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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.

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Snapshot: Megan Lambert '02GS

meganlambert.jpgInstructor 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 Book in Hand programs. A moderator in the recent Boston Public Library's 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, and a judge for the 2009 Geisel, 2011 Caldecott, and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book award committees, Lambert shares her insights about her Simmons experience and the opportunities in children's literature today.

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

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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. As a specialist in children's literature and YA librarianship, she has authored two books, delivered about 40 presentations, and reviewed youth fiction and nonfiction for School Library Journal and Voice of Youth Advocates. Fulfilling an unmet need, her most recent book focuses on YA collection development.

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

joel-blanco-rivera.jpgWhile 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" on a University of Michigan mailer. It was the first time he had heard the word. After conducting some research, he was sold on studying archives at the school.

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Open Access Movement Pioneer Robin Peek Retires from Simmons GSLIS

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for RobinPeekphoto.jpgAfter 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 focused on the OA movement history and evolution, as well as the development of OA mandates, journals, and institutional change.

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

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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 Their Future," in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Library and Information Sciences.

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Faculty Profile: Melanie Kimball

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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 doctoral research interests: the history of youth services in early twentieth century public libraries and literature for children and young adults. Inspired by her mother, an elementary school librarian, Kimball left New York City to become a scholar in the children's and YA library services field. Despite the dire prediction from the dean, Kimball was hired to teach children's and YA library services to LIS master's students at the University at Buffalo after she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. "There was a need for professors to teach children's and YA literature and library services and there were few people who specialized in the area at the time," Kimball says.

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Faculty Profile: Mónica Colón-Aguirre

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

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GSLIS Faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball Receive Tenure

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

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Professor Candy Schwartz's Words of Wisdom

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

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Snapshot: Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh

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

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

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Library Legend Peter Hernon Becomes Simmons GSLIS Professor Emeritus

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

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

Thumbnail image for Franzilonisphoto.jpg"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 Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program (SLTP), about school library teacher vacancies. After receiving distinction as one of the top ten leading school library programs in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the SLTP's award-winning faculty, comprehensive network, practical curriculum, and community are all part of  "a ladder for students to achieve success," stated Zilonis. Since Zilonis became director of the GSLIS SLTP in 2010, 100% of the students seeking employment after graduation have secured school library jobs.

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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.

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

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for TobyPearlsteinJimMat_BookMAHSLIN1.JPG"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 Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network (MAHSLIN) annual meeting.

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

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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 in her welcome remarks at the SLA New England and SLA@Simmons Fall  Meeting held on September 27, 2013 at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, presented guidelines from their book, Special Libraries: A Survival Guide, at the meeting's keynote address.

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Snapshot: Peter Botticelli by Jennifer Moyer

Thumbnail image for Botticelli 1.JPGSimmons 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 archiving expertise as the former director of the University of Arizona's Digital Information Management (DigIn) and Archival Studies graduate certificate programs. As a historian specializing in capitalism and technology, Botticelli has also conducted research at Ivy League institutions, such as Cornell and Harvard.

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Faculty Research Profile: Michèle Cloonan by Jennifer Moyer

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for cloonan2011.jpgWhile 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 Science (GSLIS), Cloonan has moved onto a variety of new projects in publishing, research, and academics.

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Faculty Research Column: Laura Saunders by Jennifer Moyer

saunders2011.jpgThe 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 research, as well as spearheading several new initiatives at the school.

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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!" at the Vermont Annual Library Conference on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont and "Tweeting Our Way to Success!" at the Querying the Library: Digitization and its Impact Conference at Rhode Island College on May 31.

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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 about the conference visit http://untoldstories.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/.

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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 Digital Information Management certificate program. He earned a MSI from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois. He will also teach classes in the regular curriculum.

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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 Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore) was titled "Student expectations from a cross-cultural virtual collaboration: a qualitative analysis." This work was part of the year-long faculty seminar organized by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Simmons College. The second presentation was on "Information Literacy of LIS students: gathering and synthesizing sources for a literature review."

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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 curriculum.

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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 Research Libraries National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, on April 11. Saunders is presenting "Future of Information Literacy" on behalf of the New England Library Instruction Group at Phillips Andover Academy on April 19, and presenting as part of a panel on Information Literacy at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference on April 25.

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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.

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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 ALA-SC-sponsored Library Liaison Lecture Series in March and April.

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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 Multi-Country Examination of Reference Service Competencies" is in the current issue of LIBRI. Their article "Significantly Different? Reference Service Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries" will be featured in the upcoming issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly.

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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 in the 21st Century, will be published in May, and his 56th book, Getting Started with Evaluation (ALA) will be published over the summer.

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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.

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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 to Remember: Archivists and the Memory Imperative." http://www.ucl.ac.uk/shs/shsevents-publication/jenkinson-lecture.

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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 interactions with information systems and technology.

Current conflicting research shows that information is selected based on either convenience or quality. Agarwal's research takes a holistic approach in trying to resolve the issue. He aims to learn how users prioritize their information-seeking needs in various environments. By recognizing the nuanced perceptions and needs of information seekers, Agarwal applies his theoretical frameworks to several populations, including knowledge workers, LIS students, medical residents, and toddlers.

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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 usability tests of the Library Explorer Application on the SUR40 table, which is installed in the Harvard Cabot Library. The research helps us understand how an interactive multi-touch tabletop may enhance student learning.

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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 be held at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD, on April 30. http://maryland.sla.org/events2013/strategic-liaisons/

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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).

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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.

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Faculty Research: Mary Wilkins Jordan

wilkins_jordan2011_rdax_400x266.jpgSince 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 to attorney -- for Jordan to experience an epiphany about leadership as a public library director. She discovered that librarians knew about libraries, but they didn't necessarily know how to lead them.

"Librarians don't have a clear understanding of management level competencies that are needed to run their organizations. Although I was sent to leadership training programs, it wasn't enough. I thought, 'Someone needs to train us.' Then I realized that I am someone," said Jordan.

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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 to attorney -- for Jordan to experience an epiphany about leadership as a public library director. She discovered that librarians knew about libraries, but they didn't necessarily know how to lead them.

"Librarians don't have a clear understanding of management- level competencies that are needed to run their organizations. Although I was sent to leadership training programs, it wasn't enough. I thought, 'Someone needs to train us.' Then I realized that I am someone," said Jordan.

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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 Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

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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 30 at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD.

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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 article on this international research project will be published in LIBRI: The International Journal of Librarians and Information Services. Saunders and Wilkins Jordan's article, "Significantly Different: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," will be featured in the Spring 2013 Reference & User Services Association issue.

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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 global libraries to bring together grantees from around the world to foster international cooperation and enhance the supportive network of peers.

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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.

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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.

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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 Library Conference in May.

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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 Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Meier, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama. Also at ALISE, Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey and Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Pop Culture and the Socialization of LIS Students."

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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 to enter the profession and to get a great job. This will be the first in a series of lectures sponsored by ALASC and the Library Liaison group. All Simmons community members, including alumni, are invited to attend the lectures. Future events will feature alumni sharing their LIS expertise.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Faculty Research: Gerald Benoit

benoit2011_rdax_382x266.jpg"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 exemplifies this statement as he integrates an ability to communicate in nine languages with visual arts and technology expertise to develop tools that can help users collect, share, organize, retrieve, and access information effectively across multiple platforms and languages.

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Snapshot: Elaine Martin

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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 Archival Authorities Cooperative) and the mouthful EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families). At the end of our meeting, not only was I impressed by her ability to actually remember all of these acronyms, but it was also clear that Wisser's involvement in numerous projects and societies reflected a genuine respect for the archives profession and a passion for dissecting the "relationship between people and surrogates of information." As Assistant Professor and Co-directo r of the Dual Degree Archives and History Program, Wisser has managed to successfully blend her lifelong interest in American history and library science. Wisser enjoys the adventure of finding ways to process and classify data successfully.

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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 information. Her recent major research projects include needs assessment of PsycINFO users (funded by American Psychological Association), social question-answering patterns of user community of Yahoo!Answers (funded by OCLC/ALISE and Simmons President's Fund, collaborative research with Sheila Denn), and usability evaluation of Harvard Catalyst Web site. As one of the Simmons' Sloan Fellows, Professor Tang is also involved in examining the pedagogical framework and programmatic effectiveness of blended learning initiatives that are implemented on campus and across the country.

The APA PsycINFO study investigates the search needs of advanced academic users of PsycINFO, and further assesses the current state of library instructional services and various vendor interface designs in meeting the research needs of sophisticated users. The results of the study will lead to useful actionable recommendations to library instruction and interface design. The Yahoo!Answers research project examines question-answer sets in Yahoo!Answers for the purpose of understanding information transfer in an online Q&A community. Multi-level analysis of question types, answer types, and comments, coupled with the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic coding allows a thorough understanding of the characteristics of speech acts and communication exchanges in an online social environment. Currently, working with staff in Center for Biomedical Informatics of Harvard Medical School, Professor Tang is in the process of developing multiple projects concerning usability evaluation and user studies of Harvard Catalyst Web site. The results of the projects may help the redesign of the interface in preparation of the launch of future versions as well as provide research opportunities for GSLIS doctoral students.

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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 a professor, an advocate for youth and a critical consumer of materials for children and young adults to be an inherently political one. The issue of service to a less powerful population (and the recognition of the power we, as adults and "people in charge"--of the classroom, of the library--wield) is one that deserves thought and consideration. Furthermore, the judgments we "people in charge" pass upon youth literature, media and the media consumption practices of young people tend to carry comparably greater weight in the mainstream world than the judgments passed by young people themselves.

Amy's recent research has involved investigating the construction of magazine texts ("Mass Market Mortification: The Developmental Appropriateness of Teen Magazines and the Embarrassing Story Standard" and "When in Doubt, Choose 'B': Encoding Teenage Girls' Magazine Quizzes"), examining the creation of popular texts ("Commodities in Literature, Literature as Commodity: A Close Look at the "Gossip Girl" Series") and professional practices of literary recommendation ("Considering Popular Fiction and Library Practices of Recommendation: The Literary Status of 'The Clique' and its Historical Progenitors").

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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 Related to Management of Corporate Libraries," in Advances in Librarianship, V. 31, 2008, pp. 83-114. This chapter will be followed by a series of six articles in Searcher Magazine, starting with the May 2009 issue. These articles, in the form of case studies, will explore the tools and skills, alternative sourcing arrangements and other topics need in order to better equip corporate library managers to be come thought leaders in their organizations.

Dr. Matarazzo is also conducting research on corporate libraries in the U.K., France, Spain and Japan. The focus of this research is on methods of evaluation and determining the strategic alignment of library/information center goals with those of the corporation.

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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 libraries can offer them, and that reading goes far beyond literacy in helping to shape the world of a child or young adult. She is also interested in how various forms of popular media--print, visual, electronic, audio--contribute to how young people form their identity. Her research centers on the history of public library service to youth, twentieth century children's literature, public libraries as social and cultural institutions, and the history of reading and publishing for youth. She has published articles in Library Trends, Public Libraries, and Teacher Librarian and has presented papers at conferences of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), and the Library History Seminar, among others.

Currently Kimball is researching public library service to children in the early 20th century using the Cleveland and Buffalo Public Libraries as exemplars. She is also engaged in an ongoing study of early 20th century non-fiction series books for children on life in countries outside the U.S.

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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 with Taylor since he was a grad student at the University of Pittsburgh, has been at GSLIS since 2005.

In addition to preparing to work on the 4th edition of The Organization of Information, Joudrey is writing a book for Libraries Unlimited, tentatively titled, "Puzzles and Pearls: Determining What Something is About." The book is based on his dissertation research, and focuses on the nature of 'aboutness' and subject access to information resources. He, Taylor, and Tina Gross, are also currently involved in a research project on the value of Library of Congress subject headings in information retrieval in OPACs.

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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 a chapter for the forthcoming book, Critical Theory in Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Discipline, about the connections to LIS in the work of sociologist Pierre Boudieu. Lisa has also given presentations on "Marketing Your Library."

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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 diary (a type of formal data collection instrument) for a two-week period during which they recorded all work-related activities. Other studies have examined the leadership qualities, either for emotional intelligence or distributed (shared) leadership, that directors for the next fifteen years should possess. This research drew on the Delphi technique and identified the most important qualities, ones that might be shared among the senior management team. More recently, Dr. Hernon has looked at scenarios and alternative visions of the future as viewed by directors of libraries whose institutions have members in the Association of Research Libraries.

With the focus of the Ph.D. concentration in managerial leadership in the information professions, Dr. Hernon is now taking a broader view of leadership, one that does not center on any particular leadership theory or style. Drawing on discussions about judging the vision of leadership that the candidates for president of the United States hold, he has developed a most unusual data collection instrument, one that can lead to the use of concept mapping and other methodologies. The goal is to go beyond self-reporting and develop techniques to observe the actual practice of leadership. Leadership is not a word that is easily defined or at least a word that does not produce a definition that can gain universal acceptance.

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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 with paper deterioration. Since then he has researched into and published widely about the preservation of documentary heritage materials. Most recently his research has focused on the preservation of documentary heritage materials in digital form. He has published four books about preservation, the most recent being Preserving Digital Materials (K.G. Saur, 2005).

Ross's earlier research in newspaper history sought to better understand the reasons why and circumstances in which New Zealand's early newspapers were published. He was concerned that historians were not using early newspapers appropriately because they did not fully appreciate the conditions in which these newspapers were produced and the reasons why they were issued. He has published many articles on this theme, including the 'Newspapers' entry in Book & Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1997), which he also jointly edited. Later research is attempting to place early New Zealand newspapers in a wider context. The role they played in the imperial press system and networks is examined in several articles and a chapter in Media and the British Empire, ed C. Kaul (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). More recently Ross has started to investigate connections between the Australia and New Zealand press.

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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 History (2003), Archival Internships: A Guide for Faculty, Supervisors, and Students (with Donna Webber, 2008). A collection of essays, edited with Ben Alexander, Community Archives, The Shaping of Memory, will be published in August 2009. Jeannette is currently writing a second book with Donna Webber, Archives for Librarians, that will be published by the Society of American Archivists. She is also working on several research projects and presentations including a five-year update of data on graduate archival education curricula, a study of the records of online communities and an investigation into the archival qualities of carnivals and commemorations.

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