Usability Professionals' Association Meeting

When: Monday, December 12, 2011, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Kotzen Room

On Monday, December 12th from 6-9pm, Simmons GSLIS will host the December Usability Professionals' Association meeting in the Kotzen Meeting Room. The event is free and open to Simmons community. Dinner will be provided.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for networking with local usability professionals. GSLIS students will present their usability research results for three web tools:

Sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association, the GSLIS Technology Group, Simmons ASIS&T, and the GSLIS Usability Lab.

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2502815990

We look forward to seeing you there!

Virginia Drosten Memory Book Reception

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: Stimson Room, Williston and Miles-Smith Library, Mount Holyoke College

The students of Terry Plum's fall 2011 digital library class at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science invite you to a reception celebrating The Virginia Drosten Memory Book, a new online exhibit reflecting the life and times of a Mount Holyoke College student from the class of 1969 that offers an immediate and powerful glimpse into campus life during a pivotal time in American history.

A light lunch and beverages will be served.

With special thanks to Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections

Please R.S.V.P. by December 8 to Sasha Nyary at nyary@simmons.edu

SCoSAA Mixer

When: Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Cornwall's Pub, 654 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

SCoSAA is hosting a mixer to kick off winter break. Join us at Cornwall's Pub for some appetizers and drinks. Appetizers are on us! All GSLIS students are welcome! Cornwall's is easily accessible from Kenmore and walkable from campus.

Countway Lunchtime Lecture Series in Consumer Health

When: Friday, December 9, 2011, 12:00 PM
Where: Countway Library's Minot Room

Countway Library of Medicine's Health Information Lunchtime Lecture Series in Consumer Health is hosting Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, authors of Your Medical Mind. They will speak about their new book, which focuses on the information overload to which today's consumer is subjected. How can we sort through this maze to make the right medical decisions for ourselves? A book signing and light refreshments will follow, with books sold by Harvard Medical Coop. For more information, please call 617/432-2147 or write Health_info@hms.harvard.edu.

Edith Hornik Beer Digital Scrapbook Unveiling

When: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Where: Kotzen Room

The LIS 462 Digital Libraries class cordially requests your presence at the unveiling of the Edith Hornik Beer Digital Scrapbook. Join us in a celebration of Edith's years as a student at Simmons. Light refreshments will be provided.

LISSA End of the Semester Party

When: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Faculty Dining Room (MCB)

Please join us in your finest (ugly or attractive) sweater or other festive attire - the drinks and food are on us. We will be collecting clothes donations for Goodwill and book donations for the Occupy Boston library.

Yonsei 2012 Info Session

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: P-210

Are you interested in studying in Seoul, South Korea next summer? Would you like to know more about what we'll be doing over there for two weeks? Then please join us for the Yonsei 2012 Info Session on Tuesday, December 6th from 12-1pm in P210.

Lisa Hussey will be teaching two courses, 404: Principles of Management and 475: Organization/Information Ethics. We will be departing on Thursday, July 26 and returning on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

To learn a bit about what we did during the summer of 2011 you can check out the Dispatches from Abroad blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/dispatches/

If you'd like to start the application process: http://cof.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10297

Lunchtime Lectures: Olga Kulikova

When: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Our visiting Fulbright Scholar from Russia Dr. Olga Kulikova will speak on "Continuing Education for Librarians: The Russian Story." Sponsored by Simmons International Relations (SIR).

Lecture: A Future for Libraries in a Digital-Plus Era

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Where: Kotzen Room

As part of the GSLIS Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, John Palfrey will speak on "A Future for Libraries in a Digital-Plus Era." He is the Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School and the Faculty Co-Director at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Refreshments to follow.

Pontika Dissertation Defense

When: Monday, November 21, 2011, 12:00 PM
Where: SOM M105

Simmons faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the doctoral dissertation defense of GSLIS Ph.D. candidate Athanasia (Nancy) Pontika on Monday, November 21 at noon in SOM room M105. The dissertation is entitled: "The Influence of the National Institutes of Health Public-Access Policy on the Publishing Habits of Principal Investigators."

Dr. Robin Peek is the dissertation chair.

Please contact Deanna Beattie at 617-521-2848 if you would like to review a draft of the dissertation.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

When: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Where: GSLIS West Office, 19 College St., South Hadley, MA

GSLIS Professor Lisa Hussey will lead a resume and cover letter workshop on Saturday, November 19th at 4:30 p.m. at the GSLIS West office. Bring your current resume with you; you can also bring a cover letter and/or job ad that you're interested in to work on if you wish. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is open: http://resumeworkshop1119.eventbrite.com/.

Please register by Friday November 18th.

Coffee with Dean Cloonan

When: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Where: GSLIS Lounge

Come discuss your questions or thoughts about GSLIS with Dean Cloonan with a cup of coffee in hand!

Libraries and Labor Unions: a Panel Discussion

When: Friday, November 18, 2011, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: MCB C101

Join PLG@Simmons as we examine the role of labor unions in the library & information science fields. How do unions operate in the library workplace? How do they affect our mission as information professionals? Can they be a vehicle for social justice librarianship? Joining us will be Colin Wilkins (Brookline Public Library), Ann Langone (Brookline Public Library), Emily Drabinski (Long Island University), and Geoff Carens (Lamont Library-Harvard University). We hope that you'll be part of the discussion, too, as we tackle this important subject!

Lunchtime Lectures: Ann Cullen

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Harvard Business School doctoral student and GSLIS adjunct professor Ann Cullen presents "Von Krogh, Nonaka and Ichijo's "Knowledge Activist" Model: Does it Offer a Useful Way for Librarians and Information Professionals to Rethink their Roles?" as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series.

Webinar on "The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and Mapping"

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Where: P213

NISO/DCMI Webinar on "The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and Mapping." This webinar will provide an update on the progress of the DCMI/RDA Task Group, which is developing an element vocabulary, application profile, and value vocabularies. Representatives from the group will provide the update and also discuss practical implementation issues in applying these new vocabularies and the application profile.

How to Create Mobile Websites Workshop

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5:00 PM
Where: GSLIS Tech Lab (P-213)

The GSLIS Tech Lab in Boston is pleased to announce a workshop on how to create mobile websites.

Learn about tools and best practices for how to create a website targeted at mobile devices. Join Amy Deschenes, Library Technology Specialist at Beatley Library for an exciting hands on workshop that will give you the right tools to start building websites for mobile devices.

Please register through Eventbrite:
http://fa11mobile-s2.eventbrite.com/

2011 World Usability Day Celebration Event

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Linda J. Paresky Conference Center (Main College Building, 3rd floor)

Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab and The Student Chapter of Special Library Association are pleased to announce the 2011 World Usability Day Celebration Event. The event will feature presentations/demonstrations by two teams about their systems: (1) NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and (2) ShelfLife via DPLA from the Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory. Informal usability assessments will be performed, and feedback will be gathered with regard to the interface design and functionality. A light breakfast will be provided.

WHAT: World Usability Day with the Harvard ADS Lab & Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory
WHO: Jay Luker, IT Specialist for ADS; Kim Dulin, Co-Director of Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 8:30am - 12:00pm
WHERE: Linda J. Paresky Conference Center (Main College Building, 3rd floor)

Preliminary Schedule:
• 8:30-9:00 Welcome and introductions, networking and breakfast
• 9:00-10:30 Jay Luker, Harvard/NASA ADS, http://labs.adsabs.harvard.edu/ui/
• 10:30-12:00 Kim Dulin, Harvard Law Library, ShelfLife via DPLA: http://www.librarylab.law.harvard.edu/dpla/demo
• 12:00 Wrap up and conclusion

The event is free and open to the Simmons community. It is organized by the Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab and sponsored by the Special Library Association Student Chapter at Simmons.

To register for the event, go to:
http://wud2011simmons.eventbrite.com/

We hope to see you there!

Lunchtime Lectures: Katherine Wisser

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Assistant Professor Katherine Wisser presents "Can I Be Friends with Mother Theresa?: The Wily World of Relationships in Archival Description" as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series.

Career Panel: Art, Visual Resources, Cultural Heritage and the Information Professional

When: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Where: Special Functions Room, MCB E200

Panopticon is hosting our fall career panel: Art, Visual Resources, Cultural Heritage and the Information Professional. It will take place on 8 November 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Special Functions Room, MCB E200. We have four wonderful individuals participating as panelists from local institutions:

Allison Benedetti, Project Director at the Society of Architectural Historians
Nanni Deng, Asian Art Bibliographer at Harvard University
Kate Monea, Digital Archivist at MFA Boston
Caitlin Pereira, Visual Resources Director at MassArt

We hope to see you there with questions for our panelists!

Lunchtime Lectures: Mary Wilkins Jordan

When: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presents "Using Twitter to Connect with the Library's Community" as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series.

Brown Bag Lunch: Resumes and Cover Letters

When: Monday, November 7, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: P-410

JoAnne Amann of the Career Education Center is coming to discuss resumes and cover letters. Whether you are starting your post-Simmons job search, are looking for a part-time job, or just want some general pointers, you are sure to hear some useful tips. Bring your lunch and stay as long as you can. Light refreshments will be provided by SCoSAA.

Lunchtime Lectures: Gerry Benoit

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Associate Professor Gerry Benoit will present "Preserving and Displaying Historical Japanese writing using HTML and Ruby." Ruby is an HTML extension to display the little characters in Japanese manga, texts, and historical documents. This talk is part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series Prof. Benoit established in 2004.

MSLA-SIG Career Panel

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: SOM 501

Join us to hear how two recent SLTP grads navigated the job search, Emily Sypole (Alcott Elementary School, Concord) and Jennifer Dimmick (Newton South High School). Find out what library directors are looking for in applicants from Sandra Roby (Waltham Public Schools). You'll also hear from SLTP professors Fran Zilonis and Rebecca Morris on how to develop the most effective job portfolios and resumes. Refreshments will be served.

ALA TechSource Library Funding & Technology Access Webinar

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 2:00 PM
Where: Tech Lab Classroom

Learn how to interpret the 2011 Library Funding & Technology Access Study data, access new advocacy and marketing tools, and make the library's case to elected officials and community stakeholders. The presenters are John Bertot, Co-Director, Information Policy & Access Center, University of Maryland; Judy Hoffman, Project Manager, American Library Association, Office for Research and Statistics; and Peggy Rudd, Director, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

NEASIS&T Meet-up

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: MIT Bush Room, 222 Memorial Drive, Bldg 10

Gather with friends and colleagues for pizza, TED Talks & lively discussion:
http://neasist.org/2011/10/07/730/

Map & Directions to MIT

Register by noon on Monday, October 31; cost is $10:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2295287266

To find out about more NEASIST events and activities, see:
http://neasist.org/

Send questions to Lisa at ljunghahn@law.harvard.edu.

Personal Branding for New Librarians

When: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 12:00 PM
Where: P-206

GSLIS graduate Andromeda Yelton will give a brief presentation on personal branding, originally delivered at the ALA Midwinter conference in January 2011 and since updated with new insights. Yelton is a member of the founding team at Gluejar and the ALA Class of 2011 Emerging Leaders. She blogs at ALA TechSource and Across Divided Networks.

How Open Should Your Access Be?

When: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5-6 p.m.
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge

Celebrate Open Access Week! Join us for video clips and a discussion on the pros and cons of open access. Food will be served. Sponsored by SLA and the ASIST Student Chapter.

Lunchtime Lectures: Laura Saunders

When: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presents "Information as Weapon: Propaganda, Politics, and the Role of Libraries" as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series established by Gerry Benoit in 2004.

Coffee with Dean Cloonan

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Where: Matarazzo Student Lounge

Need a study break? Have coffee with Dean Cloonan! Meet Dean Cloonan to find out what's new in GSLIS, ask questions, express concerns, and enjoy coffee and good conversation.

Choose your session:
Wed. October 26, 5:30-6:30
Thurs. October 27, 12:30-1:30
Sat. November 19, 12:30-1:30

Emerging Practices in Archival Description

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Special Functions Room, Main College Building, Simmons College

Panelists will talk about emerging trends in archival description and EAD.  Speakers include Aaron Rubenstein of Tufts, Erica Boudreau of the JFK Library, and Kate Bowers of the Harvard University Archive. This event is part of both American Archives Month and Open Access Week. For more information about SCoSAA and American Archives Month, please see http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/scosaa/

Open Access: Chewing the Facts with PLG@Simmons

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge

Greetings, people of GSLIS! As October draws to a close, PLG@Simmons invites you to join us in the GSLIS Lounge on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011, from 4:30-6:00 for our latest edition of our "Chewing the Facts" discussion group. As part of "Open Access Week", we'll be discussing Denise Troll Covey's "The Ethics of Open Access to Research: A Call for Civil Disobedience and Moral Courage", from Progressive Librarian #33, and Jason Puckett's "Digital Right Management as Information Access Barrier" from Progressive Librarian #34-35 (article can also be found at http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1049&context=univ_lib_facpub). Want to discuss something else you've read or wanted to read? That's great, too!

Last but not least, food will be served. Come for the pizza, stay for the debating!

Open Access Week Student Webcast Screening

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 12:00 PM
Where: School of Management, Room 202

The Right to Research Coalition is convening a panel of leading figures from the open access movement to talk directly to students about the impact of open access and the crucial role of students in making it a reality. Speakers include John Wilbanks0, Vice President for Science at Creative Commons; Heather Joseph, 0Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition; and Goldis Chami, 0Medical Student and Member of the Right to Research Coalition Steering Committee. ALASC is hosting this screening (with free popcorn!) of the lunchtime webcast in honor of Open Access Week.

INALJ (I Need A Library Job) Meet-up

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Government Center

Meetups of job-seeking librarians of all kinds have been taking place across the country. Boston's has been organized by Eileen Whittle, Erin Wentz, Naomi House, and Adrienne Chamberlin and will be on Tuesday, October 25th at Four Green Fields php.

Find more information on the INALJ facebook page. Send questions or RSVP to Simmons alumna Adrienne Chamberlin at adrienne.chamberlin@gmail.com.

White Scree/White Noise: Racism and the Internet

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 p.m.
Where: Main College Building, C-103

Join the PLG and Community Change, Inc. for a screening of "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet". How aware are we of racism on the Internet? How is it structurally intertwined with the form of the Internet? How does it effect our day-to-day reality?

Join the Progressive Librarians Guild@Simmons and Community Change, Inc. to discuss these issues and work towards solutions.

With us will be Myrna Morales (Community Change, Inc. and ARL Diversity Scholar), Rebecca Martin (Community Change, Inc.) and Stacie Williams (GSLIS alum '11 and Spectrum Scholar). They will be joining us to present this panel proposal/media presentation, and discuss the issues therein.

For more information on this topic, please visit: http://www.communitychangeinc.org/racismandtheinternet.

"We Can be Heroes, Just for One Day": Investigating Celebrity Portraiture

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:00 PM
Where: M202

Canadian Curator Melissa Rombout recounts how an innovative curatorial framework succeeded in creating entirely new readings of the work of legendary photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). By re-uniting the fragments of a massive but dispersed collection, she finds surprising new interpretations about the myths of modernism, and about how new digital practices fuel our insatiable appetite for the making and consuming images of the famous, the infamous and ourselves.

GSLIS Alumni Speed Networking Night

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

The GSLIS Alumni Board is sponsoring an educational speed-networking event! This is your chance to network with GSLIS alumni in various areas of librarianship and with representatives from librarian organizations to learn about career paths, specific industries, or "a day in the life."

RSVP required; students must register here in order to participate: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/speednetstudents11

Cost: In the past, Alumni Board sponsored career events have sold out. Therefore, we are asking for a $5 deposit to reserve a seat BUT you will receive your money back when you arrive, so the final cost is FREE if you attend!

To complete your registration, please RSVP at the link above and drop off your deposit by October 21 at the GSLIS Front Desk, in room P111 (Boston) or at the GSLIS West office (South Hadley). You must make your $5 deposit to reserve a seat.

SCoSAA Coffee Hour

When: Monday, October 24, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Where: Common Grounds Café

Although SCoSAA's coffee hours are informal and open to a variety of different conversations, this coffee hour will cover a few different topics. Please join us for a conversation about NEA, the Harvard University Archives' tour, and the rest of our programming for the fall and spring. This is a great opportunity for us to share what we have learned with students who could not attend NEA or the tour. Furthermore, this is a great chance for us to discuss our "take aways" from NEA. Some questions to consider are: What were the highs and what could have been better at NEA's fall meeting? What did we learn from the presentations and how can we use what we learned in our classes or at our jobs? Lastly, what did this experience teach you and how would you approach NEA's next meeting?

As usual, all students in the GSLIS program are welcome and should feel free to bring any questions, comments, or concerns that they have about the archives profession. If you have any questions about this event or our future events, please email Amanda at amanda.strauss@simmons.edu or Camille at camille.torres@simmons.edu.

Open Access Week

When: Monday, October 24, 2011, through October 30, 2011
Where: Simmons GSLIS

Open Access Week events will be held throughout the week of October 24. For more details, please see: http://gslis.simmons.edu/oaweek/2011/

SCoSAA Elevator Speech Contest - submissions due!

When: Monday, October 24, 2011

Have you ever told someone you are an archivist only to receive a blank look in return? Do you find it difficult to explain our profession? The first step to being an effective advocate for archives is to be able to succinctly explain what archivists do. This is a tall order, but not to fear!

As part of our American Archives Month celebrations, SCoSAA is hosting an Elevator Speech Contest. The guidelines are simple: In 28 words or less, respond to the question "What does an archivist do?" Submit your responses via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/3dcdjut.The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, October 24.

The SCoSAA community will vote for the best response from Tuesday, October 25 through Monday, October 31.  The winner will receive a $15 gift card to Peets Coffee, the thanks of your colleagues, and a lifetime of smoother conversations with non-archivists. All of the responses will be posted on the SCoSAA website as a resource for archival advocacy.

Open Access: ALASC Student Webcast

When: Monday, October 24, 2011, 12 - 1 p.m.
Where: SOM 202

Hear directly from the leaders of the Open Access movement. Sponsored by ALASC.

Live Stream: Digital Public Library of America Plenary Meeting

When: Friday, October 21, 2011, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: School of Management M105

The first Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Plenary Meeting, convened by the DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and hosted by The National Archives in Washington, DC, will bring together a wide range of stakeholders in a broad, open forum to present the history of and vision for the DPLA effort, to showcase the best ideas and models submitted to the Beta Sprint (an open call for code and concepts defining how the DPLA should operate), and to create multiple points of entry for public participation in the work of the DPLA.

Attend the portion of the DPLA meeting most interesting to you: Full program.

Co-sponsored by Simmons ASIS&T

American Archives Month: Tour Harvard University with SCoSAA

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 1:00 PM
Where: Harvard University Archives

As part of American Archives Month, SCoSAA is sponsoring a tour at the Harvard University Archives (attendance limited to 18). For more information about SCoSAA and American Archives Month, please see http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/scosaa/

Lunchtime Lectures: Nancy Pontika

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

Doctoral student and GSLIS adjunct Nancy Pontika presents "How the NIH Public-Access Policy Influences the PIs Publishing Preferences." The talk will take place in P210, 12:10 - 1 p.m.

GSLIS Tech Lab Art Exhibition Opening Reception

When: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 5:00- 6:00 PM
Where: GSLIS Tech Lab

Panopticon and the GSLIS Tech Lab are hosting the GSLIS Tech Lab Art Exhibition, 2011-2012, to showcase the diversity of talent within the GSLIS community and in order to make the Tech Lab a space for self/communal engagement. To launch the exhibition, they invite you to the opening reception. They hope you are able to join them for food, wine, and discussions surrounding the exhibition. Please mark your calendars!

eBook Summit: How Libraries are Leveraging the eBook Opportunity

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Tech Lab Classroom

This live event brings together librarians, vendors and publishers, and industry experts and offers keynote presentations as well as three tracks designed for public, academic, and K-12 libraries to discuss how libraries are leveraging the ebook opportunity to improve service and reach more users than ever before. Public librarians will share successful ebook initiatives and discuss how ebooks will transform public libraries. Academic librarians will present how they are mastering the transition, from patron driven acquisition to discovery to faculty adoption, while school librarians will be presented with working ebook models on the building, district, regional and state levels. There will be time for discussion and networking, and open time for attendees to visit the exhibits and attend vendor webcasts. The event takes place all day. Please feel free to attend as much or as little of the event as you like.

Register here.

Lunchtime Lecture Series: Naresh Agarwal

When: Thursday, October 6, 2011, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Where: P210

It's time again to look forward to the Lunchtime Lecture series put on by Gerald Benoit, Associate Professor.  The first lecture will be on Thursday, October 6th from 12:10-1pm in room P210. Naresh Agarwal, Assistant Professor, will give a lecture entitled "Verifying survey items for Construct Validity: A two-stage Sorting Procedure for Questionnaire Design in Information Behavior Research".

Follow this link for the list of the rest of the lectures scheduled for October and November: http://web.simmons.edu/~benoit/rc/index.html

Please contact Clare Davitt (clare.davitt@simmons.edu) with any questions.

Amy Benson from Harvard's Schlesinger Library

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 4:30 PM
Where: P-206

Join SCoSAA and ALASC to celebrate the beginning of National Archives Week with Amy Benson, the Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects at the Schlesinger Library. Amy oversees the full-life cycle of digital materials at the Library including identification and selection, appraisal and acquisition, description, database management, storage, delivery, and preservation. She holds a BA in French and Modern Languages from Beloit College, an MLIS from Simmons College, and an EdM from Harvard University. Amy will have a great deal of insight to share from her years at the forefront of digital archives work.

GSLIS West Alumni Event

When: Monday, October 3, 2011, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Northampton Brewery

You are invited to join GSLIS West Alumni for a fall mixer at the Northampton Brewery. This is the perfect opportunity to socialize with oldfriends and to make new connections within the vibrant GSLIS West community.

Join us on Monday, October 3rd from 6:00-8:00 at the Northampton Brewery (http://www.northamptonbrewery.com/). Questions about the mixer? Contact Danielle Kovacs at dkovacs@library.umass.edu. All GSLIS alums are welcome.

GSLIS West Alumni Fall Mixer

When: Monday, October 3, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Northampton Brewery

You are invited to join GSLIS West Alumni for a fall mixer at the Northampton Brewery. This is the perfect opportunity to socialize with old friends and to make new connections within the vibrant GSLIS West community. Join us on Monday, October 3rd from 6:00-8:00 at the Northampton Brewery (http://www.northamptonbrewery.com/). Questions about the mixer? Contact Danielle Kovacs at dkovacs@library.umass.edu. All GSLIS alums are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College

The second annual Horn Book at Simmons colloquium brings together librarians, educators and children's literature professionals to examine the Boston Globe-Horn Book winnders. This day-long event includes talks, panel discussions and small group sessions to explore how books for children and teens interpret the world for young readers as well as new strategies for bringing young people and books together. Two GSLIS professors will be leading breakout sessions at 12:30 p.m. Associate Professor Amy Pattee will be leading the session, "Heroes and Villains: When Good Characters Do Bad Things," and Assistant Professor Melanie Kimball will be leading the session "Colliding Worlds: Intersections of Fantasy and Folktale." For more information, please see http://archive.hbook.com/hbas/HB_at_Simmons_Registration.asp.

PLG "Chewing the Facts" Discussion Group

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 4:15 p.m.
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge

PLG@Simmons will hold it's first "Chewing the Facts" discussion group session on Wednesday, September 28, at 4:15 in the GSLIS lounge. This series hopes to provoke thought, discussion, & brainstorming towards social, political, & intellectual issues facing libraries & archives today. For our first installment, we'll be reviewing John Gehner's "Libraries, Low-Income People, & Social Exclusion" to discuss the ways in which libraries can be culturally exclusive, & to debate possible solutions to these problems. We hope you will join us!

SCoSAA Coffee Hour

When: Monday, September 26, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Where: Common Grounds Café

Join us at Common Grounds Café for our afternoon coffee hour. One of the topics for this week's coffee hour is SAA. Please come and share your experiences from the SAA annual meeting in Chicago. If you weren't able to attend SAA, this is a great opportunity to hear about the sessions and what your colleagues learned. As always, the discussion is also open to any questions, and you are welcome to share the exciting plans that are on your horizon for the semester. Feel free to contact the SCoSAA co-chairs if you have any questions.

SCoSAA Coffee Hour

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Common Grounds Café

Kick off the fall semester with SCoSAA at our first meeting of the year! Join us for some food and to learn more about the events and activities that SCoSAA will be hosting during the fall semester.  This is also a great opportunity to meet and mingle with the archives faculty, the SCoSAA officers, and your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you! Feel free to contact the SCoSAA co-chairs if you have any questions. 

ALA Annual 2011: A GSLIS Student Perspective

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4:30 PM
Where: P-206

Three GSLIS students who attended ALA's Annual Conference in New Orleans this June will participate in this panel. Come to hear their tips for making the most of professional conferences, ask questions, or share your own experiences.

ASIS&T Library Science Fair

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: SOM-104

Welcome back, ASIS&T members -- we hope you had a relaxing summer!

We're planning a Fall event for Tuesday, September 20th from 4:00 - 6:00 in the SOM building room M104. Refreshments will be served.

The event is a Library Science Fair, featuring talks by Ben Florin, a web developer at Boston College Libraries (a GSLIS alum and former staff member) and by Mark Tomko, a current GSLIS student and a software engineer at the Broad Institute.

We'd also like to open the floor to you for 5 minute lightning talks- an opportunity for you to stand up and talk about a project you?re working on or something else that interests you. No script or slides necessary - chalk talks are encouraged. This is a great way to find out about new technologies or trends in the field, and to find out who might share your interests. There will be a sign-up sheet in the tech lab for people interested in giving talks.

Afterwards, we'd like to invite you to join us at the Squealing Pig for food and drinks.

We'll see you there!

MSLA-SIG Meeting

When: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge

Dear SLTP students,

Join us on Thursday, September 15th, from 4-6 p.m. in the GSLIS student lounge for the first meeting of the Massachusetts School Library Association Student Interest Group. There will be pizza, socializing with classmates new and old, and an opportunity to hear about the plans we have for the year.

We hope to see you there!

First SCoSAA Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge, 2nd Floor Palace Road Building

Kick off the fall semester with SCoSAA at our first meeting of the year! Join us for some food and to learn more about the events and activities that SCoSAA will be hosting during the fall semester.  This is also a great opportunity to meet and mingle with the archives faculty, the SCoSAA officers, and your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you! Feel free to contact the SCoSAA co-chairs if you have any questions. 

Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 4 p.m.
Where: Common Grounds Café

Come join PLG@Simmons as we kick of the 2011-2012 school year with our first student meeting. Joining us will be our new faculty adviser, Lisa Hussey. We'll be looking forward to a great discussion concerning progressive & radical issues in librarianship, as well as going over our planned activities for the year. We hope to see you there!

Panopticon Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge

We invite you to join us for the first Panopticon meeting of the semester.  Panopticon is a GSLIS student organization for students interested in art, cultural heritage, and visual resources in libraries, archives, and museums. We will be introducing our officers, discussing events for this upcoming semester, and presenting exciting changes to our program.

Meeting of the Simmons International Relations group (SIR)

When: Friday, September 9, 2011, noon - 1 p.m.; 5 p.m.
Where: Student Lounge; the Squealing Pig

Two events for Simmons International Relations group:

Get SIRved! 12pm to 1pm
Join SIR (Simmons International Relations) to meet and greet GSLIS international students in the GSLIS Student Lounge. Enjoy some snacks, learn about opportunities in international librarianship, and trade stories of experiences abroad.

Get SIRious! 5pm
Mingling continues in the evening. Let?s keep the conversation going at the Squealing Pig "International Edition" (134 Smith Street, Roxbury Crossing, MA). Faculty, students, alumni, and friends are welcome. Meet in the GSLIS Student Lounge at 4:30pm to walk over together.

Fall Semester Kick-Off

When: Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 5:00 PM
Where: Squealing Pig, 134 Smith Street

ALASC and LISSA will be co-sponsoring this happy hour to welcome everyone back for the fall semester. Please join us! (Note that Simmons' college-wide Convocation program falls on the morning of September 7. Convocation begins at 10 a.m. on the academic quad, and will be followed by a reception.)

Society for American Archivists Alumni Reception at SAA

When: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: SAA Conference, Hyatt Regency in Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Horner Room

Please join us at the GSLIS Alumni Reception during the SAA conference in Chicago. We'll have hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and lots of fellow alums to catch up with. Dean Michele Cloonan and Associate Dean Jeannette Bastian will also be in attendance.

Contact Info: Clare Davitt, davittc@simmons.edu

SCoSAA Mixer

When: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Cornwall's Pub, 654 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

You are invited to join SCoSAA for a summer mixer at Cornwall's Pub. Celebrate the last days of summer, see old friends, meet new classmates, and talk with others who are attending SAA. All GSLIS students are welcome! Cornwall's is easily accessible from Kenmore Station on the green line (654 Beacon Street). We hope to see you there! Feel free to contact the SCoSAA co-chairs if you have any questions.

Advising Day (GSLIS West)

When: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Mount Holykoe College

Advising Day for new fall students attending the GSLIS West Campus will be held on Thursday, July 28. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center on the Mount Holyoke College Campus. Additional information is available here; new students should have received details via email.

For questions, please email gslisstudentservices@simmons.edu.

American Association of Law Libraries Alumni Reception

When: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 6:30-8:15 PM
Where: Philadelphia, PA, Marriott, Room 404

Please join us for an alumni reception to hear about all the latest GSLIS news and chat with fellow GSLIS alumni.

Contact Info: Clare Davitt, davittc@simmons.edu

GSLIS Book Group

When: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 12:45 PM
Where: Palace Rd. 2nd Floor, Faculty Staff Lounge

For all of you enjoying your summer - or needing a break from it! - just a quick reminder that we have two in-person meetings next week, for those near the Palace Road building! Everyone is invited to attend, to share book ideas, Reader's Advisory suggestions, or just the fun of talking about a fun book. The book we are reading this month is "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. (We are in the Dewey 700s: Arts this month, as it is the 7th month.)

We meet:
- Tuesday, July 12
- Saturday, July 16

Both of them will begin at 12:45, in the Faculty Staff Lounge, 2nd floor of Palace Road. This is at the opposite end of the floor from the Student Lounge, and I'll have up a sign.

Everyone should feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy, and there will be cookies or other snacks. (Books and snacking go together very well, I think!)

As always, these are very casual groups; you can feel free to drop in and out as your schedule permits - we will be happy to see you at any point. You can read the book beforehand, or just come to share in the conversation.

Next month's topic is the Dewey 800s category: Literature. There are surely lots of good suggestions we can come up with for a good book to read in this topic, so share them all!! Our general criteria are that it be relatively new (so everyone is ready to discuss these books with current or future patrons), not overly depressing, and available in print, audio, and ebook formats. Some good suggestions have already come in, but we can always use more.

Come share in the summer time reading fun, take a break and enjoy yourself, and talk about books for a while!

Archives Education and Research Institute (AERI)

When: Monday, July 11, 2011
Where: Boston Campus, Simmons College

AERI speakers include David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. A pre-conference focusing on Digital Curriculum Laboratories for Archives and Preservation education will be held at Simmons on July 9-10. For more information please contact Dr. Jeannette Bastian at bastian@simmons.edu or go to the AERI website at http://aeri.gseis.ucla.edu/

ALA Student Chapter Summer Meet & Greet

When: Thursday, July 7, 2011, 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: The Squealing Pig, 134 Smith Street, Boston, MA

Join ALASC officers and other students for snacks and drinks to mark the midpoint of summer classes and welcome some incoming students, who will have lots of questions at the end of their Advising Days. Swing by after work for just a few minutes, come over from campus and spend all evening with us, or anywhere in between!

Advising Days (Boston Campus)

When: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Various Locations, Boston Campus, Simmons

Advising Days for new fall students attending the Boston Campus will be held on Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8. Registration begins each day at 8:30 a.m. in the Peresky Conference Center on the third floor of the Main College Building. Additional information is available at www.simmons.edu/gslis/admission/advising/boston/index.php; new students should have received details via email.

For questions, please email gslisstudentservices@simmons.edu.

2011 Cooperative Library and Information Science School/Program Alumni Reunion at ALA

When: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Hilton Riverside Hotel, Grand Ballroom C/D (2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130) [CHANGE OF LOCATION]

Please stop by the Library School Reunion to catch up on the latest GSLIS news and to mingle with other GSLIS alumni.

Contact Info:
Clare Davitt, GSLIS
617-521-2862
clare.davitt@simmons.edu

Join the Race for Hope and support the National Brain Tumor Society

When: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Where: Washington, DC

GSLIS Students and Alums are invited to join the annual Cassidey and Turley Race for Hope in Washington DC in honor of Pamela Chaiken '91LS, who died of a brain tumor in 1995.

On Sunday May 1st, 2011 at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., the National Brain Tumor Society and ABC2 will present the 14th running of the annual Cassidy and Turley Race For Hope DC. The $12,000,000 raised to date gives much encouragement to patients and families that there someday will  be a cure.

Be a part of Team Pamela Sue by being a sponsor, a contributor or a walker/runner.  By logging on to www.curebraintumors.org or making a check payable to Race for Hope, DC and forwarding it to:

Lionel Chaiken
P.O. Box 107
Middletown, MD 21769

GSLIS After Dark: An Evening of Recognition and Connection

When: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Registration and Wine & Cheese Reception; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Dinner & Speaking Program
Where: Paresky Conference Center, Main College Building

Please join us on April 28, 2011, for GSLIS After Dark. This second annual dinner event promises to be an engaging evening with GSLIS alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

The event will focus on the presentation of the GSLIS Alumni Achievement Award with a keynote speech by the award recipient and highlights from current work by GSLIS faculty and students in the field of information science. There will be ample time to socialize and to learn about current areas of study at GSLIS.

This year's program will honor Maura Marx ‘04LS; as the Alumni Achievement Award winner, she will be presenting the keynote address. The GSLIS Alumni Board Business Meeting (led by Alumni Board President Kenneth Peterson ‘98LS) and Introductory Remarks by President Helen G. Drinan ‘75LS, ‘78SM, and GSLIS Acting Dean Jeannette Bastian will precede the keynote address.

Maura Marx ‘04LS is the Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons (OKC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping libraries provide broad access to knowledge in the digital age, and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Previously she was the Manager of Digital Services at the Boston Public Library (2004-2008), where she was responsible for founding the Library's Digital Services Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and English from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in Italian from Middlebury College and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons GSLIS.

Please register by April 7! For more information and to register online, please visit http://alumnet.simmons.edu.

Lunchtime Lecture "Challenges for information visualization" presented by Associate Professor Benoit

When: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Where: P206

Join Professor Benoit in his discussion on challenges for information visualization. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please see http://web.simmons.edu/~benoit/rc/

Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, See conference program for details
Where: Crowne Plaza, Danvers, MA

Please stop by the the Simmons booth to catch up on the latest GSLIS news and to mingle with other GSLIS alumni. All alumni who sign in will receive a free gift! You may also visit the MLA website for more information, http://mla.memberlodge.org/ (Contact Jason Homer for more information.)

MSLA-SIG Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 5:30 - 6:00 PM

The last Massachusetts School Library Association Student Interest Group meeting of the semester will be held on Wednesday April 27th from 5:30-6:00. The meeting will include details and a discussion of the conference, next year's elections, and the announcement of the winner(s) of the AASL award. Food will be served.

If you are interested in running for an office for next year, please email gslissltp@simmons.edu ASAP.

Lunchtime Lecture "Interesting stress research data" presented by Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan

When: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Where: P206

Join Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan in her discussion on interesting stress research data. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please see http://web.simmons.edu/~benoit/rc/

GSLIS Career Fair

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, noon - 2 p.m.
Where: Paresky Conference Center, Main College Building, 3rd floor

The GSLIS Career Fair will take place on Wednesday April 20th from noon - 2:00 p.m. in the Linda Paresky Conference Center. If you plan to attend, formal dress is required. Students should also bring copies of their resume for the representatives from the schools. For more information, email Angela Kelly at angela.kelly@simmons.edu. angela.kelly@simmons.edu.

For more details about this event, visit the GSLIS Career Fair website at http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/jobs/gslis-career-fair/


Lunchtime Lecture "Diversity in LIS Dissertations, 2000-2010" presented by Assistant Professor Rodriguez-Mori

When: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Where: P206

Join Professor Howard Rodriguez-Mori in his discussion on diversity in LIS dissertations. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please see http://web.simmons.edu/~benoit/rc/.

Library Snapshot Day

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Where: the library where you work or volunteer

Calling all students and alums! Take part in Library Snapshot Day.

The Simmons ALA Student Chapter is inviting all GSLIS students and alums to take one picture at the library or archive where they work or volunteer on April 13. With this project they hope to show the diversity of libraries and archives that employ Simmons GSLIS students and alums. On April 14th, the ALASC Facebook page (at http://www.facebook.com/SimmonsALASC/) will display the resulting album.

If you're interested in taking part:

1) take a picture with a camera or phone - you can be in the photo or not; it's your choice.
2) Send your photo to  cressida.hanson@simmons.ed with your name, name of the library and a short description of its mission (is it a public library, an archive at a museum, does it serve a specific corporation, etc.)
3) On April 14th, check out ALASC's Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/SimmonsALASC/>  to see the resulting album featuring the libraries GSLIS students and alums work with.

Lunchtime Lecture "The ‘beautiful' in information: philosophy of aesthetics and information retrieval" presented by Associate Professor Benoit

When: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:00 PM - 2:00PM
Where: P206


Join Professor Benoit in his discussion on the beauty in information. Light refreshments will be served.

MSLA-SIG Conference

When: Saturday, April 2, 2011

Just a reminder that if you plan to attend the MSLA-SIG Conference on April 2nd, you must RSVP at this eventbrite link:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1399236153

Raffle to win free registration to GSLIS After Dark

When: Friday, April 1, 2011

Join the GSLIS Alumni Board at GSLIS After Dark!

The GSLIS Alumni Board invites current GSLIS students to enter a
drawing to win a sponsored registration to its annual alumni event,
GSLIS After Dark: An Evening of Recognition and Connection. This
reception and dinner program will be on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Twenty sponsored registrations will be available, funded by donations
from GSLIS alumni, faculty, and staff. This is a wonderful opportunity
for current students to network with alumni and other professionals in
the field.

Enter the drawing via: gslis@simmons.edu (or respond to this email)
Entries must be submitted by April 1 and winners will be notified by
April 6.

Please do not enter the raffle unless you know you can attend on April
28. Individuals are paying for your registration fee, so it is
important that you know you can attend before entering the drawing.

Those student who do not win a sponsored spot may still attend by
paying the $15 student registration fee. You can register at
alumnet.simmons.edu

GSLIS After Dark 2011 Agenda

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Registration & Wine and Cheese Reception

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner & Speaking Program

GSLIS Alumni Board Business Meeting
Kenneth J. Peterson '98LS

Welcome & Introductory Remarks
President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM
Jeannette Bastian, Acting Dean, GSLIS

Award Presentation & Keynote Speaker
Maura Marx, Executive Director
Open Knowledge Commons

2011 GSLIS Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Maura Marx '04LS is the
Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons (OKC), a nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping libraries provide broad access to
knowledge in the digital age. Previously she was the Manager of
Digital Services at the Boston Public Library from 2004-2008, where
she was responsible for founding the Library's Digital Services
Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and English from the
University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in Italian for Middlebury
College and a Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons
College.


Allen Smith Fellowship Lecture: "Telling Our Stories, Creating Our Histories: Some Reflections on the Role of Oral History in Community History and Archive Projects"

When: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Kotzen Room, Lefavour Hall, Boston Campus

Presented by Allen Smith Fellow and Visiting Professor Andrew Flinn.

For more information about Andrew Flinn, please see the February InfoLink.

ALASC Career Panel

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30-8 pm
Where: Kotzen Conference Room

GSLIS graduates return to Simmons College to share their experiences in Boston's professional community. Please join ALASC for an evening of professional development. Refreshments will be served.

Special Guest Lecture: "Bums, Poops, and Pees: A Scholarly Examination of Censoring the Scatological"

When: Monday, March 28, 2011, 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: P206, One Palace Road

Presented by Ann Curry, Professor and Past Director, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.

Why are children so amused by books such as Walter the Farting Dog and The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It was None of His Business, and why do adults often censor materials that deal with bodily functions? Dr. Curry will provide an overview of the legal, sociological, and psychological research that has examined both child and adult reactions to scatological material. She will also analyze popular children's books with scatological content, and discuss the results of her recent interview research that focused on the opinions and experiences of children's librarians toward bums, poops and pees material.

GSLIS West Career Panel

When: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 1 p.m. Panel Discussion; 3 p.m. Resume Workshop
Where: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Mount Holyoke College

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

The panel will feature three GSLIS West alums who will share job search stories, strategies, and advice from the field:

  • Academic Libraries: Laura Robinson Hanlan '02LS, Research & Instruction Librarian, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Research Education Librarian, Trinity College
  • Archives: Meghan Petersen '07LS, Librarian and Archivist for the Currier Museum of Art Library in Manchester, NH
  • Public Libraries: Amanda Chiplock '08LS, Director, Watervliet (NY) Public Library

In addition to the panel, this is a great chance to mingle with current and former GSLIS West students.

Following the Career Panel, we will host a resume/cover letter workshop in the GSLIS West Admin Office, from 3 - 4:30 pm. Whether or not you attend the Alumni program, you can participate in the resume workshop. Bring a copy of your resume and a sample of your cover letter to the workshop for constructive (and supportive) critique.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience via our online registration form located at http://alumcareerpanel.eventbrite.com/

Marilyn Johnson, "This Book is Overdue" at GSLIS West

When: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Where: GSLIS West

Author Marilyn Johnson will be at the GSLIS West office to speak and read from her book, "This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us," on Saturday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be served.

Johnson was inspired to write this book because she wanted to find out what it's like to be a librarian in a world of too much information.

Her journey takes her, among other places, to the reference desk of the New York Public Library, the activist librarians of Radical Reference who provide assistance at political demonstrations around the country and internationally, and into the virtual world of Second Life, and wonders if, with today's constant change, exploding technology, shrinking budgets, growing numbers of the baffled...could there be a better spot than behind the librarians' desk to watch the digital age unfold?

The answer is an emphatic "no," Johnson says. "When I hear this snarky question (and I hear it everywhere): Are librarians obsolete in the Age of Google? All I can say is, 'are you kidding?...'"

Alums, families, friends, etc., are welcome to attend.

Lunch Time Lecture: Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins-Jordan

When: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: P206, One Palace Road

GSLIS Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins-Jordan will be discussing "Important Things about Reference." Join them in a discussion about Reference Services and current trends during lunch. Everyone is encouraged to attend and light refreshments will be available.

Brown Bag Session: User Experience

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Lunch Session: 12:45-1:30 pm; Evening Session 5-5:45 pm
Where: Room P207

Come discuss important library issues with GSLIS professors and peers. As an added bonus, Khalilah Gambrell, User Experience Senior Requirements Analyst at EBSCO Publishing, will join us for the evening session.
 
 

Lunchtime Lecture: Naresh Agarwal

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: P206 [note room change], One Palace Road

GSLIS Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal will be presenting: "My 7 Commandments: Toward a Theoretical Model of Happiness." Everyone is encouraged to attend, bring their own lunches and partake in the light refreshments that will be available.

NEASIST Conference: Content Management Systems

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Breakfast and registration begins at 8:30am and the event will start at 9am.
Where: M501/M502, School of Management Building, Simmons College, Boston campus

Sign up for our Simmons ASIS&T Student Chapter co-sponsored event with NEASIST: Content Management Systems on March 9, 2011 in M501/M502 in the School of Management Building on campus. Breakfast and registration begins at 8:30am and the event will start at 9am.

The morning session will feature the four panelists listed below and will include time for a Q&A with questions from the audience at the end of their presentations:

Theresa Maturevich - Head of Reference, Bedford Free Public Library
Theresa will speak about how WordPress works and will highlight the benefits of using it as a content management system.

Michael Witwicki — Principal, Booyant
Flexible Web Publishing with ExpressionEngine: A high level discussion about the features and functionality which make ExpressionEngine the most flexible content management system on the market today.

Scot Colford — Web Services Manager,  Boston Public Library
Scot will discuss using an open source CMS as Middleware.  As information professionals, we love our data. We love to drink it in, show it off, and hold on to it lest we need it later. Content management systems provide the perfect platform for ingesting, manipulating, and presenting all manner of data, from user suggestions to digital objects

Anna Burke -  Manager of Community & Training,Springshare (LibGuides)
Talia Resendes -  Community Specialist & Trainer,  Springshare (LibGuides)
Anna and Talia will show how you can use the LibGuides/CampusGuides platform as a CMS designed for the needs of libraries. The session will cover the customization features within these platforms as well as the built-in reusability functions that are CMS-like. Create templates and A-Z Lists that can be reused throughout your system without needing to know PHP or JavaScript. Syndicate your content, run and export usage statistics and export your data for use in other sites — all without having to maintain any hardware. The session will showcase other libraries that are using LibGuides/CampusGuides as a Web-Content Management System as well.

GSLIS students are able to register for free! Deadline for registration is Friday, March 4, 2011.

GSLIS Library Trivia Night

When: Friday, February 4, 2011, 6:15 PM
Where: Bell in Hand Tavern

There will be a GSLIS Library Trivia Night hosted by LISSA and ALASC on February 4th at Bell in Hand Tavern (Between Haymarket and Government Center T stops- 45-55 Union St.). The mixer starts at 6:15 and trivia will be from 7:00-9:00.

RSVP @ http://gslislibrarytrivia.eventbrite.com/

GSLIS West Advising Day

When: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Where: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center on the Mount Holyoke Campus


Advising Day for GSLIS West is Thursday, January 27, at the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center on the Mount Holyoke Campus. The program runs from 10:00 - noon, and includes lunch. Please see http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/admission/advising/west/index.php for more information.

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