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 Programs

Library and Information Science



Sarah Barton ’14LS was married in September 2016 and is now Sarah Franklin

Note Submitted: October 28, 2016

In Memoriam

Alan Erickson

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.

Note Submitted: June 24, 2016

Barbara Elam

Barbara Elam, who received both an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Simmons passed away on Sunday. She was the only African American to serve as the equivalent of Deborah Froggatt for the Boston Public Schools in the 80s. Barbara Elam was married to the first Black judge appointed in MA, the late Harry Elam, Sr. They both supported libraries and librarians.

Note Submitted: May 11, 2017

Charles W. Robinson

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.

Note Submitted: June 24, 2016

Mara Cary
Mara Cary

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

Note Submitted: February 01, 2016

Professional News

Abigail Baines

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

Note Submitted: October 04, 2016

Amelia Kolosseus Craig

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

Note Submitted: December 02, 2016

Brandie Doyle
Brandie Doyle

Russell Library of Middletown, Connecticut, announced the appointment of Brandie Doyle as Assistant Library Director. Brandie Doyle joined the Library in June 2011 as business and career resources librarian and was promoted to circulation department head in December 2013.

Note Submitted: June 21, 2016

Bria O’Brien

Bria O’Brien ’00LS is Visual Reference Librarian in the Information Resource Center of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in New York.

Note Submitted: December 02, 2016

Caryn Baird

Beyond the Stacks podcast features an interview with Caryn Baird '91LS Senior News Researcher at Tampa Bay Times, on news librarianship

Note Submitted: September 02, 2016