Meet the SLIS Alumni Board

January 19, 2017

Dedicated to supporting SLIS students and alumni with programs throughout the year.

The SLIS Alumni Association Board is a group of alumni dedicated to providing support to the SLIS community. The SLIS Alumni Association sponsors several programs during the year. In 2016, these events included tours of the illustrated manuscripts exhibition known as "Beyond Words,” and the annual SLIS After Dark event, a popular networking dinner for current students and alumni. The Alumni Association sponsors awards for outstanding alums in the Library and Information Science and the Children's Literature Programs. We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the board members for the current fiscal year. 

Jean Scanlan ’69LS, Board President, retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers after thirty-one years; her last position was Knowledge Manger for the US Investment Company Group. Jean served as the Business & Finance Division Chair in the Special Libraries Association, and the Division Cabinet Chair on the SLA Board of Directors. In 1995, she was named a Fellow of Special Libraries Association. She also published a book, Business Online Database, in addition to several articles for the periodical Database.

Frances Harrell ’13LS, Past President. As a Preservation Specialist at NEDCC, Frances provides preservation assistance to small and medium-sized cultural heritage institutions through assessments, consulting, education, and outreach. She serves as Co-Chair of the Digital Preservation Interest Group for ALA ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section and is a member of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable for New England Archivists. She also represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee. She received an MLIS from Simmons College SLIS and a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida, and has worked in both development and collections management.

Kimberly Borrelli ’09LS, Acting Secretary/Board Treasurer, is a senior research analyst with Boston University's Development and Alumni Relations.  Kim has been treasurer of the SLIS alumni board since 2013, where she is responsible for maintaining and tracking funds for board activities. 

Anna Bognolo ’15LS, Director at Large, is the Outreach/Technical Services Librarian and an adjunct instructor at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Springfield, MA, where she has worked since 2010. At STCC, Anna organizes library-related activities, oversees the technical services staff and the College's archive. As an adjunct, she teaches a one-credit research course and an honors-level course titled “The History of Information.” Anna has a broad range of library science-related interests including social justice, outreach, and access and preservation. In addition to serving on the SLIS Alumni Board, she is a board member of the Digital Commonwealth, NELA’s IT section and Franklin County Community Meals Program. Anna lives in Deerfield, MA with her husband and two children.

Micha Broadnax ’16LS, Director at Large, is a graduate of the Archives Management concentration. During her studies at Simmons, she took courses at the Western Massachusetts location, the Boston campus, and online. She was an active student leader in the Progressive Librarians Guild. Micha is a recipient of American Library Association's Spectrum Scholarship, as well as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Society of American Archivist (SAA) Mosaic Fellowship. She is currently the Digital Archivist at Emerson College Archives and Special Collections. 

Nick Chin ’08LS, Director at Large, is the Taxonomy Manager at Blueport Commerce, an e-commerce solution for brick and mortar furniture retailers. At Blueport, Nick organizes product metadata and the metadata schema for the Catalog Team, assists all teams with data related projects, and occasionally chips in some database development. Nick is interested in the ways Library and Information Science meld with the tech industry. Prior to Blueport, he previously worked at a deep search engine startup and a mobile navigation company. 

Shoshana Flax ’09LS, is a graduate of the Children’s Literature program. She works at Horn Book Magazine, writing reviews, blog posts and participating in magazine planning meetings and star discussions. She co-runs the Horn Book's internship program. 

Bréanna J. McDaniel ’14LS, Director at Large, is a graduate of the Children’s Literature program. She is an Assistant Director of Regional Volunteer Engagement for her undergraduate alma mater, Emory University, though much of her personal energy is pushed toward her scholarship in children’s literature. As an active independent researcher, she uses the social and academic education she received at Simmons every single day. Based in Atlanta, GA, she travels frequently for her job and invests in new students and alumni volunteers. Her future plans include applying for entrance into a PhD program within the next two years, but until then she will focus on her writing, reading, researching, and enjoying her family.

Derek T. Mosley ’11LS, Director at Large, is responsible for the management of the Archives Division at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, which includes donor relations and collection management.