Graduate Alumni Profiles

Name: Siobhan Loendorf
Title: Assistant Director
Employer: Catawba County Library
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2009
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Prior to going to SILS I had completed a BA in French Education K-12 with a minor in Russian. However, instead of teaching I found a job working in customer service for manufacturing...
Name: Matt Poland
Title: Instructor/PhD Student
Employer: University of Washington
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2016
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? My background is in English Literature, especially British literature and print culture. In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities? I am a doctoral...
Name: William Walker Knauth
Title: Metadata Specialist
Employer: Indiana State University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2016
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Prior to my enrollment in the SILS program in 2014 I had earned a BA in History with a Classics minor from UNC Asheville. I had also worked for a number of years as an archival...
Name: Kate Meyer
Title: UX Specialist
Employer: Nielsen Norman Group
Degree: BSIS, MSIS
Graduation year: 2015
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? I was fortunate to begin my career while working on my bachelor's and master's degrees: through internships while earning my BSIS, and by studying part-time while earning my MSIS. Balancing work and...
Name: Marian Fragola
Title: Director, Program Planning & Outreach
Employer: NCSU Libraries
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? BA in English; marketing and development; fundraising consulting. How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? Attained professional jobs with high-level responsibilities...
Name: Jennifer Hill
Title: Distance Education Librarian/Electronic Resources Manager
Employer: Johns Hopkins University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I went directly to SILS after graduating with my Bachelors in English and a concentration in Secondary Education. I had planned to become a middle school librarian, but I found a...
Name: Casey Rawson
Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project READY
Employer: UNC Chapel Hill SILS
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2011
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Before coming to SILS for my MSLS, I was a middle school science teacher. I have an MAT in Middle Grades Education from the University of Louisville and a BS in Biology from Duke...
Name: Page Laubheimer
Title: User Experience Specialist
Employer: Nielsen Norman Group
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2012
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had earned a B.A. a few years prior, and was relatively under-employed, working in paraprofessional jobs that were fairly rote and were not especially intellectually challenging. ...
Name: Oak Ritchie
Title: Communications Specialist
Employer: UNC - School of Medicine
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2015
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had gotten my BA in Media Arts from USC - Columbia. I was a documentary filmmaker and blogger, working on projects for local to international clients. How has your career...
Name: Alex Kyrios
Title: Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification
Employer: OCLC (at Library of Congress)
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2011
Alex Kyrios is an Editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification, employed by OCLC and working out of the Library of Congress. He’s responsible for updating and maintaining the world’s most widely used library classification system, and for exploring new uses of...
Name: Leslie Sult
Title: Instructional Services Librarian
Employer: University of Arizona
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2002
Leslie Sult (MSLS '02) is an instructional services librarian at the University of Arizona. She was awarded the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries(ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for work completed on the software Guide on the...
Name: Jennie Minor
Title: Metadata Librarian
Employer: NoveList
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2014
Jennie started her professional library career at NoveList a month after graduating from SILS in May of 2014.  She currently works as a Metadata Librarian in the Book Discovery department.  As a metadata librarian, Jennie spends the majority of her time...
Name: Harry Ahlas
Title: Analytics Consultant
Employer: Wells Fargo
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2001
I joined Wells Fargo Bank shortly after graduating SILS in 2001.  Wells Fargo is the nation’s fourth largest bank and one of the top 20 biggest public companies in the world (Forbes 2013).  It is a great place to work because the company strives to uphold the...
Name: H. Paul Dove, Jr.
Title: Professor Emeritus
Employer: Francis Marion University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1969
In 1968 I was offered financial assistance if I earned an MSLS degree and returned to my alma mater, Erskine College, to become director of the library. Even though I was completing an MA in French at the University of South Carolina (USC) at the time, I...
Name: Russ Davidson
Title: Professor and Curator Emeritus
Employer: University of New Mexico
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1978
Since retiring from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2004, I have worked as an independent contractor, translating scholarly monographs in Latin American history and working on short-term projects for book dealers supplying Latin American imprints to...
Name: Gary Fenton Barefoot
Title: Curator, Free Will Baptist Historical Collection/University Archives – Moye Library
Employer: University of Mount Olive
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1968
Degrees:  AB, MSLS Graduation Year:  1961 (AB), 1968 (MSLS) After graduation from UNC, I spent four years in the public school system of North Carolina as a junior high librarian and then an elementary librarian before becoming the second library director in...
Name: Jerry D. Campbell
Title: President
Employer: Claremont Lincoln University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1972
Jerry D. Campbell's role is to oversee the development of a a new university, Claremont Lincoln University, that is dedicated to helping different religious and ethical traditions collaborate to become a source of harmony rather than a cause of conflict in...
Name: Baasil Wilder
Title: Librarian
Employer: Smithsonian
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2007
Baasil Wilder provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside the library and beyond the library, through databases, telecommunications networks and cooperative arrangements. He is currently assigned as the Branch Librarian of the National...

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