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posted July 11, 2014 4:57 PM
Linda Watkins was one of Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo's best hires. When he hired Watkins as GSLIS' "librarian's librarian" at Simmons Beatley Library, he says he "knew she was the one for GSLIS." For more than 33 years, Watkins has taken her role as librarian's librarian seriously. She's mentored thousands of GSLIS students and alumni, partnered with faculty to enhance classroom instruction, and developed a strong understanding of the LIS profession, its history, and literature. In addition, she proudly served as steward of the LIS professional collection, which is one of the oldest and best in the United States. She is retiring on August 29, 2014 and leaving behind a legacy of librarianship and leadership.
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posted June 16, 2014 1:15 AM
"We seem to have entered a New Age of the Child," said Cathryn Mercier, Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL) and Director of the Children's Literature Graduate programs at Simmons GSLIS. "Harry Potter was more a cultural phenomenon than a literary one. It visibly changed the reading audience for children's books. Adults began reading children's literature for their own enjoyment rather than simply as gatekeepers of children's reading. The film versions of Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass, Coraline, and Matilda, to say nothing of the blockbusters like The Hunger Games, continue the momentum as they bring adult readers to literature for young people. In addition, publishing initiatives, such as the genre of "new adult" books, make our critical lenses on the field that much more important."
posted June 16, 2014 1:14 AM
Instructor Megan Lambert '02GS is an award-winning educator who is changing how we approach children with literature. In 2009, she received the Massachusetts Literacy Champion award from the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation for creation of the Whole Book Approach and A Book in Hand programs. A moderator in the recent Boston Public Library's 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, and a judge for the 2009 Geisel, 2011 Caldecott, and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book award committees, Lambert shares her insights about her Simmons experience and the opportunities in children's literature today.
posted June 16, 2014 1:13 AM
For Associate Professor Amy Pattee, the start of many journeys -- a marriage proposal, a fulfilling career -- began in a library. As most Simmons GSLIS students know, Pattee knows about nearly every young adult (YA) book ever published. As a specialist in children's literature and YA librarianship, she has authored two books, delivered about 40 presentations, and reviewed youth fiction and nonfiction for School Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates. Fulfilling an unmet need, her most recent book focuses on YA collection development.
posted June 16, 2014 1:12 AM
While many would have discarded a college postcard that did not apply to their field, a piece of mail changed Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera's life. As an electrical engineer in Puerto Rico, he paused when he saw the word "archives" on a University of Michigan mailer. It was the first time he had heard the word. After conducting some research, he was sold on studying archives at the school.
posted June 16, 2014 1:05 AM
The winners of the 2014 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their Simmons experience and post-graduation plans.
posted June 16, 2014 1:00 AM
After teaching at GSLIS for more than 20 years, Associate Professor Robin Peek has retired this summer. As a pioneer of the Open Access (OA) Movement, which began in the mid-1990s, Peek championed open access of scholarly research. Her studies focused on the OA movement history and evolution, as well as the development of OA mandates, journals, and institutional change.
posted June 16, 2014 12:40 AM
Kendra Giannini '13LS, '04BA is the new GSLIS Capstone Coordinator. She received her bachelor's degree in arts administration and master's degree in library and information science from Simmons. Before joining the GSLIS staff, she worked in development and finance at the Boston Ballet and in finance and financial aid at the Boston Architectural College. During her studies at Simmons GSLIS, Giannini became interested in the administrative work at libraries and library schools, making her well-suited to her current position. Giannini will be working with staff, faculty and students to coordinate the tracking of student portfolios, completion of mid-program reviews and the placement of students into Capstone internships. Students with questions about internships or Capstone options can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted June 16, 2014 12:30 AM
Dean Emerita and Professor James Matarazzo and Dr. Toby Pearlstein'77LS,'87DA published "Salaries of Special Librarians in the United States" in the July 2014 issue of the IFLA Journal. They also published "Corporate Libraries: A Confluence of Forces Pressing on Their Future," in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Library and Information Sciences.
posted June 16, 2014 12:25 AM
Assistant Dean Em Claire Knowles's article titled, "Diversity, Social Justice and the Future of Libraries," will be published in the July 2014 issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy. The article was co-authored by Simmons doctoral student Myrna Morales and Stanford University Assistant Librarian Chris Bourg.
posted June 16, 2014 12:25 AM
Doctoral candidate Vanessa Reyes' poster presentation titled "What Personal Information Management and Archiving Strategies Do People Use that Compare to the DCC Curation Model?" was recently accepted for Archival Education Research Institute (AERI) meeting, which will be held July 14-18, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was also awarded a scholarship by AERI to cover travel expenses.
posted June 16, 2014 12:15 AM
Margaret V. Mulley '73LS joined Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees. Mulley worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP for 34 years. She held various leadership roles, including Chief Learning Officer of Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, before she retired as a partner in 2012. She is also a lecturer at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.
posted June 16, 2014 12:10 AM
Michelle Chiles '13LS received the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10-16, 2014. Chiles was recognized for her contributions as a founding member and former co-chair of the New England Archivists' (NEA) Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS), which she implemented a pilot mentoring circles program. Chiles will be sharing her perspectives at the Joint Annual Meeting during the session "A Push in the Right Direction: Expanding Models of Mentorship." Chiles is the archivist for the Handel and Hayden Society.
posted June 16, 2014 12:05 AM
Christina Peura '14LS published the article titled, "Electronic Legal Research Tools: An Examination of the Resources Available, Training of New Attorneys, & Employer Expectations" volume 33, issue 3 of Legal Reference Services Quarterly.
posted June 16, 2014 12:00 AM
GLIS doctoral graduate Dr. Adriene Lim '12DA was appointed new dean of University of Oregon Libraries on July 28, 2014.
Peter Dean '08LS was promoted to become a tenured library faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Sarah Hunter '14LS is an information specialist at Cleary Gottlieb Stern & Hamilton in New York.
Eva Semertzaki '88LS gave a presentation at the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Association on May 16, 2014. She is the library director for Bank of Greece.
Nicole Slavin '11LS was promoted to Senior Information Specialist at Lippincott in New York.
Sarah Barton's '14LS independent study -- which was supervised by Dean Emerita and Professor James Matarazzo --"Laying Down the Law about Experimental Learning at Seyfarth Shaw" was published in the 2014 The Newsletter of the Law Librarians of New England, volume 31, number 1 issue.
Kathleen Coolidge, Esq. '00LS was elected Secretary of the American Association of Law Librarians. Her term begins in July 2014.
posted April 14, 2014 2:06 AM
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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