Introduce yourself – who you are, what you do, and where you are.

Hello! I’m Arianna McQuillen. I’m graduating from Simmons University with a MLIS Masters Library and Information Science, concentrated in Cultural Heritage. I am interested in medical libraries and cultural heritage institutions due to my diverse background in both archaeology and material science from MIT.

Add What You Do

Library: Cultural Heritage

Material Science: Conservation Science

Project Management

Translate Science to Legal & Business Contexts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139                                                   2016

Major: Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Engineering                                        GPA 4.2

Focus on Archaeology and Anthropology with Thesis

Thesis: 3D Fluorescence Method of Dye Analysis on Meiji Woodblock Prints from Japan

Thesis Work Acknowledged in Two Peer Reviewed Papers Published in Journal of the American Institute for Conservation and Arnoldia

Simmons University, School of Library and Information Science, Boston MA 02115          2020-present

            Masters of Library Science, Concentration in Cultural Heritage Informatics                  GPA 3.7


Beat the Odds Scholarship, Children’s Defense Fund                                                              2010-2016

       Honors talented students who have overcome tremendous adversity

General Federation of Women’s Clubs, MA, Memorial Education Fund Fellowship                      2020

         STEAM career field scholarship for graduate students

National Association for Campus Activities Foundation                                                              2020

American Library Association, Spectrum Scholarship                                                                 2020

Association of College & Research Libraries, Kaleidoscope Scholarship                                      2020

Research and Library Experience

University of Michigan, Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) Remote   Summer 2021

Prepares MLIS students for Doctoral and Research Projects

  • Supported tele-community project for blind and low vision older adults
  • Analyzed voice content over time with qualitative data analysis software
  • Presented final conference-style poster for research project

NEH Division of Preservation and Access, Remote Summer Internship                        Summer2021

Preserve and make available collections of books and material culture and manage physical properties

  • Analyzed recent NEH grant awards
  • Developed a database of products and white papers
  • Summarized findings with report and data visualizations

MIT Libraries, Library for Chemical Engineering & Material Science Engineering                2021

Support open and reproducible research publishing and transcribe interviews with scientists

  • Learning R, 5 hours per week under Dr. Ye Li

MIT Libraries, Wunsch Conservation Laboratory Intern, Boston, MA                                  2014-2015

Preserve information, protect and promote the conservation of MIT’s tangible collections

  • Produced simulacra materials for an international seminar on letter locking
  • Learned about letter locking which, like modern encryption, ensures the authenticity and privacy of letters through folding, codes, and wax seals while creating an envelope from the letter itself

Museum of Fine Arts, Conservation Science Department Intern, Boston, MA                    2013-2015

Hold MFA collections in trust for future generations through development of conservation treatments, study of materials and techniques

  • Wrote and received funding for proposal under MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (granted $4,800 per summer)
  • Carried out research proposal at MFA for two consecutive summers
  • Studied the identification of organic colorants in Meiji era Japanese woodblock prints
  • Developed 3D fluorescent spectroscopy scanning protocol for samples from MFA catalog
  • Acknowledged in two published papers for documentation and instrumentation work by Asian Conservation, Joan Wright, and Conservation Research, Michele Derrick and Richard Newman


Agenus Bio, Research Operations Assistant, Lexington, MA                                               2018-2019

Biotechnology company focused on immunotherapy including immuno-oncology, a field that uses the immune system to control or cure cancer

  • Prepared budgeting documentations with support from internal and external stakeholders
  • Initiated, managed, and maintained contracts including Master Services Agreements (MSA), Statements of Work (SoW), Confidentiality Agreements (CDA)
  • Coordinated research studies with external partners including contract research organizations and clinical sites
  • Initiated, tracked and managed purchase requisitions and invoices
  • Conveyed information between scientists, legal, finance and procurement departments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Industrial Liaison Assistant, Cambridge, MA         2017-2018

Dedicated to creating and strengthening relationships between MIT and corporations worldwide

  • Created documentation for Concur, financial and procurement process programs
  • Researched corporations and faculty to write biographies for event programs
  • Scheduled and supported multiple program directors’ events, seminars, and lectures

Boston University, Development and Alumni Relations Research Coordinator, Boston, MA 2016- 2017

Increased support and engagement for Boston University from among its donors and alumni community

  • Wrote daily and weekly reports using LexisNexis and news alerts to track donor wealth
  • Maintained billing and records for purchases and subscriptions, annually exceeding $100,000
  • Researched content on alumni and constituents with estates exceeding $1 million for database


Smithsonian American Art Museum, Public Programs Intern, Washington, D.C.              Summer 2013

  • Wrote and edited documents for upcoming programs, lectures and events
  • Analyzed five years of attendance data for improved exhibition budgeting
  • Improved public relations by developing press releases, online blog postings, and calendar events  

Teaching Experience

Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools Leader, Washington, D.C.                            Summer 2012

Summer literacy and cultural enrichment program designed to serve children and youth in grades K–12 in underserved communities

  • Designed and taught daily curriculum for middle school age residents of a D.C. homeless shelter including reading, crafting, and literary activities
  • Authored grant proposal funded by Leaders of Tomorrow for food and transportation of picnic
  • Organized and publicized outdoor social picnic for shelter residents at local park

MIT, Associate Advisor, Cambridge, MA                                                                            2013-2016

  • Provided academic support for first year MIT undergraduate students
  • Complimented faculty in selecting courses, encouraging students, and ensuring student success though increased resources, tutoring, and faculty support
  • Organized and publicized lectures and events of faculty guests for students dorms
  • Educated freshman in dorms on various degrees and department programs


  • Project Management: Focus on FDA Drug Approval Process and Immuno-oncology    
  • Laboratory: 3D fluorescent spectroscopy, X-Ray fluorescence (XRF), X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Various destructive testing methods on Instron tensile and compression testing and mass spectroscopy to determine material properties
  • Research Digital Tools: LexisNexis, Google News Alerts, BurrellesLuce, iWave, SEC/FEC stock, JStor, PubMed
  • Documentation: Raiser’s Edge Blackbaud database including queries and SQL, Wiki-database Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO), Board Effect, Slack
  • Technical Writing: Journal Articles, Thesis, IRB, Grant Writing, Gannt Charts
  • Budgeting: Capital and Operational budgets; Concur reconciliation, Banner, Salesforce
  • Data Presentation: Extensive Excel including macros, pivot tables, conditional; Limited HTML
  • Bookmaking: Artist’s Book making, Preservation and Collection Maintenance

Project Management Courses: Simmons LIS Principles of Management, 2021; School of Business Project Management, 2020; BioTechnology, 2018


Thesis Work Acknowledged in Two Peer Reviewed Papers

  • Published in Journal of the American Institute for Conservation and Arnoldia    

Paper under double blind peer review, International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion

  • Methodologies for Researching Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in LIS     Summer 2021


  • Canton Cat Rescue Volunteering and Cat Fostering                                             2020-present
  • Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship Evaluation Volunteer                      2020

Transformative Works and Fiction

Book Binding, Sensitivity Reading & Beta Editing, Fan Exchange and Fundraising, AO3 fiction

  • Created books with fabric, leather, and paper case and limp covers
  • Faux Edge Gilding, Bookmarks, Decorative end papers and fly leaf, Waxed thread and tapes
  • Project management experience collaborating with writers, artists, copy editors, and contributors
  • Mailed and tracked books across US and internationally, mainly United Kingdoms
  • Created artist portfolio demonstrating work on social media for engagement

Professional Memberships

American Institute for Conservation, Student Membership                                              2019-present

American Library Association, Student Membership                                                      2019-present

American of College and Research Libraries                                                                  2019-present

Art Libraries Society of North America, Student Membership                                         2020-present

Professional Engagement & Attendance

ACRL Kaleidoscope Leadership Symposium, February 2021

Book and Print Initiative – Laura Aldovini (Musei Civici, Pavia): ‘From churches, furniture, and museums: cataloguing prints for the census of Italian Renaissance woodcuts’, April 2021

Arizona State University, Research Library Site Visit, May 2021

We here and Up//Root Talks, April and May, 2021

Library Publishing Forum, May 2021

New Librarians Symposium, June 2021