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SI Alumni & Student Networking Mixer

SI Students: Please sign up through iTrack by Wednesday, October 22, 2008 as we need an approximate count for lunch!

Come and network with the 2008 SI Alumni Award Recipients. Hear about their career paths and success, get some career advice and most importantly NETWORK! A rare opportunity to network with high profile, distinguished SI alumni who have done some amazing things. Don't miss it!

Thursday, October 23rd, 12:00-1:30
411 WH
Lunch will be provided by SI Alumni Relations!
Sign up is required through iTrack

Participating Alumni:
Kenlee Ray (Retired), World Bank Organization
Peter Morville, President and Founder of Semantic Studios
Louis Rosenfeld, Co-Founder and a Board Member of UXnet
Josie Parker, Director of the Ann Arbor District Library

Read on to learn more about the significant accomplishments of our award recipients.

Participating Alumni:

Kenlee Ray
What has distinguished Kenlee Ray from others who have charted highly successful careers is her devotion to reaching out to help others, even in retirement. One of the first things she did on retiring from a remarkable career at the World Bank was spend the summer as a volunteer librarian in a rural village in Zimbabwe where the bookmobile was pulled by donkeys and powered by the sun.
In recognition of that commitment and career, Ray will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors alumni who have achieved at least 25 years of professional service and have distinguished themselves in the information professions.
After earning her AMLS, Ray held several traditional jobs, including school librarian and law librarian, before starting at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., in 1975. Through a quarter of a century there, she advanced from a role as the first legal librarian on the bank’s staff through a series of promotions: chief of reference of the Joint Bank-Fund Library, head librarian in the Executive Directors’ Library, acting chief of the Records Management Division in the Corporate Secretariat, and senior information officer in the Information Solutions Group.
Since retiring, she has devoted more time to humanitarian endeavors. The same commitment to community outreach that sent her to Zimbabwe also drove her to launch a project to revitalize a middle school library near Washington, D.C., raising funds, soliciting support from local businesses, organizing volunteers, and contributing many hours of her own time. That work earned her the Special Libraries Association District of Columbia Chapter Board of Directors Award in 2003.
She has also consulted with the World Bank’s Indonesia Human Development Division on a project to strengthen grassroots community libraries and primary school libraries in that country.
In 2004, she was honored with the National SLA Membership Achievement Award for raising awareness and positive publicity in the field of special librarianship.

Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld
Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld — widely recognized as “the fathers of the information architecture field? — had a hand in shaping the underlying structure of Web sites around the world.
They successfully applied to online information the principles they learned at the School of Information and the University of Michigan and then shared their knowledge in a best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (a.k.a., “the polar bear book,? after the animal that graces its cover).
In recognition of their work, Morville and Rosenfeld will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for having at least 15 years of service in the information professions and having distinguished themselves and made noteworthy contributions in the library and information science profession.
Among their other achievements, Morville and Rosenfeld helped build Argus Associates, one of the most respected information architecture firms in the world. The business partners recognized that usability engineering, ethnography, technology analysis, and other perspectives would be instrumental in developing the field of information architecture, and they co-founded the Information Architecture Institute, the sole professional organization for information architects.
Morville is now president and founder of Semantic Studios, an information architecture and strategy consultancy. He serves as a passionate advocate for the critical roles that search and findability play in defining the user experience.
His latest book, Ambient Findability, explores search, wayfinding, marketing, information interaction, literacy, librarianship, authority, and culture at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet.
In 2007, Morville received the Roger Summit Award for inspiring work in the information industry from the Association of Independent Information Professionals.
Rosenfeld is now an independent information architecture consultant and founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user-experience books.
As a graduate student in library and information studies in the late 1980s, he became convinced that the skills of librarians were grossly undervalued — in the coming information explosion, who else would supply the skills of organizing, classifying, and labeling information?
As the Web fueled that explosion, he realized that additional skills and perspectives were required to develop coherent, intuitive structures — information architectures — that made Web content accessible, and a new profession was born.
One of Rosenfeld’s interests is working to coalesce the information architecture and user-experience communities. He played a leading role in organizing and programming the first three information architecture conferences, and he is co-founder and a board member of UXnet, an organization that supports cooperation and collaboration among organizations and individuals devoted to user experience.
A regular presenter and moderator at professional and academic events, he has embarked on a six-city speaking tour with usability expert Steve Krug each year since 2002. Crain’s Detroit Business has named Rosenfeld a “technology pioneer.?

Josie Parker
As director of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), Josie Parker is a model for forward-thinking librarians who embrace the latest technology to make information more readily accessible.
In light of her professional advancement, the School will honor her with the Alumni Early Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishment with less than 15 years of service in the information professions.
One of Parker’s most significant achievements has been guiding the construction of three landmark environmentally friendly library branches in Ann Arbor. She is now proposing an approximately $70 million project to replace the district’s main library building.
Parker champions the use of technology in public libraries to enhance and expand access to all materials for patrons of all ages. She recently earned national recognition as an early adopter of “Web 2.0? features on the AADL Web site (www.aadl.org), including personal card catalogs, user reviews of books, blogs, and news feeds.
As a student at SI, Parker was a member of the class that launched the renowned Internet Public Library, which has expanded digital librarianship and served as a worldwide model. She received the Margaret Mann Award from SI for “demonstrated ability and promise of professional development.? The fulfillment of that promise has since been recognized with numerous other awards, includng the Loleta Fyan Award from the Michigan Library Association in 2000, a Business Woman of the Year Award in 2004 from Ann Arbor Business Review, and the Book Community Award from the Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor in 2007.
Before accepting the AADL directorship, Parker was a public librarian in Chelsea and Ypsilanti, Michigan. She started at the AADL in 1999 as manager of youth services and circulation services before becoming associate director of public services.
Parker’s service includes time on the board of the Michigan Library Consortium and the presidency of the Michigan Library Association. She is also an active member of national library associations.

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