Below you can find recent Alumni News and profiles.

Alum published in American Libraries International Supplement

Diane Booton '04LS has had an essay, "International Travel, Learning Opportunities," published in the American Libraries International Supplement, August edition, pp. 12-13:

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Alum Elected to AALL Board

The American Association of Law Libraries has selected Emily R. Florio '06LS as one of its two new 2015-2016 executive board members. Florio is currently manager of library services at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, D.C. Her term on the board begins in July 2015.

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SLIS Alum Published in Programming Librarian

Martha Penzer '14LS published "Transformations: The Power of Reading Aloud" in the American Library Association Programming Librarian online magazine. She writes about her experience bringing the works of Louisa May Alcott to women in a correctional facility and the unexpected and inspiring effects of her outreach program.

Martha is currently a librarian at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, VT.

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Matarazzo and Pearlstein publish

Drs. Toby Pearlstein '77LS '87DA and James M. Matarazzo '65LS published an article, "The Business Case for Information Literacy: Why Training is an Important Information Service Function" in Online Searcher, V.38, September/October, 2014 pp. 42-49. Case Studies that accompany this article were written by Kathy Rogers '04LS, Laura Saunders '01LS '10DA, and Jack Cahill '79LS and Corilee Christou '81LS.

Matarazzo is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He spoke at a meeting of the Central Bank Seminars for Central Bank Special Librarians for Europe, Asia, and the Middle East at Christ's College Cambridge University on September 16, 2014 at Cambridge, England. He is the keynote speaker at the 12th International Conference of University Librarians, and will deliver "Corporate Libraries: Bellwethers of Change for the Library World at Large" in Mexico City, Mexico on October 29, 2014.

Dr. Matarazzo taught Special and Corporate Libraries for Simmons SLIS at St. John's University in Paris from August 4-15, 2014. In addition to the classes, students visited the American Library in Paris and the libraries of Bain & Company, KPMG and BNP Paribas.

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ALA President Young: Advocate. Today.

CourtneyYoung_4246.jpgALA President Courtney L. Young's article "Advocate. Today" was published in American Libraries Online on September 12, 2014.

Young writes: "Libraries really do change lives. That reality is well known and proudly understood by every one of us. I don't believe, however, that we have internalized an even more fundamental and vital truth: Libraries are powerful because librarians are powerful. I'd like to speak to that power and be very frank. I am concerned that librarians (and the schools that prepare them) have not yet fully embraced what I believe to be a core professional responsibility. That responsibility is advocacy."

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Snapshot: Linnea Johnson '01BA, '04LS

Thumbnail image for johnson2011(1).jpgAs Manager of Technology at Simmons SLIS, Linnea Johnson has revolutionized the technology services offered to students, staff, and faculty. Involved with development of the Collaboratory, SLIS Media Lab, and Usability Lab, Johnson also initiated a podcast service, SLIScast, which recently expanded to a YouTube channel, a technology workshops program for the community. She also first introduced Moodle as an online learning platform for classes and continuing education, and secured an internal Simmons grant (SLIS iPad Project for Curricular Enhancement and Enrichment) to fund the purchase of three iPads, which are available in the Tech Lab for SLIS community members to check out along with other e-readers and tablets. She and her team offer wikis, blogs, and other tools for SLIS community members, and they provide technology support for faculty research grants. Johnson is an MBA student and advisor to SLIS' award-winning ASIS&T student chapter, and has been elected President of the SLIS Alumni Board for 2014-15 with her term officially beginning on July 1. She claims the secret to her success is surrounding herself with a skilled team of proactive, passionate professionals who share her vision of integrating technology with a LIS perspective.

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LIS alum named Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at MCC

Billy Beal '77LS has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Beal has been a member of the MCC staff for 38 years, and served as dean of the college's Learning Resources since 1992.

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MLIP graduate named dean of libraries

Adriene Lim '12DA was named dean of libraries at University of Oregon; her appointment began at the end of July 2014. Previously, Lim was dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan. For more information visit

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SLIS alum creates YALSA readalike lists

Hannah Gomez '13LS created a two-part list of young adult titles as companions to shows premiering on television this fall. Her lists, posted on the YALSA site, were also featured on American Libraries Direct:

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GSLIS Adjunct Professor Elaine Martin Published in Health Sciences Librarianship

GSLIS Adjunct Professor and UMass Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library Director Elaine Martin '05DA is a co-author of the chapter "Chapter 10: Research Data Management and the Health Sciences Librarian" in the recently published  Health Sciences Librarianship. Martin is also on the book's editorial board.

Alumnae/i News | Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2014