For more than a century, our graduates have been pioneers in their profession, recognized for their dedication, achievements, and remarkable careers. Today, SLIS alumni pursue a wildly diverse range of positions: as medical and law librarians, archivists and museum professionals, rare-book curators, reference and subject specialist librarians, publishers, authors, specialists in literacy and children's literature, catalogers, preservation managers, web developers, systems analysts, information architects, and knowledge managers. They work in academic, corporate, community, government, and nonprofit organizations, as well as countless other areas in the U.S. and around the world. Below are some of their stories.
posted October 17, 2014 9:14 AM
Like many in the LIS field, MLIP (Managerial Leadership in Library Professions) Ph.D. student Kimberley Bugg didn't set out to be a librarian when she began her college career. A Communications and Media Studies major at Georgia State University (GSU)--she said, "I like to talk about Spike Lee a lot." Her sights were originally set on law school. As an intern at the Fulton County Courthouse, Bugg researched cases and prepared witnesses for pretrial testimony, but found herself discouraged by the environment. The attorneys were "overworked, making peanuts with huge student loans . . . eating at MacDonald's every day because that's all they could afford, and I thought, this is no way to survive." She expressed this concern to one of the lawyers she worked with, who complimented her research zeal and suggested she might find law librarianship rewarding.
posted October 16, 2014 10:26 AM
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) has chosen three SLIS master's students to participate in their Mosaic Program: Micha Broadnax, Adriana Flores, and Sara Powell. A total of five master of library and information science students specializing in archival studies have been selected for the 2014-2016 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program "strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce."
Fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program will participate in a paid internship with a partner institution. They will receive a tuition stipend, mentoring, leadership development and career placement assistance, complimentary student membership in SAA, and support to attend the SAA Annual Meeting and 2015 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum.
Micha Broadnax, Simmons College
Internship host: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Adriana Flores , Simmons College
Internship host: Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University
Sara Powell , Simmons College
Internship host: Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program website for more information: http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/arl-saa-mosaic-scholarship-program.
posted September 15, 2014 1:00 AM
Librarians need to be innovative to meet today's challenges, and they need environments that encourage new ideas, according to LeRoy LaFleur, Head of Rush Rhees Library Reference at the University of Rochester. As the former Head of George Mason University's Arlington Campus Library and a former social sciences bibliographer at Cornell University, LaFleur became a Simmons SLIS MLIP/Ph.D. student "to obtain the leadership skills and training needed to succeed professionally in today's libraries," he says.
posted August 15, 2014 2:56 PM
MLIP student Alexia Hudson-Ward's article "Diversity and Inclusion: Online Resources for Education" was published in the June edition of College and Research Libraries News. Another article, "Eyeing the New Diversity: An Emerging Paradigm for Recruitment and Retention" was published in the July/August issue of American Libraries.
posted June 16, 2014 1:05 AM
The winners of the 2014 Commencement Awards were interviewed about their Simmons experience and post-graduation plans.
posted April 14, 2014 2:06 AM
At some point, 95% of the incarcerated will be released into the general public. They need programs and services to help them re-enter society peacefully and productively. Libraries offer that opportunity. -- Julie Steenson '14LS
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
GSLIS master's student Brandie Burrows personifies public service. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, she taught entrepreneurial fundamentals to women business owners and helped establish youth centers. While she was at the home of her host family, the maid thought she was "rich because I had so many books. I tried to explain to her the idea of borrowing books for free. It was a completely unfathomable concept. I realized she had never been to a library. Then, I started thinking about being a librarian." While in graduate school, she searched for her next opportunity to improve conditions for those in another part of the world. When she stumbled upon Librarians without Borders (LWB) in a Simmons GSLIS newsletter listing, she applied to the school that night.
posted April 14, 2014 2:05 AM
Mariah Manley shares what she has learned about building bridges, working with executive management, balancing budgets, and other skills as the outgoing Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) president. Read how Manley is building her career by taking advantage of GSLIS opportunities to develop her talents and networks.
posted March 17, 2014 2:18 PM
"Although we take it for granted how easy it is to use email today, it was difficult to explain to users twenty years ago. People would ask, 'Do you have to be there when the message arrives?'" Simmons GSLIS MLIP/Ph.D. candidate Karen Schneider reflects on her early technology lessons. If you have heard of the Free Range Librarian or read the American Libraries' "Internet Librarian" and American Library Association's (ALA) "TechSource" columns, you know Schneider as an expert in teaching librarians to use and share technology. When she is not writing literary articles or participating in zymurgy, Schneider is the University Librarian at Holy Names University, which has about 1,400 students and received the highest diversity score in the U.S. News and World Report 2012 to 2013 rankings.
posted February 10, 2014 3:03 AM
Although Simmons GSLIS Ph.D. /MLIP student Alexia Hudson-Ward had a lucrative marketing career at the Coca-Cola Company before she became a librarian, the events surrounding September 11, 2001, motivated her to follow her passion. "I was scheduled to get on an airplane that day, but it was cancelled. During the next several months, I began thinking about my work's impact on the world," said Hudson-Ward. "I always had a desire to help people become knowledgeable, productive, and impactful. Becoming an academic librarian was a way for me to do work that mattered."