Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories


Spotlight: Deardorff ’94

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Spotlight: Deardorff ’94

Julie Deardorff, University of Rhode Island MLIS 1994, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award by the Academic Library Association of Ohio. She was recognized for her service to the organization and for her development of a unique library careers program for undergraduate students. Julie has served as Director […]

Spotlight: Kerri Hicks ’14

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Spotlight: Kerri Hicks ’14

Kerri Hicks (’14) is the Library Web Manager at Brown University. Kerri has been working as a web developer and programmer since the 90s and offers fantastic insight into the integration of the library and technology.     Kerri, you are the Library Web Manager at Brown University. What do your responsibilities include? My primary responsibilities […]

Cranston High School East Awarded Library of the Year!

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Cranston High School East Awarded Library of the Year!

Kingston, RI April 16, 2016 Librarian Heidi Blais accepted the “Library of the Year” award for Cranston High School East at the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Annual Gathering on April 16, 2016. This honor is awarded to a Rhode Island Library that exemplifies innovation and service, and contributes in exceptional ways […]

Spotlight: Kim DeWall ’13

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Spotlight: Kim DeWall ’13

Kim DeWall (’13) is the Head of Technical Services at the Falmouth Public Library. This April, her director, Leslie Morrissey,  stated that “Ms. DeWall has made a number of positive changes and created a team spirit in her department [and that] DeWall has been an innovator and that the public gets materials faster and accesses them more […]

Spotlight: Christina Dufour ‘14

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Spotlight: Christina Dufour ‘14

Christina Dufour (‘14) was recently hired as a full-time Young Adult Librarian at the Thayer Public Library in Braintree, Massachusetts. She reports that “so far I have had a few programs and am loving getting to know my new community”. We previously conducted an interview, featured below, with Christina in March 2015 when she was […]

Spotlight: Suzanne Venkataraman ’06

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Spotlight: Suzanne Venkataraman ’06

Suzanne Venkataraman ’06 is the School Library Media Specialist at Nipmuc Regional High School. In addition to her Library Media Specialist responsibilities she is also the school’s Virtual High School Site Coordinator and the High School Facilities Use Coordinator, which helps support events, presentations, and multi-media and technical needs of teachers.   Suzanne, you recently […]

Spotlight: Jessica Franco ’15

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Spotlight: Jessica Franco ’15

Jessica Franco (’15) is a recent graduate of GSLIS. After graduation she accepted a position as a teen librarian at the Old Lyme Public Library. While completing her degree, Jessica distinguished herself through her work with kids and teens with special needs.   Jessica, you work a lot with teens with special needs. Can you […]

Spotlight: Rhiannon Sorrell ’14

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Spotlight: Rhiannon Sorrell ’14

Rhiannon Sorrell is a 2014 graduate of URI, earning both her MLIS and her MA in English. She recently accepted a position at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.   Rhiannon, congratulations on your position at Diné College! Your title is Instruction and Digital Services Librarian. Could you tell us a little bit about what your […]

Congratulations to Jennifer Grant for accepting the Outstanding Educator Award in School Library Media

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Congratulations to Jennifer Grant for accepting the Outstanding Educator Award in School Library Media

Jennifer Grant, a recent 2015 graduate, was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award in School Library Media for KDP as presented by Interim Dean, Dr. Cheryl A. McCarthy, University Libraries, at the Kappa Delta Pi Initiation Award Ceremony on April 13, 2015.   Jennifer Grant received a BA and MA in Anthropology. She has worked in […]