September 2015 SLIS Alumni Updates

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.

SLIS alumnus 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. 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 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. 

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.

Jenessa McElfresh, M.L.I.S. ’15, Sacramento, Calif., is a medical librarian for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento.

SLIS alumna Elizabeth Meinke, M.L.I.S. '14, 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.

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.

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.

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.

SLIS alumnus Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. '08, was named one of Library Journal's 2015 Movers and Shakers.

Shannon Schilling, M.L.I.S. ’15, Windsor, Conn., is the teen/reference librarian at the Windsor Public Library in Windsor, Conn.

POSTED: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 3:22pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 5:40pm