Meet the New SLIS Faculty

November 13, 2018

Donia Conn

Assistant Professors share research details and what they're up to outside of the classroom!

We caught up with Assistant Professors Donia Conn and Rebecca Davis for mini interviews as a way to welcome our new faculty and get to know them better. 

Senior Lecturer Donia Conn

What is your teaching area?

I currently teach Preservation Management (LIS 439) and Collections Maintenance (LIS 447) primarily for students in the archives track but also anyone else who is interested.

Any research in progress?

From now until May 2019, I am revising The Preservation Management Handbook written by Ross Harvey and Martha Mahard and published by Rowman & Littlefield. After that, I'm interested in looking into how libraries are working with their municipalities to be part of planning for climate change.

What are you doing when you aren't at Simmons?

I live in Ballston Spa, NY (just outside Saratoga Springs) and teach predominantly online so I'm infrequently at Simmons. However, in my spare time I'm an avid gardener of vegetables and flowers, I love baking bread, and my partner Kyle and I brew beer and make wine. We hope to be making cider from our own apples and pears in the next couple of years when the trees mature enough. I'm also in the process of putting up tomatoes every weekend — sauce, whole, ketchup, and salsa. Finally, when I have the chance, I love going to the theater and to concerts. We are lucky to be very close to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center that does a fantastic summer season with a jazz festival, the New York Ballet, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, and many one-off concerts.

Favorite book, movie, TV show, album?

This has always been a hard question to answer because usually it's the book that I'm currently reading. However, there are some that have stuck with me through the years and if I had to pick one, it would be The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. It was my favorite during childhood and still holds a soft spot in my heart today. For my adult years, I would have to pick any of the books by Louise Penny. I love the mystery genre and she not only writes a good mystery, but she's also an exceptional storyteller and writes so that you really feel like you're right there with the characters.


Assistant Professor Rebecca Davis 

What is your teaching area?

User services.

Any research in progress?

My research is focusing on the value the undergraduate women in STEM place on having and using the physical space in academic libraries.

What are you doing when you aren't at Simmons? 

Exploring Boston and meeting new people.

Favorite book, movie, TV show, album?

The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.