Graduate Alumni Profiles

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 Minor 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, Minor 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: 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...
Name: Col. David J. Parramore
Title: Army Medicine Chief Technology Officer, Health Services Information Systems Management Consultant to the Army Surgeon General
Employer: Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2002
Colonel Dave Parramore is the Chief Technology Officer for a $10 Billion healthcare business which cares for more than 3.95 million beneficiaries -- active-duty members of all services, retirees and their family members. Future technology leader for eight...
Name: Joan Petit
Title: Communications & Outreach Librarian, Associate Professor
Employer: Portland State University Library - Portland, OR
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2006
Few would think to go to Portland, Oregon, by way of Cairo, but Joan Petit (MSLS ’06) took precisely that path. After graduating from SILS, Petit followed her enthusiasm for reference and instructional librarianship to the American University in Cairo (AUC),...
Name: Emily Guhde
Title: Director of Library Assesment
Employer: Georgetown University Library
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2012
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had worked in public and academic libraries for about a decade before attending SILS. I made the decision to get my library degree because I enjoyed my work, but I realized that I...
Name: Beth Morris
Title: Assistant Librarian
Employer: Yale Center for the British Art
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2010
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? BA Fine Art, Elon University, 2006 Circulation Desk Attendant, Elon University Belk Library, 2003-2006 Enrollment Support Advisor, Broadreach Inc., 2007-2008 How has your career...
Name: Marisa Ramirez
Title: Digital Scholarship Services 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: Admissions Counselor
Employer: Wharton MBA Program for Executives
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2011
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had majored in English at UT-Austin and had looked at going into secondary education before deciding work in libraries might be more rewarding and interesting professionally based...
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: Cassidy R. Sugimoto
Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Indiana University Bloomington
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
Cassidy R. Sugimoto (PhD '10) is an associate professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. She conducts research within the domain of scholarly communication and scientometrics, examining the formal and informal ways...
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
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I studied sports marketing as an undergraduate at Bowling Green State University ('99). After graduation, I moved to North Carolina and worked as an administrative assistant while...