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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
"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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 15, 2013 3:59 PM
Katherine McCanless Ruffin is a professional book artist pursuing a doctorate in library and information science. Ruffin multi-tasks with Olympian discipline as Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College's Clapp Library; lecturer in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University; entrepreneur at Shinola Press; trustee of the American History Printing Association; board member of the Fine Press Book Association; MFA in the Book Arts advisory board member at her alma mater, the University of Alabama; and as a GSLIS doctoral student. Her letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking skills are in demand at several institutions. She has taught workshops at New York City's Center for Books Arts, Penland School of Crafts, and Wells College Books Arts Summer Institute. In Summer 2013, she will join the faculty of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
posted October 17, 2012 2:14 PM
Public Services Librarian, J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut
As a freshman studying dance theory in college, Tracy Sutherland found visiting the university library to be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Yet today, she's the one behind the desk as the public services librarian of the J. Eugene Smith Library at Eastern Connecticut State University (Eastern). A former paraprofessional who worked in the libraries of Smith and Amherst colleges, Sutherland looks upon her time at Simmons as nothing short of transformative.
"Becoming a librarian," she says, "is the best thing that could have happened to me."
posted October 2, 2012 2:19 PM
Midway through her studies at Spelman College, Miranda Rivers decided she no longer wanted to be a lawyer. What, then, to do with her history degree?
After completing archival fellowships through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program, Rivers discovered Simmons had the answer: a dual degree in archives management and history. Now, about to graduate with a resume worth of practical experience, Rivers is well prepared for a future linked to the past.
"There are so many different things that you can do with the study of archives," she says. "It is such an exciting way to connect to history."
posted September 19, 2012 2:07 PM
Senior Program Officer, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Washington, D.C.
Meaghan O'Connor became interested in international librarianship when she helped create youth literacy programs while spending a year in Serbia. Now, the former children's bookseller brings her vision for access and equity to the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. As a senior program officer working with 2,000 libraries in Romania and 1,600 in Ukraine, O'Connor is doing her part to bridge the information divide.
posted September 15, 2012 1:50 PM
Software Engineer, The Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mark Tomko comes to GSLIS with an accomplished high-tech background -- and decidedly unique goals. With five patents to his name, he is a former software development engineer at Amazon and now works as a software engineer at an MIT- and Harvard-affiliated biomedical research institute while attending GSLIS part time. Such experience, says Tomko, has put him on the path to be what he calls a "nontraditional librarian."
He explains: "I'm melding the fields of software and information management into a career where I can work on problems in scientific data management or scientific data sharing."
posted July 25, 2012 2:24 PM
With a B.A. in business administration from Taipei's National Cheng Chi University and an MBA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Peishan Bartley began her career in software marketing before coming to GSLIS to pursue first, her master's degree in library and information science, and now, her Ph.D.
Focusing her research on information retrieval, Bartley initially saw the move as a radical change. Since then, she's come to regard her library science work as a continuation of her interests in the business world. Just as a marketer analyzes product positioning, Bartley is leading people to the information they need to improve their lives.