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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"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.
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On 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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GSLIS Master's student Ashleigh Coren received the 2013 Massachusetts Black Librarians Network, Inc. scholarship.
GSLIS Master's student Kittle Evenson was selected as a 2012-2013 Distinguished Civic Engagement Graduate Student Award recipient, due in part to her work with the Boston Teachers Union School Library this past year. The Distinguished Civic Engagement Graduate Student award recognizes Simmons graduate students who demonstrate strong dedication and commitment toward their Scott/Ross Center community partners.
GSLIS Master's student Rosalind Gould won the New England Chapter of ASIS&T Student of the Year award.
GSLIS Master's student Graham Herrli, our current Dean's Fellow for Technology Support, was hired as Interaction Designer at AIR Worldwide.
Master's student Wenqing Liu will be supporting Information Organization needs at the International Consortium of Social Development in Uganda in July 2013. Liu's travel is funded by Simmons College, a co-sponsor of the conference.
GSLIS Master's student and Dean's Editorial Fellow Jennifer Moyer was appointed to the editorial board for The Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. Moyer's peer-reviewed paper, "Managing Mobile Devices in Hospitals: A Literature Review of BYOD Policies and Usage," was published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship this month. View the publication at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15323269.2013.798768?journalCode=whos20#.UeafkG211V8.
GSLIS Master's student and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library's Collections Management Assistant, Kate Thornhill, was awarded Best Overall eScience Poster at the University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian eScience Symposium on April 3. Thornhill also participated in a poster session for SIG-Digital Libraries at the ASIST 75th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, last October, along with recent graduates Emily Powers, Christina Tanguay, Chelsea Gunn, and Emily Toner. They also presented their poster as a lecture at Rhode Island College's Querying the Library: Digitization & Its Impact Conference.
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In May, Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Technical Services: Leadership Behind the Scenes" at the The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians Annual Meeting in Kentucky. Jordan presented "Hip To Be Square: Using QR Codes in Your Library!" at the Vermont Annual Library Conference on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont and "Tweeting Our Way to Success!" at the Querying the Library: Digitization and its Impact Conference at Rhode Island College on May 31.
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Assistant Professor Monica Colon-Aguirre presented her paper, "Stories Gone Cold: An Analysis of the Un-Telling of organizational Stories among Reference Librarians" at the "UNTOLD STORIES? A Storytelling Conference" held at the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, England in June. For more information about the conference visit http://untoldstories.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/.
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Welcome our new GSLIS faculty member, Peter K. Botticelli, the new director of the GSLIS Digital Stewardship program. Previously Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, Botticelli directed their Digital Information Management certificate program. He earned a MSI from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois. He will also teach classes in the regular curriculum.
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Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal made two presentations at the 5th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2013) which was held in Rome, Italy from June 4-7, 2013. His first paper (with Noor Faridah A Rahim from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore) was titled "Student expectations from a cross-cultural virtual collaboration: a qualitative analysis." This work was part of the year-long faculty seminar organized by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Simmons College. The second presentation was on "Information Literacy of LIS students: gathering and synthesizing sources for a literature review."
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GSLIS Communications Assistant Alisa M. Libby visited the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library in May to talk with the students about writing. Libby read from her first novel, The Blood Confession, as part of Fenway High School's "Drop Everything and Read" program. The Blood Confession (Dutton Books, 2006) is now available in ebook format.