Graduate Alumni Profiles

Name: Susan Teague Rector
Title: Web Strategist and Information Architect
Employer: University of Colorado, Denver - University Web Services
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2004
Susan joined the Web services team at University of Colorado Denver this past summer. Her responsibilities range from working on a long-term university strategy and governance plan for Web site mobility, to reading about Sharepoint taxonomies, to working with...
Name: Matt Thomas
Title: Web Application Developer
Employer: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2010
Matt Thomas is a Web application developer for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). "While I was a student, I worked for AASHE as an intern and part-time employee," said Thomas. "When I graduated, I accepted their...
Name: Jean E. Crampon
Title: Science & Engineering Librarian
Employer: University of Southern California
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1971
Jean went to UNC at Chapel Hill in order to be a librarian with adult researchers and learners, but her first professional position was at a public library as a children's librarian. She then went to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library...
Name: Elizabeth Morris
Title: Assistant Librarian
Employer: Yale Center for the British Art
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2010
Elizabeth Morris is an assistant librarian at the Yale Center for the British Art. We asked her to answer a series of questions about her new position and how she achieved her job. Following are her answers. How did you learn about the job at Yale?I joined...
Name: Vedana Vaidhyanathan
Title: Science Reference Librarian: Biomedical Sciences and Informatics
Employer: University of Chicago
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
How did I get here? The long story of how I became a medical/science librarian begins with a reference librarian at the Clearfield branch of the local public library in Amherst, NY. When I was 12, my father was put on a list for a heart transplant. I was a...
Name: Marisa Ramirez
Title: Digital Repository Librarian
Employer: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2005
Marisa Ramirez is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a digital repository that provides online open access to scholarship and research produced by Cal Poly faculty and students. She collaborates with...
Name: Butch Lazorchak
Title: Digital Archivist
Employer: Library of Congress
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2004
Prior to entering SILS in the fall of 2002, I had only a vague idea of the direction that my career might ultimately take. I had very little traditional library or archive experience (my background was in the music industry), but was fairly certain that I...
Name: J. Scott Brownlee
Title: Writers in the Public Schools Fellow
Employer: Creative Writing Program, New York University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2011
In my current job, I get to work with two markedly different groups: elementary school students at PS 110: The Florence Nightingale School and undergraduate creative writing students at New York University, where my fellowship as a graduate student provides...
Name: Alice Campbell
Title: Texas Collection Curator
Employer: Baylor University Libraries
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1989
When I graduated from SILS, I was prepared for either work in an academic or public library.  I have an M.A. in Art History, but I also have a great love of children's literature.  My husband is both an English professor and active in the field of integrating...
Name: Evan Carroll
Title: Author, Keynote Speaker, and Marketing Technologist
Employer: Evan Carroll and Associates
Degree: BSIS, MSIS
Graduation year: 2012
When I first came to Carolina in 2004, I hadn’t heard of Information Science. Little did I know that I was already designing information systems. I had a keen understanding of technology, but always in the sense of how it could help people work smarter. In...
Name: Aisha Harvey
Title: Head of Collection Development at Perkins Library
Employer: Duke University - Perkins Library
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2001
Aisha Harvey says that her job is not necessarily as traditional as it may sound.  “As information seeking behavior is changing with the advancement of eReaders, eBooks and platforms, so too is collection development evolving to meet those new needs,” says...
Name: Barbara Kiehne Younger
Title: Blogger - Writer
Employer: Self-Employed Author
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1977
Barbara Younger just launched Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster: (  The blog is a witty, upbeat view of the Change of Life, with insights for younger women too.  (Men are also welcome!) As a...
Name: David Iberkleid
Title: CEO
Employer: WhyEquals
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2010
David Iberkleid is an entrepreneur and a recent graduate of the MSIS program at SILS. David says that while at SILS, the school provided four key ingredients he needed to start his own business: The capacity to stay on top of future trends yet solve current...
Name: Cassidy R. Sugimoto
Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Indiana University Bloomington
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
Cassidy R. Sugimoto is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. She received the ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation award for her dissertation on mentoring, collaboration and interdisciplinarity in LIS doctoral studies. Sugimoto’s...
Name: Lina Huang
Title: Software Developer
Employer: Research In Motion
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2010
After graduating from college in China, in August 2008 I came to SILS with the dream of becoming a user experience professional. I was fortunate enough to receive the CALA scholarship which supported me financially during my first year of education in the...
Name: Maureen Barry
Title: Librarian for First-Year & Distance Learning Services
Employer: Wright State University - Dayton, Ohio
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2005
Maureen started her career at Wright State University a month after graduating from SILS in 2005. She started as a collection development, reference and instruction librarian before becoming Librarian for First-Year & Distance Learning Services in early...
Name: Timothy L. Gunter
Title: Vice President, Energy & Utilities
Employer: North Highland
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1988
I was one of the first students to go through the information science track in the late 1980's and I could not have had a better educational grounding for my career in consulting and information technology. I learned how to turn data into information, analyze...
Name: Karen Sobel
Title: Research and Instruction Librarian/Assistant Professor
Employer: University of Colorado at Denver
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2007
How did I get here? I ended up at CU-Denver pretty much by chance. In 2007 when I went on the job market, the economy was headed downhill. My husband and I needed to make sure that we both had jobs lined up before we moved anywhere. Denver was the first place...