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Alumni News
News and notes from your fellow iSchool alums


Brian Reyes (’07) is working as the principal designer and architect at PitchBook, a Private Equity Database. PitchBook were recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal on page two of the Finance section. The company provides investors, companies, service providers, etc., with deep, detailed information on privately owned companies.

The Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) Awards Committee have selected Paige Andrew (’86) to receive the 2009 Nancy B. Olson Award. In their award letter the committee wrote:

"The Committee received many worthy nominations this year, and we wished that we could have given each of them an award. However, when we combined Paige's considerable achievements in furthering the goals of standardization of map cataloging, including MARC coding and tagging, and promoting the understanding of map cataloging and data exchange by professionals unfamiliar with these materials and processes, the choice was evident.

"The award will be presented to Paige at the OLAC Membership Meeting in July during the ALA Annual Conference: For making substantial contributions to audiovisual and map cataloging; For his various publications on map cataloging; For presenting quality cataloging workshops at OLAC Conferences and other local, state, regional, and national conferences and individual institutions; For his work in and for OLAC and various national and regional organizations and committees; and For his willingness to share his knowledge with other librarians."

Teresa Bateman (’87) just published her 21st children's picture book — Damon and Pythias and the Test of Friendship.

Since receiving his MLIS, Jack Baur (’08) has been working as a Teen Services Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library in Berkeley, Calif. In addition to maintaining the Teen collections in two branches, Jack's duties include running two Graphic Novel Book Groups (one at the library and one at a middle school) and a reader's theater group, and purchasing materials for the Central Libraries Adult Graphic Novel collection (which he promises is less scandalous than it sounds). He is also serving as webmaster for the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians organization, and overseeing a redesign of the BPL Teen website and blog.

A. Michael Beaird (’75) writes: "I was in the Masters of Law Librarianship class of 1975. Oh wait, I WAS the class of 1975 (as far as the MLL was concerned, since no one else enrolled in that degree program, that year.)

"I retired (again) in February 2009. I had retired from the U. of Arkansas at Little Rock as director and associate professor of law June 30, 2006. I was retired one year. Then on July 1, 2007, I took the position of interim director at UNLV law library to help them find a permanent director, which happened.

"Although I planned to retire again, at the end of that year I was contacted by LSU to do the same thing for them. The new director took office in early February so I retired once more. And this time I mean it!

"My wife and I have bought a big fifth wheel RV, and a large truck to pull it. We plan to travel for the next few years, as 'full time' RV'ers, that is, we won't have what we call a 'stick-house' anywhere. We'll be out on the road!"

Teresa (Kirkpatrick ) Crafton ('92) is now in her second year as Technology Librarian at Fort Worth Country Day School, a private school in Fort Worth, Texas. She works with students and faculty in their Middle and Upper School (grades 5-12) on technology projects and library research. She is also an adjunct for the School of Library and Information Sciences at University of North Texas, where she teaches an online course on instructional technologies.

Valerie Easton (‘76) has a new book coming out this fall from Timber Press, The New Low Maintenance Garden: How to Create a Smart, Sophisticated and Sustainable Garden. Her last book, A Pattern Garden, was published by Timber Press in 2007. She also has a new blog —

Chrystie Hill ('01) has a new book, Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community, forthcoming this year from ALA Editions. After a short stint at the Seattle Public Library, Chrystie started It Girl Consulting, a small venture that helps libraries use online tools to build communities online. In 2003, Chrystie joined WebJunction where she serves as their director of community services.

Valerie S. Malmont (’64) writes: "After working as a librarian in Seattle, Wash., Arlington, Va., Taipei Air Station (Air Force), Taipei Headquarters Support Activity (Navy), and Chambersburg, Pa., (school district) I retired and turned to novel writing. I have published six books in a mystery series, along with a number of essays."

Priscilla J. Matthews (’79) has been busy writing grants lately. She is a co-principal investigator for Illinois State University’s Milner Library successful grant award to host John Adams Unbound in Sept. - Oct. 2009. Priscilla recently received a Carnegie Whitney award from the American Library Association for a 2009-2010 project entitled: "Mystery series characters in short stories : an index to collections and specific short stories with specific series charaters." In addition, she is coordinating a CARLI Access & Analysis grant proposal among nine consortium members with curriculum materials collections to enhance bibliographic records in consortial records and in the OCLC Expert Community Experiment (when eligible) with notes of awards won by specific titles.

Since 2004 (after leaving her post as Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academics at the iSchool), Kate McDill (’02) has been the Director of Library & Information Services at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute on Bainbridge Island. They are a small private, non-profit school offering an MBA in Sustainability. Kate supports the faculty and students, as well as provides institutional advancement for issues such as accreditation and other campus wide projects.

Kate also has her own consulting practice providing project management services.

Roberta Paeper ('78) retired from Cochise College Library, Douglas, Ariz. after 25 years.

Since retiring from the King County Library System in 2002, Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald (’64) has been traveling extensively offering storytelling workshops, keynotes, and performances. From her travels have come numerous collaborations with other librarians and tellers. Six of her books have been translated into Japanese, two into Chinese, two into Indonesian. From her travels in Malaysia comes her latest book, The Singing Top: Tales from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (Libraries Unlimited). She was also able to complete Ten Traditional Tellers, interviews with traditional storytellers, (University of Illinois, 2006). Her next folktale picture book will be Counting Donkeys, a Saudi folktale co-authored with Nadia Taibah, a former student in Margaret’s storytelling class at the UW. Find Margaret online at

Greg Shymco (’95) writes: "After working at UW Technology for 10 years (with a brief interruption at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in Chicago), I started a consulting company with a colleague in January.

"We are FiveSix Consulting. We target higher education environments with a focus on process improvement, information management, and collaboration solutions."

Darla Sims Garcia (known as Darla Moyer-Sims while attending the iSchool) ('07) brought her love of culinary arts and many years of restaurant and hospitality industry experience to her position as library director at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore., where she has been employed for one year.

Veronica Tabares (’00) writes: "I am happy to say that all three books of my Middle Grade/Young Adult fantasy fiction trilogy are published and doing well. So well, in fact, that in the school library where I work Braumaru, the first book in the series, has reached the status of most checked out book for the past year! Cerulea (second book) and Viridia (third book) are steadily climbing.

"And the excitement doesn't stop there. Last week I was contacted by Follett (Titlewave), who let me know that they will be carrying my books. I am thrilled that librarians everywhere will be able to easily acquire the trilogy for their collections!"

Marna Tisdel (’75) writes: "I worked as a librarian at Washington State University and for Fort Vancouver Regional Library. I have been a teacher for over 20 years now. I teach 6th-8th grades at a school for homeless children in Portland, Ore. I would love to hear what other members of my class are doing. We were a good group and I enjoyed my year plus in the School of Librarianship."

Dan Trefethen (’78) has been nominated to serve as Treasurer of Special Libraries Association (SLA). If he is elected in October he will serve a three-year term from 2010-2012 as Treasurer and member of the SLA Board of Directors. Dan previously served on the SLA Board as a Director during 2004-2007. He works for the Boeing Company in the Seattle area.

Genevieve Williams (’05) writes: "My article, ‘Antelopes of Desire: Knowledge, Documentation, and Love in the Novels of Geoff Ryman’ appeared in the summer 2008 issue of the journal Extrapolation, published last fall. The critical essay explores the concepts listed in the title in three of Ryman's works: The Child Garden, Air, and The King's Last Song, in all three of which information transfer plays a direct and revolutionary role in society.

"I've also had reviews appear in Notes, Tech Static, Libraries & the Cultural Record, and Library Journal, and recently published the article ‘To MLIS or not to MLIS?’ in Info Career Trends.

"In addition, my short story ‘Kip, Running’ appeared in the science fiction webzine Strange Horizons last spring."

Genevieve is most of the way through her fourth year as Undergraduate Research Librarian at Pacific Lutheran University.

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