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September 2013 Archives

The (Updated) Tale of a (More) Reformed Networker

I had my first networking revelation a little over a year ago, and my second one happened last Friday at the Special Libraries Association New England Fall conference (which conveniently took place at Simmons). I spent the day listening to...

Tastes of Fenway

So for those of you who don't know, besides being a bibliophile, I am also a foodie. As a person obsessed with all things food, I always love a chance to try a new restaurant, type of cuisine, or entrée....

Banned Book Week

This year the American Library Association (ALA) has deemed the week of September 22-28 to be Banned Books Week. According to the ALA website: "Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the...

I might sound like your mother, but...

I am old enough to be your mother, so it's okay. I know you are so busy that the thought of giving your time away might seem near impossible. Like many of you, I have a job, a home,...

Let's Talk About the Cloud

The cloud: depending on who you're talking to, it's a magical place where dreams are born and an infinite amount of data is stored forever; an invitation for hackers to steal your identity, your money, your husband, and your cat;...

Chillin' with my Professors

Friday afternoon I spent thirty minutes with a professor, then went to the office next door and met with another professor. This was the second of my five planned trips to campus this semester, and was a nice change from...

#GSLISchat

Hello readers! It's that time again - Simmons GSLIS Live Q&A with Katie - an Admission Rep and current student in the Dual Archives/Hist program! If you have any questions about the application process, life as a student, types of...

The T and Me

I'm sure that this has happened to everyone at least once. Picture this: It's a school day and you have class at 9am. It's 8:15am, and you have just rushed out of your apartment, running as fast as you possibly...

Getting Involved

It's September and all around us we are inundated with announcements. Don't forget, tomorrow on the quad, the annual picnic to save the squirrels! Save the date for next Friday's twister mixer! And then there are the events that you...

My iPad is Mad at Me, and Other Fun Technical Things

Last week my iPad and I got into a fight. I'm not sure what I did to upset it but it refused to cooperate. This led to a long (but thankfully free) visit to the Apple store. As it turned...

Five Things I Have Learned Joining GSLIS

Before I packed up the family car with dad to drive up to Boston for school, my mom decided to impart some advice for me to mull over during the course of my four and half hour long car ride....

Teaching in the Library

I want to talk about librarians as teachers, and I don't mean librarians in schools. I mean librarians everywhere. I have encountered many academic librarians who talk about teachable moments at the reference desk. I have had many teachable...

Making the Most of Autumn

I am originally from the Midwest and moved out to Boston for the graduate opportunities out here. One of the best things about Boston is that there is so much to do, and with autumn rolling around I can't think...

You Could Technically Be A Better Librarian Than Me

The GSLIS curriculum offers four specialized programs: Archives, Dual Degree Archives/History, Dual Degree LIS/Children's Literature, and School Library Teacher. If none of those "tracks" suit your fancy, then you are considered a generalist and essentially create your own track. Given...

Autumn in Boston

Why does cold weather feel collegiate? Walking into school yesterday was preposterous. It's September. There's a reason people fall for the "Back to School" sales at the mall. Autumnal wind, the smell of crisp leaves and the feel of a...

Back to the Grind

One week of commuting down and three months to go... Does that sound pessimistic? I really don't mean it to. On the contrary, my week of commuting went better than expected! I used both two hour bus rides to catch...

Last Semester Blues

I started the GSLIS program in January 2012, and with the completion of my three courses this semester, I will have finished my degree program. Woohoo! Well, mostly woohoo. I think I have the last semester blues. I know...

Database Management

It feels so odd to be back in the swing of the graduate program. The transition from working full-time to the calendar of a graduate student...well, let's just say there are pros and cons (pro: lots more time to refill...

Career Over Curriculum

At the beginning of each semester I expect to briefly plunge into a state of anxiety because classes are starting. This semester, however, feels different to me for three reasons: 1) It is my last semester, 2) My current work...

The Library Lady

All stereotypes come from somewhere. This, we all know to be true. How many of us, though, work with all of our might to confound the stereotype when it comes to being a librarian? I believe that many of...