SLIS Community News

May 13, 2016

Presentations, awards and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alums


Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal was featured in a 5-page spread in the April issue of Talk Sikkim magazine. Talk Sikkim is a popular magazine in the state of Sikkim and the surrounding region of North Bengal in India, with a readership of more than 30,000.

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit and PhD student and Interim President of Boston Public Library (BPL) David Leonard hosted a round table meeting at the BPL on the “Current State of Metadata Interoperability in Libraries” on May 5.  The meeting and lunch were funded by a Dole grant. 

Dean and Professor Emerita Michèle Cloonan has been awarded the Preservation Publication Award by the Society of American Archivists for Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age. This award highlights an outstanding work that contributes to the “advancement of the theory and practice of preservation in archives institutions.” Cloonan was also recently interviewed for a podcast about preservation.

Dean and Professor Emeritus James Matarazzo ’65LS and Dr. Toby Pearlstein ’77LS, ’86LSD have been awarded the Special Library Association’s (SLA) prestigious John Cotton Dana Award for 2016. This award is SLA’s highest honor to recognize Matarazzo and Pearlstein’s lifetime of achievement, and will be awarded at the annual conference in Philadelphia, PA in June 2016.


Vicky Smith '03GS editor of Kirkus reviews, published an editorial, "Unmaking the White Default" on the Kirkus website on May 4, 2016.


LIS student Christine Moua was awarded this year’s Special Libraries Association (SLA) Business & Finance (B&F) Division Student Stipend. This award provides funding to attend the SLA conference and acknowledges individuals who wrote winning essays on the business information topics spelled out in the application instructions. Awards will be given at the annual B&F Awards reception on Sunday June 12th at the SLA conference in Philadelphia. 

Gary Shaffer and Renée Di Pilato have successfully defended their dissertations at Simmons. Lisa Schuster ’79LS successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Missouri.


The New England Archivist Association has granted the following awards: Desiree Alaniz ’17LS was awarded the Susan von Salis Student Meeting and Travel Scholarship. A Distinguished Service award was awarded posthumously to​ ​Kathryn Hammond Baker ’04LS. Adam Schutzman ’16LS was given an A/V Professional Development Award from NEA to attend to attend the 2016 Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference.

The work of Patricia Condon ’15LSD and Sharon Morris ’15LSD was highlighted by American Libraries. The article, “Notable Dissertations,” spotlighted 10 dissertations that stood out over the past year. Condon researched the emergence of digital curation as a field of study, and Morris discussed the development of leadership capability for public and academic library directors. 

Robert Gibbons ’88LS had his most recent book of poetry, Animated Landscape, reviewed by Minor Literatures in April 2016.  

Brandy King ’03LS was awarded a Special Libraries Association Fellowship, and will be honored at the annual conference in Philadelphia, PA in June. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their service to the association and information profession.

Children’s Literature alum Marika McCoola ’12GS was nominated for the 2016 Eisner Award in the Best Publication for Kids (age 9-12) category for her first book, Baba Yaga’s Assistant, illustrated by Emily Carroll.

Sujei Lugo ’16LS was elected by the American Library Association to serve on the Association for Library Service to Children 2018 Newbery Award Committee.

Sera Rivers '13LS, a graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children, has been awarded the Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award for her young adult novel The Wicked Ones. Rivers is an editor for an educational publisher. She is an active member of SCBWI and the volunteer coordinator for the 2016 NE-SCBWI annual conference. The winners will present their work and receive their awards at the 18th Annual Children's Book Discovery Evening on May 15. 

Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has bought world rights to Children’s Literature alum Rebecca Roan’s ’14LS debut picture book Dragons Get Colds Too, to be illustrated by Charles Santoso. Written in the style of a 1950s instructional film, the book is a step-by-step guide that will help anxious dragon owners through the challenges of caring for their pet's very first cold. Publication is scheduled for winter 2019.