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Now that more and more information can be found online, do we still need the physical walls of a library? GSLIS Professor Amy Pattee says absolutely!

Amy was a recent guest on WGBH radio's The Emily Rooney Show where she discusses how libraries might be re-imagined in the future.

She says libraries will continue to provide the public with two extremely valuable resources: youth services and access to technology.

Continue reading Do we still need libraries? GSLIS Prof Amy Pattee says yes.


As many of you know, Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was the victim of an attempted assassination outside a grocery store in Tucson, during a "Congress on Your Corner" outreach event.

What you may not know is that Gabrielle is a fellow women's college alumna. In support of Gabrielle and all the victims and family members affected by the national tragedy, Scripps College in California, her alma mater, began a "Letters of Hope" campaign, which asks the community to share their messages of encouragement for Gabrielle's recovery.

President Helen Drinan participated in the campaign and sent a letter to Scripps' president on behalf of the entire Simmons community to offer our thoughts, prayers, and support. She says:

Like others across the country and the world, we at Simmons also are profoundly saddened by the horrible tragedy that occurred in Tucson January 8.

Please know that you have the support of the entire Simmons community, including thousands of our alumnae/i. We too are planning a "Letters of Hope" event for Congresswoman Giffords, along with a day of community service dedicated to her later this spring.

Scripps and Simmons share more than just the common bond of being women's colleges. We also share similar values: commitment to community, transformative learning, and diversity. We see in Congresswoman Giffords our shared values in action, and the capacity to generously use resources for the advancement of humankind.

Please join us to today from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Java City to write your own letter of hope, encouragement, and get well wishes to Gabrielle. The event, Letters of Hope for Gabrielle Giffords, is hosted by Simmons' SGA and co-sponsored by the Class of 2011 and Simmons Hillel. It will include remarks from Political Science Professor Leanne Doherty.

To read President Drinan's letter in its entirety, visit Letters for Gabby.


We all know Boston weather is crazy and unpredictable. One January day it could be 63 degrees and the next we could be getting dumped with 19 inches of snow. Winter in Boston is made for those who relish the change. We know the day after that 19 inches of snow falls, the area will look like these photos. Since most of our students are still making their way back to campus, we thought we'd share these photos, so no one feels left out.

Do you have winter photos to share? Post your photos to Facebook or Flickr or tweet them to @SimmonsCollege. If we get enough, maybe, we'll publish your photos on the blog.


Have you seen that Google commercial where the guy starts out by searching for "study abroad options in France" then searches "how to impress a French girl" and ends up searching "how to assemble a crib"? It's cute... and clever.

As it turns out, Google started an initiative that asks users to create their own Google Search Story on YouTube. "Parisian Love" set the tone for the project and has since inspired other videos, such as "how to fight against potholes" and "training a dog."

Well, remember Sonya '13? She emailed me the other day and sent me her own Google Search Story about... you guessed it... Simmons!

That got me thinking... what's YOUR Simmons search story? How did you find us?

To create your own Simmons video, visit Google Search Story. Maybe we should have a contest for submissions?


Simmons College is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), a collaboration between six academic institutions in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. The COF gives students the opportunity to engage and interact with other students, organizations, and classes at participating colleges.

If you are an undergraduate student at Simmons, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, or Wheelock College, you can cross register and take up to two classes per semester at any of these six institutions at no extra tuition costs.

Continue reading Colleges of the Fenway provides opportunities for students.


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