Below you can find recent Alumni News and profiles.
posted October 16, 2014 10:56 AM
Drs. Toby Pearlstein '77LS '87DA and James M. Matarazzo '65LS published an article, "The Business Case for Information Literacy: Why Training is an Important Information Service Function" in Online Searcher, V.38, September/October, 2014 pp. 42-49. Case Studies that accompany this article were written by Kathy Rogers '04LS, Laura Saunders '01LS '10DA, and Jack Cahill '79LS and Corilee Christou '81LS.
Matarazzo is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He spoke at a meeting of the Central Bank Seminars for Central Bank Special Librarians for Europe, Asia, and the Middle East at Christ's College Cambridge University on September 16, 2014 at Cambridge, England. He is the keynote speaker at the 12th International Conference of University Librarians, and will deliver "Corporate Libraries: Bellwethers of Change for the Library World at Large" in Mexico City, Mexico on October 29, 2014.
Dr. Matarazzo taught Special and Corporate Libraries for Simmons SLIS at St. John's University in Paris from August 4-15, 2014. In addition to the classes, students visited the American Library in Paris and the libraries of Bain & Company, KPMG and BNP Paribas.
posted October 16, 2014 10:20 AM
ALA President Courtney L. Young's article "Advocate. Today" was published in American Libraries Online on September 12, 2014.
Young writes: "Libraries really do change lives. That reality is well known and proudly understood by every one of us. I don't believe, however, that we have internalized an even more fundamental and vital truth: Libraries are powerful because librarians are powerful. I'd like to speak to that power and be very frank. I am concerned that librarians (and the schools that prepare them) have not yet fully embraced what I believe to be a core professional responsibility. That responsibility is advocacy."
For the full article visit http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/advocate-today.
posted September 15, 2014 1:05 AM
As Manager of Technology at Simmons SLIS, Linnea Johnson has revolutionized the technology services offered to students, staff, and faculty. Involved with development of the Collaboratory, SLIS Media Lab, and Usability Lab, Johnson also initiated a podcast service, SLIScast, which recently expanded to a YouTube channel, a technology workshops program for the community. She also first introduced Moodle as an online learning platform for classes and continuing education, and secured an internal Simmons grant (SLIS iPad Project for Curricular Enhancement and Enrichment) to fund the purchase of three iPads, which are available in the Tech Lab for SLIS community members to check out along with other e-readers and tablets. She and her team offer wikis, blogs, and other tools for SLIS community members, and they provide technology support for faculty research grants. Johnson is an MBA student and advisor to SLIS' award-winning ASIS&T student chapter, and has been elected President of the SLIS Alumni Board for 2014-15 with her term officially beginning on July 1. She claims the secret to her success is surrounding herself with a skilled team of proactive, passionate professionals who share her vision of integrating technology with a LIS perspective.
posted September 12, 2014 12:12 PM
Billy Beal '77LS has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Beal has been a member of the MCC staff for 38 years, and served as dean of the college's Learning Resources since 1992.
posted September 11, 2014 11:13 AM
Adriene Lim '12DA was named dean of libraries at University of Oregon; her appointment began at the end of July 2014. Previously, Lim was dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan. For more information visit http://library.uoregon.edu/node/4285.
posted September 11, 2014 11:07 AM
posted July 15, 2014 12:20 AM
GSLIS Adjunct Professor and UMass Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library Director Elaine Martin '05DA is a co-author of the chapter "Chapter 10: Research Data Management and the Health Sciences Librarian" in the recently published Health Sciences Librarianship. Martin is also on the book's editorial board.
posted July 15, 2014 12:10 AM
Sean Crawford '13LS was promoted to Serials Functional Coordinator at the Harvard Library in June 2014.
posted July 15, 2014 12:07 AM
posted July 15, 2014 12:05 AM
Rebecca Roan '14MA who received her MFA in writing for children and MA in children's literature at Simmons College, and Mackenzie Van Englelenhoven, who is currently finishing her MFA in writing for children and young adults, received Discovery Awards for their works-in-progress. The awards were given at the 16th Annual Children's Book Susan P. Bloom Discovery Awards on May 18, 2014 at Simmons College. Their winning manuscripts will be read by editors from Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin or Knopf Books for Young Readers.