Carolyn Lucas

Hello! I am in my third semester at Simmons, in the Archival track in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I am excited to work through all of the trials, tribulations, excitements and disappointments that accompany graduate school alongside my fellow students! In my spare time I can be found baking, hanging out in Cambridge with my two ferrets (Smokey and Loki) and my new dog (Nanna). I also work as the facilitator for the online program for Archives Management, and spend a lot of time in my office on the third floor of the Palace Road Building. Come by and say hello anytime!


Entries by Carolyn Lucas

  • Judy Chicago Comes to Boston!
    I can't believe this is already my last semester in graduate school - not to mention that the semester is halfway through.  As some of you know, I am taking my 502 - my capstone internship - at the Schlesinger...
  • A Valentine for my Macbook
    Roses are redViolets are blueMy dear MacbookI love you. For a long time, I was a pen-and-paper kinda gal.  If you read my most recent post about office supply rehab, this should come as no surprise to you.  However, in...
  • I Need Office Supply Rehab.
    Please indulge me as I nerd out for a second about something that I don't think many people nerd out about.  Yes, I played World of Warcraft for years.  Yes, I am really into Lord of the Rings, Star Wars,...
  • Let's Talk About Being Poor
    Let's face it: deciding to pursue my graduate degree in Library and Information Science from a private college isn't the most fiscally responsible decision I've ever made.  When I informed my husband - who was at that time starting his...
  • Let's Beat the Winter Blues: Out of the House and Out of the Cold
    Hello friends!  I hope you are all safe and sound after this bipolar weather we are having.  I know that the last thing anyone feels like doing at the moment is traveling out, but sometimes you need to brace yourself...
  • Not Your Typical Reference Librarian - Or How I Found My Career
    2014 just started - and I already feel like we're in the middle of the year!  This time of the year is always so busy, because you're turning over a new leaf, trying to develop all of these habits -...
  • When Can I Start Making Money? A Look at the 2013 Salary Survey
    Recently in one of my classes, we did an exercise that was probably the most memorable of all my classes' exercises: we went through the annual salary survey for librarians. In the October 15th edition of the "Library Journal," the...
  • The Mid-Semester Blues
    There is something about this time of year when everyone's creative juices seem to be flowing - except for mine.  It's right after Halloween, recovering from making costumes (my husband and I were the 11th Doctor [Who] and the TARDIS,...
  • Online Classes : To Overthink or to Not Overthink, That is the Question
    Despite the fact that I have been the Facilitator for the Archives Management Cohort Online for almost a year and a half now, I personally have never taken a class online.  I have taken face-to-face classes for almost 20 years,...
  • Let's Talk About the Cloud
    The cloud: depending on who you're talking to, it's a magical place where dreams are born and an infinite amount of data is stored forever; an invitation for hackers to steal your identity, your money, your husband, and your cat;...
  • Making the Most of Autumn
    I am originally from the Midwest and moved out to Boston for the graduate opportunities out here.  One of the best things about Boston is that there is so much to do, and with autumn rolling around I can't think...
  • Database Management
    It feels so odd to be back in the swing of the graduate program.  The transition from working full-time to the calendar of a graduate student...well, let's just say there are pros and cons (pro: lots more time to refill...
  • Exploring Your Neighborhood
    For the first time in seven years, I am so happy that this coming September 1, my husband and I will not be moving.  I will be excluded from the uHaul hassle, the security deposits, the shady landlords, and dealing...
  • Learning Outside the Classroom
    This summer has been hot, rainy, and is going by fast.  And did I mention busy?  Yeah, it's been busy.  This summer, as I've mentioned in a few previous blog posts, I'm doing a records management internship for Biogen Idec,...
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
    The summer is always a great time to capitalize on opportunities that escape during the cold, hard, rainy winter season.  For me, I ended up getting a summer internship in an aspect of GSLIS that I had never before considered...
  • GSLIS is great, and everything. But let's talk about Community.
    There have been a lot of events going on at the main Simmons Campus this week.  On April 15, Boston experienced two bombs that rocked the famous Boston Marathon.  Then, just this past Thursday and Friday, there was a city...
  • How to Have a Job after Graduation
    As I have mentioned in previous posts, one of the things that bugged me the most about my undergraduate experience was the lack of support when they pushed you forth into the world.  When people inevitably ask me what I...
  • The Art of the Symposium
    This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a very cool symposium put on by many of GSLIS' student organizations including SCoSAA, LISSA, ALASC, ASIS&T, Panoption, SLA, and UXPA.  This Symposium was the second one GSLIS has ever put...
  • Professional Organizations: A Brief Intro, and How They Relate to You
    SAA, SLA, MLA, ALA... in the world of the library and all its' properties, it seems like almost every three letter combination stands for a professional organization.  And, unlike the title suggests, you don't have to be a "professional" to...
  • Open Access, and the Story of Why Are We Paying to Access Important Information
    Open access is a topic I have been thinking about a lot lately.  And not just the stories of glamorized and easily implementable “open access” that the media picks up and drops two weeks later – open access as a...
  • Dr. Disorganization or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb that’s Apparently Gone Off in My Apartment
    This winter, Boston has gotten snow – a lot of snow.  Like, an inordinate amount of snow.  And I am from Wisconsin.  What a smart move, to the one place on earth that apparently gets more snow than my hometown....
  • The Technological Advance: Moving Forward with Online Programs
    Anyone who has stepped into a library, museum, or archives in the last ten years has seen the field’s foray into technology.  But what happens when not only the institutions in the library and information sciences field – but the...
  • The Phantom Tollbooth: Fifty-ish Years of Things that Could Be, Rather Than Things that Are
    For Christmas this year, my parents gave me the esteemed gift of the 50th Anniversary Edition of my absolute favorite book in the world, The Phantom Tollbooth.  Norton Juster’s personification of a bored boy who travels into a world where...
  • Dreaming of a more peaceful time…
    Growing up, I used to have a routine before going to bed.  I would say goodnight to my parents, grab a beverage – sparkling water in the summer, hot tea in the winter – grab whatever book I was in...
  • Practical Versus Passionate
    Like many of my fellow GSLIS students, I graduated university with degrees in English and Art History.  After graduation, I was essentially pushed out the door, told to “go forth and acquire employment.”  After looking around, my worst fears were...
  • On Starting A New Year, and A New Semester
    I cannot believe that Christmas break already came and went.  I spent my time tanning in the Floridian sun, crafting all of my Christmas presents, catching up on some quality sleep time, and enjoying hot beverages… I am especially enjoying...