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A WINDOW INTO THE DAILY LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF SLIS STUDENTS

Jill Silverberg

I just started my first semester at Simmons as a member of the archives concentration and I am super excited to be here! Although I'm from New York, I have spent the last four years in Worcester where I attended Clark U for undergrad, so I am not a total stranger to the Boston area.

Since I commute out of Brighton, every day is a new experience as I continue to explore the surrounding areas and master the green line system. In my free time I enjoy baking, hiking, watching new shows on Netflix, and working on my food blog.


Entries by Jill Silverberg

  • SLIS Reflections
    It's been a little more than two months since I walked across the stage at the Blue Hills Pavilion to accept my Masters degree in Library and Information Science. The fact that I won't be starting classes this September still...
  • Three Fun Places in Boston
    For the first time in months, I took some time yesterday to simply walk around Boston and visit a few of my favorite locations within the city. While I probably should have picked a cooler day (yesterday was HOT!),...
  • Farmer's Markets of Summer in Boston
    June is one of my favorite months of the year. In the past, it used to signify the official end of the academic year. Since moving to Boston, June has come to mark the beginning of farmer's market season! As...
  • Life After Graduation
    This past Friday something incredible happened: I graduated from Simmons with a Masters in Library and Information Science. Three years, seven semesters (including one summer session), and two internships later, I have emerged from the other side with my shiny...
  • The End
    The Fab Four (AKA The Beatles) once sang: And in the end The love you take Is equal to the love You make While the lyrics above might not directly correlate to my thoughts and feelings towards reaching the end...
  • Food Advertisements
    When you are writing a thesis about food, it is almost inevitable that you are going to encounter some pretty interesting examples of food culture. Thus far in my study of American food culture from the 1950s to the early...
  • MBTA Commuter Rail Survival Guide
    As a former New Yorker, I am not unfamiliar with taking rail transport to get to the places that I need to go. With my Archives capstone internship in Providence, I've become quite familiar with the MBTA Commuter Rail. Would...
  • Cookbooks
    Looking out the window from my desk at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, I can't help but think about how, exactly one year ago, the city of Boston was drowning under piles of snow. While I am a...
  • How I Spent SuperBowl 50
    I want to preface that I am not a big football fan. I enjoy watching a game every now and then but only casually. I barely know any rules associated to the game; I can only name like three players;...
  • Interning at Johnson and Wale's Culinary Arts Museum
    Like many students who entered SLIS in the fall of 2013, this semester I will be completing my final LIS course. While each program within SLIS is structured differently, all feature a Capstone course that usually includes an internship...
  • It Begins!: My Final Semester
    All throughout the Fall semester, I've been mentally preparing myself for this moment. However, now that the time has come, now that my final semester is about to begin, I've come to the realization that nothing truly could prepare me...
  • Attending ALA
    This past Friday I attended the American Library Association's mid-winter conference which was held at the Boston Convention Center. Not only was this my first time attending an ALA conference, this was actually my very first library conference in general!...
  • My Disney Rant
    *I want to preface that the topic discussed in the following blog post is something that is near and dear to my heart. The thoughts and opinions that follow are not meant to insult anyone. Please enjoy the oncoming rant....
  • Inventorying the Boston Public Library's Print Collection
    Since the beginning of October 2015, I have been part of a team that is currently working on inventorying the Boston Public Library's print collection. The print collection, housed in the heart of the BPL, is massive and although considerable...
  • Learning about the Copyright Act
    Yesterday in my Photographic Archives course (LIS 471) taught by the wonderful Professor Martha Mahard, my class was was treated to a crash course in the Copyright Act and all of its wonderful quirks. For those not acquainted with the...
  • Happy Halloween!
    Grab your pumpkins and copious bags of candy 'cause Halloween is right around the corner! This year the holiday fortunately falls on a weekend which means that us students do not have to deal with the epic struggle of deciding...
  • The Million Dollar Question
    Every now and then I journey home to Long Island, NY to spend time with my family, friends, and cat, Ella. This was the first time I was home since the start of the semester, so everyone wanted to know...
  • Health Comes First
    Does anyone else remember the days when they would pretend to be sick to get out of classes? I certainly do. Back during my high school days, I would sometimes wish I would get sick just so I wouldn't have...
  • Banned Books Week
    After recently looking over ALA's 'Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books' from the past two decades (1990-1999 & 2000-2009), I realized that I have read quite a few so-called banned/challenged books in rather short lifetime. Some of the books on these two...
  • Trivia Night at Thornton's
    Last Friday night I attended the trivia event that was hosted by ASIS&T, ALA, LISSA, Panopticon, PLG, SCoSAA, SCIRRT, SLA, and Spectra. Considering the number of student organizations that were involved with making trivia night possible, I think we should...
  • Non-Library People Logic
    So here's a funny story: last week while I was working at the reference desk at a medical and pharmaceutical college, a group of students approached me with a question. Normally the sort of questions that I get asked usually...
  • Welcome to the Beginning (for new students) of the End (for me)
    Welcome to the Beginning (for new students) of the End (for me) Yesterday I experienced something entirely new. For the first time since starting college, I did not have to endure an entire day of moving all of my stuff...
  • Summer Reading
    It's hard to believe that just a few months ago, the city of Boston was still blanketed in snow, my apartment was a frozen tundra, and I was elbows deep in school work. Even though school ended for me back...
  • Happy 150th Birthday, Alice!
    It's almost hard to believe that it has been 150 years since Lewis Carroll's Alice fell down the rabbit hole and tumbled into the weird, mad, and impossible world of Wonderland. Since its publication in 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...
  • Summer Fun: Musical Mondays
    In recent years I have come to realize something about myself: I absolutely love traditions. Defined by Merriam-Webster as being a "a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group,...
  • Ready Set Rhubarb
    Well, it might have taken a bit longer than I would have liked but at long last the Boston Ice Age has ended and Spring has firmly declared its presence. For the last few weeks of April and even the...
  • The task of getting...
    Getting into a library I mean. Normally this isn't something that most people would assume would be a difficult task, and yet, depending on where you go, it can be a herculean effort. A few years back my uncle and...
  • LIS Career Fair
    Yesterday afternoon, a project I started about four months ago came to an end. Since January, I have been working closely with the Career Education Center and the School of Library and Information Science to put together a career fair...
  • Innovation and Collaboration at Simmons's Graduate Alumnae/Professional Day
    On Saturday, March 21st, I had the pleasure of attending this year's Graduate Alumnae/Professional Day. The event, a collaborative effort between Simmons School of Social Work, School of Management, and School of Library and Information Science, featured workshops and and...
  • Gearing up for the 2015 Simmons Leadership Conference
    Last night, I joined a large group of current and past Simmons students at the Seaport Boston Hotel and the World Trade Center to train for the 36th annual Simmons Leadership Conference. For those of you who were at Simmons...
  • Hanging out with the Future Authors of Tomorrow
    Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure to attend an event hosted by the Children's Literature Department over at the School of Management. Our neighbors up the stairs, my first interaction with the Children's Literature Department and Program occurred way back...
  • 3D Printing: A Nerd's Fantasy Realized!
    Have you ever been online and saw something that you wanted? I'm sure the answer is yes, but how many times have you actually acted on that impulse? But what if the thing you wanted is something a bit bizarre?...
  • An Open Letter to Snow
    Dear Snow, You have been very busy these past two months, my dear friend. Since the end of January, not a week has passed where you haven't unleashed yourself upon the city of Boston. I wonder, is this perhaps retaliation...
  • Welcome to 2015!
    Fourth semester at SLIS. Here we go! Indeed, it seems that the month of January has just flown on by. But unlike some of you, I have spent about 95% of it here in Boston rather then home with my...
  • Happy Study-mas!
    Well, this is it. The final weeks of the fall semester have finally arrived! Yes that's right, the end is finally in sight; what we see up ahead is the light at the end of the tunnel. Now the only...
  • An Evening with SCoSAA
    With the final weeks of the fall semester just around the corner, life has been a bit hectic around here. In between the reading, papers, and projects that I need to do for all three of my classes, finding time...
  • Boston Winter Survival Guide
    This past Sunday morning, my roommate ran into the living room of our apartment, opened the window and stuck her head outside of it. "It's snowing out there!" she proclaimed in disbelief. I stood up and joined her at the...
  • BAHFest
    What do you think when you read the words, 'Bad Ad Hoc Hypothesis Festival?' If you think that the event is going to be as ridiculously fun as it sounds, then you are correct. Sponsored by the online comic strip...
  • It's Pumpkin Time!
    A long time ago, in a state not too far away, my elementary school arranged a special surprise for its fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes. It was October 2001, and to lift the spirits of the students still reeling...
  • Hello Fall!
    Although it only feels like it was just yesterday that summer was upon us (AKA this past weekend), the changing of the leaves and the cooler temperatures are sending a signal to all of us Bostonians that Autumn is here....
  • Falling Down and Getting Up
    Yesterday, I fell off a ladder. This wasn't some deep metaphorical ladder, but rather the type that one climbs when one is shelving books.This wasn't my first time falling off a ladder or step stool while trying to either shelve...
  • Grad School Year Two: Bring it On!
    I'd like to start this blog post by first welcoming back my fellow returning grad students and by welcoming those starting their first year in SLIS! I have a good feeling that this semester is going to be a good...
  • Five Inspirational Librarians from Film and TV
    Since the unfortunate passing of Robin Williams, I've come to realize how many of his films in the 1990s defined my childhood. Films like Aladdin, Ms. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Ferngully, Hook, and countless others have and will always hold a special...
  • A Night with Google
    Sometimes I am purely baffled at the things I've gotten to do since moving to Boston almost a year ago. Most recently, I found myself at Boston's very own Children's Museum at an event hosted by Google as a means...
  • Hanging out with JFK
    Did you know that just a short bus ride away from the JFK T stop on the red line is the JFK Presidential Library and Museum? Did you also know that the papers and writings of Ernest Hemmingway are also...
  • (Not) A Lazy Summer
    When I look out my window, I find it hard to believe that less than three months ago, there was still snow on the ground. Not only that, but it felt like the winter of 2013/2014 was never going to...
  • It Isn't Always Easy Being a Librarian
    The experience of throwing out books is perhaps the one part of being a librarian that I do not like. I'm not sure why, but I just find the notion of tossing books away to be kind of sad. Unfortunately...
  • Where Did the Time Go?
    I've looked at my calendar more times than I can count in the last few days. Surely the date can't be right; wasn't it January just the other day? Although it says that today is the second to last day...
  • Simmons Neon 5K
    This past Saturday, me, my sister, and close group of friends came together to participate in Simmons Neon 5k. For most of us, this was the first time any of us had run a significant distance in a long time....
  • Five Reasons Why it Needs to be Spring
    Although spring technically started about ten days ago, it sure does not feel like it. In fact, while I was out running errands today, I realized that the rain turned into hail. Now I am an total fan of winter...
  • City of Neighborhoods Exhibit
    This past Saturday, the map gallery where I work, the Leventhal Map Gallery, premiered their newest exhibit to the Boston public. The new exhibit, City of Neighborhoods, celebrates the racial and ethnic diversity of the city of Boston. While...
  • Going Home and Coming Back
    In the weeks preceding spring break this year, I'll admit, I was starting to get a bit stir crazy. You see, for the last four years, I had the luxury of being able to journey off my undergraduate campus for...
  • Baking a little bit of springtime
    Normally, I am a very big fan of winter. Snow, ice, the cold; I love it all. Or I used to. Although I am no stranger to New England winters, this year, the winter seems longer, colder, and snowier than...
  • Monday with Julia Child
    This past Monday I ventured over to the Schlesinger Library, which is part of Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study. Although I was making this trip for research purposes, I won't deny my excitement about getting to handle the...
  • Weekend at the Boston Public Library
    Sitting right outside of the Copley T stop are two connected buildings that couldn't appear to be more different. The first building is old and scholarly, the type of historic landmark that is almost begging to have its picture taken....
  • The Super Bowl from the Perspective of a Non-football Fan
    I'm not going to beat around the bush, I am not really big on this whole football thing. Don't ask me why, because I can assure you that at age 22 ½, I'm still trying to figure it out. My...
  • Learning the World of Computers
    As we all know, last Tuesday's snow storm caused Simmons to cancel class that night. As I stayed nice and warm inside, I decided to do the responsible thing and do some reading for class. It was while I was...
  • Academic Peace at Last: Finding that Place to Study
    For those of you who might not know, I am a commuter student. While I did have the option of living on Simmons campus, I opted to rent an apartment right outside of Boston in the Brookline/Brighton area. I've...
  • New Year, New Semester, Already So Much To Do
    Well, the truth can be denied no longer; my second semester at Simmons has officially begun. As of 9am this morning, I became a student once again, putting an end to my month-long academic hiatus. Sure, I will miss the...
  • Service First? A New Kind of Service Model for my Local Library
    About a week ago, my older and sister and I returned home to celebrate the winter holidays with my family. As always, within less than twenty-fours of arriving home from Boston, my mom and I piled into the car and...
  • Kicking it Old School
    Well, it's official: my first semester in GSLIS is now over! All fanfare aside, I'll admit, it does feel somewhat strange to not have any classes to attend or homework to do. I mean, after about fourteen weeks of classes,...
  • Going Dual Degree
    What many people don't know is that back when I was in the middle of applying to Simmons for graduate school, I was originally planning on submitting an application for Simmons's dual degree in archives and history. As someone deeply...
  • Call Numbers: Why they are Awesome
    For those of you who don't know, when one enters the Simmons GSLIS program, there are a number of core classes that they must complete. Besides an introductory course, LIS 401, there is another core course that they suggest we...
  • Study Tips and Tricks to Help Get you Through Finals
    As I enter the final weeks of my first semester as a member of GSLIS, I'm somewhat in shock with the realization that it is almost over. Of course, it won't be officially over until I get past the dreaded...
  • All About Going Abroad
    Having the chance to study abroad is something that I think many students want to strive towards when they begin their career as college students. While a number of my close friends did indeed get to experience the wonders of...
  • Three Reasons Study Groups are Awesome
    Study groups are something that I used to avoid when I was an undergraduate student. Back then, I found them to be disorganized and extremely one-sided, with one person usually doing all the work. However, I've had a recent revelation...
  • Daily Musings: Twelve Years a Slave
    As a big fan of historical dramas, be it a novel, a play or a film, when I first heard about the film 12 Years a Slave, I knew it would be a film worth seeing. Well, I just got...
  • Baking Fun!
    If you haven't noticed, we are already more than halfway through pumpkin month! It is kind of hard to believe that October is nearly over, meaning that I've already been a student at Simmons for two months. Time certainly...
  • Course Registration Jitters
    So it seems that it is already that time of the year again, that magical time when we the students are asked to pick our next round of classes for the following semester. During my undergrad years, course registration went...
  • Internship Time
    Tomorrow afternoon, I start my internship requirement for LIS 438, Introduction to Archival Methods and Services. For those of you who don't know, each student enrolled in LIS 438 needs to complete a 60 hour internship project. While the list...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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....