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October 2014

Bridgette A. Billingslea, M.L.I.S. '12, M.S. (health informatics) '13, 
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was recently promoted to patient access supervisor at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In this role, she supervises 10 clinical and administrative staff members at four outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio. A fifth clinic site is currently under construction. She is responsible for logistics and site planning, hiring and training the staff for each site, coordination of training for each specialty clinic's EMR launch, purchasing medical supplies and equipment, and leasing clinical space to specialty physicians.

Jamie Bloss, M.L.I.S. '13, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has accepted a position as an emerging technologies librarian at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, where she'll teach technology classes and work in adult services reference. Prior to accepting this new position, Bloss worked for the Kent State Geauga Campus Library. She will continue to teach undergraduate library science courses as an adjunct instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State.

M.L.I.S. student Stefanie Hilles, Akron, Ohio, was published in Public Services Quarterly in the Future Voice column. Her article was titled “To Use or Not to Use: The Credibility of Wikipedia.”

Don P. Jason III, M.L.I.S., M.S. (health informatics) ‘13, Cincinnati, Ohio has begun working at Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library at the University of Cincinnati as an assistant librarian and clinical informationist.

A popular blog by SLIS alumna Karen Jensen, M.L.I.S. '02, Grand Prairie, Texas,"Teen Librarian's Toolbox," has been picked up by School Library Journal to become part of its blog network.

Josh Jones, M.L.I.S. ’12, Hilliard, Ohio, has been promoted to librarian in the Research and Catalog Services Department at the State Library of Ohio in Caldwell. He will provide reference and research services to state employees and other patrons of the State Library. He will also work as part of the State Library team that ensures access to useful electronic and print resources.

Emerald Group Publishing selected “Developing a Values Scorecard” by Martha Kyrillidou Ph.D., S.L.I.S. Alumni of the Year ’07, and University of York Library’s Stephen Town as the Outstanding Paper of 2014 for the Performance Measurement and Metrics journal. In the paper Town and Kyrillidou propose a value scorecard that can be used alongside the balanced scorecard to draw a more value-oriented picture of library strengths and impact. The award was presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle on Aug. 5, 2014.

Julie Macomber, M.L.I.S. '12, Douglas, Ga., is the children's and young adult librarian at Satilla Regional Library System in Douglas. Satilla Regional Library System covers six branches in a two county system. She is responsible for managing all youth programs.

August 2014

Stephen Cox, M.L.I.S. ’11,
Cincinnati, Ohio, has accepted a position as program coordinator at Mount St. Joseph University (formerly the College of Mount St. Joseph). In this role, Cox will maintain a federally funded database designed to track the success of STEM students as they interview for internships, co-ops, and post-graduation employment; work with his counterpart at the University of Cincinnati to create timely reports for state and federal agencies; create and maintain relationships with employers to develop co-op opportunities; and tutor outgoing seniors on interview preparation and resume building.

Karla Kaufman, M.L.I.S. ’08, Conneaut, Ohio, is now the medical librarian at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie, Pa. Previously she worked at Robinson Memorial Hospital and Fortis College in Ravenna, Ohio.

Cathy Smith-Alison DickerhoofA poster by August 2014 graduate Alison Dickerhoof was accepted for presentation at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) in November in Seattle. Here is the citation: Dickerhoof, A. & Smith, C.L. (2014). Looking for Query Terms on Search Engine Results Pages. The poster is derived from her master’s thesis. (Assistant Professor Catherine Smith, Ph.D., and Alison Dickerhoof are pictured, right.)

Katy (Watts) Klettlinger, M.L.I.S. ’06, has joined the State Library of Ohio as library consultant within the Library Programs and Development Department. She will help libraries with space planning, digitization, and strategic planning. Klettlinger has more than 10 years of experience in the library profession, most recently in Licking County government where she was the records manager and archivist for almost six years. Prior to that, she worked at the Ohio History Connection (Ohio Historical Society at that time) as a local government records archivist and at the Peninsula Library and Historical Society as an assistant curator.

Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S. ’04, Columbus, Ohio, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Information Services, Law Library Director, and Senior Lecturer at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She returns to Ohio after working at law school libraries at Georgetown and University of North Carolina.

Martin Patrick, M.L.I.S. ’14, Oxford, Ohio, is now the Academic Resident Librarian in Technical Services at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Mallory Sajewski, M.L.I.S. ’13, Kent, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Setting the Stage: What’s Needed to Achieve an Ensemble Library Job?” at the 2014 Music Library Association annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., in February/March 2014

Carol Tuttle, M.L.I.S. ’13, Chardon, Ohio, is Head of Adult Services/Assistant Manager at the Chardon branch of the Geauga County Public Library System in Chardon, Ohio.

July 2014

Sarah Lund-Goldstein, M.L.I.S. '09, has started an archives consulting firm in Kent called INSTITUTIONALIZED: Archives and Records Management Specialists. The company focuses on corporate and organizational history, as Lund-Goldstein was doing most recently onsite with Sherwin-Williams. INSTITUTIONALIZED also works on general digitization needs and oral histories/testimonials as needed. For more information, follow @CorpArchivists on Twitter.

Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93, presented a research paper titled "Using a Semantic Analysis Tool to Generate Subject Access Points: A Study Using Panofsky’s Theory and Two Research Samples” at the 2014 International ISKO Conference, held May 19-22, 2014, in Krakow, Poland. The paper was co-authored with SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D.

June 2014

SLIS alumnus (William) Bryan Harris, M.L.I.S. ’13, has co-authored an article with SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., in the Journal of Religious and Theological Information, 13(1-2).  The article, titled “Information needs of church worship leaders,” is available online at

SLIS alumnus Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, will receive the first Librarian Recognition Award from the American Library Association Library Instruction Round Table at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The award is given to acknowledge a librarian's contribution to the development, advancement and support of information literacy and instruction. Burhanna currently serves as assistant dean for University Libraries at Kent State University.

SLIS alumna Emily Wicks, M.L.I.S. ’13, is now a program assistant at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.

SLIS alumna Katelyn Wolff, M.L.I.S. ’14, accepted a position as the reference and instruction librarian for the Humanities and Education departments of the Charles C. Myers Library at the University of Dubuque.

May 2014

College of Communication and Information (CCI) doctoral student and SLIS alumnus Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. '09, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication and Information with an LIS-focused area of study, has been chosen as a 2014-2015 recipient of a University Fellowship award. Fifteen University Fellowships are awarded each year to graduate and Ph.D. students. The fellowship covers all tuition, grants an annual stipend, and provides Fellows with dedicated time for dissertation research and writing. Blundell’s dissertation, “A phenomenological investigation of the information search process of undergraduate students enrolled in a remedial English course: Implications for targeted information literacy instruction,” focuses on the lived experience of undergraduate students enrolled in a remedial English course as they engage in academic information-seeking for a class research assignment. (Adapted from an article by Nicole Gennarelli)

April 2014

Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, is the author of “It’s All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in U.S. Law Libraries,” published in the Winter 2014 Law Library Journal, and lead author of "Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name," published in the April 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum. Hallows is a research librarian for Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio.

SLIS alumna Yvette Hunt, M.L.I.S. ’03, premiered a sample of her personal prose writing at the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library System.

SLIS alumnus Christopher J.  Korenowsky, M.L.I.S. ’03, has been named director of the Worcester (Mass.) Public Library. His previous experience includes serving as executive director of the New Haven Free Public Library, director of professional development for the Ohio Library Council and service manager of the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Library.

SLIS alumnus Gregory Stall, M.L.I.S. ’12, has received recognition for “Bringing the Story of War to our Doorsteps:” Rediscovering Alexander Gardner’s Antietam Photographs” (, a touring exhibit organized by the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable, the Center for Civil War Photography, Hood College, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The exhibit won the 2014 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. Stall pursued the museum studies specialization while in SLIS.

March 2014

SLIS alumnus Kenneth Cochrane, M.L.I.S. '13, is the assistant director of the library at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Darin Freeburg, Ph.D. 13, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science in Columbia, S.C. He will be teaching information literacy and researching the variables involved in delivery and reception of messages as information products. Through his research and service, he will participate in the school’s state-wide effort to improve low-literacy among children and adults. Freeburg was the first student to graduate from the College of Communication and Information’s interdisciplinary doctoral program.

SLIS alumna Nicole Hollon, M.L.I.S. '11, is the Document Management Coordinator at Phillips Edison & Company in Austin, Texas.

SLIS alumna Rachel Merrick, M.L.I.S. '10, is the content development librarian at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. 

SLIS alumnus Thomas Moosbrugger, M.L.I.S. '10, is the reference librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

February 2014

SLIS student Michelle Rucker has written a review of the website “Encyclopedia of Life,” which was published in the online journal Reference Reviews (Vol. 28 No. 1, pp.29–30).

SLIS alumna Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S ’04, Durham, N.C., has co-authored an article, “The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses,” with Leslie Street, for AALL Spectrum.  It provides an overview of MOOCs and describes how law libraries can support and use MOOCs. The article is available at

SLIS Alumna Robyn E. Vittek, M.L.I.S. ’02, is director of St. Clairsville Public Library. Vittek has spent the last 12 years at Akron-Summit County Public Library, most recently as Assistant Youth Services Coordinator. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University, an M.S.Ed. from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. She was a 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leader, part of the 2012 Class of Library Leadership Ohio, and the 2013 Ohio Library Council (OLC) Convention and Expo Chair. She currently serves as Assistant Chair of the OLC Library Education Committee and on the State Library of Ohio's Take 5! Team.

SLIS alumnus Rollie James Welch, M.L.S. ’92, has received the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes a public librarian for demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Welch will be honored as part of the PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. He recently retired from his position as collection manager for Cleveland Public Library and on March 6 will become the principal librarian/adult collection development manager for Lee County Library System, Lehigh Acres, Fla.

January 2014

An article by SLIS alumna Laura Barry, M.L.I.S. '12, has been published in The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. The article, titled “Authority and the Museum: A Framework of Questions,” is based on a presentation Barry delivered at the Inclusive Museum Conference in Denmark (April 2013).

SLIS alumna Sara Daniels-Witchel, M.L.I.S., ’12, of Toledo, Ohio, was recently promoted from a Visitor Services Associate to Studio Programs Coordinator at the Toledo Museum of Art.

SLIS alumnus Benjamin Reid, M.L.I.S. '09, has been named director of the Huron Public Library, Huron, Ohio, effective Jan. 2, 2014. Most recently he served as director of Rose Memorial Library in Stony Point, N.Y., where he had previously been Youth and Adult Services Librarian.

SLIS alumnus Kevin Steinbach, M.L.I.S. ’13, of Kent, Ohio, has been hired as the archivist for Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio.

SLIS alumna Carol Tuttle, M.L.I.S. ’13, was recently promoted to Head of Adult Services/Asst. Manager at the Chardon branch of the Geauga County Public Library System in Chardon, Ohio.

SLIS alumnus Mat Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’04, of Montgomery, Texas, is branch manager at C.B. Stewart West Branch Library of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

November 2013

A paper by SLIS Alumna Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, titled "It's All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in United States Law Libraries" was the winner of the 2013 AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards (Student Division). In addition, it will be published in Law Library Journal winter 2014 issue. Hallows resides in Columbus and works as a research librarian for Bricker & Eckler LLP.

An article by SLIS student Sean Kennedy titled “Uncovering Discovery Layer Services” has been accepted for publication in the March 2014 issue of Public Services Quarterly. Kennedy, who currently works as a cataloger at the Cleveland State University Law Library, expects to receive his Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree graduate in summer 2014.

SLIS Alumna JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Stow, has accepted an appointment as a member of the 2015 (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award Committee. Shofield works as a librarian for Akron-Summit County Public Library.

October 2013

SLIS alumna Celia Huffman, M.L.S. ’78, has been recognized as a Hall of Fame Librarian by the Ohio Library Council (OLC) for her work as the Children’s Services Manager at Cuyahoga County Public Library for most of her 30-year career. According to the OLC press release, “Hall of Fame Librarians have demonstrated sustained leadership, active participation in library organizations, a commitment to the library profession, and contributions to their communities. … Huffman’s contributions to youth services in Ohio public libraries are immeasurable. She developed and implemented many top-notch programs, such as summer programming designed to stem the "summer slide," Homework Centers, winner of the 2004 OLC Library Innovation Award, and Touch Labs, which help develop Kindergarten readiness. Huffman also shared her knowledge and experiences by presenting at regional, state, and national library conferences.”

September 2013

Jamie E. Bloss, M.L.I.S. '13, will deliver a poster presentation at the 2013 ALAO conference. Her poster, titled "Giving your LibGuides a Facelift: Usability and Design Best Practices,"presents tips for creating the most accessible library guides using LibGuides CMS in addition to discussing some of its new features, such as surveys, privacy rules and discussion boards. The focus will be on usability and readability of guides to help students quickly navigate through guides to find the information they need. Bloss is a librarian at Kent State University's Geauga Campus library.

SLIS alum and CCI Ph.D. candidate Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ’09, and SLIS practicum student Leah Schmidt will facilitate the round table discussion “Using collaborative strategies to meet Common Core primary resource requirements” at the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference at Kent State at Stark, Oct. 25. Blundell and Schmidt will use their experiences working with the Ludy T. Benjamin Jr. Popular Psychology Magazine Collection at the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron as the basis for discussion. Each will describe how she has used the collection to explore the emerging research concept of archival literacy. In part, discussion will consider how K-12 educators can make practical use of primary resource materials like items in the collection to meet emerging K-12 Common Core standard requirements in the area of primary resource usage in classroom instruction.

Daniel J. Slife, M.L.I.S. ’10, has been appointed director of the Wadsworth Ella M. Everhard Public Library. Slife was previously director of  Huron Public Library in Erie County and also has served as supervisor in the Adult and Electronic Service Department at Lakewood Public Library. In addition to the M.L.I.S. from Kent State, he holds an undergraduate degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University


July 2013

Becky Baldwin, M.L.I.S. ‘10, accepted a position as the branch manager at the East Canton Branch of the Stark County District Libraries.Baldwin graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology before receiving her M.L.I.S. from Kent State.She worked previously at Plain Community Library, where she was the teen librarian for two years.

SLIS alumnus Stephen Cox, M.L.I.S. '11, represented Kent State at SLA 2013 in San Diego as a part of the Cross-Border Bookworms, who won the annual Trivia Night held there. Cox also won the SLA-PHT's annual travel award for his essay on Future Forecasting. Publication of the essay in a future edition of CapLits is forthcoming.

SLIS alumnus Marlene Edge-Phillips, M.L.I.S. '12, accepted the Course Reserves Manager position at the Oakland University Kresge Library in Rochester, Mich., in July. She began working at the Kresge Library during her undergraduate career, which ultimately lead her to pursue her M.L.I.S. at Kent State University.

SLIS alumna Jen Johnson, M.L.I.S. ’09, has joined the State Library of Ohio as a librarian in the Research and Catalog Services Department. Johnson will provide reference and research services to state employees and other patrons of the State Library. She will also work as part of the State Library team that ensures access to useful electronic resources and an effective and excellent library catalog.

SLIS alumni Calvin Rydbom, M.L.I.S. '10, and Thomas Kubat, M.L.I.S. '09, were featured on "Sound of Applause" on WCPN 90.3 (NPR radio) Tuesday, July 30, discussing their new book, Cleveland Area Disasters 1900-1950. Rydbom and Kubat started their own company after graduating from SLIS -- Pursue Posterity, a freelance archiving firm with offices near East 14th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland.


June 2013

Shannon Bohle, M.L.I.S. '05, CDS (Cantab), FRAS, AHIP, recently received the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credential awarded by the Medical Library Association at the Senior level of achievement. Admission to AHIP is a challenging, peer-reviewed process that involves demonstrating excellence in academic preparation, professional experience and professional accomplishments (including teaching, publishing, membership and leadership in professional societies, continuing education and participation in scholarly conferences). The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement. Academy members must renew their credentials every five years, documenting achievements in continuing education, professional job experience, and leadership in the profession. Shannon is active in writing and publishing. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Library & Archival Security, published by Routledge as well as maintains a blog "Scientific and Medical Libraries" in association with and the German version of Scientific American.

Craig Boman, M.L.I.S. '11, Dayton, Ohio, was named Application Support Specialist in Roesch Library at the University of Dayton in May. In this new position he will help support all the IT needs of library patrons and staff.

Hernando County Public Library, where Adam Brooks, M.L.S. '01, Lutz, Fla., is Director of Libraries & Community Services, was selected as the Florida Library Association's 2013 Library of the Year.

C. Allen Nichols, M.L.S. '91, Fairlawn, Ohio, has been named executive director of the Akron Bar Association, after serving as chief executive officer of the Wadsworth Public Library since March 1997. He is a member of the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council. He also serves on the board of directors of Downtown Wadsworth, Goodwill Industries of Akron, The University of Akron College of Business Administration Alumni Board and the Business Advisory Council of Wadsworth City Schools.

Debra Orr, M.L.I.S. '04, Athens, Ohio, the Health Sciences / LRC Librarian at Ohio University, recently received the Outstanding Employee of the Year award from the Department of Academic Affairs, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Adrienne Strock, M.L.I.S. '03, Chicago, Ill., is manager of YOUmedia at Chicago Public Library. YOUmedia Chicago is a 21st century learning space for teens that follows the connected learning model. At the Chicago Public Library, it serves grades 9-12 at the Harold Washington Library Center and grades 6-8 at four branches.

May 2013 and the German version of Scientific American (under the umbrella of the Nature Publishing Group) officially launched a blog by SLIS alumna Shannon Bohle, M.L.I.S. '05, on their SciLogs website on May 10, 2013. The blog is titled "Scientific and Medical Libraries." 

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was interviewed for and contributed to a case study for “Serials Solutions, web-scale discovery leads to new efficiencies.”  The case study is available at

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2013 Indiana Online Users Group event, “The Many Faces of Technology,” held May 3, 2013 (  His speech was titled “A New Service Model through Technology."

SLIS alumna Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, wrote an article currently in production with Taylor & Francis. The article, "Health Information Literacy and the Elderly: Has the Internet Had an Impact?" has an estimated publication date of June 28 (online) and July 19 (print) in The Serials Librarian.

SLIS alumna Carolyn Hank, M.L.S. '04, has been appointed assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. She joins the UT faculty from McGill University where she was assistant professor and acting coordinator for the archival studies program. As a member of the Digital Curation Professional Institute faculty, she also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hank was awarded her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was titled Scholars & their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, & Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation. Hank received the Academic Achievement Award for the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu (UNC) in May of 2012 and the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award (UNC) in May of 2011. In June of 2010 she was awarded the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu. She began teaching at UT in the spring 2013 semester and will continue her research focus in digital curation and archival studies at UT.

SLIS alumnus Don Jason III, M.L.I.S. '12, M.S.-IAKM '12, has been accepted into the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program. Jason was one of the first graduates of the schools health informatics program, which began in fall 2010.

April 2013

Laura Barry, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Alexandria, Va., had a paper presentation accepted to the Inclusive Museum Conference which will be held in Denmark in April 2013 (

Joseph M. Dudley, M.L.I.S. '05, of Cleveland, Ohio, is presenting his paper titled “Maintenance and Development of the Library Web Portal at Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland Downtown Campus” in April at the 2013 Teaching, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference; the paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, contributed a chapter titled “Using Google Voice and Chat for Reference at the Kelvin Smith Library” in Designing and implementing virtual reference services: A LITA guide, ed. B.C. Thomsett-Scott (Chicago: American Library Association, 2013). Available at

A new book by SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, Build a Great Team: One Year to Success, has just been published by ALA Editions (2013). She also recently published a chapter titled “Grant Applications” in Library Management 101: A Practical Guide, ed. Diane L. Velasquez, (ALA Editions, 2013). Her previous publications include Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA Editions, 2011); “Reaching Little Heights,” book chapter in Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success, ed. Betsy Diamant-Cohen (ALA Editions, 2010); and “Burgers, Baby Showers and Hot Nosh! Success Stories of Community/Library Connections,” book chapter in Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions, ed. Karen Ellis (IGI Global, 2011).

Dana Shreve, M.L.I.S. ’09, of Gilbert, Ariz.,  has been named the Reference Manager at Grand Canyon University, where she was previously the Electronic Resources Librarian. She recently finished writing a book chapter for an introduction to university success class and is awaiting publication.

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., has several publications forthcoming: “Ambition and Ambivalence: A Study of Professional Attitudes Toward Digital Distribution of Archival Moving Images,” American Archivist, 76, no. 2 (in press, 2013); “The Evolution and Integration of Moving Image Preservation Work in Cultural Heritage Institutions,” Information & Culture 48, no. 3 (in press, 2013); “Exploring Methods to Improve Access to Music by Connecting Library Data to Linked Data: A Report of Methodologies and Preliminary Findings,” with SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and alumnus Laurence T. Skirvin, M.L.I.S. ’11, JASIST (in press, 2013). She also is author of a forthcoming book chapter: “Preservation in a Time of Transition: Redefining Stewardship of Time-Based Media in the Digital Age,” in Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, ed. Michèle V. Cloonan. New York: Neal-Schuman (forthcoming, 2013).

March 2013

Jessica DeCaro, M.L.I.S. ’09, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is now the assistant user services librarian at Case Western Reserve University in the Cleveland Health Science Libraries. She provides reference and information fluency instruction at the Health Center Library.

Nicole Hollon, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Austin, Texas, was hired full-time in October 2012 as a records management specialist for the University of Texas at Austin.

Jessica Hudson, M.L.I.S. ’02, of Canton, Ohio, has been named director of development, oncology, for the Summa Foundation in Akron, Ohio. Previously she worked in Corporate and Foundation Relations at Kent State University.

Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, music reference librarian, Popular Library Department, Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in Library Journal this month in the first of a two-part article. (See He’ll also be in the second part of the article in the next issue.) The article is about a program series he has been running since November called "Listen to This!" as well as similar programs at several other libraries. Kemple’s local alternative newspaper also did a story on the most recent instance of that series, which featured music from North Korea He also has been interviewed by Paste Magazine about his Experimental Music at the Library series.

LeeAnn McNabb, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, reference librarian in the Popular Library Department at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in a March 19 article on the Library as Incubator Project website for her role in organizing the first ever Cincinnati Library Comic Con series.

IAKM Alumnus Edwin K. Morris, M.S. ’12 (Knowledge Management), of Sierra Vista, Ariz., is the author of an article titled “Culture and Knowledge Operations at the Learning Technology Directorate,” which was recently published in Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin. The article was based on a paper he wrote for Special Topics in IAKM 61095 taught by Iouri P. Bairatchnyi, Ph.D. Morris also recently received Certified Knowledge Management Professional (CKMP) certification from the Knowledge Management Professional Society (KMPro). The CKMP designation is awarded by KMPro to experienced practitioners in the field of Knowledge Management (KM) based upon demonstration of practical application of knowledge management.

February 2013

Adam Brooks, M.L.I.S. ’01, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., was recently promoted to Director of Libraries & Community Services for Hernando County, Fla.

Caitlin Donahoe, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Lower Burrell, Pa., was hired in November as the Youth Services Librarian at Peoples Library. She works at the library's Lower Burrell and New Kensington, Pa., branches. Her work was highlighted in the local paper; the article can be found at the following url:

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was an invited webinar speaker for Serials Solutions: Relationship building leads to research success on Feb. 28, 2013.  The recording is available at

Amy McCoy, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is now at The University of Akron School of Law as the Technical Services Librarian or Assistant Law Librarian.

JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Akron, Ohio, accepted a job in December 2012, as a full-time children's librarian at the Akron-Summit County Main Library.

January 2013

Ashlee (Clark) Tominey, M.L.I.S. ‘12, of Columbus, Ohio, has been promoted to the position of Library Development Consultant with an emphasis in special project coordination at the State Library of Ohio. Ashlee’s responsibilities will include coordinating Ohio’s participation in ILEAD USA, supporting Library Leadership Ohio, and helping libraries with the development of strategic plans. She will also help Ohio libraries promote, develop, and assess their workforce development projects and form collaborative relationships with organizations and government agencies supporting workforce development and the economically impacted. Ashlee has been with the State Library of Ohio for the past nine years, serving as Executive Secretary to the State Librarian for the last six.  She has also worked at the Ohioana Library Association and Ohio University’s Alden Library. Ashlee also was recently appointed to the Ohio Library Council’s Library Education Committee and is an active member of the 2012 class of Library Leadership Ohio.

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was an invited panelist at ALA Midwinter 2013, on the Summon Customer Panel titled “Web-scale discovery leads to new efficiencies.”

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has been named editor of “By the Book,” a professional book reviews’ column published in Public Libraries. (Anyone interested in reviewing new library science books can contact Cathy at She is executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System.

Carolyn Hank, M.L.I.S. ’04, Ph.D., of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been appointed as assistant professor in the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. She joins the UT faculty from McGill University where she was assistant professor and acting coordinator for the archival studies program. As a member of the Digital Curation Professional Institute faculty, she also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Hank was awarded her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was titled “Scholars and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation. She received the Academic Achievement Award for the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu (UNC) in May of 2012 and the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award (UNC) in May of 2011. In June of 2010 she was awarded the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu. She will begin teaching courses in the spring 2013 semester and will continue her research focus in digital curation and archival studies at UT.

Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was featured in an interview in the December issue of Library Journal

Kemberly (Meiners) Lang, M.L.S. ’88, of London, Ohio, was recently selected as Curator of Corporate Heritage at OCLC located in Dublin, Ohio. In this position, Kemberly manages the OCLC Archive collections in both their physical and digital formats. Currently, the digital archive is maintained using CONTENTdm with non-restrictive items searchable via the OCLC WorldCat database.

Michelle Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Jamestown, Ohio, has been named Assistant Principal of Xenia Christian Middle and High School. She previously worked as the Assistant to the Director of Campus Activities at Cedarville, as secretary to the principal of Xenia Christian High School, and at Greene County Public Library.

Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S. ’04, has been appointed as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science. She will be teaching the Law Libraries and Legal Information course. Sara is also the Deputy Director of the Law Library and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joenna (Wolfe) Cynkar, M.L.I.S. ’07, of Dublin, Ohio, has been named the Program Coordinator for Ohio State University’s Department of Psychiatry. Jo began her LIS career as a Children’s Librarian at the Worthington Libraries (she was hired while doing her practicum there) and was promoted to Manager of Youth Services at Worthington only two years later in 2009. This latest career move represents a step outside of the LIS field but draws directly on the program management skills and experience she gained during her time at the Worthington Libraries.


December 2012

Gary Gorka, M.L.S. ’96, San Rafael, Calif., has been serving as executive director of the Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California, since 2007, and recently assumed the position of University Librarian, serving on Dean's Council and reporting to the provost. The library has a total staff of 13 with six faculty librarians involved primarily in information literacy instruction, research assistance, faculty liaison work and electronic resource development. It has recently completed a technology merger with the public libraries in Marin County, California, to create a fully shared academic-public catalog and borrowing consortium. He says he has always enjoyed academic librarianship, teaching and technology and is having a good time helping create a high-tech, high-touch library for the students. Next year the library building celebrates its 50th anniversary and will be embarking on a fundraising campaign to modernize the facility.

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was an invited speaker to the Fall 2012 Mohican Technical Services Retreat.  His speech topic was “Discovery layers and other Web 2.0 features in OPACs,” and a copy of his presentation is available at

Judy Griggs, M.L.I.S. ’07, Stow, Ohio, is the medical librarian in the Family Resource Center at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

Jeff Zarate, M.L.I.S. '09, Columbus, Ohio, is an Archives Project member at the Harding Heritage Foundation, which preserves the history of Harding Medical Center, Worthington Foods, and promotes psychiatric and nutritional wellness in the central Ohio area. The project is currently organizing archival materials for cataloging using PastPerfect5 software. Jeff's involvement has been on the technical side, installing the software on new computers, sorting and organizing files and assisting in the policy formulation, and inputting data into the catalog.

November 2012

Matthew Allison, M.L.I.S. ’04, was pictured in American Libraries Magazine (published by the American Library Association) in a story about damage caused by Superstorm Sandy: In the central picture of this article, Allison stands in front of the Book Bus at the Rockaway Peninsula in New York. Allison has been working at Queens Borough Public Library in New York City for the past 10+ years. The worst library damage occurred on the Rockaway Peninsula, just across Jamaica Bay from the JFK International Airport. Five branches of Queens Library had serious flood damage.

SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Sharon (Edwards) Holderman, M.L.I.S '07, was recently hired as the public services coordinator at Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library, Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.

An article by SLIS  Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and alumna Shelly Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, “A study of emotional labor in librarianship,” has been published in Library & Information Science Research 2012 (vol. 34).

Two SLIS alumnae have been selected to serve as 2013 board members of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OEMLA): Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. '09 (East Region) and Victoria Karakasis, M.L.I.S. '00 (Northeast Region). Krista Taracuk, M.L.S. '80, is OELMA's immediate past president, and three other alumnae served on the board in 2012: Jennifer Flaherty, M.L.I.S. '07 (Northeast Region), Debbie Reynolds, M.L.I.S. '04 (Northwest Region) and Linda Locker, M.L.S. '93 (South Region).

October 2012

Michelle Foss Leonard, M.L.S. '95, is the principal investigator for a $298,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create an online, self-directed, interactive game that creates a role-adopting environment in which Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduate students will learn to recognize and avoid plagiarism, falsification of data, and fabrication of data. The online game will be made freely available in November 2012. Read more about this project.

Bonnie Kleinke, M.L.I.S. ’10, of Kent, Ohio, is a pharmacy technician instructor.

September 2012

Bill Barrow, winner of Herrick AwardBill Barrow, M.L.S. '98, has received the 2012 Herrick Memorial Award from the Early Settlers’ Association of the Western Reserve for his work as the Cleveland Memory Project’s co-founder, team leader and public spokesperson. Read more about Barrow and this prestigious honor. (Photo: Bill Barrow, M.L.S. '98)

Tena Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’06, has been named executive director of the Stark County Library System.

Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93, is co-author, with SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., and SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D.,  of FRSAD: Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2012). The volume is part of the Third Millennium Cataloging Series. The FRSAD model (released by IFLA) allows catalogers to more readily determine the answer to the fundamental question, "What's it about?" and helps users by providing a clear description of library holdings. The cover says this publication was "written by three leading members of the IFLA working group that developed the model."

August 2012

Pat Tompkins, M.L.I.S. ’09, has been employed by the Iron County Mobile Library and the Utah State Library since September 2011.

William Coup, M.L.S. ’82, has retired after almost 20 years as a reference librarian at the Boynton Beach City Library in Boynton Beach, Fla. He has since moved to Hopkins, S.C., and volunteers at the Columbia Family Search Center helping people research their genealogy.

July 2012

Marlene Edge, M.L.I.S. '12, is presenting a poster defining "Document" at the 2012 DOCAM (Document Academy) in August. DOCAM12 is hosted by the faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 15-17, 2012.

Patricia Keats, M.L.I.S ’79, was instrumental in bringing the “Singing the Golden State” exhibit to life at The Society of California Pioneers. Keats, originally from Park Ridge, Ill., received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in medieval and renaissance history and went on to the University of Chicago to complete her master’s degree in medieval art history. Currently she holds the position of Director of Library and Archives for The Society of California Pioneers, a museum and library located in downtown San Francisco. Read more about this project.

Laurence Skirvin, M.L.I.S ’11, became the third person in his family to pursue a career in library and information science. Skirvin, originally from Villa Rica, Ga., received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of West Georgia in 2005. Both Skirvin’s grandmother and aunt were librarians; his grandmother, Elizabeth Neidert Skirvin, was a 1964 Kent State SLIS alumna. Read more about Skirvin.

Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. '09, has received the 2012 Emerging Leader award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The award is given each year to one or two librarians in the state who show leadership and potential in the field. She'll receive the award at the OELMA annual conference this fall. For the past two years, Angela has served as district librarian for Streetsboro City Schools. This fall she'll assume her new position as Director of Library Media Services for Nordonia Hills City Schools.

June 2012

Leni Anderson, M.L.I.S. '09, has been selected to be the new Director of the Education Curriculum Center at The Ohio State University-Newark campus. He will be leaving the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Franklinton Branch where he was an Adult Services/Reference Librarian.

Tracie Kreighbaum, M.L.S. '98, of Tualatin, Oregon, is a Ph.D. student at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management, and is teaching for ESU- Portland as a S.L.I.M. cohort.

Krista Taracuk, M.L.S. '90, the 2012 Ohio Educational Library Media Association Past President, has been appointed to the State Library of Ohio Board.

Mary Weick, M.L.S. '51, has retired from her position as a school librarian in Keauhou, Hawaii.

Amy Yuncker, M.L.I.S. '12, was recently name University Archivist for Malone University in Canton.

March 2012

Catherine Cardwell, M.L.S. '95, has been named Ohio Wesleyan University's new Director of Libraries.

Pamela Cass, M.L.S. '78, has retired from the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after 28 years. Cass was the recipient of the Correctional Education Association Support Person of the Year 2006.

January 2012

Grace Brinker, a 2011 SLIS graduate, has recently accepted a full-time cataloging position at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma.

Kristin E. Cole, M.L.I.S., Niles, Ohio, has accepted the position of reference-instruction librarian at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio

Timothy J. Dickey, M.L.I.S., Columbus, Ohio, had his article "Books as Expressions of Global Cultural Diversity: Data Mining for National Collection Analysis" accepted for publication in Library Resources & Technical Services.

SLIS Alumna and Adjunct Instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. '91, has published a chapter titled "Waking Up the Neighborhood: Partnerships with Local Businesses and Art Communities" in the recently published book Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions.

Charles F. Hansen, M.L.I.S., Mount Vernon, Ohio, has been selected as the new director of the Granville Public Library.

Sara Kelley-Mudie, M.L.I.S. '07, and Erica Blasdel, M.L.I.S. '07, were selected to participate in the 2011 American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program.

Amy Laity, M.L.S., Elmore, Ohio, became the new director of the Harris-Elmore Public Library on April 1. Laity was manager of the Genoa Branch Library since February 1995 and was appointed to assistant director in March.

Heidi L. Landskroener, M.L.I.S., '05 Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to Children's Librarian at the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

Marjory Mogg, M.L.I.S. '04, was listed in a Plain Dealer article on "The literary year in Cleveland: 10 newsworthy events," on Jan. 1, 2012, for her success in bringing the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to Cleveland in 2012 (Oct. 4-7). According to the Plain Dealer, "Marjory Mogg, intrepid Euclid librarian and mystery lover, scored a coup by luring the next Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to downtown Cleveland, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 4-7. Big names — such as John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth George and Robin Cook — will headline the four-day extravaganza, which Mogg said took her four years of campaigning to bring here. Participants can register at" Mogg is currently Readers Advisory Librarian at Euclid Public Library.

Janice G. Radl, M.L.I.S., Sagamore Hills, Ohio, was recently hired as a librarian in the Science and Technology Division at the Akron-Summit County Library.

Simone R. Richardson, M.L.S., Akron, Ohio, is a librarian at the Summit County Library and recently authored Executive Clemency by Pardon: A Guide to Pardon Success.

Daniel J. Slife, M.L.I.S., Huron, Ohio, is the new director of the Huron Public Library.

Rikki J. Steingass, M.L.I.S., Bluffton, Ohio, received a 2011 YALSA Teen Tech Week Mini Grant for Bluffton Public Library.

December 2011

Amy Crow, M.L.I.S. '11, was recently hired as the Genealogical Content Manager for

Heather McEwen, M.L.I.S. '06, Is now reference librarian at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) and an assistant professor of pharmacy practice. McEwen served as course director for the Evidence Based Medicine I course this fall, with a physician and a pharmacist as assistant course directors. This interprofessional course is taken by first-year medical and pharmacy students. She will also serve as the assistant course director for the EBM II course and has been busy creating library subject guides and presenting posters related to her EBM activities. Copies of her posters can be found here: McEwen's brother, William McEwen, a 2005 SLIS graduate, volunteered with the course.

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