Maggie Davidov

I am a part time Main Campus second semester newbie. Not only am I slightly new to Simmons, but I'm also new to Massachusetts. I moved here from New York and I'll admit it, Boston could give New York a run for it's money. When I'm not on campus, I'm either working at Dana Hall in Wellesley, cooking, sipping a cup of tea, or watching movies with my husband.


Entries by Maggie Davidov

  • What's Next?
    I am graduating in December. This is painfully evident to me as many of my friends are graduating this spring. I watch them as they introduce themselves at the job fair in their smart pant suits. I linger over their...
  • Public Spaces in Macedonia and Boston
    When I lived in a country that had a strong socialist history, I spent a lot of time in one of the remaining relics from that equalizing time: the dom na kultura. This translates from Macedonian to the house of...
  • Let it Go!
    So, I'm going to come clean. I watched Frozen for the first time this weekend. I don't want to say it changed my life, but I'm definitely in some sort of magical place. I was thinking about the last time...
  • Storytelling Semi-Finals this Weekend
    This is a shameless plug for a certain storyteller (ME) who is competing in the MassMouth Story Slam Semi Finals this Sunday at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge at 6:30 pm. I'm telling a story from my days in the...
  • Being a Librarian 20 years ago... today
    Today I worked in a library system 20 years ago. Ok, that's a lie. I don't wake up every day, hop in my time machine and travel back to the simpler age of the card catalog. Though, if I did...
  • What Happens When I Fly Away?
    Is anybody else amazed at how fast this year is flying by? Yes, spring break is upon us and we are all grateful, but speaking as someone who will be graduating in December (heaven help us if I don't) I...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen - Nicole Cunha!
    Every semester I interview someone so fantastically excellent from the GSLIS program so I can share him or her with the Student Snippets fan base. This semester I have chosen a friend and colleague of mine from Beatley Library at...
  • Get in Line for Story Time
     Are you sick of hearing me write about stories? Too bad, friends, because here comes another event too good to pass up. Next Saturday at Boston Public Library in Copley Square, MassMouth will host its 3rd Annual Storytelling event. Why...
  • The Future of GSLIS: Blended and Online Courses
    You haven't heard from me in a long while because I've been in class every day for the past three weeks. No, I am not taking more than my usual part time load. However, I am taking my first online...
  • Inspiration at the Start of Spring Semester 2014
    I'm getting the 5th semester itch and I'm starting my semester off all wrong. Anyone know the feeling? I sit on my couch staring at the stack of books that has accumulated in the past few days and I think...
  • Let Me Tell You a Story
    As librarians, storytelling is baked into the scrumptious goodness that is our career. It's not so much inferred that we will all be storytellers with puppets or flannel boards, but anyone who has ever explained a job to a...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Allison Driscoll
    It's that time of year. The end of the semester when I feature one of my favorite classmates from the semester. As usual, I can't resist the intelligent dual degree children's lit and library science people. Allison was in my...
  • Bring Your Classes to You!
    I get a lot of sass from classmates when I talk about my work. Yes, I happen to work at the greatest library on the planet. Yes, my boss is the most incredible mentor and knitter in the continental U.S....
  • Study Break
    I believe Jack Prelutsky speaks for all of us with this poem. I leave it to you on this Saturday of endless study. Homework! Oh, Homework! Homework! Oh, homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash...
  • Savor Your Time at GSLIS
    Are we there yet? I keep asking myself this question. When I started at GSLIS, I thought I would be at a great advantage over the full-time students. Here they were rushing through a very full and complex curriculum,...
  • Rivalries
    This whole week has had me thinking about competition, about the deep-seeded rivalry that forms for no reason other than loyalty and pride. I mean, let's face it, why do we get so worked up? Most students aren't from...
  • I Dream of FRBR
    Have you ever gotten down and dirty with the people who put the numbers on books at your library? You know, those call number people who keep to themselves and in the words of Ron Burgundy, "have many leather-bound books."...
  • Better than Thanksgiving or Christmas...It's Registration Season!
    If you're like me and you're finding the Christmas fliers in your mailbox irritating, then I invite you to celebrate a new season: Registration! Yes, 'tis the season to be planning your future. What classes will you take, and...
  • The Horn Book Awards at Simmons
    I am always marveling at my good fortune. I live in a beautiful city, rich in history. I have a wonderful job that challenges me. I have supportive family and friends. I do not, however, appreciate enough the opportunities that...
  • Getting Involved
    It's September and all around us we are inundated with announcements. Don't forget, tomorrow on the quad, the annual picnic to save the squirrels! Save the date for next Friday's twister mixer! And then there are the events that you...
  • Autumn in Boston
    Why does cold weather feel collegiate? Walking into school yesterday was preposterous. It's September. There's a reason people fall for the "Back to School" sales at the mall. Autumnal wind, the smell of crisp leaves and the feel of a...
  • The Library Lady
    All stereotypes come from somewhere. This, we all know to be true. How many of us, though, work with all of our might to confound the stereotype when it comes to being a librarian? I believe that many of...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Graham Herrli
    I have fallen into the habit of falling in love with fellow classmates in my past few semesters at GSLIS. I share my crushes through this blog to you, the GSLIS community. I first met my friend Graham in LIS...
  • I locked myself out of my bathroom...and other tall tales.
    So when I say "tall" I mean true. I am sitting in my apartment, cautiously drinking water owing to the fact that I may not be able to relieve myself as I have somehow locked the bathroom from the outside....
  • Just a Liberian
    I talk about the school library I work for far too much. I think this is mostly because I love my job and its challenges. My students' unreturned laptops haunt my dreams and their evaluations of my teaching darken my...
  • Does Your Job Feed Your Soul?
    It is often the topic of many GSLIS classes whether we know it or not, this question of feeding the soul. However, it is frequently discussed because vacancies do not often arise in libraries. Why is that? Why don't...
  • School's out for the summer... or is it?
    I remember telling a friend, way back in September, that I couldn't possibly think about taking a class in the summer. I wanted to prevent burnout and make sure I had time to recharge my batteries for the coming...
  • Do Grades Matter?
    As I check Moodle like a fanatic, waiting for the final verdict on my grades for this semester, I am reminded of a talk my professor had with my class a month or two ago when  all of my classmates...
  • World Book Night
    What a week this has been! I'm overwhelmed with relief, grief, exhaustion, and patriotism. It's been a week. Incidentally, aside from being the week of the Boston Marathon Bombing, this week was also Library Appreciation Week, and this Thursday was...
  • The Mysterious Line
    Have you ever driven or walked past a Shake Shack? What is the most distinguishing characteristic of this place of business? Picture it in your mind. See the line. Do you see it? I went there last night to...
  • I Love GSLIS
    5 Reasons I love my Simmons Experience I love the man passing out copies of Metro at the Copley Square T stop. Every morning I come into Simmons I look forward to his high five and kind comment, "Your smile...
  • Apps-olutely none
    I know. It's a terrible pun, but here's my question: where are the amazing apps for librarians? Where are the "must-haves"? Where is the list that circulates around blogs by amazingly talented librarians, who stay informed on this topic? So...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen...the lovely and talented Nicole Giroux
    I have come across many fascinating people during my time in the GSLIS program. The majority of these awesome people turn out to be from the dual degree program. So I can't help but want to get inside their brains....
  • Challenge accepted?
    So... I've always loved this youtube video. The more time I spend in Beatley, the more I really, REALLY want this to happen here at Simmons. We deserve some musical theater spontaneity in our lives. This is all there is...
  • Infographics make me smarter
    What are infographics and why are they awesome? This customermagnestism.com post is an infographic, you guessed it, about infographics! Wild, I know. Essentially the infographic distills all relevant statistics and facts about a topic into one pretty picture that relaxes...
  • One more step toward adulthood (AKA inflaming PPS)
    I don't know why I was holding back. Maybe I thought that without an official MLS I wouldn't be allowed in. Perhaps I was I was afraid that pledging my time, money and inbox space to this organization cemented...
  • Library Lovers Month
    That's right folks! It is indeed that time of year. Love is in the air! Love for LIBRARIES, that is. I genuinely resent the Hallmark holiday that gets us all hot and bothered. In college I remember taking my...
  • The United States of YA
        In this week of festive, inaugural, bi-partisan activities I thought I'd let everyone know about a fun list of books lingering out there on the interwebs. This is a list developed by the brilliant minds over at...
  • The one thing we ignored in our syllabi this week...
    It’s the first week of classes! I spent my week looking deep into the future of my semester. Oh what fun projects I will do this year! The possibilities are, pardon the cliché, endless! Oh, the places I will...
  • All but the best laid book plans...
    A few posts ago you may or may not recall my assertion that what GSLIS students should be doing during their break was to take some time to professionally develop. Well develop I did, but in the exact opposite...
  • Do we still need libraries?
    It still blows my mind that the New York Times still thinks that this is a controversial question, worthy of their op ed section. And yet, every couple of months the topic rears its ugly head. This time, the...
  • Do you dare?
      While I continue my efforts to make myself a well rounded library student I have started to target blogs. I set up my google homepage through my Simmons mail so that I'm alerted to their newest posts etc....
  • 'Tis the Season to be Reading!
    Indeed! Classes are over. Perhaps  you have a vacation of sorts on the horizon. Whatever shall you do?  Well, I'll tell you what I'll be doing. I will be doing some professional development. Wait! It's not as boring as...
  • PIN IT!
    Yes, this is about the field of library science. For serious, it is. I promise. It just takes all those pesky listserv emails to a whole other visually pleasing and not annoying dimension. Don't get me wrong. I'm a...
  • Stress Busters for the End of the Semester
    I am a stress champion. Normally, I take a break from stress at Thanksgiving before the season of giving and stressing begins. This year, however, I took the reigns for Turkey day and fed 11 people with a 20 pound...
  • Dude...that's hot
    Today is exam day at my school, so the library is chillingly quiet. Not a creature is stirring...not even the cockroaches we sometimes find under the desk. EW! In celebration of this peaceful respite from the sound and the fury...
  • Do you buzz?
    Yes, do you buzz around like a bee? You see where I'm going with this? This week I represented the school I work for in the Wellesley Spelling Bee. With thirty lists of words to study I was engrossed...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Hannah Gomez
    I met Hannah while dissecting the motherboard of a PC in LIS 488. I think we had the most fun of anyone in the class because we made up names for the parts we didn't know. She is a dual...
  • Seriously Folks, It Only Takes ONE
    I wonder if it's common for anyone in their chosen profession to watch someone else in the same field with trepidation. And when I say trepidation I mean fear. And when I say fear I mean an acute sensitivity....
  • GOOOO Team!
    To be a GSLIS student is to be a team player. Group work, as I am finding out, is an essential part of this program. In my undergrad years I was a theater major so I guess I was working...
  • Instant Gratification
    Yes, we live in that kind of culture. Yes, our society demands satisfaction from us RIGHT NOW. I have never been more aware of this need for speed now that I assist 13-year-olds with their research every day of the...
  • Happiness, already rampant at a library near you!
    Does anybody else feel incredibly lucky? Seriously, does anybody out there feel like they've hit the profession jackpot? I do. I mean, it's been quite a year for me in general. I finished 3 years of serving in the Peace...