SLIS Community News March 2016

March 18, 2016

Presentations, awards and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alums


SLIS Adjunct Cynthia Cheng Correia was nominated as a WISE 2015 Instructor of the Year for her instruction of Competitive Intelligence. Her nomination noted her dedication to her students, her engagement on the forum, and her detailed lectures and thorough answers to student questions. 


SLIS student Anna Boutin received the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) conference travel grant to attend the March, 2016 ARLIS and Visual Resources Association (VRA) joint conference in Seattle, Washington. 

SLIS student Jes Caron co-authored a proposal for the Lilly International Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, to be held in Bethesda, Maryland, June 2-5, 2016. Her proposal, "When the Assessment Stars Align" was accepted as a 50-minute Presentation. 

SLIS student Katie Glasoe has been awarded the BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) Student Travel Award. BRASS, a division of RUSA (Reference and User Services Association), is comprised of librarians involved in business research. Katie was recognized for her "potential to be very influential in the field of business librarianship and her impressive work and academic experience." The award, sponsored by SimplyMap, provides $1,250 to assist with travel and attendance to the American Library Association Annual Conference and a one year BRASS membership.

SLIS doctoral student Alexia Hudson-Ward has been appointed Director of Libraries at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She begins her position on July 1, 2016.

SLIS student Amanda Lawrence’s article, Exploring E-Books, was published on the Massachusetts School Library Association website. 

SLIS student Jessea Ramos-Young had her poster, “Challenging the Model Minority Stereotype with Tattoos and Oral Histories” accepted at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference. Ramos-Young is also the founder of Inknography, a digital oral history collection of tattooed Asian Americans. An abstract of the poster is on the conference website

SLIS doctoral student Vanessa Reyes will present her poster, “Understanding The Fundamental Processes of Personal Information Management, A Comparison of Academic’s Personal Archiving Methods To The DCC Digital Curation Lifecycle Model” at the iConference in Philadelphia, PA, March 20-23, 2016. For a brief summary of her research visit the iConference program

SLIS doctoral student Watinee Sae-Lim co-authored a paper with Assoc. Prof. Rong Tang titled "Data Science Programs in the US Higher Education: An Exploratory Content Analysis of Program Description, Curriculum Structure, and Course Focus." The paper will appear in the journal Education for Information.

SLIS doctoral student Anastasia Weigle's paper titled "A Comparative Study of User Experience between Physical Objects and Their Digital Surrogates" has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies


Courtney Saldana, who received her Master’s in Children’s Literature from Simmons in 2005, was selected as a Mover & Shaker “Change Agent” by Library Journal. Saldana was chosen for her initiative in creating innovative programs for children and teens. She created KinderGo, a program to engage kindergartners in reading, and a full-day Teen Book Fest featuring a panel of young adult authors. She also launched Skills for Teen Parenting (STeP) in 2012; now the STeP program is run at 16 libraries in California. “I will always be a teen librarian at heart,” says Saldana, “but [as youth services manager] I’ve realized that I can do much more to ensure that tomorrow’s teens have a better chance of future success.”