Emily Boyd

My name is Emily and I am from Woodstock Vermont. I graduated from Northeastern University in 2012 and started at GSLIS in January 2013. I'm about halfway through the program and am really enjoying myself so far. Someday I hope put my MLS degree to use in a public library or perhaps a corporate setting. In my free time I love to read, explore restaurants and bars, cheer for the Red Sox, and spend time with family and friends. I really love that this blog allows me to share my GSLIS experience with prospective students.


Entries by Emily Boyd

  • 180 Degree Perception Change
    In the fall of 2011, when I first started telling friends and family I was planning to pursue a masters degree in library and information science, the response across the board was something to the effect of "you need a...
  • Beginning of the End
    That's not entirely true, I've got so much work to plow through between now and the end of spring semester that at times I feel like I'll never be done. However, Wednesday afternoon I signed up for my last ever...
  • There's Nothing Part-Time About My Schedule
    As of this semester I'm officially a part-time student, doesn't that sound nice? It implies that I have tons of extra time when I'm not doing schoolwork. The same applies when I mention my part-time job, sounds like I've got...
  • Write. Edit. Repeat.
    I started writing this blog just over a year ago, right as I started at GSLIS. When I had been a prospective student I enjoyed reading the posts of current students and was happy to be able to contribute experiences...
  • 2014 Olympics Fun Facts
    It may be a stereotype, but in my experience it has been true, that librarians (and archivists) love their trivia. In anticipation of the Olympics starting this weekend I decided to find some Olympics fun facts for all your trivia...
  • Hidden Value in Boring Courses
     I'm about to say something that may shock you. Not all classes in library school are riveting. One in particular is considered by many to be the most boring class they could possibly imagine. This course has only recently been...
  • Best of the Best: My Favorites of the 100 Books I Read Last Year
    I hope everyone has had a nice relaxing holiday season full of fun, food, and family. I for one enjoyed the break from classes but did not have much opportunity to slow down otherwise. As my last post suggested, 2013...
  • Year in Review
    Wow, what a whirlwind 2013 has been! It feels like yesterday I was starting my first class at GSLIS and now I am 2/3 of the way done with my degree. Instead of a usual post, this week I decided...
  • Confessions of a Book-Loving Librarian
    I have a confession to make, I wanted to become a librarian because I love books. Shocking, I know. If you are new to the profession this may not seem odd, of course librarians love books. However, one of the...
  • Where were you 50 years ago?
    My answer to this question would be nowhere, my mother was six and my father was thirteen so I was not even a thought fifty years ago. Despite their young ages both my parents remember exactly where they were, and...
  • Bad Grade? No Big Deal
    I've mentioned once or twice that advising and personal connections with professors was severely lacking from my undergraduate experience.  Now in my third semester at GSLIS I'm still amazed by the dedication professors exhibit to each student. My professors not...
  • World Series Champs!
    In case you've been living under a rock for the last few days: THE RED SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!! One of the best things about living in Boston is the sports culture. People here are passionate about sports, and...
  • That Time Already?
    It's hard to believe, but yes, this week I chose my courses for the spring semester! My new classes don't start for nearly three months but I'm sure that will go by in the blink of an eye. I did...
  • Long Weekend!
    This semester started just over a month ago (although it feels like longer) and I've been going nonstop, this weekend it's time for a break. Three of my closest friends from college are coming up to Vermont to enjoy the...
  • Closed Until Further Notice
    The government shutdown this week has me reflecting on my work with the National Park Service and what it means to be a public servant. With this partial shutdown has come a great deal of confusion and frustration from the...
  • Banned Book Week
    This year the American Library Association (ALA) has deemed the week of September 22-28 to be Banned Books Week. According to the ALA website: "Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the...
  • My iPad is Mad at Me, and Other Fun Technical Things
    Last week my iPad and I got into a fight. I'm not sure what I did to upset it but it refused to cooperate. This led to a long (but thankfully free) visit to the Apple store. As it turned...
  • Back to the Grind
    One week of commuting down and three months to go... Does that sound pessimistic? I really don't mean it to. On the contrary, my week of commuting went better than expected! I used both two hour bus rides to catch...
  • Whirlwind Summer Wind Down
    Yesterday I was getting on a plane for Rome, right? It feels that way anyhow. I cannot believe it is the end of August and summer is coming to a close. I don't remember a summer in recent history where...
  • Bookstock 2013 and My New Job
    Last weekend marked the fifth annual literary festival in Woodstock, Vermont, whimsically named Bookstock. This event brings together many community groups and businesses including the public library, both of the independent book stores in town, the National Park Service, and...
  • ALA Conference: Chicago Summer 2013
    My fantastic summer of adventures has come to a close. I am home in Vermont settling back into a routine of working full-time for the National Park Service and part-time as a waitress at the local (only) restaurant in town. ...
  • GSLIS Goes to Rome!
    Ciao! I've been absent from blogging for the last few weeks because I have been on a whirlwind tour of Europe. My travels took me to Rome and the surrounding countryside; including day trips to Florence, the Mediterranean Sea,...
  • Let the Adventure Begin: Summer 2013
    This week has finally arrived! I leave for Rome on Thursday and I could not be more excited to get this adventure started! I look forward to sharing all my stories when I'm back from my European travels. I've spent...
  • Time Flies When You're Having Fun
    It seems like only yesterday I was starting my first day at GSLIS.  This semester has flown by and left me invigorated to learn more.  All four classes I took this semester have reassured me that the GSLIS program is...
  • Awesome Advising
    I have reached the inevitable point in every semester where all I can think about is how excited I am for next semester. In addition to being very excited about my upcoming trip to Rome (less than seven weeks to...
  • Restaurant Week
    Other than all things library and literary, I am also very passionate about food. I love exploring different restaurants and trying new things, I will eat just about anything. Although I'm absolutely loving library school thus far, I realize I've...
  • Book Talking
    Last week was spring break, so I took the week off from blogging. Most of my break was spent catching up on schoolwork and working, but I was able to escape home to Vermont for a couple days of...
  • Librarians vs. Archivists
    There are two camps in the library profession, the librarians and the archivists. Sometimes it feels like they are rival gangs and everyone has to pick sides. This doesn’t seem to be much of a problem because most students enter...
  • Study Abroad: Not Just for Undergrads Anymore!
    After years of missed opportunities to travel abroad during high school and undergrad, I am so excited to finally say that this summer I will be going to Rome with GSLIS!! For several years Simmons has provided library students the...
  • Transferable Skills
    Last week my reference professor asked how many of us had ever worked in a restaurant. At least two thirds of the class raised their hand. The point he was making, quite successfully I might add, was that we already...
  • So Many Books, So Little Time
    I have always prided myself on being well-read. I imagine most people considering a career in the library profession feel similarly. Starting the GSLIS program at Simmons has led me to question whether I really am the great reader I...
  • Happy Birthday, Pride and Prejudice!
    This Monday marked the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  In honor of this milestone, NPR featured a number of stories analyzing the history and popularity of this epic novel over the past two...
  • Technical Difficulties
    There seems to be an assumption that all twenty-somethings are incredibly tech savvy.  I wish I could say I fit this stereotype, but in actuality I have a lot of room for improvement.  I don’t want to suggest that I...
  • First Week at GSLIS!
    Hi! My name is Emily and I am a new addition to the blogging team for the January 2013 semester. This is my first semester as a GSLIS student and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with all...