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 September 10, 2013 9:05 AM
After an exhaustive, year-long search, the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) welcomes Eileen Abels as the new dean. As the current president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Abels has more than 30 years of expertise in the library and information science field. During her tenure as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at Drexel University's iSchool, she oversaw ipl2, a digital library that resulted from the merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarian's Internet Index. Dean Abels brings new strategies to lead emerging 21st-century librarians at GSLIS.
posted September 10, 2013 9:03 AM
Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) welcomes Peter Botticelli, the new director of the digital stewardship certificate program. Having traded the arid climate of Arizona for the icy winters of Boston, Botticelli brings a wealth of digital archiving expertise as the former director of the University of Arizona's Digital Information Management (DigIn) and Archival Studies graduate certificate programs. As a historian specializing in capitalism and technology, Botticelli has also conducted research at Ivy League institutions, such as Cornell and Harvard.
posted September 10, 2013 9:00 AM
While most people might take a long, well deserved relaxing vacation after being a graduate school dean for more than a decade, Michèle Cloonan is an exception. As Dean Emerita and Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Cloonan has moved onto a variety of new projects in publishing, research, and academics.
posted September 10, 2013 8:59 AM
Doctoral candidate Patricia Condon recently added another accolade to her shelf: first prize in the poster session at the "Curate Thyself!" DigCCurr Ph.D. Symposium at the University of North Carolina. The award is added to her growing list, which includes a doctoral fellowship from the Building the Future of Archival Education and Research Initiative, which provides full-time funding for her studies, and the Warren Tracy Award, which recognizes distinguished service, scholarship, and professionalism in the library and information science field.
posted September 10, 2013 8:55 AM
posted September 10, 2013 8:54 AM
Associate Professor Rong Tang's paper entitled "Shared Discovery Using a Library Tool on an Interactive Tabletop: Team Composition, Collaboration Style and Process" has been accepted to be appear at the ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting. Elizabeth Quigley '13LS and GSLIS student Jeremy Guillette, and Harvard Wolbach Library Head Librarian Christopher Erdmann are co-authors. Professor Tang also co-organized a panel entitled "User Experience (UX) Labs: Fostering Innovative Academic Research" which will appear at the ASIST conference. She will present on behalf of the Simmons Usability Lab. Panelists represent UX labs from University of Missouri, University of Western Ontario and Simmons College. Professor Tang is on sabbatical for the academic year 2013-2014. She received funding from National Science Council in Taiwan to work as a visiting professor at the LIS Department of National Taiwan University (NTU). For the second part of her sabbatical in Spring 2014, Professor Tang will be conducting eye tracking research at Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
posted September 10, 2013 8:53 AM
Professor Candy Schwartz gave a keynote address at A-LIEP 2013, The 5th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Library & Information Education & Practice, in Thailand in July 2013. She is featured on the website: http://www.aliep2013.com/index.php/keynote-speakers.
posted September 10, 2013 8:52 AM
Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh successfully defended her dissertation at Rutgers University.
posted September 10, 2013 8:51 AM
The Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) in cooperation with Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the appointment of Associate Professor Gerald Benoit as Editor of the ASIS&T Monograph Series. In this role, Benoit will acquire and develop print and digital monographs covering a range of practical and theoretical topics in information science and technology and allied disciplines.
posted September 10, 2013 8:50 AM
Professor Jeanette Bastian has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Bastian will also continue in her role as Director of the Archives Program.