January-June 2013 class notes

February 2013 class notes

Beth St. Jean receives ALISE Methodology Paper Award
Beth St. Jean, who graduated from UMSI's doctoral program in 2011, and is now an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, has won the ALISE/ProQuest Methodology Paper Competition for “Devising and Implementing a Card-Sorting Technique for Longitudinal Investigation of the Information Behavior of People with Type 2 Diabetes” at the Annual Conference of Association for Library and information Science Education (ALISE) which took place January 22-25, 2013 in Seattle.

This paper reports on methodology St. Jean used for her dissertation research. Beth used the combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques to conduct a longitudinal investigation into the information behavior of people with type 2 diabetes. Her paper describes the development and implementation of a new type of card-sorting technique that enabled the collection of participants’ relative usefulness judgments and that yielded quantitative data that could be analyzed in order to identify whether any statistically significant changes took place in these judgments across time.

This is not the first time that Beth’s research has been recognized by the ALISE. In 2011, Beth won first place in the ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition for her dissertation research.

Spouse of UMSI alum director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands
John Pasquale, husband of UMSI alum Jessica Hanes, has been named the new director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, associate director of bands, and the Donald R. Shepherd Chair in Conducting, effective June 1.

Maureen Hanratty

Maureen Hanratty is User Experience Designer at Mozilla
UMSI alum Maureen Hanratty started a new job as a user experience designer for Firefox Marketplace at Mozilla in San Francisco.

Kerri Pepperman promoted to UX architect at Michigan Creative
UMSI alum Kerri Pepperman has become Michigan Creative's first UX architect. Previously, she was a web project manager at MC for three and a half years. Read more about Kerri here.

Denise Anthony joins faculty at UNC Chapel Hill
Denise received both her MSI and PhD from UMSI, and joined the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on January 1, 2013 as lecturer. Read more here.

Emily Puckett Rogers is Special Projects Librarian at UM Library
Emily Puckett Rogers is Special Projects Librarian for Operations, Learning and Teaching, and Research at the University of Michigan Library. Previously, she worked for Open.Michigan as the Open Education Coordinator.

Rachel Doepker is Assistant Product Manager, Ernst & Young LLP
"I work on findability, search engine optimization, relevancy, usability and user feedback," Rachel says.


March 2013 class notes

James Shedlock

James Shedlock retires from Northwestern's Galter Health Science Library
After 27 years of service at Northwestern University, James Shedlock, AMLS '77,  Director of the Galter Health Sciences Library, has announced his retirement from the university.  His last day as director was December 31, 2012 and he will engage in a research leave in 2013.  

Mark Goetz at UChicago Impact
Mark Goetz, MSI ‘09 started a new position as User Experience Designer at UChicago Impact this past fall. Previously he was a User Experience Architect at Sears Holding Co.

Scott Brower at Manifest Digital
Scott Brower, MSI ’01 has a new position as Associate Director of User Experience at Manifest Digital in Chicago. Previously he was a User Experience Manager at Accenture.

Aakash Negandhi at Ernst & Young
Aakash Negandhi, MSI ‘10 is a consultant at Ernst & Young in Chicago. Previously he was an Associate Consultant at Cognizant Technology Solutions.


April 2013 class notes

Lisa J. Hardman acknowledged for IRS internship work
Lisa J. Hardman, MSI '13, was recently acknowledged in a published report by the Government Accountability Office where she worked during her 2012 summer internship.  In addition, the IRS will be implementing several of her recommendations. The paper is titled Information Technology: Consistently Applying Best Practices Could Help IRS Improve the Reliability of Reported Cost and Schedule Information.

Holly Riccio elected VP/President-Elect of AALL
Holly Riccio, M.I.L.S '94, Library Manager at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco, was recently elected Vice President/President-Elect of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).  Founded in 1906, AALL now has over 5,000 members and is the premier professional organization for law librarians and related professionals.  She will being her term as Vice President/President-Elect in July 2013 at the close of the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.  The following year, she will take over as AALL President.

Karen Trimberger Brady

Karen Trimberger Brady is CSM Consultant
Karen Trimberger Brady, MSI '00, has a new position as CSM Consultant for Symphony IRI Group. Karen's career has been in consumer insight and market research, with extensive work in developing and executing successful strategies, trend tracking, and data analysis; committed to staying on the cutting-edge of consumer, media, and channels trending. Karen has been the Regional Director of the Chicago area for the UMSI Alumni Society Board since 2011.

Amy Reimann is Executive Director at Ella Sharp Museum
Amy Reimann, MSI '02, has just started as the Executive Director at Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History in Jackson, MI. Previously, she was Fund Development Portfolio Manager for Starr Commonwealth where she was responsible for all areas related to organizational history, including: alumni affairs, family fundraising and scholarship program activities. In addition to her MSI, Reimann has a degree in Art History from Albion College.


May 2013 class notes

Shiblee Hasan will be a judge in The Civic Data Challenge
Shiblee Hasan (MSI '12) is going to be a judge in The Civic Data Challenge, a national contest sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The website states that "The Civic Data Challenge turns the raw data of ‘civic health’ into useful applications and visualizations that have direct impact on public decision-making."

Dr. Gleniece Robinson receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Gleniece A. Robinson (AMLS '76, PhD '82), currently the director of the Fort Worth Library system, was honored with the Texas Library Association’s sixth annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Robinson, who earned her master’s degree and doctorate in library and information science from UM, was recognized for her exemplary 40-year career, leadership, and contributions to librarianship. 

Christine Lind Hage

Christine Lind Hage elected as president of United for Libraries
Rochester Hills Public Library Director Christine Lind Hage (AMLS '71) recently won election to a prestigious position within national library leadership. She will serve as the 2014-15 President of United for Libraries. Hage has worked in public libraries for 42 years.

Larry Neal will serve as president of the Public Library Association
Larry Neal (MSI '01) was elected as the 2014-15 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Currently, he is the Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director.  Neal worked in several capacities for 23 years at both the Rochester Hills Public Library and the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. He was named a 2007 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.


June 2013 class notes 

Ayca Aksu moves to Scripps Networks Interactive
Ayca Aksu (MSI ’07) started as Product Manager, Food Category for Scripps Networks Interactive in NYC in June 2013. Ayca has previously worked for Bloomberg LP and The Wall Street Journal.

Valeda Dent Goodman

Valeda Dent Goodman is Dean of Libraries at LIU
Valeda Dent Goodman (MILS ‘92) completed her PhD in 2012 and is currently Dean and Chief Operating Officer for the University Libraries at Long Island University in New York. She and her husband were recently awarded dual Fulbright Awards to continue their research on the rural village library in Africa. They will be living in Uganda for the 2014 academic year where they will conduct research on the impact of the village library on the school readiness of young children. They will also be teaching at Uganda Martrys University.

Josh Smith joins American Family Insurance
Josh Smith (MSI/MBA '13) joined the corporate venture capital team at American Family Insurance in June, 2013. Previously he worked with several technology start-ups.

A match made at UMSI
UMSI alumni Debra Lauterbach (MSI ’09) & Mouly Kumaraswamy (MSI ’09) married in San Francisco in June 2013. They met while students at UMSI studying HCI. Debra is a researcher at Google and Mouly is a designer for the analytics division of Moody’s Corporation.

Recent grads find jobs in June
Lisa Hardman (MSI ’13) began a position as an IT Analyst with the US Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC in June. Phillip Tularak (MSI ’13) began a position as Legal Lead Architect at General Electric in June.