Alumni: Research Interns & Affiliates

Marguerite Avery

Alumni: Research Affiliate
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For the past ten years, Margy was Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press where she acquired scholarly, trade, and reference work in Science and Technology Studies, Information Science, Communications, and Internet Studies. She created critically acclaimed series such as those in Infrastructures Studies (Geoffrey Bowker and Paul Edwards), the Information Society (Laura DeNardis and Michael Zimmer) and History and Foundations of Information Science (Michael Buckland, Jonathan Furner, and Markus Krajewski). Margy also developed the trade Essential Knowledge series, designed to convey challenging concepts to a more popular readership; such topics have included intellectual property strategy (by John Palfrey), memes in digital culture (by Limor Shifman), crowdsourcing (by Daren Brabham), and open access (by Peter Suber).

Margy continues to enage these topics through her work as the Digital Publications Chair of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), a member of the Digital Public Library of America’s Content & Scope group, serves on the Board of Directors for Anvil Academic Press, member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee for the Open Library of Humanities, and as a trustee for the Somerville Public Library.

Diana Hellyar

Alumni: Graduate Research Intern

Diana Hellyar is a graduate student at Simmons College at the School of Library and Information Science and is concentrating in Information Science and Technology (MLIS expected May 2016). Diana’s research in the Program is focused on the applications of emerging virtual reality and visualization technology to library information discovery.

Diana’s professional interests are in how new technologies can improve people’s experiences in the libraries and with library content. She has 10 years of experience in public, school and academic libraries. Currently, she is working as a Circulation and Reference Assistant at Pine Manor College.

Wenqing Lu

Alumni - Graduate Research Assistant, Research Intern

Wenqing Lu is a research intern in MIT's Program on Information Science. She holds a Master of Arts in Russian language, and is scheduled to complete a MSLIS at Simmons College GSLIS in 2014.

James Putnam

Alumni: Graduate Research Intern

James (Jim) Putnam is completing his MLIS degree at Simmons College. He joined the program in the Summer of 2015 and is collaborating on research in university information management. 

Lucy Taylor

Alumni: Graduate Research Intern

Lucy Taylor is a graduate student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science where she will receive her MLIS in Spring 2016. Lucy’s undergraduate degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University and experience working at the Bodleian Libraries has shaped her commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and and her enjoyment in helping others discover information and pursue their academic goals. Lucy is interested in exploring the scholarly communication workflow, how to make academic information more accessible through open access and data and how to enhance library platforms and websites through usability testing and user experience.  Her work as a graduate intern focuses on the landscape of current academic software curation, with a view to identifying use cases, best practices and guidelines.

Carenanne Torrey

Alumni: Graduate Research Intern
Carenanne Torrey (Caren) is a graduate student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science where she will receive her MLIS Spring 2015.  She enjoys teaching others how to find, evaluate, and use information. Caren embraces new technologies by building websites, working in databases, and evaluating usability by exploring who uses libraries and how they use them.  Her experience includes an internship at Harvard, where she researched, wrote, and edited projects related to the history of the university and prospect research.  She is active in the Special Libraries Association, where she is the President for that Simmons student group.  Caren currently works in a corporate pharmaceutical library connecting scientists to information.


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Renee Walsh

Alumni: Graduate Research Intern

Renee Walsh is a Graduate Student at Simmons College of Library and Information Science, where she will receive her M.S. in December of 2016.  Prior to studying at Simmons College, Renee studied French and Francophone Literature, with a focus on writers of Middle Eastern and North African origin.  Renee hopes to use her background in cultural studies to help others disseminate, appreciate, and explore cultural heritage in the digital realm.  Her research at MIT is focusing on how VR can improve access to and the exploration of library materials.


Alex Wei

Alumni: Research Intern

Alex Wei is a student intern for the MIT Program on Information Science for MIT Libraries working on projects related to open data and transparency. A senior at Newton North High School, Alex enjoys studying History, Math, and Languages. He has an interest in politics and humanities.

Carol Witt

Alumni: Graduate Research Intern

Carol Witt is a student at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, from which she will receive her Master of Science in January 2017. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Mediaeval and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Library and Information Technician Diploma from Seneca College.

Carol’s library interests are in technology and helping to empower people within an academic or research setting. Her research at MIT will explore reimagining library instruction, blending instruction for individual gain with promoting social awareness and responsibility in informational behaviour, as well as exploring the potential for new technology to expand the range of instructional formats and designs.