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posted September 15, 2014 1:20 AM
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 information professionals manage their digital assets in effective and efficient ways as services and end-user needs evolve. The new concentrations offer students a competitive edge in the marketplace.
posted September 15, 2014 1:15 AM
"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 Nanette Veilleux. "While women typically pursue service-oriented careers, many do not perceive computer science as a field that gives back to the community or recognize that they can author technology. Yet apps and technology enhance people's lives. Women's perspectives are needed to develop the next blockbuster app."
posted September 15, 2014 1:05 AM
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 recently expanded to a YouTube channel, a technology workshops program for the community. She also first introduced Moodle as an online learning platform for classes and continuing education, and secured an internal Simmons grant (SLIS iPad Project for Curricular Enhancement and Enrichment) to fund the purchase of three iPads, which are available in the Tech Lab for SLIS community members to check out along with other e-readers and tablets. She and her team offer wikis, blogs, and other tools for SLIS community members, and they provide technology support for faculty research grants. Johnson is an MBA student and advisor to SLIS' award-winning ASIS&T student chapter, and has been elected President of the SLIS Alumni Board for 2014-15 with her term officially beginning on July 1. She claims the secret to her success is surrounding herself with a skilled team of proactive, passionate professionals who share her vision of integrating technology with a LIS perspective.
posted September 15, 2014 1:00 AM
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 Arlington Campus Library and a former social sciences bibliographer at Cornell University, LaFleur became a Simmons SLIS MLIP/Ph.D. student "to obtain the leadership skills and training needed to succeed professionally in today's libraries," he says.
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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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 16, 2014 1:15 AM
"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 more a cultural phenomenon than a literary one. It visibly changed the reading audience for children's books. Adults began reading children's literature for their own enjoyment rather than simply as gatekeepers of children's reading. The film versions of Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass, Coraline, and Matilda, to say nothing of the blockbusters like The Hunger Games, continue the momentum as they bring adult readers to literature for young people. In addition, publishing initiatives, such as the genre of "new adult" books, make our critical lenses on the field that much more important."
posted June 16, 2014 1:14 AM
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 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.
posted June 16, 2014 1:13 AM
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.
posted June 16, 2014 1:12 AM
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" 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.
posted June 16, 2014 1:05 AM
The winners of the 2014 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their Simmons experience and post-graduation plans.
posted June 16, 2014 1:00 AM
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 focused on the OA movement history and evolution, as well as the development of OA mandates, journals, and institutional change.
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
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 12:25 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 12:15 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 April 14, 2014 2:06 AM
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
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
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 maid thought she was "rich because I had so many books. I tried to explain to her the idea of borrowing books for free. It was a completely unfathomable concept. I realized she had never been to a library. Then, I started thinking about being a librarian." While in graduate school, she searched for her next opportunity to improve conditions for those in another part of the world. When she stumbled upon Librarians without Borders (LWB) in a Simmons GSLIS newsletter listing, she applied to the school that night.
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
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.
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
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 of GSLIS opportunities to develop her talents and networks.
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 March 17, 2014 2:29 PM
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 in one MOOC than he has throughout his twelve-year career in academia. With random strangers approaching him in airports and at conferences since he offered the class, Pomerantz has achieved YouTube-quality celebrity.
Although faculty may enjoy their star status and ability to connect with students worldwide, are MOOCs a worthwhile investment for academic institutions?
posted March 17, 2014 2:18 PM
"Although we take it for granted how easy it is to use email today, it was difficult to explain to users twenty years ago. People would ask, 'Do you have to be there when the message arrives?'" Simmons GSLIS MLIP/Ph.D. candidate Karen Schneider reflects on her early technology lessons. If you have heard of the Free Range Librarian or read the American Libraries' "Internet Librarian" and American Library Association's (ALA) "TechSource" columns, you know Schneider as an expert in teaching librarians to use and share technology. When she is not writing literary articles or participating in zymurgy, Schneider is the University Librarian at Holy Names University, which has about 1,400 students and received the highest diversity score in the U.S. News and World Report 2012 to 2013 rankings.
posted March 17, 2014 1:51 PM
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.
Why did you decide to attend Simmons GSLIS? What motivated you to concentrate in digital curation?
Since I have bachelor's degrees in art history and photography, I was looking to combine my interests after completing my undergraduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and working in a Visual Resources Center. The emerging field of digital curation offered that opportunity.
posted March 17, 2014 1:50 PM
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 feared by everyone." That didn't stop Cólon-Aguirre, who loved providing reference service directly to the public.
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.
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posted February 10, 2014 3:05 AM
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 '04LS and John Palfrey knew they wanted to "capitalize on the collective initiative of librarians and archivists," said DPLA Project Coordinator Kenny Whitebloom '12LS, who helped the organization grow from its infancy while he was a project coordinator at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
posted February 10, 2014 3:04 AM
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 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.
posted February 10, 2014 3:03 AM
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 an airplane that day, but it was cancelled. During the next several months, I began thinking about my work's impact on the world," said Hudson-Ward. "I always had a desire to help people become knowledgeable, productive, and impactful. Becoming an academic librarian was a way for me to do work that mattered."
posted February 10, 2014 3:01 AM
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 advancing the profession. I'm excited to be part of the community.
posted February 10, 2014 2:00 AM
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 1:57 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 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 5:01 AM
"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 the College Library. A recent New York Times article features research supporting that nostalgia can "counteract loneliness, boredom, and anxiety making people more generous toward strangers and more accepting of outsiders." Yet the Simmons College Archives offers more than warm and fuzzy sentiments associated with the school's past.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"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 fellow GSLIS student Anne Mansella '14LS after they met in a history class. Sharing a love for the performing arts, archives, and history, McGorty and Mansella were recently appointed co-chairs of the Boston chapter of the American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP), an initiative of the American Society of Theatre Research. Learn how these students are helping organizations preserve their histories and sustaining the intimate connection between performing artists and their audiences.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"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.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
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 is known in education circles for her leadership role as President of the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA), and patrons of her elementary school know Paradis for sponsoring award-winning literacy and cultural enrichment events that motivate children and families to love reading. As the winner of the MSLA Super-Librarian Accolade and AASL's Vision Tour Award, Paradis is re-defining the role of school librarians and the future of school libraries in Massachusetts.
posted December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
"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 University Libraries Dean and Simmons GSLIS Ph.D./MLIP candidate Tyler Walters, who oversees 182 employees in the university's main library and four branch libraries, and provides services to the institution's extended locations in Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Egypt, and India. The "university as a publisher" of scholarly content is an emerging solution to deal with the cost and other issues associated with today's traditional publishing. Through his research and leading by example, Walters shows academic libraries how they can help universities realize their publishing potential and become partners in the process. Bringing more than 25 years of archive and academic library leadership experience to the dialogue about evolving library services, Walters' award-winning paper "The Future Role of Publishing in University Libraries" proposes that libraries supplement their information management and preservation services with content production.
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.
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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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:07 AM
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 technologies, innovative services, and collaborative spaces.The community may have different expectations about what a library should be and what they should offer. The community's needs, desires, and aspirations should drive the library agenda.- Sue Considine, Library Director of Fayetteville Free Library
posted October 3, 2013 7:06 AM
"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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:05 AM
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. PDF format, which is the current ISO preservation standard's best practice for the next five years, will reduce tampering and preserve the content's integrity. Storage clouds, like DropBox, need to be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism and selectivity when one deposits content in spaces that do not have security safeguards to prevent altering, borrowing without permission, or permanent loss.
posted October 3, 2013 7:04 AM
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 also gave a workshop on Memory and Archives and gave the annual Noel Butler Public Lecture at the University Archives.
posted October 3, 2013 7:03 AM
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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:02 AM
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.
posted October 3, 2013 7:00 AM
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).
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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 once, Doyle helped implement major curriculum updates while managing the overhaul of GSLIS communication initiatives, including the website. During her tenure at GSLIS, she oversaw the production of two accreditation program presentations, collaborated with the marketing department on different iterations of the viewbook and program brochures, developed the GSLIS Guide, and was instrumental in the launch of GSLIS's three online programs. In addition, in 2005 she became an advisor to the InfoLink, as well as coordinated course schedules and registration with students and faculty.
In addition to her current role as the doctoral studies program manager, Jennifer Andrews will be assuming Doyle's curriculum responsibilities.
After having managed more than 10 staff members, including the Dean's Editorial Fellow, the communications assistant, the student services manager, and student workers, Doyle will be missed for her leadership, sense of humor, and insightful Buffy the Vampire Slayer character analysis. Her contributions to GSLIS have been invaluable. We wish her all the best in her new career.
posted September 10, 2013 9:05 AM
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 30 years of expertise in the library and information science field. During her tenure as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at Drexel University's iSchool, she oversaw ipl2, a digital library that resulted from the merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarian's Internet Index. Dean Abels brings new strategies to lead emerging 21st-century librarians at GSLIS.
posted September 10, 2013 9:03 AM
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 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.
posted September 10, 2013 9:00 AM
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 Science (GSLIS), Cloonan has moved onto a variety of new projects in publishing, research, and academics.
posted September 10, 2013 8:59 AM
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 includes a doctoral fellowship from the Building the Future of Archival Education and Research Initiative, which provides full-time funding for her studies, and the Warren Tracy Award, which recognizes distinguished service, scholarship, and professionalism in the library and information science field.
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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 Jeremy Guillette, and Harvard Wolbach Library Head Librarian Christopher Erdmann are co-authors. Professor Tang also co-organized a panel entitled "User Experience (UX) Labs: Fostering Innovative Academic Research" which will appear at the ASIST conference. She will present on behalf of the Simmons Usability Lab. Panelists represent UX labs from University of Missouri, University of Western Ontario and Simmons College. Professor Tang is on sabbatical for the academic year 2013-2014. She received funding from National Science Council in Taiwan to work as a visiting professor at the LIS Department of National Taiwan University (NTU). For the second part of her sabbatical in Spring 2014, Professor Tang will be conducting eye tracking research at Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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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.
posted September 10, 2013 8:52 AM
Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh successfully defended her dissertation at Rutgers University.
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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 and digital monographs covering a range of practical and theoretical topics in information science and technology and allied disciplines.
posted September 10, 2013 8:50 AM
Professor Jeanette Bastian has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Bastian will also continue in her role as Director of the Archives Program.
posted July 10, 2013 8:13 AM
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 do things that need doing. I learn things I don't know yet so I can do six impossible things before breakfast," Andromeda Yelton '10LS states in her LinkedIn profile. She was the third employee of UnGlue.it, a start-up that creates a win-win situation for authors, publishers, readers, and libraries by making books accessible online for free.
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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 host of new products used by hundreds libraries worldwide. LibraryThing's social book cataloguing application has more than 1.6 million users around the globe. Yet success didn't come easy for the start-up.
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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 involves a curation and preservation app called Timebox; Heinen shares lessons learned from taking a product from concept to marketing.
posted July 10, 2013 8:12 AM
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 School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Hanson created a "Brown Bag" lunchtime series, was an AmeriCorps Student Leader in Service, and was a Beta Phi Mu initiate.
posted July 10, 2013 8:11 AM
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 research, as well as spearheading several new initiatives at the school.
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"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 Achievement award at the April 2013 GSLIS After Dark event. Recognizing that today's academic librarians are tested with determining how to manage social media, to support Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and to facilitate succession planning, Kirk knows it takes strategic thinking and collaboration across disciplines to transform challenges into opportunities.
posted July 10, 2013 8:09 AM
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 451) with Anne Moore was one of my favorites because of its in-depth focus. I also loved XML (LIS 469) and Archiving and Preserving Digital Media (LIS 444) because of their practical skills application.
posted July 10, 2013 8:08 AM
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 other class I have taken at GSLIS," said master's student Sari Mauro. "It focuses on practical work and collaboration, engaging each of the students in domain functions necessary to the success of the library, and encouraging critical and creative thinking. Beyond the various activities with which I was involved, I also learned many things about how I myself work, individually and as part of a team."
posted July 10, 2013 8:07 AM
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 Teachers Union School Library this past year. The Distinguished Civic Engagement Graduate Student award recognizes Simmons graduate students who demonstrate strong dedication and commitment toward their Scott/Ross Center community partners.
GSLIS Master's student Rosalind Gould won the New England Chapter of ASIS&T Student of the Year award.
GSLIS Master's student Graham Herrli, our current Dean's Fellow for Technology Support, was hired as Interaction Designer at AIR Worldwide.
Master's student Wenqing Liu will be supporting Information Organization needs at the International Consortium of Social Development in Uganda in July 2013. Liu's travel is funded by Simmons College, a co-sponsor of the conference.
GSLIS Master's student and Dean's Editorial Fellow Jennifer Moyer was appointed to the editorial board for The Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. Moyer's peer-reviewed paper, "Managing Mobile Devices in Hospitals: A Literature Review of BYOD Policies and Usage," was published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship this month. View the publication at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15323269.2013.798768?journalCode=whos20#.UeafkG211V8.
GSLIS Master's student and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library's Collections Management Assistant, Kate Thornhill, was awarded Best Overall eScience Poster at the University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian eScience Symposium on April 3. Thornhill also participated in a poster session for SIG-Digital Libraries at the ASIST 75th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, last October, along with recent graduates Emily Powers, Christina Tanguay, Chelsea Gunn, and Emily Toner. They also presented their poster as a lecture at Rhode Island College's Querying the Library: Digitization & Its Impact Conference.
posted July 9, 2013 3:59 PM
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.
posted July 9, 2013 3:57 PM
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/.
posted July 9, 2013 3:51 PM
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.
posted July 9, 2013 3:51 PM
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."
posted July 9, 2013 3:50 PM
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 and Read" program. The Blood Confession (Dutton Books, 2006) is now available in ebook format.
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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 Student Chapter (ASIS&T), User Experience Professional Association (UXPA@Simmons), and Special Libraries Association (SLA), and support from GSLIS. The symposium was developed last year by SCoSAA and SLA to allow students to present their research, prepare for professional conferences, network with their peers, and explore how related professions in areas such as archives, libraries, history, and museums are converging.
posted April 15, 2013 3:59 PM
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 History Printing Association; board member of the Fine Press Book Association; MFA in the Book Arts advisory board member at her alma mater, the University of Alabama; and as a GSLIS doctoral student. Her letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking skills are in demand at several institutions. She has taught workshops at New York City's Center for Books Arts, Penland School of Crafts, and Wells College Books Arts Summer Institute. In Summer 2013, she will join the faculty of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
posted April 15, 2013 3:07 PM
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 worked at MIT Libraries for 14 years, first as webmaster, then as Head of User Experience. Earlier, she was a systems librarian at Bose Corporation. As she plans the next stage of her career, she continues to embrace virtual technologies that allow her to live a location-flexible lifestyle, working in various geographic locations at different times of the year.
How did you become interested in specializing in user experiences?
When I was working as a systems librarian at Bose Corporation in 1997, I read Jared Spool's book Website Usability: A Designer's Guide. At that time, usability testing had been applied only to software, not to websites. I began conducting tests of the Bose intranet and found that I loved usability testing. We were able to evaluate actions, as well as perceptions about user experiences, to determine how to make better sites. The experience qualified me for the webmaster position at MIT. I was promoted to head of the user experience department when the libraries changed their organizational structure in 2010. Now I am developing educational products, such online classes, ebooks, and apps, that help librarians and educators learn about emerging technologies.
When I went to Simmons GSLIS in the early eighties, the Internet as we know it didn't exist. Yet database management and the literature of science and technology courses with Professor Candy Schwartz, as well as classes about the structure of information, created a foundation for the work I do now.
posted April 15, 2013 2:54 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:53 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:51 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:49 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:49 PM
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 the innovations in online education present exciting opportunities and challenges for U.S. academic libraries and LIS schools.
"Online learning offers more control over time and the flexibility of choosing where and when students and professors want to work," says GSLIS Senior Lecturer Dr. Ross Harvey, a recent recipient of a WISE Consortium Excellence in Online Teaching Award. "The faculty and staff's high touch approach to connecting with students can easily be replicated in virtual environments."
As students juggle work, family, and school, an increased demand for online courses is a result. Students seek the flexibility such programs offer. According to a 2009 report by the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than 12 million students in the U.S. participated in distance education courses, with 77% of the enrollments in online courses, 12% in hybrid courses, and 10% in other forms of distance delivery.
posted April 15, 2013 2:42 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:38 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:37 PM
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.
posted April 15, 2013 2:33 PM
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 Shakers" by Library Journal for their work as leaders and "Change Agents" in libraries.
Master's student Sean Crawford was hired by the Serials Cataloging unit of Harvard Library.
Master's student Jennifer Moyer was selected as a library student blogger for the Medical Library Association's One Health meeting, May 3-8 in Boston, MA. More details at http://
www.mlanet.org/am/am2013/. Moyer also did a review of Doody's Core Titles which will appear in the April issue of the Charleston Advisor.
posted April 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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 Flexible
Most conferences will list the schedule online several weeks in advance. Take a look through this and begin planning your time before the conference begins. Since there will be much going on during the actual conference, it's good to have an idea beforehand of the sessions you would like to attend. That said, remain flexible. If you strike up a good conversation, or are asked to help out with a different session, consider changing your plans. Successfully experiencing a conference is equal parts learning and networking. So get involved, mingle, and be present.
Whether you are wearing a suit or not, it is important to look work place appropriate. This is not the time to wear leggings and that new tunic you just bought from The Gap. Err on the conservative side of dress. This doesn't mean that you can't express your unique personality, but keep it classy.
posted April 12, 2013 11:48 AM
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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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 banned books and the struggle to make all books accessible. D'Ambruoso also gave a presentation about iPad use in the school library with Deborah Froggatt '13LS at the MSLA conference on Monday, March 4.
Master's student James Fox was interviewed Dec. 1 by Dwell Magazine about a new design lecture series titled "Talk Design."
Master's student David Rowntree is co-chairing The Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable for New England Archivists (NEA). The Roundtable will provide a forum for people interested in film, video, and audio collections. The first meeting will take place at the NEA conference in March 2013 (http://newenglandarchivists.org/roundtables/ moving_image_and_recorded_sound_roundtable.html).
Master's student Nicole Thomas, chair of the American Library Association Student Chapter, received a student travel grant to
attend the Association of College and Research Libraries' biennial conference in Indianapolis in April.
Master's students Kathryn Thornhill and Brita Zitin are participating in the Hack Library School's "Library Student Day in the Life" series: http://tinyurl.com/cnkfawb and http://tinyurl.com/cxxyph4.
posted March 15, 2013 4:36 PM
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.
posted March 15, 2013 4:34 PM
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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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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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 series' name addresses the changes occurring in the library field today. With a shift from being labeled "information professionals" to being called "metadata specialists," librarians are obtaining new names every day. Yet the name changes don't necessarily reflect the specialized skills and benefits librarians bring to communities. "It's essential to craft a message about librarians that accurately reflects what we do and that communities can understand and appreciate. Part of that includes becoming better informed ourselves about what our communities already know and understand, and where we can raise awareness and focus our education efforts. Students have an opportunity to develop a relevant vision about the profession that we can carry forward," says Assistant Professor Laura Saunders.
posted March 15, 2013 4:03 PM
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.
posted March 15, 2013 3:49 PM
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 personal pursuits; otherwise, both suffer. As an information professional and techie, I have discovered useful technology to organize my time. Below are a few apps that may create balance and decrease stress.
Usable on multiple devices, Evernote is an easy-to-use notetaking app that allows multiple screens to be synced with ease. I am able to access, share, and take notes anywhere. It works well for private as well as collaborative note-taking.
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posted March 15, 2013 3:29 PM
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 to her campaign. Learn about how she plans to connect ALA with members, schools, and the world.
Q: Why did you become a librarian? Why did you decide to go to Simmons College?
My career path came about organically. I have spent my entire working life in libraries. My first job was shelving library books in a public library and I continued to work in them throughout my undergraduate studies. Half-way through my sophomore year, I decided to become a librarian. Library colleagues offered their instant excitement and mentoring. After completing my undergraduate studies, I went straight to Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences School (GSLIS).
Growing up in a military family, I attended several small public and private schools. When I reviewed Peterson's Guide in my research, Simmons appeared to be the perfect fit. I chose Simmons GSLIS because of the diversity of the faculty, its cutting-edge curriculum, as well as the welcoming environment associated with a small school while simultaneously offering the amenities of a metropolis. I attended school full time and worked full time as a circulation assistant at a theological college library in Cambridge. It was one of the best years of my life. Since I completed the program in one year, being ALA president should be a walk in the park!
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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 years of organizational consulting experience to libraries and with a vast professional network as president of the American Library Association, Sullivan shares a wealth of expertise and connections that will enable Simmons GSLIS to continue to educate 21st-century leaders and innovators.
Q: What do you think library and information science schools need to do to keep up with the changes in the field?
With the many changes occurring in libraries, archives, and other information organizations today, we need to identify and introduce a new set of competencies for information professionals. Specifically, we need to determine the core competencies required in a growing digital world. We also need to clarify the competencies necessary to lead community engagement and to guide transformational change. We need to create work environments that support innovation, continuous improvement, and the ability to solve complex problems. Library and information science schools need to engage alumni, employers, and other stakeholders to
identify what is required in practice and to determine what changes need to be made to the curriculum.
Keeping current with changing needs is a continuous challenge for educators. It also is an essential practice for everyone involved in professional education today.
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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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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: The Gamification of Student Credentialing" at the 2013 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference in Worcester, MA.
Master's student Allison Estell and Jeremy Shaw-Munderback '10LS gave a joint presentation at the NELIG Winter Meeting on December 7, 2012, titled "Using LibGuides as an Instructional Tool." The presentation was based on the first-year library instruction at Simmons for the Multicultural Core Course (MCC 102). The guide is at http://simmons.libguides.com/Research.
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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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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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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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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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:58 PM
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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:57 PM
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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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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:54 PM
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 librarianship and library development. Iannuzzi will receive the $5,000 award on April 10 during the ACRL 2013 conference in Indianapolis, IN.
posted February 15, 2013 2:52 PM
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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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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:47 PM
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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:45 PM
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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:41 PM
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.
posted February 15, 2013 2:39 PM
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 Harvard Art Museum Archives, she welcomed GSLIS interns every semester. Hosting internships was a vital part of her work as an archives professional, and she was deeply invested in the development and success of newcomers to the field.
Before becoming curator at the Harvard Art Museums Archives in 2003, von Salis was a manuscript processor and information system administrator at the Schlesinger Library from 1986 until 2002. She was active in professional organizations, including the Society of American Archivists, New England Archivists, and New England Museum Association, and she was on various committees for each. During her 25-year career in archives, she taught a number of GSLIS continuing education workshops and presented at meetings on topics such as EAD, museum libraries and archives, and archival outreach and advocacy.
As one of Susan von Salis' former interns, I can attest that her generosity with her time and expertise was remarkable. Her enthusiasm for the work was infectious, and her guidance strongly influenced not just the kind of archivist, but also the kind of person, one aspires to be. She was a wonderful mentor and friend to emerging and seasoned archivists. Her outreach to everyone, and her kindness, is a great loss to us all.
Article by Megan Schwenke '13LS
posted February 15, 2013 2:32 PM
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 class was designed for students who have a basic understanding of the technology, and are interested in learning about the concepts and technologies of information science.
"Developing technology skills is as important as reading and writing in our current job market," says Dr. Gerald Benoit, who will be teaching the first LIS 489 class.
posted February 15, 2013 2:24 PM
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 leverage the faculty's expertise and the students' desire to experience the daily realities of a working archive. The project offers master's degree candidates practical opportunities that prepare them for success in a professional setting.
The Simmons College Archives houses unique primary source collections that document Simmons College's history and topics important to the college's education and research endeavors. An implementation of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), the international standard for encoding finding aids, will enhance the discoverability and utility of these collections. As a result, the Simmons College community and outside researchers will have increased access to these resources.
posted February 15, 2013 2:12 PM
"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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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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