New SLIS Concentrations Provide Students Skills to Meet Today's Technology Needs

In Fall 2014, Simmons SLIS will offer concentrations in Information Science & Technology (IST) and Cultural Heritage Informatics to provide students with the technology competencies they need for today's information institutions.  The new concentrations will help librarians, archivists, and other information professionals manage their digital assets in effective and efficient ways as services and end-user needs evolve.  The new concentrations offer students a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | News | September 2014

Faculty Profile: Nanette Veilleux

nanetteveilleux_rdax_250x250.jpg "Although computer science has traditionally not been a popular profession for women to enter, the number of women at Simmons who have pursued the field has increased from a handful to about 50 in the past few years," says Professor Nanette Veilleux. "While women typically pursue service-oriented careers, many do not perceive computer science as a field that gives back to the community or recognize that they can author technology. Yet apps and technology enhance people's lives. Women's perspectives are needed to develop the next blockbuster app."

Faculty Profile | Infolink Newsletter | September 2014

Snapshot: Linnea Johnson '01BA, '04LS

Thumbnail image for johnson2011(1).jpgAs 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.

Alumnae/i News | Infolink Newsletter | News | September 2014

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

LIS alum named Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at MCC

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.

Alumnae/i News | Folks on the Move | News

Prof co-presents at COLING in Ireland

On Saturday, August 23, Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs co-presented a tutorial on Biomedical Natural Language Processing at COLING (Computational Linguistics) 2014 in Dublin, Ireland:

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Prof. Jordan's article featured

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan's article, "Reference Desks in Public Libraries: What Happens and What to Know," was selected as a featured article for the September 2014 issue of The Informed Librarian Online.

Folks on the Move

Simmons alum at National Library of Medicine

Jennifer Diffin '95, a graduate of the math and computer science program, has been appointed head of library technology services at the National Library of Medicine.

Folks on the Move

MLIP graduate named dean of libraries

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

Alumnae/i News | Folks on the Move

SLIS alum creates YALSA readalike lists

Hannah Gomez '13LS created a two-part list of young adult titles as companions to shows premiering on television this fall. Her lists, posted on the YALSA site, were also featured on American Libraries Direct:

Alumnae/i News | Folks on the Move

GSLIS student chosen as ARL Scholar

Incoming student Joyce Gabiola was selected as The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Gabiola will begin her MS degree this fall.

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GSLIS student and Library Assistant Mirna Turcios, Professor Naresh Agarwal and LIS Librarian Linda Watkins Publish Study

What started as in invitation by Linda Watkins in Naresh Agarwal's LIS 403 classroom years ago for a team to investigate her belief that only less than 5% of what is published in LIS journals is empirical research was just published in the June 2014 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Mirna Turcios worked with Prof. Agarwal, initially as part of the research proposal class assignment and then as an Independent Study.

Ironically, Watkins in her presentation heightened the project's urgency by stating she couldn't retire until the study had been done. Prophetically, her retirement announcement was made just when the article had been accepted for publication.

How Much of Library and Information Science Literature Qualifies as Research?

Folks on the Move | News

LIS Student Supports Libraries in Africa

Current GSLIS student Maggie Davidov is heading to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (OWLA) for two weeks this August on a school library exchange. Through a grant from the Dana Hall School in Wellesley to focus on Global initiatives, Maggie is heading to OWLA to collaborate with two librarians on information and digital literacy curricula and video conferencing international book clubs. Maggie hopes to learn a great deal from her international colleagues, create the framework for innovative programs, and pet baby lions. Check out her blog to follow her journey in South Africa:

Folks on the Move | News

Prof. Veilleux selected for CREU program

Prof. Nanette Veilleux's proposal for the 2014-15 Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) program was selected. Three undergraduate students will participate in a research project and receive stipends from this program. The student cohorts have been invited to meet at The Grace Hopper Conference in 2015.

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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

Professor Nanette Veilleux Awarded Best Presentation at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference

Nanette Veilleux and her co-presenters were awarded best presentation for "People Matter: The Role of Peers and Faculty in Students' Academic Engagement" at the June 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2014

GSLIS Adjunct Professor Elaine Martin Published in Health Sciences Librarianship

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.

Alumnae/i News | Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2014

GSLIS Student Appointed First Digital Strategist at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Master's student Shannon McDonough was recently appointed the first Digital Strategist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as of June 11, 2014.

Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2014

Professor Joudrey and GSLIS Student Publish in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and recent GSLIS graduate Ryan McGinnis '14LS published "Graduate Education for Information Organization, Cataloging, and Metadata" in the June 2014 issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Joudrey and McGinnis also presented the findings of the paper at the ALCTS/ALISE Biennial Educators Meeting at American Library Association Midwinter 2014 conference in Philadelphia, PA. 

Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2014

GSLIS Alum Teaches "Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning" MOOC

GSLIS alumn Lauren Maggio '05L is teaching a MOOC titled, "Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning" through Stanford University's OpenEdX platform. The course introduces the concept of openess from a variety of perspectives, including library and information studies, education, publishing, economics, politics, among others. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Stanford University (USA), Fordham University (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada), Simon Frasier University (Canada), the Kwame Krumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), the Universida Autónoma el Estado de México (Mexico), and the rest of the world. Learn about the "open" concept, develop digital literacy skills, and connect with peers around the world by registering.

Folks on the Move | Infolink Newsletter | News | Summer 2014

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