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. 

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Library and Information Science

Professional News

Lee Pasackow
Lee Pasackow ’86LS has retired after 13 years as Business Librarian in the Goizueta Business Library at Emory University.
Note Submitted: September 05, 2017

Leslie Lomasson
Leslie Lomasson received a Hallisey Lifetime Achievement award at the annual MSLA 2018 Conference, March 25-26 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

Linnea Johnson
Linnea Johnson ’01, ’04LS, ’15SM is now Advisor of Commodity Management for Dell EMC.
Note Submitted: September 05, 2017

Lisa Lindsay
Recognized as "Advocate" in Library Journal's Movers & Shakers awards, Lisa Lindsay ’05LS, is Manager of Community Services at the Fresno County Public Library in California. Lindsay produced the documentary, Our Lives: Surviving the Streets of Fresno, that sheds light on homelessness in Fresno County and encourages community awareness and dialog. Lisa Lindsay's Movers & Shakers profile
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

Liz Phipps Soeiro
Congratulations to Liz Phipps Soeiro '07LS and D. Joshua Taylor '10LS for being selected for Library Journal's list of 2017 Movers & Shakers! Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at the Cambridgeport School Library, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was selected for her innovative programs, which "builds strong and trusting relationships among students, families, and community leaders." Phipps Soeiro is also the founder of Cambridge Book Bike. Taylor, President and CEO of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, said his childhood interest in genealogy led him to pursue a career in the LIS field. Taylor brought genealogy to PBS's Genealogy Roadshow and continues to educate amateur genealogists.
Note Submitted: June 06, 2017

Mary
Mary Piorun ’14LS has been named director of the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass-Medical.
Note Submitted: July 26, 2017

Mary
Mary E. Helms ’81LS, associate professor in the McGoogan Library of Medicine, received the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) President's Award as part of a committee updating the association’s governance documents. The award, which is one of the highest honors offered by the MLA, was given to the group at the 2017 MLA annual meeting in May.
Note Submitted: July 26, 2017

Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan '14LS wrote a paper, "Why Librarians Can't Fight Fake News," which has been published online by the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Sullivan wrote the paper following an independent study on misinformation.
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

Megan Blakemore
Megan Blakemore '04LS wrote an article, "Problem Scoping Design Thinking and Close Reading: Makerspaces in the School Library," which has been published in Knowledge Quest. Blakemore is currently a student in the SLIS doctoral program.
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

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Megan Frazer Blakemore
Megan Frazer Blakemore published her fifth middle grade novel (The Daybreak Bond, Bloomsbury) and third YA novel (Good and Gone, HarperTeen) in the fall of 2017. She is an elementary school librarian in South Portland, ME, and has returned to Simmons to pursue a doctorate in library science.
Note Submitted: October 09, 2017