Below we highlight a few of our faculty and their research interests.
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
Associate Professor Melanie Kimball's quest to prove the value of children's and young adult (YA) library services has not always been easy. "You will never get a job," she was told by a university dean after she declared her doctoral research interests: the history of youth services in early twentieth century public libraries and literature for children and young adults. Inspired by her mother, an elementary school librarian, Kimball left New York City to become a scholar in the children's and YA library services field. Despite the dire prediction from the dean, Kimball was hired to teach children's and YA library services to LIS master's students at the University at Buffalo after she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. "There was a need for professors to teach children's and YA literature and library services and there were few people who specialized in the area at the time," Kimball says.
posted March 17, 2014 1:50 PM
Working as a jack of all trades in libraries in Puerto Rico in 2003, Assistant Professor Mónica Cólon-Aguirre began her career managing budgets, negotiating prices, and cataloging books. Eventually, she was told to work at the reference desk, "which was feared by everyone." That didn't stop Cólon-Aguirre, who loved providing reference service directly to the public.
posted February 25, 2014 11:42 AM
This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.
posted February 10, 2014 3:04 AM
When Professor Candy Schwartz isn't dreaming about using GIS technology to develop MapQuest coordinates of Tolkien's Middle Earth or traveling to the latest Celtic folk festival, she is thinking about her students. She wants them to "feel they can learn anything given enough time. I want students to feel they can take initiative and risks." After describing how she stumbled upon a successful career of more than three decades in library and information science (LIS) by paging through McGill University's catalog, Schwartz shared her words of wisdom about the field.
posted February 10, 2014 3:01 AM
Why did you decide to work at Simmons GSLIS?
As one of the top library and information science institutions, Simmons GSLIS has a long tradition of excellence. Also, Simmons GSLIS is a lively and committed community that takes pride in advancing the profession. I'm excited to be part of the community.
posted January 13, 2014 5:28 AM
After serving the Simmons GSLIS community for three decades as an educator and scholar, Professor Peter Hernon retired at the end of 2013. As one of the top five most cited people in the LIS profession, Hernon is the "Who" in the "Who's Who" in the library and information science (LIS) field. He was recently awarded the Professor Emeritus designation.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"We have more jobs than students to fill them. There are currently 31 school library positions in the state that I did not have anyone to send to for an interview," said Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Professor of Practice and Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program (SLTP), about school library teacher vacancies. After receiving distinction as one of the top ten leading school library programs in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the SLTP's award-winning faculty, comprehensive network, practical curriculum, and community are all part of "a ladder for students to achieve success," stated Zilonis. Since Zilonis became director of the GSLIS SLTP in 2010, 100% of the students seeking employment after graduation have secured school library jobs.
posted December 2, 2013 2:28 AM
The Center for the Study of Children's Literature hosted the Children's Book Council's "Class on Class," a seminar for publishers that exams socioeconomic class in contemporary children and YA literature, on November 20, 2013.
posted October 3, 2013 7:06 AM
"Why are special librarians worth saving today if less than 1% of new graduates remain in the field after a few years?" I asked Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo after attending the presentation "Educating Special Librarians" at the Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network (MAHSLIN) annual meeting.
posted October 2, 2013 6:00 AM
Simmons GSLIS CE & Communications Director Kris Liberman, Dr. Toby Pearlstein, Dr. Elaine Martin, Professor James Matarazzo, and Dean Eileen Abels
"Libraries are more important than ever before. We need to change with the times," said Dean Eileen Abels in her welcome remarks at the SLA New England and SLA@Simmons Fall Meeting held on September 27, 2013 at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, presented guidelines from their book, Special Libraries: A Survival Guide, at the meeting's keynote address.
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