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

O'Brien, Nancy (Class of 1977) 2 days 8 hours ago

Nancy O'Brien (MS '77) is the recipient of the University of Illinois's 2014 University Library Outstanding Faculty Award. She is head of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library and a University Library professor.

Storey, Gail (Class of 1973) 2 days 8 hours ago

Gail Donohue Storey's (MS '73) third book, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, won the National Outdoor Book Award, Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year, Colorado Book Award, Nautilus Silver Award, and Barbara Savage Award. Published in 2013 by Mountaineers Books, the second printing has recently been released (2014) including an interview between Storey and her editor as well as questions and topics for group discussion. Her first two books, the novels The Lord's Motel and God's Country Club (Persea Books, NY), have a librarian as the protagonist, and Storey was featured in a Library Journal cover story. Learn more at

Mears, Michelle (Class of 1993) 5 days 8 hours ago

Michelle (Swain) Mears (MS '93) became library director at the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library in St. Joseph, MO in January 2014, overseeing two branch facilities and a bookmobile.

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Alumni News

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Alumni Profile

September 18, 2014

A sense of inquiry and enterprising approach to her work makes every day interesting for taxonomist Jenny Benevento. She's found success in her field, working on a contract basis and using her time in between jobs to learn new things and see the world.

Where do you work and what is your role?

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