February 2014 Archives

GSLIS Faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball Receive Tenure

This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.

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GSLIS Alum Partners With ALA for New Book

Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014. 

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Pearlstein wins Alumni Achievement Award

GSLIS congratulates Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, the winner of the Alumni Achievement Award. Pearlstein has published and presented extensively with Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo. The two most recently co-authored Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) which was featured at the SLA New England Fall Meeting at Simmons College. Prior to her retirement, Pearlstein was Director of Global Information Services at Bain & Company, Inc. Before that, she was Chief Librarian & Archivist at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She has been active in the Special Libraries Association since 1977. To read more about Pearlstein on the news page, click here.

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Alum blogs for Hack Library School

Alex Berman '11LS was a guest blogger on the popular Hack Library School blog. In his post, Alternative Careers for LIS Grads, Berman shares his experiences finding LIS work outside of libraries or archives.

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GSLIS CE Webinar -- Ebooks in Corporate/Special Libraries

February 27, 2014 -- 2:00pm - 3:00pm -- $25

Taught by James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein the webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Ebook Adoption in Special Library Settings
  • Survey Results
  • Barriers
  • Incentives
  • Putting It All in Perspective
  • Mini Case Studies
  • Survey Instrument
  • Recommended Readings

See the GSLIS Continuing Education website for webinar details and registration information.


Spring Networking Event with BookBuilders of Boston

The Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature and the  Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science are pleased to host a free spring networking event with BookBuilders of Boston on February 12 2014, 6-8 pm in the Kotzen Room. Meet, mingle, and network with publishing professionals. RSVP: www.bbboston.org.


Inside the Digital Public Library of America: A Social Movement for Information Professionals

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Photo13DanCohenLaunchofDPLA.JPGBeyond providing open access to a variety of collections on an online portal, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a social movement that is bringing together information professionals and resources for the public good. Chief architects Maura Marx '04LS and John Palfrey knew they wanted to "capitalize on the collective initiative of librarians and archivists," said DPLA Project Coordinator Kenny Whitebloom '12LS, who helped the organization grow from its infancy while he was a project coordinator at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Feature story | February 2014 | Infolink Newsletter

Professor Candy Schwartz's Words of Wisdom

schwartz2011photo.jpgWhen Professor Candy Schwartz isn't dreaming about using GIS technology to develop MapQuest coordinates of Tolkien's Middle Earth or traveling to the latest Celtic folk festival, she is thinking about her students. She wants them to "feel they can learn anything given enough time. I want students to feel they can take initiative and risks." After describing how she stumbled upon a successful career of more than three decades in library and information science (LIS) by paging through McGill University's catalog, Schwartz shared her words of wisdom about the field.

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Ph.D./MLIP Candidate Student: Alexia Hudson-Ward

Thumbnail image for AlexiaHudsonWardphoto.jpgAlthough Simmons GSLIS Ph.D. /MLIP student Alexia Hudson-Ward had a lucrative marketing career at the Coca-Cola Company before she became a librarian, the events surrounding September 11, 2001, motivated her to follow her passion. "I was scheduled to get on an airplane that day, but it was cancelled. During the next several months, I began thinking about my work's impact on the world," said Hudson-Ward.  "I always had a desire to help people become knowledgeable, productive, and impactful. Becoming an academic librarian was a way for me to do work that mattered."

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Snapshot: Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh

Oh_picture_2.jpgWhy did you decide to work at Simmons GSLIS?

As one of the top library and information science institutions, Simmons GSLIS has a long tradition of excellence. Also, Simmons GSLIS is a lively and committed community that takes pride in advancing the profession. I'm excited to be part of the community.

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Simmons GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Jeff Friedman's "The Eros of Oral History" Lecture and Performance at Simmons College

Simmons GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Jeff Friedman's  "The Eros of Oral History" lecture and performance was held on January 31, 2014 at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Conservatory. The free event featured a lecture about oral history in the performing arts, including a production of new primary source materials, such as recorded interviews, textual interpretations, as well as a performance from Friedman's danced-based solo work titled Muscle Memory. The lecture and performance has received international acclaim throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, and New Zealand.

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Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and GSLIS student Ryan McGinnis Appear on ALISE Conference Panel

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and GSLIS master's student Ryan McGinnis appeared on a panel titled "Biennial Educators Meeting: What Skills are Needed for the Next Generation Cataloger/Metadata Professional" at the ALISE Conference on January 24, co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. The panel addressed questions about how cataloging and metadata professionals can adapt to changes in the workforce and classroom with solutions and partnerships.


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GSLIS Student VivianLea Solek Selected as Recipient of the 2013 Beta Beta Book Award

GSLIS Student VivianLea Solek was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Beta Beta Book Award, given by the Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international LIS honor society. 

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GSLIS Student Starts Library Effect Online Magazine

GSLIS master's student Shannon McDonough has started a new online magazine called Library Effect, which includes stories about how libraries are making an impact on communities. Invited submissions for the next issue are due on March 31, 2014. Follow the magazine on Twitter @libraryeffect.

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Brandie Doyle '11LS Promoted to Russell Library's Head of Circulation Services

Brandie Doyle '11LS has been promoted to Head of Circulation Services at Russell Library in Middletown, CT. She will supervise circulation staff and materials, registration of borrowers, and interlibrary loans, as well as oversee maintenance of the adult circulating book collection. In addition, she will select materials for the adult fiction collection. She is Chair of the Connecticut Library Association's Customer Service Committee. Doyle has also written for Public Libraries Online, the companion website to the print publication Public Libraries.

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GSLIS Student Lindsey Clark Selected as ALA Student Staffer

 GSLIS Student Lindsey Clarke was selected as the 2014 Simmons ALA student staffer.

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LIS faculty panel at ACRL/NEC

Associate Professor Lisa Hussey, Assistant Professors Mary Wilkins Jordan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, and Laura Saunders are doing a panel presentation for ACRL/NEC at Holy Cross in Worcester on May 9, titled "Leveraging Every Opportunity: Using Peer-to-Peer, Classroom Assessment, and Self-Reflection to Improve Teaching."

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Assistant Professor Saunders to present at NERCOMP

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders is giving a presentation titled "Faculty Perspectives on Information Literacy: What They Want and What We Can Do about It" at NERCOMP in Providence RI, March 25. On January 28, Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented a training session to librarians at the Boston Public Library on best practices for instruction, titled "The Accidental Instructor." On February 7, Saunders spoke to the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors on "Information Literacy Trends in Higher Education."

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Saunders and Wilkins win RUSA Award

Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan co-authored an article, "Significantly Different?: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," which was selected as the winner of the 2014 Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) Press Award. The award will be presented at the RUSA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 - July 1. Saunders and Jordan are also doing a presentation at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 30, titled "Crash Course in Evaluation Research."

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Children's Literature Adjunct Honored

Adjunct Robin Morrow was honored with an award from the Order of Australia for significant service to children's literature. Further details are available on the Governor General's website at http://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2014-honours-lists.

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GSLIS Student Morales at ALA Midwinter

Myrna Morales, PhD student and ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow, spoke on a panel moderated by Andromeda Yelton '10LS. The panel was titled "Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship." The presentation occurred during ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.

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GSLIS at ASIS&T Annual Meeting

GSLIS faculty and students attending the ASIS&T Annual Meeting appear in the February ASIS&T bulletin (pages 7,8, and 14) in addition a note about ASIS&T Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Activities "Information Behavior on the Move: 2013 ASIS&T SIG/USE Research Symposium" by Associate Professor Rong Tang, Denise E. Agosto, and Lorri Mon (page 27)


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Professor and Alum receive WISE awards

Professor of Practice Linda Braun and Lisa Nathan '03LS, professor at the University of British Columbia, have both received WISE awards for Excellence in Teaching. http://www.wiseeducation.org/faculty/bestpractices2013.aspx.

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Association Prof. Daniel Joudrey in Cognotes

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey discussed the present and future needs of LIS programs, and their limitations, during the Biennial Educators Meeting at ALA Midwinter on January 24, 2014. A photograph taken during the presentation was included in Cognotes (page 6). The full issue of Cognotes can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1eOfZdY.

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Associate Prof. Pattee publishes a book

GSLIS Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in LIS/Children's Literature Amy S. Pattee recently published her second book, Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults. Pattee developed a comprehensive guide to young adult literature collection development. Additional details can be found in the book review.

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GSLIS MLIP/PhD student Karen G. Schneider receives American Library Association Elizabeth Futas Catalyst Change Award

KarenSchneiderPhoto.jpgKaren G. Schneider, university librarian at Holy Names University, Free Range Librarian blogger, and GSLIS MLIP/PhD student, is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award.

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