Des Alaniz // Co-Chair // @littlegoldenage // she her hers
Des is a dual degree student at Simmons in the History and Archives Management program. Her research interests include archival education, curriculum, social movement history, and queer archives. Des works as a cataloging and scanning assistant at the Schlesinger Library and as the zine intern for the To the Front Zine Collection at Simmons’ Beatley Library. Des is the Webmaster and Secretary for Students of Color at SLIS, and serves on the SLIS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Outside of Simmons, she blogs at Hack Library School, and volunteers with the LGBT History app Quist as the Underrepresented Communities Chair.
Kimberly Arleth // UnConference Coordinator // @KA_DigLib85 // she her hers
Kimberly Arleth is a recent transplant to the New England area, originally from Minnesota. Ms. Arleth has completed a Masters in Nonprofit Management in 2014 from Hamline University and is about to embark on the final semester at Simmons College before receiving her MLIS in spring 2017. In addition to taking classes, Ms. Arleth works full time at the Beatley Library of Simmons College as Library Assistant for Discovery Services and Digital Projects. Other work experiences has included time at the Massachusetts Historical Society and with the University of Minnesota’s Archive and Special Collections working on the Jean Tretter Collection for GLBT Studies. Being an active participant in the professional community is important to Ms. Arleth and she currently serves on New England Archivists REPS Steering Committee, and the Simmons ASIST leadership board. Prior leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors for 20% Theatre Company, a Twin Cities based theater company.
Peter Jubinsky // Submission Review Coordinator // he him his
Peter is in his second semester at SLIS after several years in the wilderness that is Off-Broadway theatre with no idea what he wanted to do with anything. So, he thinks it’s pretty alright to have focus now. He is an evening library assistant at Suffolk University, which is swell, and affords him the opportunity to field reference questions, tech questions, pay close attention to a large deaccessioning project, and provide circulation services, which may be his favorite part of all. Still, his real passion is for public and prison libraries, and especially the intersection of the two in public library services to prisons. Other research interests include services to underrepresented and underprivileged groups, He is also real big into only being awake at night, crime books, and pink shirts, as evidenced above.
Rachel Karasick // Finance + Outreach // @rkarasick
Rachel’s last name rhymes with Jurassic. She is in her second year at SLIS in the general librarynerd track, and her research interests are critical information literacy, open data + access, and library labor history. She is a Library Assistant in Discovery Services at the Simmons College Library, where she coordinates course reserves, ILL, acquisitions, cataloging, and can even be found at the reference desk on occasion. Her professional background is in outreach and fundraising for the non-profit sector.
Daniel Laikko // Faculty Liaison // @bookishdan // he him his
Daniel is a second year SLIS student, interested in metadata, cataloging, and other general library things, and has done research in the past on digital possessions and applying archival theory to human-computer interaction research. Please talk to him about horror movies.
Nancy Loi // Backbone of DERAIL //@nancymloi // she her hers
Nancy is a Philadelphian in her second year as a generalist at SLIS. She majored in English at Barnard College in New York and worked in communications for the Philadelphia Housing Authority before deciding yes, library school. She is a 2016-2017 ALA Spectrum Scholar, former Acting President for the Library and Information Science Students Association (LISSA), and a Scorpio. Nancy is interested in intersectionality and representation, cataloging, and digital libraries. She is really psyched to be a part of DERAIL for the second year, bringing her expertise to all aspects of Forum planning.
Mckenzie Mullen // Co-Chair + Project Manager // @emtothethird
Mckenzie is a dual-degree History & Archives student at Simmons. Her interests lie in textile history and zines. Her passion is to encourage students in LIS to think critically about the intersection of their personal identities and their identity as information professionals. Mckenzie is currently Co-Chair of the Simmons chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild. When she’s not up to her neck in school work she’s knitting or walking the dog with her partner.
Manda Pizzollo // SLIS West Coordinator // @mandapizzollo // she her hers
Manda is a MSLIS student at Simmons West who will be graduating in May 2017. She is the student office assistant for SLIS West, a substitute library assistant at the Pelham Public Library, and a metadata intern at Amherst College’s Frost Library. She has also interned for UMass Amherst in the Scholarly Communication Office and currently writes for the Simmons Student Experience Blog. Prior to entering library school, Manda received her BSN from Clemson University and worked as a nurse for 10 years in a variety of settings including public health, postpartum, oncology infusion, and bone marrow transplant. Manda is passionate about all the opens (open access, open education, open data), social justice, prison reform, women’s healthcare, services for refugees, travel, backpacking, and information discovery. In other words- she’s pretty passionate about a lot of stuff, is talkative, and is always up to find more things to be passionate about- so hit her up for a conversation any time!
Bridgett Pride // Volunteers + Social Media // @LilBridgieFlair // she her hers
Bridgett Kathryn Pride is a second year dual degree Library Science student at Simmons College studying Archives and History. She currently serves as a co-chair for Students of Color at SLIS, and the social media chair for the Simmons chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild. She is a crochet artisan, selling small wearables on Etsy through her shop, Little Bridgie Flair. Bridgett is also the Learning Commons Library Assistant at Simmons’ Beatley Library, where she works closely with students to help reflect their interests through library programming. Bridgett is a Bi-Racial Californian interested in the plight of African American Women during the nineteenth century. She is passionate about making the records of these individuals more accessible. Bridgett is responsible for DERAIL’s social media presence, and organizing the volunteers.
Sony Prosper // Communications // @BaldwinBlue // he him his
Sony is a second year student in the MLIS degree at Simmons College. He has an academic background in History. He is interested in bringing forth experiences, perspectives, and contributions that are just beginning to receive attention into the archives. He is also interested in minority students’ information behaviors. And he wants to remind students about their power, which can be actualized through conferences like DERAIL.
Ayoola White//Archivist + Graphic Design
Ayoola White is a Spectrum Scholar and Mosaic Fellow in the history and archives management graduate program at Simmons. She originally became interested in library science as a result of witnessing librarians’ and archivists’ active support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Ayoola hails from the Detroit area of Michigan.
Nicole T. Cunha // Accessibility Consultant // @NicoleTCunha // they them theirs
Nicole T. Cunha is a graduate of the dual library science and children’s literature masters program at Simmons. A genderqueer, queer, and disabled advocate, Nicole uses intersectionality to fuel their life-long learning. They enjoy working behind the scenes to empower others with knowledge and points of view that differ from their own. Their research interests include: improving disability/ accessibility consciousness; storytelling; social media; and more. Nicole works as a Public Service Assistant at Wheelock College’s Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, and as a Reference Librarian at Simmons’ Beatley Library. Theyt also volunteer as social media coordinator for Considering Disability CIC, a social enterprise based in Leeds, UK, and with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)