Recently in Folks on the Move
posted November 17, 2014 4:30 PM
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, in Novi Sad, Serbia, as well as six other presentations in both Serbia and Kosovo, focusing on the Digital Curriculum Lab, digital cultural heritage, and ILS and DAMs technologies in academic libraries.
posted October 27, 2014 3:48 PM
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 and inspiring effects of her outreach program.
Martha is currently a librarian at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, VT.
posted October 17, 2014 9:13 AM
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 Simmons SLIS' graduates beyond traditional library positions.
Can you talk about your role as Capstone Coordinator at Simmons SLIS?
It's a new role that was created along with the new curriculum. I work with students when they get to the final part of their program. The largest part of my job is coordinating the internships, but I also will assist students who choose to undertake a research project or other special project as part of their course of study. The job is still taking shape, which is exciting for me.
posted October 16, 2014 10:56 AM
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 article were written by Kathy Rogers '04LS, Laura Saunders '01LS '10DA, and Jack Cahill '79LS and Corilee Christou '81LS.
Matarazzo is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He spoke at a meeting of the Central Bank Seminars for Central Bank Special Librarians for Europe, Asia, and the Middle East at Christ's College Cambridge University on September 16, 2014 at Cambridge, England. He is the keynote speaker at the 12th International Conference of University Librarians, and will deliver "Corporate Libraries: Bellwethers of Change for the Library World at Large" in Mexico City, Mexico on October 29, 2014.
Dr. Matarazzo taught Special and Corporate Libraries for Simmons SLIS at St. John's University in Paris from August 4-15, 2014. In addition to the classes, students visited the American Library in Paris and the libraries of Bain & Company, KPMG and BNP Paribas.
posted October 16, 2014 10:26 AM
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 specializing in archival studies have been selected for the 2014-2016 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program "strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce."
Fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program will participate in a paid internship with a partner institution. They will receive a tuition stipend, mentoring, leadership development and career placement assistance, complimentary student membership in SAA, and support to attend the SAA Annual Meeting and 2015 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum.
Micha Broadnax, Simmons College
Internship host: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Adriana Flores , Simmons College
Internship host: Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University
Sara Powell , Simmons College
Internship host: Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program website for more information: http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/arl-saa-mosaic-scholarship-program.
posted October 16, 2014 10:20 AM
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 believe, however, that we have internalized an even more fundamental and vital truth: Libraries are powerful because librarians are powerful. I'd like to speak to that power and be very frank. I am concerned that librarians (and the schools that prepare them) have not yet fully embraced what I believe to be a core professional responsibility. That responsibility is advocacy."
For the full article visit http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/advocate-today.
posted October 16, 2014 10:00 AM
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.
posted October 16, 2014 9:53 AM
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 Supporting Services to Children, which is sponsored by Peggy Sullivan and "given to an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management, supervisory, or administrative responsibility that has included public service for children in its scope." From American Libraries:
"As city librarian at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), Herrera demonstrates passion and exceptional support for public library services to children. As a member of the PLA board, he supported the launch of a partnership with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which led to the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (ECRR) initiative. He was instrumental in negotiating the Memorandum of Agreement between PLA and ALSC that institutionalized and provided funding for ECRR @ your library, which has been implemented nationally. At SFPL, he has overseen the development and deployment of many programs, including the first multiyear partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, and procured an IMLS grant for a Teen Digital Media Center. Herrera has also been a longtime and active member of Reforma."
Karen Schneider received the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, sponsored by the Elizabeth Futas Memorial Fund. The award of $1,000 is "given biennially to a librarian who invests time and talent to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship by: taking risks to further the cause; helping new librarians grow and achieve; working for change within ALA or other library organizations; inspiring colleagues to excel." As reported in American Libraries:
"Throughout her career, Schneider, university librarian at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, has served as a leader and innovator. She is a founding member of both the Resource Sharing Committee of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium and the first rapid delivery network for California's private academic libraries. As a member of ALA Council, she has provided insightful and constructive discussion to issues facing the organization. She has been an outspoken and articulate proponent of accountability, change, and action. Her blog, Free Range Librarian, one of the earliest in the profession, and her book, A Practical Guide to Internet Filters, resulted in her selection as an expert witness in the Mainstream Loudoun First Amendment case. Both are examples of her groundbreaking and lifelong commitment within the library community."
Simmons SLIS congratulates our award winners, who have made valuable contributions to SLIS, and to the LIS field. Click here for a link to the full list of awards: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/honoring-excellence-and-leadership-library-profession.
posted September 12, 2014 12:12 PM
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 since 1992.
posted September 11, 2014 12:19 PM
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.
posted September 11, 2014 11:21 AM
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.
posted September 11, 2014 11:19 AM
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.
posted September 11, 2014 11:13 AM
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.
posted September 11, 2014 11:07 AM
posted August 15, 2014 3:09 PM
Incoming student Joyce Gabiola was selected as The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Gabiola will begin her MS degree this fall.
posted August 15, 2014 3:06 PM
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 published in the June 2014 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Mirna Turcios worked with Prof. Agarwal, initially as part of the research proposal class assignment and then as an Independent Study.
Ironically, Watkins in her presentation heightened the project's urgency by stating she couldn't retire until the study had been done. Prophetically, her retirement announcement was made just when the article had been accepted for publication.
How Much of Library and Information Science Literature Qualifies as Research?
posted August 15, 2014 3:02 PM
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 is heading to OWLA to collaborate with two librarians on information and digital literacy curricula and video conferencing international book clubs. Maggie hopes to learn a great deal from her international colleagues, create the framework for innovative programs, and pet baby lions. Check out her blog to follow her journey in South Africa: http://www.alibrarianinafrica.blogspot.com.
posted August 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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 The Grace Hopper Conference in 2015.
posted August 15, 2014 2:56 PM
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 the July/August issue of American Libraries.
posted July 15, 2014 12:25 AM
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.
posted July 15, 2014 12:20 AM
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 on the book's editorial board.
posted July 15, 2014 12:15 AM
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.
posted July 15, 2014 12:15 AM
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 the ALCTS/ALISE Biennial Educators Meeting at American Library Association Midwinter 2014 conference in Philadelphia, PA.
posted July 15, 2014 12:13 AM
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, education, publishing, economics, politics, among others. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Stanford University (USA), Fordham University (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada), Simon Frasier University (Canada), the Kwame Krumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), the Universida Autónoma el Estado de México (Mexico), and the rest of the world. Learn about the "open" concept, develop digital literacy skills, and connect with peers around the world by registering.
posted July 15, 2014 12:12 AM
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 Presentation in Las Vegas, NV.
posted July 15, 2014 12:10 AM
Sean Crawford '13LS was promoted to Serials Functional Coordinator at the Harvard Library in June 2014.
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posted July 15, 2014 12:05 AM
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 their works-in-progress. The awards were given at the 16th Annual Children's Book Susan P. Bloom Discovery Awards on May 18, 2014 at Simmons College. Their winning manuscripts will be read by editors from Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin or Knopf Books for Young Readers.
posted July 15, 2014 12:03 AM
Cambridgeport School Librarian Liz Phipps-Soero '07LS is delivering books to children through Cambridge, MA's Book Bike Program.
posted July 15, 2014 12:02 AM
posted July 15, 2014 12:00 AM
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 to develop the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, and preserve digital assets.
posted July 11, 2014 4:57 PM
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, Watkins has taken her role as librarian's librarian seriously. She's mentored thousands of GSLIS students and alumni, partnered with faculty to enhance classroom instruction, and developed a strong understanding of the LIS profession, its history, and literature. In addition, she proudly served as steward of the LIS professional collection, which is one of the oldest and best in the United States. She is retiring on August 29, 2014 and leaving behind a legacy of librarianship and leadership.
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posted June 18, 2014 2:56 PM
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 expenses, free conference registration, and assignment with an ASIS&T mentor. Pepitone is the first Simmons GSLIS student to win this award. All winners will be honored at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle Washington, October 31- November 4, 2014.
posted June 16, 2014 12:40 AM
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 the Boston Ballet and in finance and financial aid at the Boston Architectural College. During her studies at Simmons GSLIS, Giannini became interested in the administrative work at libraries and library schools, making her well-suited to her current position. Giannini will be working with staff, faculty and students to coordinate the tracking of student portfolios, completion of mid-program reviews and the placement of students into Capstone internships. Students with questions about internships or Capstone options can contact her at email@example.com.
posted June 16, 2014 12:30 AM
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.
posted June 16, 2014 12:25 AM
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 Stanford University Assistant Librarian Chris Bourg.
posted June 16, 2014 12:25 AM
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, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was also awarded a scholarship by AERI to cover travel expenses.
posted June 16, 2014 12:15 AM
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 in 2012. She is also a lecturer at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.
posted June 16, 2014 12:10 AM
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 of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10-16, 2014. Chiles was recognized for her contributions as a founding member and former co-chair of the New England Archivists' (NEA) Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS), which she implemented a pilot mentoring circles program. Chiles will be sharing her perspectives at the Joint Annual Meeting during the session "A Push in the Right Direction: Expanding Models of Mentorship." Chiles is the archivist for the Handel and Hayden Society.
posted June 16, 2014 12:05 AM
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.
posted June 16, 2014 12:00 AM
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 '14LS is an information specialist at Cleary Gottlieb Stern & Hamilton in New York.
Eva Semertzaki '88LS gave a presentation at the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Association on May 16, 2014. She is the library director for Bank of Greece.
Nicole Slavin '11LS was promoted to Senior Information Specialist at Lippincott in New York.
Sarah Barton's '14LS independent study -- which was supervised by Dean Emerita and Professor James Matarazzo --"Laying Down the Law about Experimental Learning at Seyfarth Shaw" was published in the 2014 The Newsletter of the Law Librarians of New England, volume 31, number 1 issue.
Kathleen Coolidge, Esq. '00LS was elected Secretary of the American Association of Law Librarians. Her term begins in July 2014.
posted May 15, 2014 11:59 AM
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.
posted May 15, 2014 11:35 AM
GSLIS Master's student Regina Pagani was awarded the NEASIS&T Student Travel Award. A student in the archives program, Pagani's upcoming archival work in Cameroon, Africa is a perfect complement to the theme of this year's ASIST Annual Meeting, "Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities." She will receive up to $750 to help defray the costs of attendance at the 2014 ASIS&T Annual Meeting which takes place October 31-November 4 in Seattle, Washington http://www.asis.org/asist2014/.
posted May 15, 2014 11:34 AM
GSLIS Master's student Anna Bognolo participated in a poster session at the ACRL New England Annual Conference at Holy Cross in Worcester Mass. on May 9, 2014. Other posters were presented by Abigail Baines '10LS, Anthony Penny '11LS, Gary Atwood '05LS, and Cassandra Watt '12LS.
posted May 15, 2014 11:33 AM
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.
posted May 15, 2014 11:30 AM
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."
posted May 15, 2014 11:30 AM
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.
posted May 15, 2014 11:28 AM
An interview with Cathryn Mercier, Director for the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Professor of English, was featured in the May 2014 issue of "ALSC Voices and Faces" on the website of the Association for Library Service to Children.
posted May 15, 2014 11:25 AM
Dean and Professor Emeritus James Matarazzo and Dr. Toby Pearlstein '87DA presented a Simmons College GSLIS Webinar entitled, "Ebooks in Corporate Special Libraries". On April 29, 2014, the Drs. Matarazzo and Pearlstein are presenting a program at the Annual Conference of the Association of Population Librarians, "Demonstrating the Value of the Corporate Library" in Boston. Pearlstein and Matarazzo published an article, "Special Libraries: A Confluence of Forces Pressing on their Future," in the Journal of Library and Information Sciences, April 28, 2014. Their article, "Salaries of Special Librarians," will appear on the IFLA JOURNAL, V. 40 , July 2014.
posted May 15, 2014 11:24 AM
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."
posted May 15, 2014 11:23 AM
Associate Dean and Professor Jeannette Bastian and Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber participated in the New England Archivists session, "Sharing Stories: The New England Archivists/StoryCorps Project" at the March meeting. Bastian and Webber were both interviewed by StoryCorps last fall as part of the NEA 40th anniversary celebration.
posted May 15, 2014 11:22 AM
Associate Dean and Professor Jeannette Bastian had two chapters published in recent titles: "Ethics for Archivists and Records Managers," in Archives and Recordkeeping; Theory into Practice ed. C. Brown ( London: Facet Publishing, 2014) and "Documenting Community Through the Lens of Collective Memory," in Identity Palimpsests, Archiving Ethnicity in the U. S. and Canada, ed. D. Daniel and A. Levi (Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2014). Bastian presented "The Community In Place: Archives, Memory, Landscape," at a conference on Memories, Identities and Communities at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee, Scotland, April 24. 2014.
posted May 15, 2014 11:21 AM
Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera and Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented the symposium "The Right to Know: Information Access & Information Literacy in the Professions" at Simmons on March 31. The keynote speakers were Paul Sturges, Professor Emeritus, Loughborough University, UK and Almuth Gastinger, Senior Research Librarian, Norwegian University of Science & Technology. Saunders and Blanco-Rivera participated in a panel discussion with SSW Professor of Practice Gary Bailey, SHS Professor of Practice Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue, SOM Dean/Associate Professor John Lowe, and CAS Associate Professor Catherine Paden. The event was funded through a Simmons College PDIAC/SimmonsPalooza grant, and is co-sponsored by the American Library Association Student Chapter (ALA/SC) and the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG).
posted May 15, 2014 11:18 AM
GSLIS Adjunct Professors Susan Ballard and Deborah Lang Froggatt were among 50 invited scholars participating in a national IMLS-sponsored research summit. Focused on setting an agenda for future school library research the "Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)" summit took place April 11-12, 2014 in Chicago and was "an opportunity for school library and educational researchers to look critically at the relationship between school library programs and positive contributions to student achievement." http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/04/national-imls-research-summit-focuses-school-librarians-and-student.
posted May 15, 2014 11:17 AM
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.
posted May 15, 2014 11:16 AM
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.
posted May 15, 2014 11:10 AM
The Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature, in partnership with the Horn Book Inc., Children's Book Week, and Children's Books Boston, presented "A Place at the Table: Speed Dating with Children's Book Creators" on May 14 at Simmons College. A part of Children's Book Week, the event is to promote diversity in children's literature. The participating authors and illustrators included Francisco Stork, Anne Sibley O'Brien, Leslea Newman, Susan Kuklin, Nicole Tadgell, and Richard Michelson.
posted May 13, 2014 2:30 PM
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 1, 2014.
posted May 1, 2014 3:23 PM
Computers science and informatics undergraduates Sarah Elmore and Priyal Goyal were inducted into the Order of the Computing Professional. They received certificates of honor at the Senior Banquet on April 24, 2014. The students will graduate from Simmons College on May 9, 2014.
posted April 23, 2014 2:53 AM
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. Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, and showcase GSLIS students' research posters.
posted April 14, 2014 1:48 AM
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 Lawrence and Deirdre Costello '13LS. They will discuss how contextual inquiry is used to unlock the secrets of physician workflows, how to engage users and how to distill high-quality qualitative data into meaningful takeaways. The webinar is free for ASIS&T Members and $45 for non-ASIS&T members. Register at http://www.asis.org/Conferences/webinars/USEWebinar-4-16-2014-register.html
posted April 14, 2014 1:47 AM
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 Research. Veilleux was recently promoted to full professor.
posted April 14, 2014 1:45 AM
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 Award, which is sponsored by OCLC. The paper appeared in Libri: International Journal of Libraries & Information Services. The paper was co-authored by Serap Kurbanoglu, Joumana Boustany, Brenda Chawner, Matylda Filas, Ivana Hebrang Grgic, Gaby Haddow, Jos van Helvoort, Mersini Kakouri, Ane Landøy, Karolina Minch, Gillian Oliver, Panayiota Polydoratou, Angela Repanovici, Egbert J. Sanchez Vanderkast, Tania Todorova, Sirje Virkus, Anna Wolodko, and Daniela Zivkovic.
posted April 14, 2014 1:43 AM
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 can make decisions about service and resources. The method allows librarians to connect with patrons in a new way to get their opinions on services, materials, and programming.
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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 alumnae, Barbara Austen '94LS, Archivist at the Connecticut Historical Society, and Dan Bullman, a current Simmons GSLIS master's student and an archives assistant at Tufts University.
posted April 14, 2014 1:41 AM
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 Barney, Executive Editor of Katherine Tegen Books Jill Davis, and a closing keynote speech by children's author and screenwriter Alan Katz.
posted April 14, 2014 1:41 AM
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 Reed.
posted April 14, 2014 1:40 AM
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 ALA Annual Conference.
posted April 14, 2014 1:40 AM
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 England Technical Services Libraries' annual spring conference hosted at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on April 11.
posted April 2, 2014 10:12 AM
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, the grant will enable "evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context." The grant is led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
posted March 19, 2014 11:27 AM
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 pivotal in the growth of the library's Digital Services department, created in 2005. See the Boston Public Library's press release and the full list of 2014 Movers & Shakers.
posted March 14, 2014 10:13 AM
Megan Lambert '02MA, an instructor with the Center for the Study of Children's Literature, will moderate a discussion with Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth. A part of the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, the talk is on Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Lecture Hall. A book sale and author signing will follow the talk. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.
posted March 4, 2014 1:38 PM
GSLIS Ph.D./MLIP candidate Jasmina Jusic's article "Entrepreneurial Leadership in Public Libraries" won first place in the Public Library Association's featured article contest. The article was published in the July/August 2013 issue of "Public Libraries" and was chosen as the best feature article of the year by the magazine's Advisory Committee at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Jusic will be presented with her award during a presentation at the PLA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
posted March 4, 2014 1:06 PM
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.
posted February 25, 2014 11:42 AM
This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.
posted February 22, 2014 3:21 PM
Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014.
posted February 20, 2014 9:58 AM
GSLIS congratulates Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, the winner of the Alumni Achievement Award. Pearlstein has published and presented extensively with Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo. The two most recently co-authored Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) which was featured at the SLA New England Fall Meeting at Simmons College. Prior to her retirement, Pearlstein was Director of Global Information Services at Bain & Company, Inc. Before that, she was Chief Librarian & Archivist at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She has been active in the Special Libraries Association since 1977. To read more about Pearlstein on the news page, click here.
posted February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Simmons GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Jeff Friedman's "The Eros of Oral History" lecture and performance was held on January 31, 2014 at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Conservatory. The free event featured a lecture about oral history in the performing arts, including a production of new primary source materials, such as recorded interviews, textual interpretations, as well as a performance from Friedman's danced-based solo work titled Muscle Memory. The lecture and performance has received international acclaim throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, and New Zealand.
posted February 10, 2014 1:58 AM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and GSLIS master's student Ryan McGinnis appeared on a panel titled "Biennial Educators Meeting: What Skills are Needed for the Next Generation Cataloger/Metadata Professional" at the ALISE Conference on January 24, co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. The panel addressed questions about how cataloging and metadata professionals can adapt to changes in the workforce and classroom with solutions and partnerships.
posted February 10, 2014 1:57 AM
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.
posted February 10, 2014 1:56 AM
GSLIS master's student Shannon McDonough has started a new online magazine called Library Effect, which includes stories about how libraries are making an impact on communities. Invited submissions for the next issue are due on March 31, 2014. Follow the magazine on Twitter @libraryeffect.
posted February 10, 2014 1:56 AM
Brandie Doyle '11LS has been promoted to Head of Circulation Services at Russell Library in Middletown, CT. She will supervise circulation staff and materials, registration of borrowers, and interlibrary loans, as well as oversee maintenance of the adult circulating book collection. In addition, she will select materials for the adult fiction collection. She is Chair of the Connecticut Library Association's Customer Service Committee. Doyle has also written for Public Libraries Online, the companion website to the print publication Public Libraries.
posted February 10, 2014 1:50 AM
GSLIS Student Lindsey Clarke was selected as the 2014 Simmons ALA student staffer.
posted February 9, 2014 3:03 PM
Associate Professor Lisa Hussey, Assistant Professors Mary Wilkins Jordan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, and Laura Saunders are doing a panel presentation for ACRL/NEC at Holy Cross in Worcester on May 9, titled "Leveraging Every Opportunity: Using Peer-to-Peer, Classroom Assessment, and Self-Reflection to Improve Teaching."
posted February 9, 2014 3:01 PM
Assistant Professor Laura Saunders is giving a presentation titled "Faculty Perspectives on Information Literacy: What They Want and What We Can Do about It" at NERCOMP in Providence RI, March 25. On January 28, Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented a training session to librarians at the Boston Public Library on best practices for instruction, titled "The Accidental Instructor." On February 7, Saunders spoke to the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors on "Information Literacy Trends in Higher Education."
posted February 9, 2014 2:59 PM
Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan co-authored an article, "Significantly Different?: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," which was selected as the winner of the 2014 Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) Press Award. The award will be presented at the RUSA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 - July 1. Saunders and Jordan are also doing a presentation at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 30, titled "Crash Course in Evaluation Research."
posted February 9, 2014 2:57 PM
posted February 9, 2014 2:54 PM
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.
posted February 9, 2014 2:52 PM
GSLIS faculty and students attending the ASIS&T Annual Meeting appear in the February ASIS&T bulletin (pages 7,8, and 14) in addition a note about ASIS&T Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Activities "Information Behavior on the Move: 2013 ASIS&T SIG/USE Research Symposium" by Associate Professor Rong Tang, Denise E. Agosto, and Lorri Mon (page 27)
posted February 9, 2014 2:49 PM
posted February 9, 2014 2:42 PM
Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey discussed the present and future needs of LIS programs, and their limitations, during the Biennial Educators Meeting at ALA Midwinter on January 24, 2014. A photograph taken during the presentation was included in Cognotes (page 6). The full issue of Cognotes can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1eOfZdY.
posted February 9, 2014 2:32 PM
GSLIS Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in LIS/Children's Literature Amy S. Pattee recently published her second book, Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults. Pattee developed a comprehensive guide to young adult literature collection development. Additional details can be found in the book review.
posted December 2, 2013 4:54 AM
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 delivered the keynote speech "Cultural Memory and the Archives of Place" at Australian National University's (ANU) Humanities Research Centre's "Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place, Home & Capital," conference in Canberra, Australia in September. Bastian also presented the 2th Annual Noel Butlin Archives Public Lecture titled, "Whose Memories, Whose Records: When the Archival Legacy of a Colonial Past Meets the Cultural Records of a Post-colonial Future" at ANU. Her presentation "The Memory Matters; Factoring Memory into the Archives Equation" was featured at the "Building an Archival Memory of Canberra" ANU workshop.
posted December 2, 2013 4:52 AM
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. Details at http://bibliotecas.unam.mx/eventos/reunion/conf2013/index_eng.html
posted December 2, 2013 4:51 AM
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.
posted December 2, 2013 4:50 AM
posted December 2, 2013 3:59 AM
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.
posted December 2, 2013 2:28 AM
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.