Alumni Updates 2014-2015 | Kent State University

Alumni Updates 2014-2015

May 2015

Eight alumni from the School of Library and Information Science were selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015: Elizabeth Allen, M.L.I.S. '14, Bexley Public Library; Kristin Anderson, M.L.I.S. '05, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Cindy Boyden, M.L.I.S. '13, State Library of Ohio; Jillian Carney, M.L.I.S. '09, Ohio History Connection; Emily Glenn, M.L.I.S. '06, Association of College & University Housing Officers; Shannon Kupfer, M.L.I.S. '07, State Library of Ohio; Tamara Murray, M.L.I.S. '05, Westerville Public Library; and Gabriel Venditti, M.L.I.S. '10, Lorain County Community College-Bass Library.

Barbara Satow, a 2010 Kent State School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) alumna, has the unique distinction of being not only a technical services librarian at the Cleveland Public Library, but also a self-published author. So far she has published three romance novels and plans to publish a fantasy novel in the near future.

Author and illustrator Cece Bell received a Newbery Honor for her most recent publication and first graphic novel, El Deafo, where she shares her experiences with hearing loss at a young age. El Deafo is only the second graphic novel to receive a Newbery Honor.

April 2015

SLIS alumnus 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.

SLIS alumnus Ken Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, 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.

The Library Journal named Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. ‘08, of Columbus, Ohio, a 2015 “Mover and Shaker.” Roksandic is the regional director of library services for the Mount Carmel Health System.

Jieun Kang, M.L.I.S. ‘11, of Columbus, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Creating a Buzz, Keeping it Real: Turning One-Time Library Events into Sustainable Outreach Initiatives through Campus-Wide Collaboration” at the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Portland, Ore.

Lisa Krok, M.L.I.S. ‘14, of South Euclid, Ohio, has been named head of youth services at Hudson Library and Historical Society, Hudson, Ohio.

Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ‘13, M.S. ’13, of Columbus, Ohio, is now a software engineer at OCLC where he will design and build software that demonstrates how Linked Data can be created, ingested and shared with the outside world. He was previously a research support specialist at OCLC.

The 2015 Communication Convention hosted by the Kent Communication Society was a success in bringing alumni to campus to talk about their careers in the communication industry. Participating alumni included Gwen Gill, '14, event planner at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center; Daniel Smith, '12, teaching assistant in Communication Studies; Laura Mazur, '89, nonprofit communicator for All Together Now, Inc.; and Jeff Antoon, '05, police officer for Fairview Park. They each gave students career advice and spoke about how a communication studies degree will prepare them for the workplace.

March 2015

SLIS alumna 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.

SLIS alumna Sammy Davidson, M.L.I.S. ’13, received the best poster proposal award from the Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He accepted the cash prize award of $500 at the November 2014 ASIS&T conference in Seattle, where he presented his poster at the session on “Digital Liaisons: Building Communities and Empowering Culture through Digital Libraries.” Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management in SLIS, with a concentration in knowledge management. He also is a graduate assistant for SLIS Assistant Professor Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor in Knowledge Management.

February 2015

School of Library and Information Science alumna Bridgette Billingslea of Cleveland Hts., was recently promoted to Patient Access Supervisor at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, where she began as a front desk medical receptionist. She now supervises staff members of four outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio, with a fifth clinic in the works.

SLIS Assistant Professor Frank Lambert, Ph.D., Associate Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and doctoral student and alumna Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ‘09, presented a poster titled “Conceptualizing and Implementing Dispositional Assessments for Students At the Kent State University (KSU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS)” at the Works in Progress poster session of the ALISE 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago Jan. 27. Lambert’s trip was partially funded by the University Teaching Council Travel Grant at the maximum amount ($500).

January 2015

SLIS alumnus Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.S. '99, Kent, Ohio, received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in December 2014 and has accepted the position of Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries at Penn State University Libraries, starting March 1, 2015. Salem has been teaching as an adjunct in SLIS for several years and is currently Head, Research & Learning Services, and Interim Head, Access Services, University Libraries, The University of Akron.

SLIS alumna Rebecca Radeff, MLIS '13, Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named selections archivist for CNN in Atlanta.

SLIS alumna Virginia Dressler, M.L.I.S. ’07, University Libraries, presented "Applying Concepts of Lined Data to Local Digital Collections to Enhance Access and Searchability" at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Initiatives in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 10, 2014. Her poster addresses the potential of adding concepts of Linked Data to existing digital collections to further enhance access and discoverability. This will highlight the RDF framework in the open source platform, Fedora 4, which will enable this work.

SLIS alumnus Trevor Watkins, M.L.I.S. '14, is the new science librarian in University Libraries. He was featured in the Jan. 19 e-Inside article “Kent State University Libraries Offers Faculty and Students Resources for Science Research.”

December 2014

CCI doctoral student and SLIS alumnus Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S., M.S. ’13, Columbus, Ohio, was an invited speaker of the NOTSL (Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians) fall 2014 meeting: Going Global in Your Local Catalog. On Nov. 21, 2014, he presented “FAST: Faceted Application of Subject Terminology the Vocabulary and Services.” Mixter is a research support specialist at OCLC Research, Columbus, Ohio.

CCI doctoral student and SLIS alumna Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ’09, North Canton, Ohio, has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Bibliography/Instructional Design Librarian at the University of Akron.

SLIS alumnus Thomas Atwood, M.L.I.S. ’04, Toledo, Ohio, is author of a paper titled “Words Matter: Documents of the Departed," which has been published in Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Document Academy: Vol. 1, Article 2. Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol1/iss1/6/. The paper was presented at the 2014 DOCAM conference at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in August 2014.

CCI doctoral student and SLIS alumna Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ’09, North Canton, Ohio, is author of a paper titled “Documenting the Information-seeking Experience of Remedial Undergraduate Students,” which has been published inProceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Document Academy: Vol. 1, Article 2. Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol1/iss1/4/. The paper was presented at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in August 2014.

SLIS alumna Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, M.L.I.S. '03, Cleveland, Ohio, was selected for the Public Library Association Leadership Academy. Diamond-Ortiz is knowledge manager at Cleveland Public Library. Read the full story here.

November 2014

SLIS Associate Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., and alumna Shadi Shakeri, M.L.I.S., ’13, presented a poster titled “A Model for Data Curation Research in Small Sciences” at the 2014 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference in Seattle, Oct. 31-Nov. 5.

SLIS Assistant Professor Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D., and alumna Alison Dickerhoof, M.L.I.S. ‘14,  Ravenna, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Looking for Query Terms on Search Engine Results Pages,” based on Dickerhoof’s master’s thesis, at the 2014 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference in Seattle, Oct. 31-Nov. 5. Dickerhoof recently was named children’s outreach services librarian at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna, Ohio.

A popular blog by SLIS alumna 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.

SLIS alumna Cherese McKnight, M.L.I.S. ’10, Omaha, Neb., originally of Cleveland, Ohio, won the Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional of the Year Award for her role as a youth librarian with the Omaha Public Library system. She now supervises the children and young adult departments for the Milton R. Abrahams Branch of Omaha, Nebraska, where she has raised program attendance and outreach numbers to new heights. The award is given to a librarian who has made a significant contribution to libraries during the early stages of his or her career. McKnight previously worked as a children’s librarian for the Cuyahoga County Library system at the Maple Heights branch.

SLIS alumna Sasha Griffin, M.L.I.S. ’09, Canal Winchester, Ohio, has accepted the position of university archivist and special collections librarian at Denison University, Granville, Ohio. She previously worked at the Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, as a college archivist, digital archivist and project archivist.

SLIS alumna Virginia Dressler, M.L.I.S. ’07, Newbury, Ohio, presented a poster at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications in Austin, Texas. The poster, titled “Applying Concepts of Linked Data to Local Digital Collections to Enhance Access and Searchability,” deals with Kent State University Libraries switching platforms for its digital collections and the benefits of the switch. Dressler is currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Studies in SLIS and working as the digital projects librarian at Kent State University Libraries.

SLIS alumna Virginia A. Dressler, M.L.I.S. ’07, Newbury, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Re-platforming Digital Collections for Enhanced Access & Search Functionality,” at the 2014 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference in Seattle, Oct. 31-Nov. 5.

SLIS alumna Sammy Davidson, M.L.I.S. '13, Berlin Heights, Ohio, received the best poster proposal award at the 2014 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference in Seattle, Oct. 31-Nov. 5. He presented his poster at the session on “Digital Liaisons: Building Communities and Empowering Culture through Digital Libraries.” Davidson is currently a knowledge management student in the Master of Science in IAKM program.

JMC alumnus Wayne Dawson was highlighted by Cleveland Plain Dealer on Oct. 29 in “Fox 8's Wayne Dawson and his brother Judge William Dawson talk about style and who is the best dressed: Fashion Flash.”

VCD alumna Cece Bell was featured in the Washington Post’s article “‘EL DEAFO’: With her first (and so funny) graphic novel, deaf Va. artist CECE BELL hopes her tale will help others” Sept. 23.

Visual communication design alumnus Jason Goupil is the newest senior strategist researcher at Ologie, a branding, marketing and digital media firm based in Columbus.

Chris Waugaman,'14, joined an elite group of high school journalism educators when he was named the Dow Jones News Fund's 2014 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year at the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

October 2014

JMC alumnus Wayne Dawson was featured in Fox 8’s Sept. 17 story “Wayne Dawson tried ‘The Wayne Dawson’” referring to a sandwich named after him at Twisted Meltz.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna Tracy McCool, '94, will serve as 2014 Kent State Homecoming Parade marshal.

September 2014

Katy (Watts) Klettlinger, M.L.I.S. ’06, 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.

Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, 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.

Bridgette A. Billingslea, M.L.I.S 2012, M.S in HI, 2013, was recently promoted to Patient Access Supervisor at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. In her role, she supervises 10 clinical and administrative staff members at 4 outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio. A 5th 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 of medical supplies and equipment, and leasing clinical space to specialty physicians.

Baker University awarded School of Communication Studies alumnus Joe Watson, Ph.D., one of its prestigious teaching awards for his extraordinary dedication to broadening the horizons of students and exhibiting superior moral judgment and character in the classroom.

TeleProductions welcomed alumnus Josh Tanner back to Kent State University as a producer and director this summer.

August 2014

Fox 8 Cleveland News Co-anchor Wayne D. Dawson, ’79, and JMC’s Coordinator for Career Services John Butte were recognized as broadcast pioneers when they were inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Region.

SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., and (William) Bryan Harris, M.L.I.S. '13, have published an article in the Journal of Religious and Theological Information 13 (1-2). The article is titled "Information needs of church worship leaders."

At the 2014 International ISKO Conference, held May 19-22, 2014, in Krakow, Poland, SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and SLIS Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., 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." The paper was co-authored with SLIS alumna Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93.

SLIS alumna Sarah Lund-Goldstein, M.L.I.S. '09, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Martin Patrick, M.L.I.S. ’14, Oxford, Ohio, is now the Academic Resident Librarian in Technical Services at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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.

Carol Tuttle, M.L.I.S. ’13, Chardon, Ohio, is Head of Adult Services/Assistant Manager at the Chardon branch of the Geauga County Public Library System in Chardon, Ohio.

A poster by August 2014 graduate Alison Dickerhoof titled “Looking for Query Terms on Search Engine Results Pages” was accepted for presentation at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) in November in Seattle.

June 2014

SLIS alumna Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, 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. Hallows is a research librarian for Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio.

SLIS alumna Celia Huffman, M.L.S. ’78, was 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.”