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posted December 2, 2013 5:01 AM
"You constantly need to be creative. A collection is only as relevant as you make it."
- Jason Wood, '01LS, '11SOM
"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.
posted November 12, 2013 1:44 PM
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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:06 AM
"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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:04 AM
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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:02 AM
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 http://bit.ly/18LuUNj.
posted October 3, 2013 7:00 AM
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).
posted October 2, 2013 6:00 AM
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.
posted September 13, 2013 12:35 PM
After 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.
posted July 10, 2013 8:13 AM
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.
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 UnGlue.it, a start-up that creates a win-win situation for authors, publishers, readers, and libraries by making books accessible online for free.
posted July 10, 2013 8:13 AM
Seasoned 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.
posted July 10, 2013 8:13 AM
The 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.
posted July 10, 2013 8:12 AM
Can 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.
posted July 10, 2013 8:11 AM
The 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.
posted July 10, 2013 8:10 AM
"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.
posted July 10, 2013 8:09 AM
The winners of the 2013 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their time at GSLIS and post-graduation plans.
GSLIS 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.
posted June 15, 2013 1:53 PM
Simmons 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.
posted May 23, 2013 12:50 PM
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.
posted May 6, 2013 1:02 PM
Courtney 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: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=12986.
Click here to read a recent interview with Courtney Young: http://simmons.edu/gslis/for/current/news/blog/2013/03/snapshot-courtney-young-97ls.php.
posted April 15, 2013 3:07 PM
As 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.
posted March 15, 2013 3:29 PM
Simmons 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!
posted February 15, 2013 2:54 PM
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.
posted February 12, 2013 4:03 PM
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.
posted January 30, 2013 4:04 PM
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.
posted January 15, 2013 12:40 PM