David Banush - MLS '97
David is the Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources at Tulane University, a role he assumed in 2015. At Tulane, he oversees five library facilities, a collection of over 4.5 million items, and an annual budget of over $18M. He has served in leadership roles in several professional organizations, including ARL, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, the Northeast Research Libraries consortium, and the Ivy Plus Libraries Collection Development Group. He has published and presented articles on numerous library issues and served on the editorial board of Library Resources and Technical Services. He was also a member of the 2013-2015 cohort of the ARL Leadership Fellows, an executive leadership program focused on the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries.
Margaret Auer - MLS '72
Director of Libraries (Retired), University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit (Not Pictured)
Steven Bowers - MLIS '02
Steven is the Executive Director the Detroit Area Library Network, an 18-member library consortium featuring libraries of many types and sizes. He is the current president of the Michigan Library Association and Councilor of the American Library Association. In 2008, Steven was named as an ALA Mover and Shaker.
Derrick Burton - MLIS '11
Derrick is currently the Director of the Luise V. Hanson Library at Waldorf University, where he previously served as the Reference and Instruction Librarian and unofficial Archivist. Following graduation from the WSU School of Library Science, he spent several years as the Reference Librarian at Baker College Campus in Owosso. Across the profession, Derrick is active in a number of organizations and chapters, including ACRL, recently attending ALA's Leadership Institute and membership to several YALSA Task Forces after working on their project for the 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders. When possible, he continues work for his project, "Libraries with Walls," sending paintings to librarians and libraries who cannot afford art to hang in their buildings.
Ed Busch - MLIS '07
Ed is the Electronic Records Archivist for the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. He has published more than 25 articles on topics related to history and archives and has presented more than 20 times at conferences across the country. He is active in multiple archival and historical associations and is a founding member of the planning team that led the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners to a 2016 National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award.
Carolyn Caywood - MLS '72
Carolyn Caywood has been a librarian since 1972 when she graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She came to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1979 to be the Youth Services Coordinator. In 1984, she began managing Bayside Area Library and in 2000 also took on the NLS subregional, Special Services Library. She was honored by the New York Times as a Librarian of the Year in 2004. Her professional interests are intellectual freedom, civic engagement, emerging technologies, and library service to young people and to a diverse public including persons with disabilities. She retired at the end of 2010. (Via ALAConnect.)
Kristen Chinery - MLIS '06
Kristen is an archivist and lecturer at Wayne State University. She has presented at professional conferences more than 20 times and is continually active in academic research and publishing. Her most current research Archivists at Work: Stress and Mood Effects in a Gendered Profession explores gender as an influence on archivist work stress, negative moods, and administrative supports. In 2017 she was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by Wayne State University Academic Staff Professional Development Committee and in 2015 she was awarded the State History Award for Distinguished Professional Service by the Historical Society of Michigan.
Dr. Richard Cochran - MLS '79
Richard has held multiple management level positions over the course of his 30-year career, most recently as Associate Dean of Libraries, Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant, MI and prior to that Dean of the Library and Chief Information Officer, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. He is a past-president of the Michigan Library Association as well as a past member of the MLA Board of Directors. He is an Army veteran with commendations including a Good Conduct Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and a Meritorious Service Medal.
Richard explained the role of Wayne State in his career: "I loved the time I spent at WSU in pursuit of my library degree -- it was an unforgettable time of my life as I transitioned from the military to civilian life and WSU prepared me for a wonderful life of interesting activities and challenging assignments. Returning to Michigan in 1998 to plan and oversee the building of Ferris State's new library - FLITE -- completed in 2001, and later leading MLA would not have been possible but the foundations set in the classroom at WSU."
Gary Cocozzoli - MSLS '74
Gary Cocozzoli received his MSLS from Wayne State University in 1974 and has a BA in Geography from WSU’s department of Geography and Urban Planning. He has served as a librarian at Lawrence Technological University since 1975 and was named director of the library in 1981. Though involved with all aspects of the library’s administration, in recent years Cocozzoli has enjoyed advanced work in library systems and the growth of electronic resources. He has recently presented at a national webinar and spoke at three global conferences for the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) on specialized library topics.
With a strong involvement in the Michigan library community, Cocozzoli has served on several boards of the Michigan Library Association and the Special Libraries Association Michigan Chapter, and has been chair of Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL). He is currently treasurer of the SEMLOL organization. He is also a former president and board member of Wayne State University Library Science Alumni Association (1983-89, 1993-96) and served on the board of the Michigan Library Consortium. Other service included vice-president of Data Research Users Group, board member and trainer for the Michigan Library Exchange (MiLE), chair of Council on Research Development, and chair of Association of Independent College and University Libraries in Michigan. He was also the first chairperson of the Lawrence Tech Staff Senate. Gary served on the planning committee for each of the Library Science Alumni Update programs when those were offered annually.
Cocozzoli has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science (1990), and the Richard Marburger Excellence in Achievement award as LTU Administrator of the Year (1998). He also is listed in Who’s Who in America. He is a co-author of two reference books, German American History and Life (1980) and Japan’s Economic Challenge, a Bibliographic Sourcebook (1988), with the late Dr. Michael Keresztesi (WSU professor of Library Science) and has published numerous reviews for American Reference Books Annual (1985-1991).
Elizabeth Clemens - MLIS '01
Audiovisual Archivist, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit (Not Pictured)
Mark Coir - MLS '78
Managing Partner, Salevco, Michigan (Not Pictured)
Jeffrey Crocker - MLIS '17
Main Library Branch Manager, West Bloomfield Township Public Library. Jeff is active in multiple organizations including the Michigan Innovative Users Group, most recently serving as Chair for the 2017 Michigan Innovative Users Group Conference in Lansing, Michigan. At West Bloomfield Township Public Library he leads the Digital Customer Experience Committee and is responsible for development and implementation of the library's annual marketing and communication plan.
Doreen Hannon - MLS '00
Doreen served as director of the Salem-South Lyon District Library for 16 years with 21 years of service before retiring in December 2016. Under her leadership, the library staff grew from eight members to over 40, the library building was expanded by a third, a new HVAC system and whole building generator installed without additional tax request. In 2014, voters approved an additional 20-year operating millage by a landslide. Doreen is particularly proud of the cohesive team at the library consisting of the Library Board, Friends of the Library, employees and 100+ volunteers, where the goal was to work hard, have fun, and provide amazing service!
Daren Hubbard - MLS '00
Daren is currently Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for computing and information technology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Wayne State University is a large urban research university with the largest single-campus medical school in the United States. In his role as CIO, Mr. Hubbard is responsible for the university's computing and networking facilities, data center operations, enterprise software applications, learning management environments, high-performance research computing, voice services, information security, and information technology support services. With over 20 years of experience in higher education leadership, Daren has expertise in application development, project management and mobile technology. He has led many successful development teams winning national recognition for several of those efforts. Daren also serves as board chair of Merit Networks board of directors.
Randy Dykhuis - MLS '83
Executive Director, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, Lansing, Michigan (Not Pictured)
Nancy Elkington - MLS '84
Nancy graduated from Wayne State University in December 1984, receiving a Master of Science in Library Science degree. During her studies, she worked as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip P. Mason (Director, Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs) and as a Research Assistant to Dr. Peter Spyers-Duran (Dean, University Libraries). She focused much of her academic energies (1982-84) on the preservation of library and archival materials.
In 1984, Elkington was appointed to a position in the University of Michigan's then-young Research Library Residency Program, working in the UM Preservation Department. Over the next 5 years, she received a grounding from Margaret Byrnes (Director of Preservation) in the management of microfilm programs, grant proposal writing, and user education. The California-based Research Libraries Group (RLG) hired her in 1989 to work with Patricia McClung in their Programs Division on the expansion of the first national cooperative microfilming program. From 1989 to 1996, Elkington wrote grant proposals totaling over $10M, conceived and carried out a nation-wide microfilm quality assurance program, participated in national and international standards-setting, and trained dozens of librarians in the management of local microfilming projects.
In the early 1990s, she edited three conference proceedings and two seminal preservation publications: the RLG Library Preservation Microfilming Handbook (1992) and the RLG Archives Preservation Microfilming Handbook (1994). From 1996 to 2006, Elkington continued with RLG but shifted into membership development services and relocated first to the UK (1996-2002) and then to New York City (2002-2006). During that decade, she worked with university libraries, national libraries and archives, museum and special research libraries throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe and Australia as they collaborated around projects, services, and training. When RLG and OCLC merged in 2006, she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she became part of the OCLC Research division until her departure and early retirement in 2013. Nancy has been the recipient of multiple honors including : Distinguished Alumni Award, Library Science Program, Wayne State University, 1995 Preservation Publication Award, Society of American Archivists, 1995 Esther Piercy Award, 1994 Distinguished Service Award, Library Science Program, Wayne State University, 1985.
Kristin Fontichiaro - MLIS '05
Kristine is a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), where she studies and teaches about librarianship and formal and informal learning. At UMSI, she has been awarded the Excellence in Instruction and Joan Durrance Community Engagement Awards. She is currently principal investigator of two projects made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services: the Making in Michigan Libraries project, which provides professional development in libraries in rural and small communities, and Supporting Librarians in Adding Data Literacy Skills to Information Literacy Instruction, which promotes just-in-time data literacy mini-lessons. She coordinates the University of Michigan's online Professional Certificate program in Public Library Management, which uses the MOOC (massive open online course) model to bring quality library education to students in over 155 nations. Additionally, she was a member of the inaugural class of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2012.
She has authored or edited nine books for librarians, including the award-winning Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers, co-edited with Debbie Abilock and Violet H. Harada., which was named Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians for Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers Awarded by Library Media Connection and American Reference Books Annual. She is series editor and contributing author to Cherry Lake Publishing's youth series Makers as Innovators (Booklist Top Ten Series), Makers as Innovators Junior, and Data Geek , totaling over 50 titles. Her Hacking Fashion:Fleece was named to Booklist's Best How-To Books for Youth in 2016. Previously the blogger and "Nudging Toward Inquiry" columnist at School Library Monthly, she now writes the "Makerspaces" column for Teacher Librarian.
Paul Gallagher - MLIS '09
Paul is the Assistant Dean for Transformative Services with the Wayne State University Libraries, and provides senior level leadership on three strategic pillars: ensuring excellence with the user experience, developing scholarly collections and cultural legacy materials in the digital realm, and expanding broad and expedient discovery of library resources in all formats. Paul has nearly ten years of experience an academic setting, and previously served in the private sector with roles focused on technology education, application development, and systems management. Paul joined the WSU Libraries in 2009, and has assumed increasingly responsible roles including Developer Librarian, Associate Director for Discovery Services, and Director for Library Operations and Planning. Paul currently serves on the elected boards of the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS).
Lisa Goodman - MLIS '06
Lisa A. Goodman is the Associate Law Librarian for Administration at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale. Her previous positions include Interim Assistant Dean for the Law Library & Information Technology Services and Associate Director for Public Services at Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library. She also served as Head of Public Services at the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at Texas Wesleyan (now Texas A&M) University School of Law. She has taught both first-year and advanced legal research classes. Before becoming a law librarian, Lisa practiced briefly with the Detroit firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She holds a JD and MLIS from Wayne State University, a BS from Eastern Michigan University, and a BA from the University of Michigan. Lisa is active in the American Association of Law Libraries including service as the 2016-2017 Black Caucus Chair. She currently co-chairs Yale University Library's Advisory Committee on Library Staff Diversity and Inclusion. In 2015 she participated in Harvard University's Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Sigrun Klara Hannasdottir - MLS '68
Sigrun worked as a reference librarian in Kresge Library, Rochester, Michigan 1968-1969. Following her time there she worked as a Library Consultant for Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Perú, South America and her work was financed by the Bank of Inter-American Development 1969-1971. During the years 1971-1975, she was director of school libraries for the City of Reykjavik, Iceland. From 1975-1998 she was appointed by the University of Iceland as professor of Library Science and head of the educational program for all librarians in Iceland. During a four-year period of 1998-2002, she was Director of NORDINFO, Nordic Council for Scientific Information in Helsinki, Finland. Her last professional appointment 2002-2007 was the Director of the National and University Library of Iceland with the title National Librarian, and the first woman to hold that position. She was president of International Association of School Librarianship 1995-1998 and vice-president 1988-1994. Sigrun retired in 2007 and has traveled extensively, visiting her 114th country this year.
Sigrun received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Wayne State University, Detroit 1968-1969, and a Unesco Scholarship to start my Doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1976. In 2003, She received the Order of the Falcon awarded by the President of Iceland for contributions to the Library Profession. She was given an honorary membership of Upplysing, The Icelandic Library, and Information Science Association. She received the European Achievement Award given by European members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and in 2013 she received the highest honor of that society, International Achievement award in 2013. Sigrun also received the Distinguished Alumna Award given by Wayne State University in 2009.
Susan Hayes - MLS '72
Boynton Beach, Florida (Not Pictured)
Julie Herrada - MLS '90
Julie is the Curator at the Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has published and presented more than two dozen times, most recently publishing a chapter entitled "Agnes Inglis and the Birth of a Radical Archive," in Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, and Collections 1817–2017. Julie has also curated numerous exhibits and is active in multiple professional organizations. Julie was the recipient of the Jackie Eubanks Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in promoting the acquisition and use of alternative materials in libraries by the American Library Association in 1999. In 2002, Julie was named as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal, and in 2011 she was selected for the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumna Award.
Holly Hibner - MLS '99
Holly is Adult and Teen Services Coordinator at Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She is also co-founder of the blog awfullibrarybooks.net and partner in the library consulting firm ALB Partners. She is the co-author of two books Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level: Participating, Publishing, and Presenting and Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management as well as multiple articles. Holly frequently presents at state and national library conferences. She has made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as other television and radio shows discussing her blog and the art of weeding.
Mary Kelly - MLIS '02
Mary is Adult Services Librarian at Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She is also co-founder of the blog awfullibrarybooks.net and partner in the library consulting firm ALB Partners. She is the co-author of two books Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level: Participating, Publishing, and Presenting and Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management as well as multiple articles. Holly frequently presents at state and national library conferences. She has made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as other television and radio shows discussing her blog and the art of weeding.
Leonard Kniffel - MLS '75
Leonard is the author of A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home (Texas A&M University Press, 2005). He is currently President of the all-volunteer Polish American Librarians Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago. He was editor and publisher of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, until 2011, and creator and publisher of @ your library, the American Library Association's former public awareness website, which was funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and supported by Disney Book Group and the ALA's "Library Champions." His most recent book is a memoir titled Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother (2017). His other books are Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries (ALA Editions/Skyhorse Publishing, 2011) and Musicals on the Silver Screen: A Guide to the Must-See Movie Musicals (Huron Street Press, 2013). He is at work on a second travel memoir about Poland and France, a second edition of Musicals on the Silver Screen. He maintains a detailed blog of his personal and professional endeavors at http://polishson.com/.
Dan Klyn, MLIS '99
Dan Klyn - MLS '99
Dan was hired immediately out of WSU LISP program in 1998 to do information architecture work at Allmusic.com, and has worked in a variety of in-house and external consulting roles since then. He began teaching the information architecture course at UM School of Information in 2007 and continues to do so today. In 2012 Dan co-founded The Understanding Group (TUG) and work as the principal architect in a 12-person information architecture consultancy. Last year he began serving a 2-year term as President of the Information Architecture Institute.
Monica Kroondyk - MLIS '15
Monica is the Assistant Director at the Boyne District Library in Boyne City, Michigan. She began her library career as the children's librarian at the Boyne District Library in 2010. She became the Assistant Director in 2015 after earning her Masters in Library and Information Services from Wayne State University. She has volunteered with the Michigan Library Association and the Library of Michigan. At the local level she currently serves on the Evangeline Township Planning Commission, the Boyne City Main Street organization committee, and is the current treasurer of the Boyne City Middle School. Monica recently accepted the role as a board member for the new Boyne Heritage Center. She graduated from the Leadership Charlevoix County program in 2013. In 2015 she had the honor of being named one of the Top 10 under 40 by the Petoskey News Review.
Karen Lemmons - MLS '95
Karen is the Library Media Specialist at the Detroit School of Arts in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. She is an Executive Board Member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and Chair of the Services to Children and Families of African Descent Committee (BCALA), among many other current volunteer work. She was a committee member for the 2016 Newbery Award and served as a member of the 2006 Caldecott Award Committee. Karen was President of the Michigan Association for Media in Education in 2003. Karen writes articles for BCALA Newsletter and has written articles for MAME Newsletter. She was also a contributing writer for the book The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges, Scarecrow Press (April 12, 2012). She is the recipient of Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Advocacy Award in September 2012, the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science in April 2012 and the BCALA Appreciation Award in August, 2010.
Laura Mancini - MLS '96
Laura Mancini graduated with her masters' degree in Library and Information Science and a graduate certificate in archival administration in 1996. She spent the first seven years of her career working in archives starting with a contract position at the General Motors Media Archives followed by stints at the Cranbook Archives and the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford. Since 2003, she has served as the Director- Library Services for Oakland County, where she manages county library programs; the largest of these being the Adams-Pratt Law Library. Laura also spent nine years as an adjunct faculty member for WSU's School of Library and Information Science. Laura has been very active in the library community serving as President of the Southfield Public Library Board and of the Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. She was also board chair for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) consortium and is currently the President-Elect for the Michigan Association of Law Libraries ( MichAll ). As part of her work for the Adams-Pratt Law Library, Laura became involved in the Access to Justice legal community in Michigan. She served as the librarian representative for the State Bar of Michigan Foundation's Solutions on Self-Help Task Force. She has also authored articles that were published in The Michigan Bar Journal and The Journal of Law in Society. In 2010, she was awarded the Allene and Martin Doctoroff Liberty Bell Award by the Oakland County Bar Association in recognition for promoting a better understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and encouraging a greater respect for the law and the Courts.
Aaron LaFramboise - MLIS '16
Aaron currently the Director of Library Services at Blackfeet Community College. She is an active member of the American Indian Library Association and is currently the executive board secretary. She has helped lead a save tribal library funding campaign. Aaron has presented at the Tribal College Librarians Institute on saving tribal library funding, and I did a separate presentation on creating infographics. I am a Commissioner for the Montana State Library, and her current term runs until 2020. As a commissioner, she serves all public libraries in Montana by setting the state library budget and evaluating the current state librarian. As a duty of the commission, she has sat on the Network Advisory Council, which is a statewide council that sets priorities for the LSTA Grants to States funds. She is the current chair of the Academic and Special Library Division of the Montana Library Association. Aaron is a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader and is very active with campus activities. I am currently teaching a College Writing course and am embedding the library into the college writing lab throughout the semester in an effort to model how embedding the library has positive effects on tribal college students.
Katherine Lester - MLS '01
Katherine has been working as a Certified School Library Media Specialist in Michigan Public Schools since earning her MLS in 2001. She runs both after-school and at-lunch student Maker Clubs of over 120 students. She has been actively involved as a leader in her school districts through being a member of School Improvement, District Technology, Online Learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, and Data Committees. She recently became a certified educator for Google for Education, BrainPOP, and Ozobot. Katherine frequently presents at conferences on effective school library programs, collaboration, advocacy, digital reading, and making/makerspaces. Katherine has been actively involved in professional organizations at both the state and national level. She is a past-president and a current board member of the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) and a committee chair and member of the American Association for School Librarians (AASL). She is also a member of the steering committee for SIGLIB group of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and an Affiliate Representative of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She has also been a member of the Library of Michigan's School Library Workgroup. She has also been a member of state committees such as the Michigan #GoOpen Strategy Team, the Michigan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Tactical Review Committee and the State Educational Technology Plan Update Workgroup. As chair of MAME's Advocacy Committee, Katherine also is very passionate about equal access for students to effective school library programs staffed by certified school librarians in our state. She continues to work and meet with legislators as well as the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to advocate for such access. Katherine continues to work and partner with a number of organizations such as the Library of Michigan, Michigan Library Cooperative Directors Association, Michigan Reading Association, and many others to support MAME in their advocacy work.
David Matte - MLIS '03
David Matte is the Idaho State Archivist and Administrator and has been in this position since 2014. He is responsible for the Idaho State Archives and serving on the Leadership Team of the Idaho State Historical Society, an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Historic Sites Program, The Idaho State Archives (ISA) and Research Center provides public access to records of fiscal, administrative, legal, vital and long-term research value to the citizens and government of Idaho. The Idaho State Archives and State Records Center have combined holdings of over 200,000 cubic feet of records. They provide access to and transparency of the state and local government records they collect, manage, and preserve for the citizens of Idaho. In addition to his work on the Leadership Team, David serves as the State Coordinator for the governor's appointed State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB).
David balances his time between administrative duties and traditional archival/reference work. His work is guided by a strategic plan and a big focus on the plan right now involves moving to new cataloging systems for all parts of the Record Center and Archives. Another project that David is excited about is Idaho State Archives involvement in the "Chronicling America Program," a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Idaho received three NEH grants totaling $727,673 to digitize local Idaho newspapers. In the first two phases of the grant cycle the State Archives digitized 67 local Idaho newspapers consisting of 195,000 pages digitized and are moving into Phase 3 of that program to digitize another 100,000 pages. David is involved in the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), a professional nonprofit association dedicated to the improvement of federal, state, and local government records and information management and the professional development of government records administrators and archivists. One of his accomplishments was preparing a proposal to host the 2017 annual NAGARA Conference in Boise. His proposal was selected among many and over 300 attendees enjoyed a variety of programs and learned more about Idaho's archives.
Norman Maas - MLS '71
Director (Retired), Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia (Not Pictured)
Sandra McCarthy - MLS '90
Sandy is the Faculty Librarian and Distance Learning Librarian at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was the recipient of the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995 and Michigan Library Association Walter H. Kaiser Award in 2005. She has been active in numerous professional organizations including the American Library Association, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Michigan Academic Library Association, the Michigan Community College Association, the Michigan Library Association, the Michigan Health Sciences Library Association, the Library of Michigan, Michigan Library Consortium, and others. Most recently Sandy has been involved with ACRL Community and Junior College Library Section (CJCLS), including as a board member on the CJCLS Executive Committee, Chair of the CJCLS Awards Committee, Chair and Library Technical Assistant Education. She frequently presents and publishes on a variety of library-related topics and most recently co-authored a chapter in Leading and managing e-learning: What the e-learning leader needs to know entitled "Weaving Information Literacy Instruction into the Fabric of Your E-Learning Program."
Steve McGladdery - MLIS '13
Steve is the Director of the Wayne Public Library in Wayne, Michigan. It wasn't long after graduation that Steve received his first permanent librarian position at the Wixom Public Library. In a relatively short time there he was able to apply what I had learned at WSU to areas like collection development, reader advisory, adult programming, weeding, and even some basic cataloging. With this knowledge, he felt ready when a position became available for a Co-Director in Wayne, MI. Much sooner than expected, the library board asked Steve to serve as sole Director, just a few short years after receiving his degree from WSU. Steve serves in that position today at Wayne's class IV public library.
Erik Nordberg - MLS '92
Erik Nordberg is a 1992 graduate of the Wayne State University library science and archival administration program. He worked initially at IU South Bend, but moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he worked from 1994-2013 as an archivist and librarian at Michigan Technological University. He developed their regional archives collection into outwardly facing public history program, and served as interim head of reference and acting library director for the Van Pelt Library at Michigan Tech. Nordberg served two years as executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council before moving to Detroit in October 2013 to become director of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State. He is active professionally with archival and historical organizations, including election as president of the Mining History Association. He has managed grants from local, state, and federal agencies, and will complete his PhD in Industrial Heritage from Michigan Tech in Fall 2017.
Linda Mielke - MLS '72
Consultant, Linda Mielke Consulting, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Past-President Public Library Association. Visit Linda's website at lindamielke.com. (Not Pictured)
Natalie Morath - MLIS '11
Lead Archivist & Curator, General Motors Design Archive & Special Collections, Warren, Michigan is a graduate of Wayne State's School of Information Science, where she received her MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration in 2011. After stints at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Eastern Michigan University, she became the Lead Archivist & Curator at the General Motors Design Archive & Special Collections (DASC), a position she has held since 2014. As Lead Archivist, Natalie manages the physical and digital collections of the DASC, preserving the history of design within General Motors. In this role she also contributes to the historic preservation of the GM Technical Center, a National Historic Landmark campus designed by Eero Saarinen. In her time at GM Design, she has curated three exhibitions, including several that have traveled nationally; she also managed the Archive's recovery efforts following a disastrous flood that damaged a significant number of records. She has contributed to the profession by speaking on panels, publishing papers, and mentoring other archivists. Her long-term goals are to continue serving the historic preservation of General Motors while also improving education, training and outreach for business archivists.
Dallas Pillen - MLIS '15
Dallas is the Archivist for Metadata and Digital Projects at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library and an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He is a 2014 graduate of Wayne State University's School of Library in Information Science, earning his MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration. At the Bentley, Dallas is the library's product owner for its ArchivesSpace implementation, with responsibilities including training new users, creating policies and guidelines for using the application, developing local customizations to meet the Bentley's needs, and providing ongoing support for the application. In addition to his work with ArchivesSpace, Dallas also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Bentley's web archiving program and is involved with numerous projects involving the creation, use, and reuse of metadata to support the library's business intelligence efforts, its digitization projects, and to meet the needs of end users. Prior to his current position, Dallas was a Project Archivist at the Bentley, serving as a member of its ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration project team, supporting the library's migration of legacy metadata to ArchivesSpace, and assisting with the library's implementation of Aeon. Professionally, Dallas is a member of the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council, on the planning committee for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners, a member of the OCLC Web Archiving Metadata Working Group, on the Detroit Jewish News Foundation's Technical Advisory Board, has presented and led workshops at a variety of conferences including the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, and the Personal Digital Archiving conference, and has published articles in the Code4Lib Journal and the Journal of Digital Media Management. Dallas has previously worked for Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library, the Detroit Historical Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Detroit Jewish News Foundation.
James Pletz - MLS '75
After a thirty five year absence, James (Jim) Pletz, returned to Michigan taking charge of The Library Network (TLN) as Director in June of 2009. A 40% ($370,000) cut in state aid support for Fiscal Year 2010 forced a top down review of all services. A creative new plan of service produced an initial savings to cover the shortfall and to lay a foundation for a secure future. That secure financial base is measured annually, matching member library payment for cooperative services with documented value the member libraries received for their investment. For Fiscal Years 2014 to 2016, member libraries paid $9,363,972 for TLN services and received $177,525,897 in value (money they would have to pay out if there was no cooperative). As Principal Consultant for JEP Community Consulting (2004 – 2009) Jim authored 20 grants, securing successful results for 18 applications. Between 1977 and 2004 as a senior executive service administrator, Jim directed Chicago Public Library departments on an award winning cycle of service including Director of Adult Services (1995-2004); Director of Programs and Exhibits (1991-1995); Director of the Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (1984-1991); Senior Research Analyst (1982-1984); and, Coordinator of Senior Citizen Services (1977-1981). Jim started his library career as Manager of Institutional Library Services for the Houston Public Library (1975-1976).
In 1975 Jim was awarded a Master of Science in Library Science where he also secured a certificate as a Specialist in Aging from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Institute on Aging. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. Jim has numerous awards for his exceptional service as a public library administrator including Distinguished Alumni (Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program); Outstanding Public Service Administrator (National Federation of the Blind); Alexander Skrypek BPH Librarian of the Year (Illinois Library Association); Health Educator of the Year (Illinois Blue Cross and Blue Shield); Superior Executive Public Service (Metropolitan Governmental Units of Chicago); and Gerontology Fellow (U.S. Department of Aging).
Cathleen Russ - MLIS '03
Cathleen Russ began her library career in the Circulation department of the Troy Public Library in 1991, working her way to becoming Circulation Department Head of Bloomfield Twp Public Library by 1997. In 2000, she accepted the position of Library Director of the Center Line Library, and in December 2003 completed her MLIS at Wayne State University. Cathy became director of the Chelsea District Library in 2006 and of the Troy Public Library in 2007.
Cathy received the Loleta D. Fyan Award from the Michigan Library Association in 2011; she also received the WSU LIS program's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Cathy taught Library Administration & Management as an adjunct faculty member at WSU from 2009-2013. An active member of the Michigan Library Association, she served as conference chair in 2009 and is currently on the MLA Executive Board.
Dr. Rong Tang - MLS '95
Rong Tang is an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College. Her research interests center on user behavior research, including cognitive styles and user experience, usability evaluation, collaborative user behavior, and mobile user research. Published in top-ranked journals, Rong Tang teaches primarily in areas of usability, digital information searching, evaluation of information services, theories of information science, and research methods. Rong Tang was a visiting professor at National Taiwan University and Jiangsu University in Fall 2013 and Summer 2014, where she taught usability and user behavior research courses and gave user behavior research talks in multiple universities in China. She was also a visiting scholar at Wuhan University iSchool in Summer 2017.
Rong Tang is the founding and current Director of Simmons Usability Lab. One of her papers won the 2008 Wynar/ALISE research paper competition. She is a recipient of 2008 OCLC/ALISE Research Grant Award, and a 2010 contractual award from Harvard University Center for Biomedical Informatics. She also received a series of technology grants from EBSCO and HW Wilson from 2011 to 2012. She served as a consultant for Harvard University Library Usability Project in Fall 2014. In Fall 2017, Rong Tang received a WGBH subcontracted grant from NEH (National Endowment of the Humanities) to conduct usability evaluation of the PBCore website.
Professionally, Rong Tang served as the Chair of ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology) SIG-USE in 2013-2014. She has been serving as a Co-Chair of ASIS&T Publications Committee since 2015. She serves as the Director for External Relations, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) from 2017 to 2020.
Gary Price - MLS '96
Editor of Library Journal's infoDOCKET Librarian, Writer Library Journal's infoDOCKET, Washington, D.C. Gary is an American librarian and is currently co-editor of INFOdocket (now part of Library Journal of Media Source) and FullTextReports.com. Price is also the co-founder of both sites along with Shirl Kennedy. Both INFOdocket and FullTextReports are updated daily with new online search tools, library and research news, commentary, and full text reports from governments, think tanks, NGOs, academicians, and others. (Via Wikipedia.)
Katrina Rouan - MLIS '09
Katrina Rouan is the Coordinator for Reference Services and Graduate Student Assistants at Wayne State University. She provides leadership and identifies new opportunities in the area of library public services and manages the Library System's Graduate Student Assistants. In this role, she expanded reference services to a 24/7 model, providing users with reference services any time of day. She also led a team that developed a tool called DeskStats, a major enhancement to the way the WSU Libraries collect reference, circulation, and computing help data. Even more impactful for SIS, Katrina transformed the Graduate Student Assistant model within the Libraries. She expanded their role to include a "project phase" in which they are embedded in various library departments and teams, gaining an invaluable educational experience in supporting key Libraries' initiatives. Additionally, she developed a comprehensive orientation and onboarding process, establishing these promising SIS students as valuable members of the Libraries team.
Katrina is a highly respected colleague and strong leader throughout the library profession. She has served as Chair of the Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL), has had leadership roles with statewide associations such as the Michigan Library Association (MLA) and Michigan Academic Library Association (MIALA), and with national associations such as the Association of College & Research Libraries' (ACRL) Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS). She has a strong record of professional achievement, regularly sharing her expertise at the state and regional level. She has worked for the Wayne State Libraries since 2008 and received her MLIS in 2009.
Kathleen Roe - MLS '79
Director of Archives and Records Management Operations, New York State Archives, Albany, New York In addition to her recent service as president of the Society of American Archivists, Kathleen D. Roe is Director of Archives and Records Management Operations at the New York State Archives. She manages the operation of the Archives records management program providing services to 63 state agencies and 4300 local governments as well as the archival programs operating State Archives archival facility holding over 100,000 cubic feet of state government records as well as statewide programs to provide training - and advisory services to over 3000 historical records programs. She has served as president of the Council of State Archivists, and currently chairs CoSA's Government Relations Committee which is currently involved in advocating for the Preserving the American Historical Records bill, an effort to bring federal formula grant funding to each state. She is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, has served on or chaired a number of committees for that organization including the Committee on Archival Information Exchange, the Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee, and the Appointments Committee, and currently serves on the Government Affairs Working Group. She has been honored by the Centro de Estudios PuertorriqueÃ±os, Hunter College for her contributions to documenting New York's Latino communities, has been awarded three NEH-Mellon Fellowships for the Study of Archival Administration, and has been a member of several national and international archival practices research projects. She has published and taught extensively in the areas of archival descriptive practices, advocating for archival programs, and documenting disasters and tragedies.
Dr. William Saffady - MLS '75
Professor (Retired) and Records and Information Management Consultant, New York City (Not Pictured)
Ann Schoenenberger - MLIS '06
Digital Librarian, Kenton County Public Library, Covington, Kentucky 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker (Read more on libraryjournal.com.)
Kim Schroeder - MLS '92
Lecturer, Career Advisor, and Coordinator, Archival Program, Wayne State University School of Information Sciences, Detroit Read More