School of Library & Information Sciencehttp://www.simmons.edu/School of Library & Information Science{1CCDCFC0-1365-4CC5-956D-8B08AEA07B99}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/caryn%20andersonAdjunct Caryn Anderson '04MS Selected as Fulbright Specialist<p>Adjunct Faculty Caryn Anderson '04MS was accepted to the U.S. Fulbright Program as a <a href="https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/" target="_blank">Fulbright Specialist</a>. The Fulbright Specialist Program offers U.S. academics and established professionals the opportunity to attend two- to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. The Fulbright Specialist may visit institutes of higher education, government, medical or cultural institutions, or non-governmental organizations including issue-centered think tanks.</p>2019-02-19T00:00:00-05:00{ED1E3B7C-3386-4F42-8CAF-7D86F3A60911}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2019/february/barbara%20gellman%20danleyDr. Gellman-Danley '75MS Named PTK International Honorary Member<p>Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley '75MS, president of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, Illinois, has been named an International Honorary Member of <a href="https://www.ptk.org/default.aspx" target="_blank">Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society</a> (PTK).&nbsp;</p> <p>PTK is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations.</p> <p>This recognition is considered PTK&rsquo;s highest honor for a non-member. The award is not given every year, but only when the Society identifies an individual who has provided extraordinary support to Phi Theta Kappa. In Phi Theta Kappa&rsquo;s 100-year history, fewer than 40 International Honorary Members have been named.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am deeply honored by this recognition,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The real winners are the community college students who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in academics. I remember fondly their great pride during Phi Theta Kappa ceremonies. I am always touched and excited about these students&rsquo; remarkable success stories.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gellman-Danley was named president of the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hlcommission.org/" target="_blank">Higher Learning Commission</a>&nbsp;(HLC) &mdash; the largest of the seven regional higher education accreditors &mdash; in 2014. HLC is responsible for accrediting post-secondary institutions in 19 states.</p> <p>She holds a bachelor&rsquo;s degree from Syracuse University, a master of <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/library-and-information-science-ms">library and information science</a> from Simmons University, a masters degree from Oklahoma City University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She also did post-graduate work at New York University and earned continuing education from Cornell University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago.</p> <p>Gellman-Danley earned her credential as a Certified Professional Coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in 2016 and as an Associate Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation in 2018. She also earned certification in Social and Emotional Intelligence assessment from the Institute for SEI in 2018.</p> <p>She is currently enrolled in the Happiness Studies Academy, positive psychology coaching. Her coaching focuses on executive coaching for college presidents.</p>2019-02-18T00:00:00-05:00{C8A6B09B-58AE-44B0-9C15-2CDDBD4D24CC}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/jeannette%20bastianProfessor Jeanette Bastian on Decolonizing the Caribbean Record<h4>Can you tell us a bit about your book?</h4> <p><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Decolonizing-Caribbean-Record-Archives-Reader/dp/1634000595/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1549033504&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=decolonizing+the+caribbean+record" target="_blank">Decolonizing the Caribbean Record, An Archives Reader</a></em>, was initially envisioned as a text for the Masters of Archival Science (MAS) degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica. In 2014, I was part of a UNESCO-funded team designing MAS curriculum in the UWI Department of Library Studies (I am also a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Master of Philosophy in Caribbean Literature).&nbsp;</p> <p>The team focused on designing a curriculum that was sensitive to the cultural heritage of the Caribbean as well as to the archival concerns of small former colonial islands in tropical climates. One huge issue was the lack of relevant readings that spoke to these concerns. So three of us decided to create a text. My co-editors, Stanley Griffin and John Aarons, both archivists and educators at UWI, and I have been working on this book for the past four years. The book, over 800 pages, includes 40 original essays, the majority by Caribbean authors&mdash; not only archivists, but historians, anthropologists, museum curators and humanists. The essays cover a wide range of topics including reparations, music, oral tradition, performance, tropical preservation, genealogy, monuments, archival history, as well as essays from the Caribbean diaspora. Although it was initially designed to support the MAS program, we feel that this Reader is widely applicable to postcolonial communities generally, and should be of interest to scholars and students of the Caribbean in addition to archivists.</p>2019-02-12T00:00:00-05:00{44D3D0FF-8138-4A45-98E0-6B51A5036A2F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/anna%20bognolo%20slis%20alumni%20boardSupport for Students from the SLIS Alumni Board<h4>Can you tell us about your position on the School of Library and Information Science Alumni Board?</h4> <p> </p> <p>I've been on the board since 2015, first as a Director-at-Large, then as Vice President and currently as President for the 2018-2019 year. In this capacity, I'm responsible for organizing and overseeing our meetings (generally six per year) as well as the events that we arrange for alumni and current LIS students. Each member of the board plays an important part in the creation and roll-out of our events. The current board is made up of a great cross section of LIS professionals, who are dedicated to sharing their expertise with alumni, and current students. It's been great getting to know them and working with them on a variety of initiatives.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>2019-02-05T00:00:00-05:00{4032700D-13E2-41BD-A933-BEB037081F67}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/january/ai%20road%20mapMapping the Future of Artificial Intelligence<p>The <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/colleges/cocis">College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences</a> Dean Marie desJardins presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 29.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dean desJardins was on a panel to present the interim results of the 20-year AI (Artificial Intelligence) Research Roadmap. There was remarkably strong interest in the session, with approximately 600 people in attendance.</p>2019-01-31T00:00:00-05:00{C62E44EB-46DD-4AE6-802E-DDA5FE0EC6E8}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/january/slis%20community%20news%20february%202019SLIS Community News, February 2019<h3>Faculty</h3> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal </strong>gave four talks this winter. He was the Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Library and Information Science, January 19-21 in Sapporo, Japan (pictured). The title of his speech was, "Disconnectedness in a connected world: Navigating between the physical and digital contexts." Agarwal gave an invited talk, "Understanding Context in Information Behavior: Does Context matter in Research Data Management?" at the Winter Conference of the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science &amp; Technology (ASIS&amp;T) on January 11 in Worcester, MA. At the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of ASIS&amp;T, January 3-4, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he made a remote presentation on the South Asia Chapter of ASIS&amp;T. He also presented a co-authored research paper, "Is there a mantra for successful collaboration? Mapping faculty experience in facilitating cross-culture collaboration.&rdquo; On December 9, 2018, Agarwal gave an invited talk &ldquo;Teaching Innovation in Information Science: Curriculum and Course Development&rdquo; remotely at the Curriculum Development Workshop (&ldquo;Excellence through Innovation: Re-envisioning Information Science through Curriculum in Bangladesh&rdquo;) held at the Institute of Information Sciences, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Noakhali, Bangladesh.</p>2019-01-29T00:00:00-05:00{C24969D0-B5DF-49B6-825E-9FE1B0C4D9F6}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/january/cindy%20fisherMaking a Lasting Impact with Rural Librarians <h4>What is your current job?</h4> <p>In 2016 I began my current job at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) located in Austin, Texas, right next to the Capitol building. The State Library has four departments&mdash;Archives and Reference, State and Local Records, Library Development and Networking, and the Talking Book Program&mdash;to help fulfill its mission of serving all Texans. Before I started, I had never visited a State Library and had only a vague idea of what made it a unique institution. Now that I&rsquo;m here, I'm constantly amazed at the variety of projects that are supported and created by state libraries.</p> <p>As a Library Technology Consultant, I train and consult with staff from Texas libraries with a focus on digital inclusion. I organize and present in-person workshops and webinars on technology topics and answer questions from library staff about everything from digital literacy for seniors to internet policies and patron privacy to WiFi hotspots. I engage with our local and national community to build partnerships with those that share our mission, and engage with the technology and library community to better understand the needs of Texans now and in the future.</p>2019-01-15T00:00:00-05:00{39ADE118-B986-49E6-AE89-176793E2EE71}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/december/a%20loss%20for%20simmons%20slisRemembering Former SLIS Faculty Member, Terry Plum<p>Simmons grieves the loss of Terry Plum, former director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) West and faculty member, who passed away peacefully on December 10 after a long illness.</p> <p>Terry came to SLIS (then GSLIS) in 2000 as an assistant professor, teaching courses in reference, management of information technology, and user instruction. In 2002, he became program director of the SLIS West program in Western Massachusetts.&nbsp;</p> <p>2013 saw him take on the role of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, where he oversaw online programs and technology, in addition to leading international projects. With his steady, thoughtful guidance, the SLIS West program grew into a nurturing community of students, faculty and staff, due in no small part to Terry's teaching ability, leadership and sense of humor.</p> <p>Colleagues have praised Terry for his friendship and professional guidance. Eric Poulin, Lecturer and Site Coordinator at SLIS West, shared these thoughts: "There is not a single institute of learning or information in the western New England area that hasn&rsquo;t been positively influenced by Terry and his work. I learned more from him and his easy-going yet determined spirit than I probably have learned from anyone else in my professional life. He guided SLIS West not only with integrity and the highest academic standards, but with good nature and positive humor. I will miss him with all of my heart."</p> <p>Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's wife Sydney and their family at this difficult time. Everyone who had the privilege of working with Terry will remember the positive impact his kindness has had on their lives and work.</p>2018-12-14T00:00:00-05:00{C6ADD0DB-3065-45DB-BA28-838B54A0B22A}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/december/iraqi%20librariansConnecting Culture and Knowledge Through Libraries<p>The <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-library-and-information-science">School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS) has trained librarians and archivists in Iraq since 2004. After the American invasion, SLIS received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other sources to assist Iraqis in the rebuilding of their libraries. Professor Emeriti Pat Oyler and Professor Harvey Varnet met with librarians to support them in the endeavor. Two of the early trainees, Falah Almosalhi &rsquo;13PhD and Abdulateef Khairi &rsquo;13PhD, later earned their doctorates from Simmons.</p>2018-12-04T00:00:00-05:00{7AF76BC8-F289-4157-8A08-521DC06E4D04}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/november/slis%20community%20news%20november%202018SLIS Community News, November 2018<p>Congratulations to <strong>Professor Jeannette Bastian</strong> on the publication of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://litwinbooks.com/caribbean.php" target="_blank">Decolonizing the Caribbean Record, An Archives Reader</a></em>, edited by Jeannette A. Bastian, John A. Aarons and Stanley H. Griffin (Litwin Books). This somewhat hefty volume (over 800 pages) speaks to many information and cultural heritage concerns about underrepresented communities. It includes 40 original essays written primarily by academics and archivists from within the Caribbean with some contributions from the diaspora. The essays cover a broad spectrum of cultural heritage and records issues for former colonial entities, illustrating dilemmas but primarily demonstrating how the decolonized society re-conceptualizes its records and re-constructs its archives.</p>2018-11-29T00:00:00-05:00{7E4C3AF0-AE2F-4A0D-8746-786B2131EEFF}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/november/q%20and%20a%20new%20faculty%20part%20twoMeet the New SLIS Faculty<p>We caught up with Assistant Professors <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Donia-Conn">Donia Conn</a> and <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Rebecca-Davis">Rebecca Davis</a> for mini interviews as a way to welcome our new faculty and get to know them better.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-13T00:00:00-05:00{A8A54F99-7076-4D22-BCEF-4182AE886386}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/november/spectrum%20scholarsCongratulations and Welcome to our Spectrum Scholars<p>The Spectrum Scholarship Program, funded by the American Library Association, offers scholarships to populations underrepresented in the library and information science (LIS) field, to support them in attaining an LIS degree. We welcomed five Spectrum Scholars this fall and caught up with a few of them for a special welcome to the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-library-and-information-science">School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS).</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" />2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00{5D1FAA30-15E7-4D0F-8FBD-54C3916B2805}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2018/november/q%20and%20a%20with%20marie%20desjardinsThoughts on the Future with Dean Marie desJardins<p>Dr. Marie desJardins joined Simmons as the inaugural dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences (COCIS) this semester. Dr. desJardins brings extensive experience to this new role; she was previously Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Information Technology and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. desJardins is an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher as well as a passionate advocate for women in technology. She has been invited to co-chair one of three upcoming workshops, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop a roadmap for AI research over the next several decades. We talked with Dean desJardins to learn more about her research and her vision for COCIS.&nbsp;</p> <hr />2018-11-01T00:00:00-04:00{90BA0838-94E7-4140-8A96-003AF61483BC}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/october/slis%20community%20news%20october%202018SLIS Community News, October 2018<strong> <h4>Faculty</h4> </strong> <p>SLIS hosted a delegation of 25 visitors from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on September 27. Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong>, Assistant Professor <strong>Danielle Pollock</strong>, and Liaison Librarian <strong>Linda Schuller</strong> gave a panel presentation and discussion on information technology in libraries and led a tour of Beatley Library.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong> gave an invited talk "Individual or Organizational Point of View: The Relationship Between Information Behavior and Knowledge Management" via video conferencing to participants of the 2<sup>nd</sup> International Conference on Information Management &amp; Libraries (ICIML 2018), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan on Oct 12. He was also invited to launch the newly-formed <a href="https://www.asist.org/groups/south-asia/" target="_blank">South Asia Chapter of the Association for Information Science &amp; Technology</a>&nbsp;at the conference.</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Colin Rhinesmith</strong> co-authored an article with former student Christiana Lynne Urbano Stanton, which was published in <em><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01616846.2018.1525527" target="_blank">Public Library Quarterly</a>.</em>&nbsp;Rhinesmith and his colleague, Bianca Reisdorf (UNC Charlotte) published the chapter, "An Asset Based Approach to Digital Inclusion Research in the U.S. Context" in&nbsp;<a href="https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498562126/Digital-Inclusion-An-International-Comparative-Analysis" target="_blank"><em>Digital Inclusion: An International Comparative Analysis</em></a>.</p> <strong> <h4>Alumni</h4> </strong> <p> Cambridge librarian <strong>Jennifer Gordon</strong> '02MS was awarded a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/school-of-library-and-information-science/2018/october/jennifer-gordon">$25,000 Milken Educator Award</a>. The Milken Educator Awards aim to reward great teachers and innovators in the classroom. Gordon, who teaches students to love books and literacy learning at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, was praised for "making the library cool again."</p> <p><strong></strong><em><a href="https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/The-Emerald-Handbook-of-Modern-Information-Management/?k=9781787145269" target="_blank">The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management</a></em> edited by the late Dean and Professor Emerita <strong>James M. Matarazzo</strong> &rsquo;65MS and <strong>Dr. Toby Pearlstein</strong> &rsquo;77MS, &rsquo;86LDS won the CILIP Knowledge &amp; Information Management Information Resource Award. Associate Professor Laura Saunders contributed the chapter,&nbsp;"Information Literacy: What Does it Mean and Where Does it Fit In?"</p> <div><strong> <h4>In Memoriam&nbsp;</h4> </strong> <p>With great sadness, SLIS mourns the passing of <strong>Claudia Morner</strong> this October. As an adjunct professor, Claudia was an important part of SLIS for some 30 years. She taught courses in management, academic librarianship, and international librarianship. She was also a co-author with former Dean Bob Stueart and Barbara Moran on the latest edition of the textbook,&nbsp;<em>Library and Information Center Management</em>. In her career, she was dean and professor of the University Library at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. Claudia was also one of the first people at Simmons to teach at Yonsei University as part of the SLIS exchange program. At SLIS we remember her dearly for her dedication to her students, as well as her positive presence and bright smile.&nbsp;</p> </div>2018-10-31T00:00:00-04:00{49808ACE-FE53-44C3-BECC-D37AE13775CD}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20accomplishments/2018/october/cathryn%20mercier%20alden%20poole%20awardProfessor Mercier Receives First Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award<p>Faculty mentors can change students' lives. They work with students both inside and outside the classroom, ask tough questions, push them to try new things and see their potential before the students do themselves. Simmons is fortunate to have several such mentors, including <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=223DC6FD9DE34FB98385596F2ABCEAD5&amp;_z=z">Cathryn Mercier</a>, Simmons Professor and Director of the Children's Literature Program and Director of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5CD457AAEA8A403285C71DDF76917413&amp;_z=z">Center for the Study of Children's Literature</a>, who received the first Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award through the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DAD003362ACC4443AE3A9C282D716E91&amp;_z=z">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>&nbsp;at Simmons University on October 19.</p> <p>This award was created in honor of Alden Poole, a valuable mentor to Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD. Ifill's family wanted Poole to be recognized as part of the story of the new college. Poole saw Ifill's promise, connected her to a job at the <em>Boston Herald</em>, and nurtured her to ask big questions of herself and the world. He was loved by his colleagues and students &mdash; so much that he was given a plaque in 1977 from eight graduating students, one of whom was Ifill. These eight young women knew early on that Simmons faculty mentors set their students up for lives of purpose and success.</p> <div class="photo-and-caption-right"><img height="300" alt="Maybe A Caption? List of People in Photo?" width="350" src="~/media/F26E426141474504BD7ECA2361C088B7.ashx" /></div> <p>For this new mentoring award, Ifill College Dean Brian Norman reached out to alumnae/i of the programs in the Ifill College, asking them to nominate a faculty member. Mercier was nominated by one of her first dean's fellows who credits Mercier with helping her move from bookstore worker to children's literature author. That's the type of support and belief that makes dreams come true. Or as Ifill inscribed on a copy of her book <em>Breakthrough</em> to Poole: "To Mr. Poole: Without whom I would never have pulled it off..."</p> <p>Mercier's role as a mentor will be felt across an entire generation of young readers who are discovering new and different worlds in literature. As is often the case with mentors, Mercier herself has had wonderful mentors throughout her life: "Mentors see something in us that we may not see in ourselves. They find the time, just the right word or raised eyebrow or a comment in a paper, to push us beyond where we thought we wanted to go."</p> <p>One of Gwen Ifill's legacies is her commitment to mentoring and nurturing the next generation. The Poole Award represents one way to instill her values at the heart of the new Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: President Helen Drinan, Cathryn Mercier, Professor Lowry Pei</em></p> <p><em>Second photo: Professor Lowry Pei, Joanna Poole, '86, Janet Poole, President Drinan, Bert Ifill, Professor Janie Ward, Dean Brian Norman, Gisele Becker Ifill</em></p> <p><em>Photo Credit: Lucky Li Photos (Class of 2018)</em></p>2018-10-24T00:00:00-04:00{18A7C39D-8714-4E9E-AE20-53DE4398CD31}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/october/jennifer%20gordonJennifer Gordon '02MS Wins Milken Educator Award<p><strong>ON PURSUING LIBRARY SCIENCE:</strong> I've wanted to be a librarian ever since I was a kid. I used to draw check out cards in the backs of my books and would make friends and family check them out. Reading has always been my favorite pastime, but I never realized that going to school to be a librarian was something people could do.&nbsp;</p> <p>I went to college as an English major and was in my last year, unsure of what to do after graduation. One of my part-time jobs was assisting in the Writing Center and my boss just threw, "Why don't you go to school to become a librarian?" at me. It clicked &mdash; like one of those cartoon characters getting hit in the head with a brick. I applied to Simmons that day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:</strong> I'm in my career because of Simmons! I was in my first semester and hadn't settled on a direction yet when I found a job listing in that trusty jobs/internships binder for my current position at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School. I applied, got the job, and fell in love with working in a school library &mdash; specifically THIS library. I've gone back to Simmons since graduating to take a few more classes, work on my practicum, get certified, etc.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Jennifer Gordon '02MS in a library. " width="350" src="~/media/F5AFEBDD287947BD9B582E04FF28EEC0.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" class="image-right" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON HER REWARDING WORK:</strong> I find this position most rewarding when kids are excited about reading, getting good books into their hands, reading with other students &mdash; everything. There's nothing better than a class getting upset when you've stopped reading at a good part because it's time for them to leave. I love it when they bargain to come in for recess so they can keep reading, or when kids have release dates of books memorized and they're chomping at the bit to read it first. It's also amazing when they demand an old favorite that they've read every single week for the last two years because it makes them happy. I love that my kids love books.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON WINNING THE MILKEN AWARD:</strong> I was shocked to win the <a href="https://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/" target="_blank">Milken Award</a> &mdash; I'm STILL shocked. When you think the day is going to go one way (setting up for an assembly, prepping for a reception for the Commissioner, rearranging classes, etc.) and it ends up with you winning an award and being featured on the news? Surreal city! But it's really so wonderful for my school and my profession to be acknowledged like this &mdash; I'm beyond honored.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON MAKING THE LIBRARY COOL AGAIN:&nbsp;</strong>I think that my enthusiasm for books and reading goes a long way &mdash; when I love a book, they almost always end up loving that book. We also do a lot of hands on activities in the library. I try to tie my makerspace projects to STEAMS (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and social studies) and I'm a firm believer in physically creating something. We're constantly building things with different materials, I have a collection of cardboard just in case we need or want to construct something, and the kids love it. I have the added benefit of working with students outside the library in reading groups, our school band, and our Adventure Club, as well as during recess and lunch duty.</p> <p>In a world that's so driven by technology, I love that my students still love physical books. They cannot wait for new books to arrive, we love pouring over illustrations, anticipating the new read &mdash; it's so awesome to see.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <em>Photos courtesy of Charlie Little Photography.</em>2018-10-24T00:00:00-04:00{C1B507BE-3FF8-4172-BA25-A12127243E40}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/october/rwandaLibrarianship in Rwanda<p>In May 2018, Professor and Math &amp; Computational Sciences Director <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Nanette-Veilleux">Nanette Veilleux</a> and SLIS Associate Professor <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Lisa-Hussey">Lisa Hussey</a> traveled with students Vanessa Burns '20 and Heather Moeykens '18 to Rwanda. They worked with the Maranyundo Girls School (MGS) in Nyamata to collaborate with the computer science instructors and organize the fiction and related materials in the library. MGS is a private boarding school run by Benebikira Nuns. MGS consistently scores in the top three in national testing and many students go on to college and successful careers. </p> <p>Nanette, Vanessa, and Heather worked with the faculty to identify and train students as lab curators to provide more independent use of the computer labs. Nanette developed and presented suggestions for final projects for the students in their last year. They also met with several different students to assist in the development of computer programming and apps. One student group, self-named the "Techies," won a national award last year for an app they created.</p> <img alt="Heather Moeykens and Vanessa Burns with students in Rwanda" src="~/media/4F6925AF383F483A9FEB91BC53E1F9E4.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px; float: left; margin: 3px 12px 3px 3px;" /> <p>In the library, Lisa, Vanessa, and Heather introduced several well-received changes. The first involved reorganizing the fiction into easily identifiable categories based on reading levels (Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced) and each book was assigned a color stripe based on the reading level (Green, Yellow, or Blue). Within each section, the books were organized based on the author&rsquo;s last name, identified by a sticker with a letter on the spine, just above the color stripe. Poetry, plays and stories were separated into their own section and identified by a purple stripe. Non-fiction pleasure reading (non-textbooks) were separated into biographies and memoirs (orange stripe) and general non-fiction (red stripe).&nbsp;</p> <p>Lisa worked with the librarian, Sister Vivian, to train a group of six students as library assistants, including instruction on how to process new books into the collection. Vanessa and Heather worked with the students to create signage that explained the new system and identified the location of each area.</p> <p>The group was able to rearrange bookshelves and create space for two tables to provide study space in the library. The Maranyundo students responded well to the changes and used the tables the day after they were brought into the library. Vanessa worked with students to create decorations to make the library a welcoming spot, as well as providing readers&rsquo; advisory for students. </p> <p>During their stay, the group visited other areas of Rwanda. Lisa, Vanessa, and Heather visited two other schools and saw the libraries and computer labs in each place. As a group, they visited the National Library of Rwanda and the Genocide museum in Kigali, the Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda in Butare, and spent a day touring Akagera Park, Rwanda&rsquo;s National Park. </p> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured, at top: Vanessa Burns, Sister Vivian, Heather Moeykens, and Associate Professor Lisa Hussey.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Pictured, below: Heather Moeykens and Vanessa Burns pose with MGS students.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>All photos courtesy of Lisa Hussey.&nbsp;</em></p>2018-10-16T00:00:00-04:00{27420215-2CF6-4598-882E-60DBA75F3BF7}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/october/q%20and%20a%20new%20faculty%20graf%20and%20pollockMeet the New SLIS Faculty<p>We caught up with Assistant Professors <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Ann-Graf" target="_blank">Ann Graf</a>, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Danielle-Pollock" target="_blank">Danielle Pollock</a>, and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=7EB77A9258E1426F88B86A0A64443224&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Rachel Williams</a> as a way to welcome our new faculty. Read&nbsp;on to discover who can identify dragonflies, who plays roller derby, and who will appreciate your references to <em>Dr. Who</em>.&nbsp;</p> <div><br /> </div> <br /> <p><br /> </p> <p><br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>2018-10-09T00:00:00-04:00{BC4DD26E-7677-4A2C-9234-C083984E7E1F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/october/araceli%20hintermeisterResearch and Recipes: Bringing Library Science to America's Test Kitchen<p>Araceli Hintermeister &rsquo;16MA/MS combined her studies and her fandom of <a href="https://www.americastestkitchen.com/" target="_blank">America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen</a> when she became a Library Intern during her time at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). She shares how her studies at SLIS prepared her for her current role, a Research Assistant for the Customer Insights team. We featured originally Hintermeister in 2017, as a founder of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0DDC09E89F7D4591B43CC70E6E8D4032&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Books on the T</a>.</p>2018-10-03T00:00:00-04:00{FAE80A3D-DE95-47F5-9BC1-AB0EC86D296E}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/september/slis%20community%20news%20september%202018SLIS Community News, September 2018<h4>Faculty </h4> <p>Director <strong>Sanda Erdelez</strong> was a panelist at the International Symposium on the Future of Education in Information Science, held in Pisa, Italy, September 10-13, 2018. The panel was titled"In search of a balance among human, technology, and information dimensions in creating a new curriculum," and Sanda's presentation focused on the human dimension of information science and how to support adaptability to change and innovation.</p>2018-09-25T00:00:00-04:00{44D2D5CC-9176-4FB4-8897-5F056FBCB31A}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/september/alyson%20gamble%20q%20and%20aPhD Student's Research Contributes to Digital Inclusion<p>Practitioner-scholar Alyson Gamble is a student in the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/library-and-information-science-phd">School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) PhD program</a>. Alyson has been working with <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Colin-Rhinesmith">Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith</a> on a 24-month <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=39941B8213D647E8945E4399F33D71EC&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">research project</a>, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/school-of-library-and-information-science/2018/april/colin-rhinesmith-awarded-grant">&ldquo;Measuring Library Broadband Networks for the National Digital Platform,&rdquo;</a> which received a leadership grant (award #LG-71-18-0110-18) from <a href="https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/lg-71-18-0110-18" target="_blank">Institute of Museum and Library Services</a> (IMLS) this spring. On October 24, the project will be holding their first workshop in Chicago. We spoke to Alyson to get their thoughts on this research project and the PhD program.&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>Why did you choose to get your PhD?</h4> <p>When I met my advisor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Rong-Tang">Dr. Rong Tang</a>&nbsp;through the ASIS&amp;T New Leader program, I was teaching college students and immersed in scholarship. Dr. Tang was brilliant, kind, and talked to me about my varied interests. She helped me explore these ideas further, which included pursuing a doctorate. My mentors agreed and here I am!</p> <p> </p> <h4>What is your research background?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Being a LIS practitioner is being a researcher. You have to stay on the cutting edge, report your findings and teach others. Additionally, there's some funding for independent research projects and continuing studies. I took advantage of as many of these as possible, which let me research a wide variety of topics, including the history of information science in marine biomedical research.</p> <p>Like most people in LIS, I was primed for this field by my eclectic background. I became a science librarian, but I started my academic career in liberal arts and wrote two comparative literature theses: one for my English major (BA, Spring Hill College) and one for my first master's degree (MLA, Tulane University). If things would have gone differently in the economy, I probably would have pursued an English doctorate. I&rsquo;m glad I ended up in LIS, though.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>What drew you to Dr. Rhinesmith&rsquo;s research project?</h4> <p>One of the best things about LIS is how it touches everything &mdash; there's always more to learn. I chose the undergraduate institution that I did because of its commitment to social justice and I chose my profession (MLIS, LSU) because of that same dedication. In LIS, contributing to equitable access is what drives my work.&nbsp;</p> <p>I think of my research as a triangle: one side is biomedical informatics, one side is scholarly publishing, and one side is digital environments. The research with Dr. Rhinesmith involves digital environments and contributes to equitable access. This project allows me to actively learn from Dr. Rhinesmith while working on a project that involves my interests in digital inclusion and community engagement, which had not yet been formally applied to public libraries.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>How did your collaboration with Dr. Rhinesmith come about?</h4> <p>This is a brand new area to me in many ways, which is exciting. The opportunity to explore new territory is one of the best things about being a doctoral student. I knew about Dr. Rhinesmith and his work from my colleagues in SLIS. When meeting Dr. Rhinesmith, I found him caring and devoted. As I looked into the Measuring Library Broadband Networks for the National Digital Platform project, it was fascinating to start examining how our broadband structures impact everything, including the digital divide. When I saw Dr. Rhinesmith needed a doctoral research assistant, I checked with my mentors, including my advisor, and then reached out.</p> <p> </p> <h4>What stage of the research are you now in?&nbsp;</h4> <p>We&rsquo;re preparing for our workshop. Two staff members from each participatory library selected for Year One of the project will attend a one-day, participatory design workshop on October 24, 2018 in Chicago, IL. At this workshop, the staff members will co-design the requirements for the project&rsquo;s broadband measurement system. The goal of this workshop is to identify the final technical specifications for the pilot measurement system, as well as some of the initial content to be included in the broadband measurement platform training manual.&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>What advice would you offer current students looking for research projects?</h4> <p>Be creative, be fearless, and be focused &mdash; find your research triangle. So many of the opportunities I've had came because I was reading my email and decided to take a chance on what was in the subject line. Also keep in contact with all of the mentors you have in your career &mdash; their advice continues to be helpful in locating and navigating new opportunities.</p> <p> </p> <h4>What advice would you offer people considering the SLIS PhD program?</h4> <p>Do it!&nbsp; Well, maybe give it some thought first, and then do it anyway.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Alyson Gamble.</em></p>2018-09-18T00:00:00-04:00{CBC59D19-DD93-433E-87DA-399525FA52CB}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/august/slis%20community%20news%20august%202018SLIS Community News, August 2018<strong> <h4>Faculty</h4> </strong> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong> co-authored a paper "Ascertaining the Place of Library &amp; Information Science in Knowledge Management Research" which was accepted at the 81<sup>st</sup> Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&amp;T) 2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14. Agarwal has also started an initiative called "<a href="http://www.projectonenessworld.com" target="_blank">Project Oneness World</a>"&nbsp;which will feature a variety of interviews.&nbsp;</p> <p>SLIS Director&nbsp;<strong>Sanda Erdelez</strong>&nbsp;gave a keynote presentation, "Encountering Information in a Rapidly Changing Environment" in June at the 2018 Western Balkans Information Literacy Conference (WBLIC), Bihac, Bosnia &amp; Herzegovina. At the same conference she gave a well-attended workshop, "Information Encountering and New Information Literacy." Her co-authored paper, "Distraction to Illumination: Mining Biomedical Publications for Serendipity in Research," was accepted for the Annual Meeting of ASIS&amp;T.</p> <p>SLIS Assistant Professor <strong>Ann Graf</strong> is co-leading a&nbsp;SIG-AH (Arts &amp; Humanities) panel, "Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections" that was accepted at the ASIS&amp;T 2018 Annual Meeting. The panel is composed of a diverse group of academic researchers and practitioners from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. It will focus on "everyday documentation" of arts and humanities-based collections done by those outside libraries, archives, and museums, and how such documentation practices can and should inform institutional practice and technological developments.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Melanie Kimball</strong> co-edited and wrote a chapter for&nbsp;<em>Engaging Teens with Story: How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling, </em>which&nbsp;was awarded Best Professional Resource for School or Youth Librarians by the School Library Connections/American Reference Books Annual for 2018. Kimball also presented a paper, "Twice (or Thrice) Told Tales: Re-making Popular Literature for Youth via Graphic Novelization," at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing 2018 annual conference, July 9-12 in Sydney, Australia.</p> <strong> <h4>Students</h4> </strong> <p>SLIS student <strong>Judith Haran</strong>&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;<a href="https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol5/iss1/9" target="_blank">The Nuremberg Trials Project at Havard Law School: Making History Accessible to All</a>,&rdquo; has been published in the <em>Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies</em>.</p> <p>SLIS students <strong>Moonyung Kang-Larsen, Cristian Alejandro Martinez (YALSA Scholar), Daisy Crystal Muralles, Elise Riley&nbsp;</strong>and<strong> Mallory Elizabeth Walker</strong> have been awarded <a href="http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2018/06/ala-awards-spectrum-scholarships-2018" target="_blank">Spectrum Scholarships</a> from the American Library Association. These scholarships are awarded to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information science&mdash;both online and face-to-face.&nbsp;</p> <strong> <h4>Alumni</h4> </strong> <p><strong style="font-weight: bold;">Adriene Galindo </strong>'16MS received a Frank B. Sessa Scholarship for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members. Award winners receive $150 to cover expenses for the professional continuing education opportunity of their choice. </p> <strong> </strong>2018-08-07T00:00:00-04:00{6229917C-81B1-4AAA-85E5-E8391D265D37}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/july/ashleigh%20corenAshleigh Coren '14MS Selected as an Emerging Leader<p><em>Ashleigh Coren &rsquo;14MS is the Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning at University of Maryland College Park and was selected as an <a href="https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/05/01/emerging-leaders-2018/" target="_blank">Emerging Leader</a> by the American Library Association. We caught up with her to learn about her career thus far.</em></p> <h4>Tell us about the work you&rsquo;ve done since graduating from the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-library-and-information-science">School of Library Science</a> (SLIS).&nbsp;</h4> <p>The three years after finishing the SLIS program were incredibly fruitful and essential to my growth as a professional. In that period, I served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, worked briefly at Emerson College and completed a library residency program at West Virginia University(WVU). Through these experiences I learned how to develop positive and sustainable partnerships with educators, students, informational professionals and community members. I know now that I can create and manage successful projects while working with different personalities and needs.</p> <p>Some of the projects I completed during this period include co-creating a technology literacy program for middle and high school students with AmeriCorp, co-coordinating WVU's first Open Access Week, and redesigning a three-credit online course on film and media literacy.</p> <h4>Have you always wanted to be a leader in the LIS field?</h4> <p>Absolutely not! It took me a while to understand that leadership is not just about having a title or having a certain kind of personality. It's all about impact, influence and reputation.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did SLIS prepare you for a leadership role?&nbsp;</h4> <p>The general management course was a great introduction into different leadership styles and workplace culture. It forced me to think about what kind of organizational structure would be a good fit for my skills and personality.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did SLIS prepare you for the LIS profession?</h4> <p>There were a few classes that set the tone for the work I do now as a Teaching and Learning Librarian in special collections, though I had no idea at the time this would be my future position. LIS 403 "Evaluation of Information Services" was my introduction to assessment. The discussions on bias and historical empathy that I had in LIS 438 "Introduction to Archival Methods and Services" recur in the classes I currently teach. Out of all of my experiences, my job updating the <a href="http://blogs.simmons.edu/slis/jobline/" target="_blank">Jobline</a> and sorting through job descriptions for two years was probably the best introduction to the profession. It's how I learned about library residencies and professional organizations. I also became pretty decent at HTML!</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s next for you? Any big projects on the horizon?</h4> <p>In Spring 2018 I co-developed the <a href="https://umd.libcal.com/event/4125132" target="_blank">UMD LGBTQ Oral History project</a> which captures the voices of students, faculty and staff across campus. This summer I'll be transcribing interviews and working with our electronic records archivist to add these interviews to our digital collections.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Ashleigh Coren '14MS.&nbsp;</em></p>2018-07-24T00:00:00-04:00{76D2D997-BF59-4800-A1AC-E99D0F44AF95}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/july/slis%20community%20news%20july%202018SLIS Community News, Summer 2018<h4>Faculty</h4> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rebecca Davis</strong> gave two presentations at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on May 21: "Transforming Health Sciences/Medical Libraries Courses for Library and Information Science Students" and a poster titled, "Active Learning in Library Instruction for Students in Problem Based Learning."</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Catherine Dumas</strong> is part of a SIG SM (Social Media) panel, "Politicians &amp; the Public: The Analysis of Political Communication in&nbsp;Social Media," that was accepted at the&nbsp;81st Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&amp;T)&nbsp;2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada,&nbsp;November 10-14. In addition, Dumas and <strong>Colin Rhinesmith</strong> are part of the program and organizing committees for a SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop, at ASIS&amp;T "The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies," at the ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting&nbsp;Hyatt Regency Vancouver,&nbsp;Vancouver, Canada,&nbsp;November 10.</p> <p style="background: white;">Assistant Professor <strong>Colin Rhinesmith </strong>will co-present a paper, &ldquo;Edge Perspectives in Online Scholarly Communities: A Network Analysis of #critlib&rdquo; at the ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, Canada this fall. Rhinesmith spoke at the Cambridge Public Library on June 21, "Dividing Lines:&nbsp;Why Is Internet Access Still A Luxury In America?"</p> <p>Associate Professor&nbsp;<strong>Laura Saunders</strong>&nbsp;was quoted in the American Libraries article, &ldquo;<a href="https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/06/01/our-vocation-is-information-librarianship-journalism/" target="_blank">Our Vocation Is Information</a>,&rdquo; which also mentioned the recent <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/school-of-library-and-information-science/2018/june/misinformation-symposium">"Know News" Symposium</a>. The Symposium was featured on&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/6/15/when-libraries-and-journalism-collide/" target="_blank">Innovation Hub</a>&nbsp;in June.</p> <p>Associate Professor&nbsp;<strong>Rong Tang</strong>'s paper, "Towards a More Inclusive Technical Website: Knowledge Gaps,&nbsp;Performance, Experience, and Perception Differences Among Various User Groups," was accepted for at the 81st ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14. This paper was the outcome of Tang's&nbsp;research grant, funded by NEH through a subcontract with WGBH. Her co-authors are SLIS students Wenqing Lu, Will Gregg, Steven Gentry, and Stephen Humeston. Tang's panel proposal "ALISE@ASIS&amp;T: Building an LIS Research-Teaching Nexus" was also accepted to the 2018&nbsp;ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting.</p> <h4>Staff</h4> <p><strong>Em Claire Knowles</strong>, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, gave the keynote speech at the Beta Phi Mu Annual Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference on June 23 in New Orleans, LA. Knowles is the winner of the 2017 Beta Phi Mu award. At the event, Beta Phi Mu celebrated their 70th anniversary. <em>Pictured above.</em><strong></strong></p> <h4>Students&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img alt="SLIS West Students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski and Norman Berlin with Eric Poulin" src="~/media/22E860C084CC4D38B164D62763F0BB09.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" class="image-left" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></span></h4> <p>SLIS West students <strong>Olivia Eberli</strong>, <strong>Elizabeth Pawlowski</strong> and <strong>Norman Berlin</strong>, pictured right with SLIS West Coordinator&nbsp;<strong>Eric Poulin</strong>, gave a presentation, "Think, Pair, Share&mdash;But Don't Stop There: Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction" at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference on May 22.</p> <p>SLIS West student <strong>Judith Haran</strong> recently had&nbsp;her paper, "<a href="https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol5/iss1/9/" target="_blank">The Nuremberg Trials Project at Harvard Law School: Making History Accessible to All</a>," published in the <em>Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies</em>: Vol. 5 , Article 9.</p> <p>Computer Science/Math student <strong>Pam (Peizhu) Qian</strong> has been selected for the Grace Hopper Student Scholarship to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, Texas, September 26-28.</p> <p>SLIS student <strong>Alessandra Seiter</strong> has been awarded the Progressive Librarians Guild's 2018 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize for the essay "Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom." The&nbsp;Braverman&nbsp;Memorial&nbsp;Prize is awarded annually to a student in Library Science or Archival Studies for an essay submitted on the theme of progressive or activist librarianship. Alessandra's essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Progressive Librarian and Alessandra will also receive a small monetary award to help offset the cost of travel to the ALA's Annual Conference, where the award will be presented at the PLG's annual dinner.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Alumni</h4> <p><strong>Ashleigh Coren</strong>&nbsp;'14MS, <strong>Netanel Ganin</strong> '15MS, and <strong>Samantha Qui&ntilde;on</strong> '16MS, were chosen as "<a href="https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/05/01/emerging-leaders-2018/" target="_blank">Emerging Leaders</a>" by <em>American Libraries</em>.</p> <p><strong>Maura Deedy</strong>&nbsp;'06MS is Library Advisory Specialist for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Previously, she was Assistant Director of Libraries at the Robbins Library in Arlington.</p> <p><strong>David S. Ferriero</strong>&nbsp;'74MS, 10<sup>th</sup> Archivist of the United States, presented &ldquo;The Librarian and the Archivist&rdquo; with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at the ALA Annual Conference on June 24. Hayden and Ferriero discussed &ldquo;the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age,&rdquo; as well as the role of the Library of Congress and the National Archives in making their valuable resources accessible to the public.</p> <p>Children's Lit MFA graduate <strong><a href="http://www.luisanaduarte.com/" target="_blank">Luisana Duarte Armendariz</a></strong> '17MA/MFA&nbsp;received a <a href="http://blog.leeandlow.com/2018/05/17/lee-low-books-announces-2018-new-visions-award-winners/" target="_blank">New Vision Award</a> from Lee &amp; Low Books. Her middle grade novel <em>The Regent Enigma</em>, will be published by <a href="https://www.leeandlow.com/imprints/tu-books" target="_blank">Tu Books</a>, an imprint of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeandlow.com/" target="_blank">Lee &amp; Low</a>.</p> <p>MFA alumna <strong>Laura Quinlan</strong> '17MFA was one of four writers to receive the PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award presented at Simmons on May 20.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Courtney L. Young</strong> &rsquo;97MS, head librarian and professor of women&rsquo;s studies at Penn State University&ndash;Allegheny, has been named <a href="https://news.colgate.edu/2018/05/former-american-library-association-president-courtney-l-young-named-university-librarian.html/" target="_blank">university librarian at Colgate</a>.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Em Claire Knowles in New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of Dean Eileen Abels.</em></p> <p><em>Second photo from left: Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski, Norman Berlin and <em>Eric Poulin</em>.</em></p>2018-07-10T00:00:00-04:00{3735E22D-FE59-4265-9BF0-F66E7F9CA458}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2018/june/misinformation%20symposiumSimmons Professors Confront Fake News with Misinformation Symposium<p><em>On April 21-22, a Symposium of nearly 80 academics and professionals from library science and the allied fields of journalism, communications, and education gathered at Simmons to confront the challenges of mis- and disinformation in an era of fake news and post-truth. Symposium participants analyzed and compared the practices, values, standards and research across the professions related to questions of authority and trust, and discussed the role of the library as a living laboratory to integrate best practices across fields for collective impact to support patrons in engaging with, evaluating, and understanding mis- and disinformation.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>The Symposium was funded by a National Forum grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, granted to School of Library and Information Science Associate Professor <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Laura-Saunders">Laura Saunders</a>&nbsp;'01MS '10PhD, Communications Lecturer <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Rachel-GansBoriskin">Rachel Gans-Boriskin</a>, and Professor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) for their research project, &ldquo;Know News: Understanding and Engaging with Mis- and Disinformation.&rdquo; We asked Prof. Saunders some questions after the successful symposium.</em></p> <p><em></em></p> <hr /> <em> </em> <h4><img height="300" alt="Portion of Know News symposium mural April 2018: &quot;This is not a new challenge. From Ancient Greece to James Madison to Hannah Arendt&quot; #knownews2018" width="350" src="~/media/506963B82EEC470880D0C9DE41DE2EA1.ashx" />How can LIS Professionals respond to "mis- and disinformation"?</h4> <p>Librarians can use their expertise in research and evaluating sources to help identify trustworthy information, to create guides to trusted sources, and to teach people how to evaluate information for themselves by helping them learn news and media literacy skills. We don&rsquo;t have to work alone&mdash;part of the point of the symposium was to think about how we can work across fields including journalism, education, and the tech sector to find solutions. My new saying is that the solution has to be "neither just the human nor the bot"&mdash;I think it makes sense to find some algorithmic and AI developments to help with the problem, but we can't let that replace critical thinking, which has to be taught and practiced at all levels.</p> <h4>How much of this type of information do you imagine we each encounter in a day?</h4> <p>It depends on what sources we tend to follow but, especially if rely a lot on social media platforms, we're running into fake news, and mis- and disinformation all of the time.&nbsp; According to some recent articles:&nbsp;</p> <p>"Craig Silverman of&nbsp;<em>Buzzfeed News</em>&nbsp;tracked the engagement on social media of the top fake news stories against the top stories from established news outlets like the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Washington Post</em>&nbsp;in the final 3 months of the 2016 election to show just how deeply the fake news stories penetrated (Silverman, 2016). According to his analysis, the top 20 fake news stories generated 8,711,000 likes, shares, comments and other reactions on Facebook, while the top 20 major news outlet stories garnered 7,367,000 reactions, showing that the fake news stories well out-performed stories from major news outlets. According to one estimate, as many as 126 million Americans may have been exposed to fake news content created by Russian hackers in the two years around the 2016 election (Volz &amp; Ingram, 2018)."</p> <h4>Who attended the symposium?&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Portion of Know News symposium mural April 2018: &quot;Library as a living laboratory to consume, preserve, evaluate, produce, investigate, archive and check&quot;" width="350" src="~/media/D41F0E9396F745D2B560920C5A912121.ashx" /></span></h4> <p>The symposium included 79 librarians, journalists, faculty from both fields, and "allied professionals" which included researchers, museum educators and people from the tech sector. You can see the Bio book profiling who attended on the <a href="http://slis.simmons.edu/blogs/disinformation/" target="_blank">project website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How will the ideas generated at the symposium be shared?</h4> <p>The <a href="http://slis.simmons.edu/blogs/disinformation/white-paper/" target="_blank">White Paper</a> has been posted to the&nbsp;<a href="http://slis.simmons.edu/blogs/disinformation/" target="_blank">Know News website</a>. We'll be doing conference presentations, including one at LOEX on May 5th, and possibly also submitting articles for publication. We are also exploring creating an online group for symposium attendees to connect and continue conversations, and possibly hosting monthly Twitter chats.</p> <h4>Do you foresee any next steps for implementation? </h4> <p>The symposium resulted in nine specific idea proposals. Part of the next steps will be to decide which proposal(s) we want to follow up on, who wants to be involved in implementing them, and then looking for funding.</p> <p>Recent media coverage of the symposium: </p> <ul> <li>WGBH&rsquo;s Marc Filipino (2018) covered the symposium for&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/6/15/when-libraries-and-journalism-collide/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/6/15/when-libraries-and-journalism-collide/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635330000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFlH1HqtsvN210En0jdV8agjjQKKQ" style="color: #1155cc;">Innovation Hub</a>.</li> <li>Symposium attendee Barbara Fister (2018) wrote about the symposium on her Library Babel Fish blog on the Inside Higher Ed Web site, in a post entitled&nbsp;<span style="color: #1155cc;"><a href="https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/know-news-good-news" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/know-news-good-news&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635330000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEG4rhS4NuLry4hMDDvl5w-_zd1Ag" style="color: #1155cc;">Know News, Good News</a></span>.</li> <li>Symposium attendee David Beard (2018) referred to the symposium on Poynter&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.poynter.org/news/morning-mediawire-pulitzer-laden-researcher-embedded-post-newsroom" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.poynter.org/news/morning-mediawire-pulitzer-laden-researcher-embedded-post-newsroom&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635331000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHXO6E0gM8hlgY4tGgBmhzh1Tc2Tg" style="color: #1155cc;">Morning MediaWire</a>.</li> <li>Symposium attendee Marcus Banks (2018) referred to the symposium in an <em>American Libraries</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/06/01/our-vocation-is-information-librarianship-journalism/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/06/01/our-vocation-is-information-librarianship-journalism/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635331000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEAHfU8R8M1u8gbiiTpOBCvEP_NcQ" style="color: #1155cc;">article</a>.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured above: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Laura Saunders '01MS and Rachel Gans-Boriskin</em></p>2018-06-27T00:00:00-04:00