Professor Schwartz Receives First Provost’s Award

May 24, 2016

Candy Schwartz

SLIS Professor Candy Schwartz is the first recipient of the newly created Provost's Award for Student Centeredness in Graduate Teaching

Valued by students and alums for her commitment to LIS and her enthusiasm for teaching, Dr. Schwartz is being honored by Simmons College for her exemplary career at Simmons. An extraordinary teacher who has helped to shape the career paths of many students in the field of library and information science, Dr. Schwartz joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1980. Although her primary areas of teaching have always been information organization, digital libraries, indexing, and thesaurus construction, she has been responsible over the years for introducing courses in web design, information architecture, database management, and online searching, and has pitched in when needed in records management, research methods, and the literature of science and technology. 

Dr. Schwartz is not averse to challenges. She regularly teaches the required core course Information Organization, which is a challenging course in a constant state of flux and is (she would argue) at the heart of library and information science. In all of her courses, Dr. Schwartz presents content in an engaging way that promotes understanding, but she also demands rigor. Her best known course is Digital Libraries, in which students digitize all the individual items of a Simmons alumna’s scrapbook held by the College Archives. This course requires students to work as a large team throughout the planning, conception, production, and evaluation processes, and results in an online scrapbook built using open source software and available for all to explore page-by-page or item-by-item. Through  the Notable Women of Simmons College projects, students gain hands-on experience and create a tangible product that benefits not only the Simmons community but also anyone interested in the history of women’s education or Boston in the early 1900s.  

Dr. Schwartz’ philosophy of teaching, as stated on her SLIS web profile, aligns well with the spirit of this particular award. She believes that “learning should be hard but fun, and that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Simmons recognizes Dr. Schwartz’s continued efforts to create a student-centered teaching and learning environment, and thanks her for her dedication to the profession and LIS students.