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[events] Speed Networking with the SI Alumni Board - Friday

Don’t miss out on this rare networking opportunity! Only a few more spaces available!

Speed Networking with the SI Alumni Board
Friday, Oct 15th
Ehlicher Room NQ

RSVP now through iTrack -- space is limited! We will cap the attendance at 25, so the first 25 to sign up will get in. Lunch will be provided!

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to network with the SI Alumni Board. This is a structured networking activity where you can learn how to effectively network while gathering valuable career and job search advice from prominent SI alumni.

Event Format:
You and 4 other students will be seated at a table with one of the alumni board members. We will provide you with brief bios for each ahead of time. You will have 10 minutes to introduce yourself, ask questions and gather career information. Please come prepared with a few questions that you would like each board member to answer. After 10 minutes, a bell will ring, and you will rotate to the next table and so on. Remember, you can get valuable information even from someone who isn’t in your industry of choice—so please be open to meeting with all of the alumni board members. You will have the opportunity to rotate to each table to network with each board member. Shortly after 1:00, if you don’t have class, stick around for some general networking and continued discussions with the board.


Eva Davis
Eva graduated from SI with a specialization in Library and Information Services. During school, she completed an internship at the Plymouth District Library in Michigan, and her graduation coincided with a posting for a teen librarian. Josie Parker (MILS '96), director of the Ann Arbor District Library, recruited Eva to become youth manager at the downtown location in 2002. She describes the AADL as a rollercoaster ride of challenges, change, and opportunity. "I became the systemwide youth services manager in 2003, the branch services manager in 2005, and associate director of public services in 2006," she adds. "One of the things I have most enjoyed is my experience managing our internship program for library school students, and I welcome the opportunity to bring alumni and current SI students together." She has been director of the Canton Public Library since January 2008.

Ken Varnum
Ken is the manager of Library Web Systems at the University of Michigan library. His responsibilities include managing the library's Web and article discovery environments. Before coming to the University of Michigan in 2007, Ken previously worked at Tufts University (2004-07), Ford Motor Company's research library (1997-2004), and the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic (1995-97). He has master's degrees in library studies and Russian and East European studies from the University of Michigan and a BA in history and Russian from Grinnell College.

Andrew MacLaren
Andrew graduated from SI in 2007 with a specialization in Library and Information Science. Since 2007 he has held the position of Productions Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library. In this role, he serves as the library website content editor and oversees the creation of digital products, which primarily involves the digitization of local history resources.

Lija Hogan
Lija is a usability team lead at ForeSee Results. She evaluates the usability of websites across a variety of industries, including government, retail, finance, healthcare, and consumer package goods. She has also been an interaction designer and information architect across many of these industries. In addition to her MSI (LIS) from the University of Michigan, she has an MLA from the University of Chicago and a BA in history and Russian from the University of Pennsylvania.

Christina York
Christina York is the User Experience Manager at ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA’s User Experience Design team currently has eight members specializing in information architecture, usability, interaction design, and visual design. In the past year, Christina has hired three team members from SI.

Christina has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She graduated in 2002 and has worked in academic, corporate, and not-for-profit environments for the last 8 years. She is active in the professional community and has given talks at several events this year, including IUE 2010 in Ann Arbor, MI-UPA meetings, and the 2010 Usability Professionals Association Conference in Munich.

Posted by kkowatch at October 12, 2010 10:03 AM


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