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March 2013 Archives

2nd Annual GSLIS Graduate Symposium

I am still digesting everything...yesterday I participated in my first conference, Simmons 2nd Annual GSLIS Graduate Symposium. The day went well all things considered, but it was both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. I presented on the art panel and...

I Love GSLIS

5 Reasons I love my Simmons Experience I love the man passing out copies of Metro at the Copley Square T stop. Every morning I come into Simmons I look forward to his high five and kind comment, "Your smile...

Restaurant Week

Other than all things library and literary, I am also very passionate about food. I love exploring different restaurants and trying new things, I will eat just about anything. Although I'm absolutely loving library school thus far, I realize I've...

How Cool Are You?

At this point in my education (just past the halfway mark), I am bursting with ideas of how to be a game-changing librarian. I am also eager to turn ideas into actions. After all, being a 21st century librarian is...

Professional Organizations: A Brief Intro, and How They Relate to You

SAA, SLA, MLA, ALA... in the world of the library and all its' properties, it seems like almost every three letter combination stands for a professional organization. And, unlike the title suggests, you don't have to be a "professional" to...

Midterm Madness

Last week I had my first ever GSLIS midterm. It was open note, so beforehand I spent a few hours going through my notes and the slides from class to create a four-page cheat sheet of sorts. Compiling everything into...

Finding Archiving Principles at PAX

With a computer programmer/gamer boyfriend there was no way I was going to forget that PAX East, one of the country's biggest video game conventions, was this weekend. Not being a gamer myself, I steered clear of making it a...

Book Talking

Last week was spring break, so I took the week off from blogging. Most of my break was spent catching up on schoolwork and working, but I was able to escape home to Vermont for a couple days of...

Apps-olutely none

I know. It's a terrible pun, but here's my question: where are the amazing apps for librarians? Where are the "must-haves"? Where is the list that circulates around blogs by amazingly talented librarians, who stay informed on this topic? So...

Slow Cooking and Library School

I have a special relationship with my slow cooker. It all started when my daughter's community theater involvement required me to be in the car, rather than behind the stove at meal time. I was not very creative back...

A Special Track for a Special Librarian

Sensing a trend in my peers’ recent blog posts about different types of libraries and librarians, I will brief you on where I aspire to end up after receiving my degree in December. As Maggie’s, Julie’s, and Emily’s posts each...

Ladies and Gentlemen...the lovely and talented Nicole Giroux

I have come across many fascinating people during my time in the GSLIS program. The majority of these awesome people turn out to be from the dual degree program. So I can't help but want to get inside their brains....

A View from the Inside - or How I Worked so Hard to Get into Prison

Back in April of last year, I was contemplating all the places where one might find librarians, and all the places we, as librarians, could choose to work. (Librarian or Batgirl?) Finding the right library niche is a personal...

Librarians vs. Archivists

There are two camps in the library profession, the librarians and the archivists. Sometimes it feels like they are rival gangs and everyone has to pick sides. This doesn’t seem to be much of a problem because most students enter...

Ode to Spring Break

As a graduate student, I feel a little awkward telling people that this week is Spring Break. I mean, Spring Break is soooo college, right? Last year I felt better about discussing my Spring Break plans, as I spent a...

Digital Preservation Course

This semester I am taking a class called Digital Preservation. I haven’t had much previous experience with coding and such so this class has really taken me out of my comfort zone yet I can see just how useful it...

What does your library look like?

I took a week off from blogging because I recently started a new volunteer/intern-ish position at a prison library, and I am still trying to embrace the new work schedule and commute, along with my job in a public library,...

Challenge accepted?

So... I've always loved this youtube video. The more time I spend in Beatley, the more I really, REALLY want this to happen here at Simmons. We deserve some musical theater spontaneity in our lives. This is all there is...

The Hardship of Librarianship

An eight-year-old girl who comes to the library multiple times per week with her older sister, and sometimes their mother, posed the following to me and a colleague on Thursday night: “Do you work really hard every day? I think...

Ready for Outdoor Reading, Part 2

Last week, I brought you my top five reading spots in Boston. This week, check out the next five best reading spots in the area! 6. Copley Square Although busier than the inner courtyard, Copley Square outside of the Mckim...

Study Abroad: Not Just for Undergrads Anymore!

After years of missed opportunities to travel abroad during high school and undergrad, I am so excited to finally say that this summer I will be going to Rome with GSLIS!! For several years Simmons has provided library students the...