LISSA End-of-Year Party

When: Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: SOM 501/502

LISSA is throwing an end-of-semester party, at which six SLIS professors will be conducting a SLIS Talks program. The professors will share their ideas and/or projects in 3-5 minute bites. Speakers include: Joel Blanco-Rivera, Michele Cloonan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, Martha Mahard, Laura Saunders and Jason Wood. Drinks (including wine) and food will be served during and after the talks.

Tickets & Treasures: The Ruth Margret Tallmadge Scrapbook

When: Thursday, December 6, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Room (L-001), Lefavour Hall

Mark your calendar for the unveiling of the latest in the digital scrapbook series "Notable Women of Simmons College." Presented by the students in LIS 462, Digital Libraries.

DIY Bookmaking Event

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: P210

Take a break from your busy end-of-semester schedule and join the Progressive Librarians Guild as it hosts a DIY Bookmaking event. Come by and learn how to make your own books, for yourself or as a holiday gift. Questions? Email

Megan Winget Talks Videogames

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Where: P415

SLIS Faculty Candidate Megan Winget, Ph.D. will be facilitating a presentation titled "Preserving Complex Interactive Digital Systems: Videogames, Their Underlying Systems and the People Who Love Them." The presentation will review current digital preservation methods and projects and discuss why those methods fall short of the ideal for preserving complex digital interactive systems. Also, Winget will describe the complexities and relationships between the traditional acts of technology preservation, representation, and collection development and the future of her work.

International Pizza Thanksgiving

When: Monday, November 19, 2012, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Dean's Conference Room P-111

SCIRRT is hosting a casual Pizza Thanksgiving. Everyone is welcome to stop by and chat with current international students about their experiences and discuss upcoming international initiatives.

ASIS&T Conference Experiences | Lunchtime Lectures

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: P-208

This Lunchtime Lecture will be hosted by ASIS&T Student Chapter and Professor Naresh Agarwal. This will be an informal panel presenting student and faculty experiences from the recent ASIS&T Conference held in Baltimore, MD, as well as a summary of presentations and talks given by our students and faculty.

Snacks are provided for all lunchtime lectures, and all are welcome!

Study Abroad in 2013 Information Session

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: P-210

SLIS Fellow Bethany Fair will be hosting an information session regarding the 2013 study abroad program, which is to take place May 16-June 10 in Rome. Details on how to sign up for both the Rome and Seoul programs and what they entail will be discussed in the info session, and snacks will be provided. Email Bethany at for more information.

Resume Review with Donna Webber

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: L-428

SCoSAA is hosting a resume review with Professor Donna Webber. There will be light refreshments.

Tech Lab Workshop: Photoshop/Dreamweaver

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Where: SLIS West Office

Taught by Jackie Penny, SLIS student and Imaging Rights Coordinator at the American Antiquarian Society.

This workshop will cover the basics of combining Photoshop and Dreamweaver to create an online exhibition of surrogates of material; we will create an ‘exhibition case' of items which would be found on display at a public library so that collections can reach a larger audience.

PLG Hosts the Boston Anarchist Bookfair

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Where: Linda K. Paresky Center

Anarchist bookfairs are about celebrating and exploring anarchist ideas, in the form of books (of course), workshops, films, and impromptu conversations. Bookfairs aim to bring together people from far and wide, as well as local community residents and activists. Not just for anarchists, the Boston Anarchist Bookfair is also for those curious about anarchist ideas and practice. If you're interested in any of the programming we have to offer, we encourage you to join in on the fun. There will be childcare and children's activities available all day on Saturday and Sunday. Just check in at the information table when you arrive. The event is on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11. For more information, contact the hosts, Progressive Librarians Guild--Simmons Chapter, or visit

World Usability Day 2012 Demonstration

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Kotzen Conference Room

To celebrate the World Usability Day 2012, UXPA @ Simmons proudly presents its usability feedback event, featuring four local organizations demonstrating their system interface design to obtain on-the-spot usability evaluation and critique from the audience. The event is co-sponsored by the SLIS Techgroup. The event is free and open to the Simmons community and the public. Registration is required. Use this link to register: Light breakfast will be provided.

Below are the list of the presenters and the sites/systems they will be demonstrating --

8:45-9:20 NASA ADS Labs (, presented by Alberto Accomazzi, Program Manager, NASA Astrophysics Data System

9:20-9:55 BC Libraries Video Clip Retrieval (, presented by Benjamin Florin, Web Developer, Boston College Libraries

9:55-10:05 Break

10:05-10:40 EBSCOHost application, presented by Kate Lawrence, User Experience Researcher and Megan Hurst, Product Manager, Library User Experience, EBSCO Publishing

10:40-11:15 Tufts University Home Page (, presented by Jeremy Wahlman-Krogh, Project Manager, Web Communications, Tufts University.  

Research Colloquia | Lunchtime Lectures

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: TBA

Documenting Maine Indian History and Culture: A Case Study, presented by Millie Rahn, who is an adjunct at Simmons teaching oral history. In 2006, IMLS funded a two-year ethnographic project by the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, in collaboration with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, to document Maine Indian artistic traditions, which are represented in the Hudson's material culture collections and exhibitions. As folklorist on the team, we focused on 20 Indian artists from the state's four recognized tribes--Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot. The project was vital to sustaining cultural heritage as these artists, along with elders who carry on generations of knowledge, are masters of their traditions of brown ash and sweetgrass basketry, birchbark containers and canoe making, rootclubs and carving work, and beadwork.

This talk will give an overview of the project and its products, and show audio and video clips from the oral histories and fieldwork showing how the materials are gathered, processed and prepared; and the techniques and technologies used to produce them. These clips and the contemporary artistic products are now incorporated into the Hudson's permanent exhibit, Gifts from Gluskabe: Documenting Maine Indian Material Culture.

NEASIS&T Fall Meetup

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Hotel

Join us for an informal and lively discussion about the impending United States of America vs. Aaron Swartz case. Swartz has been charged with 13 felonies for hacking into the JSTOR database from the MIT network and downloading millions of articles.

Whose side are you on — was he simply freeing information that should be publicly available, or did he truly commit a crime? What does this mean for research libraries? How is legislation keeping up with the digital revolution?

For more information, and food for thought articles, visit

SLA@Simmons Mega-Tour of the MIT Libraries

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
Where: Lobby 7 at MIT

SLA@Simmons is hosting a tour of four libraries: Rotch Urban Planning Library, Lewis Music Library, Hayden Humanities Library and Dewey Management and Social Sciences Library. Find more about the MIT libraries on their website and register on Eventbrite.

SCoSAA Reads The Gardner Heist

When: Monday, November 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: M-101

Come for some interesting discussion, snacks, and learn about our neighbors at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum! If you do not have time to read the book, there are other ways to participate in the conversation.

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website:

Or you can watch the 2005 documentary film "Stolen," which is available for live streaming on Netflix or in the Minuteman Library Network. There is a 2010 Boston Globe article called "1990 Boston art heist rattles investigators," which is available online:

Google Cambridge Office Tour

When: Monday, November 5, 2012, 2:15 p.m.
Where: 5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Simmons ASIS&T Student Chapter is pleased to offer a tour of the Google Cambridge office. The tour will include a 30-minute meeting with a current Simmons SLIS student who works with the Google Books project, followed by a 40-minute tour of the Google office.

We will meet directly at the Google Cambridge office at 5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA at 2:15 p.m. on November 5. The location is easily accessible via the Red Line (Kendall/MIT stop) or bus routes CT2 (which runs near Simmons), 64, 68 and 85. Note that validated parking will not be available for this event.

Please register at by October 31. Space is limited, so please only register if you are sure you can attend.

For more information on Google Cambridge, visit: For more information on Google Books, visit:

Annual Meeting of the New England Archivists

When: Friday, November 2, 2012
Where: Simmons College, Boston Campus

The fall 2012 meeting of New England Archivists will be held November 2-3, 2012, on the campus of Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. The general theme, Proactive Archivists, points to the need to move in fresh directions and try new approaches to make progress in our careers and our institutions.

REGISTER ONLINE or PRINT OUT REGISTRATION AND MAIL by visiting the NEA meeting web page.

Workshop offerings:

  • SAA-DAS Achieving Email Account Preservation with XML
  • Introduction to Records Management
  • Marketing Your Archives: Get the Word Out!

Sessions will feature:

  • Grant Writing for the 99%
  • Creating Your Career: Alternatives to Traditional Employment
  • Swimming with the Tide of Electronic Records

See full schedule at a glance.

For more information, please contact Jason Wood at, Jessica Steytler at, or Beth Carroll-Horrocks at

LISSA Student Leadership Open House

When: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Student Lounge

Are you interested in being a student leader but not sure what that means? Current officers from all your 10 student groups will be on hand in the Student Lounge to answer questions and help get you started on the exciting path of becoming a student leader.

Refreshments will be served.

Deadline to Submit Proposals for SCoSSA Graduate Symposium

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists has announced the deadline (October 31) to submit proposals for the 2nd Annual SLIS Student Symposium. For more information, see

SLIS Book Group

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: 2nd Floor Faculty Staff Lounge, Palace Road

The SLIS Book Group will be discussing The King's Rose by SLIS author Alisa Libby. Copies are available from Mary Jordan at P205-C. Stop by to discuss the book (even if you haven't finished it) and readers advisory. Email to join the listserve.

Snacks will be provided.

Spooky Archives - SCoSAA Holiday Celebration

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Lounge

SCoSAA is hosting a Halloween party! There will be pizza, candy, ghost stories, and a costume contest with prizes.

SLIS Speed Networking

When: Monday, October 29, 2012, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: SOM 501

Are you graduating soon? Or would you love the chance to network with representatives from librarian organizations and professionals in your area of interest throughout the Boston area? Great news, then, because the SLIS Alumni Board is asking you to save the date of Monday October 29th, 2012, for their annual Speed Networking Event taking place right here on campus! This is your chance to network with SLIS alumni in various areas of librarianship, learn more about specific career paths, and familiarize yourself with "a day in the life." This is not a job fair, so dress is business casual.

Registration is now open - so please register here:

In the past, Alumni Board sponsored career events have sold out. Therefore, we are asking for a deposit to reserve your seat, BUT you will receive your money back when you arrive. The deposit will be $5.00, but the final cost is FREE - Oh, yeah! In the meantime, please bring your $5.00 to P-111F and SLIS Fellow Bethany FAir will hold on to it until the event. Come ready to network, eat delicious snacks and let all the our alumni know that you are truly one of a kind.

Tech Lab Workshop: HTML/CSS

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Where: SLIS West Office

Taught by Graham Herrli, Dean's Fellow for Technology Assistance will be visiting us from the SLIS Tech Lab in Boston.

In this workshop, you'll learn some more advanced HTML (beyond the basics for the TOR) and CSS, a style sheet language used to take the basic underlying structure provided by HTML and shape it into a beautifully laid out web page.

ScoSAA Tours the JFK Memorial Library & Museum

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Where: JFK Memorial Library & Museum

This is more of a physical tour that will also touch on a variety of topics including: the archivists responsibilities for processing, digitization, oral histories, and declassification. This event will last for close to 2 hours, with the possibility of going longer. There is a good chance you will be able to visit the Museum while on site!

Reservation is required:

ALASC Ghost Tour

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Where: Haunted Harvard Square Tours

ALASC is hosting a Ghost Tour through Haunted Harvard Square Tours (1450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at

UXPA Tour of MIT IS&T Lab

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: MIT

UXPA @ Simmons invites you to tour the MIT Information Service & Technology (IS&T) Usability Lab. The tour will include a visit to the Testing/Control Room and Observation Room. Christopher LaRouche, Usability Consultant from the MIT Accessibility & Usability Group, will lead the tour.

Address:  Ford Building E19, 400 Main Street, Kendall Square

To learn more about the MIT IS&T Usability Lab, please visit the following link:

Lunchtime Lecture: "Working in Open Access -- Ready to Be an Advocate?"

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: P207

Professor Robin Peek will be speaking about open access career paths, including the role of advocate. She will also be presenting the results of her research done through the Open Access Tracking Project's investigation of emerging careers in the field and discuss the knowledge set clusters that have emerged as a pattern across job descriptions.

Peter Suber and Robin Peek: A Conversation with Students

When: Monday, October 22, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Room (L-001) Lefavour Hall

In celebration of International Open Access Week @ Simmons,  Director of the Harvard Open Access Project Peter Suber and SLIS Assistant Professor Robin Peek will be discussing open access issues with students. For more information about open access, see

Student Group Treasurers Meeting

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Where: Dean's Conference Room

Current SLIS student group treasurers (as well as those interested in becoming a group treasurer) will be meeting. LISSA will need a new treasurer next semester, and this is a great opportunity to see if the role is a good fit for you. Assistant Dean for Student Services Em Claire Knowles and current LISSA Treasurer Erin Smith will speak a bit about the position, and an alum will also be speaking about how being the treasurer for LISSA helped her in her career.

Refreshments will be provided.

Lunchtime Lecture About Sense-Making

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: P207

Professor Naresh Agarwal will be presenting a Lunchtime Lecture -- Making sense of Sense-Making: tracing the history and development of Dervin's Sense-making methodology.

As per Brenda Dervin, some people call Sense-Making a theory, others a set of methods, others a methodology, others a body of findings. In this talk, we seek to understand as well as trace the development of Dervin's Sense-Making methodology over the decades. Through an examination of many of Dervin's writings, we look at the major influences guiding the development of the methodology, the faulty assumptions in communication models that had to be broken, the philosophical assumptions that form a core part of the methodology, changes in the central metaphor, as well as the methods in the methodology. This theoretical study is an attempt to make sense of Sense-Making and should be useful to those seeking an introduction to it.

Snacks will be provided.

SCoSAA Tours the MIT Institute Archives

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: MIT Institute Archives, 160 Memorial Dr, Cambridge

This is less of a physical behind the scenes and more of an information session about how an institutional archives functions. Starting at 5:00 PM, Nora Murphy, the Archivist for Reference, Outreach, and Instruction, will talk about the Institute Archives and Special Collections, their holdings, use of off-site storage, their users and how their materials are used, how they communicate with researchers and what kind of outreach they do. This will be a great opportunity to ask a professional about any of those areas and at the end everyone will have an opportunity to visit the Maihaugen Gallery next door to the archives' reading room! This event will probably last between 1-1.5 hours. Reservation is required:

SLIS Technology Presents: ALCTS Webinar: "RDA Name Authorities--What's new and different from AACR2"

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Tech Lab

RDA enables a name authority record to be a much more dynamic tool in the bibliographic universe than an AACR2 authority record. Attributes or identifying characteristics of a name may be recorded in an RDA authority record, thereby enabling that authority record to serve current and future bibliographic needs in a much more dynamic way.

This webinar will explore the differences between an AACR2 "two-dimensional" authority record and the much more robust and dynamic "three-dimensional" RDA authority record.

Presenter: Paul Frank is a Cooperative cataloging specialist in the Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division (COIN) at the Library of Congress (LC).

To register, visit

Opportunities and Challenges in Global Health Information Access in Liberia

When: Monday, October 15, 2012, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Where: P-207

After more than 14 long years of war, the healthcare system in Monrovia, Liberia was ravaged. Many hospitals, clinics and schools of medicine were damaged or destroyed. Highly skilled health professionals, including doctors and nurses, left the country during the war, and medical education was terminated. Under the current President and Nobel Laureate Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the country is now at peace and the healthcare and educational systems are being restored with foreign aid assistance. Two years ago, faculty physicians and scientists from the University of Massachusetts were asked to revitalize the medical school curriculum at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia. In conjunction, librarians from the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School began working on establishing a medical library for the college. This presentation will discuss the progress made during the last year and half and the challenges in working in a recovering war-torn African country.

Presenters: Elaine Martin, DA. Director of Library Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Andrew Creamer, Project Librarian; and Jim Comes, Retired, Library Consultant to the Liberia Project

Location: P-207

When: October 15, 2012 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

It's free! To register, please go to

Refreshments will be provided!

Plymouth Public Library: The story of the Great Plymouth Mail Robbery

When: Monday, October 1, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Plymouth Public Library (132 South Street Plymouth, MA 02360)

Brian Shelter will be giving a talk next week at the Plymouth Public Library: nd it was never seen again..." The story of the Great Plymouth Mail Robbery. The talk will be about an hour long.

ALASC/SCoSAA Trivia Night

When: Friday, September 28, 2012, 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Bell in Hand Tavern (upstairs); 45-55 Union Street

ALASC and SCoSAA are hosting a trivia night on Friday, September 28. The questions will be a mix of library, archives, general knowledge trivia, and, most importantly, they will be FUN! Please follow the link for more information.

We suggest teams of 4-6 people; 8 is the maximum and there is no minimum. If you don't have a team, come anyway; we will help match people up! Friends and non-library students are very welcome, as well.

Appetizers will be served, but, as always, each person is responsible for his/her own drinks!

Trivia Night at the Bell in Hand, hosted by SCoSAA and ALASC

When: Friday, September 28, 2012, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Bill in Hand Tavern in Government Center

ALASC and SCoSAA are hosting a trivia night. The questions will be a mix of library, archives, general knowledge trivia, and most importantly they will be FUN! We will be meeting at Bell in Hand Tavern, 45-55 Union Street, - at Government Center. We will be upstairs starting at 5:45, and trivia will begin around 6:30pm. We suggest teams of 4-6 people; 8 is the maximum and there is no minimum. If you don't have a team come anyway, we will help match people up! Friends and non-library students are very welcome, as well. Appetizers are on us, but as always each person is responsible for his/her own drinks!

Lunchtime Lecture

When: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: P-207

Our very first Fall 2012 Lunchtime Lecture will be devoted entirely to discussing Korea! Professor Lisa Hussey, Professor Terry Plum, and SLIS Fellow Bethany Fair will be presenting on their experiences in Seoul and talking briefly about what you can do to join in this upcoming summer.

For those of you who are just joining us this semester, lunchtime lectures are a brief one-hour lecture conducted by SLIS faculty, our favorite adjuncts, and guests so that we can learn a little bit about what our teachers work on (namely their current research and ongoing projects) besides grading our papers and projects. Snacks are served, and you can bring your lunch. Also, this will be your chance to see a real, custom made hanbok....far out! - literally!

SLIS Book Club First Meeting of the Semester

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
Where: Faculty Lounge

SLIS Book Club is travelling abroad (metaphorically) with their September selection of.... drumroll... "My Life in France" by Julia Child. Come join what will be a fascinating (and tasty!) discussion on Tuesday, September 25th from 12:10-1:00pm in the 2nd floor Faculty Lounge.

SCoSAA Student Intern Panel

When: Monday, September 24, 2012, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Special Functions Room, Main College Building

This is an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from your peers who have already completed both their 60 hour and 130 hour internships.

The three panelists are: Amanda Strauss (Harvard University Archives), Miriam Kashem (University Archives at Florida International University), and Jasmine Jones (UCLA Library Special Collections). They will share their experiences and be available for a conversational Q&A session as well.

There will be a lot of homemade baked treats there so please come and bring your sweet tooth (and a friend!)! This will also be an opportunity to enter yourself into the raffle to win a year membership to NEA!

LISSA Welcome to Fall 2012 Party

When: Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Student Lounge

LISSA party.

SUPA Meeting

When: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Where: P-206

SUPA (Student Usability Professional Association) Meeting.

New Season, New Skills — Free Simmons SLIS CE Webinar

When: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2 - 3 p.m.

New Season, New Skills: A Preview of Simmons SLIS CE Fall/Winter Workshops

Reinvigorate your career with Simmons SLIS Continuing Education workshops — effective, convenient, and affordable learning that works with your schedule. In this free webinar the Simmons SLIS Continuing Education team and three of their experienced workshop instructors (Scott Brown of "Managing Your Information Vendors Effectively" and "Emerging Technology Trends and Opportunities for Libraries," Eve Miller of "Ebooks in Today's Libraries — Understanding the Basics & Beyond," and Jason Puckett of "Creating Great Online Research Guides" and "Instruction Librarian Boot Camp") will give you an overview of the CE program and highlight a number of upcoming Fall/Winter workshops. And we'll raffle off a free workshop to one lucky participant so we hope you will join us!

Space is limited!

Reserve your Webinar seat now by registering at — after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


About the presenters:

Scott Brown is owner of Social Information Group, an independent practice focused on the effective use of social networking tools for sharing and finding information. He has helped Fortune 500 companies, startups, government organizations, libraries and individuals understand and use these tools for their work. Previously, he was a Senior Information Specialist at Sun Microsystems. He has over 20 years of experience in public, academic and corporate libraries. His book, "Social Information: Gaining competitive and business advantage using social media tools," has just been published. Scott is a regular instructor for the Simmons SLIS Continuing Education program.

Eve Miller has over 25 years experience in the Library and Information Science field. She now works within the information industry's corporate sector where she specializes in ebooks, information literacy, reader's advisory, and collection development.

Jason Puckett is Communication Librarian/Assistant Professor at GSU in Atlanta and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. He writes and speaks about open-source software in libraries, digital rights management, and information literacy instruction topics. He podcasts at Adventures in Library Instruction and blogs at Librarian X. Jason is the author of the book "Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators."

Kris Liberman has worked in public, academic, and corporate libraries and is currently the program manager for the Simmons SLIS Continuing Education program.

ALASC Open Meeting

When: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Student Lounge

This open meeting will focus on ALA-SC events and opportunities for students to get involved in ALA-SC special projects. All SLIS students are welcome to come.

First MSLA-SIG Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Matarazzo Student Lounge

MSLA-SIG will be hosting its first event of the year in the student lounge. Anyone with an interest in school librarianship and media centers is welcome!

PLG Welcome Back/Chewing the Facts/Ribbon Cutting

When: Monday, September 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Matarazzo Lounge

The Simmons chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild welcomes SLIS students and PLG members back to the semester and invites new members! This first event of the year is a Chewing the Facts discussion on popup/micro/mini libraries, in honor of the PLG's new Locker Library. Meet in the Matarazzo Lounge (Palace Road Building, second floor) at 4:30 for snacks and discussion, and then walk down the hall to officially open the library. Visit the PLG's Pinterest board about popup libraries here:

If you have any questions, contact the PLG Community Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Gómez, or all of the PLG officers at the PLG email.

SCoSAA Meet and Greet

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Matarazzo Student Lounge

Chat with SCoSAA officers, Archives-focused faculty, and each other. There will be pizza!

Simmons College SAA Annual Meeting Reception

When: Friday, August 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, Room Cobalt 505, San Diego, California

Are you attending the SAA Annual Meeting this summer? If so, please join the Simmons College Archives Faculty for a reception on Friday August 10th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in Room Cobalt 505. Students, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to attend so please join us for light refreshments and a cash bar. No RSVP is required, but you can contact Bethany Fair at for more information. We look forward to seeing you there for what is sure to be a great conference and an exciting reception!

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting

When: Monday, August 6, 2012
Where: San Diego, CA

We hope to see you at SAA, August 6 - 11, 2012! More details to follow.

Simmons College AALL Annual Meeting Reception

When: Monday, July 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Meeting Center, Simmons Boston Campus

Are you attending the AALL Conference in Boston this year? Are you interested in Law Librarianship? If so, please join us for the Simmons College Reunion for the AALL Annual Meeting hosted by Raquel Ortiz on Monday July 23rd at the Kotzen Meeting Center. Immediately following the conference events for the day, we will be heading to campus to celebrate with alumni, faculty and students from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Bethany Fair at for more information. No RSVP is required.

American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference SLIS Reception

When: Monday, July 23, 2012, 6:30 pm
Where: Kotzen Room, Boston Campus, Simmons

Please join us for reception when you are in Boston for AALL! RSVP to by July 1.

American Library Association Conference - Simmons Reunion

When: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Anaheim, CA, President's Suite

ALA President and SLIS alum Molly Raphael will be hosting a reception in her suite for Simmons alums. All are invited, but space is limited so you must RSVP by June 1 to attend. Please RSVP to us at We hope to see you there! If you can't make it, however, as always, we will also be attending the ALISE Cooperative Library Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. We'll also have our own table in the exhibit hall this year, so please stop by and see us.

LISSA Ice Cream Social

When: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Lefavour Hall, 3rd Floor Balcony

New at Simmons and interested in meeting fellow students? About to graduate and want to hang out with old friends? Bored? Then join LISSA to beat the heat… or rain… on Thursday, June 21 from 4-6PM (or until supplies last) for free ice cream sundaes! Find us on the third floor balcony in Lefavour Hall (home of the library)!

Children's Literature Association 39th Annual Conference

When: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Where: Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

June 14-16, 2012, the 39th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference will consider a multiplicity of interpretations of "Literary Slipstreams," a theme thriving in the present but involved with waking the past. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, this theme invites participants to think about literature for children and young adults as a literature both of and in transition. Where has the field been? Where is it going? What are the patterns of critical inquiry in the field? How can Bruce Sterling's use of the term slipstream to mean a "fiction of strangeness" and "a parody of mainstream" be applied to our understanding of children's and young adult literature? Please see more information at:

Maine Library Association Conference

When: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Where: Orono, ME

SLIS will be an exhibitor at MLA, May 20 - 21, 2012. Please stop by our table and say hello!

Medical Library Association Library School Reunion

When: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Where: Seattle, WA

Come join Mary Piorun and other SLIS alums at the Medical Library Association Library School Reunion. Please send us a note at if you are able to attend. (Check conference program for event details.)

SCoSAA End-of-the-Year Celebration

When: Friday, May 11, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA

SCoSAA is hosting a Happy Hour to celebrate the end of the semester, graduation, and the beginning summer on May 11, 2012 at 5:30pm. This is also your chance to meet the new SCoSAA officers! We have a wonderful group pf people taking over who want to meet you and know what your interests are for the upcoming year.

Join us from 5:30-7:30pm at Russell House Tavern in Cambridge for some appetizers and drinks. Appetizers are on us! There is a bar on both floors, so please check both levels to see where we are. We will pick the spot with the most spaces! All SLIS students are welcome!

The Russell House Tavern is easily accessible from Harvard Square. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Camille at or Amanda at

SLA/PLG End-of-Semester Party

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: MCB Special Functions Room

SLA and PLG are teaming up to host an end-of-year party. When: Wednesday May 2nd, 4:30-7:30 pm
Where: Special Functions Room, MCB 1st Floor
Why: A chance to blow off some steam and hang out with some tipsy librarians

Free food and drinks will be in great supply, so come and get it!

SLA@Simmons Mixer

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Where: Special Functions Room

Join Special Libraries Association@Simmons for fun and refreshments!

SLIS Bookgroup Welcomes Guest Author Catherine Willis

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
Where: Faculty Lounge

As a small break in your end-of-semester excitement, you may want to stop by the SLIS Bookgroup next Tuesday, May 1 to hear Catherine Willis from the Boston Public Library!

Catherine is the author of a pictorial history of the Boston Public Library, and has been their Head of Technical Services for many years.

Come hear her talk about her book (copies will be available for browsing in the Student Lounge) Tuesday May 1, 12:10 to 1:00 in the Faculty Student Lounge (at the opposite end of the hallway from the Student Lounge). Bring your lunch, relax, and enjoy this opportunity to take a break from the semester! You do not need to RSVP, be an "official" member, or to have read or even have seen the book to drop by for this event.

Archive students and history buffs: the photos and information available about this history are really interesting!

Cataloging students and enthusiasts: she has forgotten more about cataloging that most people will ever learn - come and ask her lots of questions!

Publishing devotees: hear about the process of publishing a book from someone who catalogs them all day!

And anyone just needing an interesting break in your day - please stop by, have a cookie, and have a chance to rest up a little bit. If you have questions, contact Mary Wilkins Jordan at

SLIS Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading

When: Friday, April 27, 2012, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Kotzen Meeting Room

Interested in what SLIS professors are working on or thinking about? Want to wind down your semester with free food and wine and some great company? Then join LISSA as six SLIS professors share their ideas in 5-10 minute "SLISTalks." Drinks and food will be served during and after. Come for the talks — stay for the fun!

Speakers include:
Naresh Agarwal
Jeannette Bastian
Ross Harvey
Linnea Johnson
Mary Wilkins Jordan
Amy Pattee

Livestream of Digital Public Library of America West Meeting

When: Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Student Lounge

Please join us for the SLIS livestream of the Digital Public Library of America West meeting this Friday, April 27th, from 12-5pm in the SLIS Student Lounge.  Feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.


Perspectives on the DPLA

Building the DPLA

From Beta Spring to Alpha Release: The DPLA Platform, Phase I

You can see the full agenda here:

Please note, the times listed on the DPLA website are in Pacific Standard Time.

SLIS After Dark 2012

When: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Paresky Center

SLIS After Dark: An Evening of Recognition and Connection

This third annual dinner event promises to be another engaging evening of recognition and reconnection with local library and information science alumni. This year's event will recognize two outstanding leaders in our community. The program will not only include the presentation of the SLIS Alumni Achievement Award to deeply accomplished alumna, Jo A. Cates '84LS, but we will also honor our esteemed Dean Michèle V. Cloonan for her incomparable leadership of SLIS over the past decade. We will have ample time to socialize and to learn about current areas of study at SLIS and, of course, hear remarks from Ms. Cates and Dean Cloonan.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
Simmons College
Boston, MA


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Registration and Wine & Cheese Reception

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner and Speaking Program

Welcome Remarks
Carl A. Antonucci, Jr. '93LS, President, SLIS Alumni Board

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections on SLIS
Michèle V. Cloonan, Dean, SLIS

SLIS Alumni Board Business Meeting
Carl A. Antonucci, Jr. '93LS, President, SLIS Alumni Board

Award Presentation & Keynote Speaker
Jo A. Cates '84LS
Associate Vice President for Academic Research
& Dean of the Library Columbia College Chicago

SLIS Career Fair

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:00-2:00pm
Where: Paresky Center

View the list of employers on the Careers website. Register online here!

Q&A Session with Susan Ballard

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30

Join us for a Q&A session with AASL President Elect Susan Ballard. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss school librarianship issues.

First Annual Simmons College Graduate Student Symposium

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: School of Management M223

The Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSAA) and the student chapter of the Special Library Association invite you to attend the First Annual Simmons College Graduate Student Symposium to be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the School of Management Building at Simmons College.

The Symposium will consist of presentations of papers on topics related to archives, special collections, and the many ways in which the study of history and archives converge. We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the Symposium is Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, the current President of SAA (The Society of American Archivists).

You can view the complete schedule of the Symposium and see what topics will be covered on our website at:

Though the Symposium is free of charge and open to the entire Simmons community, we kindly ask that you register in advance. To register for the Symposium please go to our event registration link at: The deadline for registration is Saturday, April 21, 2012. Please note that that although you will be able to attend the Symposium without registering, registering early is greatly appreciated. We would like to make sure that we have enough food and supplies for everyone!

SCoSAA Reads
We are also pleased to host a pre-conference event. SCoSAA and the American Library Association-Simmons College (ALASC) are sponsoring SCoSAA Reads, on Friday, April 20, 2012. Join SCoSAA and ALASC for a wine and cheese party where we will discuss the book The File by Timothy Garton Ash. The File is a compelling memoir of Ash's experience with the Stasi and the files they created on him while he was a student in East Germany. According to archivist Elena S. Danielson, The File "is a book that every archivist should read." At this event we will discuss the book and watch the documentary Stasi - East Germany's Secret Police by Christian Gierke. Although we ask that you read The File before you attend the event, reading the book is not a requirement!

If you have any questions about the Symposium, please do not hesitate to email the SCoSAA co-chairs at and

Anti-Racism Training for Librarians

When: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:30 - 10:00 pm
Where: Special Functions Room, Simmons College

Community Change, Inc. Executive Director Paul Marcus is offering a free training on anti-racism methods for your workplace, community and at home. The workshop is one way to explore how race, racial privilege and systemic racism have implications for our personal and professional lives. It will help us all get better at recognizing racism where it exists in our relationships, organizations and institutions and become more confident in addressing it.

All librarians, library staff and students are welcome.

Space is limited -- register online here.

Lunchtime Lecture: Rebecca Morris

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:10 - 1:00 pm
Where: P-210

Multimodal Stories: LIS Students Explore Reading, Literacy, and Library Service through the Lens of "The 39 Clues"

SLIS West Interviewing Workshop

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Where: SLIS West Office

Amherst College librarian and SLIS West professor Susan Sheridan will talk about common interview questions in libraries, how to WOW the interview committee, and pitfalls to avoid, and will also leave time for a Q&A.

Register online here.

SLIS Faculty Candidate Presentation

When: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:30 pm
Where: P415

On April 12-13, SLIS Faculty candidate Peter Coppin will be visiting campus to interview for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Information Design and Technology.

The Faculty Search Committee cordially invites you to join us for a presentation by Peter on Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 pm in P415 entitled: "Perceptual-Cognitive Properties of Realistic Pictures, Outline Drawings, Diagrams, and Sentences: Toward a Science of Visual Information Design."

Peter Coppin is a doctoral candidate at the Information and Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto. For more information about the candidate, a binder with the candidate's CV, as well as a sample of his published work, is available in the Matarazzo Student Lounge for your perusal.

The Search Committee values the participation of students in the selection process through feedback on the evaluation forms distributed at the presentation. We sincerely hope that you are able to attend as your participation is essential in forming the future of SLIS.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact SLIS Faculty & Curriculum Assistant Lille Thompson at or at x2805.

Dinner for Spectrum Scholars

When: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 5 p.m.
Where: Simmons College, Boston campus (Room TBA)

You are cordially invited to attend a dinner to benefit the Spectrum Scholarship program at Simmons College SLIS.

The dinner is open to all and free, but we are gladly accepting donations to help support future Spectrum scholars. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Mary Gibson ( ) or download the PDF contribution form.

To RSVP, please click the Attend Event link above or visit

Changing Roles for Librarians

When: Monday, April 9, 2012, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Kotzen Meeting Room

PANOPTICON presents:

with Ann Whiteside, Harvard Grad School of Design

Content creators now include scholars, librarians and technologists; content curation is now a responsibility shared by librarians in conjunction with scholars. Ann's presentation will explore the shifting roles of scholars and librarians during this time of transition into digital scholarship through different digital humanities projects with which she has been involved.

SLIS West Networking Workshop

When: Saturday, April 7, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Where: SLIS West Office, 19 College St., South Hadley, MA

Learn how to network effectively from our panel of LIS professionals!

Speakers include 3 SLIS professors: Lisa Hussey, former Director of Library Services at DeVry University in Arizona; Mary Wilkins-Jordan, former Library Director at the North Chicago (IL) Public Library and the Head of Administrative Services at the Kenosha (WI) Public Library; and Jim Kelly, current Humanities Bibliographer in the Collection Development unit of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the UMass Amherst.

Each speaker will talk a bit and then we will open up the floor for questions. Hope to see you there!

Networking Workshop

When: Saturday, April 7, 2012, 4:30 pm
Where: SLIS West Office

Learn how to network effectively from our panel of LIS professionals!

Speakers include 3 SLIS professors: Lisa Hussey, former Director of Library Services at DeVry University in Arizona; Mary Wilkins-Jordan, former Library Director at the North Chicago (IL) Public Library and the Head of Administrative Services at the Kenosha (WI) Public Library; and Jim Kelly, current Humanities Bibliographer in the Collection Development unit of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the UMass Amherst.

Each speaker will talk a bit and then we will open up the floor for questions.

The workshop will take place in the SLIS West office at 4:30pm on Saturday, April 7th. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register at the eventbrite link below to attend!

Individual Mock Interviews

When: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: SOMC-M501 and SOMC-M502 in the School of Management Building

Six information professionals from across several different disciplines have signed up to do one-on-one mock interviews with students in the SLIS program. The mock interviews will take place on from 6:00-8:00pm; however, each student will only be interviewed for a half hour during the two hour time span.

Space is limited and an RSVP is required for students to participate in this event. If you would like to receive a one-on-one mock interview you must register by March 28, 2012 at: Preference will be given to students further along in the program and you will automatically be added to a waitlist once slots are filled. We will notify participants via email more specifics about their mock interview once slots are filled.

Interview Master Class

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Lefavour Hall L-004

At this event students will work in teams to answer interview questions created by our panelists: Roxanne Jackman from the Simmons CEC; Mary Wilkins Jordan an Associate Professor at Simmons College; and Megan Sniffin-Marinoff the Harvard University Archivist. Panelists will judge each team's answers to interview questions and give interviewees feedback about their responses.

This group mock interview set-up will elicit a variety of different interview questions from three different fields and thinking collaboratively about how to answer these questions will ensure that you have worked out the kinks in answering questions for an entry-level position. To register for this event, please go to: The password for your registration is: group interview (two words). Please note that that although you will be able to attend the Interview Master Class without registering, registering early is greatly appreciated. We would like to make sure that we have enough space for everyone!

SLA @ Simmons Alternative Career Panel

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 6:00 pm
Where: School of Management Building, Room 201

Not sure where to take your career?

Interested in work outside of a traditional library setting but unsure what's out there?

Just looking for something new?

Attend the SLA @ Simmons ALTERNATIVE CAREER PANEL and find out!

Speakers include:
- Lulu Chen - Senior User Experience Designer at Roundarch
- Lis Pardi - Requirements Analyst at EBSCO Publishing
- Victoria Hopcroft - Business Development Manager at Analysis Group

Free food will be available at the event! RSVP at Eventbrite or just stop by!

Lunchtime Lecture: Mary Wilkins Jordan

When: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12:10 - 1:00 pm
Where: P-210

Humans at the Intersection of Nature and Technology

This presentation will share the results of an informatics study, looking at the intersection of humans and the natural world using technology. The study will look at the use of GPS technology, along with the information provided on, in exploring how technology is used to bring humans into contact with different aspects of the natural world.

Prison Book Project Volunteer Day

When: Sunday, April 1, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: North Hadley Congregational Church, 243 River Drive, Hadley, MA

Please join SLIS West for a volunteer afternoon at the Prison Book Project, a group that responds to prisoner requests for books. We will be reading letters and selecting appropriate books for the letter writers, then packaging them up to be mailed.

See the details and register here.

SLIS West Alumni Career Panel and Resume Workshop

When: Sunday, April 1, 2012, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: Executive Board Room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Mount Holyoke College

On behalf of the SLIS Alumni Executive Board, we cordially invite you to attend the Annual Career Panel. The panel will feature five SLIS West alums who will share job search stories, strategies, and advice from the field:

Nancy Little, '11LS, Reference Librarian at Springfield Technical Community College
Patrick Hartsfeld, '11LS, Digital Technologies Librarian at Springfield College
Barbara Goldin, '11LS, Director of the Edwards Public Library
Jeff Monseau, '08LS, College Archivist at Springfield College
Laura Luker, '11LS, School Librarian at Duggan Middle School

In addition to our panelists Anne Gancarz, SLIS Alumni Board representative and Outreach Librarian at Chicopee Public Library, and Kelly Jo Woodside, BiblioTemps Manager, will give talks.

This is a great chance to mingle with current and former SLIS West students.

Following the Career Panel, we will host a resume/cover letter workshop from 3 - 4:30pm. Whether or not you attend the Alumni program, you can participate in the resume workshop. Bring a copy of your resume and a sample of your cover letter to the workshop for constructive (and supportive) critique.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience via our online registration form located here.

MSLA-SIG Annual Conference

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Massachusetts School Library Association Student Interest Group is holding its annual spring conference on Saturday, March 31st, from 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. We would like to invite you to participate in this conference as an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow students and with members of the MSLA parent association as well as teachers currently working in the field. The conference and a continental breakfast and lunch will be free of charge. There will be two sessions from the AASL 2011 conference:

Collaboration By the Numbers

Collaboration is the key to today's successful library programs. This program will explore how two successfully funded grant proposals nurtured and increased collaboration at multiple levels: between library teachers and the classroom teachers, between library teachers and other curriculum specialists and amongst library teachers and instructional technology specialists. This session will also include an exploration of BrainPOP and TeachingBooks, the Internet databases which powered the collaboration and are now supported by district wide subscriptions.

Erin Broderick, Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools
Jennifer Reed, Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools

Reading As a Window To The World: Why Multicultural Literature is Important and How to Move It Off the Shelf and Into the Hand's of the Reader.

Students need to see themselves in what they learn and what they read! All too often, however, multicultural literature remains "on display" instead of being checked out and read by children. Workshop participants will learn strategies for actively promoting titles that provide "windows and mirrors" for children and develop empathy. During the workshop participants will collaborate to develop criteria for effectively evaluating multicultural children's literature titles.

Chris Swerling, Library Coordinator, Newton (MA) Public Schools
Patricia Karam, Library Teacher, Newton (MA) Public Schools
Rachael Lundquist, Library Teacher, Newton (MA) Public Schools


As well as two panel discussions on Surviving Your First Year and Teaching in a Middle School Library.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by 3/19/12 to the event invitation:

Digital Dead End

When: Friday, March 30, 2012, 4:30pm
Where: Special Functions Room, Main College Building, Boston Campus

Is the much-discussed "digital divide" merely a matter of access? Can laptops in schools and Internet connectivity for all pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social equality?

In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this kind of vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the digital divide are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families.

Join Eubanks at 4:30 pm, Friday, March 30 in the Special Functions Room (Main College Building), to learn how we can move our discussions of the digital divide beyond access to justice.

This event is co-sponsored by the Simmons SLIS student chapters of the American Library Association and the Progressive Librarians Guild, with support from the SLIS Student Association and the Women's and Gender Studies departments.

"The Future of Reference": Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program

When: Friday, March 30, 2012, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Meeting Room

The Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College is pleased to host "The Future of Reference" on Friday March 30th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm in the Kotzen Meeting Room. This event is sponsored by the Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program, which honors the memory of distinguished teacher and scholar Allen Smith. This year's summit will include an afternoon panel, dinner, and an evening keynote address. Please save the date, as registration will begin promptly following Spring Break. There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.

The panel, moderated by Professor Laura Saunders will include the following speakers:

Joseph Janes
Associate Dean, Information School, University of Seattle, Washington

Marie Radford
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University

Lynn Silipigni Connaway
Senior Research Scientist at OCLC

Courtney Greene
Head of Digital User Experience Department, Indiana University Libraries

To register, please contact Bethany Fair, Dean's Fellow at

More information about the event can be found at


Usability Testing on Mobile Devices

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Where: Kotzen Meeting Room

SUPA and Simmons ASIS&T would like to remind you that on this Thursday, March 29th, Lis Pardi and Kate Lawrence, usability researchers from EBSCO Publishing, will present on the topic of usability testing on mobile devices. The presentation will take place in the Kotzen Meeting Room in the Library Building from 4:15 to 5:15 pm.

Note that the presentation time period is in between classes. Join us for a conversation on an important and timely topic, for wonderful friends and free food!

Please register at:

Lunchtime Lecture: Melanie Kimball

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:10 - 1:00 pm
Where: P-210

"They Wanted to Read Books by Lady Authors": Early 20th Century Children's Reading Clubs at the Cleveland Public Library

Wikipedia Workshop/Editathon for Women's History

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 4:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: W205 (Main Campus Building)

We are excited to announce that SCoSAA and the Wikimedia New York City chapter are co-sponsoring a Wikipedia workshop/editathon for women's history that is held in conjunction with the global WikiWomen's History Month initiative. Our colleague, Dominic McDevitt-Parks (Wikipedian in Residence for NARA) will lead the workshop. Come for a practical introduction to editing Wikipedia—and expect to get your hands dirty writing an actual article!

Why are we hosting this workshop?

- Wikipedia's editor base has a large gender gap; as reported by the New York Times last year, over 85% of editors are male!
- To contribute to the global WikiWomen's History Month initiative
- To learn about why Wikimedia is important for information professionals.

For more information about the workshop and the editorial gender-gap in Wikipedia, please see the event wiki:

Event Details

This event is free and open to the entire SLIS community. The Wikimedia New York City chapter is generously providing pizza and drinks.
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 starting at 4:30. The event will officially run until 8:30, but feel free to stop by when you can and stay for as long (or as little) as you are able.
Where: W205 (in the Main Campus Building)
What to bring: If you are able to, please bring your laptop.

Tech Lab Workshop - Intro to Unix Command Line

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Tech Lab

Learn the basics of the Unix command line. If you have questions, email the workshop staff at

Lecture: ALA President Molly Raphael

When: Monday, March 19, 2012, 4:30 pm
Where: Kotzen Meeting Room

ALA President Molly Raphael will be giving a presentation entitled: "Developing Diverse Library Leadership in the 21st Century."

You can learn more about Molly Raphael at her website:

SUPA (Simmons UPA) Tour of Fidelity FCAT and Usability Lab

When: Monday, March 19, 2012, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Fidelity Investments, 245 Summer Street, Boston MA

Join SUPA for a tour of Fidelity FCAT and Usability Lab on Monday, March 19th, 3pm - 4pm!

The Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT) is a working research and development laboratory dedicated to emerging technology research. Current research and development efforts include: biometrics, behavioral finance, virtual worlds/social media, etc. During the tour, you will have a chance to see some of the ways Fedility Research & Development team leverages emerging technologies to support the business.

Registration is required for this event. Register here: Please bring a photo ID with you.

The Faculty TELEshow

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:00-3:00pm
Where: Kotzen Room

Come to hear how your peers are applying a student-centered approach to the effective incorporation of technology in their classrooms. Five faculty members from across the schools - including SLIS Prof. Gerry Benoit - will be on hand to display and describe how they involve students in real-world application through the meaningful use of educational technologies. Simmons Online, Technology, and the Library will also showcase innovative approaches to supporting faculty and students through instructional technologies.

To view details about the faculty presentations, visit:

Sponsored by Simmons Online & Academic Technology Services

Lecture: Wikipedian in Residence, hosted by SCoSAA

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4:30 to 5:30
Where: L316 (Lefavour Hall)

SCoSAA is hosting a talk by fellow SLIS student and Wikipedian in Residence for NARA Dominic McDevitt-Parks.

Come learn about Dominic's work with NARA and why archivists should be involved in Wikipedia.

SAVE THE DATE: LIS Career Boot Camp (March 5 & 6, 2012)

When: Monday, March 5, 2012

Details to come soon. In the meantime, please contact for any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Librarians in Liberia

When: Friday, February 24, 2012, 12pm

Find out what Shelley Quezada & Elaine Martin have been doing in Liberia as PLG teams up with SKIRRT to present "Librarians in Liberia: Reflections"  -- details to follow 

Mass Memories Road Show Lunch

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12pm
Where: UMass Boston

Join Heather Cole, Joanne Riley, and Andrew Elder from University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston for lunch on February 23, 2012 from 12:00-1:00pm. Cole, Riley, and Elder will present on the Mass Memories Road Show. If you are looking for a cool project to volunteer for, this would be the one! More details will be announced over the next few weeks.

Deluxe "Chewing the Facts" Event with PLG

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 5pm

Don't miss this DELUXE Chewing the Facts as PLG brings in Millie Gonzalez, president of NE chapter of REFORMA to discuss the recent events in Tucson, Arizona, concerning the attempts to eradicate Chicano history. In the SLIS Lounge. All are welcome.

Lunchtime Lecture - Olga Kulikova

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 12pm
Where: P207, Palace Road Building, Boston Campus

Please join us for a lunchtime lecture by our visiting Russian Fulbright scholar, Olga Kulikova, about Henrietta Derman, a Simmons College LS alumna (Class of 1917). An important revolutionary library leader in Soviet-era Russia, Derman was consigned to a Soviet gulag due to her "modern library practices." Ms. Kulikova's talk is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, from 12:10-1pm in P207.

The SLIS Research Colloquia/Lunchtime Lecture Series was founded by Associate Professor Gerry Benoit to encourage the sharing of ideas, and getting to know colleagues and students.

Please contact Prof. Benoit with any questions at For more information about upcoming lectures, please visit:

Writing Center Workshops

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: LIB-225

Wednesdays 3 - 4 pm

Feb. 15: Plagiarism
Feb. 22: APA citations
Feb. 29: Integrating and citing sources

My Sabbatical at Hogwarts: Initial Explorations into Meaningful Gamification

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 4:00pm

Over the last academic year, Scott Nicholson has found himself in a world of magic and mystery - MIT. He is normally an LIS professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, but for his sabbatical, has been working with several game research centers at MIT and living as a visiting scholar in one of the undergraduate dorms. While here, he has been watching for ways to connect libraries and LIS theories into game studies, and has found a connection through Gamification (the use of game design for non-game activities).

Join Dr. Nicholson ( as he presents the tales of his exploration and learn about his early explorations in developing Meaningful Gamification, which is grounded in theories from Education, HCI, and LIS. Attendees will see MIT from the view of someone from the LIS field, will learn about life in the dorms and on the MIT campus, and will learn about gamification and how to think more deeply about the use of meaningful play.

For more information, contact

PLG and Panopticon Welcome Andras Riedlmayer

When: Monday, February 13, 2012, 7pm

PLG and Panopticon will be hosting a lecture with András Riedlmayer, Director of the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard's Fine Arts Library.  A specialist in the history and culture of the Ottoman Balkans, Riedlmayer has spent much of the past two decades documenting the destruction of libraries and other cultural heritage in the armed conflicts in Bosnia (1992-95) and in Kosovo (1998-99).  His lecture, Art Documentation and War Crimes: Librarianship and the Search for Justice, will take place on Monday, 13 Feburary at 7 pm in MCB C-103.  

If you have any questions about the lecture, please do not hesitate to contact us at or We hope to see you all there at what promises to be a wonderful presentation.


When: Monday, February 13, 2012, 4:30pm
Where: Palace Road Building, P207

2/12/12 NOTE: This event has been postponed. Rescheduling details will be posted once they're made available. SCoSAA and the archives faculty invite you to join us for an informal Q&A session regarding ACA on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 4:30 to 5:30 in P207. Bring your questions, comments, and concerns as we discuss the pros and cons of the ACA certification process. Please let us know if you have any questions about these events. You can read more about ACA on their website at or in the most recent issue of SAA's newsletter Archival Outlook (also available at Beatley Library if you do not have your own copy).

SCoSAA Lunch

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12pm
Where: SOM, M201

Please join SCoSAA on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:00 in M201 (School of Management building) for a lunchtime event. Current SAA president Gregor Trinkaus-Randal and SLIS alum Mott Linn will speak on behalf of ACA. ACA will raffle a test-registration fee (a $50.00 value) and will provide pizza.

If you are interested in the event and think you might attend, please help us gather a preliminary headcount (we would hate to run out of pizza!) and RSVP here:

In case you cannot attend, this event will be recorded by SLIS Cast.

MSLA-SIG Meeting

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5pm
Where: SLIS Lounge

Join us in the student lounge for pizza, news about upcoming events, and a chance to socialize with SLTP classmates new and old!

SLIS Book Club Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 12:15pm

Please join ALASC and Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan for the SLIS Book Group discussion of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Feel free to come whether or not you've read the book; there will be snacks, tea, and good conversation! The group meets in the Faculty Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Palace Road building at 12:15 pm. To join the book group listserv, send your e-mail address to

SCoSAA Just Desserts

When: Monday, February 6, 2012, 4:30pm
Where: Palace Road Building, P207

Now that the semester is in full-force, we would like to invite you to take a break and join SCoSAA and the archives faculty for Just Desserts on Monday, February 6, 2012 from 4:30 to 5:30 in P207.

This is an informal event with *dessert* and the opportunity to meet, mingle, and chat with the archives faculty. We will also give a warm welcome the newest member of the SLIS archives faculty, Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera.

Please pass this announcement along to your friends. This event is open to all SLIS students, and will be held in lieu of a general meeting for SCoSAA. We will have information about upcoming events and a listserv sign-up sheet.

Library Trivia Night

When: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 5:30 PM
Where: Bell in Hand Tavern

Library Trivia Night is returning this semester! Come one, come all, and bring your non-librarian friends to library school trivia. It starts at 5:30pm on Thursday, 1/26, at the Bell in Hand Tavern in Government Center. We will provide some snacks and library- and archives-centric trivia, you bring your brains and buy the booze (or Shirley Temples). Trivia will begin around 6pm, and we recommend teams of 4-6, with a max of 8 people. There was one brave team of two last year; and you can always match up with a group at the actual event.

Alumni, friends, family, and assorted others are all welcome to attend! We had a great time last year and this year promises to be fun as well! Please RSVP at so we can make sure that there is enough food. Because that is what ALASC and LISSA are all about.

Also: if you have some library or archives trivia that you think could stump some of your classmates, please send it to Stephanie at! That trick that you can do where you match the Dewey number to the subject no longer impresses your friends as much as you want it to, but it might impress us!

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