posted December 5, 2013 4:14 PM
News & Events Blog
What's going on at GSLIS
posted December 2, 2013 5:01 AM
"You constantly need to be creative. A collection is only as relevant as you make it."
- Jason Wood, '01LS, '11SOM
"Archives peddle nostalgia," says Jason Wood '01LS, '11SOM the Simmons College Archivist and Head of Discovery Services in the College Library. A recent New York Times article features research supporting that nostalgia can "counteract loneliness, boredom, and anxiety making people more generous toward strangers and more accepting of outsiders." Yet the Simmons College Archives offers more than warm and fuzzy sentiments associated with the school's past.
Continue reading Jason Wood Unlocks Simmons College Archives' Treasures
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"A world without the arts is a world lost," says Elizabeth McGorty '15LS, a GSLIS dual master's degree candidate in archives and history. "The arts allow us to understand life and give meaning to it."
McGorty became fast friends with fellow GSLIS student Anne Mansella '14LS after they met in a history class. Sharing a love for the performing arts, archives, and history, McGorty and Mansella were recently appointed co-chairs of the Boston chapter of the American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP), an initiative of the American Society of Theatre Research. Learn how these students are helping organizations preserve their histories and sustaining the intimate connection between performing artists and their audiences.
Continue reading American Theatre Archive Project Takes Boston
Faculty Column: Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"We have more jobs than students to fill them. There are currently 31 school library positions in the state that I did not have anyone to send to for an interview," said Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Professor of Practice and Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program (SLTP), about school library teacher vacancies. After receiving distinction as one of the top ten leading school library programs in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the SLTP's award-winning faculty, comprehensive network, practical curriculum, and community are all part of "a ladder for students to achieve success," stated Zilonis. Since Zilonis became director of the GSLIS SLTP in 2010, 100% of the students seeking employment after graduation have secured school library jobs.
Judi Paradis, President of the Massachusetts School Library Association and School Library Teacher at Waltham Plympton Elementary School
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
If there's one school library teacher GSLIS Professor Fran Zilonis wants the School Library Teacher Program (SLTP) students to meet, it's Judi Paradis. GSLIS SLTP students take a tour of Paradis' Plympton School Library in Waltham, Mass. every year. She is known in education circles for her leadership role as President of the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA), and patrons of her elementary school know Paradis for sponsoring award-winning literacy and cultural enrichment events that motivate children and families to love reading. As the winner of the MSLA Super-Librarian Accolade and AASL's Vision Tour Award, Paradis is re-defining the role of school librarians and the future of school libraries in Massachusetts.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"To advance research, a culture shift needs to happen. It may take a generation to change, but we need to start somewhere now." - Virginia Tech University Dean of Libraries Tyler Walters
"The publishing ecosystem is broken," said Virginia Tech University Libraries Dean and Simmons GSLIS Ph.D./MLIP candidate Tyler Walters, who oversees 182 employees in the university's main library and four branch libraries, and provides services to the institution's extended locations in Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Egypt, and India. The "university as a publisher" of scholarly content is an emerging solution to deal with the cost and other issues associated with today's traditional publishing. Through his research and leading by example, Walters shows academic libraries how they can help universities realize their publishing potential and become partners in the process. Bringing more than 25 years of archive and academic library leadership experience to the dialogue about evolving library services, Walters' award-winning paper "The Future Role of Publishing in University Libraries" proposes that libraries supplement their information management and preservation services with content production.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeanette Bastian's Efforts at UNESCO Experts Meeting and Australian National University
posted December 2, 2013 4:54 AM
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor Jeanette Bastian facilitated the UNESCO Experts Meeting about designing an archives and records master's program for the University of the West Indies Department of Library and Information Studies in Kingston, Jamaica. She also delivered the keynote speech "Cultural Memory and the Archives of Place" at Australian National University's (ANU) Humanities Research Centre's "Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place, Home & Capital," conference in Canberra, Australia in September. Bastian also presented the 2th Annual Noel Butlin Archives Public Lecture titled, "Whose Memories, Whose Records: When the Archival Legacy of a Colonial Past Meets the Cultural Records of a Post-colonial Future" at ANU. Her presentation "The Memory Matters; Factoring Memory into the Archives Equation" was featured at the "Building an Archival Memory of Canberra" ANU workshop.
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey Presents at the 11th International Conference on University Libraries
posted December 2, 2013 4:52 AM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey presented "An Education for Careers in Information Organization" at the 11th International Conference on University Libraries sponsored by the General Directorate for Libraries of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on November 6, 2013 in Mexico City. Details at http://bibliotecas.unam.mx/eventos/reunion/conf2013/index_eng.html
Dean Emeritus and Professor Michèle Cloonan Delivered the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center
posted December 2, 2013 4:51 AM
Dean Emeritus and Professor Michèle Cloonan recently delivered the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture ""Exeunt Libri: Will Libraries of the Future Preserve Cultural Heritage?" at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center in Austin.
Associate Professor and Director of the Usability Lab Rong Tang Shares National Taiwan University Experiences
posted December 2, 2013 4:50 AM
Associate Professor and Director of the Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab Rong Tang shares her experiences teaching usability and conducting user behavior research at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan at http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/dispatches/category/taiwan/
posted December 2, 2013 3:59 AM
New titles redefine roles of Simmons GSLIS staff. Jennifer Andrews '09LS is now Director of Curriculum; Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives; Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs '88DA; and Kris Liberman '87LS, Director of External Engagement.
posted December 2, 2013 2:28 AM
The Center for the Study of Children's Literature hosted the Children's Book Council's "Class on Class," a seminar for publishers that exams socioeconomic class in contemporary children and YA literature, on November 20, 2013.
Continue reading Simmons GSLIS Center for the Study of Children's Literature Events
Simmons GSLIS Wins Association for Information Science and Technology Student Chapter of the Year Award
posted November 26, 2013 10:57 PM
Simmons GSLIS was presented with the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Student Chapter of the Year award at the Association's Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, during the first week of November, co-winning the award with the University of Denver's student chapter. The award recognizes student chapters for their outstanding contributions to ASIS&T and the advancement of information science. To acknowledge their accomplishments, faculty advisor Linnea Johnson, co-chair Anne Pepitone, co-chair Julia Hayton, and treasurer Jennifer Prentice received a certificate on behalf of the student chapter. Each member of the ASIS&T student chapter also received a certificate.
posted November 12, 2013 1:44 PM
The Simmons GSLIS community was deeply saddened by the death of Ann Wolpert '69LS, a library leader and alumnae of the school. As MIT's director of libraries for almost two decades, Wolpert was a pioneer in digital stewardship and an advocate for open access. "Wolpert helped lead the MIT Libraries' collaboration with Hewlett-Packard to build DSpace, an open-source digital archive for faculty output that has been adopted by more than 1,000 institutions worldwide," according to a MIT news release statement.
Continue reading Simmons GSLIS Tribute and MIT Memorial Service for Ann Wolpert
Dr. Jeff Friedman Named Allen Smith Visiting Scholar at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
posted November 6, 2013 4:24 PM
Jeff Friedman, performer, choreographer and interviewer, in his oral history-based dance work titled Muscle Memory (1994)
Credit: Savage Photography
Boston, MA (October 22, 2013) - The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Friedman as the Allen Smith Visiting Scholar for 2013-2014. Friedman is a distinguished dancer, choreographer, and educator and researcher in oral history theory, method, and practice in the performing arts field.
Friedman is currently an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has lectured internationally and he has produced multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is currently on the editorial board of the Korean Dance Research Journal. He will be involved in several upcoming initiatives at Simmons College.
"The Eros of Oral History" lecture and performance will be featured at 8:00pm on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Conservatory. The free event will feature a lecture about oral history in the performing arts discipline, including production of new primary source materials, such as recorded interviews, textual interpretations, as well as a performance from Friedman's dance-based solo work titled Muscle Memory. The lecture and performance has received international acclaim throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and New Zealand. The event is open to the public.
An oral history 3-day intensive workshop will be offered March 7-9, 2014 at Simmons GSLIS. Although the workshop is free and open to the public, registration will be required, and will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to Simmons College GSLIS students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Oral history advising and lectures will be presented on campus throughout the semester.
Friedman also founded the Legacy Oral History Program in 1988 to record, preserve and provide access to the life histories of the San Francisco Bay Area performing arts communities' members. Legacy offers the largest collection of dance, music, and theater oral histories in the nation outside of New York City. Friedman has also recorded oral histories on commission from the New York's School of American Ballet. For his Legacy efforts, Friedman received the Forrest C. Pogue and Steven V. Mink awards for service to the oral history field and the Isadora Duncan award for service to the dance field. His teaching areas include dance studies, choreography, improvisation, and contemporary dance technique, as well as honors courses in oral history and performance. As a graduate director, Friedman is currently constructing new courses for the new master's in fine arts degree in dance performance and choreography, which is intended to be offered at the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Arts in January 2016.
Earlier, Friedman was a Visiting Lecturer at Auckland University's dance program, and a senior research and teaching Fulbright Fellow in Frankfurt. In addition, Friedman was a dancer and choreographer based in San Francisco, California from 1979-1997, performing nationally and internationally with ODC/Dance and as a soloist for LOCUS Solo Dance.
The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program, which honors the memory of distinguished teacher and scholar Allen Smith, was established in 2009 by his family. Allen Smith Visiting Scholars are expected to be distinguished practitioners, educators, or researchers renowned for their work in reference, oral history, or the study of librarianship and information service in the humanities.
The nationally top ten ranked Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science is one of the oldest and largest library and information science programs in the United States. Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally recognized university located in Boston that includes an undergraduate college for women, the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women, and graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, education, liberal arts, and communications management.
posted October 3, 2013 7:07 AM
Leadership can happen at any time, at any level, and from anyone in the organization. We need to strategically engage our communities through formal and informal conversations, by partnering with businesses, and schools, as well as by creating access to technologies, innovative services, and collaborative spaces.The community may have different expectations about what a library should be and what they should offer. The community's needs, desires, and aspirations should drive the library agenda.- Sue Considine, Library Director of Fayetteville Free Library
posted October 3, 2013 7:06 AM
"Why are special librarians worth saving today if less than 1% of new graduates remain in the field after a few years?" I asked Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo after attending the presentation "Educating Special Librarians" at the Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network (MAHSLIN) annual meeting.
posted October 3, 2013 7:05 AM
When I discuss the management of my photos and files with Ph.D. candidate Vanessa Reyes, my "digital estate" appears headed for foreclosure. An eager teacher, Reyes offers gentle, thoughtful guidance. Multiple copies of content should be stored in multiple locations. PDF format, which is the current ISO preservation standard's best practice for the next five years, will reduce tampering and preserve the content's integrity. Storage clouds, like DropBox, need to be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism and selectivity when one deposits content in spaces that do not have security safeguards to prevent altering, borrowing without permission, or permanent loss.
Continue reading Ph.D. Candidate Profile: Vanessa Reyes
Jeannette Bastian's keynote speech at an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the centennial of Canberra, Australia
posted October 3, 2013 7:04 AM
In September, Associate Dean Jeannette Bastian gave a keynote speech at, "Shaping Canberra: The lived experience of place, home and capital," an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the centennial of Canberra and hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She also gave a workshop on Memory and Archives and gave the annual Noel Butler Public Lecture at the University Archives.
posted October 3, 2013 7:03 AM
Dean Emerita and Professor Michèle Cloonan and Adjunct Professor Sid Berger were profiled in the Summer issue of Fine Books & Collections in an article by Nicholas A. Basbanes titled "A Marriage of True Minds," pp. 9-10.
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