Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories


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 […]

Spotlight: Michael Pelikan ’00

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Spotlight: Michael Pelikan ’00

Michael Pelikan is a 2000 graduate of GSLIS and won the 2015 Alumni of the Year Award.   First of all, congratulations on winning Alumni of the Year! Can you tell me a little bit about what it was like to find out that you had won? Were you surprised? Very surprised! My career has […]

Congratulations! Shirley Cherry, a graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in 1976, will receive an honorary degree from URI this year!

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Congratulations! Shirley Cherry, a graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in 1976, will receive an honorary degree from URI this year!

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500 University to present honorary degrees to five distinguished individuals KINGSTON, R. I. — April 8, 2015 — Cranston, R.I., Shirley Cherry Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa Shirley Cherry is a former teacher/librarian and retired tour director of the museum at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s home at the Dexter […]

Spotlight: Kate Brierley ’09

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Spotlight: Kate Brierley ’09

Kate Brierley (maiden name of Miosky) is a 2009 graduate of GSLIS and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She is the Community Manager for a therapeutic skincare company and her success in the Web Marketing Department has been hugely influenced by her MLIS degree.   Kate, you currently work as a Community Manager for […]

Spotlight: David Kelsey ’12

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Spotlight: David Kelsey ’12

David Kelsey is a 2012 graduate of GSLIS. He is currently the Outreach Services Manager at the St. Charles Public Library in St. Charles, IL. His library serves a population of 54,000, making it the 8th busiest library in Illinois.    David, you’re the Outreach Services Manager at the St. Charles Public Library. What role […]