Early Risers

Three Simmons librarians named as 2018 “Emerging Leaders.”

Three graduates of Simmons’ School of Library and Information Science were among 50 people nationwide to be named “Emerging Leaders” for 2018 by the American Library Association. Ashleigh Coren ’14MS, Netanel Ganin ’15MS and Samantha Quiñon Snair ’16MS were tapped for the honor and its associated professional program, which includes the chance to participate in project-planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and serve in leadership capacities early in their careers.

“It was an honor to be selected and to participate,” said Snair, now head of research and instruction at Lesley University Library. “It was very easy to become involved in student leadership at Simmons, and I’m still in touch with most faculty and other student leaders I worked with.”

The program kicked off with an orientation and training during the ALA’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver and continued with online learning and networking, culminating with a session in which participants showcased the results of their work during the ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans in June.

Coren, special collections librarian for teaching and learning at the University of Maryland, said of the experience, “I was very excited to be a part of the 2018 cohort. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the organizational structure of the American Library Association and network with other early-career librarians.”

All three were quick to credit their time at Simmons with preparing them well for the opportunity.

Said Ganin, a cataloger at the Library of Congress, “I wouldn’t be the librarian I am today without the education I received at Simmons.”

“I was very excited to be a part of the 2018 cohort.” —Ashleigh Coren ’14MS