SLIS Community News, February 2017

March 02, 2017

Laura Saunders

Publications, Promotions, and Papers by Simmons SLIS Faculty, Students, and Alumni


Professor & Director Jeanette Bastian and Senior Lecturer Rebecka Sheffield have published chapters in a new book, Heather MacNeil and Terry Eastwood, eds. Currents of Archival Thinking, 2e. Libraries Unlimited. Chapter 13: GLAMs, LAMs, and Archival Perspectives 327 Jeannette A. Bastian. Chapter 14: Community Archives 351 Rebecka Sheffield. 

Assistant Professor Janet Ceja will be working with a visiting scholar from Mexico in March. Lefteris Becerra Correa attends the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur in Mexico where he is earning an MA in the area of development, sustainability, and globalization. He'll be here for the month of March working on his thesis, which addresses how audiovisual archives can leverage digital technology and the appropriate legal frameworks to contribute to the sustainable development of regional culture in Mexico.

Congratulations to Laura Saunders, who will be promoted to Associate Professor as of July 1, 2017.

Associate Professor Rong Tang and Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh have co-authored a paper entitled "Mobile News Information Behavior of Undergraduate and Graduate Students in the U.S.: An Exploratory Study," and the was accepted to appear at iConference 2017. Rong Tang will be presenting their paper at the conference on March 23, 2017 in Wuhan, China. 


Members of SoCS (Students of Color at Simmons SLIS) attended the REFORMA NE chapter meeting on February 10 at the Healey Library, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Bridgett Pride, Jules Thompson, Anais Alvarez, and Sylmari Burgos met with REFORMA members from MA, CT, NY, PA and learned about their scholarship opportunities for graduate students who are REFORMA members, as well as some of the events they are sponsoring this Spring, including the 13th annual Joint-Mini Conference & Multicultural Books and Talent Fair. The Joint Conference is a free event (RSVP only) and they are accepting presentation proposals still.


Jane Sanchez ’76LS named Law Librarian of Congress. The appointment was announced by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on February 1, effective February 5. From the Library of Congress website: “Sánchez, who holds a Juris Doctor degree in addition to a master’s degree in Library Science and a bachelor’s degree in English, has led the Humanities and Social Sciences division at the Library of Congress since 2014. She has also served as a business unit managing director at the U.S. Government Publishing Office; as an associate director of justice libraries, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice; as departmental head of History & Culture Libraries at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries; and as an acquisitions manager for electronic databases at BNA, Inc., a journalistic organization, in addition to library work at Harvard and the University of New Mexico.”