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Sue Ridnour, New Director of the Flower Mound Public Library

Sue Ridnour, the new Director of the Flower Mound Public Library, thought she would never be a librarian when she was a teenager. Her unusual path from law libraries to public library services, from adult services to children's and youth service coordination to library management, gave her the customer service perspective she values in new librarians. She is a 1987 MLS graduate.  
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Peace Ossom Williamson, 2012-2014 ARL Diversity Scholar

Peace Ossom Williamson, 2013 MLS graduate, was selected as a 2012-2014 Diversity Scholar in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) program. She shares about her experience as a Diversity Scholar. More about “Peace Ossom Williamson, 2012-2014 ARL Diversity Scholar”...

Alumna Profile: Sian Brannon

Dr. Sian Brannon, May 2013 PhD graduate, is having a very productive year. More about “Alumna Profile: Sian Brannon”...

Alumni News

Betsy Bowers Aldridge, 1992 PhD graduate, completed her 2-year tenure as Treasurer for the Transportation Division of the Special Libraries Association. She is the Senior Research Specialist/Library Team Lead at the Technical Library for PACCAR Inc. Next year, she will be celebrating 20 years at the PACCAR Technical Center.

Kimberly Ball, 2012 MLS graduate, received a promotion from her position of Library Assistant. As of October 1st, she became the Technical Services Supervisor at the Longview Public Library, located in Longview, Texas. Congrats to Kim!

Stephany Compton, Distance Learning Support Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus, and MLS graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the TWU Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Stephany was commended for her work in assisting faculty in the design of assignments for online courses, her support of SLIS students during the Fall Forum and the SLIS Doctoral Student orientations, amongst her many other contributions and accomplishments. Stephany will receive a $500 award as well as a plaque commemorating her selection as the 2013 Elizabeth Snapp Award recipient.

Valerie Hill, 2007 MLS graduate and 2012 PhD graduate, has published a book chapter and made several presentations. Her book chapter is “The Adoption of Virtual Media and Virtual Worlds by Librarians,” in Advances in Library Administration and Organization, vol. 31, edited by Delmus E. Williams and Janine Golden (SLIS Associate Professor), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012, pp.89-119.

Valerie’s recent presentations include:

  • ALISE 2013 Teaching SIG in Seattle, WA, on “Librarianship Embraces Virtual Media Based on Adult Learning Theory” 
  • San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science VCARA Conference 2013, keynote speaker on “Virtual Worlds: Immersive Learning and MOOCs” 
  • 2 programs at the TLA 2013 Annual Conference in Fort Worth: 1) panelist with Terri Gibbs, Greg Hardin, and Janelle Hedstrom, on “Building Your Professional Career With Networking;” and 2) panelist with April Aultman Becker, Denise Chochrek, Angela Colmenares, Colbe Galston, Zoe Midler, and Amanda Pape, on “Embedded Librarianship: The Good, Bad, and Ugly” 
  • 4 programs at ALA 2013 in Chicago: 1) “3D Virtual Museums and Library Exhibits Promote International Information Literacy” at the International Round Table Preconference; 2) panelist with three other librarians on “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs);” 3) conference ignite session, “Imperative Social Networking;” and 4) research poster called “Global Information Literacy Moves Toward Web 3.0” 
  • 2013 VWBPE Conference (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education) panel, organized an international presentation on “Global Connectivity Through Implementing Virtual Worlds Across Time, Space, and Age,” with Daniel Patterson, Adriana Sanchez, Liz Dorland, Bruce Gross, and Renne Brock-Richmond

Rebekah Lee, 2011 MLS graduate, recently accepted an academic position with East Williamson County Higher Education Center in Hutto, Texas.

Maria Manigbas, 2007 MLS graduate, is currently a Children’s and Youth Services Librarian at Ridgefield Public Library in New Jersey, a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System, a consortium of 74 libraries in Northern New Jersey.

Courtney Mlinar, 2006 MLS graduate, began a new position as the Head Librarian for Austin Community College, Elgin Campus, in August 2013.

Matthew Riley, 2008 MLS graduate, was recently promoted to Assistant Director of the Friendswood Public Library, after working as a Reference Librarian since before graduation.

Sarah Sutton, 2011 PhD graduate, chaired the Core Competencies Task Force (CCTF) of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). The competencies approved and adopted by the NASIG Board in July 2013, “Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians,” stem from Dr. Sutton’s 2011 doctoral dissertation, “Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians in the 21st Century.” Dr. Sutton is currently a faculty member at Emporia State University in the School of Library and Information Management program.

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