2016 Alumni Awards announced

The 2016 Alumni Award recipients are Betty Bishop, Loretta Parham and Peter Morville, shown here with UMSI Dean Thomas Finholt.

The School of Information honored three individuals who have made notable contributions to the information field and to UMSI at the school’s annual alumni award ceremony during Homecoming Weekend on October 21.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Loretta Parham (AMLS ’77), the CEO and Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc.

Her over 30 years in the profession include positions as Director of the Hampton University Library, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pa., District Chief of the Chicago Public Library and other public service positions with the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago.

Parham was named a 2004 “Mover & Shaker” by the industry publication Library Journal and is co-editor of the book Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Parham is co-founder and past chair of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Library Alliance, chair of the Georgia Humanities Council, and a board member of the Association of College  Research Libraries, the Wayne State University School of Library Science Advisory Board, treasurer of the Oberlin Group, and a trustee of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.). 

She holds the Master of Library Science degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communications from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  

Receiving the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Alumni Award is Peter Morville (MILS ’93).

Peter is a pioneer of the fields of information architecture and user experience. His bestselling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Intertwingled, Search Patterns, and Ambient Findability.

He is the founder and president of Semantic Studios and was a co-founder of IA Institute. He advises such clients as AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, Macy’s, Vodafone, the Library of Congress, and the National Cancer Institute. His work has been covered by Business Week, NPR, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His undergraduate degree is from Tufts University. He blogs at intertwingled.org.

Betty Bishop will be recognized as an Honorary Alumna of UMSI. She has a long history with the University of Michigan and the School of Information. Her grandfather, William Warner Bishop, was asked to come to the University in 1915 by Regent Clements under the terms that he would run the library and eventually start a department of library science. Bishop remained at the University of Michigan until his retirement in 1941.

Betty believes one of her grandfather’s greatest legacies to the school is that he moved the libraries from the Dewey Decimal system to the Library of Congress classification system. She also considers one of his accomplishments was investing in book buying, which allowed the University to build up collections that rivaled universities such as Harvard and Princeton. 

Betty grew up on the University of Michigan campus where her father was a law professor and remembers hearing many stories of her grandfather’s legacy. She is a graduate herself of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She has fond memories of attending Michigan football games and hearing Lyndon B. Johnson give his “Great Society” speech at the 1964 Graduation Commencement. Betty graduated from U-M in 1972 with an A.B. in psychology. She went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate in psychology at Ohio State University.

The awards will be presented by Dean Thomas Finholt at the alumni awards ceremony on Friday, October 21 at 1:30 in the Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad, 105 S. State St.. The William Warner Bishop lecture will follow, presented by Loretta Parham. All U-M alumni are invited to attend.

See past Alumni Award recipients. 

Posted September 2, 2016