March 2014 Archives

Welcome to the GSLIS Collaboratory!

eileen_katie_sign2.jpgGSLIS has created the Collaboratory with a gift from the estate of Mara Dole. Located in P-314 the new collaborative space is open to the entire GSLIS community. In it you will find six computers plus two mounted 55 and 70-inch touchscreen Mondopads, and modular furniture that can be arranged as needed. It is available for hands-on activities in GSLIS classes as well as a space for collaborative group work.

Pictured: Dean Eileen Abels and Provost Katie Conboy pose by placard dedicating Dole's gift in the new space. To view a slideshow of the ribbon cutting event held on Thursday, March 20, visit:

Events | News

GSLIS Alum Named "Mover & Shaker"

tom.jpgSimmons GSLIS Alum Tom Blake '06LS has been named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal. The list calls attention to the advancements and innovations of library professionals. As Digital Projects Manager at the Boston Public Library, Blake has been pivotal in the growth of the library's Digital Services department, created in 2005. See the Boston Public Library's press release and the full list of 2014 Movers & Shakers.

Alumnae/i News | Career | Folks on the Move | News

Behind MOOCs: What are They Worth to Higher Education and Students?

JeffPomerantz2Headshot-20130218.jpgAfter offering the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information on Coursera in 2013, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science, Associate Professor Jeffrey Pomerantz '97LS has taught more students in one MOOC than he has throughout his twelve-year career in academia. With random strangers approaching him in airports and at conferences since he offered the class, Pomerantz has achieved YouTube-quality celebrity.

Although faculty may enjoy their star status and ability to connect with students worldwide, are MOOCs a worthwhile investment for academic institutions? 

Alumnae/i News | Feature story | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

MLIP/Ph.D. Candidate: Free Range Librarian Karen Schneider

Thumbnail image for KarenSchneiderPhoto.jpg"Although we take it for granted how easy it is to use email today, it was difficult to explain to users twenty years ago. People would ask, 'Do you have to be there when the message arrives?'" Simmons GSLIS MLIP/Ph.D. candidate Karen Schneider reflects on her early technology lessons. If you have heard of the Free Range Librarian or read the American Libraries' "Internet Librarian" and American Library Association's (ALA) "TechSource" columns, you know Schneider as an expert in teaching librarians to use and share technology. When she is not writing literary articles or participating in zymurgy, Schneider is the University Librarian at Holy Names University, which has about 1,400 students and received the highest diversity score in the U.S. News and World Report 2012 to 2013 rankings.

Career | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014 | Student Profile

Snapshot: Kate Thornhill '13LS

KateThornhillphoto.jpgAn award-winning graduate of Simmons GSLIS, Kate Thornhill '13LS was recently hired as the Visual Resource Curator at Lesley University College of Art & Design. Thornhill tells us how her academic and work experience helped her land her ideal job.

Why did you decide to attend Simmons GSLIS? What motivated you to concentrate in digital curation?

Since I have bachelor's degrees in art history and photography, I was looking to combine my interests after completing my undergraduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and working in a Visual Resources Center. The emerging field of digital curation offered that opportunity.

Alumnae/i News | Career | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

Faculty Profile: Mónica Colón-Aguirre

monicacolon-aguirre_rdax_600x400.jpgWorking as a jack of all trades in libraries in Puerto Rico in 2003, Assistant Professor Mónica Cólon-Aguirre began her career managing budgets, negotiating prices, and cataloging books. Eventually, she was told to work at the reference desk, "which was feared by everyone." That didn't stop Cólon-Aguirre, who loved providing reference service directly to the public.

Faculty Profile | Infolink Newsletter | March 2014

Norton Juster speaks at BPL

Megan Lambert '02MA, an instructor with the Center for the Study of Children's Literature, will moderate a discussion with Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth. A part of the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, the talk is on Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Lecture Hall. A book sale and author signing will follow the talk. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.

Alumnae/i News | Folks on the Move | News

Support Book Bikemobiles!

Liz Phipps-Soeiro '07LS, a school librarian in Cambridge, has started a Kickstarter campaign to create a "Book Bikemobile" which would deliver free books to children and families at local parks during the summer. Visit the kickstarter page for more information about this project:


GSLIS has launched UNBOUND blog

The GSLIS Dean's Office has launched a blog, UNBOUND - an environmental scanning initiative that seeks to initiate conversation about the future of libraries both here at GSLIS and beyond. The GSLIS community is encouraged to follow along as well as contribute comments, feedback, and insight. If you are a GSLIS student working on a project or paper concerning the future of libraries or archives and would like to write a blog post, contact the Fellow for Dean's Initiatives, Bethany Fair, at The Dean's Office seeks to include perspectives from students, faculty, staff and alumni. If you use twitter and want to send in a link or a comment, please use hashtag #unbound.


PhD/MLIP candidate wins article contest

GSLIS Ph.D./MLIP candidate Jasmina Jusic's article "Entrepreneurial Leadership in Public Libraries" won first place in the Public Library Association's featured article contest. The article was published in the July/August 2013 issue of "Public Libraries" and was chosen as the best feature article of the year by the magazine's Advisory Committee at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Jusic will be presented with her award during a presentation at the PLA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Folks on the Move

Associate Prof. Benoit spoke at Harvard Library

Associate Prof. Gerald Benoit gave a talk, "Demystifying Search Engines" on February 24 at the Harvard Library. The talk was part of the Discovery Initiative series.

Folks on the Move | News

Call for Nominations for 2014/15 GSLIS Alumnae/i Board

Dear GSLIS alumnae/i community:

The nominating committee of the Simmons GSLIS Alumnae/i Board is seeking the names of people interested in serving on the 2014/2015 Alumnae/i Board. This Board is the conduit between the GSLIS alumnae/i community and the School, and serves to promote engagement within GSLIS through events, networking opportunities, and mentoring. Here are the expectations of board members:

  • Attend or call in to all scheduled board meetings
  • Chair or co-chair at least one board committee
  • Attend board-sponsored programs
  • Contribute to The Simmons Fund
  • Help evaluate the board's effectiveness

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining this enthusiastic group of GSLIS alumnae/i or if would like to nominate yourself for a position, please contact Jeremiah Mercurio'11LS, Director at Large, at by March 09, 2014.

Please tell us:

  • Why you or your colleague would like to be on the board
  • What you hope to contribute
  • How you think this board can work to create a more connected GSLIS community

Open Board positions include:

  • Vice president/president-elect
  • Two directors at large
  • One director of fundraising

Please direct questions and nominations to Jeremiah Mercurio at

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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