July-December 2013 class notes
July 2013 class notes
Gary Strong (AMLS ’67) retired as University Librarian at UCLA Library and will be named University Librarian Emeritus (July 2013).
Rebecca Carter (MSI ’07) began a position as Usability Team Lead at ForeSee in July 2013. Previously she was Content Strategy Manager for Organic.
Kamaria Campbell (MSI ’10) began a new job as an Information Architect at IBM in Chicago this past spring. Previously she was working as a Senior Usability Auditor at ForeSee in Ann Arbor, MI.
Kelly Davenport (MSI ’13) works as Agile Project Manager for the University of Michigan Medical School Information Services. Learn more about Kelly from her UMSI Monthly profile here.
Nikki Roda (MSI ’13) began a position in July as a Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs in NYC where she does interaction design work for the firm.
JJ Pionke (MSI ’13) works as an Instructional and Research Services Librarian at Wichita State University in Kansas where she serves as liaison to the College of Engineering, the College of Health Professions, and more broadly, the sciences.
August 2013 class notes
Lanell White (MSI '07) began a new position as Market Analyst for Science, Technology & Healthcare and Education & Training at Outsell, Inc. Lanell has worked at Outsell, Inc. since 2011 and previously was Market Analyst for Custom Research and Consulting Services.
Seth Shaw (MSI '07) began a position as Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at Clayton State University in Georgia in August 2013. Previously, he was working at the Perkins Library at Duke University as an Electronic Records Archivist.
Samantha Ashby (MSI ‘08) began a position as Reference Archivist at Bowling Green State University in August. Previously she worked for Viacom in NYC.
Bette Shifman (MSI ’08), joined the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution In August as Vice President, Director of Publications and Special Counsel. She is moving after one year as counsel and international arbitration practice group manager at DLA Piper in New York. Shifman was deputy secretary general of the PCA between 2000 and 2005. After leaving the PCA, she spent three years as an executive director at another dispute resolution services provider, ADR Chambers in Toronto. She also spent a year as a senior legal officer at the International Court of Justice and four years as an attorney at Stibbe in Amsterdam, where she practiced international commercial arbitration and transactional work.
Mark Thompson-Kolar (MSI ’11) started a job as Editor Senior at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the Universityof Michigan in August. Previously he worked as a Usability Auditor at ForeSee.
Wen Cui (MSI ’13) started as a UX Designer at Alarm.com in Washington, DC in August 2013.
September 2013 class notes
Leslie Kahn (AMLS ’72) was named 2013 Librarian of the Year by the New Jersey Library Association. Leslie is the Head of Reference Services at the Newark Public Library, and has worked there since 1981.
Deborah L. Dubois (AMLS ‘77) was promoted to Outreach Department Manager at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library where she has worked since 1985, 23 of those years as Outreach Librarian.
Sarah Naasko (MSI ’00) was promoted to Director, User Experience from User Experience Design Group Manager at Fry, Inc. a subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI.
Erica Firment (MSI ’02) started a new position as Senior Information Architect at Move, Inc. in San Jose, CA. Erica also runs librarianavengers.org – a blog and humor website catering to disgruntled librarians that has been featured in the NYTimes and the Washington Post.
UMSI alum Michael Beasley (MSI '05) has recently published a book titled Practical Web Analytics for User Experience: How Analytics Can Help You Understand Your Users. It is currently available on Amazon. Mike has given guest presentations in UMSI’s Evaluation of Systems and Services class on the topic of web analytics in usability. UMSI Assistant Professor Mark Newman was one of the technical reviewers of his book.
Matt Adamo (MSI’ 07) is Lead UX Researcher at Empirical Research and Design in Portland Oregon. Previously he worked as eGov Project Coordinator for the City of Portland.
Emily Reynolds (MSI ’13) has been selected to be a member of the Library of Congress’s inaugural class of National Digital Stewardship Residents. The nine-month program begins in September 2013 with an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress.
Sabarish Raghupathy (MSI ’13) is a User Experience Designer at Empirical Research and Design in Portland, Oregon. He spent the summer of 2013 working as a UI/UX Designer at New York University.
Terence O’Neill (MSI ’13) began a position as Entrepreneurship Librarian at the Gast Business Library at Michigan State University in September.
October 2013 class notes
Daniel Tsang, AMLS ’77, Data Librarian for the UC Irvine Libraries, has received the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSR, the largest social science data archive in the United States, presents biennial awards to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their service to the social science community. Tsang’s association with ICPSR at the University of Michigan dates back almost four decades. He was the first data librarian to be named as a Fulbright Scholar in 2004 (in Vietnam), where he researched the data situation in that country. He has published and presented internationally on research data management and access.
Dr. Ghaniul Akram Sabzwari, AMLS ’63, has had a distinguished career as an academic and librarian, including positions as Librarian at Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi in Pakistan. Dr. Akram Sabzwari has been published in numerous books and journals throughout his career, and currently serves as the President of the Library Promotion Bureau in Fort Worth, TX where he publishes professional literature on Library and Information Science.
Katy Mahraj, MSI ’12, began a new position as Project Coordinator at Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. Previously, she worked as an analyst at Altarum Institute in Washington, DC.
Sarah Glover, MSI ’12, began a new position as Project Archivist for the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection at the College of Charleston. Sarah has previously had the opportunity to work in academic archives and libraries, government archives, historical societies, and museums. She has gained valuable experience working at Jewish institutions such as the Museum at Eldridge Street, American Jewish Historical Society, and Leo Baeck Institute. Before coming to the College of Charleston, Sarah worked at the Leo Baeck Institute on the Institute’s DigiBaeck project, an effort to digitize the entirety of the Institute’s archival holdings.
Missouri State University has named its Special Collections and Archives Department in honor of Karen Horny, AMLS ’66. At Missouri State University, Karen served as Dean of Library Services from 1995 to 2009, and in 2013 she expressed her appreciation of special collections with a gift to support the Libraries’ rare book collection.
November 2013 class notes
Ziv Lotan Boyd was born on July 28, 2013. His parents—danah boyd (member of UMSI’s External Advisory Board) and Gilad Lotan—are loving the opportunity to get to know him, tickle him, and watch him grow.
Steven Dibelius, MSI ’11 just accepted a new job as Digital Records Management Officer at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. Previously he worked as a Software Engineer for MicroLink.
Molly Des Jardin, MSI ‘11 began a new position as Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. In addition to her MSI, Molly has a PhD and MA in Asian Languages & Cultures (Japanese Literature/Book History) from the University of Michigan.
December 2013 class notes
Sarah McNitt, MSI ’05, began working as a study abroad advisor at the University of Iowa this past September. Previously she was working as a study abroad advisor for Miami University. Watch for Sarah’s appearance on the T.V. game show Jeopardy! on January 14, 2014!
An article honoring Clarence Walters, AMLS ’60, appeared in the Fountain Hills Times on October 23. The article honored Walters for his volunteer work with the Fountain Hills Library since retiring to this Arizona community in 1997. In his library career Clarence worked at the Detroit Public Library, Michigan State Library and the Wayne-Oakland Cooperative Library system, as a County Librarian in California, a State Librarian in Connecticut and in a variety of positions at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Ohio.
Steven Dibelius, MSI '11, began a position as Digital Records Management Officer at the International Monetary Fund in November. Previously he worked as a Software Engineer, Information Governance Practice at MicroLink.