Below we highlight a few of our faculty and their research interests.
posted July 2, 2014 7:39 AM
posted June 16, 2014 1:14 AM
Instructor Megan Lambert '02GS is an award-winning educator who is changing how we approach children with literature. In 2009, she received the Massachusetts Literacy Champion award from the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation for creation of the Whole Book Approach and A Book in Hand programs. A moderator in the recent Boston Public Library's 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, and a judge for the 2009 Geisel, 2011 Caldecott, and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book award committees, Lambert shares her insights about her Simmons experience and the opportunities in children's literature today.
posted June 16, 2014 1:13 AM
For Associate Professor Amy Pattee, the start of many journeys -- a marriage proposal, a fulfilling career -- began in a library. As most Simmons GSLIS students know, Pattee knows about nearly every young adult (YA) book ever published. As a specialist in children's literature and YA librarianship, she has authored two books, delivered about 40 presentations, and reviewed youth fiction and nonfiction for School Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates. Fulfilling an unmet need, her most recent book focuses on YA collection development.
posted June 16, 2014 1:12 AM
While many would have discarded a college postcard that did not apply to their field, a piece of mail changed Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera's life. As an electrical engineer in Puerto Rico, he paused when he saw the word "archives" on a University of Michigan mailer. It was the first time he had heard the word. After conducting some research, he was sold on studying archives at the school.
posted June 16, 2014 1:00 AM
After teaching at GSLIS for more than 20 years, Associate Professor Robin Peek has retired this summer. As a pioneer of the Open Access (OA) Movement, which began in the mid-1990s, Peek championed open access of scholarly research. Her studies focused on the OA movement history and evolution, as well as the development of OA mandates, journals, and institutional change.
posted June 16, 2014 12:30 AM
Dean Emerita and Professor James Matarazzo and Dr. Toby Pearlstein'77LS,'87DA published "Salaries of Special Librarians in the United States" in the July 2014 issue of the IFLA Journal. They also published "Corporate Libraries: A Confluence of Forces Pressing on Their Future," in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Library and Information Sciences.
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
Associate Professor Melanie Kimball's quest to prove the value of children's and young adult (YA) library services has not always been easy. "You will never get a job," she was told by a university dean after she declared her doctoral research interests: the history of youth services in early twentieth century public libraries and literature for children and young adults. Inspired by her mother, an elementary school librarian, Kimball left New York City to become a scholar in the children's and YA library services field. Despite the dire prediction from the dean, Kimball was hired to teach children's and YA library services to LIS master's students at the University at Buffalo after she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. "There was a need for professors to teach children's and YA literature and library services and there were few people who specialized in the area at the time," Kimball says.
posted March 17, 2014 1:50 PM
Working as a jack of all trades in libraries in Puerto Rico in 2003, Assistant Professor Mónica Cólon-Aguirre began her career managing budgets, negotiating prices, and cataloging books. Eventually, she was told to work at the reference desk, "which was feared by everyone." That didn't stop Cólon-Aguirre, who loved providing reference service directly to the public.
posted February 25, 2014 11:42 AM
This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.
posted February 10, 2014 3:04 AM
When Professor Candy Schwartz isn't dreaming about using GIS technology to develop MapQuest coordinates of Tolkien's Middle Earth or traveling to the latest Celtic folk festival, she is thinking about her students. She wants them to "feel they can learn anything given enough time. I want students to feel they can take initiative and risks." After describing how she stumbled upon a successful career of more than three decades in library and information science (LIS) by paging through McGill University's catalog, Schwartz shared her words of wisdom about the field.
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