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Amanda Pizzollo

Hello world! Look at me, I blog now! My name is Amanda Wise Pizzollo. I go by Manda but really don't mind when people call me Amanda. The Manda thing started with close friends and just kind of became how I think of myself. My middle name is Wise. How awesome is that? I'm from the South (SC to be precise) and sometimes we drop our middle names and make our maiden names our middle ones after we get married. To be honest with y'all, that's the main reason I took my husband's last name when we got married. I can now tell jokes about Wise being my middle name. Also, Pizzollo just sounds really fun. So, I am a feminist, and yes I changed my last name.

I'm a SLIS Wester. I don't know if anyone else uses that term, but I do all the time. Most folks just say "I go to SLIS West" or "I'm at the west campus." Regardless of your term for it, I am going to grad school to be a librarian at Simmons and I study primarily at their west campus in South Hadley, MA. It's lovely. I'm the student office assistant here too. I'm also a public library substitute at a small local library and I'm a metadata intern at Amherst College. I've been a Scholarly Communication intern before, and I'm passionate about all the opens- access, data, and education. I'm very talkative, so blogging is a natural choice. Oh, also I was a nurse before going back to grad school.


Entries by Amanda Pizzollo

  • AAOTP (Acronyms All Over the Place)
    I was in healthcare, then I was specifically a nurse working for a state government, and now I'm a librarian. Oh, acronyms & nomenclature. I guess they abound in every profession, but between government, medicine, librarianship, and texting/social media lingo-...
  • Out with the Old, in with the New
    In January I left my last nursing job so that I could better pursue a position in the wonderful world of librarianship. When I did so, my partner and I sat down and talked about how to make that decision...
  • Pleasant Suprises
    Whew! Busy week with a couple penultimate assignments and a presentation in my classes, plus attempts to get back in shape and return to meditating daily. It seems as though my new year resolution phase has kicked in a bit...
  • Subjects, Categories, & Classifications in LIS
    A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a panel discussion called Contested Subjects: The Politics of Library Classification at Amherst College. The speakers were Emily Drabinski (on whom I have a professional crush), Kelsy Shepherd, Alana Kubmier,...
  • Introducing -- Amanda Pizzollo -- A New Blogger for Simmons SLIS
    So, I'm coming up on my 10 year nurse-a-versary. Yup, it's almost been 10 years since I took my boards and got my first job as a nurse. What? Oh, this is a blog about librarianing you say? I know,...