The professional associations are well-represented at Simmons GSLIS, with student chapters of ALA, ALA-IRRT, SLA, SAA, ASIST, PLG and MSLA-SIG. In addition, there is LISSA, the student association to which all students belong. For descriptions, current officers, and links to each group's website, see below. Updates for this page should be sent to gslisweb@simmons.edu.

American Library Association — Student Chapter (ALASC)

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/alasc
Blog: http://alanis.simmons.edu/blogs/alasc/
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/alasc

Description: In 1991, the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Student Chapter joined many of its kind to be chartered by the American Library Association. The ALA Student Chapter invites local librarians to discuss the activities and services of ALA and its local and national affiliates.

Current Officers:
Chapter Coordinator
Rachel Good
Resources Coordinator
Cate Merlin
Liaison & Projects Coordinator
Cate Merlin
Events Coordinator
Dorice Moyland
Information Coordinator
Emily Boyd
Advisors
Mary Wilkins Jordan
Em Claire Knowles

Association for Information Science and Technology — Student Chapter (ASIS&T)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/asist
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Asist-Simmons/140894349292112
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/asistlist

Description: The Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), chartered in 1975, seeks to promote the study of information science among the student body. The Chapter works closely with the New England Chapter of ASIST in planning regional events, providing students an opportunity to come in contact with professionals in the field of information science. The Chapter also organizes workshops on topics in information organization, dissemination, and use; and an annual prize is awarded to an outstanding information science student.

Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Julia Hayton
Anne Pepitone
Treasurer
Jennifer Prentice
Outreach/NEASIS&T Liaison
Dianne Rhee
Advisor Linnea Johnson

Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA)

Blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/lissa/

Description: The Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), founded by the students, acts as a vehicle of communication between students and faculty by representing student consensus. LISSA is responsible for social activities designated to promote good fellowship among students and between students, faculty and alumni. It sponsors and promotes educational and informational programs for the benefit of the total student body. For example, students distribute and compile evaluations of courses for student use. LISSA is an integral part of the School, and students gain experience in governance, money management, and collaborative decision-making. The Association has compiled a significant record of important contributions to the School and to its students. The student activity fee required of students each semester provides membership in the organization and supports Association activities.

LISSA Professional Reimbursement FAQs and Reimbursement Request Form are available on the LISSA blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/lissa/

Current Officers:
President Lindsey Clarke
Co-Vice Presidents Mariah Manley (events)

Sharon Parrington (finance)

Secretary Bonnie McBride
Treasurer Julia Logan
Archivist Paige Neumann
Student-Faculty Representatives Joy Rodowicz

Anne Pepitone

Webmaster
Advisor Em Claire Knowles

LISSA-West

LISSA West Blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/lissawest/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SimmonsGSLISWest
Twitter: @LISSA_West
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/gslisatmhc-l

Description: LISSA West is the student organization's branch at the Mount Holyoke campus. LISSA West meets several times per semester, typically between classes on Saturdays. Lunch is usually provided. All students are encouraged to attend these meetings and any interested students have the opportunity to run for election as a LISSA officer. LISSA West maintains a wiki where students can find updated news and information about the program. The site also includes links to course syllabi and evaluations. Information on events and activities is posted on the wiki and the GSLIS West Facebook page and also sent out via Twitter and the GSLIS West email list-serve.

Current Officers:
President Rosemarie Reynolds
Vice President
Stephanie Spackey
Treasurer Elizabeth Carron
Secretary Catherine Flynn
Advisor Terry Plum

 

Massachusetts School Library Association — Student Group (MSLA-SIG)

Blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/msla/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/simmonsmsla
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simmons-MSLA/147464458621330
Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/msla_sig/Main_Page
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/libraryteach

Description: In the spring of 2004, a group of students from the Simmons College School Library Teacher program along with the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) founded a student group to promote professional development in school librarianship.

MSLA-SIG is dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through the integration of school library media into the total educational process. The organization advocates, promotes and works to strengthen school library media services to students and teachers. Members of our student group meet other School Library Teacher students in a professional forum; network with dedicated school librarians; and keep up-to-date with developments in the school library field.

Current Officers:
Co-Chairs

Amanda Merk

Sara Jauniskis

 

Secretary Anna Maria Smith
Treasurer Bethany Phillips
Co-Technology Specialists

Erin McCall

Gabby Sobilo

Advisor Mary Frances Zilonis

Panopticon (Art Librarian Interest Group)

Websites: http://web.simmons.edu/~panopticon/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/panopticongslis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/panopticongslis
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/panopticon-l

Description: Panopticon is a GSLIS special interest group for students interested in art, cultural heritage, and visual resources in libraries, archives, and museums. Through meetings, discussions, and events we provide information to students about GSLIS course planning, jobs and internships, local and national events and conferences, relevant professional organizations, and networking opportunities. We are chaired by student leaders and work closely with Art Library Students and New Professionals (ArLISNAP), as well as Art Libraries Society of North America's New England chapter (ARLIS/NE). All GSLIS students are welcome to join.

Current Officers:
President Abigail Greer
Vice President Lilli Germain
Treasurer
Irene Gates
Digital Media Coordinator
Genna Duplisea
Archivist/Secretary
Dianne Rhee
Advisor Martha Mahard

Progressive Librarians Guild — Student Chapter (PLG)

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/plg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/plgatsimmons
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/simmonsplg/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/plgatsimmons
Listserv: http://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/plg-list
Blog: http://plgatsimmons.wordpress.com/

Description: The GSLIS chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild is a non-sectarian group committed to the ideals of progressive librarianship, and the notion that a fundamental role of libraries is to promote the free exchange of ideas and information for all people. We believe that libraries are essential to maintaining an independent and democratic society.

The student chapter at Simmons supports the PLG (http://libr.org/plg/) and its statement of principles by:

  • Encouraging and providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues
  • Conducting campaigns to support progressive and democratic library activities on the local, national and international level
  • Promoting progressive activities, i. e. guest speakers, discussions, field trips and volunteer opportunities that enhance the professional development of its members
Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Eileen Fontenot

Jae

Secretary/Archivist June Thammasnong
Treasurer Araceli Méndez
Community Outreach Coordinator Geoffrey Staysniak
Social Media Catherine Dixon
REFORMA Student Representative

Sujei Lugo
Advisor Lisa Hussey

Special Libraries Association — Student Chapter (SLA @ Simmons)

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/sla/Main_Page
Websites: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/slasimmons/
Group Email: gslis-sla@simmons.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLAatSimmons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLASimmons
Listserv: http://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/sla-list

Description: The Special Libraries Association Student Group, established in 1971 as the first student group chartered by the parent organization, hosts meetings and seminars on topics of the members' choice, helping to lead to a full understanding of special librarianship. Through these activities, and those of the Boston Chapter of the SLA, students become familiar with all aspects of SLA and have the opportunity to meet many of the local members. Activities of the Simmons SLA Student Group are open to all graduate students. Those who wish to join the Special Libraries Association may do so at a student member rate.

Current Officers:
President Elizabeth Urbanczyk
Vice President

Dhruti Bhagat

Secretary Samantha DeWitt
Treasurer Timothy Walsh
Webmaster

Preethi Soman

Archivist

Vacant

Advisor James Matarazzo

Student Chapter of ALA International Relations Round Table (SCIRRT)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/scirrt/Main_Page
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SCIRRT
Listserv: http://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/sir-list

Description: The Student Chapter of ALA International Relations Round Table (SCIRRT), founded as Simmons International Relations (SIR) in 2004-2005. The group is committed:

  • To disseminate a multicultural and multinational perspective on library and information science among GSLIS and Simmons students
  • To join individuals interested in international library issues
  • To act as a network for Simmons GSLIS students with interests in different cultures and languages
  • To bring to GSLIS speakers and presenters with international library experience to the group
  • To offer a platform for GSLIS students for the discussion of ideas about international librarianship and information in multiple facets
  • To promote the discussion and study of librarianship in foreign nations
  • To enhance the discussion of international library issues at GSLIS
  • To promote the exchange of ideas and initiatives about international librarianship
  • To spread the idea of international librarianship as a key component of library and information science education in the USA
Current Officers:
Co-Chair

Amna Abdus-Salaam

Bethany Fair

 

 
Treasurer Sara Ziffer
Communication Officer Xiaoyan Song
Secretary Wenqing Lu
Advisor Joel Blanco-Rivera

Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSAA)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/scosaa/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCoSAA
Twitter: @SCoSAA
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/scosaa-l

Description: The Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists serves to introduce and integrate new archivists into the profession; enhance the educational function by providing an additional focus for students to discuss archival issues; identify with the profession and engage in professional activities; promote communication among student members; and develop leaders of tomorrow's archival profession.

Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Heather Szafran
Giselle Delotch
Secretary/Archivist Caitlin Birch
Treasurer

Elise Nickerson

Webmaster Lorin Granger

User Experience Professional Association (UXPA)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/supa
Group Email: supa.simmons@gmail.com
Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/usabilitygroup

Description: The Simmons Usability Professional Association (SUPA) is a student group for people who are interested in usability and user experience research. SUPA supports students and community members who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of information products and services. SUPA also works to provide students with learning experience and professional development opportunities through guest talks and events that showcase usability practice and UX research projects.

Current Officers:
Co-Chair

Graham Herrli

Jeremy Guillette

 

 
Treasurer Peter Cochrane
Communication Officer Vacant
Secretary Vacant
Advisors Rong Tang (On sabbatical during 2013-2014 academic year)
Linnea Johnson

To update the information on this page, please contact gslisweb@simmons.edu.