SLIS Community News, October 2017

November 02, 2017

Naresh Agarwal

Recent faculty and alumni accomplishments, and a welcome to new staff


Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal’s book, Exploring Context in Information Behavior, will be published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers in Fall 2017. A first print copy of the book made its debut at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Oct 27 - Nov 1, Washington, DC.

Professor Jeannette Bastian participated in a panel discussion in October 6, “Setting Directions for Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age” as part of Recording Lives, a free public forum organized by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, October 5-7, 2017. 

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit is the Communications Officer for the ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Visualization, Image, and Sound (SIG VIS) which was awarded the SIG of the Year award for 2017 by ASIS&T. The award was given at the ASIS&T conference in October. 

Professor Michele Cloonan’s interview, “Investigating Fake News: A Conversation with James Corcoran,” was published in the most recent issue of Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, a journal Cloonan co-edits.

Professor Cathryn Mercier presented a keynote session at the Boston Book Festival, October 28, which featured a conversation with award-winning author M.T. Anderson.

Senior Lecturer Lauren Rizzuto moderated a young adult author panel, "Truth and Consequences," at the Boston Book Festival, October 28. The authors who spoke were the bestselling E. Lockhart, Malinda Lo, and Children's Literature alum Kristin Cashore '04GS.

Senior Lecturer Rachel Williams presented a co-authored paper, “Two views of the Data Documentation Initiative: Stakeholders, Collaboration, and Metadata Standards Creation,” at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, October 27-November 1, 2017. Williams also had a co-authored paper “Makerspaces and boundary work: the role of librarians as educators in public library makerspaces,” accepted for publication in Journal of Libarianship and Information Science.

Welcome New Staff!

Kayla Guadagni is the Executive Assistant to the Dean's Office. She will be providing organizational and administrative support to the Dean, Associate Dean and Operations Manager. Previously she was Office Services Manager at Boston University, and has held positions at the ObserveIt and Vantage World Travel. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Boston University.

Nancy Hutchins is the new Executive Assistant to Division Directors. Nancy brings with her a wealth of executive assistant experience, most recently as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Wheelock College, where she has worked for 24 years. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University.

Lorraine Stringer is our new COCIS Operations Manager. Previously, Lorraine was a Senior Research Officer at Boston University. She has also held positions at the Harvard Medical School as a Grants Officer and Harvard School of Public Health as an Administrative Manager, among other positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Management and Research Administration from Emmanuel College.


PhD student Sylmarí Burgos-Ramírez has been selected for this year’s Doctoral Students to Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Grant for the ALISE Annual Conference. As part of the award, Sylmari will receive complimentary registration to the conference, a complimentary one-year membership to ALISE, and a monetary award in the amount of $500.

Master's student Mary Boutet was selected to receive a scholarship from the Massachusetts Library Aid Association. Boutet is a student in the program and the scholarship will assist with payment for one of her courses.

Children’s Literature student Isabelle Novoa's second young adult novel, Into the Black, will be released this November by Sky Pony Press, under Isabelle's pen name, Ava Jae. The release was celebrated at a launch party at Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Thursday, November 16.


Jenny Rae Bailey ’17LS is now the part-time cataloger at the Mattapoisett Public Library. The library, according to Bailey boasts “an eclectic collection including a sewing machine, baking pans, and ‘adventure’ backpacks.”

Anna Byrne ’02LS was appointed Hingham Public Library’s assistant director. Byrne has served as technology services librarian and children’s librarian in her 15 years with Hingham Public Library.  

Clare Davitt ’13LS was elected to Bangor City Council. A librarian at the Bangor Public Library, her run was reported in the Bangor Daily News on October 19

Susan Nutter ’68LS has retired after 30 years at the North Carolina State University Libraries. Nutter has overseen numerous transformations and renovations during her tenure, including the building of the Hunt Library, which was awarded the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries, among a slew of other awards. Nutter was the recipient of the 1995 Alumni Achievement Award from Simmons SLIS. 

Jessica R. Olin ’03LS became the Director of Library Services of the Alfred C. O'Connell Library, Genesee Community College. Olin was previously the director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware; the information literacy librarian at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio; and a research services librarian at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

Beverly Sweetman '89LS has signed her first publishing contract " with Pelican Publishing for her picture book, There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth. The book, written under the name B.J. Lee, is scheduled for publication in 2019. Sweetman has over 100 poems and stories published in major children's anthologies, including National Geographic (ed., J. Patrick Lewis) and Little, Brown (ed., Kenn Nesbitt).