posted March 5, 2014 11:38 AM
posted March 4, 2014 2:20 PM
The GSLIS Dean's Office has launched a blog, UNBOUND - an environmental scanning initiative that seeks to initiate conversation about the future of libraries both here at GSLIS and beyond. The GSLIS community is encouraged to follow along as well as contribute comments, feedback, and insight. If you are a GSLIS student working on a project or paper concerning the future of libraries or archives and would like to write a blog post, contact the Fellow for Dean's Initiatives, Bethany Fair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dean's Office seeks to include perspectives from students, faculty, staff and alumni. If you use twitter and want to send in a link or a comment, please use hashtag #unbound.
posted March 4, 2014 1:38 PM
GSLIS Ph.D./MLIP candidate Jasmina Jusic's article "Entrepreneurial Leadership in Public Libraries" won first place in the Public Library Association's featured article contest. The article was published in the July/August 2013 issue of "Public Libraries" and was chosen as the best feature article of the year by the magazine's Advisory Committee at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Jusic will be presented with her award during a presentation at the PLA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
posted March 4, 2014 1:06 PM
Associate Prof. Gerald Benoit gave a talk, "Demystifying Search Engines" on February 24 at the Harvard Library. The talk was part of the Discovery Initiative series.
posted March 3, 2014 3:59 PM
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
GSLIS Alumnae/i Board
posted February 25, 2014 11:42 AM
This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.
posted February 22, 2014 3:21 PM
Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014.
posted February 20, 2014 9:58 AM
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.
posted February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
posted February 11, 2014 3:33 PM
February 27, 2014 -- 2:00pm - 3:00pm -- $25
Taught by James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein the webinar will cover the following topics:
- Ebook Adoption in Special Library Settings
- Survey Results
- Putting It All in Perspective
- Mini Case Studies
- Survey Instrument
- Recommended Readings
See the GSLIS Continuing Education website for webinar details and registration information.
posted February 10, 2014 12:13 PM
The Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature and the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science are pleased to host a free spring networking event with BookBuilders of Boston on February 12 2014, 6-8 pm in the Kotzen Room. Meet, mingle, and network with publishing professionals. RSVP: www.bbboston.org.
posted February 10, 2014 3:05 AM
Beyond providing open access to a variety of collections on an online portal, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a social movement that is bringing together information professionals and resources for the public good. Chief architects Maura Marx '04LS and John Palfrey knew they wanted to "capitalize on the collective initiative of librarians and archivists," said DPLA Project Coordinator Kenny Whitebloom '12LS, who helped the organization grow from its infancy while he was a project coordinator at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
posted February 10, 2014 3:04 AM
When Professor Candy Schwartz isn't dreaming about using GIS technology to develop MapQuest coordinates of Tolkien's Middle Earth or traveling to the latest Celtic folk festival, she is thinking about her students. She wants them to "feel they can learn anything given enough time. I want students to feel they can take initiative and risks." After describing how she stumbled upon a successful career of more than three decades in library and information science (LIS) by paging through McGill University's catalog, Schwartz shared her words of wisdom about the field.
posted February 10, 2014 3:03 AM
Although Simmons GSLIS Ph.D. /MLIP student Alexia Hudson-Ward had a lucrative marketing career at the Coca-Cola Company before she became a librarian, the events surrounding September 11, 2001, motivated her to follow her passion. "I was scheduled to get on an airplane that day, but it was cancelled. During the next several months, I began thinking about my work's impact on the world," said Hudson-Ward. "I always had a desire to help people become knowledgeable, productive, and impactful. Becoming an academic librarian was a way for me to do work that mattered."
posted February 10, 2014 3:01 AM
Why did you decide to work at Simmons GSLIS?
As one of the top library and information science institutions, Simmons GSLIS has a long tradition of excellence. Also, Simmons GSLIS is a lively and committed community that takes pride in advancing the profession. I'm excited to be part of the community.
posted February 10, 2014 2:00 AM
Simmons GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Jeff Friedman's "The Eros of Oral History" lecture and performance was held on January 31, 2014 at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Conservatory. The free event featured a lecture about oral history in the performing arts, including a production of new primary source materials, such as recorded interviews, textual interpretations, as well as a performance from Friedman's danced-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.
posted February 10, 2014 1:58 AM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and GSLIS master's student Ryan McGinnis appeared on a panel titled "Biennial Educators Meeting: What Skills are Needed for the Next Generation Cataloger/Metadata Professional" at the ALISE Conference on January 24, co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. The panel addressed questions about how cataloging and metadata professionals can adapt to changes in the workforce and classroom with solutions and partnerships.
posted February 10, 2014 1:57 AM
GSLIS Student VivianLea Solek was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Beta Beta Book Award, given by the Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international LIS honor society.
posted February 10, 2014 1:56 AM
GSLIS master's student Shannon McDonough has started a new online magazine called Library Effect, which includes stories about how libraries are making an impact on communities. Invited submissions for the next issue are due on March 31, 2014. Follow the magazine on Twitter @libraryeffect.
posted February 10, 2014 1:56 AM
Brandie Doyle '11LS has been promoted to Head of Circulation Services at Russell Library in Middletown, CT. She will supervise circulation staff and materials, registration of borrowers, and interlibrary loans, as well as oversee maintenance of the adult circulating book collection. In addition, she will select materials for the adult fiction collection. She is Chair of the Connecticut Library Association's Customer Service Committee. Doyle has also written for Public Libraries Online, the companion website to the print publication Public Libraries.
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