March 2016 - Library and Information Technology 35 Year Program Reunion Celebration

‌While our department has always enjoyed lasting connections with its graduates, there is something quite remarkable about physically coming together to celebrate and reconnect.  On November 7, 2015 we did just that.

‌Filling the Alumni Hall with his acoustic classical melodies, guitarist Tim Olsen, created the perfect atmosphere for a gathering of like-minded individuals.  As a department, we wanted to acknowledge the community that has been integral to the evolution of our programs and offer a space where guests could share their stories.

Reflecting on the significance of the LIBIT program, two of our graduates, Balbir Singh and retired Associate Professor Jan Lashbrook Green, addressed our guests, describing their personal experiences and their dedication to the provision of information access.  It was evident that participating in the LIBIT program had a powerful impact on both of these individuals and their heartfelt talks resonated with their audience.

Noreen Dragani, the program’s Instructional Assistant (and another LIBIT graduate), provided a humorous example of how people have shaped the remarkable texture of the department and its students.  This was also reflected in the diversity of attendees, many of whom represented a wide range of graduating classes.  Other guests included, current students, faculty, practicum hosts, site visit hosts, and former members of our Program Advisory Committee. 

Not only was the help of current students invaluable in pulling off this evening, it is a testament to the kinds of dedicated and engaged students the LIBIT programs attract.  A warm “thank you” goes to all of those who made the night so very special. 


Figure 1: Tom Olsen, guitarist
 ‌  Figure 2: Student volunteer, Elizabeth Frick, helping with a "Guess Who I Am" game.
   Figure 3: Mun Chang, Libit grad and door prize winner.
   Figure 4: Balbir Singh, Libit grad 1996
   Figure 5: Food, wine, and door prizes rounded out the evening.
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