Planning Committee


The 2015 Symposium on LIS Education Planning Committee consists of seven LIS graduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sarah Crissinger, author of the ACRLog post on the Symposium

Twitter || Website

Sarah plans to receive her MS from GSLIS in May 2015. Sarah holds assistantships in the Reference and Information Services (RIS) department and the Office of Information Literacy and Instruction. Her research interests include serving underrepresented populations, new forms of scholarly communication and measuring impact, and user experience in academic libraries. Sarah blogs for the ACRLog in her free time.


Nicole Helregel, Keynote Coordinator & Liaison
Twitter || Website

Nicole received her MS in May 2013 and is currently finishing a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) at the University of Illinois focused on library marketing & outreach education and practices. She holds an assistantship at the Funk ACES Library. Her interests include library marketing & outreach, academic libraries, reference, instruction, and special collections.


Alice Mitchell


Kate Rojas, Technology Coordinator
Twitter || Website

Kate received her MS in Library and Information Science in December 2014. She is currently studying for her Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) at the University of Illinois to complete requirements for her K-12 School Library Media Specialist teaching license. She works at the Help Desk and Office of Instructional Technology & Design for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and is a practicum student at Mattoon Middle School. Her interests revolve around making classroom learning more interesting and engaging for students, which has led her to research video-game based learning. She is fascinated by new technologies of all sorts and likes playing around with all sorts of devices whenever she has the opportunity. But most of all, she loves troubleshooting and helping others resolve technological issues when computers misbehave.


Madison Sullivan, Chair
Twitter || Website

Madison will receive her MS in Library and Information Science in May 2015 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a graduate assistant in Digital Preservation, the Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Library, the University Archives, the Instructional Technology and Design Office, and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Her interests include academic libraries, digital scholarship and collections, visual resources, special collections, instruction, as well as user and  research services. She cares deeply about how we educate, mentor, and prepare LIS students for their roles as LIS leaders and professionals.


Sveta Stoytcheva, Program Coordinator and Web Master
Twitter || Website

Sveta is a Master’s student at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois and a Graduate Assistant in Research & Information Services and the International & Area Studies Library. Sveta studied Slavic Literature at the University of Chicago. Her interests include digital humanities, new media & technology, reference, instruction, & librarianship as a critical praxis.



Jamie Wittenberg