Graduate Alumni Profiles

Name: William M. Cross
Title: Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship
Employer: North Carolina State University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2011
As the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University, Cross leads initiatives to maximize the dissemination and impact of the university's scholarly output and provides guidance and expertise on copyright policy...
Name: Hannah Rains
Title: Site IT Lead / Client Technologies
Employer: BD Technologies
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2001
Hannah was hired by BD Technologies in July 2001 as an Emerging Technologies Engineer. Since then she has held multiple positions within the Service Delivery organization, and she is now the Site Lead for BDT as well as a core team member of the Client...
Name: Michael S. Gelinne
Title: Electronic Documents Management Specialist
Employer: Bayer CropScience
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1983
In my current position with Bayer CropScience I manage electronic intellectual property for the U.S. Regulatory Affairs Department.  This work involves creating XML-based electronic dossiers used in submissions to the Environmental Protection Agency and the...
Name: Jane Baugh
Title: Librarian, records manager, continuing education coordinator, conflict-of-interest checker
Employer: Woods Rogers, PLC Law Firm
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1979
Since graduating from SILS, I've worked in three types of libraries.  I started at the Virginia State Library (now The Library of Virginia) as a reference librarian right after graduation, and was promoted to head of the reference department after four years...
Name: Michael Habib
Title: Product Manager
Employer: Elsevier
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2006
Michael was recruited by Elsevier in 2008 to develop the business case for a new knowledge sharing, expert profiling and networking product.  He was recruited as a direct result of his SILS Master’s Paper, which was on a similar topic.  In this role, he...
Name: Paul V. Gerwe
Title: Solutions Manager
Employer: Procter & Gamble
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 1999
Paul Gerwe is developing new processes and approaches for search optimization within P&G's intranet.  The challenges are both significant and different than Internet Search Engine Optimization. "There are many common misconceptions people hold about...
Name: Samantha Guss
Title: Data Services & Public Policy Librarian
Employer: New York University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2009
Samantha started at NYU in July 2009 as Data Services Librarian, a newly formed position in the Data Service Studio, which is a joint ITS and Libraries facility designed to support research involving quantitative, qualitative, and geographic software. She is...
Name: Jennifer Castaldo
Title: Distance Education Librarian
Employer: Johns Hopkins University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
Castaldo works in a department at the Johns Hopkins University Milton S. Eisenhower Library called the Entrepreneurial Library Program.  The department provides sustainable services to external clients to generate revenue to support the library. "The long-...
Name: Eric Obershaw
Title: Manager of Business Information Services
Employer: Morgan Stanley
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2001
Since 2001, Obershaw has worked in the Business Information Services group at Morgan Stanley in Japan. For the last few years, he has mainly concentrated on tech, media and telecoms industry research.  "Our group has four centers around the world that allow...
Name: Jennifer Lohmann
Title: Sales and Marketing Specialist
Employer: NoveList
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2006
Jennifer joined NoveList after 10 years working in adult services at Durham County Library. She is responsible for product demos and sales support for the EBSCO sales team, and participates in marketing strategy with the NoveList/EBSCO team. Working for a...
Name: David Woodbury
Title: Learning Commons Librarian
Employer: North Carolina State University Libraries
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2009
Currently the Learning Commons Librarian for NCSU Libraries, Woodbury assists with the planning, management, and delivery of services in NCSU's library learning spaces. He also manages student engagement initiatives and programming schema for the Learning...
Name: Mary L. Boone
Title: State Librarian of North Carolina
Employer: State of North Carolina
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1973
Mary L. Boone was appointed State Librarian of North Carolina in November 2005. Prior to coming to the State Library, Mary was a Foreign Service Library and Information Resource Officer with the United States Information Agency and the U.S. Department of...
Name: Erin White
Title: Web Applications Developer
Employer: Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2009
Erin White joined the faculty of the VCU Libraries July, 2009, right after graduating from SILS. Erin lead the Web team, which manages the Libraries' public Web site, staff intranet, digital collections Web site and mobile Web site. In addition to day-to-day...
Name: Mary Samouelian
Title: Doris Duke Collection Archivist
Employer: Duke University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
Mary Samouelian currently works for Duke University Archives where she is responsible for processing the materials of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, an 800 plus linear foot collection donated to Duke University in 2009. This is a...
Name: Kim Duckett
Title: Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning
Employer: North Carolina State University Libraries
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2001
Duckett works in the Research and Information Department at the NCSU Libraries, where she leads a team focused on instruction, e-learning, and outreach to undergraduates. Her expertise is focused on support of online learning, instructional technologies, and...
Name: Kevin Cherry
Title: Deputy Secretary
Employer: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
Kevin Cherry (Ph.D. '10) is the Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the Director of that department’s Office of Archives and History. In this position, he serves as the lead professional employee of the department and...
Name: Larry Alford
Title: Chief Librarian
Employer: University of Toronto
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1977
Larry Alford, the current vice provost for Libraries, university librarian and dean of University Libraries at Temple University, has been named the chief librarian at the University of Toronto. He is set to begin his new seven-year appointment Aug. 1, 2011....
Name: Ketan Palshikar
Title: Premier Field Engineer
Employer: Microsoft Corporation
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2011
Ketan Palshikar was hired by Microsoft Corporation in December 2010 and in February 2011, he physically joined Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) based in Charlotte, NC where Microsoft has a office with around 1000 employees. Ketan is part of the...