February 2013 Archives

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Interim Dean Maureen Sullivan and Secretary of State Clinton Sign "Declaration of Learning"

GSLIS Interim Dean and ALA President Maureen Sullivan was at the Department of State Headquarters on January 30, 2013 to sign the "Declaration of Learning." The statement, signed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as twelve government agencies and organizations, formally announces the signees as members of the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Learning. Participants are institutions committed to using historical artifacts in their collections and creating digital learning tools for students and educators. The declaration was signed by, among others, Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and alumnus David Ferriero '74LS, archivist of the United States.

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GSLIS Student Publications & Awards

The Fund for Research Committee awarded master's student James Damon $506 to support the project, "Feasibility study on valued hyperlinks." Associate Professor Gerald Benoit will guide the project.

Ph.D. student Juliet Drennan has been accepted to present "Badging Academic Libraries: The Gamification of Student Credentialing" at the 2013 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference in Worcester, MA.

Master's student Allison Estell and Jeremy Shaw-Munderback '10LS gave a joint presentation at the NELIG Winter Meeting on December 7, 2012, titled "Using LibGuides as an Instructional Tool." The presentation was based on the first-year library instruction at Simmons for the Multicultural Core Course (MCC 102). The guide is at http://simmons.libguides.com/Research.

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Unsworth Is Spring's Allen Smith Visiting Scholar

GSLIS is pleased to welcome Dr. John M. Unsworth as the Allen Smith Visiting Scholar for Spring 2013. Unsworth will be bringing his award-winning digital humanities expertise to the GSLIS community. Unsworth is currently Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

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Sullivan Addresses 'Strategic Liaisons' at SLA Maryland

Interim Dean and ALA President Maureen Sullivan will join Special Libraries Association President Deb Hunt to address the key issues facing professional library associations in a presentation titled "Strategic Liaisons: Game-Changing Conversations" at the SLA Maryland's chapter meeting on April 30 at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD.

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Jordan, Saunders Show 'Reference Competencies' at ALISE

Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan gave their award-winning research presentation "Reference Competencies from the Practitioner's Perspective: An International Comparison" at ALISE in January. This is the final presentation of the results of their ALISE/OCLC research grant. An article on this international research project will be published in LIBRI: The International Journal of Librarians and Information Services. Saunders and Wilkins Jordan's article, "Significantly Different: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," will be featured in the Spring 2013 Reference & User Services Association issue.

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Quezada to Attend Global Libraries Initiative

Adjunct Professor Shelley Quezada was nominated to attend Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Peer Learning Meeting (PLM) of The Global Libraries Initiative. The PLM will meet in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 21-26, 2013. The event is organized by global libraries to bring together grantees from around the world to foster international cooperation and enhance the supportive network of peers.

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Plum Interview Printed in Publisher's Weekly

An interview with Assistant Dean for Technology and the GSLIS West Program Terry Plum, written by Sasha Nyary '12LS, was published in Publisher's Weekly on November 30, 2012: http://tinyurl.com/awul4nj.

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Peek's eLife Article Published

Associate Professor Robin Peek's article "eLife: A New Scholarly Communication System" was published in Information Today, Inc.: http://tinyurl.com/bheopg8.

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Jordan Presents at Vermont Library Conference

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan is presenting "Managers and IT: A (Potentially) Beautiful Relationship" at the EDUCAUSE: Midwest meeting in March. Jordan is also giving a presentation, "Hip To Be Square: Using QR Codes in Your Library!" at the Vermont Library Conference in May.

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Alum Is Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Patricia Iannuzi '82LS is the ACRL 2013 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development. Iannuzzi will receive the $5,000 award on April 10 during the ACRL 2013 conference in Indianapolis, IN.

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Hussey, Jordan Present at ALISE

Assistant Professor Lisa Hussey is presenting at the Association for Library and Information Science Education annual conference in Seattle, WA (ALISE). "I am a . . . ? How Do Future LIS Professionals Identify Themselves?" is a joint presentation with Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Meier, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama. Also at ALISE, Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey and Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Pop Culture and the Socialization of LIS Students."

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Faculty Begin New Library Liaison Series

Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey, Mary Wilkins Jordan, and Program Manager GSLIS Continuing Education Kris Liberman gave a panel discussion on January 31, "Librarians! Change the Narrative, Not the Name!" They discussed the work librarians do, as well as the requirements to enter the profession and to get a great job. This will be the first in a series of lectures sponsored by ALASC and the Library Liaison group. All Simmons community members, including alumni, are invited to attend the lectures. Future events will feature alumni sharing their LIS expertise.

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Correia, Harvey Named WISE Award Recipients

Adjunct Professor Cynthia Correia and Senior Lecturer Ross Harvey have been named the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award Recipients for 2012. The awards were given at the ALISE conference in January 2013, http://www.wisepedagogy.org/bestpractices2012.shtml.

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Agarwal Paper Accepted for Conference

Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal's paper "Student Expectations from a Cross-Cultural Virtual Collaboration: A Qualitative Analysis" (with Noor Faridah A Rahim) was accepted for the 5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML 2013), June 4-7, 2013, Rome, Italy.

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Alire Appointed to National Council on the Humanities

Professor of Practice Camila Alire was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. View the press release at www.neh.gov/news/press-rel.

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In Memoriam: Susan von Salis

Susan von Salis, associate curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums, died December 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Von Salis is best known to GSLIS students as an Archives program internship supervisor. During her tenure at the Harvard Art Museum Archives, she welcomed GSLIS interns every semester. Hosting internships was a vital part of her work as an archives professional, and she was deeply invested in the development and success of newcomers to the field.

Before becoming curator at the Harvard Art Museums Archives in 2003, von Salis was a manuscript processor and information system administrator at the Schlesinger Library from 1986 until 2002. She was active in professional organizations, including the Society of American Archivists, New England Archivists, and New England Museum Association, and she was on various committees for each. During her 25-year career in archives, she taught a number of GSLIS continuing education workshops and presented at meetings on topics such as EAD, museum libraries and archives, and archival outreach and advocacy.

As one of Susan von Salis' former interns, I can attest that her generosity with her time and expertise was remarkable. Her enthusiasm for the work was infectious, and her guidance strongly influenced not just the kind of archivist, but also the kind of person, one aspires to be. She was a wonderful mentor and friend to emerging and seasoned archivists. Her outreach to everyone, and her kindness, is a great loss to us all.

Article by Megan Schwenke '13LS

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Taking the Technology Core Requirement: LIS 488 or LIS 489?

For the first time, students will have a choice between taking LIS 488 Tech. for Information Professionals or LIS 489 Technical Foundations for Information Science to fulfill their technology core requirement during the Spring 2013 semester. The new LIS 489 class was designed for students who have a basic understanding of the technology, and are interested in learning about the concepts and technologies of information science.

"Developing technology skills is as important as reading and writing in our current job market," says Dr. Gerald Benoit, who will be teaching the first LIS 489 class.

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LEADS: A Collaborative Archival Project at GSLIS

As a collaborative partnership between GSLIS and the Simmons College Archives, Leveraging Encoded Archival Description Skills (LEADS) provides GSLIS students with a practical, hands-on opportunity to apply classroom skills to a retrospective conversion project at Simmons. The project aims to leverage the faculty's expertise and the students' desire to experience the daily realities of a working archive. The project offers master's degree candidates practical opportunities that prepare them for success in a professional setting.

The Simmons College Archives houses unique primary source collections that document Simmons College's history and topics important to the college's education and research endeavors. An implementation of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), the international standard for encoding finding aids, will enhance the discoverability and utility of these collections. As a result, the Simmons College community and outside researchers will have increased access to these resources.

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Faculty Research: Gerald Benoit

benoit2011_rdax_382x266.jpg"Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the result that makes our hearts sing," said Steve Jobs, Apple's founder. As a polyglot and technology specialist, Associate Professor Gerald Benoit exemplifies this statement as he integrates an ability to communicate in nine languages with visual arts and technology expertise to develop tools that can help users collect, share, organize, retrieve, and access information effectively across multiple platforms and languages.

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Snapshot: Elaine Martin

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Shifting the Shape of Today's Libraries

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GSLIS alum and champion of diversity Brooke Sheldon dies

A champion of diversity in libraries, Simmons GSLIS alumna Brooke Sheldon '54 LS died on February 11, 2013. Sheldon served as American Library Association president from1983-1984 and was the interim director and professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at University of Arizona, Tucson until her retirement in 2004. The University of Texas and the New Mexico Library Foundation have established the Brooke E. Sheldon Endowed Professorship in Management and Leadership in her memory. More information about Sheldon's contributions can be found at American Libraries Magazine.


Artemis Kirk '75LS Awarded 2013 Alumni Achievement Award

Artemis Kirk '75LS is the winner of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. Kirk has held the office of university librarian at Georgetown University since 2001. Previously, she was director of university libraries for the University of Rhode Island; assistant director of libraries for collections and budget at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Kirk was director of libraries and co-director of information technology for Simmons College, and was a member of the GSLIS faculty. Kirk was recognized by the board for her leadership, vision, and creativity, as well as her willingness to inspire and mentor the librarians with whom she has worked throughout her career.

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