For more than a century, our graduates have been pioneers in their profession, recognized for their dedication, achievements, and remarkable careers. Today, SLIS alumni pursue a wildly diverse range of positions: as medical and law librarians, archivists and museum professionals, rare-book curators, reference and subject specialist librarians, publishers, authors, specialists in literacy and children's literature, catalogers, preservation managers, web developers, systems analysts, information architects, and knowledge managers. They work in academic, corporate, community, government, and nonprofit organizations, as well as countless other areas in the U.S. and around the world. Below are some of their stories.


Children's Literature and the Dual-Degree Experience

The Picturebook. Poetry for Young Readers. Fantasy and Science Fiction. Victorian Children's Literature. Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Young Adults. These are just a sampling of the rich course offerings available to students pursuing their Master's degree in Children's Literature at Simmons. The program, explored here this summer in an interview with its director, Cathryn Mercier (also Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature), provides students with a theoretical framework and unique approach to children's literature, and has earned an unparalleled reputation in the exploding children's-literature industry, with graduates finding success in all sectors.

Unique to Simmons are the program's four dual degree offerings, combining the Master of Arts in Children's Literature with either a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Arts in English, or a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children. These distinct tracks attract students with diverse career goals, thus bringing together a rich array of perspectives not typically housed in one program.

December 2014 | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | Student Profile


Prof. and students to present at MSLA Conference

Adjunct Prof. Eric Poulin and SLIS students Katie Flynn, Katie Beth Ryan, and Rebecca Morin have been selected to present at the 2015 Massachusetts Library Association Conference, May 5-7 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Their presentation is titled "Think, Pair, Share But Don't Stop There--Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction."

Folks on the Move | Student Profile | News


PhD/MLIP candidate featured as "Adventurous Librarian"

Felton Thomas, Jr. was featured as an "Adventurous Librarian" on a website promoting The Librarians on TNT. Librarian profiles were provided by the American Library Association. Thomas's profile can be seen here.

Folks on the Move | Student Profile


Library Services for the 21st Century Student

Bugg_BioPic_MLIP2013.jpgLike many in the LIS field, MLIP (Managerial Leadership in Library Professions) Ph.D. student Kimberley Bugg didn't set out to be a librarian when she began her college career. A Communications and Media Studies major at Georgia State University (GSU)--she said, "I like to talk about Spike Lee a lot." Her sights were originally set on law school. As an intern at the Fulton County Courthouse, Bugg researched cases and prepared witnesses for pretrial testimony, but found herself discouraged by the environment. The attorneys were "overworked, making peanuts with huge student loans . . . eating at MacDonald's every day because that's all they could afford, and I thought, this is no way to survive." She expressed this concern to one of the lawyers she worked with, who complimented her research zeal and suggested she might find law librarianship rewarding.

Infolink Newsletter | October 2014 | Student Profile


ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows Selected for 2014-2016

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) has chosen three SLIS master's students to participate in their Mosaic Program: Micha Broadnax, Adriana Flores, and Sara Powell. A total of five master of library and information science students specializing in archival studies have been selected for the 2014-2016 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program "strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce."

Fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program will participate in a paid internship with a partner institution. They will receive a tuition stipend, mentoring, leadership development and career placement assistance, complimentary student membership in SAA, and support to attend the SAA Annual Meeting and 2015 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum.

Micha Broadnax, Simmons College
Internship host: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Adriana Flores , Simmons College
Internship host: Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University

Sara Powell , Simmons College
Internship host: Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

Visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program website for more information: http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/arl-saa-mosaic-scholarship-program.

Folks on the Move | News | Student Profile


MLIP/Ph.D. Candidate Profile: LeRoy LaFleur

Thumbnail image for LaFleur_9752photo.jpgLibrarians need to be innovative to meet today's challenges, and they need environments that encourage new ideas, according to LeRoy LaFleur, Head of Rush Rhees Library Reference at the University of Rochester. As the former Head of George Mason University's Arlington Campus Library and a former social sciences bibliographer at Cornell University, LaFleur became a Simmons SLIS MLIP/Ph.D. student "to obtain the leadership skills and training needed to succeed professionally in today's libraries," he says.

Infolink Newsletter | News | September 2014 | Student Profile


MLIP student published

MLIP student Alexia Hudson-Ward's article "Diversity and Inclusion: Online Resources for Education" was published in the June edition of College and Research Libraries News. Another article, "Eyeing the New Diversity: An Emerging Paradigm for Recruitment and Retention" was published in the July/August issue of American Libraries.

Folks on the Move | News | Student Profile


2014 Commencement Awards

The winners of the 2014 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their Simmons experience and post-graduation plans.

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Infolink Newsletter | News | Student Profile | Summer 2014


How Prison Libraries Can Make a Safer World

At some point, 95% of the incarcerated will be released into the general public. They need programs and services to help them re-enter society peacefully and productively. Libraries offer that opportunity. -- Julie Steenson '14LS

 

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Alumnae/i News | April 2014 | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | News | Student Profile


Making a Difference with Librarians Without Borders

BrandieBurrowsSchoolBookMark.jpgGSLIS master's student Brandie Burrows personifies public service. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, she taught entrepreneurial fundamentals to women business owners and helped establish youth centers. While she was at the home of her host family, the maid thought she was "rich because I had so many books. I tried to explain to her the idea of borrowing books for free. It was a completely unfathomable concept. I realized she had never been to a library. Then, I started thinking about being a librarian." While in graduate school, she searched for her next opportunity to improve conditions for those in another part of the world. When she stumbled upon Librarians without Borders (LWB) in a Simmons GSLIS newsletter listing, she applied to the school that night. 

April 2014 | Infolink Newsletter | News | Student Profile