SLIS Community News, June 2016

June 30, 2016

Daniel Joudrey

Awards, scholarships, projects and new position announcements from our SLIS faculty, alumni, students, and staff


SLIS Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey (pictured) has collaborated with Janis Young, a senior cataloging policy specialist in the Library of Congress’ Policy and Standards Division, to develop a free online training in Library of Congress Subject Headings. The training will meet internal training needs of the Library of Congress and will be made available through the Cataloger's Learning Workshop (CLW) as a service to the library community.

Instructor Megan Dowd Lambert’s essay, “Real Sisters and Brothers,” was published on

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders was interviewed by The Boston Globe, “Lawmakers want Library of Congress to use ‘illegal aliens’” published May 28, 2016, discussing the politics of subject headings.   


LIS Student Desiree Alaniz received the Josephine Forman Scholarship from Society of American Archivists. The Forman Scholarship “provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue careers as archivists, and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession.”

Five current SLIS Students have been awarded Spectrum Scholarships: Marcela Aristizabal, Meia Geddes, Nancy Loi, Arielle Petrovich, and Ayoola White (ProQuest Scholar). As stated on the American Library Association’s website, “Spectrum recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and our organization.  Our aim is to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals in the field of library and information science to best position libraries at the core of today’s culturally diverse communities.” 

LIS Student Corinne Bernstein chosen for Library of Congress 2016 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program: 

LIS Student Katie Glasoe awarded BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award at the ALA/RUSA Achievement Awards & Reception on June 26, 2016. 

SLIS PhD Candidate David Leonard was appointed President of the Boston Public Library in June, 2016. Leonard has been acting as interim President for nearly a year.

LIS Student Amy Wilson received the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Student Stipend award to attend SLA 2016, in addition to a scholarship from the American Association of Law Libraries. Wilson received a stipend to attend the Law Libraries of New England/Association of Boston Law Librarians joint conference in April 2016.


Dr. Em Claire Knowles ’88DA, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs of Simmons SLIS, and Assistant Professor Laura Saunders, have been appointed to the board of Beta Phi Mu at a meeting on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, FL. Knowles has served as advisor to the Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu for 19 years. Her areas of interest include diversity, social justice, library outreach, and employment trends in the LIS field. 


Kate Benson has joined Simmons as the new Director of Graduate Admission in SLIS. Kate comes to Simmons after three years at Northeastern as the Director of Student Enrollment within the College of Arts, Media and Design. Kate also brings a strong interest in Library Science from her days as an undergraduate intern in the archives of the Warren Hunting Smith Library where she was fortunate to work alongside a Simmons-trained archivist, Charlotte Hegyi '90LS. Kate is excited to be joining the Simmons community.