Distinguished Alumni

  • The College of Information Studies is proud to recognize our outstanding alumni. Distinguished graduates who have made significant contributions to his/her field, attained a major leadership position and further the mission of transforming the interaction between people, technology and information are considered role models of Maryland's iSchool.  Honorees are awarded at the University of Maryland Alumni Association Awards Gala.

    We welcome nominations from our alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college.

    Please send biographical materials via email to Kurt Sudbrink, sudbrink@umd.edu.

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  • Award Recipients

    • 2016: Joan Giesecke, MLS 1973
      Dean Emeritus University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • 2015: Paul Wester, MLS, 1992
      Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library
    • 2013: Maureen Sullivan, MLS, 1976
      President, American Library Association


      Maureen Sullivan is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession. Her career has included positions as the human resources administrator at two major research libraries; a consultant and trainer with the Association of Research Libraries; a member of the faculty in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions PhD program at Simmons College and in one of the annual institutes sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the immediate past president of the American Library Association. She has held several other leadership positions in the American Library Association, including president of two if its divisions, the Library leadership and Management Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. From January to June of 2013, she was the Interim dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

      Her contributions and visionary leadership in the profession have been recognized in three major awards. She was the recipient of the American Library Association’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 1999. The Chicago Public Library named her its 2006 Charlotte Kim Scholar in Residence and invited her to address The Promise of Appreciative Inquiry in Library Organizations. She also was named the 2010 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

      She is a librarian who acts as an organization development consultant and whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and education services to libraries and other information organizations. She has more than thirty years of experience as a consultant on organization development, strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today's workplace, creating a work environment that supports diversity, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies. Her career history includes twelve years as the human resources administrator in the libraries at the University of Maryland (1977-1980) and at Yale University (1983-1991). She has had a long association with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and was instrumental in the design and delivery of several of ARL’s management training and leadership development programs. From 1980 to 2002, she served as the lead instructor on many of ARL’s Management Skills Institutes and numerous workshops on leadership development.

      Among the topics for which she has designed and offered workshops and learning institutes are: leadership development, redesigning work, improving work relationships, managing stress, career planning, introducing the learning organization, process improvement, building teams, creating the collaborative organization, improving individual and organizational performance, generational synergy, cross-cultural communication, and project management.

      During her term as ALA president she launched The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, a partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, to prepare librarians to be conveners of community engagement and public innovators in their communities. She also worked with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to establish the first Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute. ALA created its first national leadership institute, Leading to the Future. She also helped to launch Reimagining ALA, an association-wide effort to transform the organization to meet the needs of its members as libraries face the challenges of the digital age.

      Ms. Sullivan is a past president (1998-1999) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). During her term as President, she helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is now a member of the faculty for this annual program. She was president of the Library Administration and Management Association for the 1988-89 term.

      She has served as a consultant to a number of libraries, including the Boston Public Library, the New York Public Library, the UCLA Libraries, Information Resources at Occidental College, the San Francisco Public Library, the National Library of Medicine, the University of Maryland Libraries, the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Harvard Law School Library and the Emory University Libraries.

      The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) engaged her to serve as the Learning Community Director for both offerings of its ULC Scholars: Librarians for America’s Neighborhoods program. She also served as the evaluator of ULC’s first Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).

      She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1974 and her M.A. degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 1976.

    • 2009: Nancy Roderer, MLS, 1973
      Director, Welch Medical Library and Division of Health Sciences Information, Johns Hopkins University
    • 2008: Jane Kinney Meyers, MLS 1978
      Board Chairman, Lubuto Library Project.
    • 2007: Robyn C. Frank, MLS, 1972
      American Society for Information Science.
    • 2005: Leslie Burger, MLS, 1974
      Executive Director, Princeton Public Library
    • 2004: Susan Fifer Canby, MLS, 1974
      Manager, National Geographic Learning
    • 2003: Betsy Humphreys, MLS, 1972
      Deputy Director, U.S. National Library of Medicine
    • 2002: None presented
    • 2001: Claudia J. Mills, MLS, 1988
      Children’s book author; Psychology professor
    • 2000: Jane B. Robbins, Ph. D., 1972
      Dean, Florida State University School of Information Studies.
    • 1999: James C. Welbourne, MLS, 1970
      City Librarian, New Haven, CT; Deputy Director, Enoch Pratt Free Library
    • 1998: Kay Rader, MLS, 1974
      Regional Librarian for Coastal Libraries
    • 1997: Amado "Sonny" Narvaez, MLS, 1976
      Media specialist at Montgomery Knolls Elementary School
    • 1996: Esther Herman, MLS, 1968
      Coordinator of publications and alumni relations, College of Library and Information Studies, University of Maryland
    • 1995: Cecilia L. Keller, MLS, 1973
      System Director, Chester County Library System; President, Maryland Library Association, 1990-1991
    • 1994: Sybille A Jagusch, MLS, 1969, Ph. D., 1990
      Chief, Children’s Literature Center at the Library of Congress.
    • 1993: Leslie A. Kulp, MLS 1974
      Chief of Collection Development, National Agriculture Library
    • 1992: Carol K. DiPrete, MLS,1981
      Dean of Academic Services, Roger Williams University
    • 1991: Eleanor "Joey" Rodger, MLS, 1979
      Executive Director, Urban Libraries Council.
    • 1990: Richard H. Lytle, Ph. D.,1976
      Dean, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University
    • 1989: Carolyn P. Brown, MLS, 1968
      Chief of Information Services, National Standards Bureau (NIST)
    • 1988: J. Linda Williams, 1977
      Coordinator of library media services, Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
    • 1987: Alice L. Hagemeyer, MLS, 1976
      Founder, Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action
    • 1986: Hans H. Wellisch, MLS, 1972, Ph.D., 1975
      Professor Emeritus, UMD’s iSchool
    • 1985: Katherine "Kitty" Hurrey, MLS, 1967
      Director, Southern Maryland Regional Library; President, Maryland Library Association, 1979-1980
    • 1984: Anne S. MacLeod, MLS, 1966, Ph D,1973
      Professor Emerita, UMD College of Information Studies
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