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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Making a Difference with Librarians Without Borders

BrandieBurrowsSchoolBookMark.jpgGSLIS master's student Brandie Burrows personifies public service. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, she taught entrepreneurial fundamentals to women business owners and helped establish youth centers. While she was at the home of her host family, the maid thought she was "rich because I had so many books. I tried to explain to her the idea of borrowing books for free. It was a completely unfathomable concept. I realized she had never been to a library. Then, I started thinking about being a librarian." While in graduate school, she searched for her next opportunity to improve conditions for those in another part of the world. When she stumbled upon Librarians without Borders (LWB) in a Simmons GSLIS newsletter listing, she applied to the school that night. 

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Faculty Profile: Melanie Kimball

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Associate Professor Melanie Kimball's quest to prove the value of children's and young adult (YA) library services has not always been easy. "You will never get a job," she was told by a university dean after she declared her doctoral research interests: the history of youth services in early twentieth century public libraries and literature for children and young adults. Inspired by her mother, an elementary school librarian, Kimball left New York City to become a scholar in the children's and YA library services field. Despite the dire prediction from the dean, Kimball was hired to teach children's and YA library services to LIS master's students at the University at Buffalo after she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. "There was a need for professors to teach children's and YA literature and library services and there were few people who specialized in the area at the time," Kimball says.

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Snapshot: Mariah Manley

MariahManleyphoto.jpgMariah Manley shares what she has learned about building bridges, working with executive management, balancing budgets, and other skills as the outgoing Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) president. Read how Manley is building her career by taking advantage of GSLIS opportunities to develop her talents and networks.

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ASIS&T and SIG USE Sponsor "The Contextual Inquiry: A Must-Have Method for Your User Research Toolbox" Webinar

ASIS&T and SIG USE are sponsoring the webinar, "The Contextual Inquiry: A Must-Have Method for Your User Research Toolbox" on April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST. The session will be hosted by two user researchers, Kate Lawrence and Deirdre Costello '13LS. They will discuss how contextual inquiry is used to unlock the secrets of physician workflows, how to engage users and how to distill high-quality qualitative data into meaningful takeaways. The webinar is free for ASIS&T Members and $45 for non-ASIS&T members. Register at http://www.asis.org/Conferences/webinars/USEWebinar-4-16-2014-register.html

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Professor Nanette Veilleux Becomes GSLIS Associate Dean for Research

Nanette Veilleux will be joining the GSLIS faculty full time in the fall when she returns from sabbatical. She will resume her responsibilities as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Computer Science and will become the GSLIS Associate Dean for Research. Veilleux was recently promoted to full professor.

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GSLIS Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan Receive Best Paper Award

Associate Professor Laura Saunders and Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan's paper, "Culture and Competencies: A multi-country Examination of Reference Service Competencies"  was one of two 2014 recipients to receive the Association of College and Research Libraries/New England Chapter's Best Paper Award, which is sponsored by OCLC. The paper appeared in Libri: International Journal of Libraries & Information Services. The paper was co-authored by Serap Kurbanoglu, Joumana Boustany, Brenda Chawner, Matylda Filas, Ivana Hebrang Grgic, Gaby Haddow, Jos van Helvoort, Mersini Kakouri, Ane Landøy, Karolina Minch, Gillian Oliver, Panayiota Polydoratou, Angela Repanovici, Egbert J. Sanchez Vanderkast, Tania Todorova, Sirje Virkus, Anna Wolodko, and Daniela Zivkovic.

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Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan Gives Q Method Presentation at the Big Talk from Small Libraries Online Conference

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented, "You Can Q! Using Q Method to Understand Community Needs for Small Libraries" at the Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference in February. The Q Method is a ranking process in which patrons can make decisions about service and resources. The method allows librarians to connect with patrons in a new way to get their opinions on services, materials, and programming.

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GSLIS Student Presents at the 2014 Association of College & Research Libraries' New England Chapter Meeting

GSLIS master's student Anna Bognolo will be presenting "Creating Connections for Online LIS students: You're Not Alone in Cyberspace!" with Meena Jain from Drexel's iSchool at the 2014 Association of College & Research Libraries' New England Chapter meeting. The poster will explore LIS programs that connect online students to professional development opportunities.

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GSLIS Student Receives Scholarship and Moderates Social Media Session

GSLIS master's candidate VivianLea Solek received the student scholarship to attend the New England Archivists' 2014 spring meeting. Solek also moderated a session about social media titled, "'Monster Lake Trout:' Landing the Big One with Social Media," which included Simmons alumnae, Barbara Austen '94LS, Archivist at the Connecticut Historical Society, and Dan Bullman, a current Simmons GSLIS master's student and an archives assistant at Tufts University.

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Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Offers Manuscript Critiques

Children's Literature graduate student Tracy Marchini is a founding member of the Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley, which will offer off-site manuscript critiques at their annual June conference. Workshop faculty includes Senior Editor of Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers Stacey Barney, Executive Editor of Katherine Tegen Books Jill Davis, and a closing keynote speech by children's author and screenwriter Alan Katz.

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GSLIS Student Gives Presentation at New England Archivist Spring Symposium

GSLIS master's student Paul Caserta will give his presentation," "Provenance: A New Chapter in the Museum Narrative" at the New England Archivist Spring Symposium. He will be presenting as chair along with Museum of Fine Arts' Curator of Provenance Torie Reed.

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GSLIS Doctoral Student Selected to be a Judge for the 2014 International Latino Book Awards

GSLIS doctoral student Sujei Lugo was selected to be a judge for the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, which are the largest awards in the United States celebrating achievements in Latino literature. The awards will be presented at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. 

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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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Remembering GSLIS Student James Donahue

Thumbnail image for jDonahue.jpgIn March, we lost a member of the GSLIS community, James Donahue. He was in his first semester and lived in the residence halls. Jamie's mother and sister are both GSLIS graduates. We all join in sending our sympathy to Jamie's family and friends.

Since one of Jamie's passion was music - both listening and playing,  we have selected some music by his favorite band, the Rustic Overtones of Portland, ME. You may listen to it here.

Sincerely,
Dean Eileen Abels

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Dean Abels Awarded IMLS Grant

Eileen_1_rdax_177x266.jpgCongratulations to Dean Eileen Abels, who has received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) planning grant for "Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education." Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, the grant will enable "evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context." The grant is led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

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Welcome to the GSLIS Collaboratory!

eileen_katie_sign2.jpgGSLIS has created the Collaboratory with a gift from the estate of Mara Dole. Located in P-314 the new collaborative space is open to the entire GSLIS community. In it you will find six computers plus two mounted 55 and 70-inch touchscreen Mondopads, and modular furniture that can be arranged as needed. It is available for hands-on activities in GSLIS classes as well as a space for collaborative group work.

Pictured: Dean Eileen Abels and Provost Katie Conboy pose by placard dedicating Dole's gift in the new space. To view a slideshow of the ribbon cutting event held on Thursday, March 20, visit: http://youtu.be/JaoHzTjzkOs

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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? 

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MLIP/Ph.D. Candidate: Free Range Librarian Karen Schneider

Thumbnail image for KarenSchneiderPhoto.jpg"Although we take it for granted how easy it is to use email today, it was difficult to explain to users twenty years ago. People would ask, 'Do you have to be there when the message arrives?'" Simmons GSLIS MLIP/Ph.D. candidate Karen Schneider reflects on her early technology lessons. If you have heard of the Free Range Librarian or read the American Libraries' "Internet Librarian" and American Library Association's (ALA) "TechSource" columns, you know Schneider as an expert in teaching librarians to use and share technology. When she is not writing literary articles or participating in zymurgy, Schneider is the University Librarian at Holy Names University, which has about 1,400 students and received the highest diversity score in the U.S. News and World Report 2012 to 2013 rankings.

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