SLIS Community News, April 2019

April 09, 2019

SLIS Director Sanda Erdelez tries Virtual Reality system LUI

Publications and presentations by faculty and students.


Adjunct Abby Baines is the newly appointed Head of Public Services at Smith Libraries. Baines recently gave a Library Journal webinar on the Five College FOLIO implementations

Assistant Professor Peter Botticelli, adjunct Martha Mahard, and Professor and Dean Michele Cloonan collaborated on a recent publication, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field, published by Rowman and Littlefield, 2019. Co-authors of particular chapters of the book included SLIS alumni Emmeline Dehn-Reynolds '17MS, Brett Freiburger '16MS, Bryce Roe '16MS, Lily Troia '16MS, and Samantha Strain '18MS. Current students and alumni who assisted include Joel Demelo '19MS, Ann Erdmann '15MS, Lena Denis, Eliana Fenyes '16MS, and Jonah Santiago '17MS.

Assistant Professors Janet Ceja and Kyong Eun Oh, and Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey attended the "Teaching PBCore: Resources for A/V Metadata in the Classroom" a two-day workshop at WGBH in Boston, March 21-22.

Assistant Professor Ann Graf and her colleague Tim Gorichanaz (Drexel) will be co-editing an issue of Library Trends dedicated to Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections, scheduled to publish in February 2021.

Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh and Associate Professor Rong Tang’s iConference 2019 paper, "Mobile news processing: University students' reactions to inclusion/exclusion-related news," has been published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Their research article titled "University Students’ Mobile News Consumption Activities and Evaluative/Affective Reactions to Political News during Election Campaigns: A Diary Study," has been accepted for publication in Journal of Information Science.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith spoke on a panel, "Current and Future Issues in Public Infrastructure" at the Conference on Poverty and Inequality at the Harvard Kennedy School on Saturday, February 23. Rhinesmith also presented at the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California conference in San Diego on March 18 on a panel titled "National Digital Initiatives and Infrastructure: IMLS and Broadband Access" led by James Neal, Senior Library Program Officer at IMLS. During the session, Rhinesmith presented his IMLS grant-funded research.

Associate Professor Laura Saunders' article "Core and More" was published in JELIS, Volume 60 Issue 1, January 2019. Saunders presented on a panel with Lisa Hinchliffe of UIUC's iSchool and Anna Kassigner of the Newseum on collaborations between librarians, museum educators, journalists and other allied professionals at MIT's Democracy and Digital Media conference May 17-18. An article she co-authored with Peter Hernon, "What Happens to the Data Collected When Libraries Use Undercover Agents?" was published in Public Services Quarterly, Volume 14 Issue 4. Saunders is presenting "Fight Fake News with Simmons" on Thursday, April 4, 2019 for the Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts Simmons Club.

Associate Professor Rong Tang presented "Bridging Academic and Applied UX Research," to the Bay Area Librarian UX meeting on February 8. Tang described her UX research experience, the challenges in doing UX research in academia, and discussed the gaps between research and practice. She ended her talk with questions related to reconceptualizing UX research and practice in this "attention economy." This talk is in part giving a preview of the content of her forthcoming book with the same title, to be completed by October 2019.

Associate Professor Kathy Wisser's article, "Exploring Relationship Description: A Report from the Describing Relationships Workshop, Simmons College, February 2018," was published in The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Volume 6, 2019. SLIS Adjunct Jessica Sedgwick and students Hayley Mercer and Mitch Nakaue co-authored the paper and participated in the workshop it describes; the workshop was sponsored by Hollowell Funds. 


iConference 2019 organizers have chosen PhD student Ceilyn Boyd as one of five finalists for this year's best poster competition. The posters will be judged during the conference poster session on April 2, 5-6 p.m., and the overall winner will be recognized during the conference's final plenary session. 

PhD student Alyson Gamble was chosen as a 2019 LEADS Fellow by the LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP). As a Fellow, Alyson will work during the summer of 10-week internship period with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on various projects.

PhD student Kate Wing published an article, "Use of Self-Service Holds in Maine Public Libraries," in Public Library Quarterly, Jan-Mar 2019, Vol. 38 Issue 1.

On March 20 and 22, the student UX group and XR Simmons team participated in a demo and usability study of LUI, gesture-augmented reality interface for large displays from MIT. (Pictured, above: SLIS Director Sanda Erdelez tests the device on a screen in the Collaboratory). 

PhD student Matthew Sullivan’s article, "Leveraging Library Trust to Combat Misinformation on Social Media," appeared in Library & Information Science Research 41, no. 1 (2019).

LISSA West held an all-day Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at SLIS West on March 23. Students took part in Art + Feminism’s 2019 Wikipedia campaign, aimed at equalizing the coverage of women on the world’s most popular online research tool. Over the course of eight hours, SLIS West students edited and expanded on 37 articles, adding 103 edits to the site.