The professional associations are well-represented at Simmons SLIS, with student chapters of ALA, ALA-IRRT, SLA, SAA, ASIST, PLG and MSLA-SIG. In addition, there is LISSA, the student association to which all students belong. For descriptions, current officers, and links to each group's website, see below. Updates for this page should be sent to gslisweb@simmons.edu.

American Library Association — Student Chapter (ALASC)

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/alasc

Blog: http://alanis.simmons.edu/blogs/alasc/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimmonsALASC

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/alasc

Description: In 1991, the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science Student Chapter joined many of its kind to be chartered by the American Library Association. The ALA Student Chapter invites local librarians to discuss the activities and services of ALA and its local and national affiliates.

Current Officers:
Chapter Coordinator Sarah Breen
Events Coordinator Jennifer Browning
Communication Coordinator Deborah Vernon
Financial Coordinator Emily Thaisrivongs
Advisors Mary Wilkins Jordan

Em Claire Knowles

Association for Information Science and Technology — Student Chapter (ASIS&T)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/asist

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Asist-Simmons/140894349292112

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/asistlist

Description: The Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), chartered in 1975, seeks to promote the study of information science among the student body. The Chapter works closely with the New England Chapter of ASIST in planning regional events, providing students an opportunity to come in contact with professionals in the field of information science. The Chapter also organizes workshops on topics in information organization, dissemination, and use; and an annual prize is awarded to an outstanding information science student.

Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Julia Hayton

Anne Pepitone

Treasurer Jennifer Prentice
Outreach/NEASIS&T Liaison Dianne Rhee
Advisor Linnea Johnson

Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA)

Blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/lissa/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/simmonslissa

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LISSA_Boston

Description: The Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), founded by the students, acts as a vehicle of communication between students and faculty by representing student consensus. LISSA is responsible for social activities designated to promote good fellowship among students and between students, faculty and alumni. It sponsors and promotes educational and informational programs for the benefit of the total student body. For example, students distribute and compile evaluations of courses for student use. LISSA is an integral part of the School, and students gain experience in governance, money management, and collaborative decision-making. The Association has compiled a significant record of important contributions to the School and to its students. The student activity fee required of students each semester provides membership in the organization and supports Association activities.

Current Officers:
President Lindsey Clarke
Co-Vice Presidents Jonathan Nichols (events)

Sharon Parrington (finance)

Secretary Lindsay McEwen
Treasurer Julia Logan
Archivist Paige Neumann
Student-Faculty Representatives Lauren Wallace

Anne Pepitone

Webmaster Anastasia Collins
Advisor Em Claire Knowles

LISSA-West

LISSA West Blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/lissawest/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SimmonsSLISWest

Twitter: @LISSA_West

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/gslisatmhc-l

Description: LISSA West is the student organization's branch at the Mount Holyoke campus. LISSA West meets several times per semester, typically between classes on Saturdays. Lunch is usually provided. All students are encouraged to attend these meetings and any interested students have the opportunity to run for election as a LISSA officer. LISSA West maintains a wiki where students can find updated news and information about the program. The site also includes links to course syllabi and evaluations. Information on events and activities is posted on the wiki and the SLIS West Facebook page and also sent out via Twitter and the SLIS West email list-serve.

Current Officers:
Presidents Jess Amador

Jennifer Chaput

Vice President/Secretary/Archivist/Social Media Correspondent Catherine Flynn
Treasurer Mandy MacLeod
Outreach Liaison Rebecca Morin
Advisor Terry Plum

Massachusetts School Library Association — Student Group (MSLA-SIG)

Blog: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/msla/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/simmonsmsla

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simmons-MSLA/147464458621330

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/msla_sig/Main_Page

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/libraryteach

Description: In the spring of 2004, a group of students from the Simmons College School Library Teacher program along with the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) founded a student group to promote professional development in school librarianship.

MSLA-SIG is dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through the integration of school library media into the total educational process. The organization advocates, promotes and works to strengthen school library media services to students and teachers. Members of our student group meet other School Library Teacher students in a professional forum; network with dedicated school librarians; and keep up-to-date with developments in the school library field.

Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Jill Leibowitz

Kathy Robinson

Secretary Rachel Holden
Treasurer Joyce Shalaby
Social Media and Technology Specialist Audrey Maldonado
Advisor Mary Frances Zilonis

Panopticon (Art Librarian Interest Group)

Websites: http://web.simmons.edu/~panopticon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/panopticonSLIS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/panopticonSLIS

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/panopticon-l

Description: Panopticon is a SLIS special interest group for students interested in art, cultural heritage, and visual resources in libraries, archives, and museums. Through meetings, discussions, and events we provide information to students about SLIS course planning, jobs and internships, local and national events and conferences, relevant professional organizations, and networking opportunities. We are chaired by student leaders and work closely with Art Library Students and New Professionals (ArLISNAP), as well as Art Libraries Society of North America's New England chapter (ARLIS/NE). All SLIS students are welcome to join.

Current Officers:
President Abigail Greer
Vice President Lilli Germain
Treasurer Irene Gates
Digital Media Coordinator Genna Duplisea
Archivist/Secretary Dianne Rhee
Advisor Martha Mahard

Progressive Librarians Guild — Student Chapter (PLG)

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/plg/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/plgatsimmons

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/simmonsplg/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/plgatsimmons

Listserv: http://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/plg-list

Blog: http://plgatsimmons.wordpress.com/

Description: The SLIS chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild is a non-sectarian group committed to the ideals of progressive librarianship, and the notion that a fundamental role of libraries is to promote the free exchange of ideas and information for all people. We believe that libraries are essential to maintaining an independent and democratic society.

The student chapter at Simmons supports the PLG (http://libr.org/plg/) and its statement of principles by:

  • Encouraging and providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues
  • Conducting campaigns to support progressive and democratic library activities on the local, national and international level
  • Promoting progressive activities, i. e. guest speakers, discussions, field trips and volunteer opportunities that enhance the professional development of its members
Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Bri Wall

Jae

Secretary Jessica Lemieux
Archivist Anna Bean
Treasurer Araceli Méndez
Community Outreach Coordinator Geoffrey Staysniak
Social Media Catherine Dixon
Anti-Racism Working Group Coordinator Katie Seitz
SPECTRA Coordinator Laura Williams
Advisor Lisa Hussey

Special Libraries Association — Student Chapter (SLA @ Simmons)

Wiki: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/sla/Main_Page

Websites: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/slasimmons/

Group Email: gslis-sla@simmons.edu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLAatSimmons

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLASimmons

Listserv: http://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/sla-list

Description: The Special Libraries Association Student Group, established in 1971 as the first student group chartered by the parent organization, hosts meetings and seminars on topics of the members' choice, helping to lead to a full understanding of special librarianship. Through these activities, and those of the Boston Chapter of the SLA, students become familiar with all aspects of SLA and have the opportunity to meet many of the local members. Activities of the Simmons SLA Student Group are open to all graduate students. Those who wish to join the Special Libraries Association may do so at a student member rate.

Current Officers:
President Elizabeth Urbanczyk
Vice President Dhruti Bhagat
Secretary Samantha DeWitt
Treasurer Timothy Walsh
Webmaster Preethi Soman
Archivist Vacant
Advisor James Matarazzo

Student Chapter of ALA International Relations Round Table (SCIRRT)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/scirrt/Main_Page

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SCIRRT

Listserv: http://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/sir-list

Description: The Student Chapter of ALA International Relations Round Table (SCIRRT), founded as Simmons International Relations (SIR) in 2004-2005. The group is committed:

  • To disseminate a multicultural and multinational perspective on library and information science among SLIS and Simmons students
  • To join individuals interested in international library issues
  • To act as a network for Simmons SLIS students with interests in different cultures and languages
  • To bring to SLIS speakers and presenters with international library experience to the group
  • To offer a platform for SLIS students for the discussion of ideas about international librarianship and information in multiple facets
  • To promote the discussion and study of librarianship in foreign nations
  • To enhance the discussion of international library issues at SLIS
  • To promote the exchange of ideas and initiatives about international librarianship
  • To spread the idea of international librarianship as a key component of library and information science education in the USA
Current Officers:
Co-Chair Amna Abdus-Salaam

Bethany Fair

Treasurer Sara Ziffer
Communication Officer Xiaoyan Song
Secretary Wenqing Lu
Advisor Joel Blanco-Rivera

Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSAA)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/scosaa/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCoSAA

Twitter: @SCoSAA

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/scosaa-l

Description: The Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists serves to introduce and integrate new archivists into the profession; enhance the educational function by providing an additional focus for students to discuss archival issues; identify with the profession and engage in professional activities; promote communication among student members; and develop leaders of tomorrow's archival profession.

Current Officers:
Co-Chairs Heather Szafran

Giselle Delotch

Secretary/Archivist Caitlin Birch
Treasurer Elise Nickerson
Webmaster Lorin Granger

User Experience Professional Association (UXPA)

Website: http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/supa

Group Email: supa.simmons@gmail.com

Listserv: https://lists.simmons.edu/lists/info/usabilitygroup

Description: The Simmons Usability Professional Association (SUPA) is a student group for people who are interested in usability and user experience research. SUPA supports students and community members who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of information products and services. SUPA also works to provide students with learning experience and professional development opportunities through guest talks and events that showcase usability practice and UX research projects.

Current Officers:
Co-Chair Graham Herrli

Jeremy Guillette

Treasurer Peter Cochrane
Communication Officer Vacant
Secretary Vacant
Advisors Rong Tang

Linnea Johnson

To update the information on this page, please contact gslisweb@simmons.edu.