January 2014 Archives

GSLIS Student Wins Beta Phi Mu Award

Congratulations to VivianLea Solek, the recipient of the Beta Phi Mu Book Award, given by the Beta Beta Chapter. After 25 years as a museum curator, Solek entered Simmons to pursue her MS with an archives concentration. While a student, she held a temporary position in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University where she worked on the papers of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. VivianLea also interned at the Connecticut Historical Society and the Connecticut State Archives and will graduate in May 2014. In addition to the Beta Phi Mu Book Award, she also received scholarships from ARMA International (2012 and 2013) and the Connecticut Library Association (2012).  She currently works as a Library Assistant, Technology Services and Social Media at the Easton Public Library, Easton, CT.

VivianLea Solek was chosen as the recipient by the officers of the Beta Beta Chapter: 
Karen Vagts, President; Kelly Turner, Vice President; Alexander May, Director; Mary Puleo, Secretary/ Treasurer; and Thomas Clark, Past President.


GSLIS Doctoral Candidate Patricia B. Condon Wins ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition

Thumbnail image for PatriciaCondonALISEAwardphoto.jpgGSLIS doctoral candidate Patricia B. Condon won the 2014 ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition for her dissertation entitled, "Digital Curation Through the Lens of Disciplinarity:  A Study of the Development, Education, and Knowledge Transfer of an Emerging Field" at the ALISE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Jeannette Bastian is Condon's advisor. 

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NEASIST & Simmons GSLIS ASIST's Big Data Conference Recommends Future Information Specialist Skills

Photo22ProfMichaelLeachModeratesPanel.JPGNEASIST & Simmons GSLIS ASIS&T hosted the "Big Data & You: Preparing Current and Future Information Specialists" conference on January 14, 2014 at MIT.  Presentations were given by MIT Senior Software Engineer Sands Fish, Chitika Senior Data Engineer Bradley Strauss, and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library Head Librarian Christopher Erdmann. Simmons GSLIS Adjunct Professor and Harvard University's Cabot Science Library Head of Collection Development Michael Leach moderated a panel discussion among the three experts. The conference provided insights into the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for library and information science specialists. Below is a brief summary of each presentation.

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The Horn Book offices moving to Simmons

The Horn Book, the premier journal of children's literature, will be moving its editorial offices to the Simmons campus in April 2014. The move will provide an even stronger connection between The Horn Book and Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL), with the potential for increased opportunities for students.

The Horn Book was founded by Simmons alumna Bertha Mahoney Miller (1902). The Simmons Archives hold The Horn Book editorial papers, and the CSCL has also co-hosted the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Colloquium for the past several years. Horn Book Editor Roger Sutton has been an adjunct faculty member in the Children's Literature graduate programs.


GSLIS at ALISE Conference

Dean and ALISE president Eileen Abels will be on the panel for "Partnering for Online Coursesharing: Lessons Learned by Schools Participating in the WISE Consortium," at ALISE on Friday, January 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Doctoral student Anastasia Weigle presented "User Experience with Physical Objects" at the Works in Progress Poster Session at ALISE on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Doctoral student Ann Cullen's poster "Developing a Conceptual Framework for Effective Information Literacy Instruction Design in MBA Programs" was posted as part of the virtual conference in the Works in Progress Poster Session.

Doctoral student Deborah Froggatt will be presenting her poster "The Informationally Underserved: A Pragmatic Model for Social Justice," at the ALISE Doctoral Student Research Poster Session and Reception at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

Doctoral student Patti Condon will present her poster "Digital Curation through the Lens of Disciplinarity: A Study of the Development, Education, and Knowledge Transfer of an Emerging Field," at the ALISE Doctoral Student Research Poster Session and Reception at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

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Bibliobrews: GSLIS Student & Alumni Social Occasion in Philadelphia at ALA Mid-Winter

When: January 25, 2014, starting at 8pm.

Where: The Field House (1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia)

Do you live in the Philadelphia area? Attending the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting?

If so, please join the Simmons GSLIS Alumni Board for Bibliobrews, a low-key gathering with free appetizers (provided by the Board) and great conversation. We'll get started at 8pm--after the reception with Dean Eileen Abels*--but drop by any time thereafter.

We welcome all alumni, current GSLIS students, and library-lovers of all kind.

*More information and RSVP for Dean's reception is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/simmons-gslis-alumni-reception-with-new-dean-eileen-abels-tickets-10047374969?ref=estw

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Simmons GSLIS Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Spectrum Scholarships

At the Sankofa: Remembering the Past to Plan for the Future: Spectrum Scholars 2013 dinner event held at Simmons College on November 14, 2013, Simmons GSLIS raised approximately $1,800, which exceeded the $1,000 goal, to support the American Library Association's (ALA) Spectrum Scholarships for students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information science. This year, four Simmons GSLIS master's degree students were selected as Spectrum Scholars: Micha Broadnax, Ashley Dean, Andrea Devlin, and Anastasia Greene. Myrna Morales is one of six candidates who received a Spectrum Scholar Doctoral Fellowship, which will provide funding for her doctoral degree. The fundraising success story was featured in the ALA council's quarterly report.

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Library Legend Peter Hernon Becomes Simmons GSLIS Professor Emeritus

hernon2011Photo.jpgAfter serving the Simmons GSLIS community for three decades as an educator and scholar, Professor Peter Hernon retired at the end of 2013. As one of the top five most cited people in the LIS profession, Hernon is the "Who" in the "Who's Who" in the library and information science (LIS) field. He was recently awarded the Professor Emeritus designation.  

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