Jessi Bennett

My name is Jessi. I'm a dual degree student (GSLIS Archives Concentration/History) at Simmons College, about halfway through the program. I'm originally from New Jersey though by a weird trick of fate my family lives in South Texas at the moment. I work part time at both The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Law Library and at Tufts University. In my spare time (which isn't a lot!) I love to read, do some crafting, write, watch Doctor Who and explore Boston!


Entries by Jessi Bennett

  • Dissemination of Information
    I have a week off between the end of my internship and the start of my full-time job! If you are interested in some of the cool things I found while going through the Cambridge Public Library's old vertical file...
  • Preserving Morris Dancing
    For the last two months I have been enmeshed in a collection about Morris Dancing. Until two months ago, I did not know such a thing existed. So imagine my great surprise Friday night when I ran into multiple Morris...
  • Site Visit
    I went on my first site visit on Friday. A site visit is a visit to a prospective archives donor to see the size/condition/subject matter of a collection to see if it's appropriate for the archives before accepting the responsibility...
  • Busy, busy, busy!
    You'd think summer would be less stressful....but no. I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off. New job, new internship, new apartment, new bank account, even a new boyfriend. Breathe in, breathe out. But my internship is...
  • Designing the Ultimate Exhibit
    It's the age old question....how do you design an exhibit on a budget that appeals to both adults and children while educating them about a subject? Well I'm having my first go at answering it. At my current internship...
  • Cambridge History Room Internship
    This week marked the beginning of my internship. I am working at the Cambridge History Room which is placed inside the Cambridge Public Library. The plan as it now stands is for me to process the papers of John Langstaff,...
  • End of Semester and the Simmons Community
    I run a Tumblr about news that I feel is pertinent to women. A few times I have tagged things #simmons college, like this picture I posted that I snapped at our residential-campus café the other night. Since I...
  • Information Overload
    The whole world knows what happened in Boston this past week. I don't wish to ruminate on the agonies, rather focus on the lessons. As common with tragedies, there are many. One that I came across, that might seem minor...
  • How Libraries Changed Me
    So I came across this wonderful article entitled Five Times a Library Changed Me and began to think about how the library had changed my life, outside of you know, wanting to be a librarian. I went to a pretty...
  • 2nd Annual GSLIS Graduate Symposium
    I am still digesting everything...yesterday I participated in my first conference, Simmons 2nd Annual GSLIS Graduate Symposium.  The day went well all things considered, but it was both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. I presented on the art panel and...
  • Finding Archiving Principles at PAX
    With a computer programmer/gamer boyfriend there was no way I was going to forget that PAX East, one of the country's biggest video game conventions, was this weekend. Not being a gamer myself, I steered clear of making it a...
  • Digital Preservation Course
    This semester I am taking a class called Digital Preservation. I haven’t had much previous experience with coding and such so this class has really taken me out of my comfort zone yet I can see just how useful it...
  • Ready for Outdoor Reading, Part 2
    Last week, I brought you my top five reading spots in Boston. This week, check out the next five best reading spots in the area!   6. Copley Square Although busier than the inner courtyard, Copley Square outside of the...
  • Ready for Outdoor Reading
    It is snowing. AGAIN. I admit I am getting a little stir crazy. So far this weekend I've done homework in my bed, at my desk, in the tech lab, at my boyfriend's house, at Pete's Coffee (where I was...
  • Ten Book Related Articles for (Another) Snow Day!
    So it’s snowing again here in Boston. It’s probably a good thing, I’m being forced to stay in my room and conquer my conference paper.  But for those of you who aren’t contemplating the use of archives in art...
  • Archives and Popular Media
    My friend was watching an episode of White Collar the other night. I don’t follow the show so I was only half listening until I heard, “We are going to have to go check out the archives.” A meme/blog post...
  • A Blend of History and Archives
    As a dual degree student in Archives and History, I have one foot in the LIS (Library and Information Science) world and one in the CAS (College of Arts and Sciences) at Simmons. At times it can be a little...
  • Reference Questions Via Email
    One of the more common topics discussed in Library School is "the reference question." For many of our patrons this still fits in nicely to the librarian stereotypes and what they expect when they enter a library:  the tall foreboding...
  • McAllen Public Library Part Two: People and Programs
    Last week I had the pleasure of sharing with you some insights from my visit to McAllen Public Library, winner of the 2012 ALA Award for Interior Design. To read the first part of this two part series that talks...
  • McAllen Public Library Part 1: Building a Community
    You may have heard of the McAllen Public Library. It has been mentioned in such places as the L.A. Times and Time. It is the library that won the 2012 ALA Interior Design Award, the library converted from an abandoned Wal-Mart. But...
  • Visiting Libraries Over the Holidays
    I am spending my holiday down at the southern tip of Texas. Harlingen, Texas, to be exact, which is about thirty minutes north of the Mexican border. The culture down here is very agricultural/technical based and was a culture shock...
  • Heroism and Librarians
    In the midst of the tragedy that occurred in Sandy Hook, CT this Friday there are stories of heroic deeds, of a principal, counselors, and teachers who either gave or risked their lives to protect their students. Although in the...
  • End of Semester Party
    The semester is finished! At least for GSLIS, I still have a 25 page history paper to do but that didn’t stop me from celebrating with my fellow library students on Friday night. GSLIS put on a very cool end...
  • For a Snowy Day...
    Well it’s starting to look a lot like winter. A blanket of snow, though very thin, was coating Simmons Campus yesterday. It was a day to stay inside and cuddle up with a coffee. Good thing I had a...
  • Boston Book Collector Weekend
    Yesterday was Boston’s Book Collector’s weekend. There were two shows, the bigger one being the 36th Annual International Antiquarian Book Fair and the other was the Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show. I spent a little time at both. The Antiquarian Book Fair is more...
  • A Reference Lesson at Trivia
    I am a sucker for trivia. All forms of it; quizzes online, Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit (especially the Star Wars edition), Scene It and trivia nights at the bar. I had a QuizWiz growing up and loved it! Pop-up Brady? I’m...
  • Tweeting NEA
    Blake Spitz@bgspitz At the mothership in Boston @simmonsgslis for #NEAfall12. Excited for a full day! The event/conference of the week was the fall meeting of New England Archivists (NEA), hosted by none other than your very own Simmons College! Since I currently work...
  • Boston Book Festival
    Two weeks ago I wrote a post about volunteering for conferences and other events around Boston. Well Saturday was one of my favorite events: The Boston Book Festival. The festival is only in its fourth year but it has...
  • Librarian Stereotypes
    So everyone knows the “Marian the Librarian” stereotypes. The big glasses, the bun, the pencil skirt, and the finger always ready to shush you.  (If you haven’t seen the Music Man, watch this!) Hopefully, those stereotypes are on the out....
  • Conferences, Conferences, Conferences!
    I just hit submit on my registration for the NEA (New England Archivist) Fall Meeting that is going to take place at Simmons! Ok, call me a nerd but I love conferences. What’s even better is getting to go to...
  • Dorm Living as a Grad Student
    Many undergrads cannot wait to get out of the dorms and get their own place, so it almost seems a little backwards to go into the dorms as a grad student…and to stay there for a second year. As all...