Alumni Updates 2012-2013

April 2013

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, 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).

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).

Laura Barry, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Alexandria, Va., had a paper presentation accepted to the Inclusive Museum Conference which will be held in Denmark in April 2013.

Joseph M. Dudley, M.L.I.S. '05, of Cleveland, is presenting 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 will be published in the conference proceedings.

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.

Alumni Matt Fredmonsky, magazine journalism, ‘06, and editor of Kent and Ann Guariniello, Rhetoric and Communication, ’91, and IS/IT technical coordinator at ComDoc, served as judges for the School of Communication Studies' annual Hyde Park Forum Persuasive Speaking Contest.

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., has several publications forthcoming, including “Exploring Methods to Improve Access to Music by Connecting Library Data to Linked Data: A Report of Methodologies and Preliminary Findings,” with SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and alumnus Laurence T. Skirvin, M.L.I.S. ’11, JASIST (in press, 2013).

March 2013

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.

Nicole Hollon, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Austin, Texas, was hired full-time in October 2012 as a records management specialist for the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, music reference librarian, Popular Library Department, Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in Library Journal this month 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 has been running since November 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.

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.

February 2013

Brittany Schenk, photographer and Kent State photojournalism alumna, debuts her first international documentary exhibit People of the River: Images of Life in the Peruvian Amazon featuring photos from her work on behalf of The Agora School for Global Leadership from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at the Agape Gallery for Good, 807 Literary Ave., in Cleveland. The images capture the people she encountered on the banks of the Amazon and the unique role the river plays in sustaining their lives and shaping their culture. Viewers are invited to encounter the pulse of daily life along this South American wonder and discover possible shared commonalities with the people who make their homes along its pathway.

Cece Bell, alumna of the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) earned the Geisel Honor Award for her early childhood chapter book Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards event.

January 2013

JMC alumnus Kyle Michael Miller, news ’09, a video producer/reporter for, provided straightforward advice to Today Show viewers in early January during a segment he also wrote and produced on how to protect personal location information when tweeting from smart phones. Miller, a former TV2 general manager, discussed the security risks of embedded GPS functions in smart phones and demonstrated how to turn off “location services” settings for applications like Twitter.

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.

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. She is executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System.

Carolyn Hank, M.L.I.S. ’04, Ph.D., of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been appointed as assistant professor in 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 and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation. She 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 will begin teaching courses in the spring 2013 semester and will continue her research focus in digital curation and archival studies at UT.

Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was featured in an interview in the December issue of Library Journal.

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.

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.

Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S. ’04, 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.

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. Jo 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.

December 2012

Two SLIS alumnae have been selected to serve as 2013 board members of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OEMLA): Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. '09 (East Region) and Victoria Karakasis, M.L.I.S. '00 (Northeast Region). 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).

SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Sharon (Edwards) Holderman, M.L.I.S '07, was recently hired as the public services coordinator at Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library, Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.

JMC alumnus and 2013 Fast Track Award winner Haraz Ghanbari, ‘04, was quoted in an Associated Press article about universities expanding support services for returning vets. Haraz, a veteran and Navy Reservist, is the Military and Media Liaison for the University of Toledo and runs a one-stop support center for more than 600 UT students who are returning vets.

November 2012

Aimee Crane, alumna of the Master of Fine Arts program in the School of Visual Communication Design and current internship coordinator for the School, recently served as an intern at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

SLIS alumnus Matthew Allison, M.L.I.S. ’04, was pictured in American Libraries Magazine (published by the American Library Association) in a story about damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) alumna Michelle Foss Leonard, ’95, came up with an idea to create a free online, interactive game that will help Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) graduate students recognize and avoid plagiarism and fabrication of data.

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and alumna Shelly Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, “A study of emotional labor in librarianship,” has been published in Library & Information Science Research 2012 (vol. 34).

October 2012

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) inducted nine alumni into the Kent State (Rho) chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honorary society, at its Alumni & Friends Honors & Awards Program on Oct. 23 in Columbus. This year’s inductees include: Melissa Higey, Shelly S. Miller, Elizabeth Owens, Kathleen Rak, Laurence Skirvin, Riley Stoermer, Elizabeth Strauss, Maria Vega and Stefanie Walesch. All are 2011 graduates of the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) program.

September 2012

School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) alumnus Bill Barrow 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.

July/August 2012

Mary Ellen Kachinske (Kowalski), '83, B.A. Speech, has been named one of 2012 Most Influential Women in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine.  Kachinske has been the Program Director of WTMX-FM in Chicago since 2000.  Previously she programmed WQAL in Cleveland.  This is the second year that she has made the influential women list.

Darlene Biese Schultz, '79, recently published her first fiction book entitled, Decision or Destiny. The storyline is based on some actual experiences and is a love story about change - turning decisions into destiny. After thirty-four years and many moves throughout four states, Dianna finds the silver ID bracelet that Michael gave her at the Christmas formal in 1959. Later he proposed, but Dianna had other plans which didn't include staying in her small home town. She left after graduation and two years later she fell in love and married a shoe designer. Was their marriage as flawless as it appeared? Will the bracelet link Dianna's past to the future? Author, Biese Schultz teaches a fiction writing class to seniors and writes a column for her local paper. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism/advertising from Kent State University. Decision or Destiny is available in soft cover and for Kindle, on

Marlene Edge, M.L.I.S. '12, is presenting a poster defining "Document" at the 2012 DOCAM (Document Academy) in August. DOCAM12 is hosted by the faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 15-17, 2012.

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.

June 2012

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

Kristen DelGuzzi Alltucker was the national editor for one of the three finalist projects for the Breaking News Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Prize is the top award given in journalism and this year featured many online groups as well as traditional media lining up for their share of the spotlight. DelGuzzi works for the Arizona Republic. The paper was named a finalist for her team's coverage of the Gabbie Giffords shooting in Tucson. Phoenix is two hours from Tucson. The shooting happened on a weekend when some were on furlough, but DelGuzzi sent her husband (Ken Alltucker, a health reporter), got the sitter lined up for the week - and managed to pull enough staffers together to put together some fine coverage. The Breaking News Award went to the Tuscaloosa, Alabama News for its coverage of a deadly tornado through social media, real-time updates and continued in-depth accounts, even though it had to publish 50 miles away when the power went out.