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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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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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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? 

Alumnae/i News | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

Snapshot: Kate Thornhill '13LS

KateThornhillphoto.jpgAn award-winning graduate of Simmons GSLIS, Kate Thornhill '13LS was recently hired as the Visual Resource Curator at Lesley University College of Art & Design. Thornhill tells us how her academic and work experience helped her land her ideal job.

Why did you decide to attend Simmons GSLIS? What motivated you to concentrate in digital curation?

Since I have bachelor's degrees in art history and photography, I was looking to combine my interests after completing my undergraduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and working in a Visual Resources Center. The emerging field of digital curation offered that opportunity.

Alumnae/i News | Career | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

Norton Juster speaks at BPL

Megan Lambert '02MA, an instructor with the Center for the Study of Children's Literature, will moderate a discussion with Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth. A part of the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, the talk is on Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Lecture Hall. A book sale and author signing will follow the talk. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.

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Call for Nominations for 2014/15 GSLIS Alumnae/i Board

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 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

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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GSLIS Alum Partners With ALA for New Book

Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014. 

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Pearlstein wins Alumni Achievement Award

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.

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Alum blogs for Hack Library School

Alex Berman '11LS was a guest blogger on the popular Hack Library School blog. In his post, Alternative Careers for LIS Grads, Berman shares his experiences finding LIS work outside of libraries or archives.

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Brandie Doyle '11LS Promoted to Russell Library's Head of Circulation Services

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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Professor and Alum receive WISE awards

Professor of Practice Linda Braun and Lisa Nathan '03LS, professor at the University of British Columbia, have both received WISE awards for Excellence in Teaching.

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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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Simmons GSLIS Tribute and MIT Memorial Service for Ann Wolpert

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.

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Special Libraries' Saviors James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for TobyPearlsteinJimMat_BookMAHSLIN1.JPG"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.

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Jeannette Bastian's keynote speech at an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the centennial of Canberra, Australia

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.

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Elaine Martin Announces Run for Medical Library Association Presidency

Adjunct Professor Elaine Martin announced her candidacy to run as the Medical Library Association president. See our InfoLink story about her work at UMass Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library at

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James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein publish Special Libraries: A Survival Guide

Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo '65LS and co-author Dr. Toby Pearlstein '87LS have released their new book, Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013).

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Special Libraries Association (SLA) New England Features Special Libraries: A Survival Guide at Simmons GSLIS


Simmons GSLIS CE & Communications Director Kris Liberman, Dr. Toby Pearlstein, Dr. Elaine Martin, Professor James Matarazzo, and Dean Eileen Abels

"Libraries are more important than ever before. We need to change with the times," said Dean Eileen Abels in her welcome remarks at the SLA New England and SLA@Simmons Fall  Meeting held on September 27, 2013 at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, presented guidelines from their book, Special Libraries: A Survival Guide, at the meeting's keynote address.

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Jen Doyle '98LS Embarks on A New Career Opportunity

jenniferdoyle.jpgAfter dedicating more than a decade to Simmons GSLIS, director of curriculum and communications Jen Doyle '98LS will be embarking on a new career opportunity in August 2013. Known for her enthusiasm and her ability to multi-task multiple projects at once, Doyle helped implement major curriculum updates while managing the overhaul of GSLIS communication initiatives, including the website. During her tenure at GSLIS, she oversaw the production of two accreditation program presentations, collaborated with the marketing department on different iterations of the viewbook and program brochures, developed the GSLIS Guide, and was instrumental in the launch of GSLIS's three online programs. In addition, in 2005 she became an advisor to the InfoLink, as well as coordinated course schedules and registration with students and faculty.

In addition to her current role as the doctoral studies program manager, Jennifer Andrews will be assuming Doyle's curriculum responsibilities. 

After having managed more than 10 staff members, including the Dean's Editorial Fellow, the communications assistant, the student services manager, and student workers, Doyle will be missed for her leadership, sense of humor, and insightful Buffy the Vampire Slayer character analysis. Her contributions to GSLIS have been invaluable. We wish her all the best in her new career.

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Creating Your Own Career: Andromeda Yelton by Jennifer Moyer

Dean's Editorial Fellow Jennifer Moyer interviews GSLIS graduates who have gone on to become entrepreneurs in the LIS field. Read more about their strategies for creating dynamic new tools for librarians and library patrons.

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Emerging Entrepreneur: Andromeda Yelton '10LS

"I do things that need doing. I learn things I don't know yet so I can do six impossible things before breakfast," Andromeda Yelton '10LS states in her LinkedIn profile. She was the third employee of, a start-up that creates a win-win situation for authors, publishers, readers, and libraries by making books accessible online for free.

Alumnae/i News | Career | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2013

Creating Your Own Career: Abby Blachly by Jennifer Moyer

librarything.jpgSeasoned Entrepreneur: Abby Blachly '05LS

LibraryThing has become a household name in the library world since Katherine Dunn interviewed Abby Blachly in 2008. In five years, the company has quadrupled in size, created a new division, and developed a host of new products used by hundreds libraries worldwide.  LibraryThing's social book cataloguing application has more than 1.6 million users around the globe. Yet success didn't come easy for the start-up.


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Creating Your Own Career: Mary Ellen Heinen by Jennifer Moyer

 MaryEllenHeinmenphoto.jpgThe Veteran: Mary Ellen Heinen

With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Mary Ellen Heinen is proof that a degree in library and information science has market value that extends beyond a traditional library or archive. Her latest venture involves a curation and preservation app called Timebox; Heinen shares lessons learned from taking a product from concept to marketing.

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Interview: Cressida Hanson, Cruise Ship Librarian by Jennifer Moyer

CressidaHansonlibraryphoto.jpegCan librarians have adventures while they work? Cressida Hanson '11LS does. She shares her experiences as a cruise ship librarian traveling the seven seas, organizing books clubs, and leading party line dancing. As a student leader at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Hanson created a "Brown Bag" lunchtime series, was an AmeriCorps Student Leader in Service, and was a Beta Phi Mu initiate. 

Alumnae/i News | Career | Infolink Newsletter | Summer 2013

Faculty Research Column: Laura Saunders by Jennifer Moyer

saunders2011.jpgThe best way to start an interview with Assistant Professor Laura Saunders is to ask, "What don't you do at Simmons GSLIS?" As the first graduate of Simmons GSLIS's Ph.D. program, Saunders is pioneering avenues of reference and information literacy research, as well as spearheading several new initiatives at the school.

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Artemis Kirk '75LS Awarded 2013 Alumni Achievement Award by Jennifer Moyer

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ArtemisKirkphoto.JPG"We can't do more with less. Instead, we must do things differently and shift the way we work to do things better. An enhancement of services doesn't come for free," said Artemis Kirk '75LS, recipient of the Simmons GSLIS 2013 Alumni Achievement award at the April 2013 GSLIS After Dark event. Recognizing that today's academic librarians are tested with determining how to manage social media, to support Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and to facilitate succession planning, Kirk knows it takes strategic thinking and collaboration across disciplines to transform challenges into opportunities.

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2013 Commencement Awards

The winners of the 2013 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their time at GSLIS and post-graduation plans.

MichelleFredettepicture.jpgGSLIS Western Campus Leadership Award: Michelle Fredette

Favorite Classes: It is difficult to pick just one class. I would say Academic Libraries (LIS 451) with Anne Moore was one of my favorites because of its in-depth focus. I also loved XML (LIS 469) and Archiving and Preserving Digital Media (LIS 444) because of their practical skills application.

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Helen Drinan '75LS featured in Boston Business Journal

drinan-large.jpgSimmons College President and GSLIS alum Helen Drinan was featured as the "In Person" profile in the Boston Business Journal on June 14, 2013. Her profile, titled "Putting Simmons 'on the map' for Women," focuses on Drinan's work to make Simmons College a leader among women's institutions.

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GSLIS Alum named Vice President of the Harvard Library

Sarah Thomas '73LS of the University of Oxford has been named vice president for the Harvard Library. In this role, Thomas will have overall responsibility for the Harvard Library and will collaborate closely with the Library Board, the Faculty Advisory Council and the Library Leadership Team.
Thomas currently serves as Bodley's Librarian and director of the Bodleian Libraries--the first woman and non-British citizen to hold the position in 400 years--as well as pro-vice-chancellor and member of the faculty of modern languages at the University of Oxford. Previous to Oxford, Thomas was the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell. She served as the president of the Association of Research Libraries and also held posts at the Library of Congress, where she led in the establishment of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, the National Agricultural Library, the Research Libraries Group at Stanford University, and Harvard's Widener Library, among other positions.

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GSLIS Grad Elected President of ALA

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for CourtneyYoung_4246.jpgCourtney Louise Young, a 1997 graduate of GSLIS and head librarian at the Penn State Greater Allegheny, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Young defeated Barbara Froling Immroth, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

As ALA president, Young will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world.

Young will become president-elect at the close of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and will assume the ALA presidency at the close of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

"It is truly an honor to be elected by members of ALA to serve as president. I am excited to continue working with ALA members and ALA staff to demonstrate the value of membership through diversity, career development and engagement and outreach," she said.

For the full ALA Press release, visit:

Click here to read a recent interview with Courtney Young:

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Alumni Interview: Nicole Hennig '82LS

nicole-hennigphoto.jpgAs an award-winning independent user experience professional, Nicole Hennig '82LS is creating new educational products and experiences for librarians and academics across the globe. In addition to her years playing pipe organ and harpsichord as a professional musician trained at the Boston Conservatory, Hennig worked at MIT Libraries for 14 years, first as webmaster, then as Head of User Experience. Earlier, she was a systems librarian at Bose Corporation. As she plans the next stage of her career, she continues to embrace virtual technologies that allow her to live a location-flexible lifestyle, working in various geographic locations at different times of the year.

How did you become interested in specializing in user experiences?
When I was working as a systems librarian at Bose Corporation in 1997, I read Jared Spool's book Website Usability: A Designer's Guide. At that time, usability testing had been applied only to software, not to websites. I began conducting tests of the Bose intranet and found that I loved usability testing. We were able to evaluate actions, as well as perceptions about user experiences, to determine how to make better sites. The experience qualified me for the webmaster position at MIT. I was promoted to head of the user experience department when the libraries changed their organizational structure in 2010. Now I am developing educational products, such online classes, ebooks, and apps, that help librarians and educators learn about emerging technologies.

When I went to Simmons GSLIS in the early eighties, the Internet as we know it didn't exist. Yet database management and the literature of science and technology courses with Professor Candy Schwartz, as well as classes about the structure of information, created a foundation for the work I do now.

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Snapshot: Courtney Young '97LS

CourtneyYoung_4246.jpgSimmons GSLIS alumni Courtney Young '97LS is running for the American Library Association's (ALA) presidency. As the head librarian and associate professor of women's studies at Penn State University, Young brings 15 years of library expertise and ALA leadership experience to her campaign. Learn about how she plans to connect ALA with members, schools, and the world.

Q: Why did you become a librarian? Why did you decide to go to Simmons College?

My career path came about organically. I have spent my entire working life in libraries. My first job was shelving library books in a public library and I continued to work in them throughout my undergraduate studies. Half-way through my sophomore year, I decided to become a librarian. Library colleagues offered their instant excitement and mentoring. After completing my undergraduate studies, I went straight to Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences School (GSLIS).

Growing up in a military family, I attended several small public and private schools. When I reviewed Peterson's Guide in my research, Simmons appeared to be the perfect fit. I chose Simmons GSLIS because of the diversity of the faculty, its cutting-edge curriculum, as well as the welcoming environment associated with a small school while simultaneously offering the amenities of a metropolis. I attended school full time and worked full time as a circulation assistant at a theological college library in Cambridge. It was one of the best years of my life. Since I completed the program in one year, being ALA president should be a walk in the park!

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Alum Is Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Patricia Iannuzi '82LS is the ACRL 2013 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development. Iannuzzi will receive the $5,000 award on April 10 during the ACRL 2013 conference in Indianapolis, IN.

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Artemis Kirk '75LS Awarded 2013 Alumni Achievement Award

Artemis Kirk '75LS is the winner of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. Kirk has held the office of university librarian at Georgetown University since 2001. Previously, she was director of university libraries for the University of Rhode Island; assistant director of libraries for collections and budget at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Kirk was director of libraries and co-director of information technology for Simmons College, and was a member of the GSLIS faculty. Kirk was recognized by the board for her leadership, vision, and creativity, as well as her willingness to inspire and mentor the librarians with whom she has worked throughout her career.

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GSLIS Alum Named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Patricia Iannuzi '82LS is the 2013 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, named by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development. Iannuzzi will receive the $5,000 award on April 10 during the ACRL 2013 conference in Indianapolis. For more information visit the ACRL website.

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GSLIS Alum appointed to IMLS

Simmons GSLIS alumna Maura Marx '04 was appointed Deputy Director for the Office of Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Learn more about Marx and her new position.

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