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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- American Library Association — Student Chapter (ALASC)
- Association for Information Science and Technology — Student Chapter (ASIST)
- Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA)
- Library and Information Science Student Association at West Campus in South Hadley (LISSA-West)
- Massachusetts School Library Association — Student Group (MSLA-SIG)
- Panopticon (Art Librarian Interest Group)
- Progressive Librarians Guild — Student Chapter
- Special Libraries Association — Student Chapter (SLA)
- Student Chapter of ALA International Relations Round Table (SCIRRT)
- Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSAA)
- User Experience Professional Association (UXPA)
American Library Association — Student Chapter (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.
|Liaison & Projects Coordinator
||Mary Wilkins Jordan
Em Claire Knowles
Association for Information Science and Technology — Student Chapter (ASIS&T)
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.
Library and Information Science Student Association (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.
Jonathan Nichols (events)
Sharon Parrington (finance)
|Student-Faculty Representatives||Lauren Wallace|
|Advisor||Em Claire Knowles
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.
|Vice President/Secretary/Archivist/Social Media Correspondent
|Outreach Liaison||Rebecca Morin
Massachusetts School Library Association — Student Group (MSLA-SIG)
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.
|Secretary||Anna Maria Smith|
|Advisor||Mary Frances Zilonis|
Panopticon (Art Librarian Interest Group)
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.
|Vice President||Lilli Germain|
|Digital Media Coordinator
Progressive Librarians Guild — Student Chapter (PLG)
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
|Community Outreach Coordinator||Geoffrey Staysniak|
|Social Media||Catherine Dixon|
|REFORMA Student Representative
Special Libraries Association — Student Chapter (SLA @ Simmons)
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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.
Student Chapter of ALA International Relations Round Table (SCIRRT)
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
|Communication Officer||Xiaoyan Song
Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSAA)
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.
User Experience Professional Association (UXPA)
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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.
|Advisors||Rong Tang (On sabbatical during 2013-2014 academic year)
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