SLIS Community News, November 2016

December 02, 2016

Rong Tang

Presentations and new appointments for SLIS faculty, students, and alumni


Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith participated in a book discussion about “Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice” at Harvard University on November 16, 2016 (). The book, published by MIT Press in Spring 2016, features “contributions from leading international scholars exploring the intersection of media and civic life,” (excerpted from the Civic Media Project website). Rhinesmith contributed to the Community + Action section.

Associate Professor Rong Tang has been elected the ALISE Director of External Relations for the next three years. This role includes serving as Board liaison to the ALISE Publications Committee, the editorial board of the Journal for Education in Library and Information Science, the Annual Conference Awards Committee, and to serve ALISE’s related associations, among other responsibilities. Read Prof. Tang’s nomination statement


Abigail Baines ’10LS, SLIS Adjunct and Hampshire College Systems & Discovery Librarian, gave a presentation, “Collaboration & Cooperation” about the digital library collaboration project between Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College at SLIS West on November 12.


Dane Groves ’04, ’09 and a current student in the IS&T program, became SLIS Technology Coordinator in Fall 2016. Dane came to Simmons as a Computer Science undergrad and has been a fixture in the Communications Department since 2004.  He has held a number of roles which include oversight of the Communications Computer Labs and as adjunct instructor for courses in web design, visual communications and a core technology course.

Computer Science Student Katherine Sittig-Boyd gave a presentation on undergraduate research at the Computing Research Association for Women’s (CRA-W) Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall event on December 1, 2016. From the CRA-W website: “Katherine is a three-time Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) program participant and one-time Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) program participant. During her undergraduate career at Simmons College, Katherine’s research focused on topics ranging from computational linguistics to human gesture analysis. As a senior, Katherine participated in the DREU program at the University of Southern California, where she researched turn length in human conversations and applied it to a social robotics solution. Katherine’s presentation will focus on effective ways to become involved in undergraduate research, how to identify research topics that will make for engrossing and fulfilling projects, and some examples of projects she was able to work on during her undergraduate career. Additionally she will address how her research experiences have impacted her own career in industry in a positive way.”


Tom Blake ’06LS, Content Discovery Manager at the Boston Public Library, was interviewed for the latest episode of Beyond the Stacks.

Robert Gibbons ’88LS had his most recent book of poetry, Animated Landscape, reviewed by Peter Anastas in dispatches in November 2016.