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The GSLIS Dean's Office has launched a blog, UNBOUND - an environmental scanning initiative that seeks to initiate conversation about the future of libraries both here at GSLIS and beyond. The GSLIS community is encouraged to follow along as well as contribute comments, feedback, and insight. If you are a GSLIS student working on a project or paper concerning the future of libraries or archives and would like to write a blog post, contact the Fellow for Dean's Initiatives, Bethany Fair, at email@example.com. The Dean's Office seeks to include perspectives from students, faculty, staff and alumni. If you use twitter and want to send in a link or a comment, please use hashtag #unbound.
posted March 4, 2014 1:06 PM
Associate Prof. Gerald Benoit gave a talk, "Demystifying Search Engines" on February 24 at the Harvard Library. The talk was part of the Discovery Initiative series.
posted February 25, 2014 11:42 AM
This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.
posted February 22, 2014 3:21 PM
Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014.
posted February 20, 2014 9:58 AM
GSLIS congratulates Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, the winner of the Alumni Achievement Award. Pearlstein has published and presented extensively with Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo. The two most recently co-authored Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) which was featured at the SLA New England Fall Meeting at Simmons College. Prior to her retirement, Pearlstein was Director of Global Information Services at Bain & Company, Inc. Before that, she was Chief Librarian & Archivist at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She has been active in the Special Libraries Association since 1977. To read more about Pearlstein on the news page, click here.
posted February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
posted February 10, 2014 2:00 AM
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.
posted February 10, 2014 1:58 AM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and GSLIS master's student Ryan McGinnis appeared on a panel titled "Biennial Educators Meeting: What Skills are Needed for the Next Generation Cataloger/Metadata Professional" at the ALISE Conference on January 24, co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. The panel addressed questions about how cataloging and metadata professionals can adapt to changes in the workforce and classroom with solutions and partnerships.
posted February 10, 2014 1:57 AM
GSLIS Student VivianLea Solek was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Beta Beta Book Award, given by the Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international LIS honor society.
posted February 10, 2014 1:56 AM
GSLIS master's student Shannon McDonough has started a new online magazine called Library Effect, which includes stories about how libraries are making an impact on communities. Invited submissions for the next issue are due on March 31, 2014. Follow the magazine on Twitter @libraryeffect.
posted February 10, 2014 1:50 AM
GSLIS Student Lindsey Clarke was selected as the 2014 Simmons ALA student staffer.
posted February 9, 2014 3:03 PM
Associate Professor Lisa Hussey, Assistant Professors Mary Wilkins Jordan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, and Laura Saunders are doing a panel presentation for ACRL/NEC at Holy Cross in Worcester on May 9, titled "Leveraging Every Opportunity: Using Peer-to-Peer, Classroom Assessment, and Self-Reflection to Improve Teaching."
posted February 9, 2014 3:01 PM
Assistant Professor Laura Saunders is giving a presentation titled "Faculty Perspectives on Information Literacy: What They Want and What We Can Do about It" at NERCOMP in Providence RI, March 25. On January 28, Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented a training session to librarians at the Boston Public Library on best practices for instruction, titled "The Accidental Instructor." On February 7, Saunders spoke to the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors on "Information Literacy Trends in Higher Education."
posted February 9, 2014 2:59 PM
Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan co-authored an article, "Significantly Different?: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," which was selected as the winner of the 2014 Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) Press Award. The award will be presented at the RUSA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 - July 1. Saunders and Jordan are also doing a presentation at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 30, titled "Crash Course in Evaluation Research."
posted February 9, 2014 2:57 PM
posted February 9, 2014 2:54 PM
Myrna Morales, PhD student and ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow, spoke on a panel moderated by Andromeda Yelton '10LS. The panel was titled "Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship." The presentation occurred during ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.
posted February 9, 2014 2:52 PM
GSLIS faculty and students attending the ASIS&T Annual Meeting appear in the February ASIS&T bulletin (pages 7,8, and 14) in addition a note about ASIS&T Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Activities "Information Behavior on the Move: 2013 ASIS&T SIG/USE Research Symposium" by Associate Professor Rong Tang, Denise E. Agosto, and Lorri Mon (page 27)
posted February 9, 2014 2:49 PM
posted February 9, 2014 2:42 PM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey discussed the present and future needs of LIS programs, and their limitations, during the Biennial Educators Meeting at ALA Midwinter on January 24, 2014. A photograph taken during the presentation was included in Cognotes (page 6). The full issue of Cognotes can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1eOfZdY.
posted February 9, 2014 2:32 PM
GSLIS Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in LIS/Children's Literature Amy S. Pattee recently published her second book, Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults. Pattee developed a comprehensive guide to young adult literature collection development. Additional details can be found in the book review.
posted February 7, 2014 3:13 PM
Karen G. Schneider, university librarian at Holy Names University, Free Range Librarian blogger, and GSLIS MLIP/PhD student, is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award.
posted January 31, 2014 5:43 PM
Congratulations to VivianLea Solek, the recipient of the Beta Phi Mu Book Award, given by the Beta Beta Chapter. After 25 years as a museum curator, Solek entered Simmons to pursue her MS with an archives concentration. While a student, she held a temporary position in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University where she worked on the papers of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. VivianLea also interned at the Connecticut Historical Society and the Connecticut State Archives and will graduate in May 2014. In addition to the Beta Phi Mu Book Award, she also received scholarships from ARMA International (2012 and 2013) and the Connecticut Library Association (2012). She currently works as a Library Assistant, Technology Services and Social Media at the Easton Public Library, Easton, CT.
VivianLea Solek was chosen as the recipient by the officers of the Beta Beta Chapter: Karen Vagts, President; Kelly Turner, Vice President; Alexander May, Director; Mary Puleo, Secretary/ Treasurer; and Thomas Clark, Past President.
posted January 30, 2014 2:56 PM
GSLIS doctoral candidate Patricia B. Condon won the 2014 ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition for her dissertation entitled, "Digital Curation Through the Lens of Disciplinarity: A Study of the Development, Education, and Knowledge Transfer of an Emerging Field" at the ALISE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Jeannette Bastian is Condon's advisor.
posted January 28, 2014 12:52 PM
NEASIST & 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.
posted January 23, 2014 11:20 AM
The Horn Book, the premier journal of children's literature, will be moving its editorial offices to the Simmons campus in April 2014. The move will provide an even stronger connection between The Horn Book and Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL), with the potential for increased opportunities for students.
The Horn Book was founded by Simmons alumna Bertha Mahoney Miller (1902). The Simmons Archives hold The Horn Book editorial papers, and the CSCL has also co-hosted the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Colloquium for the past several years. Horn Book Editor Roger Sutton has been an adjunct faculty member in the Children's Literature graduate programs.
posted January 21, 2014 1:40 PM
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.
posted January 14, 2014 2:40 PM
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
posted January 14, 2014 5:38 AM
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.
posted January 13, 2014 5:28 AM
After serving the Simmons GSLIS community for three decades as an educator and scholar, Professor Peter Hernon retired at the end of 2013. As one of the top five most cited people in the LIS profession, Hernon is the "Who" in the "Who's Who" in the library and information science (LIS) field. He was recently awarded the Professor Emeritus designation.
posted December 5, 2013 4:14 PM
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.
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 December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"A world without the arts is a world lost," says Elizabeth McGorty '15LS, a GSLIS dual master's degree candidate in archives and history. "The arts allow us to understand life and give meaning to it."
McGorty became fast friends with fellow GSLIS student Anne Mansella '14LS after they met in a history class. Sharing a love for the performing arts, archives, and history, McGorty and Mansella were recently appointed co-chairs of the Boston chapter of the American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP), an initiative of the American Society of Theatre Research. Learn how these students are helping organizations preserve their histories and sustaining the intimate connection between performing artists and their audiences.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"We have more jobs than students to fill them. There are currently 31 school library positions in the state that I did not have anyone to send to for an interview," said Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Professor of Practice and Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program (SLTP), about school library teacher vacancies. After receiving distinction as one of the top ten leading school library programs in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the SLTP's award-winning faculty, comprehensive network, practical curriculum, and community are all part of "a ladder for students to achieve success," stated Zilonis. Since Zilonis became director of the GSLIS SLTP in 2010, 100% of the students seeking employment after graduation have secured school library jobs.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
If there's one school library teacher GSLIS Professor Fran Zilonis wants the School Library Teacher Program (SLTP) students to meet, it's Judi Paradis. GSLIS SLTP students take a tour of Paradis' Plympton School Library in Waltham, Mass. every year. She is known in education circles for her leadership role as President of the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA), and patrons of her elementary school know Paradis for sponsoring award-winning literacy and cultural enrichment events that motivate children and families to love reading. As the winner of the MSLA Super-Librarian Accolade and AASL's Vision Tour Award, Paradis is re-defining the role of school librarians and the future of school libraries in Massachusetts.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"To advance research, a culture shift needs to happen. It may take a generation to change, but we need to start somewhere now." - Virginia Tech University Dean of Libraries Tyler Walters
"The publishing ecosystem is broken," said Virginia Tech University Libraries Dean and Simmons GSLIS Ph.D./MLIP candidate Tyler Walters, who oversees 182 employees in the university's main library and four branch libraries, and provides services to the institution's extended locations in Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Egypt, and India. The "university as a publisher" of scholarly content is an emerging solution to deal with the cost and other issues associated with today's traditional publishing. Through his research and leading by example, Walters shows academic libraries how they can help universities realize their publishing potential and become partners in the process. Bringing more than 25 years of archive and academic library leadership experience to the dialogue about evolving library services, Walters' award-winning paper "The Future Role of Publishing in University Libraries" proposes that libraries supplement their information management and preservation services with content production.
posted December 2, 2013 4:54 AM
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor Jeanette Bastian facilitated the UNESCO Experts Meeting about designing an archives and records master's program for the University of the West Indies Department of Library and Information Studies in Kingston, Jamaica. She also delivered the keynote speech "Cultural Memory and the Archives of Place" at Australian National University's (ANU) Humanities Research Centre's "Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place, Home & Capital," conference in Canberra, Australia in September. Bastian also presented the 2th Annual Noel Butlin Archives Public Lecture titled, "Whose Memories, Whose Records: When the Archival Legacy of a Colonial Past Meets the Cultural Records of a Post-colonial Future" at ANU. Her presentation "The Memory Matters; Factoring Memory into the Archives Equation" was featured at the "Building an Archival Memory of Canberra" ANU workshop.
posted December 2, 2013 4:52 AM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey presented "An Education for Careers in Information Organization" at the 11th International Conference on University Libraries sponsored by the General Directorate for Libraries of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on November 6, 2013 in Mexico City. Details at http://bibliotecas.unam.mx/eventos/reunion/conf2013/index_eng.html
posted December 2, 2013 4:51 AM
Dean Emeritus and Professor Michèle Cloonan recently delivered the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture ""Exeunt Libri: Will Libraries of the Future Preserve Cultural Heritage?" at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center in Austin.
posted December 2, 2013 4:50 AM
posted December 2, 2013 3:59 AM
New titles redefine roles of Simmons GSLIS staff. Jennifer Andrews '09LS is now Director of Curriculum; Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives; Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs '88DA; and Kris Liberman '87LS, Director of External Engagement.
posted December 2, 2013 2:28 AM
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.
posted November 26, 2013 10:57 PM
Simmons 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.
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 November 6, 2013 4:24 PM
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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:07 AM
Leadership can happen at any time, at any level, and from anyone in the organization. We need to strategically engage our communities through formal and informal conversations, by partnering with businesses, and schools, as well as by creating access to technologies, innovative services, and collaborative spaces.The community may have different expectations about what a library should be and what they should offer. The community's needs, desires, and aspirations should drive the library agenda.- Sue Considine, Library Director of Fayetteville Free Library
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 7:05 AM
When I discuss the management of my photos and files with Ph.D. candidate Vanessa Reyes, my "digital estate" appears headed for foreclosure. An eager teacher, Reyes offers gentle, thoughtful guidance. Multiple copies of content should be stored in multiple locations. PDF format, which is the current ISO preservation standard's best practice for the next five years, will reduce tampering and preserve the content's integrity. Storage clouds, like DropBox, need to be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism and selectivity when one deposits content in spaces that do not have security safeguards to prevent altering, borrowing without permission, or permanent loss.
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 7:03 AM
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.
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 25, 2013 12:44 PM
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.
posted September 25, 2013 12:28 PM
The Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is offering a $500 Book Award to an eligible GSLIS student. Eligible students have:
• completed at least 12 semester hours of course work at Simmons
GSLIS as of September 1, 2013.
• are not enrolled in the last semester of your GSLIS program.
• have attained a GPA of at least 3.75 as of September 1, 2013.
• complete the Book Award Application Fall 2013.pdf.
Applications (with personal statement) are due October 25, 2013.
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 9:03 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 8:55 AM
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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.
posted July 31, 2013 1:06 PM
Ph.D./MLIP student Tyler Walters' paper "The Future Role of Publishing Services in University Libraries" has been awarded best article in the 2012 volume of portal: Libraries and the academy. Walters is dean of University Libraries and Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
posted July 17, 2013 10:32 AM
As announced at the annual meeting held during the ALA annual conference in Chicago, Dr. Eileen G. Abels was elected Vice President/ President-elect of the Beta Phi Mu, the international Library and Information Science honor society. Dr. Abels will serve as president in 2014/2015 of this international organization.
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 8:10 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 July 10, 2013 8:08 AM
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."
posted July 10, 2013 8:07 AM
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.
posted July 9, 2013 3:59 PM
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.
posted July 9, 2013 3:57 PM
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/.
posted July 9, 2013 3:51 PM
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.
posted July 9, 2013 3:51 PM
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."
posted July 9, 2013 3:50 PM
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.
posted June 27, 2013 10:50 AM
There will be big shoes to fill now that Visiting Professor Ross Harvey is leaving Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). During his five year tenure at GSLIS, Harvey's award-winning contributions introduced new programs and shaped the curriculum.
posted June 26, 2013 11:23 AM
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.
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 June 14, 2013 1:36 PM
Congratulations to Sue Considine, who was recently honored as a "Champion of Change" at the White House. Considine is the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY. These twelve Champions from various libraries and museums, were honored for engaging their communities and making a difference with individuals and in the world.
Each honoree submitted a blog post for the White House Champions of Change Blog. A video of the event, including the discussion panels and Champions Q & A can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Photo: Executive Director of the FFL, Sue Considine, speaks about relentless innovation at the FFL, while at the White House on Tuesday, June 13th on a panel of six museum and library leaders from across the country.
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 16, 2013 12:34 PM
Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Student Award: Jan Day
Daniel Fleming Outstanding Student Library Teacher Award: Emily Houston
Estelle Jussim Award: Jasmine Jones
GSLIS Western Campus Leadership Award: Michelle Fredette
Outstanding Information Science Student Award: Arthur Liu
Further information about our award winners will be included in the upcoming Summer InfoLink.
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 25, 2013 11:42 AM
The first issue of Preservation, Digital Technology and Culture (PDT&C), previously Microform and Digitization Review, was published in March 2013. With the new editor-in-chief, Simmons GSLIS Dean Emerita and Professor Michèle Cloonan, comes a new title and a stronger focus on digitization and preservation issues involving multiple types of cultural heritage institutions.
Originally established in 1972 as Microform Review, the periodical has tracked the progression of projects and technical developments that contributed to preservation in libraries and archives. Though initially emphasizing microforms, the focus of the journal has shifted over the years to embrace the proliferation of new technologies.
In its new manifestation, PDT&C treats both practical and theoretical aspects of current issues affecting the field of preserving digital content. It will provide a timely forum for refereed articles, news, and field notes from around the world.
The first issue under the new name, volume 42, issue 1, contains articles concerning the contemporary preservation landscape, digital imaging error in HathiTrust, the Occupy movement, and social reading. Cloonan also introduces the new editorial board, which reflects the international focus of the journal. For further information on the issue, visit http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/pdtc.
posted April 15, 2013 2:54 PM
Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented two papers, "Information as a Weapon: Propaganda, Politics, and the Role of the Library" and "Culture and Collaboration: Fostering Integration of Information Literacy by Speaking the Language of Faculty," at the Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, on April 11. Saunders is presenting "Future of Information Literacy" on behalf of the New England Library Instruction Group at Phillips Andover Academy on April 19, and presenting as part of a panel on Information Literacy at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference on April 25.
posted April 15, 2013 2:53 PM
Adjunct Professor Claudia Morner co-authored the 8th edition of Library and Information Center Management, which was published by Libraries Unlimited in December 2012. Barbara Moran and Dean and Professor Emeritus Robert Stueart co-authored the book.
posted April 15, 2013 2:51 PM
Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Managers and IT: A (Potentially) Beautiful Relationship" at Educause Midwest in Chicago, IL. Jordan hosted a webinar, "Collection Development for Distance Patrons & Students: Where are our people? Everywhere!" Jordan is also organizing the ALA-SC-sponsored Library Liaison Lecture Series in March and April.
posted April 15, 2013 2:49 PM
Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan, Assistant Professor Laura Saunders and Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber, Jordan presented the second annual Job Hunting Bootcamp, which covered resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.
Saunders and Jordan's article "Culture and Competencies: A Multi-Country Examination of Reference Service Competencies" is in the current issue of LIBRI. Their article "Significantly Different? Reference Service Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries" will be featured in the upcoming issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly.
posted April 15, 2013 2:42 PM
Professor Peter Hernon's 53rd book, Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries (ALA, 2013), and his 54th book, Library Leadership in the United States and Europe (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) have been published. His 55th book, Higher Education Outcomes in the 21st Century, will be published in May, and his 56th book, Getting Started with Evaluation (ALA) will be published over the summer.
posted April 15, 2013 2:38 PM
Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera gave a talk, "Human Rights and Archives: The Role of Archives to Help Bring Transitional Justice" on April 1 at the University of Connecticut at El Instituto's: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. http://lib.uconn.edu/about/news/events/HumanRightsArchives.pdf.
posted April 15, 2013 2:37 PM
Professor and Associate Dean Jeannette Bastian was a Visiting Scholar for three weeks at University College London in the Department of Information Archives and Records Management. During her time there, Bastian gave the annual Sir Hilary Jenkinson Public Lecture, "Forgetting to Remember: Archivists and the Memory Imperative." http://www.ucl.ac.uk/shs/shsevents-publication/jenkinson-lecture.
posted April 15, 2013 2:33 PM
Doctoral candidate Patricia Condon was awarded first prize in the poster session at the "Curate Thyself!" DigCCurr Ph.D. Symposium on March 17 at the University of North Carolina. http://sils.unc.edu/news/2013/curate-thyself.
PhD/MLIP students Sue Considine and Ben Hunter were named "Movers and Shakers" by Library Journal for their work as leaders and "Change Agents" in libraries.
Master's student Sean Crawford was hired by the Serials Cataloging unit of Harvard Library.
Master's student Jennifer Moyer was selected as a library student blogger for the Medical Library Association's One Health meeting, May 3-8 in Boston, MA. More details at http://
www.mlanet.org/am/am2013/. Moyer also did a review of Doody's Core Titles which will appear in the April issue of the Charleston Advisor.
posted April 12, 2013 11:22 AM
On March 29, GSLIS officially launched a new core curriculum that will offer many new opportunities for engagement with members of the GSLIS alumni community.
The event was kicked off with remarks from Interim Dean and current ALA President Maureen Sullivan. Michael Colford '98LS, director of library services at the Boston Public Library, also spoke, discussing ways that the new core curriculum will successfully offer new opportunities to engage with the growing and changing library community as a whole.
Pictured: Michael Colford '98LS, Director of Library Services at Boston Public Library and Jennifer Doyle '98LS, GSLIS Director of Curriculum.
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Master's student Allegra D'Ambruoso received a grant from the President's Diversity and Inclusion Council to fund activities that support social justice and activism. The grant enabled Massachusetts School Library Association -- Student Interest Group (MSLA-SIG) to show a film about banned books and the struggle to make all books accessible. D'Ambruoso also gave a presentation about iPad use in the school library with Deborah Froggatt '13LS at the MSLA conference on Monday, March 4.
Master's student James Fox was interviewed Dec. 1 by Dwell Magazine about a new design lecture series titled "Talk Design."
Master's student David Rowntree is co-chairing The Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable for New England Archivists (NEA). The Roundtable will provide a forum for people interested in film, video, and audio collections. The first meeting will take place at the NEA conference in March 2013 (http://newenglandarchivists.org/roundtables/ moving_image_and_recorded_sound_roundtable.html).
Master's student Nicole Thomas, chair of the American Library Association Student Chapter, received a student travel grant to
attend the Association of College and Research Libraries' biennial conference in Indianapolis in April.
Master's students Kathryn Thornhill and Brita Zitin are participating in the Hack Library School's "Library Student Day in the Life" series: http://tinyurl.com/cnkfawb and http://tinyurl.com/cxxyph4.
posted March 15, 2013 4:36 PM
Associate Professor Rong Tang will give a presentation on her Microsoft Pixelsense Surface Table (SUR40) usability testing research effort on March 1, 2013, at the Liberact Workshop, which is hosted by Harvard University Library. Tang has led two phases of usability tests of the Library Explorer Application on the SUR40 table, which is installed in the Harvard Cabot Library. The research helps us understand how an interactive multi-touch tabletop may enhance student learning.
posted March 15, 2013 4:34 PM
GSLIS Interim Dean Maureen Sullivan will join Special Libraries Association (SLA) President Deb Hunt to address key issues facing professional library associations in a presentation titled "Strategic Liaisons: Game-Changing Conversations." The SLA Maryland Chapter will sponsor the presentation, which will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD, on April 30. http://maryland.sla.org/events2013/strategic-liaisons/
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posted March 15, 2013 4:28 PM
Assistant Professor Monica Colon-Aguirre was the keynote speaker at the Simmons Spectrum Dinner for Scholars. The dinner raised $1,000 for the American Library Association's Spectrum Scholarship Initiative.
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A new GSLIS lecture series, "Change the Narrative, Not the Name," will give students a number of opportunities to learn about the daily realities associated with working in libraries and the chance to network with colleagues in the field.
The series' name addresses the changes occurring in the library field today. With a shift from being labeled "information professionals" to being called "metadata specialists," librarians are obtaining new names every day. Yet the name changes don't necessarily reflect the specialized skills and benefits librarians bring to communities. "It's essential to craft a message about librarians that accurately reflects what we do and that communities can understand and appreciate. Part of that includes becoming better informed ourselves about what our communities already know and understand, and where we can raise awareness and focus our education efforts. Students have an opportunity to develop a relevant vision about the profession that we can carry forward," says Assistant Professor Laura Saunders.
posted March 15, 2013 4:03 PM
Since her father was a management professor and her mother was a library director, it seems pre-destined that Mary Wilkins Jordan would specialize in library management research. Yet, it took having almost every job under the sun -- from dishwasher to attorney -- for Jordan to experience an epiphany about leadership as a public library director. She discovered that librarians knew about libraries, but they didn't necessarily know how to lead them.
"Librarians don't have a clear understanding of management level competencies that are needed to run their organizations. Although I was sent to leadership training programs, it wasn't enough. I thought, 'Someone needs to train us.' Then I realized that I am someone," said Jordan.
posted March 15, 2013 3:49 PM
by Cheryl Kohen, '06LS
Since we wear many hats in our daily routine, our time is often limited and over-scheduled. Just like anything in life, it is critical to have balance. It's also important to feel satisfaction in professional and personal pursuits; otherwise, both suffer. As an information professional and techie, I have discovered useful technology to organize my time. Below are a few apps that may create balance and decrease stress.
Usable on multiple devices, Evernote is an easy-to-use notetaking app that allows multiple screens to be synced with ease. I am able to access, share, and take notes anywhere. It works well for private as well as collaborative note-taking.
Get: Free with a more robust version for a fee; http://evernote.com/
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 March 12, 2013 3:50 PM
U.S. News & World Report has once again awarded Simmons GSLIS a slot on the top 10 schools of library and information studies. The program rose from 10th place to 9th in this latest report. GSLIS also is ranked in the #1 position for Archives and Preservation, and was listed among the best nationally in Digital Librarianship, Services for Children and Youth, and School Library Media. The full report can be found here.
The rankings were released March 12 and will be featured in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2014" edition, available on April 9. This ranking is based on data from more than 1,250 programs and 13,000 academics and professionals; expert opinions and statistical indicators gave weight to the study. The ranking is from surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013 and based solely on the nominations of program deans, program directors, and a senior faculty member at each program. For more information, see the Simmons press release.
posted February 15, 2013 3:58 PM
GSLIS Interim Dean and ALA President Maureen Sullivan was at the Department of State Headquarters on January 30, 2013 to sign the "Declaration of Learning." The statement, signed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as twelve government agencies and organizations, formally announces the signees as members of the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Learning. Participants are institutions committed to using historical artifacts in their collections and creating digital learning tools for students and educators. The declaration was signed by, among others, Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and alumnus David Ferriero '74LS, archivist of the United States.
Photo credit: Maria Bryk/Newseum
posted February 15, 2013 3:07 PM
The Fund for Research Committee awarded master's student James Damon $506 to support the project, "Feasibility study on valued hyperlinks." Associate Professor Gerald Benoit will guide the project.
Ph.D. student Juliet Drennan has been accepted to present "Badging Academic Libraries: The Gamification of Student Credentialing" at the 2013 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference in Worcester, MA.
Master's student Allison Estell and Jeremy Shaw-Munderback '10LS gave a joint presentation at the NELIG Winter Meeting on December 7, 2012, titled "Using LibGuides as an Instructional Tool." The presentation was based on the first-year library instruction at Simmons for the Multicultural Core Course (MCC 102). The guide is at http://simmons.libguides.com/Research.
posted February 15, 2013 3:05 PM
GSLIS is pleased to welcome Dr. John M. Unsworth as the Allen Smith Visiting Scholar for Spring 2013. Unsworth will be bringing his award-winning digital humanities expertise to the GSLIS community. Unsworth is currently Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
posted February 15, 2013 3:04 PM
Interim Dean and ALA President Maureen Sullivan will join Special Libraries Association President Deb Hunt to address the key issues facing professional library associations in a presentation titled "Strategic Liaisons: Game-Changing Conversations" at the SLA Maryland's chapter meeting on April 30 at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD.
posted February 15, 2013 3:02 PM
Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan gave their award-winning research presentation "Reference Competencies from the Practitioner's Perspective: An International Comparison" at ALISE in January. This is the final presentation of the results of their ALISE/OCLC research grant. An article on this international research project will be published in LIBRI: The International Journal of Librarians and Information Services. Saunders and Wilkins Jordan's article, "Significantly Different: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," will be featured in the Spring 2013 Reference & User Services Association issue.
posted February 15, 2013 3:00 PM
Adjunct Professor Shelley Quezada was nominated to attend Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Peer Learning Meeting (PLM) of The Global Libraries Initiative. The PLM will meet in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 21-26, 2013. The event is organized by global libraries to bring together grantees from around the world to foster international cooperation and enhance the supportive network of peers.
posted February 15, 2013 2:58 PM
An interview with Assistant Dean for Technology and the GSLIS West Program Terry Plum, written by Sasha Nyary '12LS, was published in Publisher's Weekly on November 30, 2012: http://tinyurl.com/awul4nj.
posted February 15, 2013 2:57 PM
Associate Professor Robin Peek's article "eLife: A New Scholarly Communication System" was published in Information Today, Inc.: http://tinyurl.com/bheopg8.
posted February 15, 2013 2:56 PM
Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan is presenting "Managers and IT: A (Potentially) Beautiful Relationship" at the EDUCAUSE: Midwest meeting in March. Jordan is also giving a presentation, "Hip To Be Square: Using QR Codes in Your Library!" at the Vermont Library Conference in May.
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 15, 2013 2:52 PM
Assistant Professor Lisa Hussey is presenting at the Association for Library and Information Science Education annual conference in Seattle, WA (ALISE). "I am a . . . ? How Do Future LIS Professionals Identify Themselves?" is a joint presentation with Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Meier, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama. Also at ALISE, Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey and Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Pop Culture and the Socialization of LIS Students."
posted February 15, 2013 2:48 PM
Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey, Mary Wilkins Jordan, and Program Manager GSLIS Continuing Education Kris Liberman gave a panel discussion on January 31, "Librarians! Change the Narrative, Not the Name!" They discussed the work librarians do, as well as the requirements to enter the profession and to get a great job. This will be the first in a series of lectures sponsored by ALASC and the Library Liaison group. All Simmons community members, including alumni, are invited to attend the lectures. Future events will feature alumni sharing their LIS expertise.
posted February 15, 2013 2:47 PM
Adjunct Professor Cynthia Correia and Senior Lecturer Ross Harvey have been named the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award Recipients for 2012. The awards were given at the ALISE conference in January 2013, http://www.wisepedagogy.org/bestpractices2012.shtml.
posted February 15, 2013 2:45 PM
Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal's paper "Student Expectations from a Cross-Cultural Virtual Collaboration: A Qualitative Analysis" (with Noor Faridah A Rahim) was accepted for the 5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML 2013), June 4-7, 2013, Rome, Italy.
posted February 15, 2013 2:41 PM
Professor of Practice Camila Alire was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. View the press release at www.neh.gov/news/press-rel.
posted February 15, 2013 2:39 PM
Susan von Salis, associate curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums, died December 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Von Salis is best known to GSLIS students as an Archives program internship supervisor. During her tenure at the Harvard Art Museum Archives, she welcomed GSLIS interns every semester. Hosting internships was a vital part of her work as an archives professional, and she was deeply invested in the development and success of newcomers to the field.
Before becoming curator at the Harvard Art Museums Archives in 2003, von Salis was a manuscript processor and information system administrator at the Schlesinger Library from 1986 until 2002. She was active in professional organizations, including the Society of American Archivists, New England Archivists, and New England Museum Association, and she was on various committees for each. During her 25-year career in archives, she taught a number of GSLIS continuing education workshops and presented at meetings on topics such as EAD, museum libraries and archives, and archival outreach and advocacy.
As one of Susan von Salis' former interns, I can attest that her generosity with her time and expertise was remarkable. Her enthusiasm for the work was infectious, and her guidance strongly influenced not just the kind of archivist, but also the kind of person, one aspires to be. She was a wonderful mentor and friend to emerging and seasoned archivists. Her outreach to everyone, and her kindness, is a great loss to us all.
Article by Megan Schwenke '13LS
posted February 15, 2013 2:32 PM
For the first time, students will have a choice between taking LIS 488 Tech. for Information Professionals or LIS 489 Technical Foundations for Information Science to fulfill their technology core requirement during the Spring 2013 semester. The new LIS 489 class was designed for students who have a basic understanding of the technology, and are interested in learning about the concepts and technologies of information science.
"Developing technology skills is as important as reading and writing in our current job market," says Dr. Gerald Benoit, who will be teaching the first LIS 489 class.
posted February 15, 2013 2:24 PM
As a collaborative partnership between GSLIS and the Simmons College Archives, Leveraging Encoded Archival Description Skills (LEADS) provides GSLIS students with a practical, hands-on opportunity to apply classroom skills to a retrospective conversion project at Simmons. The project aims to leverage the faculty's expertise and the students' desire to experience the daily realities of a working archive. The project offers master's degree candidates practical opportunities that prepare them for success in a professional setting.
The Simmons College Archives houses unique primary source collections that document Simmons College's history and topics important to the college's education and research endeavors. An implementation of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), the international standard for encoding finding aids, will enhance the discoverability and utility of these collections. As a result, the Simmons College community and outside researchers will have increased access to these resources.
posted February 14, 2013 4:01 PM
A champion of diversity in libraries, Simmons GSLIS alumna Brooke Sheldon '54 LS died on February 11, 2013. Sheldon served as American Library Association president from1983-1984 and was the interim director and professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at University of Arizona, Tucson until her retirement in 2004. The University of Texas and the New Mexico Library Foundation have established the Brooke E. Sheldon Endowed Professorship in Management and Leadership in her memory. More information about Sheldon's contributions can be found at American Libraries Magazine.
posted January 30, 2013 4:05 PM
Adjunct Cynthia Correia and Senior Lecturer Ross Harvey have been awarded the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award Recipients for 2012. The awards were given at the ALISE conference in January, 2013.
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 17, 2013 1:31 PM
Simmons Graduate School for Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is pleased to welcome American Library Association (ALA) president Maureen Sullivan as the new interim dean. Sullivan has been a professor of practice in the GSLIS doctoral program since 2006 and is the 2012-13 president of ALA; she began her tenure as interim dean on January 2, 2013.
"I look forward to building upon the achievements of Dean Michèle Cloonan at one of the nation's leading library and information science graduate schools," said Sullivan. As interim dean, Sullivan will be responsible for managing the school's budget, suggesting faculty appointments, recommending and implementing curriculum offerings, as well as assisting in the administration of the College's regulations, policies, and procedures.
posted January 15, 2013 5:08 PM
Friends and colleagues gathered on January 9 to celebrate Michèle Cloonan's ten years as Dean of GSLIS. During the program, speakers praised her generosity, her support of faculty and staff, and her unwavering dedication to GSLIS. Her efforts to expand GSLIS's influence in the international arena were particularly praised, especially her involvement in the training of Iraqi librarians and archivists and a partnership with South Korea's Yonsei University. During the celebration, it was announced that a fund Cloonan established to support international initiatives during her tenure as Dean would be renamed the Michèle V. Cloonan Fund for International Initiatives. Donations can be made in her honor at https://alumnet.simmons.edu/givetogslis through June 30, 2013.