Gemma Doyle

I am a part-time Main Campus student with three semesters left to go! I have an archives concentration and a lot of interest in archiving digital media. I've worked in a corporate archive for the last three years, and various public libraries for the last ten, so I feel like I know what I'm getting myself into. (Mostly.) I moved to Boston from Vancouver, British Columbia, and am still getting used to New England winters and other quirks of the US (see also: drive through liquor stores).

Entries by Gemma Doyle

  • Simmons Wrap Up
    When I decided to apply to Simmons for my Master's, I was working as a records management professional in a corporate setting.  I loved certain parts of my job, and I wanted to make sure I would be able to...
  • Networking
    One thing I have not been very good at while at Simmons (and that I have mentioned here several times before) is networking.  The idea of going up to a stranger in my field and talking about myself pretty much...
  • Prospect Research Internship (Part 2 of 2)
    The end of the semester is swiftly approaching, and I have less than a month left of my prospect research internship at Joslin Diabetes Center.  One thing that I've spent a lot of the last month or so doing was...
  • Interviews
    I've had a few job interviews in the last couple of weeks, and I have another big one coming up soon (so cross your fingers for me, if you would), so it seems like I've been interview prepping for months...
  • Bookfest!
    Edgar Allen Poe is famous for spewing vitriol about Boston and the literary habits of its inhabitants, pretty much from the moment he left Boston to the day of his death.  (The thing that makes it funny, of course, is...
  • NEA Mentoring Program
    A few months ago the New England Archivists sent around an email to the Simmons email list looking for students or early professionals in the archives field to join a mentoring circle, wherein a few seasoned archivists will give career...
  • Head of the Charles
    I love fall here in New England.  We've covered that topic pretty well, I think, but I don't think I can really stress it enough, now that the foliage is changing in earnest and color is everywhere.  I think I...
  • Prospect Research Internship - Part 1
    Right now my plan is to write about my Prospect Research internship twice - once now, when I'm a few weeks in and feel like I can talk about it semi-intelligently, and once in late November or early December as...
  • Fall Festivals
    New England is known for being a bit quirky in its weather, and one of the things that really gave me pause about moving to Boston from Vancouver was the cold and snowy winters.  To be fair, Boston is relatively...
  • ThatCamp Harvard 2014
    On Saturday I attended THATCamp at Harvard University.  THATCamps are popping up all over the place these days - the name stands for The Humanities and Technology Camp, and they are meant to be a collaborative day between people...
  • Librarians as Information Radicals
    Everyone knows the persistent stereotype of the shhhing librarians, enemies of noise and fun.  As I noted a month ago, there's even a shhhing librarian action figure.  The reality, of course, is very different - as no doubt anyone who...
  • Careers for MLIS Grads
    Most people who attend a Master's in Library and Information Science program want to work at a library or archive when they finish.  The degree tends to be centered on those types of repositories, but there are also other research-oriented...
  • Ahts Festival
    One thing I love about Boston is the amazing diversity and frequency of the festivals and events that happen in the city throughout the year.  This is especially good if you're new to town and aren't quite sure what to...
  • Literary Librarians
    It's August and summer classes have finally ended, which means I have another two weeks of relative freedom before fall classes start in September.  I've been spending a lot of time catching up on television (I know people told me...
  • Museum of Bad Art
    Boston, it has been pointed out by myself and others, has a lot of really excellent art museums.  One of my favorites that doesn't get mentioned a whole lot in the usual lists is the Museum of Bad Art, which...
  • Job Hunting
    I have about six months left until I get my degree, and that is both incredibly exciting and incredibly terrifying.  The point of library school is, of course, to be able to get a job at the end of it,...
  • Real World Experience
    When I was looking at grad schools and deciding where to apply, the things I was really looking at were the program's requirements: GPA, recommendations, essays, etc.  I didn't delve too far into what the different programs actually offered in...
  • Summer Reading
    It's June, which means Summer Reading time at public libraries across the country.  Last summer I was temporarily working as a young adult librarian, juggling my first ever summer reading program, and I can tell you that Summer Reading is...
  • Fenway Flag Ceremony
    I am not a sports person, as I've mentioned, but I always seem to become friendly with massive sports fans who try to cure my sports apathy with huge infusions of exciting sports... stuff.  Well, exciting for them.  Mostly incomprehensible...
  • Derby Dames
    I am not a sports person.  In Canada we have our hockey, yes, but even people who don't like hockey are allowed to go about their daily lives with a minimum of head shakes and eyebrows raised.  Even hockey, it's...
  • Boston City Archaeology Lab
    It's no secret that Boston has a rich history.  One of the first things I did when I moved to this area was spend a long afternoon walking the Freedom Trail, which I highly recommend to anyone new (or not...
  • Professionalization of the Archival Field
    One of the things that struck me only after I'd started the archives program at Simmons was how incredibly diverse the field of archives really is.  I knew that there were small historical societies staffed with volunteers with little or...
  • Dear Boston at the Boston Public Library
    On Saturday I went to see the Dear Boston exhibition at the Boston Public Library, which opened on Monday and will remain there until May 11.  The Marathon bombings that happened last year are obviously all over the news in...
  • LISSA's role in GSLIS
    Before I went to the NEA Spring meeting a few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to discover that LISSA would reimburse my expenses at the conference up to $300.  This was great news for me, because money is always...
  • Tumblarians!
    I spend way too much of my time every day online.  I am fully aware that it's a problem, but not one that's going away any time soon.  It's gotten even worse lately, as I've been trying to use social...
  • New England Archivists Spring Meeting
    This week the New England Archivists held their spring meeting in Portsmouth, NH, and I (and a good portion of my archives classmates) were in attendance.  This was actually my first professional conference, and I went to see and hear...
  • Alternative Spring Break
    This week I took advantage of one of the many opportunities that are offered during spring break to try something new and spent an afternoon volunteering at the school library of the Boston Teachers Union School.  I've spent a lot...
  • Little Libraries
    One of the first things I learned from working in public and special libraries was that even though they all provided more or less the same services to the community they served, there were countless differences in how they functioned...
  • Things to do in Boston in Winter
    When I moved to Boston from Vancouver, BC, I was a little afraid of the winter.  Maybe more than a little, actually.  We don't get a lot of very cold weather in Vancouver, and it rains pretty much every day...
  • The Agony and Ecstasy of Group Work
    One of the main differences between undergrad and graduate school that I would probably have appreciated knowing about ahead of time was how different the workload tended to be.  Instead of lots of small assignments, you usually only get 3...
  • Crowdsourcing the MFA's New Exhibit
    On Friday, the Museum of Fine Arts opened its first crowdsourced exhibit after letting the public vote on what works should be included in the "Boston Loves Impressionism" show.  Over 10,000 people voted in three rounds, showing that Bostonians...
  • Papercut Zine Library
    The Papercut Zine Library takes up the back corner of Lorem Ipsum Books in Inman Square, Cambridge. Zines have been around since the rise of punk subculture in the '70s, and continue to thrive as small handwritten or typed booklets...
  • Corporate Archive
    I work in a corporate archive.  When I took LIS438 (Introduction to Archival Methods and Services) last spring, one of the questions someone asked me was what the main difference is between a corporate archive and a historical archive, besides...