Maya Bery

Hi, my name is Maya. I graduated from GSLIS in January 2013 with a concentration in the School Library Teacher Program (SLTP), and am now pursuing my license in instructional technology through the post-master's online program. During my time at GSLIS, I did my student teaching at Underwood Elementary in Newton, and at Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School in Boston. Upon graduating, I took a part-time position as a long-term library substitute in Roxbury, and am now beginning a full-time job as the library media specialist for the Carlisle School, a public pre-K-8 school in Carlisle, MA.

As I begin my professional career, I am acutely aware of how well Simmons prepared me for the task of running, teaching and administering my own school library program. It is still the best possible profession I can think of to be in, and I am grateful that I get to do something I love so much.

Beyond library and education related issues, I love to read, cook, bake, travel and sing.


Entries by Maya Bery

  • Notes from the Field #2
    Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship from the Simmons MSLA-SIG (the student interest group of the Massachusetts School Library Association) to attend the American Association of School Librarians conference in Minneapolis.  About a month...
  • Notes from the Field #1
    It's now six weeks into the school year here in Massachusetts, and I am happy to say that I love my job. It's wonderful. The community is supportive and values the library, my colleagues are welcoming and helpful, and I'm...
  • And so it is over
    2.5 years at Simmons is officially over for me.  The last project has been submitted, the second practicum binder has been handed in, and I am ready to move on to the next chapter and start my professional life. Last...
  • Finishing My School Library Teacher Degree
    If I am not mistaken, this blog entry represents my penultimate contribution to the Simmons GSLIS admissions blog.  For I, dear reader, am exactly one week away from finishing my library school career after 2.5 years.  I am excited about...
  • Transferability
    It often amazes me just how transferable the skills I have gained as a school library teacher in training are to the wider world. It brings a measure of comfort to know that should (heaven forbid) I one day find...
  • Reader's Advisory
    One of the hot topics in reference is reader's advisory. It's the reason many people engage in reference interactions with librarians, but it's often hard to narrow in on exactly what a patron liked about a particular book.  And for...
  • "We're Open to Serve You During Storm Recovery"
    Unless you live under the proverbial rock, you know that this week, the east coast was battered by Hurricane Sandy before the remnants of the storm moved inland to cause further havoc as far west as Wisconsin.  It was a...
  • Current Trends and Topics in School Librarianship
    One of the best ways to get a sense of whether or not school librarianship (or really, any aspect of LIS) is right for you is to explore what the current trends and topics are in the field.  The school...
  • What Does a Library Lesson Look Like?
    It's a question I get asked over and over again, by strangers and by those closest to me.  My friends and family know that I love what I'm doing, some of them know I get to do cool tech things...
  • Destination: Library School
    Inspired by some of my fellow bloggers entries last week, I thought I would share with all of you how I came to library sciences.  One of the things I love about library school is that the students come from...
  • The Practicum Binder
    If you've ever known an SLTP candidate, you'll know that these two words have a special power over us.  The practicum binder represents the culmination of all the hours of work we put in at our practicum experiences - the...
  • Practicum Experiences
    This afternoon, I had the opportunity to attend a Boston Arts Academy pep rally for the whole school at Fenway Park.  Now, I've been to Fenway before, but always surrounded by legions of fans.  Today, however, the park lay entirely...
  • It's Good to Be Back
    School is back in session, and though we're only in the second week of the semester, December seems frighteningly close.  Maybe it's because I'm on a fairly strict deadline of when materials need to be due for my second teaching...
  • Another Semester Begins...
    It's hard to believe the semester's start is already upon us.  Just yesterday, it seems, I was luxuriating in the post-semester haze of sleep and excitement for a full summer that stretched in front of me, gloriously empty.  Well, it...
  • A New Semester: Reference
    To those of you about to start your Simmons GSLIS careers in two short weeks, welcome! It's going to be a great experience, I promise.  Now, if you've been a diligent student and read the handbook, you'll know that Reference...
  • Metadata and Street Art
    Metadata and street art.  These are very distinct "things," if you will, each with their own importance and meaning to those who are familiar with them, yet they exist in worlds that do not often crossover with each other, unless...
  • The Library as a Cool Space
    If you've been in Boston the past two days, you know that we have issued in summer with a bang.  Record-setting temperatures of the high 90s (with the humidity making it feel like the low 100s) have made people seek...
  • Library School Changes the Brain
    I recently returned from a trip to see my parents, who have just moved continents and countries from India to the Netherlands. When I arrived, they had just received their shipment of possessions from India, and were still in the...
  • Opportunites at Simmons
    One of the amazing things about Simmons is the people it puts you in touch with - faculty, students, and visitors.  For instance, last week, Susan Ballard happened to be on campus. If you don't know who Susan Ballard is, she's...
  • Change in Curriculum for Fall 2013
    Recently, the GSLIS community received news that beginning with the incoming class of 2013, the curriculum will be changing.  The core requirements are changing (Evaluation of Information Services will be replaced with a Foundations course), the program will increase to...
  • So...why library school?
    If you are currently contemplating the decision to attend library school, chances are at some point in your search process, you have heard some helpful individual say something along the lines of "Libraries are dying/e-books are rendering books irrelevant/why do...
  • Simmons Perks!
    With the end of the semester just around the corner, everyone is predictably buried under end of the semester papers, projects, and group work. I know for myself, the mammoth practicum binder that SLT students must submit at the end...
  • Simmons MSLA-SIG Conference Tomorrow!
    I'd like to take this blog post to shamelessly plug the annual Simmons MSLA-SIG conference happening tomorrow in the Main College Building from 8:30-3:00 p.m.  Though I admittedly had a personal role to play in organizing the conference as the...
  • Spring is here...sort of
    Forgive the tangent from more scholarly, library-centric posts, but I would be remiss in my duties as a blogger for the Admissions Office if I did not comment upon the weather in Boston.   You see, before I moved to Boston,...
  • Two Weeks In
    The crowning experience of the SLT program is the two practica, which are carried out at the elementary and high school levels (though starting this fall, middle school will be an option as well).   In addition to a mountain of...
  • The Joys of Public Libraries
    For someone who grew up going to the public library on a near weekly basis and then spent two years overseas in a library wilderness, moving to Boston has been nothing short of a heavenly experience. As a Boston resident,...
  • The wonders of LISSA
    One of the many nuggets of useful information I received at new student orientation in July 2010 was the way the LISSA officers kept reminding us of the fact that each GSLIS student receives an allotted amount of money for...
  • SLT Practicum
    It's only a month into the new semester, but for those of us in the school library teacher (SLT) program, we're already looking forward to August and September.  Our wonderful advisor, Dr. Fran Zilonis, has already wrapped up meetings with...