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Dana Cummings

Coordinator of Electronic Resources, Alumni Library

Pronouns: she/her

Areas of Specialization

One-on-one research consultations, library software/systems, online databases, cataloging

Other Areas of Interest

Homesteading arts (gardening, animals, and ecology), genealogy, and local historical and conservation volunteer activities in the Berkshire community. She is engaged in a long term personal project researching the political writings of her great-grandfather Homer S. Cummings, Attorney General of the United States under FDR.


MLS in Information Science, SUNY Albany
BS in Printing Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dana's first career was in the New York City publishing industry as a production coordinator, beginning with the Random House School Division and ending at Parabola Magazine, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition. She then became a freelance typographer/paste-up artist for fine art book presses before moving her services to the Berkshires, where she had her first business utilizing digital-to-typesetter keyboarding.

After receiving her MLS, she was the head of cataloging at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, MA where she was responsible for the conversion of the card catalog to an online public access catalog (OPAC). She made a move to academic libraries as the head of cataloging at Bard College's Stevenson Library, leaving there in 1998 for the newly created role of Coordinator of Electronic Resources at Simon's Rock's Alumni Library.


Active at Simon's Rock in the Employee Enrichment and Activities Committee (EEAC)