Alumni Updates & Student News

2016 Honors & Achievements

Below is just a sampling of updates and achievements submitted to the School in 2016.

Alumni Updates

Craig Boman, M.L.I.S. ‘11, Dayton, Ohio; Jacqueline Mayse, M.L.I.S. ‘13, Lakewood, Ohio; and JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ‘12, Stow, Ohio, were selected to be 2016 ALA Emerging Leaders, among 50 selected to gain an inside look into ALA structure and network with peers.

Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.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 is currently assistant dean of Outreach and Engagement at Kent State University Libraries and also was named the 2015-16 Provost Fellow. 

Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. '94, and Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.S. ’99, Ph.D., were named ARL "Fellows" by the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, among 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.

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, M.L.I.S. '03, Lorain, Ohio, was named director of the Lorain Public 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.

Jennifer Hess, M.L.I.S. '04, was named director of the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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.

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.

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.

Felesia McDonald, M.S. ‘14 (user experience design), Solon, Ohio, is a full-time user experience designer at OEconnection. 

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.

Virginia Sharp March, M.L.S. ’97, Perry, Ohio, 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. 

Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S. ‘ 96, Raleigh, N.C., joined the University of Kansas as dean for KU Libraries. In this role, Smith oversees the largest library system in Kansas. He previously served as the director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University.

Amy L. Switzer, M.L.S. '93, Shaker Heights, Ohio, was named director of the Shaker Library.

Trevor Watkins, M.L.I.S. ’14, 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.

Student News

Enrique Caboverde III received a travel award from the Association of Research Libraries and the Library Assessment Conference to attend and present at the 2016 conference in Arlington, Va., Oct.31–Nov. 2. 

Annamarie Carlson was hired as a full-time youth librarian at Westerville Public Library, where she completed a summer 2016 internship.

Stephanie Dawson Everett and Denisse Solis were selected as the Association of Research Libraries (AR)) diversity scholars to participate in the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW).

Madeleine Fix has received a 2016 student scholarship award from the Society of American Archivists (SOA).

Don Pearson received an Honorable Mention award for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)'s Continuing Education Grant. The grant covered much of the cost for Pearson to attend the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Toronto on May 13-18. At that conference, he presented a paper (along with his director, SLIS alumnus Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. ’08), on the topic of federated searching. Pearson, graduated from SLIS in August 2016, is currently employed as a library technology specialist at Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library in Columbus, Ohio.

Sondra Presley accepted a position as the children's librarian at the Delhi Township Branch Library (Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County) in November 2016. She received her M.L.I.S. degree in December 2016.

Phil Willke joined the State Library of Ohio staff as library assistant in Circulation & Special Services, where he is responsible for helping to provide resources to state employees and Ohio residents. 


POSTED: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 1:54pm