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Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Offers Manuscript Critiques

Children's Literature graduate student Tracy Marchini is a founding member of the Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley, which will offer off-site manuscript critiques at their annual June conference. Workshop faculty includes Senior Editor of Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers Stacey Barney, Executive Editor of Katherine Tegen Books Jill Davis, and a closing keynote speech by children's author and screenwriter Alan Katz.

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Welcome to the GSLIS Collaboratory!

eileen_katie_sign2.jpgGSLIS has created the Collaboratory with a gift from the estate of Mara Dole. Located in P-314 the new collaborative space is open to the entire GSLIS community. In it you will find six computers plus two mounted 55 and 70-inch touchscreen Mondopads, and modular furniture that can be arranged as needed. It is available for hands-on activities in GSLIS classes as well as a space for collaborative group work.

Pictured: Dean Eileen Abels and Provost Katie Conboy pose by placard dedicating Dole's gift in the new space. To view a slideshow of the ribbon cutting event held on Thursday, March 20, visit: http://youtu.be/JaoHzTjzkOs

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GSLIS CE Webinar -- Ebooks in Corporate/Special Libraries

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
  • Barriers
  • Incentives
  • Putting It All in Perspective
  • Mini Case Studies
  • Survey Instrument
  • Recommended Readings

See the GSLIS Continuing Education website for webinar details and registration information.

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Spring Networking Event with BookBuilders of Boston

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.

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Simmons GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Jeff Friedman's "The Eros of Oral History" Lecture and Performance at Simmons College

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.

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NEASIST & Simmons GSLIS ASIST's Big Data Conference Recommends Future Information Specialist Skills

Photo22ProfMichaelLeachModeratesPanel.JPGNEASIST & Simmons GSLIS ASIS&T hosted the "Big Data & You: Preparing Current and Future Information Specialists" conference on January 14, 2014 at MIT.  Presentations were given by MIT Senior Software Engineer Sands Fish, Chitika Senior Data Engineer Bradley Strauss, and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library Head Librarian Christopher Erdmann. Simmons GSLIS Adjunct Professor and Harvard University's Cabot Science Library Head of Collection Development Michael Leach moderated a panel discussion among the three experts. The conference provided insights into the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for library and information science specialists. Below is a brief summary of each presentation.

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GSLIS at ALISE Conference

Dean and ALISE president Eileen Abels will be on the panel for "Partnering for Online Coursesharing: Lessons Learned by Schools Participating in the WISE Consortium," at ALISE on Friday, January 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Doctoral student Anastasia Weigle presented "User Experience with Physical Objects" at the Works in Progress Poster Session at ALISE on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Doctoral student Ann Cullen's poster "Developing a Conceptual Framework for Effective Information Literacy Instruction Design in MBA Programs" was posted as part of the virtual conference in the Works in Progress Poster Session.

Doctoral student Deborah Froggatt will be presenting her poster "The Informationally Underserved: A Pragmatic Model for Social Justice," at the ALISE Doctoral Student Research Poster Session and Reception at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

Doctoral student Patti Condon will present her poster "Digital Curation through the Lens of Disciplinarity: A Study of the Development, Education, and Knowledge Transfer of an Emerging Field," at the ALISE Doctoral Student Research Poster Session and Reception at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

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Bibliobrews: GSLIS Student & Alumni Social Occasion in Philadelphia at ALA Mid-Winter

When: January 25, 2014, starting at 8pm.

Where: The Field House (1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia)

Do you live in the Philadelphia area? Attending the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting?

If so, please join the Simmons GSLIS Alumni Board for Bibliobrews, a low-key gathering with free appetizers (provided by the Board) and great conversation. We'll get started at 8pm--after the reception with Dean Eileen Abels*--but drop by any time thereafter.

We welcome all alumni, current GSLIS students, and library-lovers of all kind.

*More information and RSVP for Dean's reception is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/simmons-gslis-alumni-reception-with-new-dean-eileen-abels-tickets-10047374969?ref=estw

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Simmons GSLIS Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Spectrum Scholarships

At the Sankofa: Remembering the Past to Plan for the Future: Spectrum Scholars 2013 dinner event held at Simmons College on November 14, 2013, Simmons GSLIS raised approximately $1,800, which exceeded the $1,000 goal, to support the American Library Association's (ALA) Spectrum Scholarships for students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information science. This year, four Simmons GSLIS master's degree students were selected as Spectrum Scholars: Micha Broadnax, Ashley Dean, Andrea Devlin, and Anastasia Greene. Myrna Morales is one of six candidates who received a Spectrum Scholar Doctoral Fellowship, which will provide funding for her doctoral degree. The fundraising success story was featured in the ALA council's quarterly report.

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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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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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Simmons GSLIS Wins Association for Information Science and Technology Student Chapter of the Year Award

asistgroupphoto.jpgSimmons GSLIS was presented with the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Student Chapter of the Year award at the Association's Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, during the first week of November, co-winning the award with the University of Denver's student chapter. The award recognizes student chapters for their outstanding contributions to ASIS&T and the advancement of information science. To acknowledge their accomplishments, faculty advisor Linnea Johnson, co-chair Anne Pepitone, co-chair Julia Hayton, and treasurer Jennifer Prentice received a certificate on behalf of the student chapter. Each member of the ASIS&T student chapter also received a certificate.

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Dr. Jeff Friedman Named Allen Smith Visiting Scholar at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science


Jeff Friedman, performer, choreographer and interviewer, in his oral history-based dance work titled Muscle Memory (1994)  Credit: Savage Photography

Jeff Friedman, performer, choreographer and interviewer, in his oral history-based dance work titled Muscle Memory (1994)

Credit: Savage Photography

 

Boston, MA (October 22, 2013) - The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Friedman as the Allen Smith Visiting Scholar for 2013-2014. Friedman is a distinguished dancer, choreographer, and educator and researcher in oral history theory, method, and practice in the performing arts field.

 

Friedman is currently an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has lectured internationally and he has produced multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is currently on the editorial board of the Korean Dance Research Journal. He will be involved in several upcoming initiatives at Simmons College.

 

"The Eros of Oral History" lecture and performance will be featured at 8:00pm on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Conservatory. The free event will feature a lecture about oral history in the performing arts discipline, including production of new primary source materials, such as recorded interviews, textual interpretations, as well as a performance from Friedman's dance-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. The event is open to the public.

 

An oral history 3-day intensive workshop will be offered March 7-9, 2014 at Simmons GSLIS. Although the workshop is free and open to the public, registration will be required, and will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to Simmons College GSLIS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Oral history advising and lectures will be presented on campus throughout the semester.

 

Friedman also founded the Legacy Oral History Program in 1988 to record, preserve and provide access to the life histories of the San Francisco Bay Area performing arts communities' members. Legacy offers the largest collection of dance, music, and theater oral histories in the nation outside of New York City. Friedman has also recorded oral histories on commission from the New York's School of American Ballet. For his Legacy efforts, Friedman received the Forrest C. Pogue and Steven V. Mink awards for service to the oral history field and the Isadora Duncan award for service to the dance field.  His teaching areas include dance studies, choreography, improvisation, and contemporary dance technique, as well as honors courses in oral history and performance. As a graduate director, Friedman is currently constructing new courses for the new master's in fine arts degree in dance performance and choreography, which is intended to be offered at the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Arts in January 2016.

 

Earlier, Friedman was a Visiting Lecturer at Auckland University's dance program, and a senior research and teaching Fulbright Fellow in Frankfurt. In addition, Friedman was a dancer and choreographer based in San Francisco, California from 1979-1997, performing nationally and internationally with ODC/Dance and as a soloist for LOCUS Solo Dance.

 

The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program, which honors the memory of distinguished teacher and scholar Allen Smith, was established in 2009 by his family. Allen Smith Visiting Scholars are expected to be distinguished practitioners, educators, or researchers renowned for their work in reference, oral history, or the study of librarianship and information service in the humanities.

 

The nationally top ten ranked Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science is one of the oldest and largest library and information science programs in the United States. Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally recognized university located in Boston that includes an undergraduate college for women, the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women, and graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, education, liberal arts, and communications management.

 

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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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Michèle Cloonan and Sid Berger featured in Fine Books & Collections article

Dean Emerita and Professor Michèle Cloonan and Adjunct Professor Sid Berger were profiled in the Summer issue of Fine Books & Collections in an article by Nicholas A. Basbanes titled "A Marriage of True Minds," pp. 9-10.

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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  http://bit.ly/18LuUNj.

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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

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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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Read Dean Abels' Twitter Chat

Dean Abels held her first twitter chat on September 19. Check out the transcript to read the discussion - just scroll down to September 19 tweets.

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Children's Books Boston Meets at Simmons College

Children's Books Boston held it's first event on September 12 at Simmons College in Boston. The group was spearheaded by Yolanda Scott, editorial director of Charlesbridge; Betsy Groban, senior v-p and publisher of HMH Books for Young Readers; Cathryn Mercier, director for the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and professor of English at Simmons College; Jennifer Roberts, executive director of marketing, publicity, and events at Candlewick; and Roger Sutton, editor-in-chief of the Horn Book. Established as a way for publishers, authors, booksellers, librarians, and educators to connect, the first CBB event drew more than 150 children's book people.

For more information about this event, check out these recaps:

http://www.hbook.com/2013/09/blogs/out-of-the-box/childrens-books-boston-kick-event-recap/

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/59131-a-new-children-s-publishing-group-gathers-in-boston.html

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GSLIS West Cruise

GSLIS West Cruise.pngGSLIS West set sail on the Lady Bea Charter Boat on August 3rd, 2013 for a 2-hour cruise down the Connecticut River. Twenty-five passengers, including Assistant Dean Terry Plum and new GSLIS Dean Eileen Abels, joined the ship's crew to enjoy river views along the CT River banks between South Hadley's Brunelle's Marina and Northampton's Calvin Coolidge Bridge.

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LIS 462 Digital Libraries Showcases the Louise Lincoln Scrapbook, by Jennifer Moyer

Thumbnail image for daisychain.pngOn April 25, Candy Schwartz's Digital Libraries (LIS 462) class presented Louise Lincoln: A Scrapbook of Art and Spirit to a crowd of 45 GSLIS faculty, staff, and students at the Boston campus.

"The digital libraries class is unlike any other class I have taken at GSLIS," said master's student Sari Mauro. "It focuses on practical work and collaboration, engaging each of the students in domain functions necessary to the success of the library, and encouraging critical and creative thinking. Beyond the various activities with which I was involved, I also learned many things about how I myself work, individually and as part of a team."

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Simmons GSLIS at ALA 2013

Attention GSLIS Alums!

Maureen E. Sullivan, ALA President and GSLIS Interim Dean cordially invites you to attend a Private Reception for Simmons GSLIS alumni and friends.

Saturday, June 29, 2013. 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

This event will be held in the Conrad Suite of the Hilton Chicago, Suite T-4, Floor 29, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVP for this GSLIS alumni reception at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7068878205/?ref=estw#

Meet up with fellow alums at the ALISE/LIS Cooperative Alumni Reunion

Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Chicago Hotel - International Ballroom South

No RSVP needed

Visit us at booth #132 to get the latest information about online and face-to-face options for master's, Ph.D., certificate, and continuing education programs.

Drop by the ALISE booth (#137) - GSLIS will be there on Monday from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 2 p.m.

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Annual Graduate Symposium

The 2nd Annual Graduate Symposium took place on Saturday, March 30, 2013, as a result of collaborative work of the diverse GSLIS student organizations, including SCoSAA, Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), American Library Association Student Chapter (ALASC), Panopticon, LISSA, American Society for Information Science and Technology Student Chapter (ASIS&T), User Experience Professional Association (UXPA@Simmons), and Special Libraries Association (SLA), and support from GSLIS. The symposium was developed last year by SCoSAA and SLA to allow students to present their research, prepare for professional conferences, network with their peers, and explore how related professions in areas such as archives, libraries, history, and museums are converging.

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