SLIS Community News, October 2016

November 01, 2016

Melanie Kimball

Publications, panels, podcasts, radio, and television - SLIS faculty and alums have been sharing their expertise


Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal presented a panel, “Research Perspectives on Serendipity and Information Encountering” at the ASIST Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Agarwal also co-presented a paper titled, "How Can Professional Associations Continue to Stay Relevant? Knowledge Management to the Rescue," during the Information and Scholarly Association Papers session on Sunday, October 16.

Professor Jeannette Bastian and Associate Professor Donna Webber’s book (co-authored with Megan Sniffin-Marinoff) Archives in Libraries: What Librarians and Archivists Need to Know to Work Together, was reviewed in the New England Archivists Newsletter, Volume 43, Number 4, October 2016.

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit published two papers: “The ‘Beautiful’ in Information: Thoughts about Visual Literacy and Aesthetics,” published in Journal of Visual Literacy, 35 (1), 60-78 and “Visual communication as an information activity,” published in Journal of Visual Literacy, 34 (2), 51-67.

Dean and Professor Emerita Michele V. Cloonan’s Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, was reviewed in the New England Archivists Newsletter, Volume 43, Number 4, October 2016.

Director of the School Library Teacher Program and Associate Professor Melanie Kimball and School Library Teacher Program Manager Lisa Estabrook were interviewed by WGBH-TV for a story about a lack of libraries in public schools. Melanie’s comments can be seen in the video clip, and Lisa's were included in the radio story. 

Dean and Professor Emeritus James M. Matarazzo '65 and Dr. Toby Pearlstein '77LS and '87LDS presented "Sustainability through Strategic Focus - Understanding and Demonstrating Contribution," at the SLA New England Conference in Southbridge, MA on September 30, 2016. Dr. Matarazzo received a Presidential Citation from Special Libraries Association for his work on the the new "Competencies for Information Professionals" document, approved by the SLA Board of Directors on April 13, 2016.

Associate Professor Rong Tang presented a paper titled "Needs Assessment of ASIS&T Publications: Bridging Information Research and Practice," at the ASIST Annual Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The paper reports the results of a 2016 online survey on perceptions and uses of ASIS&T publications. Tang is a co-Chair of ASIS&T Publications Committee 2016-2017; the Committee conducted follow-up interviews with a number of survey respondents during the Annual Meeting.

Adjunct Faculty 

Adjunct Sid Berger’s newest book, The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others has been published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Adjunct Roger Sutton and Children’s Literature Alum Sian Gaetano ’13LS recorded a HornBook podcast on library censorship, intellectual freedom, and VOYA.


Danielle Geller ’14LS combines her archives training with creative nonfiction to create a unique window into the past. A recent winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for her writing, Geller shares how her studies in LIS have informed her creative work. 

Dr. Toby Pearlstein ’77LS and '87LDS received a Presidential Citation from SLA for her work on the Association's "Advocacy Toolkit" Committee which was approved in 2016.

Gary Shaffer ’16LDS was appointed director of the Master of Management in Library and Information Science program at the University of Southern California. 

Kelcy Shepherd ’98LS joined fellow LIS professionals at Amherst College on Thursday, October 6 for a panel discussion on counteracting bias in classification and decolonizing the library catalog.

Dr. Sohair Wastawy ’87LS has been appointed Executive Director of the Qatar National Library. Dr Wastawy brings more than 30 years of international library and university management experience to the position, and has practiced and taught librarianship in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the US. 

Other news

The newest episode of the SLIS podcast Beyond the Stacks features Amanda Brennan, discussing Internet Librarianship. 

Check out the article, “What MAKES A Library? Issue No. 1 – Design Thinking,” on Unbound: Library Futures Unfettered.

The Boston Globe - The Horn Book awards took place at Simmons College on October 1. The weekend included the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, and the presentation of the Scott O’Dell Award, all hosted by the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons (CSCL). “The Horn Book at Simmons” colloquium examines the winners and honor books in the contexts of publishing, education, library services, and popular culture. Read a recap of the events in School Library Journal.

Simmons SLIS was represented at the Boston Book Fest on October 15 with a booth in Copley Square. Simmons also sponsored the Kids’ Keynote by Jon Klassen, moderated by Elissa Gershowitz ’00GS, senior editor of the Horn Book Magazine.  

The Simmons College SLIS Alumni Association Board of Directors is soliciting nominations of Simmons College SLIS graduates for the 2016-2017 Alumni Achievement Awards, due December 1, 2016.