Student Snippets

A WINDOW INTO THE DAILY LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF SLIS STUDENTS

February 2012 Archives

Library of the Future

Just as we all come from different backgrounds, we all come from different libraries! I have had the opportunity to experience very modern libraries and simpler, old-fashioned ones. Just two years ago, I worked in a rural school district that...

The Big Move (Part 1)

I want to take some time this week to tell the story of my move to Boston and hopefully offer some advice to anyone who is thinking about attending Simmons College but is a little worried about arranging to come...

Slaying the Lack(-of-relevant-experience) Ness Monster

Soon after graduating college, I was fortunately offered a job at a small publishing company. Less than four months later, I was unfortunately laid off, thus prompting a five-month bout with unemployment during which I glumly spent my weeks applying...

The Processing Plan

Open access and fair use and two issues concerning archives and archival materials is an issue that has recurred in my work and research time and again. Ideally, I believe that information should be freely available for students, researchers, and...

StoryCorps animated shorts, or "are you taking oral history?"

Had not checked in on StoryCorps for a while... but since 2011 they have started animating some of the oral histories. Great idea. The circle is completed by featuring Studs Terkel, a godfather of the academic oral history tradition (at...

Why Metadata is like Pizza

Meta what? That was my reaction when I read the course description for my Information Organization class and first encountered the word METADATA. The classic definition seems to be “data about data” which is about as useful as well, nothing....

Friends From All Over

It’s pretty standard practice in the Simmons College GSLIS program for professors to have students go around the room and say a bit about themselves on the first day of class. The questions they ask vary--What interests you about this...

Last summer I visited the Library of Congress, and the “Jefferson’s Library” exhibit blew me away. A pane of glass separated me from Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection – the collection that spurred the advent of the Library of Congress. My...

Work Experience

If I were applying to an MLIS graduate program today instead of a year ago, there is one major thing I would have done differently: I would have tried to get more related work experience before starting my classes. It’s...

The wonders of LISSA

One of the many nuggets of useful information I received at new student orientation in July 2010 was the way the LISSA officers kept reminding us of the fact that each GSLIS student receives an allotted amount of money for...

How "The Outsiders" Happened

In 1988 Susan Eloise Hinton won the first ever Young Adult/School Library Author Achievement Award for The Outsiders. If you haven't read it [What? You gotta be kidding me?? Chocolate cake for breakfast?? The best.] ...then run don't walk,...

Technology and the Newbie

Deciding to make a mid-life career change from mom/educator to librarian came with many uncertainties. Was I too old? Would I be able to catch up on all the technology that I hadn’t used over the last few years? What...

Why I Chose Simmons College GSLIS: Archives Management/History

I’ve been in somewhat of a self-reflective mood lately, which is convenient since it’s time for my first post on the GSLIS Admissions Blog! With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I have not had much of an opportunity...

Why I Am Here

Since this is my very first post (yay!), let me tell you why I am at Simmons GSLIS. I love libraries. I love what they are, what they stand for, and what they provide for their communities. I have never...

The Internship Hunt

One fantastic aspect of the GSLIS program at Simmons College is the internship provision: over the course of your graduate career, Simmons helps to place you with two archival internships. I have an interview scheduled with the Cambridge Historical Society...

SLT Practicum

It's only a month into the new semester, but for those of us in the school library teacher (SLT) program, we're already looking forward to August and September. Our wonderful advisor, Dr. Fran Zilonis, has already wrapped up meetings with...

A look at an updated library symbol

Library design consultant Aaron Schmidt has designed this alternate symbol for libraries, rather than the currently used "lone reader" (which while simple and striking, does present a potentially negative, isolationist attitude). He notes, "There’s still room for solitary reading,...

my archives internship

I recently had the opportunity to complete an 8 week internship in the William Munroe Special Collections that is housed downstairs in the Concord Free Public Library (left) in Concord, MA. Open to the public btw, but if you have...

Library School Dissection

It's only the second week of classes and I feel like this semester is already flying by. I've been making tons of to-do lists and definitely checking them twice. Today, I can submit my choices for my sixty hour internship...