SLIS Community News

September 02, 2016

Yonsei University

Faculty

Dean Eileen Abels presented an interactive poster session at IFLA, "Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education within an International Context." The poster reflects research sponsored by an IMLS grant.

Over 60 students and alums attended the Simmons College Alumni Reception at the Society of American Archivists Conference on Thursday, August 4, at Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Jeannette Bastian, Associate Professor of Practice Donna Webber, and Associate Professor Katherine Wisser also attended.

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit received a Dole grant for a metadata for information discovery project with the Boston Public Library (BPL). He is also creating a complete information system for BPL’s Print Division, with BPL President and SLIS doctoral student David Leonard and LIS master’s student Anna Wada. Benoit also had two papers published in Journal of Visual Literacy, "The ‘Beautiful’ in Information: Thoughts on Aesthetics and Visualization," and "Visual Literacy as an Information Activity."

Associate Professor Lisa Hussey traveled to Seoul, South Korea with SLIS students (pictured) in July to teach a summer course at Yonsei University. Part of Simmons SLIS International Initiatives, the summer Travel Course has been offered since 2008.

Dean and Professor Emeritus James Matarazzo ’65LS and Toby Pearlstein ’77LS, ’86LSD published an article, "New Management Realities for Special Librarians" in the May/June 2016 issue of Online/Searcher Magazine. Matarazzo also received a Presidential Citation from the Special Library Association (SLA) for his work on a committee to revise the SLA's Competencies for Information Professionals, which was approved by the SLA Board of Directors.

This summer, Senior Lecturer Colin Rhinesmith was a Co-Principal Investigator with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University for an IMLS grant, titled "At the Edges of the National Digital Platform: Rural Library Hotspot Lending Programs." The purpose of the grant is to study how rural libraries in Kansas and Maine address the challenges of Internet connectivity with hotspot lending programs.

Assistant Professor Laura Saundersarticle, "Room for Improvement: Priorities in Academic Libraries’ Strategic Plans" appeared in the Journal of Library Administration, Volume 56, 2016 – Issue 1.

Alumni

Beyond the Stacks podcast features an interview with Caryn Baird '91LS Senior News Researcher at Tampa Bay Times, on news librarianship.

Danielle Geller '14LS won a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for her memoir-in-progress, Dog Flowers.

Children's Literature alum Sarah Hannah Gomez '13GA blogs for Barnes & Noble about Young Adult Literature.