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With the school year now officially underway we thought it would be great to meet and introduce some of the newest members of the Simmons community, our incoming class of 2017. We all know that starting a new chapter can be nerve racking and even a bit scary, but there is also a lot of optimism and hopefulness. We thought hearing from them would at least calm some fears and build excitement.

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Balancing act: juggling career and school without getting stressed out

Stress can be an everyday way of life during college: the late nights, constant deadlines, growing list of activities both in and out of class, the anticipation leading up to mid-term and final exams. This is true not only...

Posted by David Kovacs on September 30, 2014
CEC News Blog


ThatCamp Harvard 2014

On Saturday I attended THATCamp at Harvard University.  THATCamps are popping up all over the place these days - the name stands for The Humanities and Technology Camp, and they are meant to be a collaborative day between people...

Posted by Gemma Doyle on September 30, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Warburg Panel: Diplomacy Today & Careers in Foreign Service

On October 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, join the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the first Warburg event of the academic year. We had the chance to catch up with our current Warburg Professor, Mark Bellamy, about diplomacy today!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 29, 2014
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It's Even Easier to Bike to Simmons!

Back in May, Sightings covered the many resources available to students who bike to campus.  Now, we are excited to announce another great resource for cyclists; Simmons recently installed two self-service bike repair stations on campus! One is located on the academic...

Posted by Dayna Bradstreet on September 29, 2014
Adult Undergraduates Blog


Is this meme making me a hypochondriac?

"The library is a hospital for the mind."  A friend shared this meme on Facebook this weekend and predictably tagged me, his library student friend, in the post (he also tags me in anything at all Game of Thrones...

Posted by Alexandra Bernson on September 29, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Don't Censor Me

I've become a little obsessed with the American Library Association's Code of Ethics and Freedom to Read statement.  The idea that anyone can access any kind of information at a public library is so egalitarian and so truly democratic, and...

Posted by Alison Mitchell on September 28, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


ASIS&T Trivia Night

There are so many student groups to get involved with at SLIS. If you have an interest or professional aspiration, chances are good you can find a group connected to it. (A list of student groups and their descriptions can...

Posted by Samantha Quiñon on September 27, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


A Brown Bag Special for Banned Books Week

Even if you haven't entered library school, you've probably noticed that us librarians like to get our geek on for different celebrations. Certain events in the library calendar are designed to unite library and informational professionals near and far,...

Posted by Katie Beth Ryan on September 26, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Photo Friday: September 26th

Welcome back to Photo Friday! This week we're catching up with our cross country team and looking at delicious dinners at Bartol!

Posted by Alex Byer on September 26, 2014
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Books I Can Afford

Alright, friends, today I want to talk about the magic that is library book sales. Yes, you read that right. You can actually buy books from a place where you usually have to give the books back. Now, I feel...

Posted by Hayley Botnen on September 25, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Student Stories: Elsie Mayo '15

Welcome to Student Stories! This series highlights the amazing opportunities our students take advantage of during their time at Simmons. Meet Elsie Mayo. Elsie is part of our accelerated 3+1 Bachelor of Arts in Economics + Master of Arts in Public Policy program, w She spent the summer interning at the U.S. Department of Education's Financial Student Aid Office. We had the chance to ask her a few questions!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 25, 2014
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Taking Care of Business: Finding the Right Spot

When it comes to homework, where we work can often determine if we work. Moving to a new city for a new job or academic program can mean setting your roots deep into some academic and professional goals - and...

Posted by L. Kelly Fitzpatrick on September 24, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Librarians as Information Radicals

Everyone knows the persistent stereotype of the shhhing librarians, enemies of noise and fun.  As I noted a month ago, there's even a shhhing librarian action figure.  The reality, of course, is very different - as no doubt anyone who...

Posted by Gemma Doyle on September 23, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


6 Items To Turn Your Room Into Your Home

Whats up, Clauds? is a new series that chronicles the funny, off wall, and sometimes reflective experiences of Claudia, a Simmons Student just trying to make it to her next class.    Happy September and start of a new...

Posted by Claudia Lawry on September 23, 2014
Simmons Life


Where are they now? Susan Strand '01

Meet Susan Strand from the class of 2001. Susan graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL). She is currently a Senior English Language Fellow at the Programa de Idiomas at the Universidad de Talca in Talca, Chile. We had the chance to ask her a few questions!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 23, 2014
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Hey You! Take a Break!

Even though we are barely a month into the semester, I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed.  This post might be a bit premature for some of you reading this blog, but as an online student working full time and...

Posted by Alexandra Bernson on September 22, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Boston, you're my home

I've lived in Boston my whole life, and sometimes I take the city's cultural attractions and goings-on for granted.  (That could be because I have kids, and their idea of culture is the Grossology exhibit at the Science Museum.)   Meeting...

Posted by Alison Mitchell on September 21, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Field Study at BPL

I have to do a field study for my Archival Methods and Services (LIS 438) class, which entails visiting a local repository, using it to answer a research question, and then writing a 3-5 page paper about the experience. In...

Posted by Samantha Quiñon on September 20, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Photo Friday: September 19th

Welcome back to Photo Friday! This week we're looking at our pretty scenes from campus and the Simmons crew team!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 19, 2014
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Two Hundred Miles, A T Ride, and A Couple of Llamas

My days begin and end with llamas. "Huh, what?" you ask. "I thought this was a blog about all the joys and challenges of being a SLIS student in Boston! What's this llama nonsense?!? I want my money back!" Let...

Posted by Katie Beth Ryan on September 19, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


How to Make it Work With Your Roommate

Contributed by: Megan Swedeen   *Take the roommate contract seriously: Don't be silly and write simple statements on your roommate contract, be thorough! Answer all of the prompts on the back of the contract and be detailed. Don't write statements...

Posted by Stormy Shark on September 18, 2014
Simmons Life


The (Not-So) Secret (Rose) Garden

Everyone! I have found The Secret Garden! Okay, it's not actually the one in the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, but it's almost as great. Because not only is it somewhere I've never been before, (spoiler alert: there are a...

Posted by Hayley Botnen on September 18, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Simmons Professor Publishes Book on Yoga for Trauma Survivors

Professor Becky Thompson recently authored Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma, an inspiring collection of essays intended for trauma survivors and yoga teachers alike. We had the chance to ask Professor Thompson a few questions about her new book!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 18, 2014
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Catching on Coding

We at Simmons have been known to run the spectrum of professions and interests within the information sciences. Whether stemming from personal passion or outside necessity, developing your own sense technological literacy and pushing it to the limits is a...

Posted by L. Kelly Fitzpatrick on September 17, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Falling Down and Getting Up

Yesterday, I fell off a ladder. This wasn't some deep metaphorical ladder, but rather the type that one climbs when one is shelving books.This wasn't my first time falling off a ladder or step stool while trying to either shelve...

Posted by Jill Silverberg on September 17, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


There is no one right career for you

"There is no one right career for you."  That statement may be comforting to someone who is having difficulty deciding on one of several career options, but it may sound like heresy to another student whose self-assessment report of her values,...

Posted by Peggy Grace on September 16, 2014
CEC News Blog


New Year, New You - 10 Ways to Love Yourself Better This Year

Contributed by: Marissa Johnson   RA Marissa Johnson offers 10 tips to be the most flawless you possibile this 2014-2015 school year.    Stop apologizing for things that aren't your fault or that you are not actually sorry for. Don't...

Posted by Stormy Shark on September 16, 2014
Simmons Life


Careers for MLIS Grads

Most people who attend a Master's in Library and Information Science program want to work at a library or archive when they finish.  The degree tends to be centered on those types of repositories, but there are also other research-oriented...

Posted by Gemma Doyle on September 16, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Student Stories: Deepa Kumarjiguda '15

Welcome to Student Stories! This series highlights the amazing opportunities our students take advantage of during their time at Simmons. Meet Deepa Kumarjiguda. Deepa is a chemistry major who spent her summer interning at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. We had the chance to ask her a few questions!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 16, 2014
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Earn Credit for Life and Work Experience

On Thursday, September 18th, come visit Simmons to learn how to earn up to 24 college credits for your life and work experience.  Our Credit for Prior Learning workshop will teach you how your experience can be transferred into college credits...

Posted by Dayna Bradstreet on September 15, 2014
Adult Undergraduates Blog


A Day in the Life

As a first semester MLIS student, I would be the first to tell you that I don't have much experience with archival work.  Aside from volunteering in public libraries and a brief stint as a shelver in college, my only...

Posted by Alexandra Bernson on September 15, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


New SLIS Concentrations Provide Students Skills to Meet Today's Technology Needs

In Fall 2014, Simmons SLIS will offer concentrations in Information Science & Technology (IST) and Cultural Heritage Informatics to provide students with the technology competencies they need for today's information institutions.  The new concentrations will help librarians, archivists, and other...

Posted by GSLIS Webmaster on September 15, 2014
SLIS News & Events


Faculty Profile: Nanette Veilleux

 "Although computer science has traditionally not been a popular profession for women to enter, the number of women at Simmons who have pursued the field has increased from a handful to about 50 in the past few years," says Professor...

Posted by GSLIS Webmaster on September 15, 2014
SLIS News & Events


Snapshot: Linnea Johnson '01BA, '04LS

As Manager of Technology at Simmons SLIS, Linnea Johnson has revolutionized the technology services offered to students, staff, and faculty. Involved with development of the Collaboratory, SLIS Media Lab, and Usability Lab, Johnson also initiated a podcast service, SLIScast, which...

Posted by GSLIS Webmaster on September 15, 2014
SLIS News & Events


MLIP/Ph.D. Candidate Profile: LeRoy LaFleur

Librarians need to be innovative to meet today's challenges, and they need environments that encourage new ideas, according to LeRoy LaFleur, Head of Rush Rhees Library Reference at the University of Rochester. As the former Head of George Mason University's...

Posted by GSLIS Webmaster on September 15, 2014
SLIS News & Events


The Balancing Act Begins!

Well, my first full week of school is over, and my two biggest accomplishments were getting a student discount (10% at Tags!) and making my kids do my homework. Kidding.  Kind of. Going back to school at age 41, with...

Posted by Alison Mitchell on September 14, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Dissecting Computers

I blog and I'm in library school, so sometimes people think I know a lot about computers. While I can understand why they would make this assumption, to be perfectly honest, technology really intimidates me. This goes back to a...

Posted by Samantha Quiñon on September 13, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Grad School Year Two: Bring it On!

I'd like to start this blog post by first welcoming back my fellow returning grad students and by welcoming those starting their first year in SLIS! I have a good feeling that this semester is going to be a good...

Posted by Jill Silverberg on September 12, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


LIS alum named Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at MCC

Billy Beal '77LS has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Beal has been a member of the MCC staff for 38 years, and served as dean of the college's Learning Resources...

Posted by Alisa Libby on September 12, 2014
SLIS News & Events


Classes, Meetings, Work, and Friends? How do I Fit It All In?

Contributed by: Kelsey Mills Classes are now in full swing and the semester is taking off full speed ahead. With work piling up you may be wondering - will I have the time to participate in all the extracurricular activities...

Posted by Stormy Shark on September 11, 2014
Simmons Life


Prof co-presents at COLING in Ireland

On Saturday, August 23, Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs co-presented a tutorial on Biomedical Natural Language Processing at COLING (Computational Linguistics) 2014 in Dublin, Ireland: http://www.coling-2014.org/tutorials.php....

Posted by Alisa Libby on September 11, 2014
SLIS News & Events


Prof. Jordan's article featured

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan's article, "Reference Desks in Public Libraries: What Happens and What to Know," was selected as a featured article for the September 2014 issue of The Informed Librarian Online....

Posted by Alisa Libby on September 11, 2014
SLIS News & Events


Simmons alum at National Library of Medicine

Jennifer Diffin '95, a graduate of the math and computer science program, has been appointed head of library technology services at the National Library of Medicine....

Posted by Alisa Libby on September 11, 2014
SLIS News & Events


MLIP graduate named dean of libraries

Adriene Lim '12DA was named dean of libraries at University of Oregon; her appointment began at the end of July 2014. Previously, Lim was dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan. For more information visit http://library.uoregon.edu/node/4285....

Posted by Alisa Libby on September 11, 2014
SLIS News & Events


SLIS alum creates YALSA readalike lists

Hannah Gomez '13LS created a two-part list of young adult titles as companions to shows premiering on television this fall. Her lists, posted on the YALSA site, were also featured on American Libraries Direct: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/07/31/readalikes-for-fall-tv-premieres-part-i/ http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/08/07/readalikes-for-fall-tv-premieres-part-ii/...

Posted by Alisa Libby on September 11, 2014
SLIS News & Events


Dressing for the Interview: Feel Unstoppable, Be Unstoppable

You got the interview - high fives all around. Applying and interviewing for jobs is without doubt a big part eventually becoming the unstoppable librarian, archivist, or information scientist you have set your sights on. After scheduling an interview, you're...

Posted by L. Kelly Fitzpatrick on September 11, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Photo Friday: September 12th

Welcome back to Photo Friday! This week we're looking at our Connections Carnival and the L.L.Bean boot mobile!

Posted by Mary Delaney on September 10, 2014
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FROM THE DIRECTOR: Advice to incoming First-Year students

The following post originally ran in the fall of 2013 and is back by popular demand.  - Ed. Are you excited to begin your journey at Simmons, but feel unsure of choosing a major or career path? You are not...

Posted by Andrea Wolf on September 10, 2014
CEC News Blog


Ahts Festival

One thing I love about Boston is the amazing diversity and frequency of the festivals and events that happen in the city throughout the year.  This is especially good if you're new to town and aren't quite sure what to...

Posted by Gemma Doyle on September 9, 2014
SLIS Student Experience


Flawless Mentality

Contributed by: Chanel Thomal Beyonce said it best in her video and hit song "Flawless", she wakes up flawless and looks good tonight. Beyonce, to some, is an ideal role model because of her takeover in pop culture and her...

Posted by Stormy Shark on September 9, 2014
Simmons Life


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