December 2013 Archives

Save the Date! January 25, 2014 Reception with Dean Eileen Abels

We welcome Simmons GSLIS alumni and friends to please join us for a reception to meet Dr. Eileen Abels, our new Dean, and learn about future plans for GSLIS on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, in the Executive Lounge on the 24th Floor at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

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Jason Wood Unlocks Simmons College Archives' Treasures

"You constantly need to be creative. A collection is only as relevant as you make it."

                                    - Jason Wood, '01LS, '11SOM

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for jason-wood_rdax_400x266.jpg"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.

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American Theatre Archive Project Takes Boston

"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."

Thumbnail image for DSCN3179_2013-09-12_11-22.JPGMcGorty 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.

December 2013 | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | News | Student Profile


Faculty Column: Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program

Thumbnail image for Franzilonisphoto.jpg"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.

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Judi Paradis, President of the Massachusetts School Library Association and School Library Teacher at Waltham Plympton Elementary School

JudiParadis.jpgIf 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.

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Ph.D./MLIP Candidate Profile: Tyler Walters, Virginia Tech University Dean of Libraries

"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

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Headshot_Tyler_072012.JPG"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.

December 2013 | Infolink Newsletter | News | Student Profile


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeanette Bastian's Efforts at UNESCO Experts Meeting and Australian National University

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.

December 2013 | Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News


Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey Presents at the 11th International Conference on University Libraries

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

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Dean Emeritus and Professor Michèle Cloonan Delivered the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center

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.

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Associate Professor and Director of the Usability Lab Rong Tang Shares National Taiwan University Experiences

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/

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New Titles Redefine Roles of Simmons GSLIS Staff

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.

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Simmons GSLIS Center for the Study of Children's Literature Events

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.

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