July 2014 Alumni News

Angela Aranas Kent (MSLIS 2014) was named the Outstanding Graduate for 2014 at the CUA LIS graduation ceremony on May 17, 2014.  In addition, Angela was named a Copyright Clearance Center Rising Star during the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from June 8-10, 2014.

Katherine Stinson (MSLIS 2013), is starting a new job as an Archive Specialist with SEARCH Inc.  She will be working at the Navy Yard on a project to digitize archival documents.

Benjamin Almoite (MSLS 2009), Librarian at the Virginia State Law Library in Richmond, Virginia, is the President of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries for the 2014-2015 year.

After 13  years in DC, John Danneker (MSLS 2009) will be heading west this fall to assume a new role as the new Director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. He will head an innovative staff in a newly-renovated building that emphasizes student learning and research, and will work with a campus undergraduate population of more than 28,000. John served in various roles in the George Washington University Libraries since 2001, most recently as the Director of the Eckles Memorial Library on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus, a position he has held since 2010.   Additionally, he has maintained active ties with CUA Library Science as a guest lecturer/panelist/presenter, and he served on the alumni board from 2009-12.

Marianne Giltrud (MSLS 2007) has been elected Treasurer of SLA’s Knowledge Management Division for 2014.  She also has authored a book chapter, “From Smorgasbord to Sous-Chef: Communities of Practice in Information Literacy,” in The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook, available  from the ALA store http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=11052

Rodney Obien (MSLS 1996) was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Rodney is the College Archivist and is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the college’s Wallace E. Mason Library.

At this year’s conference in Vancouver, the News Division of SLA presented its highest honor, the Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award, to Kee Malesky (MSLS 1986), for “her service to the Division and her outstanding contributions as a news librarian.” (Joe Kwapil, a librarian for the Philadelphia Public Ledger and other newspapers, was a founding member of the Division, which was established in 1924.)  Kee retired from her position as a member of the NPR Library team at the end of 2013.


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