2013 Commencement Awards
posted July 10, 2013 8:09 AM
The winners of the 2013 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their time at GSLIS and post-graduation plans.
Favorite Classes: It is difficult to pick just one class. I would say Academic Libraries (LIS 451) with Anne Moore was one of my favorites because of its in-depth focus. I also loved XML (LIS 469) and Archiving and Preserving Digital Media (LIS 444) because of their practical skills application.
GSLIS involvement: I was the treasurer for GSLIS West from 2011 through 2012. My involvement included attending GSLIS and LISSA events, getting to know my classmates, encouraging them, and always being happy to host the GSLIS West Superbowl party at my house.
What's next? Now that I have graduated, I'm working additional hours at Amherst College's Frost Library, and I will continue working at Wistariahurst Museum. I am also looking for a full-time job in the Bay Area.
Daniel Fleming Outstanding Student Library Teacher Award: Emily Houston
Favorite classes: Young Adult Literature (LIS 483) with Rebecca Morris demonstrated how to match teen literature interests to resources by enabling the librarian to understand their perspectives. Technology in the School Library Media Center (LIS 460) with Linda Braun showed how to use apps and web-based software in the school setting, as well as how to motivate students to use the emerging technologies.
GSLIS involvement: I was the co-chair of the Massachusetts School Library Association Student Interest Group (MSLA-SIG) from 2012 to 2013. I collaborated with fellow officers to organize the MSLA-SIG semester meetings, the career panel, and the annual professional- development conference.
What's next? After relocating from Texas, I have decided to stay in Boston. I was recently hired as a school library teacher at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.
Favorite Classes: My favorite GSLIS classes have focused on information organization. As an engineer looking to make a career change, I had no idea what I wanted to concentrate on when I first started the program. Information Organization and Management (LIS 415) with Candy Schwartz opened my eyes to the world of organization and cataloging. It just clicked with me, and I knew I made the right choice with GSLIS. I chose most of my remaining classes based on that experience.
My other favorite classes have been Metadata (LIS 445) with Kathy Wisser, as well as Subject Cataloging (LIS 417) and Descriptive Cataloging (LIS 416) with Danny Joudrey. In Candy Schwartz's Digital Libraries (LIS 462), I learned about teamwork, juggling a project schedule, and the nuts and bolts of developing a digital collection. Danny Joudrey's classes were the most helpful for my career in traditional library cataloging.
GSLIS involvement: On campus, I have worked at the GSLIS Tech Lab since the end of my first semester and have enjoyed being part of the GSLIS Technology team. Being a Technology Resource Assistant (TRA) has allowed me to meet students and faculty with whom I may never have otherwise crossed paths. It also helped me practice my reference skills.
For the past two semesters, I was co-chair of the Simmons student chapter of ASIS&T. We arranged a talk with Peter Suber last fall about open access and a tour of Google's Cambridge office. This semester, we co-sponsored events with UXPA and also the SCoSAA symposium.
I was also slightly involved with the Leveraging Encoded Archival Description Skills LEADS project, which is an initiative organized by Kathy Wisser and the Simmons College Archives. In the end, I helped with only two finding aids, but it allowed me to brush up on my Encoded Archival Description (EAD) skills.
What's next? I'm getting married in June and believe I am done with school for now. I will be continuing my current internship at the Volpe Center in Cambridge for the rest of the summer. The Volpe Center is part of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and has a small technical library. I do mostly cataloging, but I also assist with interlibrary loan and reference. (Note: The library will be looking for a new intern upon my departure.)
At the end of the summer, my partner and I are planning to move back to Maryland. I will be concentrating my job search in the Washington, DC, metro area. I hope to find a job in cataloging and metadata, preferably in a research-focused library like an academic, government, or other special library. I'm especially interested in working with science or engineering information resources and users.
Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Student Award: Jan Day
Favorite classes: Professor Ross Harvey's Archiving and Preserving Digital Media (LIS 444) was a good mix of theory and practical application. It is the elective that I considered a personal core requirement.
GSLIS involvement: I was treasurer of SCoSAA from 2012 to 2013. I managed budgets, organized a few events, and worked with the co-chairs and other officers. I was also the facilitator for the post-master's certificate Digital Stewardship program under the direction of Professor Ross Harvey and the Simmons Online team. I attended two New England Archivists' conferences as a member and participated in the New England e-Science Symposium sponsored by UMass Medical School.
What's next? I'm a big believer that when you start on a path to earning an advanced degree in any field, you commit to a lifetime of learning. I would love to initiate or join research projects in the areas of big data, scientific data literacy and librarianship, internship ethics, and online learning in the information professions.
In the same vein, I am enrolled in two MOOCs for the summer. One is an introductory data science course and the other is a course about startups, because I have an idea for an archives-related business. Obtaining a second master's degree is not out of the question.
Like everyone else, I am actively looking for full-time archives work, although I have a couple of part-time consulting jobs lined up for the immediate future. My husband and I plan to return to Austin, Texas.
There are a lot of options on the horizon, and I feel that an information science degree will help me carve out a niche (or two, or three) in the world.
And knitting. I can't wait to finally get back to knitting.
Favorite classes: I had a number of favorite classes. Kathy Wisser's Metadata (LIS 445) and Archival Access and Use (LIS 441) were terrific. Cultural Heritage Informatics with Martha Mahard and Michèle Cloonan allowed for collaboration between students and amazing partner institutions. Donna Weber's Establishing Archives and Manuscripts Programs (LIS 442) focused on strategic planning and grant writing.
GSLIS involvement: I was the secretary of SCoSAA from 2011 to 2012. In addition, I was treasurer from 2010 to 2011 and president from 2011 to 2012 of Panopticon. Working in leadership roles with Panopticon was one of my most rewarding experiences at GSLIS. I also conducted research, which I presented at the 2012 SAA Annual Meeting with my graduate cohort. The research led to the founding of the U.S. chapter of Archivists without Borders by me, Amanda Strauss, Erin Faulder, Joel Blanco-Rivera, Mario Ramirez, and Adam Zimmerli.
What's next? I have accepted a position at UCLA Library Special Collections as a project manager for a digital platform for the centennial of the Los Angeles Aquaduct. In addition, I have been preparing for conference presentations at the upcoming New York Archives Conference and the SAA Annual Meeting. I also continued work with the U.S. chapter of Archives without Borders, the Displaced Archives Project, and the SAA Human Rights Archives Roundtable.