May SLIS Community News

May 31, 2014

Awards, Publications, and Presentations from Faculty, Staff, Students and Alums

GSLIS Adjunct Professors Susan Ballard and Deborah Lang Froggatt were among 50 invited scholars participating in a national IMLS-sponsored research summit. Focused on setting an agenda for future school library research the "Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)" summit took place April 11-12, 2014 in Chicago and was "an opportunity for school library and educational researchers to look critically at the relationship between school library programs and positive contributions to student achievement."

Associate Dean and Professor Jeannette Bastian had two chapters published in recent titles: "Ethics for Archivists and Records Managers," in Archives and Recordkeeping; Theory into Practice ed. C. Brown (London: Facet Publishing, 2014) and "Documenting Community Through the Lens of Collective Memory," in Identity Palimpsests, Archiving Ethnicity in the U. S. and Canada, ed. D. Daniel and A. Levi (Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2014). Bastian presented "The Community In Place: Archives, Memory, Landscape," at a conference on Memories, Identities and Communities at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee, Scotland, April 24. 2014.

Associate Dean and Professor Jeannette Bastian and Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber participated in the New England Archivists session, "Sharing Stories: The New England Archivists/StoryCorps Project" at the March meeting. Bastian and Webber were both interviewed by StoryCorps last fall as part of the NEA 40th anniversary celebration.

Assistant Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera and Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented the symposium "The Right to Know: Information Access & Information Literacy in the Professions" at Simmons on March 31. The keynote speakers were Paul Sturges, Professor Emeritus, Loughborough University, UK and Almuth Gastinger, Senior Research Librarian, Norwegian University of Science & Technology. Saunders and Blanco-Rivera participated in a panel discussion with SSW Professor of Practice Gary Bailey, SHS Professor of Practice Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue, SOM Dean/Associate Professor John Lowe, and CAS Associate Professor Catherine Paden. The event was funded through a Simmons College PDIAC/SimmonsPalooza grant, and is co-sponsored by the American Library Association Student Chapter (ALA/SC) and the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG).

GSLIS Master's student Anna Bognolo participated in a poster session at the ACRL New England Annual Conference at Holy Cross in Worcester Mass. on May 9, 2014. Other posters were presented by Abigail Baines '10LS, Anthony Penny '11LS, Gary Atwood '05LS, and Cassandra Watt '12LS.

GSLIS student Cathy Collins, School Librarian at Sharon (MA) High School, has been named this year's recipient of the AASL Intellectual Freedom Award. Collins is currently enrolled in the Simmons GSLIS Instructional Technology Licensure program.

Computers science and informatics undergraduates Sarah Elmore and Priyal Goyal were inducted into the Order of the Computing Professional. They received certificates of honor at the Senior Banquet on April 24, 2014. The students will graduate from Simmons College on May 9, 2014.

Assistant Professors Lisa Hussey, Mary Wilkins Jordan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, and Laura Saunders presented 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."

Assistant Dean Em Claire Knowles was elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees. This is a two-year term, starting this year.

Boston Public Library's Librarian Laura Koenig '07LS and Associate Professor Amy Pattee were interviewed for the article "Parents in Young-adult Fiction Finally Come of Age," in the Boston Sunday Globe, May 11, 2014.

Dean and Professor Emeritus James Matarazzo and Dr. Toby Pearlstein '87DA presented a Simmons College GSLIS Webinar entitled, "Ebooks in Corporate Special Libraries". On April 29, 2014, the Drs. Matarazzo and Pearlstein are presenting a program at the Annual Conference of the Association of Population Librarians, "Demonstrating the Value of the Corporate Library" in Boston. Pearlstein and Matarazzo published an article, "Special Libraries: A Confluence of Forces Pressing on their Future," in the Journal of Library and Information Sciences, April 28, 2014. Their article, "Salaries of Special Librarians," will appear on the IFLA JOURNAL, V. 40 , July 2014.

An interview with Cathryn Mercier, Director for the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Professor of English, was featured in the May 2014 issue of "ALSC Voices and Faces" on the website of the Association for Library Service to Children.

GSLIS Master's student Regina Pagani was awarded the NEASIS&T Student Travel Award. A student in the archives program, Pagani's upcoming archival work in Cameroon, Africa is a perfect complement to the theme of this year's ASIST Annual Meeting, "Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities." She will receive up to $750 to help defray the costs of attendance at the 2014 ASIS&T Annual Meeting which takes place October 31-November 4 in Seattle, Washington

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders gave 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.

Master's student Tim Silva is the recipient of the SLA New England Student Travel Stipend Award. Silva will travel to Vancouver, BC in June to attend the Conference, and will volunteer at the registration table on Sunday, June 8.

Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber, with Jennifer Pelose '01LS and Abigail Cramer '12LS, gave a webinar on April 24 to the Council of State Archivists entitled "Creating Successful Internships."