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Amy Wilson

I'm a first year SLIS student, and am returning to school after taking a year off since my undergraduate program. I attended Saint Michael's College and earned a B.A. in English and Religious Studies, and for the ear I have been working at a law firm in records management. I am continuing to work full time while I take classes at night. I live in Somerville and in my free time I like to rock climb and play with Legos. At Simmons, I am part of the Information Technology concentration, and I'm hoping to eventually work in Special Libraries!


Entries by Amy Wilson

  • SLA Conference 2016
    I'm home! It's been a week and a half, but I still feel like I'm getting back on my feet after a month of traveling - Puerto Rico (for fun), Ohio (for work), and Philadelphia (for school). Most recently, I...
  • Summer Semester and SLA
    I've had a short break since my spring term, and now I'm getting ready for my online summer class, 'Competitive Intelligence.' In the last few weeks I have been busy with work, but I did fit in a quick vacation...
  • Boston By Foot
    One of my goals for 2016 was, as soon as the weather was nice enough, I would walk to work. From my house, it's only 2.7 miles, which takes me about an hour. Normally, if I am taking public transit,...
  • Spring Days/Planning for Fall
    I had been putting off writing a post this week because I wasn't sure of what I wanted to say. It was a pretty quiet week - my boyfriend came home from a business trip on Tuesday, and he left...
  • Accessing the Potential of Graduate Students
    Yesterday I attended a conference that was jointly hosted by LLNE and ABLL at Northeastern University School of Law. The focus of the conference was "Access to Government Information," but I noticed a second theme throughout the day: strong partnerships....
  • Beating The Bug
    Most of my week was unfortunately consumed by a stomach bug, and I didn't make it back to work until Thursday morning. Is there anything more frustrating than wasting PTO to be sick? I spent many hours on the...
  • Very Special Libraries
    Last week, while most of Simmons was on spring break, I was on campus every day from 9am until about 3pm. I took the week off of work in order to complete a 5-day, 3-credit course with SLIS legend, Jim...
  • Subversive Librarians and Magic Spells
    Last night, my Legal Information Services class went to Northeastern University's law library, where both of my professors work. Northeastern's wifi is really restrictive, so we had no access to the catalog and were totally reliant on print sources. We...
  • The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: an Annotation
    As promised, this week I am posting my assignment from last week: my reference annotation from my 407 class. I don't make it a habit to post assignments because I think it's kind of unoriginal, but I think when you...
  • Making a Statement
    This month, I have prioritized getting scholarship applications out for next year. I had deadlines of March 1 for the American Library Association and April 1 for the Association of American Law Libraries. I decided to do it all at...
  • This week in 3D printing adventures...
    Last Tuesday, I hosted a lunch event at my law firm as part of our "Innovation TED Talk Series." I'm on my Information Services department's Innovation Board, and one of our most successful "ideas" has been this series of lunchtime...
  • 300 Words or Less
    This was the first week back to class and I am really looking forward to this very career-focused semester. As I have mentioned before, I want to go into legal librarianship. My classes this semester include: Wednesdays - Legal Information...
  • One Semester Down
    Two days - this is all that stands between me and my last assignment this semester. Technically, my last class is next Tuesday, December 15, when half my classmates in my Information Organization class will present their research on an...
  • Librarianship as Emotional Labor
    This post is a little different from my previous ones - basically, I want to gather my thoughts on a topic that I recently read about. Rose Hackman wrote an article earlier this month for The Guardian, arguing that emotional...
  • Pickles and PhDs
    As I approach the end of this semester (my final assignments are due 12/3 and 12/8) I am feeling an increasing sense of urgency, but also a feeling of confidence. Part of this is likely due to the fact that...
  • Temporary Disturbances in the Force
    Hello there! I've had trouble finding time to write recently because work has been incredibly busy. I like my job for many reasons, one being that my firm offers great benefits, like sabbaticals every 10 years; however, in the last...
  • A Devotion to Knowledge
    This post is for anyone who may be worried about their undergraduate programs being (or seeming) totally unrelated to a master's program. I came into the SLIS program feeling a little bit of this anxiety, which lived next door to...
  • Shifting Focus
    As a SLIS student at Simmons, there is a big deadline for two important items. One is finishing the TOR (Technology Orientation Requirement) and the other is to complete your first advising session. I finished the TOR before the semester...
  • Building Foundations
    We are a few weeks into the semester, so it seems like a good time to reflect. Making it Work This is probably a good time to talk about my workload and plans for time management. I have chosen...
  • Orientation Day
    Taking the train from Lechmere to Simmons A few weeks ago, I took the day off work to go to Simmons' campus for the SLIS Orientation. It was a really exciting day, and I came away questioning all my choices...
  • Welcome!
    I'm Amy, a first semester student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science. I live in Somerville and work full time at a law firm, in addition to attending evening classes. In the past year and a half, my...