Below you can find recent Alumni News and profiles.

GSLIS After Dark: An Evening of Recognition and Connection

GSLISAfterDarkEileenHelenTobyHankLinnea.jpgMore than 100 Simmons GSLIS alumni, faculty, students, and College administrators convened at the 5th annual GSLIS After Dark event on April 4, 2014 to celebrate the school's and GSLIS Alumnae/i Board's accomplishments, present the Alumni Achievement Award to Dr. Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, and showcase GSLIS students' research posters.

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How Prison Libraries Can Make a Safer World

At some point, 95% of the incarcerated will be released into the general public. They need programs and services to help them re-enter society peacefully and productively. Libraries offer that opportunity. -- Julie Steenson '14LS


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GSLIS Alumni Publish Article in D-Lib Magazine

GSLIS alumni Chris Markman '11LS and Constantine Zavras '08LS published an article, "BitTorrent and Libraries: Cooperative Data Publishing, Management and Discovery," which will appear in the March/April 2014 issue of D-Lib Magazine. They presented a lightning talk at the New England Technical Services Libraries' annual spring conference hosted at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on April 11.

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GSLIS Alum Named "Mover & Shaker"

tom.jpgSimmons GSLIS Alum Tom Blake '06LS has been named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal. The list calls attention to the advancements and innovations of library professionals. As Digital Projects Manager at the Boston Public Library, Blake has been pivotal in the growth of the library's Digital Services department, created in 2005. See the Boston Public Library's press release and the full list of 2014 Movers & Shakers.

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Behind MOOCs: What are They Worth to Higher Education and Students?

JeffPomerantz2Headshot-20130218.jpgAfter offering the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information on Coursera in 2013, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science, Associate Professor Jeffrey Pomerantz '97LS has taught more students in one MOOC than he has throughout his twelve-year career in academia. With random strangers approaching him in airports and at conferences since he offered the class, Pomerantz has achieved YouTube-quality celebrity.

Although faculty may enjoy their star status and ability to connect with students worldwide, are MOOCs a worthwhile investment for academic institutions? 

Alumnae/i News | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

Snapshot: Kate Thornhill '13LS

KateThornhillphoto.jpgAn award-winning graduate of Simmons GSLIS, Kate Thornhill '13LS was recently hired as the Visual Resource Curator at Lesley University College of Art & Design. Thornhill tells us how her academic and work experience helped her land her ideal job.

Why did you decide to attend Simmons GSLIS? What motivated you to concentrate in digital curation?

Since I have bachelor's degrees in art history and photography, I was looking to combine my interests after completing my undergraduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and working in a Visual Resources Center. The emerging field of digital curation offered that opportunity.

Alumnae/i News | Career | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

Norton Juster speaks at BPL

Megan Lambert '02MA, an instructor with the Center for the Study of Children's Literature, will moderate a discussion with Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth. A part of the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, the talk is on Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Lecture Hall. A book sale and author signing will follow the talk. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.

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Call for Nominations for 2014/15 GSLIS Alumnae/i Board

Dear GSLIS alumnae/i community:

The nominating committee of the Simmons GSLIS Alumnae/i Board is seeking the names of people interested in serving on the 2014/2015 Alumnae/i Board. This Board is the conduit between the GSLIS alumnae/i community and the School, and serves to promote engagement within GSLIS through events, networking opportunities, and mentoring. Here are the expectations of board members:

  • Attend or call in to all scheduled board meetings
  • Chair or co-chair at least one board committee
  • Attend board-sponsored programs
  • Contribute to The Simmons Fund
  • Help evaluate the board's effectiveness

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining this enthusiastic group of GSLIS alumnae/i or if would like to nominate yourself for a position, please contact Jeremiah Mercurio'11LS, Director at Large, at by March 09, 2014.

Please tell us:

  • Why you or your colleague would like to be on the board
  • What you hope to contribute
  • How you think this board can work to create a more connected GSLIS community

Open Board positions include:

  • Vice president/president-elect
  • Two directors at large
  • One director of fundraising

Please direct questions and nominations to Jeremiah Mercurio at

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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GSLIS Alum Partners With ALA for New Book

Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014. 

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Pearlstein wins Alumni Achievement Award

GSLIS congratulates Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, the winner of the Alumni Achievement Award. Pearlstein has published and presented extensively with Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo. The two most recently co-authored Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) which was featured at the SLA New England Fall Meeting at Simmons College. Prior to her retirement, Pearlstein was Director of Global Information Services at Bain & Company, Inc. Before that, she was Chief Librarian & Archivist at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She has been active in the Special Libraries Association since 1977. To read more about Pearlstein on the news page, click here.

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