GSLIS Student Publications & Awards

The Fund for Research Committee awarded master's student James Damon $506 to support the project, "Feasibility study on valued hyperlinks." Associate Professor Gerald Benoit will guide the project.

Ph.D. student Juliet Drennan has been accepted to present "Badging Academic Libraries: The Gamification of Student Credentialing" at the 2013 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference in Worcester, MA.

Master's student Allison Estell and Jeremy Shaw-Munderback '10LS gave a joint presentation at the NELIG Winter Meeting on December 7, 2012, titled "Using LibGuides as an Instructional Tool." The presentation was based on the first-year library instruction at Simmons for the Multicultural Core Course (MCC 102). The guide is at

Master's student Aliza Levanthal's paper, "Collaborative Preservation Efforts of CAD/BIM Files," has been selected for presentation at IS&T's Archiving 2013 Conference on April 2-6, 2013, in Washington, DC.

Master's student Shannon McDonough is leading the creation of the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries for Lifetime Arts. She will participate in the panel discussion at the ALA Annual Program presenting "Introducing the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries: An Online Resource."

Ph.D. student Sujei Lugo was interviewed by School Library Journal about Latino children's literature and Latin American publishers. The article, "Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Literature for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness" can be viewed at

Master's student Emily Powers published a post about interning on the Hack Library School blog:

Master's student Liz Urbanczyk is presenting at the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development conference in Uganda this summer. The conference is cosponsored by Simmons.

Congratulations to Master's student Claudia Willet, who is the winner of the annual Beta Beta Chapter Book Award. The award is given by the local chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the LIS honor society. Willet's application and essay were chosen for her commitment to scholarship and service.

Master's student Brita Zitin has been named the 2013 Simmons ALA student staffer. Zitin was selected through a competition to represent GSLIS at the American Library Association's annual conference in Chicago, IL. Approximately 40 students throughout the United States were selected to work in their interest area. Each student is responsible for working four hours a day at the conference. In return, GSLIS pays their airfare, and ALA will cover their room, board, and registration.

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