January 2015 - present

May Class Notes  

Veronica Wilkerson Johnson, AMLS '77, successfully defended her dissertation at Ferris State University on Friday, April 24, 2015. Her dissertation was titled: A Primer for Parents of Underrepresented Students Seeking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Careers. Parents of students who are first-generation, Hispanic, African American and Native American, and who are particularly interested in STEM professions, will benefit greatly from her work and primer resource. Veronica officially graduated on Friday, May 8 with her Ed.D. in Community College Leadership. Veronica is the Director of the University of Michigan Lansing Service Center, Office of the VP for Government Relations, and is an Adjunct Professor at Lansing Community College.  

Paul Jackson, AMLS ’65 moved to Steilacoom, WA to be with his 80 year old partner, writer and elementary teacher (still substituting!) after spending 12 years in Enumclaw, WA. Paul has been retired for 19 years and has kept very busy developing a database of H1-B IT candidates for a staffing firm, teaching research to PhD candidates at a private school, establishing a 1200 item rare book racing car library with its own search schedule and taxonomy for a corporation, establishing a digital 2200 item church library catalog and maintaining the library, playing with concert bands, playing drums in a jazz sextet, singing in choirs, and editing the Plateau Area Writers Association's publications. In his 79th-going on 80th year, he’s still playing with two concert bands, and editing, writing and researching for the PAWA publications, of which the Quarterly is part of EBSCOhost and available to those licensing the full-text databases of periodicals. He has published several of his own books over the years, and hopes to later this year publish his book of nearly 70 essays written over the 19 years of his retirement, Strawberries in the Snow.

Katherine (Kathy) Peters, AMLS '63,  former head librarian at Kauai Community College, passed away on the Big Island on May 2, 2015. She was 93, and had suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years. She served as KCC’s librarian from 1968 until her retirement in 1986. Katherine Shamlian, her maiden name, was one of four Armenian sisters whose family fled the Armenian massacres of WWI and came to the United States. Kathy eventually received a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan.

April Class Notes 

Amy Kuo, MSI '10, recently co-founded Keedowi, a mobile app to easily create events in a fun and engaging way. Keedowi Beta is available on the App Store. Read more about the app here. Amy is Lead Designer for TIBCO Software, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA.   

March Class Notes  

Liz Allen, MSI '12, began a new position in February as an Associate at the law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP in Chicago. Previously, she had been an Associate at Mayer Brown law firm since 2012. 

Kate Foster Boyd, MSI '99, Digital Initiatives Coordinator at the University of South Carolina Libraries is in the University of South Carolina Library News discussing their digital collections, which turns 10 years old this year. Read the full article here.  

Antonia Wallace Hamilton, AMLS '71, passed away on February 28 in her City Center, IA home. Read her obituary here

Leora Prout, AMLS '54, passed away on February 28. Read her obituary here

February Class Notes

Melinda Krug, MSI '13 began a new position in January as Professional Services Engineer at MyBuys in downtown Ann Arbor. Previously she was working for ITS at the University of Michigan. 

Dharma Akmon

Dharma Akmon, MSI '05, PhD '14, will begin a new job as Product Manager, Platform at ProQuest on March 2. She is finishing up her current role as Manager of Education and Outreach/Product Manager for the SEAD Data Net project at the University of Michigan. 

Lija Hogan, MSI '97, began a new position as Director of Client Services at ForeSee in February. Previously, she was the Director of Usability Services, also at ForeSee. 



January Class Notes 

Tim Kiser

Tim Kiser, MSI '14, began working as a Special Materials Catalog Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries, specializing in cartographic resources. 

Steven Dibelius, MSI '11, began a new position in December as Chief Records Officer at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration in Middlesex, VT. Previously, Steven worked as Digital Records Management Officer at the International Monetary Fund in Washignton, DC.

Laurie Sutch, MILS '94, began a new position as Director of the Library and Academic Technology at Bentley University. Formerly she was at the University of Michigan Library as the Director of the Academic Technology Group. 

Heather Backman, MSI '10, began a new position as Adult Services Librarian at the Hopkinton Public Library in October 2014. Previously she was employed at Howe Library in Hanover, NH as the Programming, Public Relations, and Outreach Coordinator.