Rachel Payne Karasick


RKRachel is currently the Learning Commons Librarian at Simmons College Library in Boston. She received her MLIS degree from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in May of 2017. Her focus has been on information science and technology, critical information literacy, and library leadership. If you’re wondering how to pronounce her last name, just rhyme it with ‘Jurassic’ and you’re good to go.

She has wide-ranging experience in academic and public libraries, with a background in technical services, fundraising, and management. Her current role involves departmental management of the Learning Commons, which includes hiring and oversight of 28 staff and student workers, as well as management of research services, circulation, and resource sharing. She is also the liaison to the natural sciences, including the biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science departments. Prior to stepping into this position, she worked in the Discovery Services Department, where she managed Interlibrary Loan and participated in acquisitions, course reserves, and cataloging workflows.

Before attending library school, Rachel served as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, where she successfully raised over $3 million to support for a wide variety of projects, including STEM programming; exhibitions of contemporary art and archival collections; makerspace initiatives; expansion of workforce development programs; accessibility services; and youth education. She has previously worked for environmental non-profits in communications, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2010-2011, spearheading a new youth gardening program and organizing a low-income CSA program.

When she’s not in a library, Rachel can be found tromping around in the woods, going for leisurely bike rides, or futzing around with a new project.

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