. ’15, Madison, Ohio, has published his first book – Library Service to Tweens (McFarland, 2017). (Co-author: Melanie A. Lyttle). Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Shawn Walsh, M.L.I.S. ’15, Madison, Ohio, coauthored the article “The Benefits of Volunteers,” which was published on the Public Libraries Online’s website on Jan. 3, 2017. (Coauthor: Melanie Lyttle.) Walsh is Emerging Services and Technologies Librarian at Madison Public Library, Madison, Ohio. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Shawn Walsh, M.L.I.S. '15, is co-author (with Melanie Lyttle) of the following recent articles published by Public Libraries Online: "Pokémon Go: Strike While the Iron Is Hot!" (July 15, 2016); "Optimizing Your Library’s E-Newsletters" (July 13, 2016); "Avoiding Your Patrons’ Spam Filters" (April 28, 2016). Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Eric Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’15, was selected as the new Children’s Librarian for the Hampton Public Library system in Hampton, Va. Posted Oct. 15, 2015.

2014

  • Elizabeth Allen, M.L.I.S. '14, Bexley, Ohio, of Bexley Public Library, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Julie Burley, M.L.I.S. ‘14, North Canton, Ohio, was promoted to youth services manager at the main library at the Stark County District Library. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • A poster by August 2014 graduate Alison Dickerhoof, Ravenna, Ohio, was accepted for presentation at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) in November in Seattle. Here is the citation: Dickerhoof, A. & Smith, C.L. (2014). Looking for Query Terms on Search Engine Results Pages. The poster is derived from her master’s thesis.
  • Celia Emmelhainz, M.L.I.S, ’14, El Cerrito, Calif., is the new Anthropology & Qualitative Research Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. Posted Feb. 10, 2016. 

  • Sheri Friesner, M.L.I.S. ’14, is now assistant to the director of Historic Village Operations and volunteer program coordinator at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.
  • Angela Galvan, M.L.I.S. ‘14, Columbus, Ohio, was named a Digital Library Federation Forum Students and New Professionals Fellow. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • Angela Galvan, M.L.I.S. ‘14, Columbus, Ohio, is a digital resources and systems librarian at SUNY Geneseo. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • An article co-authored by Kristen M. Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’14, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name” and published in the April 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum, was chosen as the Spectrum Article of the Year (2015). (Co-author is Christine Bowersox.) Hallows is research librarian at Bricker & Eckler LLP in Columbus. The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems legal information, or to professional and staff training and development. The winner is selected on the basis of quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique.
  • An article by Ann L. Holstein, M.L.I.S. ’14, Cleveland, Ohio, titled “Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support” was published in Information Technology and Libraries, Vol 34, No 1 (2015). The paper was based on the culminating experience project she completed with SLIS Associate Professor Don A. Wicks, Ph.D. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Hallie Jackson, M.L.I.S. ‘14, Houston, Texas, is now a youth services librarian at the Houston Public Library. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Lisa Krok, M.L.I.S. '14, is author of a LinkedIn post titled “You Gotta Know the Rules to Play the Game,"​ about a visit from award-winning author Kwame Alexander is a prime example. I was honored to be in attendance today at the brand new Norton High School auditorium for an event organized by Akron-Summit County Public Library's Norton Branch.Krok is Branch Manager at Akron-Summit County Public Library. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Lisa Krok, M.L.I.S. '14, was named to ALA's Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers committee in 2017. Krok is Branch Manager at Akron-Summit County Public Library. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Lisa Krok, M.L.I.S. '14, has been named Branch Manager of Firestone Park Branch in the Akron-Summit County Public Library system.
  • Zachary Lewis, M.L.I.S. ’14, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Katy Mathuews, M.L.I.S. ’07, Chillicothe, Ohio, are co-authors of an article titled “Collaborative Library Outreach: A Key Retention Strategy at Open Access Institutions," published in Collaborative Librarianship: Vol. 9 : Iss. 1 , Article 5. Available at: http://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol9/iss1/5. Lewis is Access Services Librarian at Shawnee State University’s Clark Memorial Library, and Mathuews is the Head of Collections Assessment and Access at Ohio University’s Alden Library. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Rachel McPherson, M.L.I.S. ‘14, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is Digital Projects Librarian at Ingalls Library of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Elizabeth Meinke, M.L.I.S. '14, Cleveland, Ohio, is a scholarly resources and special collections librarian with Case Western Reserve University. She recently received the School’s H.F. Group Preservation Award, given to a graduate who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and an interest in the area of library preservation. Posted June 29, 2015
  • Linsey Milillo, M.L.I.S. '14, Fairfield, Ohio, is assistant branch manager of the Fairfield Lane (Ohio) Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Susan Musser, M.L.I.S. ’14,and Elizabeth Allen, M.L.I.S. ’14, Columbus, Ohio, co-authored an article titled “From good to great managers: The case for a structured continuing education program in library management” with Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D. The article, published in Library Management, Vol. 36, examines the perceptions of librarians toward continuing education in library management.
  • Emily O’Connor, M.L.I.S. ’14, is art preparator at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
  • Martin Patrick, M.L.I.S. ’14, Oxford, Ohio, is now the academic resident librarian in Technical Services at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Sean Petiya, M.L.I.S. '14, M.S. '14, Youngstown, Ohio, co-authored an article titled “Multi-entity models of resource description in the Semantic Web,” that was selected by the editors of Library Hi Tech journal as the Outstanding Paper of 2014. Posted Sept. 8, 2015
  • Cindy Kristof, M.L.S. ’95, Munroe Falls, Ohio, and Karen Ronga, M.L.I.S. ‘14, Niles, Ohio, and current SLIS student Jennifer Rice authored “Across the Stream: Collaboration in the Management of Streaming Video at Kent State University” in Journal of Digital Media Management, 4(4); 2016, 304-310. All are employed by Kent State University Libraries. Posted April 11, 2017.

  • At the 2015 Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth held in April at Kent State University, SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., and SLIS alumni Shannon Schilling, M.L.I.S. ’07, and Sophia Van Der Schyf, M.L.I.S. ’14, gave a presentation titled “From Children’s Books to Global Citizenship: The Power of Books from Around the World."

  • Sarah Thornbery, M.L.I.S. ’14, has received the 2015 outstanding school librarian award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes a licensed Ohio school librarian who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries. Thornbery, a teacher-librarian at Springboro Junior High School in Springboro, Ohio, received the Walter Brahm & John Rebenack Ohio Library Foundation Annual Scholarship from SLIS in 2014. Posted Oct. 15, 2015.

  • Trevor Watkins, M.L.I.S. ’14, Kent, Ohio, has been hired as the new science librarian at Kent State University Libraries. He will work closely with faculty and students to assist with science research inquiries relative to the departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Liquid Crystals, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Technology.

  • Trevor Watkins, M.L.I.S. '14, Youngstown, Ohio, is lead author (coauthor, Feng-Ru Sheu) of a paper titled “Open Knowledge Diffusion Tools: FOSS, OER, OT, MOOC and the Role of the Library in Mitigating the Social Inertia of Constrained Learning Environments,” presented at the Connections. Collaboration. Community. in Session 137 - Information Technology at IFLA WLIC 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, in August 2016. Watkins and his coauthor are employed by University Libraries at Kent State University. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Trevor Watkins, M.L.I.S. ’14, Youngstown, Ohio, presented “Intelligent Peer-to-Peer Mesh Satellite-Extraterrestrial Deep Space Network: Interplanetary Communication and Data Collection Based on Semantic Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm Using Autonomous Cooperative Agents” at the Second International Conference and Exhibition on Satellite and Space Missions in Berlin, Germany, on July 22, 2016. He  is science librarian and assistant professor, Kent State University Libraries.

  • Katelyn Wolff, M.L.I.S. ’14,  Dubuque, Iowa, accepted a position as the reference and instruction librarian for the Humanities and Education departments of the Charles C. Myers Library at the University of Dubuque.

2013

  • Jamie E. Bloss, M.L.I.S. '13, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, delivered a poster presentation at the 2013 ALAO conference. Her poster, titled "Giving your LibGuides a Facelift: Usability and Design Best Practices," with tips for creating the most accessible library guides using LibGuides CMS in addition to discussing some of its new features, such as surveys, privacy rules and discussion boards. The focus was on usability and readability of guides to help students quickly navigate through guides to find the information they need.
  • Jamie Bloss, M.L.I.S. '13, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has accepted a position as an emerging technologies librarian at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, where she'll teach technology classes and work in adult services reference. Prior to accepting this new position, Bloss worked for the Kent State Geauga Campus Library. She will continue to teach undergraduate library science courses as an adjunct instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State.
  • Cindy Boyden, M.L.I.S. '13, Columbus, Ohio, of the State Library of Ohio, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015
  • Cindy Boyden, M.L.I.S. ’13, Columbus, Ohio, has been promoted to library consultant within the Library Programs and Development Department at the State Library of Ohio. She has been a library assistant II in Circulation and Special Services since December 2014. Posted Sept. 10, 2015.
  • Cynthia Boyden, M.L.I.S. ’13, is coauthor (with SLIS Associate Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D.,  and Lorien Anderson) of an article titled “Soft Skills: A Phrase in Search of Meaning,” published in Libraries and the Academy. Posted Feb. 10, 2016.
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Boyden, M.L.I.S. ’13, Columbus, Ohio, has accepted a position as library assistant in Circulation and Special Services at the State Library of Ohio. She will be responsible for providing resources to state employees and Ohio residents.
  • Kenneth Cochrane, M.L.I.S. '13, Dayton, Ohio, is the assistant director of the library at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

  • Ashley Faulkner, M.L.I.S. ’13, Bryan, Texas, is a business librarian and assistant professor at Texas A&M University West Campus Library. Posted April 27, 2016.

  • Darin Freeburg, Ph.D. ’13, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science in Columbia, S.C. He will be teaching information literacy and researching the variables involved in delivery and reception of messages as information products. Through his research and service, he will participate in the school’s state-wide effort to improve low-literacy among children and adults. Freeburg was the first student to graduate from the College of Communication and Information’s interdisciplinary doctoral program with a focus on library and information science.

  • (William) Bryan Harris, M.L.I.S. ’13, Louisville, Ohio, has co-authored an article titled “Information needs of church worship leaders” with SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., in the Journal of Religious and Theological Information, 13(1-2).

  • Jesse Henning, M.L.I.S. ’13, Rifle, Colo., is branch manager of the Garfield County Rifle Branch Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Sarah Hickey, M.L.I.S ‘13, Westerville, Ohio, has accepted a position as the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Otterbein University. Hickey was previously the executive assistant to the president at Otterbein. Posted Feb. 10, 2015. 

  • Don Jason III, M.L.I.S. ‘13, M.S. ‘13 (health informatics), Cincinnati, Ohio, is author of a blog post titled “Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference,” published in December 2016 on the ARL Library Assessment blog. http://libraryassessment.info/?p=1678 Posted March 9, 2017.

  • Don P. Jason III, M.L.I.S., M.S. (health informatics) ‘13, Cincinnati, Ohio, has begun working at Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library at the University of Cincinnati as an assistant librarian and clinical informationist.
  • Jacqueline Mayse, M.L.I.S. ‘13, Lakewood, Ohio, was selected to be a 2016 ALA Emerging Leader. She is one of 50 people selected to gain an inside look into ALA structure and network with peers. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S.’13, Columbus, Ohio, was a featured speaker at the 2015 American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco, Calif., in June. Mixter presented as part of the OCLC Symposium “Millennials in Transition.” He is a software engineer at OCLC, teaches as a part-time instructor for SLIS and is a CCI doctoral student. In 2014 Mixter received the Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from SLIS. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S.’13, Columbus, Ohio, is coauthor (with Carol Jean Godby and Shenghui Wang) of Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. The book describes OCLC's efforts to help increase the visibility of library collections on the web through the creation of library linked data — moving from a Web of documents to a web of data. The book focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. Modeling data in a form that the broader web understands will position libraries for success. Mixter is a software engineer at OCLC, teaches as a part-time instructor for SLIS and is a CCI doctoral student. In 2014 he received the  Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from SLIS. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Mallory Sajewski, M.L.I.S. ’13, Kent, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Setting the Stage: What’s Needed to Achieve an Ensemble Library Job?” at the 2014 Music Library Association annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., in February/March 2014.
  • Mallory Sajewski, M.L.I.S. ‘13, Macomb, Ill., is a music librarian and assistant professor at Western Illinois University. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • Kevin Steinbach, M.L.I.S. ’13, of Kent, Ohio, is the archivist for Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio.
  • Carol Tuttle, M.L.I.S. ’13, Chardon, Ohio, was recently promoted to head of adult services/assistant manager at the Chardon branch of the Geauga County Public Library System in Chardon, Ohio.
  • Emily Wicks, M.L.I.S. ’13, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a program assistant at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.

2012

  • An article by Laura Barry, M.L.I.S. '12, Hillard, Ohio, has been published in The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. The article, titled “Authority and the Museum: A Framework of Questions,” is based on a presentation Barry delivered at the Inclusive Museum Conference in Denmark (April 2013).
  • Bridgette A. Billingslea, M.L.I.S. '12, M.S. (health informatics) '13, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was recently promoted to patient access supervisor at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In this role, she supervises 10 clinical and administrative staff members at four outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio. A fifth clinic site is currently under construction. She is responsible for logistics and site planning, hiring and training the staff for each site, coordination of training for each specialty clinic's EMR launch, purchasing medical supplies and equipment, and leasing clinical space to specialty physicians.
  • Paul Campbell, M.L.I.S. ’12, Athens, Ohio, was awarded the Early-Career Librarian Scholarship from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) to attend the 2015 ACRL conference in Portland, Ore., on March 25-28. Campbell currently works as an instructional librarian/instructional designer at Ohio University in Lancaster, and his scholarship covers registration and a small stipend for travel expenses.

  • Matthew Cox, M.L.I.S. ’12, Bixby, Okla., is now customer service assistant at Tulsa City-County Library, Oklahoma. Posted Dec. 3, 2015.

  • Sara Daniels-Witchel, M.L.I.S., ’12, Toledo, Ohio, was recently promoted from a visitor services associate to studio programs coordinator at the Toledo Museum of Art.
  • Marlene Edge-Phillips, M.L.I.S. '12, Troy, Michigan, is the course reserves manager position at the Oakland University Kresge Library in Rochester, Mich. She began working at the Kresge Library during her undergraduate career, which ultimately led her to pursue her M.L.I.S. at Kent State University.
  • Omer Farooq, M.L.I.S. ’12, and Associate Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., have published an article titled “Opportunities and Challenges for Students in an Online Seminar-Style Course in LIS Education: A Qualitative Case Study” in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, vol. 57, no. 4 (fall; October 2016). Posted Nov. 3, 2016
  • Omer Farooq, M.L.I.S. ’12, Kent, Ohio, successfully completed comprehensive exams for the CCI Ph.D. in communication and information in May 2016. His dissertation will explore the effectiveness of different instruction strategies for teaching information literacy. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Erin Hallahan, M.L.I.S. ‘12, Lakewood, Ohio, is a public services librarian at Lakewood Public Library, specializing in Reference and Technology. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, Columbus, Ohio, is the author of “It’s All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in U.S. Law Libraries,” published in the Winter 2014 Law Library Journal, and lead author of "Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name," published in the April 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum. "It's All Enumerative" was the winner of the 2013 AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards (Student Division). Hallows works as a research librarian for Bricker & Eckler LLP.
  • Josh Jones, M.L.I.S. ’12, Hilliard, Ohio, has been promoted to librarian in the Research and Catalog Services Department at the State Library of Ohio. He will provide reference and research services to state employees and other patrons of the State Library. He will also work as part of the State Library team that ensures access to useful electronic and print resources.
  • Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, has been promoted to manager of the Price Hill Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (effective April 23). For the past 5 years, he has been the music reference librarian in the Popular Library Department at the library system’s main branch. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, Cincinnati, Ohio, music reference librarian, Popular Library Department, Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in Library Journal in the first of a two-part article. He’ll also be in the second part of the article in the next issue.) The article is about a program series he runs called "Listen to This!" as well as similar programs at several other libraries. Kemple’s local alternative newspaper also did a story on the most recent instance of that series, which featured music from North Korea. He also has been interviewed by Paste Magazine about his Experimental Music at the Library series.
  • Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, Cincinnati, Ohio, gave a presentation about a program series titled “Experimental Music at the Library,” which he organized as the music reference librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. His presentation took place at the Music Library Association annual conference in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. View the presentation here: https://vimeo.com/121096339.

  • Sonya Knisley, M.L.I.S. ’12, Arcanum, Ohio, has accepted a position as the head of Children’s Services at Clark County Public Library (CCPL). She has previously worked as a children’s librarian for CCPL and as the collection development librarian and children’s assistant at Preble County District Library. 

  • Julie Macomber, M.L.I.S. '12, Douglas, Ga., is the children's and young adult librarian at Satilla Regional Library System in Douglas. Satilla Regional Library System covers six branches in a two county system. She is responsible for managing all youth programs.
  • LeeAnn McNabb, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, reference librarian in the Popular Library Department at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in a March 19 article on the Library as Incubator Project website for her role in organizing the first ever Cincinnati Library Comic Con series.

  • Teresa Nuar, M.L.I.S. ’12, Roanoke, Va., is the Young Adult Divisional Librarian for Roanoke County Public Library, Roanoke, Va., in November 2016. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Stow, Ohio, has accepted an appointment as a member of the 2015 (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award Committee. Shofield works as a librarian for Akron-Summit County Public Library.
  • JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ‘12, Stow, Ohio, as selected to be a 2016 ALA Emerging Leader and accepted a sponsorship from the Ohio Library Council. She is one of 50 people selected to gain an inside look into ALA structure and network with peers. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ’12, Stow, Ohio, became the youth programming coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Public Library on June 13, 2016. She had previously been the early childhood librarian at the Highland Square Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Andrew Smith, M.L.I.S. ’12, is now Coordinator of Instructional and Public Services Librarian at the Abell Library of Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

  • Gregory Stall, M.L.I.S. ’12, Chardon, Ohio, has received recognition for “Bringing the Story of War to our Doorsteps:” Rediscovering Alexander Gardner’s Antietam Photographs,” a touring exhibit organized by the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable, the Center for Civil War Photography, Hood College, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The exhibit won the 2014 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.
  • Chad Statler, M.L.I.S. ’12, South Euclid, Ohio, is the reference librarian for Kirtland Public Library and Lakeland Community College since 2015. He also serves as a reviewer for Library Journal. Posted Nov. 8, 2016
  • Ashlee (Clark) Tominey, M.L.I.S. ‘12, of Columbus, Ohio, has been promoted to the position of Library Development Consultant with an emphasis in special project coordination at the State Library of Ohio. Ashlee’s responsibilities will include coordinating Ohio’s participation in ILEAD USA, supporting Library Leadership Ohio, and helping libraries with the development of strategic plans. She will also help Ohio libraries promote, develop, and assess their workforce development projects and form collaborative relationships with organizations and government agencies supporting workforce development and the economically impacted. Ashlee has been with the State Library of Ohio for the past nine years, serving as Executive Secretary to the State Librarian for the last six.  She has also worked at the Ohioana Library Association and Ohio University’s Alden Library. Ashlee also was recently appointed to the Ohio Library Council’s Library Education Committee and is an active member of the 2012 class of Library Leadership Ohio.

  • Tammy Troup, M.L.I.S. ’12, New Franklin, Ohio, has accepted a position as digital projects manager at the Research Center of the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

  • Amy Yuncker, M.L.I.S. '12, Columbus, Ohio, is university archivist for Malone University in Canton.
  • Shari Bowers, M.L.I.S, ’12, Berlin Heights, Ohio, has been working at Grafton-Midview Public. Posted Sept. 22, 2016.

2011

  • Jamie Bloss, M.L.I.S. ‘11, Suva, Fiji, is Librarian at The University of the South Pacific. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Craig Boman, M.L.I.S. '11, Dayton, Ohio, was named application support specialist in Roesch Library at the University of Dayton. In this new position he will help support all the IT needs of library patrons and staff.
  • Craig Boman, M.L.I.S. ‘11, Dayton, Ohio, was selected to be an ALA Emerging Leader for 2016. He is one of 50 people selected to gain an inside look into ALA structure and network with peers. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Grace Brinker, M.L.I.S. '11, Kent, Ohio, has recently accepted a full-time cataloging position at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma.
  • Stephen Cox, M.L.I.S. ’11, Cincinnati, Ohio, has accepted a position as program coordinator at Mount St. Joseph University (formerly the College of Mount St. Joseph). In this role, Cox will maintain a federally funded database designed to track the success of STEM students as they interview for internships, co-ops, and post-graduation employment; work with his counterpart at the University of Cincinnati to create timely reports for state and federal agencies; create and maintain relationships with employers to develop co-op opportunities; and tutor outgoing seniors on interview preparation and resume building. Stephen Cox represented Kent State at SLA 2013 in San Diego as a part of the Cross-Border Bookworms, who won the annual Trivia Night held there. Cox also won the SLA-PHT's annual travel award for his essay on Future Forecasting. Publication of the essay in a future edition of CapLits is forthcoming.
  • Amy Crow, M.L.I.S. '11, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is the genealogical content manager for Archives.com.
  • Caitlin Donahoe, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Lower Burrell, Pa., is the youth services librarian at Peoples Library. She works at the library's Lower Burrell and New Kensington, Pa., branches.
  • Jeraca Fite, M.L.I.S. ‘11, Quincy, Ill., is a reference librarian at the Quincy Public Library. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Stuart Gibbs, M.L.I.S. ’11, Mineral Ridge, Ohio, is featured in this article about the role of libraries in improving the economic life of their communities. Gibbs is the business and investment librarian for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County - See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/feb/05/free-business-classes-offered/#sthash.MGgcxbwn.dpufPosted April 11, 2017.
  • Jon-Erik Gilot, M.L.I.S. ‘11, Wheeling, W. Va., is Director of Archives and Records at the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Nicole Hollon, M.L.I.S. '11, is the document management coordinator at Phillips Edison & Company in Austin, Texas.
  • Amy McCoy, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is now at The University of Akron School of Law as the technical services librarian/assistant law librarian.
  • Michelle Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Jamestown, Ohio, has been named assistant principal of Xenia Christian Middle and High School. She previously worked as the assistant to the director of campus activities at Cedarville, as secretary to the principal of Xenia Christian High School, and at Greene County Public Library. An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and alumni. 
  • Shelly Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, Bloomville, Ohio, “A study of emotional labor in librarianship,” was published in Library & Information Science Research 2012 (vol.34). 
  • Byrun Reed, M.L.I.S. ’11, Canton, Ohio, is a reference librarian at Rodman Public Library, Alliance, Ohio. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Simonne Ronk, M.L.I.S. ‘11, Boston, Mass., is an archivist and professor at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University and a generalist librarian at the Boston Public Library. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Laurence T. Skirvin, M.L.I.S. ’11, is co-author with SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., and Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., of “Exploring Methods to Improve Access to Music by Connecting Library Data to Linked Data: A Report of Methodologies and Preliminary Findings,” in JASIST (in press, 2013). 

2010

  • Becky Baldwin, M.L.I.S. ‘10, Columbus, Ohio, accepted a position as the branch manager at the East Canton Branch of the Stark County District Libraries. Baldwin graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology before receiving her M.L.I.S. from Kent State. She worked previously at Plain Community Library, where she was the teen librarian for two years.
  • Barbara Costas-Biggs, M.L.I.S. ‘10, South Shore, Ky., is Law Librarian at Scioto County Law Library. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Bryan Howard, M.L.I.S. ’10, is director of the New Carlisle, Ohio, Public Library.
  • Bonnie Kleinke, M.L.I.S. ’10, of Kent, Ohio, is a pharmacy technician instructor.
  • Elissa Lawrence, M.L.I.S. ’10, Bloomingdale, Ohio, is a Library Assistant for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Posted Nov. 8, 2016
  • Rachel Merrick, M.L.I.S. '10, is the content development librarian at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Thomas Moosbrugger, M.L.I.S. '10, is the reference librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
  • Calvin Rydbom, M.L.I.S. '10, Parma, Ohio, and Thomas Kubat, M.L.I.S. '09, Parma, Ohio, were featured on "Sound of Applause" on WCPN 90.3 (NPR radio) Tuesday, July 30, discussing their new book, Cleveland Area Disasters 1900-1950. Rydbom and Kubat started their own company after graduating from SLIS -- Pursue Posterity, a freelance archiving firm with offices near East 14th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland.
  • Daniel J. Slife, M.L.I.S. ’10, Lakewood, Ohio, has been appointed director of the Wadsworth Ella M. Everhard Public Library. Slife was previously director of Huron Public Library in Erie County and also has served as supervisor in the Adult and Electronic Service Department at Lakewood Public Library. In addition to the M.L.I.S. from Kent State, he holds an undergraduate degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University.
  • Kevin Ray, M.L.I.S. ’10, Cleveland, Ohio, is one of 10 librarians in the country to receive a 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times “I Love My Librarian Award.” Recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in transforming lives through education in our nation’s communities. Ray is a children’s librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

  • Gabriel Venditti, M.L.I.S. '10, Elyria, Ohio, of Lorain County Community College-Bass Library, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015.

  • Lae'l Hughes-Watkins, M.L.I.S. ‘10, Kent, Ohio, Kent State University Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives, authored an article titled “Between Two Worlds: A Look at the Impact of the Black Campus Movement on the Antiwar Era of 1968–1970 at Kent State University” published in the journal Ohio History. The article reframes the antiwar movement and the Kent State shootings through the lens of race and relies heavily on the narratives of African-American alumni who were on the frontlines of the black campus movement. Posted April 11, 2017.

  • Lae'l Hughes-Watkins, M.L.I.S. ’10, Youngstown, Ohio, presented “Activism in the Archives: How the Acquisition of a Collection Is Influencing Relationships With Diverse Populations and Stimulating Collaborative Relationships for Instructional Design” at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2016. She is university archivist and assistant professor, Kent State University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives. Posted Sept. 22, 2016.

  • Lae'l Hughes-Watkins, M.L.I.S. ’10, Youngstown, Ohio, presented "Campus Connections: The Black Campus Movement Project at Kent State" at the Rare Books and Manuscripts (RBMS) Opening Doors to Collaboration, Outreach and Diversity Conference in Coral Gables, Fla., on June 23, 2016. She is university archivist and assistant professor, Kent State University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives. Posted Sept. 22, 2016.

2009

  •  Leni Anderson, M.L.I.S. '09, Columbus, Ohio, has been selected to be the new Director of the Education Curriculum Center at The Ohio State University-Newark campus. He will be leaving the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Franklinton Branch where he was an Adult Services/Reference Librarian.
  • Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. '09, North Canton, Ohio, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication and Information with an LIS-focused area of study, has been chosen as a 2014-2015 recipient of a University Fellowship award. Fifteen University Fellowships are awarded each year to graduate and Ph.D. students. The fellowship covers all tuition, grants an annual stipend, and provides Fellows with dedicated time for dissertation research and writing. Blundell’s dissertation, “A phenomenological investigation of the information search process of undergraduate students enrolled in a remedial English course: Implications for targeted information literacy instruction,” focuses on the lived experience of undergraduate students enrolled in a remedial English course as they engage in academic information-seeking for a class research assignment.
  • Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S ‘09, Ph.D. ’15, North Canton, Ohio, is now Assistant Professor, Journalism and Communication Studies, at Youngstown State University. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ’09, and SLIS practicum student Leah Schmidt facilitated the round table discussion “Using collaborative strategies to meet Common Core primary resource requirements” at the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference at Kent State at Stark, Oct. 25, 2014. Blundell and Schmidt will use their experiences working with the Ludy T. Benjamin Jr. Popular Psychology Magazine Collection at the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron as the basis for discussion. Each will describe how she has used the collection to explore the emerging research concept of archival literacy. In part, discussion will consider how K-12 educators can make practical use of primary resource materials like items in the collection to meet emerging K-12 Common Core standard requirements in the area of primary resource usage in classroom instruction.

  • Jillian Carney, M.L.I.S. '09, Columbus, Ohio, of the Ohio History Connection, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015.

  • Kristin E. Cole, M.L.I.S. '09, Zanesville, Ohio, has accepted the position of reference-instruction librarian at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio

  • Joenna (Wolfe) Cynkar, M.L.I.S. ’07, of Dublin, Ohio, has been named the Program Coordinator for Ohio State University’s Department of Psychiatry. She began her LIS career as a Children’s Librarian at the Worthington Libraries (she was hired while doing her practicum there) and was promoted to Manager of Youth Services at Worthington only two years later in 2009. This latest career move represents a step outside of the LIS field but draws directly on the program management skills and experience she gained during her time at the Worthington Libraries.
  • Jessica DeCaro, M.L.I.S. ’09, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is now the assistant user services librarian at Case Western Reserve University in the Cleveland Health Science Libraries. She provides reference and information fluency instruction at the Health Center Library.
  • Moriana Garcia, M.L.I.S. ‘09, Rochester, N.Y., is Science Librarian at University of Rochester. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Katie (Schnitzler) Hutchison, M.L.I.S. ’09, Akron, Ohio, is the Student Engagement and Archival Services Librarian at Walsh University. Posted Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Jen Johnson, M.L.I.S. ’09, Dublin, Ohio, was promoted to Library Consultant for the State Library of Ohio within the Library Programs and Development Department. Posted March 9, 2017.

  • Jen Johnson, M.L.I.S. ’09, Canton, Ohio, has joined the State Library of Ohio as a librarian in the Research and Catalog Services Department. Johnson will provide reference and research services to state employees and other patrons of the State Library. She will also work as part of the State Library team that ensures access to useful electronic resources and an effective and excellent library catalog.

  • Thomas Kubat, M.L.I.S. '09, Parma, Ohio, and Calvin Rydbom, M.L.I.S. '10, Parma, Ohio, were featured on "Sound of Applause" on WCPN 90.3 (NPR radio) Tuesday, July 30, discussing their new book, Cleveland Area Disasters 1900-1950. Rydbom and Kubat started their own company after graduating from SLIS -- Pursue Posterity, a freelance archiving firm with offices near East 14th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland.
  • Kirstin Krumsee, M.L.I.S. ’09, Columbus, Ohio, was named to a three-year term on the Depository Library Council (DLC) of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in April 2016. The DLC’s 15 members advise the GPO director on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Krumsee currently works at the State Library of Ohio as a Reference Librarian and as the Regional Depository Coordinator for Ohio. She works extensively with Federal depository libraries in Ohio, leading FDLP initiatives and providing training and instruction on a variety of topics. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Sarah Lund-Goldstein, M.L.I.S. '09, Kent, Ohio, has started an archives consulting firm in Kent called INSTITUTIONALIZED: Archives and Records Management Specialists. The company focuses on corporate and organizational history, as Lund-Goldstein was doing most recently onsite with Sherwin-Williams. INSTITUTIONALIZED also works on general digitization needs and oral histories/testimonials as needed. For more information, follow @CorpArchivists on Twitter.
  • Benjamin Reid, M.L.I.S. ‘09, Vermilion, Ohio, is Library Director at Huron Public LIbrary.  He is a member of the Library Leadership 2016 class and Local Arrangements Committee for OLC Convention 2016. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Benjamin Reid, M.L.I.S. '09, has been named director of the Huron Public Library, Huron, Ohio, effective Jan. 2, 2014. Most recently he served as director of Rose Memorial Library in Stony Point, N.Y., where he had previously been Youth and Adult Services Librarian.
  • Katie (Cunningham) Sherrer, M.L.I.S. ’09, Lexington, Ky., is author of Stories, Songs, and Stretches!: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement, published in 2017 by ALA Editions. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Dana Shreve, M.L.I.S. ’09, of Gilbert, Ariz., has been named the Reference Manager at Grand Canyon University, where she was previously the Electronic Resources Librarian. She recently finished writing a book chapter for an introduction to university success class and is awaiting publication.
  • Chris Stanton, M.L.I.S. ‘09, New York, N.Y., is Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian at Metropolitan New York Library Council. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Pat Tompkins, M.L.I.S. ’09, has been employed by the Iron County Mobile Library and the Utah State Library since September 2011.
  • Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. ’09, Copley, Ohio,  has been selected for a Fellowshipfrom the OxBridge Teacher Seminar Program. As part of this exclusive international program, Wojtecki will be attending Oxford University in London this summer for a week-long, intensive seminar focused on the role of the library in education today. She also will meet with librarians at Oxford University Library and tour the Oxford University Press. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. '09, has received the 2012 Emerging Leader award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The award is given each year to one or two librarians in the state who show leadership and potential in the field. She'll receive the award at the OELMA annual conference this fall. For the past two years, Angela has served as district librarian for Streetsboro City Schools. This fall she'll assume her new position as Director of Library Media Services for Nordonia Hills City Schools.
  • Jeff Zarate, M.L.I.S. '09, Columbus, Ohio, is an Archives Project member at the Harding Heritage Foundation, which preserves the history of Harding Medical Center, Worthington Foods, and promotes psychiatric and nutritional wellness in the central Ohio area. The project is currently organizing archival materials for cataloging using PastPerfect5 software. Jeff's involvement has been on the technical side, installing the software on new computers, sorting and organizing files and assisting in the policy formulation, and inputting data into the catalog.

2008

  • Karla Kaufman, M.L.I.S. ’08, Conneaut, Ohio, is now the medical librarian at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie, Pa. Previously she worked at Robinson Memorial Hospital and Fortis College in Ravenna, Ohio.
  • Leonidas Mallias, M.L.I.S. ’08, Westlake, Ohio, has been named library director at Bowling Green State University Firelands in Huron, Ohio. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Lindsay Pealer, M.L.I.S. ‘08,  Sacramento, Calif., was promoted to supervising librarian at the Office of Legislative Counsel in California. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. '08, Columbus, Ohio, was named one of Library Journal's 2015 Movers and Shakers. Posted June 29, 2015.

2007

  • John Cook, M.L.I.S ’07, Bowling Green, Ohio, was quoted in an article titled, “No, you can’t watch reality TV for class credit” in Metro, Feb. 19, 2016. He discussed using pop culture as a “way to inspire kids to read every single day.” Cook is the youth services supervisor at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
  • Timothy J. Dickey, Ph.D., M.L.I.S. ‘07, served as guest editor of the December 2016 Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology (Vol. 43/2). The focus of the issue's special section is technical Standards in different aspects of 21st-century librarianship, with contributors from OCLC (Linked Data), the Mayo Clinic (Medical Informatics), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Research data curation), Battelle Industries (Corporate data), and the Ohio State University Archives. Dickey also serves as a part-time instructor in the M.L.I.S. program. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Virginia Dressler, M.L.I.S ’07, Kent, Ohio, Kent State University Libraries, authored "Building Institutional Digitization Guidelines and Benchmarks for Nontraditional Materials and Collections: A Case Study of a Curious Collection of Fabric Swatches" in Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Virginia Dressler, M.L.I.S. ’07, Newbury, Ohio, presented “Lending a Hand to Local Historical Societies: How Academic Libraries Can Reach Out to Local Historical Societies to Highlight Regional History” at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 15, 2016. She is digital projects librarian and assistant professor, Kent State University Libraries. Posted Sept. 22, 2016.
  • Virginia Dressler, M.L.I.S. '07, Kent, Ohio, Digital Librarian, Kent State University Libraries, presented “Digitally Archiving History: A Game Plan for Large, Unruly Archival Collections with Limited Staffing” at the Archiving 2016 Conference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2016. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Judy Griggs, M.L.I.S. ’07, Stow, Ohio, is the medical librarian in the Family Resource Center at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio. 
  • Sharon (Edwards) Holderman, M.L.I.S '07, was recently hired as the public services coordinator at Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library, Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Sara Kelley-Mudie, M.L.I.S. '07, Westport, New York, and Erica Blasdel, M.L.I.S. '07, New Philadelphia, Ohio, were selected to participate in the 2011 American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program.
  • Shannon Kupfer, M.L.I.S. '07, Columbus, Ohio, of the State Library of Ohio, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Emerald Group Publishing selected “Developing a Values Scorecard” by Martha Kyrillidou Ph.D., S.L.I.S. Alumni of the Year ’07, and University of York Library’s Stephen Town as the Outstanding Paper of 2014 for the Performance Measurement and Metrics journal. In the paper Town and Kyrillidou propose a value scorecard that can be used alongside the balanced scorecard to draw a more value-oriented picture of library strengths and impact. The award was presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle on Aug. 5, 2014.
  • Zachary Lewis, M.L.I.S. ’14, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Katy Mathuews, M.L.I.S. ’07, Chillicothe, Ohio, are co-authors of an article titled “Collaborative Library Outreach: A Key Retention Strategy at Open Access Institutions," published in Collaborative Librarianship: Vol. 9 : Iss. 1 , Article 5. Available at: http://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol9/iss1/5. Lewis is Access Services Librarian at Shawnee State University’s Clark Memorial Library, and Mathuews is the Head of Collections Assessment and Access at Ohio University’s Alden Library. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Lindsey Ritzert, M.L.I.S. '07, Orlando, Fla., is head of circulation services at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • At the 2015 Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth held in April at Kent State University, SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., and SLIS alumni  Susan Schilling, M.L.I.S. ’07,and Sophia Van Der Schyf, M.L.I.S. ’14, gave a presentation titled “From Children’s Books to Global Citizenship: The Power of Books from Around the World."

  • David Wilder, M.L.I.S. '07, Cleveland, Ohio, was "killed in the crossfire of a weekend shootout" in Cleveland on March 25. Posted April 11, 2017.

2006

  • Christina Beis, M.L.I.S. ‘06, Cincinnati, Ohio, is Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at Union Institute & University. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Julie Fulton, M.L.I.S. ‘06, Columbus, Ohio, is Library Director at The Columbus Dispatch. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Emily Glenn, M.L.I.S. '06, Columbus, Ohio, of the Association of College & University Housing Officers, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015
  • Beth Hatch, M.L.I.S. ’06, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, became director of Perry Public Library in January 2017. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Katy (Watts) Klettlinger, M.L.I.S. ’06, Crestline, Ohio, has joined the State Library of Ohio as library consultant within the Library Programs and Development Department. She will help libraries with space planning, digitization, and strategic planning. Klettlinger has more than 10 years of experience in the library profession, most recently in Licking County government where she was the records manager and archivist for almost six years. Prior to that, she worked at the Ohio History Connection (Ohio Historical Society at that time) as a local government records archivist and at the Peninsula Library and Historical Society as an assistant curator.
  • Ray Lyons, M.L.I.S. '06, Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on May 15, 2017. He was well known in the library community for his articles on library statistics, which appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Library & Information Science Research, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, Public Libraries, and Library Statistics for the 21st Century World (IFLA Pub 138).
  • Heather McEwen, M.L.I.S. '06, Rootstown, Ohio, is now reference librarian at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) and an assistant professor of pharmacy practice. McEwen served as course director for the Evidence Based Medicine I course in Fall 2011, with a physician and a pharmacist as assistant course directors. This interprofessional course is taken by first-year medical and pharmacy students. She will also serve as the assistant course director for the EBM II course and has been busy creating library subject guides and presenting posters related to her EBM activities. Copies of her posters can be found here: http://libraryguides.neomed.edu/profile.php?uid=38405. McEwen's brother, William McEwen, a 2005 SLIS graduate, volunteered with the course.
  • Patricia Rush, M.L.I.S. ‘06, South Amherst, Ohio, is Preparations Administrative Assistant in Cataloging/Metadata Services at Oberlin College. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Tena Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’06, North Canton, Ohio, has been named executive director of the Stark County Library System.

2005

  • Kristin Anderson, M.L.I.S. '05, Columbus, Ohio, of Columbus Metropolitan Library, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Shannon Bohle, M.L.I.S. '05, Lima, Ohio, CDS (Cantab), FRAS, AHIP, recently received the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credential awarded by the Medical Library Association at the Senior level of achievement. Admission to AHIP is a challenging, peer-reviewed process that involves demonstrating excellence in academic preparation, professional experience and professional accomplishments (including teaching, publishing, membership and leadership in professional societies, continuing education and participation in scholarly conferences). The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement. Academy members must renew their credentials every five years, documenting achievements in continuing education, professional job experience, and leadership in the profession. Shannon is active in writing and publishing. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Library & Archival Security, published by Routledge as well as maintains a blog "" in association with Nature.com and the German version of Scientific American. Nature.com and the German version of Scientific American (under the umbrella of the Nature Publishing Group) officially launched a blog by Shannon Bohle, M.L.I.S. '05, on their SciLogs website on May 10, 2013. The blog is titled "Scientific and Medical Libraries." http://www.scilogs.com/scientific_and_medical_libraries/
  • Christopher Busta-Peck, M.L.I.S. ’05, Cleveland, Ohio, is the curator for the “Early Visions of Ohio 1765-1865” exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster. The exhibit includes maps, pictures, paintings and objects, such as a decorated snuff box depicting the Battle of Lake Erie and a woven coverlet featuring pictures of the Centerville mill. Busta-Peck has also compiled a database of Ohio art through 1865 on Flickr. Busta-Peck works as a librarian in the Cleveland Public Library system. Posted Oct. 15, 2015.
  • Joseph M. Dudley, M.L.I.S. '05, of Cleveland, Ohio, presented his paper titled “Maintenance and Development of the Library Web Portal at Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland Downtown Campus” in April at the 2013 Teaching, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference; the paper was published in the conference proceedings.
  • James Hill, M.L.I.S. '05, Athens, Ohio, is director of the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library System. Posted April 11, 2017.
  • Anthony “Tony” Howard, M.L.I.S. ’05, Columbus, Ohio, is the Director of the Pickerington Public Library. Posted Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Heidi L. Landskroener, M.L.I.S. '05, Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to Children's Librarian at the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

  • Tamara Murray, M.L.I.S. '05, Westerville, Ohio, of the Westerville Public Library, was selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015, a component of Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA. The latter is a multi-state program to help librarians understand and respond to the needs of their respective communities. Each of three teams has five members from the participating states along with a mentor to assist the team over a nine-month period. SLIS, the State Library of Ohio and IMLS sponsor the program. Posted June 29, 2015. 

2004

  • Matthew Allison, M.L.I.S. ’04, Rego Park, N.Y., was pictured in American Libraries Magazine (published by the American Library Association) in a story about damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. In the central picture of this article, Allison stands in front of the Book Bus at the Rockaway Peninsula in New York. Allison has been working at Queens Borough Public Library in New York City for the past 10+ years. The worst library damage occurred on the Rockaway Peninsula, just across Jamaica Bay from the JFK International Airport. Five branches of Queens Library had serious flood damage.
  • Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, Akron, Ohio, was interviewed for and contributed to a case study for “Serials Solutions, web-scale discovery leads to new efficiencies.” The case study is available at http://www.serialssolutions.com/assets/resources/Case_Study_Case_Western.... SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2013 Indiana Online Users Group event, “The Many Faces of Technology,” held May 3, 2013 (http://www.iolug.org/conferences/2013spring/2013spring.html). His speech was titled “A New Service Model through Technology." Gray contributed a chapter titled “Using Google Voice and Chat for Reference at the Kelvin Smith Library” in Designing and implementing virtual reference services: A LITA guide, ed. B.C. Thomsett-Scott (Chicago: American Library Association, 2013). Available at http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4252. He was an invited webinar speaker for Serials Solutions: Relationship building leads to research success on Feb. 28, 2013. The recording is available at http://bit.ly/ZFwf8r. Gray was also an invited panelist at ALA Midwinter 2013, on the Summon Customer Panel titled “Web-scale discovery leads to new efficiencies.”
  • Carolyn Hank, M.L.S. '04, has been appointed assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. She joins the UT faculty from McGill University where she was assistant professor and acting coordinator for the archival studies program. As a member of the Digital Curation Professional Institute faculty, she also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hank was awarded her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was titled Scholars & their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, & Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation. Hank received the Academic Achievement Award for the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu (UNC) in May of 2012 and the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award (UNC) in May of 2011. In June of 2010 she was awarded the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu. She began teaching at UT in the spring 2013 semester and will continue her research focus in digital curation and archival studies at UT. 
  • Jennifer Hess, M.L.I.S. '04, Columbus, Ohio, is director of the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • The Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) of the Academic Library Association of Ohio has named SLIS alumna Sara Klink, M.L.I.S, ’04, North Canton, Ohio, the 2016 DLIG Visionary Award Winner.  She has worked as a librarian for 10 years in both public and academic libraries, and is currently the Assistant Director of Library Services at Stark State College, a nontraditional academic library. Sara developed and implemented an innovative instructional program on her campus that incorporates in-person and online components to provide outstanding embedded library services. Posted Feb. 10, 2016. 

  • Heidi L. Landskroener, M.L.I.S., '05 Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to Children's Librarian at the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.
  • Marjory Mogg, M.L.I.S. '04, South Euclid, Ohio, was listed in a Plain Dealer article on "The literary year in Cleveland: 10 newsworthy events," on Jan. 1, 2012, for her success in bringing the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to Cleveland in 2012 (Oct. 4-7). According to the Plain Dealer, "Marjory Mogg, intrepid Euclid librarian and mystery lover, scored a coup by luring the next Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to downtown Cleveland, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 4-7. Big names — such as John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth George and Robin Cook — will headline the four-day extravaganza, which Mogg said took her four years of campaigning to bring here. Participants can register at bouchercon2012.com." Mogg is currently Readers Advisory Librarian at Euclid Public Library.
  • Debra Orr, M.L.I.S. '04, Athens, Ohio, the Health Sciences / LRC Librarian at Ohio University, recently received the Outstanding Employee of the Year award from the Department of Academic Affairs, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Rhonda (Fulton) Pai, M.L.I.S. '04, Cleveland, Ohio, is mobile services and outreach manager at Cleveland Public Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.
  • Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S. ’04, Columbus, Ohio, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Information Services, Law Library Director, and Senior Lecturer at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She returns to Ohio after working at law school libraries at Georgetown and University of North Carolina. Sara Sampson has been appointed as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science. She will be teaching the Law Libraries and Legal Information course. Sara is also the Deputy Director of the Law Library and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sampson also has co-authored an article, “The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses,” with Leslie Street, for AALL Spectrum. It provides an overview of MOOCs and describes how law libraries can support and use MOOCs. The article is available at http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives/Vol-18/N...
  • Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S. ‘04, Columbus, Ohio, co-authored Ohio Legal Research, which was published by the Carolina Academic Press. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Mat Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’04, of Montgomery, Texas, is branch manager at C.B. Stewart West Branch Library of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

2003

  • Cecilia Swanson, M.L.S. ’92, Mantua, Ohio, and Kacie Armstrong, M.L.I.S. ’03, North Olmsted, are interviewed in this feature on Ohio libraries:

    http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/pastor-protection-act-proposal-library-funding-future-statehouse-updatePosted April 11, 2017.

  • Yvette Hunt, M.L.I.S. ’03, Cleveland, Ohio, premiered a sample of her personal prose writing at the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library System.
  • Thomas Hyland, M.L.I.S, ’03, Rocky River, Ohio, participated with other community college librarians in a panel, “Sustaining Success: Creating Community College Assessment Methods,” at the ACRL 2015 Conference in March in Portland, Ore. Posted Feb. 10, 2016.

  • Eboni (Francis) Johnson, M.L.I.S. ’03, Oberlin, Ohio, is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Oberlin College. Posted Nov. 8, 2016.

  • Christopher J. Korenowsky, M.L.I.S. ’03, Columbus, Ohio, has been named director of the Worcester (Mass.) Public Library. His previous experience includes serving as executive director of the New Haven Free Public Library, director of professional development for the Ohio Library Council and service manager of the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Library.
  • Ed Rossman, M.L.I.S. ’03, Cleveland, Ohio, is the Director of Adult Services at the Shaker Public Library. Posted Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Ed Rossman, M.L.I.S. '03, Cleveland, Ohio, is author of a new book from ALA Publishing, 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits. Rossman is adult services librarian at Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • Adrienne Strock, M.L.I.S. '03, Chicago, Ill., is manager of YOUmedia at Chicago Public Library. YOUmedia Chicago is a 21st century learning space for teens that follows the connected learning model. At the Chicago Public Library, it serves grades 9-12 at the Harold Washington Library Center and grades 6-8 at four branches.
  • Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, M.L.I.S. '03, was named director of the Lorain Public Library system. Posted Sept. 22, 2016.

2002

  • Jessica Hudson, M.L.I.S. ’02, of Canton, Ohio, has been named director of development, oncology, for the Summa Foundation in Akron, Ohio. Previously she worked in Corporate and Foundation Relations at Kent State University.
  • Karen Jensen, M.L.I.S. '02, Grand Prairie, Texas,"Teen Librarian's Toolbox," has been picked up by School Library Journal to become part of its blog network.
  • Janna Korzenko, M.L.I.S. ‘02, Stow, Ohio, has been promoted to Academic Program Director at Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Robyn E. Vittek, M.L.I.S. ’02, became director of Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 1, 2015. She had previously been director of the St. Clairsville Public Library, St. Clairsville, Ohio. In addition to the M.L.I.S. from Kent State, she holds a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in education from Franciscan University. Posted Dec. 3, 2015. 
  • Robyn E. Vittek, M.L.I.S. ’02, Hartville, Ohio, is director of St. Clairsville Public Library. Vittek has spent the last 12 years at Akron-Summit County Public Library, most recently as Assistant Youth Services Coordinator. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University, an M.S.Ed. from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. She was a 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leader, part of the 2012 Class of Library Leadership Ohio, and the 2013 Ohio Library Council (OLC) Convention and Expo Chair. She currently serves as Assistant Chair of the OLC Library Education Committee and on the State Library of Ohio's Take 5! Team.

2001

  • Adam Brooks, M.L.S. '01, Lutz, Fla., is Director of Libraries & Community Services at Hernando County Public Library. Brooks was selected as the Florida Library Association's 2013 Library of the Year.
  • Kris Hickey, M.L.I.S. ’01, Dublin, Ohio, is youth services manager at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

2000

  • Jill McConnell, M.L.I.S. ’00, Allison Park, Pa., is the newly appointed executive director at Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel where she will oversee the library collection of 80,000 books, CDs and reference materials, balance budgets, supervise staff and promote programming.
  • Christine Morris, M.L.I.S. ’00, Columbus, Ohio, is Director of Member Services at OhioNET. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Christine Morris, M.L.I.S. ’00, Columbus, Ohio, is the Director of Member Services for OhioNET. Posted Nov. 8, 2016.

1999

  • Cheryl Kuonen, M.L.S. ’99, Chesterland, Ohio, became director of the Mentor Public Library in February 2017. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.S. '99, Ph.D., was named the 2017 Library and Information Science (LIS) Alumnus of the Year by Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (iSchool). The award is given to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.S. '99,  Ph.D., has published an article titled “Open Pathways to Student Success: Academic Library Partnerships for Open Educational Resource and Affordable Course Content Creation and Adoption” in The Journal of Academic Librarianship. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.003 Posted Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.S. ’99, Ph.D., has been named an ARL "Fellow" by the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, a highly competitive appointment. Salem is one of 28 people selected to serve in the 2016-2017 academic year. The ARL Leadership Fellows program is an executive level leadership program designed to inspire and develop future leaders of ARL member institutions. Salem is currently associate dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University. Posted Dec. 3, 2015.
  • Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.I.S. ’99, Ph.D., State College, Pa., is coauthor (with Anita Walz and Kristi Jensen) of a SPEC kit, titled “Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources,” published by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in July 2016. Salem is associate dean of libraries at Penn State University.  Posted Sept. 22, 2016.

1998

  • William C. Barrow, M.L.S. ’98, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has received the Library and Information Science (LIS) Alumnus of the Year award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). The award is presented to a library and information science graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession. Posted April 25, 2016. 

  • Bill Barrow, M.L.S. '98, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2012 Herrick Memorial Award from the Early Settlers’ Association of the Western Reserve for his work as the Cleveland Memory Project’s co-founder, team leader and public spokesperson.

  • Tracie Kreighbaum, M.L.S. '98, of Tualatin, Oregon, is a Ph.D. student at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management, and is teaching for ESU- Portland as a S.L.I.M. cohort.

  • Nieca Nowels, M.L.S. ’98, Marysville, Ohio, has accepted a position as director of the Marysville Public Library. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

  • Laura M. Ponikvar, M.L.S.  ‘98, Cleveland, Ohio, became Library Director at Cleveland Institute of Art in August 2016. She had previously served as the Instructional Services and Image Librarian. Posted March 14, 2017.

1997

  • Sandy Irwin, M.L.S. ‘97, Durango, Colo., is the director of the Durango Public Library. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • Virginia Sharp March, M.L.S. ’97, Perry, Ohio, has accepted a director position at the public multi-library system in Onslow County, N.C. She had previously been director of the Perry Public Library, Perry, Ohio, for 10 years. Posted March 9, 2017.

1996

  • Gary Gorka, M.L.S. ’96, San Rafael, Calif., has been serving as executive director of the Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California, since 2007, and recently assumed the position of University Librarian, serving on Dean's Council and reporting to the provost. The library has a total staff of 13 with six faculty librarians involved primarily in information literacy instruction, research assistance, faculty liaison work and electronic resource development. It has recently completed a technology merger with the public libraries in Marin County, California, to create a fully shared academic-public catalog and borrowing consortium. He says he has always enjoyed academic librarianship, teaching and technology and is having a good time helping create a high-tech, high-touch library for the students. Next year the library building celebrates its 50th anniversary and will be embarking on a fundraising campaign to modernize the facility.
  • Kevin Smith, M.L.S. '96, Lawrence, Kans., dean of University of Kansas Libraries, is featured in this article titled "KU Libraries offering buttons for employees, visitors to display preferred gender pronouns." The “You Belong Here” campaign aims to increase the visibility of KU Libraries’ commitment to diversity and inclusion, “a universal value of libraries.” http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/dec/27/ku-libraries-offer-buttons-empl...Posted March 9, 2017. 

  • Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S. '96, Raleigh, N.C., will join the University of Kansas in May as dean for KU Libraries. In this role, Smith will oversee the largest library system in Kansas. He previously served as the director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University. Posted Feb. 10, 2016. 

  • Ann Watson, M.L.S. ‘96, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has accepted a position as the new Associate State Librarian for Library Services at the State Library of Ohio where she will lead and manage the Library Services Division.

1995

  • Catherine Cardwell, M.L.S. '95, has been named dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
  • Catherine Cardwell, M.L.S. '95, has been named Ohio Wesleyan University's new Director of Libraries.

  • Cindy Kristof, M.L.S ’95, Kent, Ohio, Kent State University Libraries, authored “Data and Copyright” in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 42(6); 2016, 20-22. Posted April 11, 2017.

  • Cindy Kristof, M.L.S. ’95, Munroe Falls, Ohio, and Karen Ronga, M.L.I.S. ‘14, Niles, Ohio, and current SLIS student Jennifer Rice authored “Across the Stream: Collaboration in the Management of Streaming Video at Kent State University” in Journal of Digital Media Management, 4(4); 2016, 304-310. All are employed by Kent State University Libraries. Posted April 11, 2017.

  • Michelle Foss Leonard, M.L.S. '95, Youngstown, Ohio, is the principal investigator for a $298,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create an online, self-directed, interactive game that creates a role-adopting environment in which Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduate students will learn to recognize and avoid plagiarism, falsification of data, and fabrication of data. The online game will be made freely available in November 2012. Read more about this project.

  • Michelle Foss Leonard, M.L.S. ‘95, Gainesville, Ohio, co-authored a new book, Implementing and Assessing Use Driven Acquisitions. Posted May 2, 2016.

1994

  • Michael Blackwell, M.L.S. ‘94, has been named library director of the St. Mary’s County Library in Leonardtown, Md. Posted Oct. 13, 2015.
  • Ken Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, Kent, Ohio, has been named the 2015-16 Provost’s Fellow by the Kent State University Office of the Provost. The Provost's fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration the chance to develop knowledge, skills, and experience as an administrator; to increase the understanding of the faculty about practices and procedures in academic administration; to extend and strengthen the administrative resources of the university; to assist in the development and implementation of projects in key areas; and to provide ongoing faculty involvement and input into the activities of the Provost's Office. Burhanna joined Kent State University in 2004 as a First Year Experience Librarian and assistant professor in University Libraries. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010. He has served as Head of Instructional Services and most recently as Assistant Dean for Engagement and Outreach in University Libraries. He also has served on a number of important university committees, including the Joint Appeals Board, the President's Committee on Inclusion, the Kent Core Implementation Task Force and multiple search committees. He has been recognized for his leadership and scholarship at the national level, most recently receiving the 2014 Librarian Recognition Award from the American Library Association for his work with information literacy instruction and outreach. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, Kent, Ohio, received the first Librarian Recognition Award from the American Library Association Library Instruction Round Table at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The award is given to acknowledge a librarian's contribution to the development, advancement and support of information literacy and instruction. Burhanna currently serves as assistant dean for University Libraries at Kent State University.
  • Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, Kent, Ohio, assistant dean of University Libraries, was featured in in an OH-TECH Ohio Technology Consortium blog post titled “Kent State Librarian Engages Students With Creativity, Training Programs,” concerning the addition of beanbag chairs, microwaves, walkstation and companion bikestation to the main university library.

  • Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. '94, Kent, Ohio, has been named an ARL "Fellow" by the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, a highly competitive appointment. Burhanna is one of 28 people selected to serve in the 2016-2017 academic year. The ARL Leadership Fellows program is an executive level leadership program designed to inspire and develop future leaders of ARL member institutions. Burhanna is currently assistant dean of Outreach and Engagement at Kent State University Libraries and also was named the 2015-16 Provost Fellow. Posted Dec. 3, 2015. 

  • Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.I.S. '94, Kent, Ohio, is one of 17 top managers of academic research libraries to be appointed a 2016 UCLA Senior Fellow, following an international competition. Burhanna will attend a three week program conducted by UCLA from July 24 through Aug. 16. He is currently a Provost Fellow and Assistant Dean for Engagement and Outreach at Kent State University Libraries.

1993

  • Amy L. Switzer, M.L.S. '93, Shaker Heights, Ohio, is director of the Shaker Library. Posted March 9, 2017.
  • Maja Žumer, M.L.S. ’93, Ljubljana, Slovenia, is coauthor of “User Testing of Prototype Systems in Two Different Environments: Preliminary Results,” published in A. Morishima et al. (Eds.),  Digital Libraries: Knowledge, Information, and Data in an Open Access Society, 18th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2016, Tsukuba, Japan, December 7-9, 2016 Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. Publication appears in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10075. Chapter DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-49304-6_14 (Coauthors: Tanja Merčun and SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D.). Posted March 9, 2017. 
  • Maja Žumer, M.L.S. ’93, Ljubljana, Slovenia, is coauthor of a poster titled “User Testing of Prototype Systems in Two Different Environments: Preliminary Results,” which was presented by coauthor SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., at the 18thInternational Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2016, Tsukuba, Japan, December 7-9, 2016. (Coauthors: Tanja Merčun, Athena Salaba, Maja Žumer). Posted March 9, 2017.

  • Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93, presented a research paper titled "Using a Semantic Analysis Tool to Generate Subject Access Points: A Study Using Panofsky’s Theory and Two Research Samples” at the 2014 International ISKO Conference, held May 19-22, 2014, in Krakow, Poland. The paper was co-authored with SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D.
  • Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93, is co-author, with Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., of an article titled “Using Semantic Analysis Tool to Generate Subject Access Points -- A Study Using Panofsky’s Theory  and Two Research Samples” in published in Knowledge Organization, 41(5): 440-451.
  • Maja Zumer, M.L.S. '93, and Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph. D., gave an invited presentation titled “Application of FRBR and FRSAD to Classification Systems” at the 5th International UDC Seminar: Classification & Authority Control: Expanding Resource Discovery in Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct. 29 and 30, 2015. 

1992

  • Lisa Pillow, M.L.S. ‘92, Minneapolis, Minn., is the collections strategy and development librarian at Carleton College. Posted May 2, 2016.

  • Cecilia Swanson, M.L.S. ’92, Mantua, Ohio, and Kacie Armstrong, M.L.I.S. ’03, North Olmsted, are interviewed in this feature on Ohio libraries:

    http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/pastor-protection-act-proposal-library-funding-future-statehouse-updatePosted April 11, 2017.

  • Rollie James Welch, M.L.S. ’92, Willoughby, Ohio, has received the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Allie Beth Martin Award,sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes a public librarian for demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Welch will be honored as part of the PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. He recently retired from his position as collection manager for Cleveland Public Library and on March 6 will become the principal librarian/adult collection development manager for Lee County Library System, Lehigh Acres, Fla.
  • Bob Williams, M.L.S. ’92, Huron, Ohio, is a retired school library media specialist. Since 2010, he has served on the Huron Public Library Board of Trustees. He also has been very active on the SLIS Alumni Council. Posted April 11, 2017.

1991

  • Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S.  ‘91, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is a Consultant at Libraries Thrive Consulting. Her third book, Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work was recently released by ALA Editions. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • A new book by SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, Build a Great Team: One Year to Success, has just been published by ALA Editions (2013). She also recently published a chapter titled “Grant Applications” in Library Management 101: A Practical Guide, ed. Diane L. Velasquez, (ALA Editions, 2013). Her previous publications include Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA Editions, 2011); “Reaching Little Heights,” book chapter in Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success, ed. Betsy Diamant-Cohen (ALA Editions, 2010); and “Burgers, Baby Showers and Hot Nosh! Success Stories of Community/Library Connections,” book chapter in Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions, ed. Karen Ellis (IGI Global, 2011).
  • Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has been named editor of “By the Book,” a professional book reviews’ column published in Public Libraries. (Anyone interested in reviewing new library science books can contact Cathy at chakalaausperk@gmail.com.) She is executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System.

  • Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has published her third book through ALA Editions, titled Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work. http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=11845Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

  • C. Allen Nichols, M.L.S. '91, Fairlawn, Ohio, has been named executive director of the Akron Bar Association, after serving as chief executive officer of the Wadsworth Public Library since March 1997. He is a member of the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council. He also serves on the board of directors of Downtown Wadsworth, Goodwill Industries of Akron, The University of Akron College of Business Administration Alumni Board and the Business Advisory Council of Wadsworth City Schools.

1990

  • Martha Kyrillidou, M.L.S. ’90, Silver Spring, Md., is Principal, Quality Metrics LLC, a library consulting company she established in 2016. She consults in management, evaluation, assessment and R&D activities. She helps libraries respond to customer needs through the development of user-focused services, and this past year engaged with many state library agencies doing LSTA Grant to States Program Evaluations.  This past year she also worked with SLIS and organized an IFLA preconference on Strategic Assessment and Communication; the videos are linked from her blog post at http://marthakyrillidou.com. (Kyrillidou was SLIS Alumna of the Year in 2007.) Posted May 5, 2017.

  • Krista Taracuk, M.L.S. '90, the 2012 Ohio Educational Library Media Association Past President, has been appointed to the State Library of Ohio Board.

1988

  • Andrea Muto, M.L.S. ’88, delivered a talk titled “In Afghanistan, An Ordinary Library Does Extraordinary Things” at the Oct. 21, 2016, TEXx Talk at Cleveland State University. Posted November 3, 2016
  • Kemberly (Meiners) Lang, M.L.S. ’88, of London, Ohio, was recently selected as Curator of Corporate Heritage at OCLC located in Dublin, Ohio. In this position, Kemberly manages the OCLC Archive collections in both their physical and digital formats. Currently, the digital archive is maintained using CONTENTdm with non-restrictive items searchable via the OCLC WorldCat database. 

1986

  • Carolyn (Carrie) Burrier, M.L.S. '86. was named the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Friend of the Year. The award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the profession and the school. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Carolyn Burrier, M.L.S. ‘86, North Canton, Ohio, is Youth Services Coordinator at Akron-Summit County Public Library. Posted March 14, 2017.
  • Margaret Maurer, M.L.S. ’86, has retired after serving as an associate professor, head, metadata and catalog for University Libraries for 15 years. She also taught the Technical Services class as a SLIS adjunct instructor. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

1982

  • William Coup, M.L.S. ’82, has retired after almost 20 years as a reference librarian at the Boynton Beach City Library in Boynton Beach, Fla. He has since moved to Hopkins, S.C., and volunteers at the Columbia Family Search Center helping people research their genealogy.

  • Rebecca Sims, M.L.S. ‘82, Papillion, Neb., has joined Sump Memorial Library as its new director. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

1980

  • Krista Taracuk, M.L.S. '80, is OELMA's immediate past president, and three other alumnae served on the board in 2012: Jennifer Flaherty, M.L.I.S. '07 (Northeast Region), Debbie Reynolds, M.L.I.S. '04 (Northwest Region) and Linda Locker, M.L.S. '93 (South Region).

1979

  • Patricia Keats, M.L.I.S ’79, was instrumental in bringing the “Singing the Golden State” exhibit to life at The Society of California Pioneers. Keats, originally from Park Ridge, Ill., received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in medieval and renaissance history and went on to the University of Chicago to complete her master’s degree in medieval art history. Currently she holds the position of Director of Library and Archives for The Society of California Pioneers, a museum and library located in downtown San Francisco. 

1978

  • Pamela Cass, M.L.S. '78, has retired from the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after 28 years. Cass was the recipient of the Correctional Education Association Support Person of the Year 2006.

  • Celia Huffman, M.L.S. ’78, has been recognized as a Hall of Fame Librarian by the Ohio Library Council (OLC) for her work as the Children’s Services Manager at Cuyahoga County Public Library for most of her 30-year career. According to the OLC press release, “Hall of Fame Librarians have demonstrated sustained leadership, active participation in library organizations, a commitment to the library profession, and contributions to their communities. … Huffman’s contributions to youth services in Ohio public libraries are immeasurable. She developed and implemented many top-notch programs, such as summer programming designed to stem the "summer slide," Homework Centers, winner of the 2004 OLC Library Innovation Award, and Touch Labs, which help develop Kindergarten readiness. Huffman also shared her knowledge and experiences by presenting at regional, state, and national library conferences.”

1972

  • Susan C. Masirovits, M.L.S. '72, of Jefferson, Ohio, passed away on April 25, 2016. Posted Sept. 8, 2016.

1971

  • Kathlyn (Kathy) Brown, M.L.S. '71, passed away on Oct. 2, 2016. Posted March 9, 2017.

1968

  • William Barrow, M.L.S.  ‘68, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is Head of Special Collections at Cleveland State University Libary. He was named SLIS Alumnus of the Year in 2016. Posted March 14, 2017.

1951

  • Mary Weick, M.L.S. '51, has retired from her position as a school librarian in Keauhou, Hawaii.

User Experience Design

  • An article by Alesha Arp, M.S. ’14, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Scott Ryan-Hart, M.S. ’15, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Perception and Regionalism Influence User Satisfaction” was published in the online magazine UXMatters. The article is based on Arp and Ryan-Hart’s final project for their UX master’s program. Read more about the project. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Tasha Markovich, M.S. '15, of North Royalton, Ohio, has received the Thomas J. Froehlich Award, given to a graduate who demonstrates academic excellence and promise for leadership in the field of information architecture and knowledge management. Posted May 2, 2017.
  • Felesia McDonald, M.S. ‘14 (user experience design), Solon, Ohio, is now a full time user experience designer at OEconnection. Posted May 2, 2016.
  • Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S.’13 (user experience design), Columbus, Ohio, was a featured speaker at the 2015 American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco, Calif., in June. Mixter presented as part of the OCLC Symposium “Millennials in Transition.” He is a software engineer at OCLC, teaches as a part-time instructor for SLIS and is a CCI doctoral student. In 2014 Mixter received the Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from SLIS. Posted June 29, 2015.
  • Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S.’13 (user experience design), Columbus, Ohio, is coauthor (with Carol Jean Godby and Shenghui Wang) of Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. The book describes OCLC's efforts to help increase the visibility of library collections on the web through the creation of library linked data — moving from a Web of documents to a web of data. The book focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. Modeling data in a form that the broader web understands will position libraries for success. Mixter is a software engineer at OCLC, teaches as a part-time instructor for SLIS and is a CCI doctoral student. In 2014 he received the  Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from SLIS. Posted June 29, 2015.