Distinguished Alumni Awards

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Distinguished Alumni Awards

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 UMDiSchoolAlum@gmail.com.

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
  • 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