Graduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Alumnae/i photos also are welcome (for theSimmons magazine); be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo and class years. 

Graduate Schools

School of Library and Information Science



Submitted October 28, 2016: Sarah Barton ’14LS was married in September 2016 and is now Sarah Franklin

In Memoriam

Alan Erickson

June 24, 2016: Alan Erickson, 88, librarian at the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Science Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, died March 23 following a brief illness. Erickson served at the Cabot Library from 1966 to 1991. He earned a PhD in biology from Boston University and an MLS from Simmons College.

Charles W. Robinson

June 24, 2016: Charles W. Robinson, 88, director of Baltimore County Public Library from 1963 to 1996, died April 8 after a long illness. Robinson was president of the Public Library Association (PLA) in 1985 and chaired its first national conference. In 1997, PLA established an award in his honor to recognize his work as a public library director.

Mara Cary
Mara Cary

February 1, 2016: Mara Lane Cary died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the age of 75, after a seven-year battle with metastasized melanoma and breast cancer. 

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY Mara spent her childhood winning horse riding trophies with her three sisters.  After graduating from Vassar College she became a professional actress, working at Arena Stage in Washington DC and Hartford Stage Company where she married Richard Montfort Cary as the Beatles White Album played.  She moved to Nantucket Island in 1970 to raise a family and published two successful books on basket weaving: “Basic Baskets” and “Useful Baskets.” Mara worked in the Nantucket Public School system for years as a librarian and was also the creative force behind many original school plays and puppet shows.  

In her 40s, Mara went back to school earning a Masters in Library Sciences from Simmons College.  She then continued her teaching career at Milton Academy where she was the head librarian and ran the theater program. Read her full story

Professional News

Abigail Baines

October 4, 2016 - Abigail Baines ’10LS had a book review in the Journal of Access Services: "Wordpress for Libraries" published by Taylor and Francis.

Addison Lucchi
Addison Lucchi

Submitted April 26, 2017: Addison Lucchi is now a Reference & Instructional Librarian at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina! He is pursuing research in games & learning and will soon begin a certificate in Online Teaching & Learning. He seeks opportunities for collaborative research with other librarians, especially Simmons alumni.

Alex Lent
On Wednesday, May 24, Alex Lent ’11LS became the 103rd President of the Massachusetts Library Association. He is the first graduate of SLIS West to be elected to this position.

Amelia Kolosseus Craig

Submitted December 2, 2016: Amelia Kolosseus Craig ’06LS is Learning and Organization Specialist at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.

Anna Staniszewski

October 4, 2016 - Anna Staniszewski’s ’06GS novel for young readers, Once Upon a Cruise, was published by Scholastic on September 27, 2016.

Araceli Hintermeister
Araceli Hintermeister ’15LS and Catherine Gaggioli ’16LS, along with colleague Judy Gelman, were featured in a recent Boston Globe article about their project to leave free reading materials for commuters on the MBTA. Hintermeister and Gaggioli shared some details with Simmons SLIS.