Wikis & Blogs
At Simmons SLIS, wikis don't just support classroom activities, they've been used by the faculty to develop a new mission statement, by student groups to share information about events and activities, and by administrative staff for inter-office collaboration. There are over 300 SLIS wikis, many of which are used in support of individual classes or by specific administrative working groups.
Wikis are designed to facilitate collaborative editing of a website. Our wikis run on WikiMedia software (also used by Wikipedia). Any SLIS community member can request a wiki.
Request a Wiki
You can think of a blog as a website that's easy to update. You might use one to broadcast work you're doing on a research project, or as the main face of a student group.
The SLIS Technology Group is making WordPress blogs available for use within the SLIS community. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms around. The version we are using is similar to the one that powers http://wordpress.com. Any SLIS community member can request a blog.
Request a Blog
Examples of SLIS Blogs
The Technology Reference Assistants and the Tech Group of the SLIS Technology Lab tweet about libraries, tech, and life at Simmons.
SLIS Staff began Tweeting in January 2009 under the user profile twitter.com/SimmonsGSLIS. With representatives from the SLIS Admission, Continuing Education, Curriculum & Communications, and Technology offices, as well as the Simmons College Career Resource Library, tweeting regularly about what's going on on campus, locally, and in the LIS world, you never know what you'll find. To help you find us better, we've started using the following hashtags: #SLISadm, #SLISce, #SLIScomm, #SLIStech, #SLIScrl. Here are some of the people tweeting under those tags (for full bios, please see our People pages; everyone noted below will be listed in the Staff Profiles area unless otherwise indicated):
Meet the @simmonsslis Tweeters!
SLIS Admission Office (#SLISadm)
- Sarah Petrakos, Assistant Dean for Admission and Recruitment: Sarah joined Simmons SLIS in January 2009 after working at three other colleges and universities in Graduate Admission. She earned her MBA in Marketing at Boston College and is an active member of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP).
SLIS Continuing Education (#SLISce)
- Kris Liberman '87LS, Program Manager Continuing Education
SLIS Curriculum & Communication (#SLIScomm)
- Jennifer Doyle '98LS, Director of SLIS Curriculum & Communication: Jen graduated from the SLIS program in 1998. After stints at the EPA Region 1 Library, the Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the Insurance Library Association of Boston, she returned to SLIS in 2001 where, as Director of Curriculum & Communications, she oversees the SLIS course schedule, manages all SLIS print and online publications, and serves as project coordinator of the SLIS Reaccreditation Program Presentation. You can also find Jen at twitter.com/doylej.
- Alisa Libby, Communications Assistant: As the SLIS Communications Assistant, Alisa supports all aspects of the SLIS publications and also serves as Co-Editor of the SLIS InfoLink newsletter. She is also a young adult novelist whose second book, The King's Rose, is being released on March 19, 2009. Read more about the new book at www.alisalibby.com or follow Alisa's tweets at twitter.com/alisalibby.
SLIS Technology Office (#SLIStech)
- Linnea Johnson, Manager, SLIS Technology: Linnea also tweets at twitter.com/leonnea.