May 2014 Archives

Student receives SLA Travel Award

Master's student Tim Silva is the recipient of the SLA New England Student Travel Stipend Award. Silva will travel to Vancouver, BC in June to attend the Conference, and will volunteer at the registration table on Sunday, June 8.

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Master's student wins NEASIS&T Travel Award

GSLIS Master's student Regina Pagani was awarded the NEASIS&T Student Travel Award. A student in the archives program, Pagani's upcoming archival work in Cameroon, Africa is a perfect complement to the theme of this year's ASIST Annual Meeting, "Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities." She will receive up to $750 to help defray the costs of attendance at the 2014 ASIS&T Annual Meeting which takes place October 31-November 4 in Seattle, Washington

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Master's student and alums at ACRL NE Conference

GSLIS Master's student Anna Bognolo participated in a poster session at the ACRL New England Annual Conference at Holy Cross in Worcester Mass. on May 9, 2014. Other posters were presented by Abigail Baines '10LS, Anthony Penny '11LS, Gary Atwood '05LS, and Cassandra Watt '12LS.

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ITL Student wins AASL Award

GSLIS student Cathy Collins, School Librarian at Sharon (MA) High School, has been named this year's recipient of the AASL Intellectual Freedom Award. Collins is currently enrolled in the Simmons GSLIS Instructional Technology Licensure program.

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Webber presents with GSLIS alums

Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber, with Jennifer Pelose '01LS and Abigail Cramer '12LS, gave a webinar on April 24 to the Council of State Archivists entitled "Creating Successful Internships."

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Saunders at NERCOMP

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders gave 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.

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Mercier Featured on "ALSC Voices and Faces"

An interview with Cathryn Mercier, Director for the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Professor of English, was featured in the May 2014 issue of "ALSC Voices and Faces" on the website of the Association for Library Service to Children.

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Matarazzo and Pearlstein Webinar at Simmons

Dean and Professor Emeritus James Matarazzo and Dr. Toby Pearlstein '87DA presented a Simmons College GSLIS Webinar entitled, "Ebooks in Corporate Special Libraries".  On April 29, 2014, the Drs. Matarazzo and Pearlstein are presenting a program at the Annual Conference of the Association of Population Librarians, "Demonstrating the Value of the Corporate Library" in Boston. Pearlstein and Matarazzo published an article, "Special Libraries: A Confluence of Forces Pressing on their Future," in the Journal of Library and Information Sciences, April 28, 2014. Their article, "Salaries of Special Librarians," will appear on the IFLA JOURNAL, V. 40 , July 2014.

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Faculty Panel at ACRL/NEC

Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey, Mary Wilkins Jordan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, and Laura Saunders presented 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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Bastian and Webber "Sharing Stories"

Associate Dean and Professor Jeannette Bastian and Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber participated in the New England Archivists session, "Sharing Stories: The New England Archivists/StoryCorps Project" at the March meeting.  Bastian and Webber were both interviewed by StoryCorps last fall as part of the NEA 40th anniversary celebration.

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Bastian publishes and presents

Associate Dean and Professor Jeannette Bastian had two chapters published in recent titles: "Ethics for Archivists and Records Managers," in Archives and Recordkeeping; Theory into Practice ed. C. Brown ( London: Facet Publishing, 2014) and "Documenting Community Through the Lens of Collective Memory," in Identity Palimpsests, Archiving Ethnicity in the U. S. and Canada, ed. D. Daniel and A. Levi (Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2014). Bastian presented "The Community In Place: Archives, Memory, Landscape," at  a conference on Memories, Identities and Communities at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee, Scotland, April 24. 2014.

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The Right to Know Symposium at Simmons

Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera and Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented the symposium "The Right to Know: Information Access & Information Literacy in the Professions" at Simmons on March 31. The keynote speakers were Paul Sturges, Professor Emeritus, Loughborough University, UK and Almuth Gastinger, Senior Research Librarian, Norwegian University of Science & Technology. Saunders and Blanco-Rivera participated in a panel discussion with SSW Professor of Practice Gary Bailey, SHS Professor of Practice Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue, SOM Dean/Associate Professor John Lowe, and CAS Associate Professor Catherine Paden. The event was funded through a Simmons College PDIAC/SimmonsPalooza grant, and is co-sponsored by the American Library Association Student Chapter (ALA/SC) and the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG).

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Ballard and Froggatt at IMLS Research Summit

GSLIS Adjunct Professors Susan Ballard and Deborah Lang Froggatt were among 50 invited scholars participating in a national IMLS-sponsored research summit. Focused on setting an agenda for future school library research the "Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)" summit took place April 11-12, 2014 in Chicago and was "an opportunity for school library and educational researchers to look critically at the relationship between school library programs and positive contributions to student achievement."

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Knowles elected to Board

Assistant Dean Em Claire Knowles was elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees. This is a two-year term, starting this year.

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Pattee and alum interviewed for The Boston Globe

Boston Public Library's Librarian Laura Koenig '07LS and Associate Professor Amy Pattee were interviewed for the article "Parents in Young-adult Fiction Finally Come of Age," in the Boston Sunday Globe, May 11, 2014.

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Children's Literature Celebrates Diversity

The Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature, in partnership with the Horn Book Inc., Children's Book Week, and Children's Books Boston, presented "A Place at the Table: Speed Dating with Children's Book Creators" on May 14 at Simmons College. A part of Children's Book Week, the event is to promote diversity in children's literature. The participating authors and illustrators included Francisco Stork, Anne Sibley O'Brien, Leslea Newman, Susan Kuklin, Nicole Tadgell, and Richard Michelson.

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Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis Accepts K-12 Director Position at Wellesley Public Schools

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Franzilonisphoto.jpgDr. Mary Frances Zilonis has accepted a position as the K-12 Director of School Libraries for the Wellesley Public Schools. She has resigned as the GSLIS Director of the School Library Teacher Program (SLTP) and Professor of Practice, effective July 1, 2014.  

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Linda Watkins Inducted into the Massachusetts Library Association's Hall of Fame


Simmons GSLIS Librarian Linda Watkins was inducted into the Massachusetts Library Association's (MLA) Hall of Fame on May 6, 2014 at the MLA's annual meeting in Worcester, MA. The award recognizes "librarians who have made a substantial, sustained contribution to advancing the cause of Massachusetts librarians or librarianship over a career of at least ten years," according to the MLA's website. She has been a librarian for more than 30 years and continues to make contributions to GSLIS students, faculty, and alumni. Please join us in congratulating Linda on her well-deserved accomplishment.


Computer Science and Informatics Students Inducted Into Order of the Computing Professional


Computers science and informatics undergraduates Sarah Elmore and Priyal Goyal were inducted into the Order of the Computing Professional. They received certificates of honor at the Senior Banquet on April 24, 2014. The students will graduate from Simmons College on May 9, 2014.

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