Graduate Alumni Profiles

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: Associate Professor
Employer: Indiana University Bloomington
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
Cassidy R. Sugimoto (Ph.D. '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...
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 & Instruction Librarian for Art, Architecture, Music, and Urban Planning
Employer: Auraria Library, 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...
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: 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: Jane Baugh
Title: Library Services Director
Employer: Woods Rogers, PLC Law Firm
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1979
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had completed a B.A. in English from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington). How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? My first job was in the...
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: 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...