February 17, 2018

Alison Cody | Movers & Shakers 2008

Working the Crossroads

Cindy Fisher, one of numerous grateful fellow students at Simmons, called Alison Cody “the glue holding many Simmons GSLIS programs together,” because, as lead technology reference assistant (TRA), Cody helped students and faculty alike with computer problems and created a training manual and wiki for new TRAs. Seeing that fellow students wanted to understand new technologies better, Cody also created and promoted workshops on topics like social software, screencasting, tagging, and more. She even taught them how to run a technology workshop—perhaps so they could replace her.

Newly graduated, Cody thinks that creating and marketing those workshops helped her “make a big splash” and land her current job at Loyola Notre Dame Library in January 2008. She says her new employer “liked my experience doing marketing at a nonprofit right out of college and again at Simmons.”

Cody is excited to be joining a profession that’s at a crossroads. “The world is changing and librarians are changing, too…and I can be part of shaping that change!”


CURRENT POSITION Public Relations/Instruction Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library, Baltimore

DEGREE MLIS, Simmons College, 2007

GLASS LADDER Jokes that she “aspires to middle management”