iSchool Alumni Chapter
The mission of the iSchool Alumni Association Chapter is to promote and support the College, encourage academic and professional excellence, facilitate career development for both current students and graduates, while fostering and strengthening a lasting relationship between the College and its alumni.
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The iSchool Alumni Chapter Board
- President: Sue Baughman, 1981
Sue Baughman is the Deputy Executive Director of ARL. Her responsibilities include promoting and facilitating the strategic development of ARL policies and programs. She engages in issue analysis and program development, and practical management and coordination of the Association by working closely with the ARL Executive Director and Board of Directors.
Prior to joining ARL in 2010, Sue worked in the University of Maryland Libraries, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the Assistant Dean for Organizational Development. In her career, Sue has held positions in school, special, and public libraries.
Sue received her MLS from the College of Information Studies in 1981 and a BS in education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has authored or co-authored and presented on the topics of teams, staff development, and organizational learning. Several of her publications include the chapter, “Creating Smooth Sailing: The Benefits of Organization Development for the Expert Library,” in The Expert Library: Staff, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century (ACRL, 2011), the book, Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessment (ACRL, 2010), and the chapter, “University of Maryland Libraries: Case Study for Program Review” in Teams in Library Technical Services (The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2006).
- Vice President: J. Linda Williams, 1977
- Secretary: Nicholas Connizzo, 2011
Nick Connizzo currently serves as the Electronic Media Archivist at George Washington University, where he is responsible for overseeing the digitization of several large audiovisual collections. He also serves as the primary point of contact within the Special Collections Research Center for electronic materials, and is spearheading the effort to build a strong policy, program, and technological foundation for a long-term digital resources program.
Prior to his work at George Washington University, he worked in the Archives Library Information Center at the National Archives and Records Administration. Before graduating with his MLS in 2011, Nick served as Vice President and Treasurer of the SLA Student Group at the iSchool, and represented the student body on the iSchool Assembly. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 with a BA in European History and Classical Languages, is an active participant in several SAA roundtables and other professional organizations.
- Treasurer: Deirdre Clarkin, Treasurer, 1980
Deirdre (Dee) Clarkin is currently Head, Collection Access Section at the National Library of Medicine, NIH. In that role she is responsible for NLM's Interlibrary Loan Program of almost a quarter of a million requests each year and also for providing access to NLM's collection to scholars and researchers through its public Reading Room. Prior to her work with NLM, Dee was a Senior Reference Librarian with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Library for 12 years. She also has extensive legal research experience from positions with Georgetown University's Law Center Library and a private law firm. She graduated with a MLS from the iSchool in 1980 and is currently working on her MBA from the University of Maryland University College. Dee is excited to be serving as Treasurer to the newly activated iSchool alumni chapter.
- Young Alumni Officer: Melissa McDonald, 2012
Melissa Anne Lewis McDonald is a 2012 MLS alumna who specialized in School Library Media and Information for Diverse Populations. She was President of the ALA Student Chapter, the creator and moderator of the iSchool at Shady Grove blog, and a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Vedat Diker. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International - an honor society for female educators.
Melissa is the mother of four children, ages 11-19, and currently works as a School Library Media Specialist with the Montgomery County Public School System. Not only does she serve as the Young Alum Officer for the iSchool Alumni Association, but she is also active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, and other community organizations. She lives by the words of Helen Keller, "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
- Member At Large: Victoria Weaver, 2005
Victoria (Tori) Weaver is a MIM alumna from the class of 2005. At such time, Tori was the Director of Information Technology for The Washington Post Company (TWPC) responsible for the IT operations and innovation within the corporate office and other business units. After her 19 year-long career with TWP, she decided to put her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Bowie State University (2002) and her Master’s of Information Management from UMD (2005) to excellent use and became an entrepreneur.
In 2006, Tori formed a Business and IT consulting company assisting private firms and government (most notably the Department of State, Department of the Interior, and Department of Defense) with strategic IT goals, objectives, planning, and execution. “Information is everywhere but if you don’t know how to manage it effectively, you are at a disadvantage. The training and preparation I received at the iSchool was priceless”.
When Tori is not running her company or networking, she finds time for volunteering at UrbanEd.org – a technology non-profit and offering to speak to/mentor youth as well as students (including iSchool Capstone students). “I look for ways to always be of service and am thrilled to have this opportunity to sit on the alumni board and serve my alma mater”.
- Member At Large: Mary Choquette, 1995
Mary Edsall Choquette, CLIS class of 1995, is a lecturer in the iSchool at the University of Maryland and is also director of the iSchool’s online programs. Previous positions held include: Assistant Professor, Catholic University; Founding Curator, Philadelphia Dance Collection, Temple University; Assistant Curator, Harvard Theatre Collection; and Performing Arts Archivist at the Library of Congress. Choquette has received numerous grants for performance documentation projects throughout her career, a prime research interest. She a holds B.A., Arts/Dance Stockton College; the M.A., Dance, Columbia University; the M.L.S., Archives and Manuscripts, University of Maryland; and the Ph.D., Dance, Temple University, where she received the University Presidential Fellowship and the Outstanding Doctoral Scholar awards.
- Member At Large: Joyce Tenney, 1983
Joyce Tenney is an Associate Director at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, UMBC. Her responsibilities include management of the Serials, Circulation and Media departments. This includes license negotiation and continuing resource acquisition, management and issues relating to access services. She received her MLS from the College of Information Studies in 1983 and a BA in Ancient Studies from UMBC. She has been active in NASIG for over 25 years, and is currently serving as President of that organization.
Alumni Chapter Committees
The Fundraising Committee of the iSchool Alumni Chapter will develop strategies to increase alumni giving that will support iSchool Alumni activities and iSchool development efforts.
The Membership Committee of the Alumni Chapter is charged with recruitment and retention of Alumni Association members by extending invitations, reviewing and updating benefits of membership, and advising the iSchool Alumni Chapter board on recruitment materials.
The Nominating Committee of the Alumni Chapter will identify and recruit volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors.
The Program Committee will assist the Alumni Chapter board in developing, branding, and marketing programming for alumni, including social, educational, and professional development activities held on campus, off-campus, and online.
Sponsorship and Awards
The Sponsorship and Awards Committee is charged with reviewing applications for scholarships, financial support for student groups and the iSchool, and professional development grants for alumni, and making recommendations to the Alumni Chapter board.
Alumni Chapter Documents