Recently in Summer 2014
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 12:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.