Our Instructors

Associate Librarian, University Library
American University
Rachel Borchardt is the associate science librarian at American University in Washington, DC, where she serves as the liaison to seven different departments on campus, as well as serving as the primary contact person for metrics education and support on campus. She holds an MLIS in Medical Librarianship from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as dual BA degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from Oberlin College. Her primary research interests concern the intersection of bibliometrics, altmetrics, and libraries, and has written and spoken extensively on the subject, including presentations... Read More.
LEO: Librarians & Educators Online
Linda W Braun is a consultant specializing in training and support in integrating learning into informal and formal educational environments. Recently, she was the Youth and Family Learning Manager at the Seattle Public Library and was a Professor of Practice at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. At Simmons College she taught web-based classes in educational technology, web development, and teen services. Linda has a Masters of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Masters of Education with a specialization in Technology... Read More.
Teen Librarian
Brookline Public Library
Robin Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. When not presenting programs and reading guidance, she writes features for publications including VOYA, The Horn Book, Library Journal, and Knowledge Quest. She is an active member of YALSA and has served on awards committees including the Michael L. Printz Award, Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. She is the editor-in-chief of the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights. Follow her on Social Media: Twitter: brkteenlib tumblr:... Read More.
Research Services Librarian
University of Massachusetts
Madeleine Charney received her MLS from the University of Rhode Island (1991) and an MA in Landscape Design and Planning (2003). She is currently a Reference Services Librarian at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is liaison to the departments of landscape architecture, regional planning, agriculture and sustainability across the curriculum. She also plays a key role in the Sustainability Curriculum Initiative at UMass Amherst, a mini-grant program which brings together faculty and librarians across disciplines and integrates the role of the library in... Read More.
Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services
Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, the largest U.S. library and cultural heritage network. He consults nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, digitization, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, and advocacy. Clareson was selected as the 2014 recipient of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award recognizes the recipient's career... Read More.
Art and Humanities Instructor (APUS), Artist/Author, Art Teacher on the Net
Valerie Colston (BA University of California, San Diego, MA San Diego State University) is a university art instructor and author with many years of experience developing and presenting art programs at several San Diego (and Orange County) libraries. Her book 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series has received outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art Education Association newsletter, and more. Her article "It's Easy to be a Green Teen" appeared in the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates. Teens Go Green... Read More.
Cotton Gloves Research, LLC
Danielle Conklin is an independent information professional and trained librarian. She owns and operates Cotton Gloves Research, an information services company that offers research, writing, marketing, and instruction. In the field of library and museum services, Danielle has worked as a branch librarian, information services librarian, cataloging librarian, and museum educator. She is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where she studied psychology and history, and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. Danielle is a past Public... Read More.
Larry Cooperman (SLIS ’02) is currently an adjunct faculty librarian at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL, and a national adjunct online instructor for Rasmussen College, teaching upper-level research and writing courses for undergraduate students. He has worked as a solo library manager and a library director for the past twelve years, primarily in academic libraries, public libraries, and school libraries. He is the author of the book Managing the One-Person Library, published by Elsevier in December 2014. He has served on the Northeast Florida Library and Information... Read More.
Brandy Danner is the Head of Teen Services in Wilmington, MA. She has been a reviewer for School Library Journal and is an active participant in the Massachusetts Youth Services Book Review Group. A member of the planning committee for the Massachusetts Teen Summit conference since 2008, she has presented at the same in 2009 on budget-sensitive teen programing and again in 2011 on unconventional readers’ advisory techniques. Matching books to readers is what drove Brandy to librarianship in the first place, and she's now spent the better part of a decade doing just that. She has written... Read More.
User Experience Specialist
Harvard Library
  I’m the Library User Experience Specialist at Harvard University and have performed usability testing on websites, run projects utilizing participatory design, and am interested how all user research methods can be applied to improve the in-person and online library experience. Prior to Harvard, I worked as the Systems & Web Applications Librarian at Simmons College. During that time I implemented a responsive library catalog, enhanced the library website based on user experience feedback, developed an online content strategy, and kept the ILS running smoothly. I wrote the book, Free... Read More.
Sole Proprietor
Dunn Information Organization
Linda Dunn has been a periodical indexer for over thirty years and has been interested in authority files since she began indexing. Through her work with multiple databases she has become familiar with many types of authority files both proprietary and open source. Since January 2011, Linda has been teaching a professional development workshop on Periodical/Database Indexing for Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Continuing Education program which includes sections on controlled vocabularies and thesauri which are subject authority files. In March of 2014 she... Read More.
Library Director
Saxton B. Little Free Library
Su Epstein has nearly twenty years of experience in Library Administration. Working in varied libraries from schools to newspaper, urban locations with armed guards to rural locations with resident mice and chipmunks, she’s had a wealth of first hand adventures in Libraryland. A Simmons College alum, prior to earning her M.L.I.S., she earned master’s degrees in Humanities (Wesleyan University), Sociology (Univ. of CT) and a doctorate in Criminology (Univ. of CT) and spent many years teaching in academia. She has published several book chapters in both the areas of Criminology and Library... Read More.
National Digital Stewardship Residency Boston
 Jeffrey Erickson is 2015 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College with a focus on Archives and Cultural Heritage Informatics. Jeff was attracted to the Cultural Heritage concentration because of its emphasis on technology and digital preservation. Building on his extensive professional career in IT, Jeff’s interest was to become an archivist so he could work on issues related to digital materials. Jeff has studied digital preservation, preservation management, digital asset management, XML and metadata at Simmons and applied his newly acquired knowledge to... Read More.
Program Manager
We Need Diverse Books
Sarah Hannah Gómez is a former school librarian and the current Program Manager for We Need Diverse Books. She has an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and an MS in library and information science from Simmons College.    Follow her on soical media: Twitter: http://twitter.com/shgmclicious
David Grossman, MLS, MBA, is presently an on-call, substitute, part-time, Reference Librarian in the San Francisco Bay area. David’s current work venues include the Berkeley Public Library, the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, the San Rafael Public Library, the Marin County Free Library and the Dominican University Library. Previously, David was a Reference Librarian and served as the History Room Librarian in the Lucretia Little History Room at the Mill Valley Public Library (California), where he initiated and managed a project to construct a local, electronic archive with a workforce of 35... Read More.
Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology Librarian
Roger Williams University
Lindsey is a graduate of Simmons College GSLIS program (2011), where she studied Archival Management and fell in love with archives and libraries. She went on to work at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, MD as their Photo Archivist, and after a few years took a chance on a new job in Rhode Island at Roger Williams University, where she is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor and Instructional Technology Librarian. While she sometimes misses her archival work, she’s discovered that she is passionate about using technology to enhance both teaching and learning in the... Read More.
Adjunct Instructor
Drexel University and Simmons College
Missy Harvey served as the Technology & Communication Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR), 2011-2015; Computer Science Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995-2011; Adjunct Instructor, Drexel University, 2003-present and University of Pittsburgh, 1995-2003. Harvey's career in libraries began at Yale University and includes starting a library for Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley. She is currently an Academic Library and Research Consultant. Missy has taught a variety of online and face-to-face courses in information... Read More.
Senior Vocabulary Editor
Cengage Learning
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Cengage Learning, managing controlled vocabularies for periodical and reference content indexing and discipline taxonomies for higher education learning content. This is a position she had previously held from 1996 to 2004 at Cengage’s predecessor companies of Information Access Company, Gale Group, and Thomson Learning. Between 2004 and 2014 Heather was employed as a taxonomist at an enterprise search software vendor, the taxonomy manager at the wind energy company, and as a taxonomy consultant with the consultancy PPC and, she also started her... Read More.
User Experience Professional
Nicole Hennig is an independent user-experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. Nicole’s books include Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage, Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services, and Best Apps for Academics. She teaches several online courses, including Apps for Librarians & Educators, and Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps. She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years, first as web manager and then as head of the user experience department. She is the winner... Read More.
Deb Hunt is Library Director at the Mechanics’ Institute (www.milibrary.org), a vibrant intellectual and cultural center serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Deb is Principal of Information Edge, www.information-edge.com, which specializes in enterprise, document and digital asset management, knowledge services, research and analysis, and library design and automation. In addition to her MLS, Deb is a certified Enterprise Content Management Practitioner and believes that learning never stops.  Deb was SLA’s 2013 (international) President. Her presidential theme was “Transform Knowledge... Read More.
Research and Education Librarian
Dartmouth College, Biomedical Libraries
Heather Johnson, MLIS, is a Research and Education Librarian at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she serves as a biomedical librarian the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In her position, she is involved in teaching within the curricula at the Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Heather’s interests lie principally in consumer health, health literacy, and education, though her interests continue to grow as she learns more about the profession and is introduced to an increasing number of opportunities. Prior to joining... Read More.
Amelia Kassel is President of MarketingBase, specializing in industry, company and competitive and market intelligence research since 1982. Amelia holds a Master's Degree in Library Science (1971, UCLA) and combines expertise in Internet research and fee-based databases with knowledge of business and marketing strategies. Amelia taught at the University of California Berkeley Extension for 15 years, was a lecturer at San José State University School of Library and Information Science (1992-1996), and now teaches distance education at San José State University with courses in Online and... Read More.
Middle School Librarian
Glen Ellyn Public Library
Christina Keasler is currently a Middle School Librarian at Glen Ellyn Public Library in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She provides relevant and unique programming for grades 6-8 and serves as the technology coordinator for the department. She received a BA in Communication, Media, and Theater from Northeastern Illinois University in 2011 and a MS in Library Science from University of Illinois in 2012. Her professional experiences include the 2013-2015 Publicity Coordinator for iREAD, the 2016-2017 Odyssey Award Selection Committee Member, conference presenter for STEAM and DIY programming, and guest... Read More.
Head of Research & Instruction
Douglas & Judith Krupp Library, Bryant University
Laura Kohl is Head of Research & Instruction Services at the Krupp Library at Bryant University leading the information literacy instruction group on campus. Laura holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Boston University and an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. Most recently Laura finished up a graduate certificate in Instructional Technology and Design from UMASS Boston. Laura serves as the main point of support for the campus ePortfolio program and has been collaborating with faculty to incorporate multimedia assignments into their curriculum. Over the past two years... Read More.
Director of Information Technology
New York Law Institute
Ellyssa is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 35 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL's 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set won the ALA's Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, and an international conference speaker. She blogs at Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries. Her professional portfolio is located at: http://www.... Read More.
Scott Leeb has over the past 15 years created, managed and grown the global business intelligence/knowledge management programs at four Fortune 500 companies (Prudential Retirement, The McGraw-Hill Companies, KPMG and Ingram Micro) and a leading international philanthropy (The Rockefeller Foundation). In 2011 he served as President of SCIP. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Johannesburg. Scott has spoken in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America on a wide range of topics including competitive intelligence, business intelligence, market intelligence,... Read More.
Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan
D'Youville College
Debra Lucas-Alfieri has been the Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. Her book chapters appear in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries (2011) and the 21st Century Handbook of Anthropology (2010). Dozens of encyclopedia articles appear in the Encyclopedia of Power (2011), theEncyclopedia of Time (2009), the Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2005), and the 20th Century Encyclopedia of Pop Culture (2000). She has also published academic journal articles inCollaborative Librarianship (2011), the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document... Read More.
Academic Technology Coordinator
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Sarah Ludwig is the Dean of Digital & Library Services at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT. She has over ten years' experience in libraries, much of that in the school environment. ABC-CLIO published Sarah’s book, Starting from Scratch: Building a Teen Library Program, in June 2011. In 2010, she was selected as an American Library Association Emerging Leader. 
Elaine R. Martin, MSLS, DA, is director of the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. Dr. Martin also serves as the director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, under contract from the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Martin oversees all administrative aspects of the health sciences library as well as several federally funded programs. Most recently, she was awarded a Big Data grant to develop an MOOC on the topic of scientific research data management and another grant to develop a website and mobile application that... Read More.
Dean Emeritus and Professor
James Matarazzo has work experience at the MIT Libraries in science and reference, serials and journals, technical reports, and government publications. He is a consultant to companies and corporations on the organization, evaluation, and creation of corporate libraries, information centers, and management of information. His current research focuses on the development of a model to evaluate the worth of corporate libraries, on why some corporate libraries are excellent, and on how senior executives value library and information science. Matarazzo is a fellow of the Special Libraries... Read More.
  A native of Missouri, Mimi O’Malley holds a B.A. in History from the University of Dayton (OH) and a M.S.L.S. from Clarion University (PA). She has worked in archives and special collections at the Bucks County Historical Society (PA)and as an adjunct instructor and academic librarian at Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville (KY) teaching information literacy. She currently is an interim library director with Spalding University. Before embarking on her first travel/history book, she wrote more than fifty articles for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She is... Read More.
Health Sciences Librarian
Simmons College
Vivienne Piroli is the School of Health Sciences Librarian at Simmons College. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons. In her role as SHS Librarian she is responsible for providing student and faculty support for programs in Healthcare Administration, Nursing, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Vivienne places particular emphasis on Information Literacy instruction for these groups and finds it is symbiotic with curricula based in Evidence Based Medicine. As an adjunct Vivienne teaches a course on User Instruction which is... Read More.
Communication Librarian
Georgia State University
Jason Puckett is Librarian for Communication and Virtual Services and Assistant Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Jason has taught Simmons workshops and webinars for several years, including Instruction Librarian Boot Camp, Zotero: Using and Supporting the Research Power Tool, and Creating Great Online Research Guides. He’s the author of the books Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators and Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides, available from ACRL Publications. Jason was a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2010 for his work with technology... Read More.
Business & Economics Librarian
CSU East Bay
Sharon Radcliff is library faculty at California State University (CSU) East Bay and liaison to the College of Business and Economics. At CSU East Bay, she teaches LIBY 1210, the information literacy course. She also teaches English at Ohlone College. Previously she worked as a librarian at Saint Mary's College of California, San Francisco Main Library, Oakland Main Library, and Academy of Art University. She has a MLIS from UC Berkeley, a MA in English form San Francisco State University, and is completing a EdD in Learning and Instruction at University of San Francisco. She has taught... Read More.
Head of Children's Services
Dover Town Library
Bonnie Roalsen is Head of Children's Services at the Dover Town Library, and an independent consultant specializing in mobile technology, tech integration, and innovative practice. Bonnie was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2007 for her work incorporating digital media and tools into public library service. The Dover Town Library has been consistently recognized as one of the most innovative and forward thinking libraries in the country. It recognized as 'Finalist for Best Small Library in North America' by the Gates Foundation in 2012, as well as being recognized as a 'Star... Read More.
Rukmal Ryder is a qualified academic, public and school librarian with fifteen years of experience. She is currently working full-time in an academic library and part-time in a public library in Massachusetts. Se also has teaching experiences in local, international schools and in a university. She did her graduate studies at Simmons College, and at the Salem State University. She has Massachusetts Educator Licensures for Library (all levels) and Early Childhood (Pre K-3). Rukmal has been awarded numerous awards - ACRL/NEC and LOEX - conference scholarships, Special Libraries Association... Read More.
DA Comics Consultant
Andy Shuping is a former academic librarian and current student working on his MFA in Applied Cartooning at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. His goal is to help the community (librarians, educators, businesses, health care professionals, etc.) connect to the comics and graphic novel community, and vice versa. He has over 8 years experience working with comics and graphic novels, over 8 years experience as a professional librarian, a background in education, and a strong understanding of how comics and graphic novels help promote diverse learning styles. He can be... Read More.
Head of Research & Instruction Services
Western Carolina University in North Carolina
Sarah Steiner is the Head of Research & Instruction Services at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She has over a decade of experience teaching courses to teens and adults. She writes and speaks on the topics of instructional assessment, technology planning and maintenance, and virtual reference. In 2008, ACRL published her co-edited volume The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services, and in 2012, she published the book Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries as part of the LITA Tech Set Series. Sarah was named a LYRASIS NextGen Librarian in 2009 and a... Read More.
Teen Librarian
La Vista Public Library
Lindsey Tomsu is currently the Teen Librarian for the La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Nebraska, where she took a failing teen program in 2009 and turned it into a successful teen program that has been nationally recognized for its innovations in serving teens. In 2013, her Teen Advisory Board nominated her as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. Before becoming a librarian, Tomsu was a successful English tutor and editor. She obtained bachelor's degrees in sociology and philosophy from Bellevue University and English (with a youth and Gothic concentration) from the University of... Read More.
Preservation Librarian
State Library of Massachusetts
Kelly Turner has served as the Preservation Librarian at the State Library of Massachusetts for over three years, managing the preservation program for the library and conducting all hands-on preservation/conservation work. She is also a former Archives Director for a historical society on Boston’s North Shore. Kelly is a graduate of Simmons College, earning a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and placement in the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society-Beta Beta Chapter of which she previously served as President. She hosts preservation focused discussions and presentations at... Read More.