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April 2012 Archives

Debunking the Conspiracy

This morning I saw a bumper sticker with these lovely words of wisdom: “It IS as bad as you think, and they ARE out to get you.” While I cannot attest to exactly what that Volkswagen-driving amateur conspiracy theorist has...

Power Moby Dick

I never understood the first line of Moby Dick, "Call me Ishmael." Got it now though. The site Power Moby Dick doesn't so much interpret Moby Dick but rather reveals the history and meaning of words in the text....

End of Term Projects

  Holy Overdue fines, Batgirl! I have so much to do this last week of the semester! I could plead an excuse why I don’t have time for a fabulous blog entry this week, but then I thought, why not...

Getting Involved

I know, I know. It’s annoying to talk about how important it is to get involved in extracurricular activities. We’ve been hearing about it in every stage of education since we were old enough to make our own decisions about...

The New Grad School Try

I could have tried harder in college. In fact, I should have tried harder in college. For some reason it just didn’t seem “cool” to do so at the time. When I embarked on my thesis at the beginning of...

Two Weeks!

That’s pretty much all I have left in this semester, and I’m working (not too) furiously to wrap up all of the assignments I have to do. Today I’m trying to finish writing my literature review, the subject of which...

Change in Curriculum for Fall 2013

Recently, the GSLIS community received news that beginning with the incoming class of 2013, the curriculum will be changing. The core requirements are changing (Evaluation of Information Services will be replaced with a Foundations course), the program will increase to...

Dig In

You don't have to subscribe to online newsletters, blogs, and tumblrs - but since you are reading this you are halfway there... Librarians were and are some of the most profilic bloggers around and there are reams of lists...

All the Things that are Good for You: Broccoli, Shoveling Snow, and Group projects

[caption id="attachment_1302" align="alignleft" width="384" caption="Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson"][/caption] You probably remember being a kid and being told, “Eat your broccoli it’s good for you.” As a parent, I have had said my fair share of “It’s good for...

Marathon Monday

When you move to Massachusetts, they give you a free holiday! The third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day, the Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord. There were battle reenactments, parades, and ceremonies all over the...

How Running a Marathon is (sort of) Like Attending Simmons GSLIS

I want to make the Boston Marathon relevant to GSLIS. I really do. “Library school is like a marathon.” “The last two weeks of the semester are the final sprint to complete a marathon.” “The Boston Marathon is awesome, and...

Building a Fancy CV

This semester, I’ve been trying to take advantage of all of the opportunities—beyond Simmons—that living in Boston has to offer. Three weeks ago I attended the NEA Spring Meeting, and this week I attended a conference that on the service...

So...why library school?

If you are currently contemplating the decision to attend library school, chances are at some point in your search process, you have heard some helpful individual say something along the lines of "Libraries are dying/e-books are rendering books irrelevant/why do...

The Shawshank Redemption and an example for the defense of libraries

The Shawshank Redemption is a fantastic film, we can move past that point. But when discussing libraries (and marketing) I often remember Andy Dufresne's persistance in writing a letter a week to the state house asking for funds to...

              Last week, in talking about career paths for librarians, I reminded everyone that Batgirl was, after all, a librarian. The day after that post, I headed off to the University Of Rochester...

Experience, Experience, and More Experience

Internships are very important to the Simmons GSLIS experience. Many programs have internship requirements built into their curriculums. The Archives Management concentration, which is the only one I can speak to with any kind of authority, features a 60-hour internship...

Librarians in Disguise

On Wednesday I went to an Alternative Career Panel sponsored by the Simmons Special Libraries Association (SLA). The panel consisted of three women, all of whom graduated from Simmons GSLIS in the past ten years and none of whom are...

Nearing the End

I’ve really been enjoying reading the thoughts of my cohorts regarding their paths through the GSLIS program at Simmons and their future career goals. Elise talked about dropping the MA in History aspect of her degree, but I think I’ll...

Simmons Perks!

With the end of the semester just around the corner, everyone is predictably buried under end of the semester papers, projects, and group work. I know for myself, the mammoth practicum binder that SLT students must submit at the end...

Librarian or Batgirl?

Library and Information Science – that is the degree program we are pursuing and the name says it all. The Master’s degree program years ago was just Library Science, but as the world changes, so does the role of...

Program Change

For the second week in a row, Danielle’s post has provided a great springboard for mine. She discussed how many of her friends/colleagues in the program have been questioning their concentrations in GSLIS. I began my career at Simmons GSLIS...

Dungeons and Dragons or: Libraries and Librarians

On Friday, to conclude the Best March Ever, I went to “The Future of Reference” hosted by Simmons GSLIS. The keynote speaker, Joe Janes, Chair of the MLIS Program at the University of Washington’s Information School, ended the evening with...

In Flux

A lot of the friends, acquaintances, and colleagues I’ve made since my time began at Simmons have been or have started to question the direction they’re going in library science/archives school. I can’t say I’ve been exempt! Through the classes...