Alumni & Friends


We are proud to have an engaged and vibrant alumni community. The powerful relationships forged between faculty and students, and among classmates, thrive long beyond graduation day. Our alumni share ideas and professional opportunities, graciously offer their time to mentor current GSLIS students, and take advantage of continuing professional development course offerings.

We invite you to follow postings on the GSLIS calendar, learn about topics of interest on the GSLIS Twitter and in Facebook, and stay active in our community forums. In addition, please check our School publications with features of interest to alumni.

Class Notes

Picco, Johna (Class of 2014) 6 days 4 hours ago

Johna Picco (MS '14) is now an assistant curator of special collections at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY. She was also chosen for the assistant editor position for the "Up-and-Comers" column of the Midwest Archives Council newsletter.

Thompson, Heather (Class of 2013) 2 weeks 6 days ago

Heather Thompson (MS '13) received a 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Award from the Association for Library Service to Children. The award stipend will allow her to attend her first ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Thompson is a children's librarian in the Cook Memorial Public Library District.

Merry, Allen (Class of 1992) 4 weeks 1 day ago

Allen Merry (MS '92) became the department head of the Business, Science & Industry Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia on December 1.

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Alumni Profile

January 5, 2015

GSLIS alumna Daylily Alvarez is confident in taking on any challenges that stand between her and her career goals. She recently completed a second master's degree—this one in nonprofit management—while working as an outreach librarian. She plans to continue working closely with community members while advancing to a leadership role.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I am currently a children's outreach librarian for the Chicago Public Library.

What do you like best about your job?
The best part of my job is maintaining the library as a vital part of the community and welcoming community residents into the library—especially when they discover something new about our services.

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