BLC Leads 2020 Participants Announced!

The BLC Leads program continues in 2020 with a new cohort. A selection committee selected twenty participants for this year's program and all have accepted the invitation to participate. Participants work at thirteen of the nineteen member libraries, ensuring that all member libraries have had at least one person participate in the Program since its inception.

As in previous years, the participants (listed below) bring a diversity of personal and professional expertise and interests to the Cohort, which is sure to inform rich discussions about leadership, organizational culture, and agency, among other topics covered during the progrram.

In addition to the two in-person institutes (in June and November), participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and administrators from across the breadth of the Boston Library Consortium via site visits. Participants will also attend two online webinars with established leaders in academic libraries and join the alumni of BLC Leads 2017 and 2018 in networking opportunities.

Congratulations, and welcome to the Program!


Participant Name Title Institution
Thea Atwood Data Services Librarian

UMass Amherst

Francesca Baird Digital Projects Librarian

Wesleyan University

Kirill Batyuk Systems Librarian MBL/WHOI
Phara Bayonne Library Director UConn-Stamford
Yueqing Chen Head of Library Systems & Discovery Services UMass Boston
Isabel Espinal Humanities Research Services Librarian UMass Amherst
Angelica Ferria Media Curator URI
Sally Gore Manager, Research & Scholarly Communications Services UMass Medical
Roxann Harvey Library Coordinator UMass Boston
Terra Kalleymen Electronic Resource Acquisition Librarian

Boston College

Heather Klish Senior Systems Librarian Tufts University
Teresa Maceira Head of Reference, Outreach, & Instruction UMass Boston
Erika McNeil Head, Interlibrary Services


Sarah Melton Head, Digital Scholarship Boston College
Amanda Nelson University Archivist Wesleyan University
Amanda Rust Associate Director for Services, Digital Scholarship Group Northeastern University
Emery Shriver Reference & Web Development Librarian

Williams College

Aimee Slater Academic Outreach Librarian for Government Information & Social Sciences Brandeis University
Sarah Theimer Cataloging & Metadata Head UNH
Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier Head of Acquisitions

Tufts University