2014 Class Notes

June Class Notes 

Emily Mahood Bowman, MSI ’13, started a new job as Senior User Experience Architect at Team Detroit. Previously she was a User Experience Designer at Empirical UX Research and Design in Portland, Oregon. 

Carole Dickerson, two time graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in English and AMLS, was recently profiled and interviewed in the Online Journal Standard in Freeport, Illinois.  She is the executive director of the Freeport Public Library. 

Sameer Halai, MSI ’08, recently had a start-up company he co-founded, SunFunder, featured in an article on GigoOM.com. SunFunder focuses on solar projects in rural Africa. 

Mary Lou Harkness passed away on May 13, 2014 at the age of 88. Mrs. Harkness spent her career building up the library of the University of South Florida from 1958 to 1991, the fourth person hired by a fledgling university and its library director for 20 years. Mrs. Harkness was named head librarian in 1967, the first woman to hold the post. Mrs. Harkness was born Mary Lou Barker in Denby, S.D., in 1925. She spent part of her childhood on a South Dakota Indian reservation for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, where her father had a general store. After graduating from Nebraska Weslyan University, she earned a master's in library science from the University of Michigan. Mrs. Harkness stepped down as head librarian in 1987, returning after a break to a position as university librarian. She retired in 1991, the same year her husband died. She traveled with girlfriends to places such as Namibia and Iceland. She also worked on the campaigns of former state Sen. Betty Castor, and former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. She remained active in the Athena Society, The Centre and the USF Women's Club. 

Tom Hyry, MILS ’96, will begin a new appointment as Florence Fearrington librarian of Houghton Library at Harvard University this coming September. Currently Tom serves as the Director of Special Collections at UCLA. 

Susan Kane, MSI '98, recently began a new position as a Sales Engineer at Harvard Business Publishing.  Previously, she worked in Technical Support at UpToDate.  

Mark Thompson-Kolar, MSI ’11, began a new position as Usability Team Lead at ForeSee. Previously he worked as Senior Editor at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan (ICPSR).  

Priya Kumar, MSI ’14, recently had her MSI thesis work on new mothers' decisions to share baby pictures online featured on NPR's Morning Edition. 

Mouly Kumaraswamy, MSI ’09, began a new job in April as Senior User Experience Designer at Solar City. Previously he worked as a User Experience Designer at Moody Analytics. 

Michelle Light, MSI ’99, Director of Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, will be inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during a ceremony at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10–16, 2014. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.

Professional genealogist Barb Snow, AMLS ’73, has an interesting website at http://barbsnow.net that lists the families that she is personally researching and also provides a link to her Bobbie's Genealogy Classroom website. This lengthy list of links is alphabetically arranged in three groups: Locality, Records, and Research Advice. Snow has a bachelor's and a master's from the University of Michigan and was librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library from 1973 to 2012. She teaches advanced and continuing genealogy classes. 

Mark Sprang, MSI ’14, recently began a Fellowship at the Detroit Historical Society. 

Emily Thompson, MSI ’11, was recently awarded the Eastern New York Association of College and Research Libraries Library Innovation Award. Emily is the Learning Technologies Librarian at SUNY Oswego. 

Gerhardt Trimberger Brady was born on February 24 to parents Karen Trimberger Brady (MSI ’00 and member of the UMSI Alumni Society Board) and Todd Brady. They are looking forward to their first visit to campus this fall.

“The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: An LITA Guide,” edited by Ken Varnum, MILS ’94, was recently published by ALA TechSource. The book shows library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Varnum is the Web systems manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library website and the development of new features and functionality. 


 May Class Notes 

Katie McCurdy, MSI '10, began a job in May as Lead Designer for Open mHealth in New York, NY. Previously she was a UX Consultant for Medivo. 

Celeste Choate, MILS '93, began a new job as Executive Director of the Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL. Previously she was Associate Director of Services, Collections and Access at the Ann Arbor District Library. 

Alex Kanous, MSI ’08, began a job in March as Senior Project Representative at the University of Michigan Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Previously, he worked for U-M as a Manager of the Data Resource Sharing Center. 

Mo Ibrahim, MSI ’12, began a job as an Interaction Designer at Cisco in the San Francisco Bay Area in April. Previously he worked as an R & D Designer at Accenture Technology Labs. 

Rodger Devine, MSI ’11, began a job in March as the Director of Information, Analytics, Annual Giving at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Previously, he worked as the Information & Analytics Manager, Development & Alumni Relations, also at the U-M Ross School of Business. 

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of three School of Information alumni: 

University of Tennessee Knoxville School of Information Sciences associate professor emerita Gretchen Whitney, PhD ’88, passed away in early April. Whitney is best known for creating the jESSE listserv in 1994 which was the leading discussion group for library and information sciences educators until the StanleyK discussion group was established in 2007.  Whitney taught courses in information environment, web design and content representation at UT from 2004 until her retirement in Oct. 2009. Prior to coming to UT, she was on the faculty at the University of Arizona. Whitney also worked in special libraries and the information industry. 

Robert Harlan, AMLS ’56, PhD ’60, also passed away in early April. He earned a master's degree in history and master's and doctorate degrees in Library Science at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1963 he began teaching at UC Berkeley's School of Librarianship (now the School of Information). During his 30 year tenure he served at different times as associate dean and acting dean of the school in addition to teaching. Bob's research focused on the history of printing and publishing, with an emphasis on San Francisco Bay Area presses and their publications. He was an interviewer for the Regional Oral History Office at The Bancroft Library, interviewing local fine press printers. After his 1993 retirement he volunteered at The Bancroft Library as a cataloguer of printing ephemera.

Ruth Olivia Dahlgren Hartman, AMLS '60, passed away on May 3, 2014. She graduated from Minot State College in 1951 with a bachelor of science in elementary education and a minor in Library Science. From 1951-1956 Ruth was the Valley City school librarian and from 1956-1960 she was a librarian for the Glendale Public Library System in California. After graduating with her A.M.L.S from U-M, she worked as a circulation and reference Librarian at the University of Nevada in Reno from 1960-61 and was Reference librarian and Documents librarian at Fresno State College in California from 1961-1965. Ruth moved to Ellensburg to become Head of the Documents, Maps, and Microforms Department at Central Washington University (CWU) until her retirement on June 30, 1985.


April Class Notes

Allison Bailey, MSI ’13 began a job this month as a Senior Consultant with Nordic Consulting Partners. Previously she worked as a web analyst and science records intern at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center. 

Anne Thomason, MSI ’08 started a job as Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Lake Forest College in February of 2014. Previously Anne worked as the College Archivist at Earlham College. Anne was recently elected to Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Council.

Asmita Lahri, MSI ’13 began a position as User Experience Designer at Bose Corporation in the Boston area in March. Previously she was working for the University of Michigan School of Education as a research associate. 

Kate Flynn, MSI ’11 began a position as Portal Manager for the Chicago Collections Consortium. Previously she was at the University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library as an Academic Resident Librarian. 

Ayla Stein, MSI ’12 has accepted a new position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Metadata Librarian. Previously she was a Web Services Fellow at the University of Houston MD Anderson Library. 


 March Class Notes 

Lija Hogan

Lija Hogan, MSI ’97, was promoted to Director of Usability Services from Usability Manager at ForeSee in Ann Arbor, MI. She has been with ForeSee since 2008.

Karen Scheuerer, MSI ’00, began a new position as Youth and Volunteerism Specialist at the Peace Corps in Washington, DC. Previously she worked as Senior Strategist for Girl Experience at the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Elizabeth Lane, MSI ’08, was promoted to Associate Librarian for Public Services from Assistant Reference Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library of the Frick Collection in New York City.

Annalise Doll, MSI ’11, began a new position working on Digital Content Management and Special Projects at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.  Previously, she worked as an Archivist at History Associates, Inc. in Harrison, Arkansas.

Krissa Rumsey, MSI ’02 started a new position as Regional Director of Development at the University of Michigan Law School. She previously worked as Director of Advancement for the Washtenaw Community College Foundation. 


 February Class Notes

Shaton Menzie

Shaton C. (Sanderson) Menzie, MSI ’06, graduated with a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in June 2013. Upon graduating, she received several awards, including the Ann Watson Barber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Student Life, and the Earl B. Dickerson Leadership Award from the University of Chicago’s Black Law Student Association. In September 2013, Shaton began working as an Associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP’s Atlanta, GA office.  At Finnegan, she works exclusively on intellectual property matters. 

Tonya McCarley, MSI ’06, was promoted to Associate Manager, User Experience Design in January after working as Acting Manager of User Experience Design since October. Previously, she worked at ITHAKA as User Experience Strategist. 

Ken (Fengfeng) He, MSI ’06, started a position as Customer Engagement Manager at Marin Software in New York City in January. Previously he was working as a Manager of Global Paid Search at eBay in the Seattle area.

Jeremy Birnholtz, MSI ’01, PhD ’05, began a new position as Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Communication. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Faculty of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University.


January Class Notes

Deller as Santa

Since 2002, A. Michael Deller, AMLS ’68, has been enjoying his retirement by working as a professional Santa Claus in the southeast Michigan area. The former Livonia Library Director, with his naturally white full beard, dons a full Santa suit each holiday season for work in area libraries, stores, parades and churches. For a full list of his annual holiday appearances, visit him on the web at santas-agent.com. A profile on Deller’s life and work as a Santa was featured in the November 2013 issue of Livonia Life magazine.

Maria Souden, MSI ’04, PhD ’11, started working as Associate Director for Communications for the VA Information Resource Center (VIReC), a Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) resource center near Chicago. Maria was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin School of Information and Library Studies in Ireland.

Andrew Calvetti, MSI ’11, began a position as a 7th grade social studies teacher at Pontiac Academy for Excellence in December 2013, where he teaches World Geography. Andrew also works as a wrestling official for the NCAA and has worked for both the Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University open wrestling tournaments since 2005.