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  • A headshot of alumna Jean Linn. She has shoulder length blonde hair and is wearing a colorful scarf and glasses.

    Jean Linn (2013)

    Jean Linn is the technical services librarian and college archivist for the Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, New York. She is also chair of the school’s Henrietta G. Lewis Library. Linn graduated in 2013 with a master of library and information science with a concentration in digital content management.

  • A headshot of School of Information Sciences alumna Jasmine Parker, a Black woman with wavy shoulder length hair and a bright smile.

    Jasmine Parker (2011)

    Jasmine Parker is the youth services manager for the Columbus Metropolitan Library system in Columbus, Ohio. She previously was the youth and teen services librarian at the Ferndale Public Library. Parker has been an active member of the Michigan Library Association, serving on the organization's board from 2020-2021 and as chair of the Intellectual Freedom Task Force. 

  • School of Information Sciences alumnus Dillon Geshel

    Dillon Geshel (2018)

    Dillon Geshel was appointed to serve as chair of the Michigan Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Task Force. Geshel, director of the Superiorland Library Cooperative in Marquette, Michigan, replaces outgoing chair, fellow School of Information Sciences alum Jasmine Parker. 

  • A white haired man with glasses and a friendly smile stands in a library in front of shelves filled with books.

    Edward Oetting (1976)

    Edward Oetting has retired after 37 years at the Arizona State University Library. He served for 13 years as Head of Archives and Manuscripts (1983 - 1996) and 21 years as History Librarian. He previously held positions as an archivist and manuscripts curator at the University of North Dakota and SUNY-Albany. Oetting said that he would like to thank and acknowledge Dr. Philip Mason, Founder of Wayne State's archival education program, who was a mentor and supporter throughout his career

  • A head and shoulders shot of an African-American man with a bald head and neatly groomed facial hair wearing a dark blue suit and pale pink tie.

    Collis Crews (2020)

    Collis Crews, a Freedom of Information Act Librarian for the U.S. Department of State, was selected in February 2021 along with 15 other librarian thought leaders to report on the library's role in combating misinformation and fostering community building. In "Standing Up for Truth: The Role of Libraries in the Mis/Disinformation Age," they describe how each library setting currently battles this problem, the challenges libraries continue to face fueled by an age of alternative facts and tense sociopolitical climates, and recommendations to mitigate these challenges.

    An extensive list of resources for informational and practical purposes was compiled in the report which was published by Wikiwisdom, a platform operated by the nonprofit organization New Voice Strategies. The report can be viewed here:

  • SIS Alumna Jacquie Sewell

    Jacquie Sewell (2003)

    Jacquie Sewell, a children’s librarian and author has written her second picture book, Whale Fall Café. The book is scheduled to be released by Tilbury House Publishers in April 2021. She also is author of Mighty Mac: The Bridge that Michigan Built.

  • SIS Alumna Joyce Krom

    Joyce Krom (2018)

    Joyce Krom is the new youth services librarian at the Mount Clemens Public Library. She previously spent nine years in youth services at the Huntington Woods Public Library.

  • Stephanie Fair

    Stephanie Fair (2013)

    Stephanie Fair was named Part-Time Employee of the Year for the City of Sterling Heights for 2019. Fair, an adult services librarian for the Sterling Heights Public Library, was nominated for displaying outstanding performance, exemplary service and going “beyond the call of duty” in serving the public.

  • David Banush

    David Banush (1997)

    David Banush, Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources for Tulane University, was elected to membership in the Grolier Club, the oldest and most prestigious bibliophilic society in America. Founded in 1884 and based in New York City, the club consists of nearly 800 American, British, European and Asian book collectors, scholars, librarians, printers and bibliophiles. Its mission is to foster the study, collecting and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production and commerce. Read more here. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

  • Shannon McDermitt

    Shannon McDermitt (2017)

    Shannon McDermitt is a web developer for the Wayne State University Libraries. In addition to her 2017 master of library science degree, McDermitt (pictured with her dog, Gus) received a graduate certificate in Information Management, specializing in User Experience. She previously was a programmer analyst at Ipsos, a global market research firm.  

  • Lance Werner

    Lance Werner (2004)

    Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library, was appointed in January 2020 by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the State Historical Records Advisory Board for a three-year term. The board serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and for National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded projects in the state. 

  • Angela Kidd Shinozaki

    Angela Kidd Shinozaki (2006)

    Angela Kidd Shinozaki is the author of The Healing Star, a light fantasy novel for grades 3-6. Although this is her debut novel, Shinozaki (writing under the pen name A. Kidd) has been making up stories since before she could write them down. She is an artist and performance poet whose poetry has been published in literary magazines. She earned her MLIS degree with a specialization in children’s librarianship from Wayne State in 2006.  

  • Sandra Calemme McCarthy

    Sandra Calemme McCarthy (1990)

    Sandra Calemme McCarthy, a faculty librarian for Washtenaw Community College, was elected chair of the 2019-2020 Community and Junior Libraries Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries. The executive committee serves to share common areas of interest to enhance library services and librarianship in libraries and learning resource centers in two-year institutions, and to support the educational programs of these institutions. 

  • Andrea Estelle

    Andrea Estelle (2012)

    Andrea Estelle, director of Otsego District Library, is also director of the Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative, a multi-type library system made up of public, academic, school and special libraries in the area. 

  • Benjamin Dettmar

    Benjamin Dettmar (2020)

    Benjamin Dettmar graduated in 2020 with a certificate in archival administration. He is now an instructor at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah.