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A Conversation with Sidney Berger

Esteemed scholar, prolific writer, and adjunct professor at Simmons SLIS Sidney Berger last spoke with Infolink in 2009, as then Director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum (now Director Emeritus), overseeing a massive construction and expansion endeavor...

Children's Literature and the Dual-Degree Experience

The Picturebook. Poetry for Young Readers. Fantasy and Science Fiction. Victorian Children's Literature. Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Young Adults. These are just a sampling of the rich course offerings available to students pursuing their Master's degree in Children's Literature at...

Creating Histories through Outreach, Collaboration, and Digital Stewardship

John Campopiano '13LS never envisioned working with world-renowned journalists, yet as the records manager for FRONTLINE/WGBH-TV in Boston, he is the point person among journalists and editors, production companies in the field, the legal department, accounting, and the media library...

Creating Creative Communities: 3D Printing in Library Programming

It can be challenging to keep up with technology's persistent, rapid developments. Even for the most digital-savvy among us, the breadth of innovations introduced and improved upon every day is staggering. The progress in 3D printing technology over the past...

Prof. and students to present at MSLA Conference

Adjunct Prof. Eric Poulin and SLIS students Katie Flynn, Katie Beth Ryan, and Rebecca Morin have been selected to present at the 2015 Massachusetts Library Association Conference, May 5-7 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Their presentation is titled "Think, Pair, Share But...

PhD/MLIP candidate featured as "Adventurous Librarian"

Felton Thomas, Jr. was featured as an "Adventurous Librarian" on a website promoting The Librarians on TNT. Librarian profiles were provided by the American Library Association. Thomas's profile can be seen here....

Alum published in American Libraries International Supplement

Diane Booton '04LS has had an essay, "International Travel, Learning Opportunities," published in the American Libraries International Supplement, August edition, pp. 12-13: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/issue/international-supplement-2014....

Alum Elected to AALL Board

The American Association of Law Libraries has selected Emily R. Florio '06LS as one of its two new 2015-2016 executive board members. Florio is currently manager of library services at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, D.C....

Professor Terry Plum Travels to Serbia and Kosovo

Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director of SLIS West, recently traveled to Serbia and Kosovo as part of the State Department's US Speaker Program. During his travels, he gave a presentation and workshop at the BibliTech conference,...

SLIS Alum Published in Programming Librarian

Martha Penzer '14LS published "Transformations: The Power of Reading Aloud" in the American Library Association Programming Librarian online magazine. She writes about her experience bringing the works of Louisa May Alcott to women in a correctional facility and the unexpected...

Connecting Past and Future: Libraries on the Lewis and Clark Trail

Lewis and Clark's expedition in search of a water route to the Pacific has a near-mythic place in American history. In 1803, on the heels of the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson charged his personal secretary, Merriweather Lewis, with a mission...

Usability, UX and MOOCS: A Global Perspective

Usability testing, UX, user behavior research: these terms may not have originally been a part of the Library and Information Science lexicon, but these concepts are inescapable these days--and with good reason. In a field focused on meeting users' needs,...

Library Services for the 21st Century Student

Like many in the LIS field, MLIP (Managerial Leadership in Library Professions) Ph.D. student Kimberley Bugg didn't set out to be a librarian when she began her college career. A Communications and Media Studies major at Georgia State University (GSU)--she...

Interview: Kendra Giannini, Capstone Coordinator

Kendra Giannini, Simmons alum and now SLIS staff-person, talks about her role as Capstone Coordinator, provides some insight into the curriculum changes and Simmons' internship and alumni network, and offers advice to students on the wealth of professional opportunities for...

Matarazzo and Pearlstein publish

Drs. Toby Pearlstein '77LS '87DA and James M. Matarazzo '65LS published an article, "The Business Case for Information Literacy: Why Training is an Important Information Service Function" in Online Searcher, V.38, September/October, 2014 pp. 42-49. Case Studies that accompany this...

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows Selected for 2014-2016

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) has chosen three SLIS master's students to participate in their Mosaic Program: Micha Broadnax, Adriana Flores, and Sara Powell. A total of five master of library and information science students...

ALA President Young: Advocate. Today.

ALA President Courtney L. Young's article "Advocate. Today" was published in American Libraries Online on September 12, 2014. Young writes: "Libraries really do change lives. That reality is well known and proudly understood by every one of us. I don't...

Alum publishes translation

Children's Literature alum Winnie Shen '04MA has had a second translation published. She has translated two of Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson books into Chinese....

Herrera and Schneider win ALA Awards

Two members of the SLIS community are among the 2014 award winners from the American Library Association for Honoring Excellence & Leadership in the Library Profession. MLIP Professor of Practice Luis Herrera received the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators...

3D printer and scanner in SLIS Collaboratory

Thanks to a generous gift from one of our trustees, SLIS has a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer and a MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner available for faculty, staff, student, and alumnae/i usage. The printer can be found in the Collaboratory...

ASIS&T Student Chapter Named Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to the Simmons SLIS ASIS&T student chapter, which has won the chapter of the year award for 2014. The student chapter was praised for yet another "exceptionally active" year, which included events and "creative outreach and marketing strategies" to...

New SLIS Concentrations Provide Students Skills to Meet Today's Technology Needs

In Fall 2014, Simmons SLIS will offer concentrations in Information Science & Technology (IST) and Cultural Heritage Informatics to provide students with the technology competencies they need for today's information institutions.  The new concentrations will help librarians, archivists, and other...

Faculty Profile: Nanette Veilleux

 "Although computer science has traditionally not been a popular profession for women to enter, the number of women at Simmons who have pursued the field has increased from a handful to about 50 in the past few years," says Professor...

Snapshot: Linnea Johnson '01BA, '04LS

As Manager of Technology at Simmons SLIS, Linnea Johnson has revolutionized the technology services offered to students, staff, and faculty. Involved with development of the Collaboratory, SLIS Media Lab, and Usability Lab, Johnson also initiated a podcast service, SLIScast, which...

MLIP/Ph.D. Candidate Profile: LeRoy LaFleur

Librarians need to be innovative to meet today's challenges, and they need environments that encourage new ideas, according to LeRoy LaFleur, Head of Rush Rhees Library Reference at the University of Rochester. As the former Head of George Mason University's...

LIS alum named Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at MCC

Billy Beal '77LS has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Learning Resources at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Beal has been a member of the MCC staff for 38 years, and served as dean of the college's Learning Resources...

Prof co-presents at COLING in Ireland

On Saturday, August 23, Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs co-presented a tutorial on Biomedical Natural Language Processing at COLING (Computational Linguistics) 2014 in Dublin, Ireland: http://www.coling-2014.org/tutorials.php....

Prof. Jordan's article featured

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan's article, "Reference Desks in Public Libraries: What Happens and What to Know," was selected as a featured article for the September 2014 issue of The Informed Librarian Online....

Simmons alum at National Library of Medicine

Jennifer Diffin '95, a graduate of the math and computer science program, has been appointed head of library technology services at the National Library of Medicine....

MLIP graduate named dean of libraries

Adriene Lim '12DA was named dean of libraries at University of Oregon; her appointment began at the end of July 2014. Previously, Lim was dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan. For more information visit http://library.uoregon.edu/node/4285....

SLIS alum creates YALSA readalike lists

Hannah Gomez '13LS created a two-part list of young adult titles as companions to shows premiering on television this fall. Her lists, posted on the YALSA site, were also featured on American Libraries Direct: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/07/31/readalikes-for-fall-tv-premieres-part-i/ http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/08/07/readalikes-for-fall-tv-premieres-part-ii/...

GSLIS student chosen as ARL Scholar

Incoming student Joyce Gabiola was selected as The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Gabiola will begin her MS degree this fall....

GSLIS student and Library Assistant Mirna Turcios, Professor Naresh Agarwal and LIS Librarian Linda Watkins Publish Study

What started as in invitation by Linda Watkins in Naresh Agarwal's LIS 403 classroom years ago for a team to investigate her belief that only less than 5% of what is published in LIS journals is empirical research was just...

LIS Student Supports Libraries in Africa

Current GSLIS student Maggie Davidov is heading to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (OWLA) for two weeks this August on a school library exchange. Through a grant from the Dana Hall School in Wellesley to focus on Global initiatives, Maggie...

Prof. Veilleux selected for CREU program

Prof. Nanette Veilleux's proposal for the 2014-15 Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) program was selected. Three undergraduate students will participate in a research project and receive stipends from this program. The student cohorts have been invited to meet at...

MLIP student published

MLIP student Alexia Hudson-Ward's article "Diversity and Inclusion: Online Resources for Education" was published in the June edition of College and Research Libraries News. Another article, "Eyeing the New Diversity: An Emerging Paradigm for Recruitment and Retention" was published in...

Professor Nanette Veilleux Awarded Best Presentation at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference

Nanette Veilleux and her co-presenters were awarded best presentation for "People Matter: The Role of Peers and Faculty in Students' Academic Engagement" at the June 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana....

GSLIS Adjunct Professor Elaine Martin Published in Health Sciences Librarianship

GSLIS Adjunct Professor and UMass Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library Director Elaine Martin '05DA is a co-author of the chapter "Chapter 10: Research Data Management and the Health Sciences Librarian" in the recently published  Health Sciences Librarianship. Martin is also...

GSLIS Student Appointed First Digital Strategist at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Master's student Shannon McDonough was recently appointed the first Digital Strategist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as of June 11, 2014....

Professor Joudrey and GSLIS Student Publish in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and recent GSLIS graduate Ryan McGinnis '14LS published "Graduate Education for Information Organization, Cataloging, and Metadata" in the June 2014 issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Joudrey and McGinnis also presented the findings of the paper at...

GSLIS Alum Teaches "Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning" MOOC

GSLIS alumn Lauren Maggio '05L is teaching a MOOC titled, "Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning" through Stanford University's OpenEdX platform. The course introduces the concept of openess from a variety of perspectives, including library and information studies,...

GSLIS Doctoral Candidate Awarded First Place in Public Libraries Feature Article Contest

Ph.D./MLIP student Jasmina Jusic was awarded first place in the Public Libraries Feature Article Contest for her article, "Entrepreneurial Leadership." Jusic received the award at the June 2014 American Library Association's Annual Conference's Public Library Association's President's Program and Awards...

GSLIS Alum Promoted to Serials Functional Coordinator at Harvard Library

Sean Crawford '13LS was promoted to Serials Functional Coordinator at the Harvard Library in June 2014....

Peirce College Librarian Recognized for School's Penmanship Archive

Peirce College Librarian Bart Everts '11LS was featured in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's blog for his school's penmanship archive collection....

Children's Literature Alum and Student Win Susan P. Bloom Discovery Awards

Rebecca Roan '14MA who received her MFA in writing for children and MA in children's literature at Simmons College, and Mackenzie Van Englelenhoven, who is currently finishing her MFA in writing for children and young adults, received Discovery Awards for...

GSLIS Alum Participates in Book Bike Program

Cambridgeport School Librarian Liz Phipps-Soero '07LS is delivering books to children through Cambridge, MA's Book Bike Program....

Courtney Young '97LS Begins Term as American Library Association President

Courtney Young '97LS began her term as the American Library Association (ALA) President at the Inaugural Brunch at the June 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. ...

Simmons GSLIS Graduates Accepted into the National Digital Stewardship Residency

Tricia Patterson '14LS and Samantha DeWitt '14LS were accepted into the National Digital Stewardship Residency in Boston, MA. Patterson will conduct her residency at MIT Libraries and DeWitt will be a resident at Tufts University. The residency program is designed...

Tribute to The Librarian's Librarian: Linda Watkins

Linda Watkins was one of Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo's best hires. When he hired Watkins as GSLIS' "librarian's librarian" at Simmons Beatley Library, he says he "knew she was the one for GSLIS."  For more than 33 years,...

Simmons GSLIS Remembers Ernest DiMattia Jr. '65LS

Ernest "Ernie" DiMattia Jr. '65LS, an advocate for libraries and GSLIS, died on June 26, 2014. As the president of Stamford's Ferguson Library, DiMattia supervised the renovation main library and three of its branches, according to the Stamford Daily Voice....

Simmons GSLIS Welcomes Two New Professors

Simmons GSLIS welcomes Amber Stubbs '05UG and Chaoqun Ni to the faculty in Fall 2014. Their computer science expertise will compliment the course offerings in GSLIS' new Information Science & Technology concentration....

GSLIS Student wins ASIS&T New Leader Award

GSLIS Master's student and Dean's Fellow for Instructional Technologies Anne Pepitone is a winner of the 2014-2016 ASIS&T New Leader Award. Each year, eight members in their first three years of membership are chosen for the award, which includes travel...

Transforming Passion for Children's Literature into Opportunities

"We seem to have entered a New Age of the Child," said Cathryn Mercier, Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL) and Director of the Children's Literature Graduate programs at Simmons GSLIS. "Harry Potter was...

Snapshot: Megan Lambert '02GS

Instructor Megan Lambert '02GS is an award-winning educator who is changing how we approach children with literature. In 2009, she received the Massachusetts Literacy Champion award from the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation for creation of the Whole Book Approach and A...

Amy Pattee's Insights about YA Collection Development and Children's Library Services

For Associate Professor Amy Pattee, the start of many journeys -- a marriage proposal, a fulfilling career -- began in a library. As most Simmons GSLIS students know, Pattee knows about nearly every young adult (YA) book ever published....

Faculty Profile: Joel Blanco-Rivera Shows How Archives Seek Justice

While many would have discarded a college postcard that did not apply to their field, a piece of mail changed Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera's life. As an electrical engineer in Puerto Rico, he paused when he saw the word "archives"...

2014 Commencement Awards

The winners of the 2014 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their Simmons experience and post-graduation plans....

Open Access Movement Pioneer Robin Peek Retires from Simmons GSLIS

After teaching at GSLIS for more than 20 years, Associate Professor Robin Peek has retired this summer. As a pioneer of the Open Access (OA) Movement, which began in the mid-1990s, Peek championed open access of scholarly research. Her studies...

GSLIS Capstone Coordinator Kendra Giannini

Kendra Giannini '13LS, '04BA is the new GSLIS Capstone Coordinator. She received her bachelor's degree in arts administration and master's degree in library and information science from Simmons. Before joining the GSLIS staff, she worked in development and finance at...

Professor James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein's '77LS, '87DA Latest Publications

Dean Emerita and Professor James Matarazzo and Dr. Toby Pearlstein'77LS,'87DA published "Salaries of Special Librarians in the United States" in the July 2014 issue of the IFLA Journal. They also published "Corporate Libraries: A Confluence of Forces Pressing on...

Assistant Dean Em Claire Knowles Published in portal: Libraries and the Academy

Assistant Dean Em Claire Knowles's article titled, "Diversity, Social Justice and the Future of Libraries," will be published in the July 2014 issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy. The article was co-authored by Simmons doctoral student Myrna Morales and...

Doctoral Candidate Presents at Meeting and Wins Travel Award

Doctoral candidate Vanessa Reyes' poster presentation titled "What Personal Information Management and Archiving Strategies Do People Use that Compare to the DCC Curation Model?" was recently accepted for Archival Education Research Institute (AERI) meeting, which will be held July 14-18,...

Margaret V. Mulley '73LS Joins Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees

Margaret V. Mulley '73LS  joined Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees.  Mulley worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP for 34 years. She held various leadership roles, including Chief Learning Officer of Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, before she retired as a partner...

Michelle Chiles '13LS Receives Society of American Archivists' Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

Michelle Chiles '13LS received the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association...

Recent GSLIS Graduate Publishes in Legal Reference Services Quarterly

Christina Peura '14LS published the article titled, "Electronic Legal Research Tools: An Examination of the Resources Available, Training of New Attorneys, & Employer Expectations" volume 33, issue 3 of Legal Reference Services Quarterly....

Alumni Notes

GLIS doctoral graduate Dr. Adriene Lim '12DA was appointed new dean of University of Oregon Libraries on July 28, 2014. Peter Dean '08LS was promoted to become a tenured library faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sarah Hunter...

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....

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,...

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...

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....

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."...

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....

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...

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...

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."...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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

Dr. 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...

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...

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...

GSLIS After Dark: An Evening of Recognition and Connection

More than 100 Simmons GSLIS alumni, faculty, students, and College administrators convened at the 5th annual GSLIS After Dark event on April 4, 2014 to celebrate the school's and GSLIS Alumnae/i Board's accomplishments, present the Alumni Achievement Award to Dr....

How Prison Libraries Can Make a Safer World

At some point, 95% of the incarcerated will be released into the general public. They need programs and services to help them re-enter society peacefully and productively. Libraries offer that opportunity. -- Julie Steenson '14LS     ...

Making a Difference with Librarians Without Borders

GSLIS master's student Brandie Burrows personifies public service. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, she taught entrepreneurial fundamentals to women business owners and helped establish youth centers. While she was at the home of her host family, the...

Faculty Profile: Melanie Kimball

Associate Professor Melanie Kimball's quest to prove the value of children's and young adult (YA) library services has not always been easy. "You will never get a job," she was told by a university dean after she declared her...

Snapshot: Mariah Manley

Mariah Manley shares what she has learned about building bridges, working with executive management, balancing budgets, and other skills as the outgoing Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) president. Read how Manley is building her career by taking advantage...

ASIS&T and SIG USE Sponsor "The Contextual Inquiry: A Must-Have Method for Your User Research Toolbox" Webinar

ASIS&T and SIG USE are sponsoring the webinar, "The Contextual Inquiry: A Must-Have Method for Your User Research Toolbox" on April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST. The session will be hosted by two user researchers, Kate...

Professor Nanette Veilleux Becomes GSLIS Associate Dean for Research

Nanette Veilleux will be joining the GSLIS faculty full time in the fall when she returns from sabbatical. She will resume her responsibilities as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Computer Science and will become the GSLIS Associate Dean for...

GSLIS Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan Receive Best Paper Award

Associate Professor Laura Saunders and Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan's paper, "Culture and Competencies: A multi-country Examination of Reference Service Competencies"  was one of two 2014 recipients to receive the Association of College and Research Libraries/New England Chapter's Best Paper...

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan Gives Q Method Presentation at the Big Talk from Small Libraries Online Conference

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented, "You Can Q! Using Q Method to Understand Community Needs for Small Libraries" at the Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference in February. The Q Method is a ranking process in which patrons...

GSLIS Student Presents at the 2014 Association of College & Research Libraries' New England Chapter Meeting

GSLIS master's student Anna Bognolo will be presenting "Creating Connections for Online LIS students: You're Not Alone in Cyberspace!" with Meena Jain from Drexel's iSchool at the 2014 Association of College & Research Libraries' New England Chapter meeting. The poster...

GSLIS Student Receives Scholarship and Moderates Social Media Session

GSLIS master's candidate VivianLea Solek received the student scholarship to attend the New England Archivists' 2014 spring meeting. Solek also moderated a session about social media titled, "'Monster Lake Trout:' Landing the Big One with Social Media," which included Simmons...

Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Offers Manuscript Critiques

Children's Literature graduate student Tracy Marchini is a founding member of the Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley, which will offer off-site manuscript critiques at their annual June conference. Workshop faculty includes Senior Editor of Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers Stacey...

GSLIS Student Gives Presentation at New England Archivist Spring Symposium

GSLIS master's student Paul Caserta will give his presentation," "Provenance: A New Chapter in the Museum Narrative" at the New England Archivist Spring Symposium. He will be presenting as chair along with Museum of Fine Arts' Curator of Provenance Torie...

GSLIS Doctoral Student Selected to be a Judge for the 2014 International Latino Book Awards

GSLIS doctoral student Sujei Lugo was selected to be a judge for the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, which are the largest awards in the United States celebrating achievements in Latino literature. The awards will be presented at the 2014...

GSLIS Alumni Publish Article in D-Lib Magazine

GSLIS alumni Chris Markman '11LS and Constantine Zavras '08LS published an article, "BitTorrent and Libraries: Cooperative Data Publishing, Management and Discovery," which will appear in the March/April 2014 issue of D-Lib Magazine. They presented a lightning talk at the New...

Remembering GSLIS Student James Donahue

In March, we lost a member of the GSLIS community, James Donahue. He was in his first semester and lived in the residence halls. Jamie's mother and sister are both GSLIS graduates. We all join in sending our sympathy to...

Dean Abels Awarded IMLS Grant

Congratulations to Dean Eileen Abels, who has received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) planning grant for "Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education." Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education,...

Welcome to the GSLIS Collaboratory!

GSLIS 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...

GSLIS Alum Named "Mover & Shaker"

Simmons 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...

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

After 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...

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

"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....

Snapshot: Kate Thornhill '13LS

An 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....

Faculty Profile: Mónica Colón-Aguirre

Working 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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....

GSLIS Alum Partners With ALA for New Book

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

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...

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....

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...

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...

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

Beyond 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...

Professor Candy Schwartz's Words of Wisdom

When 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...

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

Although 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...

Snapshot: Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh

Why 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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

GSLIS Student Lindsey Clark Selected as ALA Student Staffer

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

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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....

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)....

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...

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

Karen 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....

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,...

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

GSLIS 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...

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

NEASIST & 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Library Legend Peter Hernon Becomes Simmons GSLIS Professor Emeritus

After 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"...

Save the Date! January 25, 2014 Reception with Dean Eileen Abels

We welcome Simmons GSLIS alumni and friends to please join us for a reception to meet Dr. Eileen Abels, our new Dean, and learn about future plans for GSLIS on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, in the...

Jason Wood Unlocks Simmons College Archives' Treasures

"You constantly need to be creative. A collection is only as relevant as you make it."                                     - Jason Wood, '01LS, '11SOM "Archives peddle nostalgia," says Jason Wood '01LS, '11SOM the Simmons College Archivist and Head of Discovery Services in...

American Theatre Archive Project Takes Boston

"A world without the arts is a world lost," says Elizabeth McGorty '15LS, a GSLIS dual master's degree candidate in archives and history. "The arts allow us to understand life and give meaning to it." McGorty became fast friends with...

Faculty Column: Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program

"We have more jobs than students to fill them. There are currently 31 school library positions in the state that I did not have anyone to send to for an interview," said Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Professor of Practice and...

Judi Paradis, President of the Massachusetts School Library Association and School Library Teacher at Waltham Plympton Elementary School

If there's one school library teacher GSLIS Professor Fran Zilonis wants the School Library Teacher Program (SLTP) students to meet, it's Judi Paradis. GSLIS SLTP students take a tour of Paradis' Plympton School Library in Waltham, Mass. every year.  She...

Ph.D./MLIP Candidate Profile: Tyler Walters, Virginia Tech University Dean of Libraries

"To advance research, a culture shift needs to happen. It may take a generation to change, but we need to start somewhere now." - Virginia Tech University Dean of Libraries Tyler Walters "The publishing ecosystem is broken," said Virginia Tech...

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeanette Bastian's Efforts at UNESCO Experts Meeting and Australian National University

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor Jeanette Bastian facilitated the UNESCO Experts Meeting about designing an archives and records master's program for the University of the West Indies Department of Library and Information Studies in Kingston, Jamaica. She also...

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey Presents at the 11th International Conference on University Libraries

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey presented "An Education for Careers in Information Organization" at the 11th International Conference on University Libraries sponsored by the General Directorate for Libraries of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on November 6, 2013 in Mexico City....

Dean Emeritus and Professor Michèle Cloonan Delivered the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center

Dean Emeritus and Professor Michèle Cloonan recently delivered the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture ""Exeunt Libri: Will Libraries of the Future Preserve Cultural Heritage?" at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center in Austin....

Associate Professor and Director of the Usability Lab Rong Tang Shares National Taiwan University Experiences

Associate Professor and Director of the Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab Rong Tang shares her experiences teaching usability and conducting user behavior research at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan at http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/dispatches/category/taiwan/...

New Titles Redefine Roles of Simmons GSLIS Staff

New titles redefine roles of Simmons GSLIS staff. Jennifer Andrews '09LS is now Director of Curriculum; Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives; Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs '88DA; and Kris Liberman '87LS, Director of External Engagement....

Simmons GSLIS Center for the Study of Children's Literature Events

The Center for the Study of Children's Literature hosted the Children's Book Council's "Class on Class," a seminar for publishers that exams socioeconomic class in contemporary children and YA literature, on November 20, 2013....

Simmons GSLIS Wins Association for Information Science and Technology Student Chapter of the Year Award

Simmons GSLIS was presented with the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Student Chapter of the Year award at the Association's Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, during the first week of November, co-winning the award with the University...

Simmons GSLIS Tribute and MIT Memorial Service for Ann Wolpert

The Simmons GSLIS community was deeply saddened by the death of Ann Wolpert '69LS, a library leader and alumnae of the school. As MIT's director of libraries for almost two decades, Wolpert was a pioneer in digital stewardship and an...

Dr. Jeff Friedman Named Allen Smith Visiting Scholar at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Jeff Friedman, performer, choreographer and interviewer, in his oral history-based dance work titled Muscle Memory (1994) Credit: Savage Photography   Boston, MA (October 22, 2013) - The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is pleased...

Snapshot: White House Champion of Change and Fayetteville Free Library Director Susan Considine

Leadership can happen at any time, at any level, and from anyone in the organization. We need to strategically engage our communities through formal and informal conversations, by partnering with businesses, and schools, as well as by creating access to...

Special Libraries' Saviors James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA

"Why are special librarians worth saving today if less than 1% of new graduates remain in the field after a few years?" I asked Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo after attending the presentation "Educating Special Librarians" at the...

Ph.D. Candidate Profile: Vanessa Reyes

When I discuss the management of my photos and files with Ph.D. candidate Vanessa Reyes, my "digital estate" appears headed for foreclosure. An eager teacher, Reyes offers gentle, thoughtful guidance. Multiple copies of content should be stored in multiple locations....

Jeannette Bastian's keynote speech at an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the centennial of Canberra, Australia

In September, Associate Dean Jeannette Bastian gave a keynote speech at, "Shaping Canberra: The lived experience of place, home and capital," an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the centennial of Canberra and hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She...

Michèle Cloonan and Sid Berger featured in Fine Books & Collections article

Dean Emerita and Professor Michèle Cloonan and Adjunct Professor Sid Berger were profiled in the Summer issue of Fine Books & Collections in an article by Nicholas A. Basbanes titled "A Marriage of True Minds," pp. 9-10....

Elaine Martin Announces Run for Medical Library Association Presidency

Adjunct Professor Elaine Martin announced her candidacy to run as the Medical Library Association president. See our InfoLink story about her work at UMass Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library at  http://bit.ly/18LuUNj....

James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein publish Special Libraries: A Survival Guide

Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo '65LS and co-author Dr. Toby Pearlstein '87LS have released their new book, Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013)....

Special Libraries Association (SLA) New England Features Special Libraries: A Survival Guide at Simmons GSLIS

Simmons GSLIS CE & Communications Director Kris Liberman, Dr. Toby Pearlstein, Dr. Elaine Martin, Professor James Matarazzo, and Dean Eileen Abels "Libraries are more important than ever before. We need to change with the times," said Dean Eileen Abels...

Read Dean Abels' Twitter Chat

Dean Abels held her first twitter chat on September 19. Check out the transcript to read the discussion - just scroll down to September 19 tweets....

Beta Phi Mu Student Book Award

The Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is offering a $500 Book Award to an eligible GSLIS student. Eligible students have:• completed at least 12 semester hours of course work at SimmonsGSLIS as of September 1, 2013.• are not...

Children's Books Boston Meets at Simmons College

Children's Books Boston held it's first event on September 12 at Simmons College in Boston. The group was spearheaded by Yolanda Scott, editorial director of Charlesbridge; Betsy Groban, senior v-p and publisher of HMH Books for Young Readers; Cathryn Mercier,...

Jen Doyle '98LS Embarks on A New Career Opportunity

After dedicating more than a decade to Simmons GSLIS, director of curriculum and communications Jen Doyle '98LS will be embarking on a new career opportunity in August 2013. Known for her enthusiasm and her ability to multi-task multiple projects at...

Simmons GSLIS's New Dean Eileen Abels by Jennifer Moyer

After an exhaustive, year-long search, the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) welcomes Eileen Abels as the new dean. As the current president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Abels has more than...

Snapshot: Peter Botticelli by Jennifer Moyer

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) welcomes Peter Botticelli, the new director of the digital stewardship certificate program. Having traded the arid climate of Arizona for the icy winters of Boston, Botticelli brings a wealth of digital...

Faculty Research Profile: Michèle Cloonan by Jennifer Moyer

While most people might take a long, well deserved relaxing vacation after being a graduate school dean for more than a decade, Michèle Cloonan is an exception. As Dean Emerita and Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information...

Ph.D. Candidate Profile: Patricia Condon by Jennifer Moyer

Doctoral candidate Patricia Condon recently added another accolade to her shelf: first prize in the poster session at the "Curate Thyself!" DigCCurr Ph.D. Symposium at the University of North Carolina. The award  is added to her growing list, which...

GSLIS Student Publications and Awards

Associate Professor Rong Tang's Upcoming Papers and Presentations

Associate Professor Rong Tang's paper entitled "Shared Discovery Using a Library Tool on an Interactive Tabletop: Team Composition, Collaboration Style and Process" has been accepted to be appear at the ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting. Elizabeth Quigley '13LS and GSLIS student...

Professor Candy Schwartz gives a keynote address at the 2013 5th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Library & Information Education & Practice

Professor Candy Schwartz gave a keynote address at A-LIEP 2013, The 5th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Library & Information Education & Practice, in Thailand in July 2013. She is featured on the website: http://www.aliep2013.com/index.php/keynote-speakers....

Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh Defends Dissertation

Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh successfully defended her dissertation at Rutgers University....

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit is Appointed Editor of ASIS&T Monograph Series

The Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) in cooperation with Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the appointment of Associate Professor Gerald Benoit as Editor of the ASIS&T Monograph Series. In this role, Benoit will acquire and develop print...

Professor Jeanette Bastian has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Professor Jeanette Bastian has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Bastian will also continue in her role as Director of the Archives Program....

GSLIS West Cruise

GSLIS West set sail on the Lady Bea Charter Boat on August 3rd, 2013 for a 2-hour cruise down the Connecticut River. Twenty-five passengers, including Assistant Dean Terry Plum and new GSLIS Dean Eileen Abels, joined the ship's crew to...

Ph.D. student's award-winning paper

Ph.D./MLIP student Tyler Walters' paper "The Future Role of Publishing Services in University Libraries" has been awarded best article in the 2012 volume of portal: Libraries and the academy. Walters is dean of University Libraries and Professor at Virginia...

Dean Abels elected President-Elect of Beta Phi Mu

As announced at the annual meeting held during the ALA annual conference in Chicago, Dr. Eileen G. Abels was elected Vice President/ President-elect of the Beta Phi Mu, the international Library and Information Science honor society. Dr. Abels will serve...

Creating Your Own Career: Andromeda Yelton by Jennifer Moyer

Dean's Editorial Fellow Jennifer Moyer interviews GSLIS graduates who have gone on to become entrepreneurs in the LIS field. Read more about their strategies for creating dynamic new tools for librarians and library patrons. Emerging Entrepreneur: Andromeda Yelton '10LS "I...

Creating Your Own Career: Abby Blachly by Jennifer Moyer

Seasoned Entrepreneur: Abby Blachly '05LS LibraryThing has become a household name in the library world since Katherine Dunn interviewed Abby Blachly in 2008. In five years, the company has quadrupled in size, created a new division, and developed a...

Creating Your Own Career: Mary Ellen Heinen by Jennifer Moyer

 The Veteran: Mary Ellen Heinen With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Mary Ellen Heinen is proof that a degree in library and information science has market value that extends beyond a traditional library or archive. Her latest venture...

Interview: Cressida Hanson, Cruise Ship Librarian by Jennifer Moyer

Can librarians have adventures while they work? Cressida Hanson '11LS does. She shares her experiences as a cruise ship librarian traveling the seven seas, organizing books clubs, and leading party line dancing. As a student leader at the Simmons Graduate...

Faculty Research Column: Laura Saunders by Jennifer Moyer

The best way to start an interview with Assistant Professor Laura Saunders is to ask, "What don't you do at Simmons GSLIS?" As the first graduate of Simmons GSLIS's Ph.D. program, Saunders is pioneering avenues of reference and information literacy...

Artemis Kirk '75LS Awarded 2013 Alumni Achievement Award by Jennifer Moyer

"We can't do more with less. Instead, we must do things differently and shift the way we work to do things better. An enhancement of services doesn't come for free," said Artemis Kirk '75LS, recipient of the Simmons GSLIS 2013 Alumni...

2013 Commencement Awards

The winners of the 2013 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their time at GSLIS and post-graduation plans. GSLIS Western Campus Leadership Award: Michelle Fredette Favorite Classes: It is difficult to pick just one class. I would say Academic Libraries (LIS...

LIS 462 Digital Libraries Showcases the Louise Lincoln Scrapbook, by Jennifer Moyer

On April 25, Candy Schwartz's Digital Libraries (LIS 462) class presented Louise Lincoln: A Scrapbook of Art and Spirit to a crowd of 45 GSLIS faculty, staff, and students at the Boston campus. "The digital libraries class is unlike any...

GSLIS Student Publications & Awards

GSLIS Master's student Ashleigh Coren received the 2013 Massachusetts Black Librarians Network, Inc. scholarship. GSLIS Master's student Kittle Evenson was selected as a 2012-2013 Distinguished Civic Engagement Graduate Student Award recipient, due in part to her work with the Boston...

Jordan talks on Tech Services and Tweeting

In May, Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Technical Services: Leadership Behind the Scenes" at the The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians Annual Meeting in Kentucky. Jordan presented "Hip To Be Square: Using QR Codes in Your Library!"...

Colon-Aguirre presents at Conference in Lincoln, England

Assistant Professor Monica Colon-Aguirre presented her paper, "Stories Gone Cold: An Analysis of the Un-Telling of organizational Stories among Reference Librarians" at the "UNTOLD STORIES? A Storytelling Conference" held at the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, England in June. For more information...

Peter Botticelli, director of GSLIS Digital Stewardship Program

Welcome our new GSLIS faculty member, Peter K. Botticelli, the new director of the GSLIS Digital Stewardship program. Previously Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, Botticelli directed their...

Agarwal presents at Conference in Rome, Italy

Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal made two presentations at the 5th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2013) which was held in Rome, Italy from June 4-7, 2013. His first paper (with Noor Faridah A Rahim from...

Libby Author Event at BAA/FHS Library

GSLIS Communications Assistant Alisa M. Libby visited the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library in May to talk with the students about writing. Libby read from her first novel, The Blood Confession, as part of Fenway High School's "Drop Everything...

Fond Farewell to Ross Harvey by Jennifer Moyer

There will be big shoes to fill now that Visiting Professor Ross Harvey is leaving Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS).  During his five year tenure at GSLIS, Harvey's award-winning contributions introduced new programs and shaped the...

Simmons GSLIS at ALA 2013

Attention GSLIS Alums! Maureen E. Sullivan, ALA President and GSLIS Interim Dean cordially invites you to attend a Private Reception for Simmons GSLIS alumni and friends. Saturday, June 29, 2013. 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. This event will be held in...

Helen Drinan '75LS featured in Boston Business Journal

Simmons College President and GSLIS alum Helen Drinan was featured as the "In Person" profile in the Boston Business Journal on June 14, 2013. Her profile, titled "Putting Simmons 'on the map' for Women," focuses on Drinan's work to make...

Librarian Honored at White House

Congratulations to Sue Considine, who was recently honored as a "Champion of Change" at the White House. Considine is the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY. These twelve Champions from various libraries and museums, were honored...

GSLIS Alum named Vice President of the Harvard Library

Sarah Thomas '73LS of the University of Oxford has been named vice president for the Harvard Library. In this role, Thomas will have overall responsibility for the Harvard Library and will collaborate closely with the Library Board, the Faculty Advisory...

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 GSLIS Commencement Awards!

Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Student Award: Jan Day   Daniel Fleming Outstanding Student Library Teacher Award: Emily Houston   Estelle Jussim Award: Jasmine Jones   GSLIS Western Campus Leadership Award: Michelle Fredette   Outstanding Information Science Student Award: Arthur Liu...

GSLIS Grad Elected President of ALA

Courtney Louise Young, a 1997 graduate of GSLIS and head librarian at the Penn State Greater Allegheny, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Young defeated Barbara Froling Immroth, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School...

Professor Cloonan Editor-in-Chief of Preservation, Digital Technology And Culture

The first issue of Preservation, Digital Technology and Culture (PDT&C), previously Microform and Digitization Review, was published in March 2013. With the new editor-in-chief, Simmons GSLIS Dean Emerita and Professor Michèle Cloonan, comes a new title and a stronger focus...

GSLIS Alumni Board Hosts BiblioBrews in D.C.

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 the GSLIS Alumni Board hosted a BiblioBrews event in Washington, DC. Alumni from the classes of 1976 up to 2012 were there and the conversation was lively. Guests shared stories about their career paths and...

Archived Infolink - April 2013

Check out the April 2013 issue of Infolink!...

Annual Graduate Symposium

The 2nd Annual Graduate Symposium took place on Saturday, March 30, 2013, as a result of collaborative work of the diverse GSLIS student organizations, including SCoSAA, Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), American Library Association Student Chapter (ALASC), Panopticon, LISSA, American Society for Information Science and Technology...

Ph.D. Profile: Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Katherine McCanless Ruffin is a professional book artist pursuing a doctorate in library and information science. Ruffin multi-tasks with Olympian discipline as Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College's Clapp Library; lecturer in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University; entrepreneur at Shinola Press; trustee of the American...

Alumni Interview: Nicole Hennig '82LS

As an award-winning independent user experience professional, Nicole Hennig '82LS is creating new educational products and experiences for librarians and academics across the globe. In addition to her years playing pipe organ and harpsichord as a professional musician trained at the Boston Conservatory, Hennig...

Prof. Saunders Presents at ACRL and MLA

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented two papers, "Information as a Weapon: Propaganda, Politics, and the Role of the Library" and "Culture and Collaboration: Fostering Integration of Information Literacy by Speaking the Language of Faculty," at the Association of College and...

Morner and Stueart Co-author Book

Adjunct Professor Claudia Morner co-authored the 8th edition of Library and Information Center Management, which was published by Libraries Unlimited in December 2012. Barbara Moran and Dean and Professor Emeritus Robert Stueart co-authored the book....

Jordan Presents at Educause

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Managers and IT: A (Potentially) Beautiful Relationship" at Educause Midwest in Chicago, IL. Jordan hosted a webinar, "Collection Development for Distance Patrons & Students: Where are our people? Everywhere!" Jordan is also organizing the...

Jordan, Saunders, Webber Present at Bootcamp

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan, Assistant Professor Laura Saunders and Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber, Jordan presented the second annual Job Hunting Bootcamp, which covered resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills. Saunders and Jordan's article "Culture and Competencies: A...

Future of Online Education for LIS Schools

Will students still need to make a six-figure investment in higher education in the future? Will college students still receive instruction in classrooms in the next ten years? GSLIS professors have been offering online education programs since the nineties, and...

Prof. Hernon Publishes 56th Book

Professor Peter Hernon's 53rd book, Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries (ALA, 2013), and his 54th book, Library Leadership in the United States and Europe (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) have been published. His 55th book, Higher Education Outcomes...

Prof. Blanco-Rivera Speaks at University of CT

Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera gave a talk, "Human Rights and Archives: The Role of Archives to Help Bring Transitional Justice" on April 1 at the University of Connecticut at El Instituto's: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. http://lib.uconn.edu/about/news/events/HumanRightsArchives.pdf....

Prof. Bastian Visits University College London

Professor and Associate Dean Jeannette Bastian was a Visiting Scholar for three weeks at University College London in the Department of Information Archives and Records Management. During her time there, Bastian gave the annual Sir Hilary Jenkinson Public Lecture, "Forgetting...

GSLIS Student Publications & Awards

Doctoral candidate Patricia Condon was awarded first prize in the poster session at the "Curate Thyself!" DigCCurr Ph.D. Symposium on March 17 at the University of North Carolina. http://sils.unc.edu/news/2013/curate-thyself. PhD/MLIP students Sue Considine and Ben Hunter were named "Movers and...

Hey, Job Seeker, Spring Means Conference Season. Are You Prepared?

Students and/or job seekers need to keep active with professional development by attending national and regional conferences. Below are tips I have developed over the years that will lead to conference-going ease and success. Plan Your Time, But Remain FlexibleMost...

Faculty Research: Naresh Agarwal

As a researcher with computer engineering expertise, Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal studies information behavior. He explores how people seek what they need from an overwhelming abundance of information from a variety of sources. He aims to understand users' perceptions and...

GSLIS After Dark

On April 3, nearly 100 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered for "GSLIS After Dark." This annual event allowed attendees to reconnect personally and professionally, and also meet Interim Dean Maureen Sullivan, who gave an update on current happenings at...

GSLIS Launches New Curriculum

On March 29, GSLIS officially launched a new core curriculum that will offer many new opportunities for engagement with members of the GSLIS alumni community.The event was kicked off with remarks from Interim Dean and current ALA President Maureen Sullivan....

GSLIS has named a new Dean

Simmons College has named Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D., a longtime library and information science practitioner and educator with a specialty in digital reference education and remote reference services, as the new dean of the Graduate School of Library and...

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GSLIS Student Publications & Awards

Master's student Allegra D'Ambruoso received a grant from the President's Diversity and Inclusion Council to fund activities that support social justice and activism. The grant enabled Massachusetts School Library Association -- Student Interest Group (MSLA-SIG) to show a film about...

Tang to Present SUR40 Research

Associate Professor Rong Tang will give a presentation on her Microsoft Pixelsense Surface Table (SUR40) usability testing research effort on March 1, 2013, at the Liberact Workshop, which is hosted by Harvard University Library. Tang has led two phases of...

Sullivan Talks Strategic Liaisons in MD

GSLIS Interim Dean Maureen Sullivan will join Special Libraries Association (SLA) President Deb Hunt to address key issues facing professional library associations in a presentation titled "Strategic Liaisons: Game-Changing Conversations." The SLA Maryland Chapter will sponsor the presentation, which will...

Schwartz, Agarwal Published in ASIS&T Bulletin

Professor Candy Schwartz and Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal published articles in the Association for Information Science and Technology bulletin: "Third ASIS&T Student Design Competition: The "Truthiness" Challenge" by Schwartz (http://asist.org/Bulletin/Feb-13/FebMar13_Schwartz.html) and "What ASIS&T Means to Me" by Agarwal (http://asist.org/Bulletin/Feb-13/FebMar13_Agarwal.html)....

Colon-Aguirre Keynote Speaker at Spectrum Dinner

Assistant Professor Monica Colon-Aguirre was the keynote speaker at the Simmons Spectrum Dinner for Scholars. The dinner raised $1,000 for the American Library Association's Spectrum Scholarship Initiative....

GSLIS Student, Jason E. Davis

The GSLIS Community was saddened by the death of GSLIS West student Jason Davis, who died on February 21, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut. Davis was a Library Technician II at Trinity College, where he had received his bachelor's degree. To...

New Lecture Series

A new GSLIS lecture series, "Change the Narrative, Not the Name," will give students a number of opportunities to learn about the daily realities associated with working in libraries and the chance to network with colleagues in the field. The...

Faculty Research: Mary Wilkins Jordan

Since her father was a management professor and her mother was a library director, it seems pre-destined that Mary Wilkins Jordan would specialize in library management research. Yet, it took having almost every job under the sun -- from dishwasher...

Is There an App for Balancing Life?

by Cheryl Kohen, '06LS Since we wear many hats in our daily routine, our time is often limited and over-scheduled. Just like anything in life, it is critical to have balance. It's also important to feel satisfaction in professional and...

Snapshot: Courtney Young '97LS

Simmons GSLIS alumni Courtney Young '97LS is running for the American Library Association's (ALA) presidency. As the head librarian and associate professor of women's studies at Penn State University, Young brings 15 years of library expertise and ALA leadership experience...

Maureen Sullivan Offers Promising Plans as GSLIS's Interim Dean

As a professor of practice at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Maureen Sullivan saw the chance to be interim dean as "an opportunity of a lifetime" to further GSLIS's forward-thinking educational programs. Bringing more than 30...

Faculty Research: Mary Wilkins Jordan

Since her father was a management professor and her mother was a library director, it seems pre-destined that Mary Wilkins Jordan would specialize in library management research. Yet, it took having almost every job under the sun -- from dishwasher...

Simmons Moves Up in U.S. News Top 10 Rankings; Archives Program Ranked #1

U.S. News & World Report has once again awarded Simmons GSLIS a slot on the top 10 schools of library and information studies. The program rose from 10th place to 9th in this latest report. GSLIS also is ranked in...

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Interim Dean Maureen Sullivan and Secretary of State Clinton Sign "Declaration of Learning"

GSLIS Interim Dean and ALA President Maureen Sullivan was at the Department of State Headquarters on January 30, 2013 to sign the "Declaration of Learning." The statement, signed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as twelve...

GSLIS Student Publications & Awards

The Fund for Research Committee awarded master's student James Damon $506 to support the project, "Feasibility study on valued hyperlinks." Associate Professor Gerald Benoit will guide the project. Ph.D. student Juliet Drennan has been accepted to present "Badging Academic Libraries:...

Unsworth Is Spring's Allen Smith Visiting Scholar

GSLIS is pleased to welcome Dr. John M. Unsworth as the Allen Smith Visiting Scholar for Spring 2013. Unsworth will be bringing his award-winning digital humanities expertise to the GSLIS community. Unsworth is currently Vice Provost for Library and Technology...

Sullivan Addresses 'Strategic Liaisons' at SLA Maryland

Interim Dean and ALA President Maureen Sullivan will join Special Libraries Association President Deb Hunt to address the key issues facing professional library associations in a presentation titled "Strategic Liaisons: Game-Changing Conversations" at the SLA Maryland's chapter meeting on April...

Jordan, Saunders Show 'Reference Competencies' at ALISE

Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan gave their award-winning research presentation "Reference Competencies from the Practitioner's Perspective: An International Comparison" at ALISE in January. This is the final presentation of the results of their ALISE/OCLC research grant. An...

Quezada to Attend Global Libraries Initiative

Adjunct Professor Shelley Quezada was nominated to attend Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Peer Learning Meeting (PLM) of The Global Libraries Initiative. The PLM will meet in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 21-26, 2013. The event is organized by...

Plum Interview Printed in Publisher's Weekly

An interview with Assistant Dean for Technology and the GSLIS West Program Terry Plum, written by Sasha Nyary '12LS, was published in Publisher's Weekly on November 30, 2012: http://tinyurl.com/awul4nj....

Peek's eLife Article Published

Associate Professor Robin Peek's article "eLife: A New Scholarly Communication System" was published in Information Today, Inc.: http://tinyurl.com/bheopg8....

Jordan Presents at Vermont Library Conference

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan is presenting "Managers and IT: A (Potentially) Beautiful Relationship" at the EDUCAUSE: Midwest meeting in March. Jordan is also giving a presentation, "Hip To Be Square: Using QR Codes in Your Library!" at the Vermont...

Alum Is Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Patricia Iannuzi '82LS is the ACRL 2013 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research...

Hussey, Jordan Present at ALISE

Assistant Professor Lisa Hussey is presenting at the Association for Library and Information Science Education annual conference in Seattle, WA (ALISE). "I am a . . . ? How Do Future LIS Professionals Identify Themselves?" is a joint presentation with...

Faculty Begin New Library Liaison Series

Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey, Mary Wilkins Jordan, and Program Manager GSLIS Continuing Education Kris Liberman gave a panel discussion on January 31, "Librarians! Change the Narrative, Not the Name!" They discussed the work librarians do, as well as the requirements...

Correia, Harvey Named WISE Award Recipients

Adjunct Professor Cynthia Correia and Senior Lecturer Ross Harvey have been named the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award Recipients for 2012. The awards were given at the ALISE conference in January 2013, http://www.wisepedagogy.org/bestpractices2012.shtml....

Agarwal Paper Accepted for Conference

Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal's paper "Student Expectations from a Cross-Cultural Virtual Collaboration: A Qualitative Analysis" (with Noor Faridah A Rahim) was accepted for the 5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML 2013), June 4-7, 2013, Rome, Italy....

Alire Appointed to National Council on the Humanities

Professor of Practice Camila Alire was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. View the press release at www.neh.gov/news/press-rel....

In Memoriam: Susan von Salis

Susan von Salis, associate curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums, died December 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Von Salis is best known to GSLIS students as an Archives program internship supervisor. During her tenure at the...

Taking the Technology Core Requirement: LIS 488 or LIS 489?

For the first time, students will have a choice between taking LIS 488 Tech. for Information Professionals or LIS 489 Technical Foundations for Information Science to fulfill their technology core requirement during the Spring 2013 semester. The new LIS 489...

LEADS: A Collaborative Archival Project at GSLIS

As a collaborative partnership between GSLIS and the Simmons College Archives, Leveraging Encoded Archival Description Skills (LEADS) provides GSLIS students with a practical, hands-on opportunity to apply classroom skills to a retrospective conversion project at Simmons. The project aims to...

Faculty Research: Gerald Benoit

"Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the result that makes our hearts sing," said Steve Jobs, Apple's founder. As a polyglot and technology specialist, Associate Professor Gerald Benoit...

Snapshot: Elaine Martin

Shifting the Shape of Today's Libraries

GSLIS alum and champion of diversity Brooke Sheldon dies

A champion of diversity in libraries, Simmons GSLIS alumna Brooke Sheldon '54 LS died on February 11, 2013. Sheldon served as American Library Association president from1983-1984 and was the interim director and professor at the School of Information Resources and...

Artemis Kirk '75LS Awarded 2013 Alumni Achievement Award

Artemis Kirk '75LS is the winner of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. Kirk has held the office of university librarian at Georgetown University since 2001. Previously, she was director of university libraries for the University of Rhode Island; assistant director...

WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Awards

Adjunct Cynthia Correia and Senior Lecturer Ross Harvey have been awarded the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award Recipients for 2012. The awards were given at the ALISE conference in January, 2013. http://www.wisepedagogy.org/bestpractices2012.shtml...

GSLIS Alum Named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Patricia Iannuzi '82LS is the 2013 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, named by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made...

American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan Becomes Interim Dean of Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Simmons Graduate School for Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is pleased to welcome American Library Association (ALA) president Maureen Sullivan as the new interim dean. Sullivan has been a professor of practice in the GSLIS doctoral program since 2006 and...

Celebration for Michèle Cloonan

Friends and colleagues gathered on January 9 to celebrate Michèle Cloonan's ten years as Dean of GSLIS. During the program, speakers praised her generosity, her support of faculty and staff, and her unwavering dedication to GSLIS. Her efforts to expand...

GSLIS Alum appointed to IMLS

Simmons GSLIS alumna Maura Marx '04 was appointed Deputy Director for the Office of Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Learn more about Marx and her new position....

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Faculty Research: Kathy Wisser

If you speak to Kathy Wisser about her research interests, you have to know your acronyms. During our conversation she effortlessly discussed examples such as EAD (Encoded Archival Description), SNAC (The Social Networks and Ar chival Context Project), NAAC (National...

Tracy Sutherland: Discovering magic

Public Services Librarian, J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut As a freshman studying dance theory in college, Tracy Sutherland found visiting the university library to be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Yet today, she's the one...

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Miranda Rivers: A matter of preservation

Midway through her studies at Spelman College, Miranda Rivers decided she no longer wanted to be a lawyer. What, then, to do with her history degree? After completing archival fellowships through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the...

Meaghan O'Connor: A world of difference

Senior Program Officer, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Washington, D.C. Meaghan O'Connor became interested in international librarianship when she helped create youth literacy programs while spending a year in Serbia. Now, the former children's bookseller brings her vision for...

Mark Tomko: Exploring New Ground

Software Engineer, The Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts Mark Tomko comes to GSLIS with an accomplished high-tech background -- and decidedly unique goals. With five patents to his name, he is a former software development engineer at Amazon and now...

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Peishan Bartley: Through a new lens

With a B.A. in business administration from Taipei's National Cheng Chi University and an MBA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Peishan Bartley began her career in software marketing before coming to GSLIS to pursue first, her master's degree in...

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Faculty Research: Rong Tang

While her research spans bibliometrics and citation research, mental models of online searching, user generated metadata, usability testing and user studies, the overall framework of Associate Professor Rong Tang's empirical work centers on studying users behaviors when they interacting with...

Faculty Research: Amy Pattee

Amy Pattee is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and teaches and researches in the areas of youth literature, library services to youth, and youth culture. Amy considers her position as...

Faculty Research: James Matarazzo

Dean & Professor Emeritus James Matarazzo, '65LS is engaged in a series of research articles with Dr. Toby Pearlstein, '87LS on the management and evaluation of corporate libraries. This investigation has led to the publication of "A Review of Research...

Faculty Research: Melanie A. Kimball

Assistant Professor Melanie A. Kimball teaches in the area of literature for youth, library services to youth and organization of information. She believes that it is vitally important that children and young adults have the very best that librarians and...

Faculty Research: Daniel N. Joudrey

Assistant Professor Daniel N. Joudrey has just published his first book. The Organization of Information (3rd ed.), co-written with Arlene G. Taylor, is the textbook for information organization, used by students in LIS programs everywhere. Joudrey, who has been working...

Faculty Research: Lisa Hussey

Assistant Professor Lisa Hussey is focused on the issues of management and diversity in the LIS profession. Her publications include "Why Librarianship," published in Advances in Library Administration and Organization, which was based on her dissertation. She is currently writing...

Faculty Research: Peter Hernon

One area of Professor Peter Hernon's research looks at the directors of academic libraries and involves the use of different methodologies. One study, which merits replication, included sixteen directors from institutions of various sizes and asked them to keep a...

Faculty Research: Ross Harvey

Ross Harvey's research interests currently focus on two areas: the preservation of library and archival material, and newspaper history. Ross's interest in preservation stems from 1986-1987 when as a newspaper librarian he first became aware of the significant issues associated...

Faculty Research: Jeannette Bastian

Jeannette Bastian's research interests and writings are in the areas of post-colonialism, collective memory and archival education. Her books include West Indian Literature: An Index to Criticism,1930-1975 (1981), Owning Memory, How a Caribbean Community Lost Its Archives and Found Its...

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