Congratulations to our recent graduates in Community Informatics!!

Brooke Bahnsen graduated in December 2008 and began a position as Youth Services Librarian at Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, IL. She participated in the May 2009 commencement ceremony.

Beth German has accepted the position of Visiting Aquifer e-Scholarship Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Administration at UIUC. In this role, she will continue the work she started as a graduate assistant in the development and support of online library services. She is looking forward to staying in the Champaign-Urbana community. She will continue to serve on the board of the directors for Champaign County Operation Snowball, a peer-to-peer prevention program for teens, and will remain principal bassist for the Parkland Community Orchestra.

Fiona Griswold starts the GSLIS Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program this summer. She has also been accepted to the K-12 LIS Certification program, so along with some CI coursework, she will complete additional requirements for the Illinois Type 10 certificate. She will assist Martin Wolske and Paul Adams next fall in developing a studio course funded by a grant through the Illinois Informatics Institute. Her plans for the summer include spending as much time as possible with her kids, experimental gardening and learning to knit.

Adam Kehoe is continuing on at GSLIS for a PhD. This summer he’ll be a GA for Martin Wolske's class, working with students and traveling for their projects. He’ll present some research at the Classification Society conference in St. Louis in a few weeks. The research is about data mining biomedical literature databases to detect topics that become very popular in a short period of time.

Noah Lenstra will also be continuing at GSLIS as a CAS candidate, with a tentative concentration on local history information. He is interested in how and why local historical information can form a sense of community and how community memory could be improved through collaboration of libraries, archives and museums. He wants to examine how tying together information professionals from these different types of institutions in a given community could maximize resources and expertise, and ultimately form a more inclusive information society.

Kristin LoDolce will move to Lafayette, Ind. to begin her career as Outreach Librarian at the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Her new office has wheels and she will be required to earn a commercial driver’s license to operate it (no, you cannot have a ride on the bookmobile). She will miss all of her colleagues and professors, but hopes that she will enjoy her hybrid role as a librarian trucker.

Mojgan Momeni will continue to work in the Slavic library and participate in Youth Community Informatics (YCI) activities. She plans to apply for the GSLIS PhD program for fall 2010. She will also do some traveling over the summer.

Safiya Umoja Noble was named an Information in Society Fellow for 2009-2010. She will continue at GSLIS as a PhD candidate.

Chris Ritzo will also move on to the CAS program. He is hoping to blend his community informatics experiences into the digital libraries concentration. His research may focus on producing an open source software project related to libraries in community organizations. This summer, he hopes to have a garden, but will mostly relax and work on rebuilding his 1974 BMW R75/6 motorcycle.

Claudia Serbanuta will also continue at GSLIS as a PhD candidate.

All of us in CII are proud of these wonderful emerging professionals and we wish them well in all future endeavors. Stay in touch!