SLIS Community News, June 2017

June 08, 2017

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Simmons SLIS is proud to announce the most recent accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and alumni


Associate Professor Gerald Benoit was invited to speak at the NISO webinar, “Enabling Discovery and Retrieval of Non-Traditional and Granular Output” on June 7. Benoit’s presentation was titled “Visual-Only Retrieval.”

Associate Professors Melanie Kimball and Kathy Wisser have co-edited a book, Libraries - Traditions and Innovations: Papers from Library History Seminar XIII (DeGruyter, 2017). The book is a compilation of articles written from presentations at the conference “Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate For It” held at Simmons in 2015, sponsored by a grant from IMLS. Kimball co-chaired the conference with Dean and Professor Emerita Michele Cloonan, and Wisser served on the program committee and conference committee.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith published an article, "At the Edges of the National Digital Platform" in D-Lib Magazine, and a report, “Digital Inclusion Outcomes-Based Evaluation” published by the Benton Foundation.

At a Simmons recognition event, Professor Candy Schwartz was recognized for her upcoming retirement after 37 years of teaching at Simmons SLIS.

Associate Professor and Director of the Simmons SLIS Doctoral Program Rong Tang (pictured above) was awarded a sub-contract grant from WGBH's "PBCore Development and Training Project," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through its Digital Humanities Research and Development Grant. Rong Tang will be conducting usability and accessibility evaluations of the PBCore website in Fall 2017. Tang is currently visiting several LIS schools in China, including Wuhan University, Nanjing University, Jiangsu University, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology to give research talks and explore research collaborations. On May 31, Tang presented "User Behavior Research: Facets and Measurements” at Wuhan University, School of Information Management.


Adjunct Professor Julie Roach chaired the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. The winners were announced on May 31, 2017.   


LIS Master’s Student Mylynda D. Gill has been awarded the Summer Internship from the Massachusetts Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Gill will be working in the archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. this summer.

During Spring Break 2017, students volunteered at the JFK Library for Preservation Week. They helped reorganize 120 boxes (60 cubic feet) of the John F. Kennedy Condolence Mail Collection. This is the mail received by the White House and Mrs. Kennedy after President Kennedy's assassination, which had previously been minimally processed. This opportunity was part of Alternative Spring Break, a program that NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) coordinates to provide students with an opportunity to work at a NARA facility.


On Wednesday, May 24, Alex Lent ’11LS became the 103rd President of the Massachusetts Library Association.  He is the first graduate of SLIS West to be elected to this position.  


Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Alumni and Student Affairs, presented awards at the ceremony for the Letters About Literature Program on May 16, at the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The event welcomed 30 students in grades four through 12. Representing the top 1 percent of participants from across Massachusetts, the honorees had written letters addressed to an author whose work had personally resonated with them, changing their view of the world or themselves. Knowles presented an award to Al Noor Academy sixth-grader Ali Shaikh, of Mansfield, for his letter written to author J.K. Rowling about her book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.