SLIS Community News, September 2018

September 25, 2018

Sanda Erdelez

Award winners, a new Library Director, and a Citizen of the Year


Director Sanda Erdelez was a panelist at the International Symposium on the Future of Education in Information Science, held in Pisa, Italy, September 10-13, 2018. The panel was titled"In search of a balance among human, technology, and information dimensions in creating a new curriculum," and Sanda's presentation focused on the human dimension of information science and how to support adaptability to change and innovation.

In early September, Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and Janis Young, Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress, worked together on an online training project to educate catalogers and LIS students around the world on how to use Library of Congress Classification. This is the second project on which LC and Simmons SLIS has collaborated. Joudrey and Young also designed, taught, and released online training modules about the Library of Congress Subject Headings in 2016 and 2017. The current project is expected to be released in 2019.


SLIS Student Alessandra Seiter was awarded the ASIS&T SIG-DL Student Engagement Award to attend the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver this November.


Miranda Griffiths '18MS is the new children's librarian of the Rowley Public Library in Rowley, MA. Griffiths was an assistant in the children’s room at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library since 2016.

Meredith McCulloch '64MS was named citizen of the year in her town of Bedford, Massachusetts. She was director of the Bedford Library before her retirement in 2005.  

Sarah-Jane Poindexter '07MS has been selected to serve as roving archivist for the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board. The Roving Archivist Program is funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, developed to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the Commonwealth’s historical resources.

Sarah Sugden '97MS has been appointed the Brown County library director. She will lead nine library branches in Brown County, Wisconsin. Sugden is expected to begin work in early November.

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