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Samantha Quiñon

I am a Hispanic student in her third semester of the general concentration at SLIS Main Campus. I relocated to Boston from New Mexico over the summer and am enjoying having new experiences of all sorts in this big, diverse city I now call home. I have a hospitality and gallery management background, as well as library and archives volunteer and internship experience. Changing careers and moving to an unfamiliar city far from home makes for notable and often amusing happenings. Please join me on my fun adventure.


Entries by Samantha Quiñon

  • A Bit About My Summer Classes
    As we head into the end of July, we at SLIS are entering the final week of the summer term. This is my second year taking summer classes, and they are a lot of work (classes are condensed), but worth...
  • You Had Me At Diorama
    With classes starting this week, I've been running around checking things off of my "To Do In Boston" List. Two weekends ago, I walked the entire Freedom Trail with some friends. (It's only about 2.5 miles long.) The weather was...
  • Summertime Gladness
    So lately I've been blogging about jobs and work and all things professional. A lot of this is because I finally feel like I know what I'm doing to a certain extent. Yay for me, but let's talk about something...
  • Two Jobs and Three Clasps
    This past week I started two new jobs. Well one is not that new, it's the same library assistant position I had during the Spring Semester, but now my hours have been doubled and I have a few new responsibilities....
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    Even though I've been living in Boston for almost a year now, I have yet experience and do many things that are quintessentially "Boston", which is to say touristy in the best possible way. So I have made a list...
  • Website Launch and Other Odds and Ends
    Last week at my cataloging internship at the American Archive for Public Broadcasting (AAPB) at WGBH Boston, our website launched and went live. This has been a long time coming and many, many people worked very hard to make...
  • Girls Wanna be with the Girls
    We have two weeks left in the spring semester. Two weeks! But is that going to keep my friends and me from going out when we have course work and final projects looming over us? Absolutely not! I'll keep this...
  • At the Dance Archives
    For a few hours every Thursday I have started to go to the archives of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT), which has its facilities in the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, a beautiful field stone building in the American Gothic Revival...
  • Online Classes and Group Projects
    Many bloggers on this site, myself included, have written about how group projects and teamwork are the bedrock of many SLIS courses. But what if you are taking a class online? Does that change? Not at all. Online students do...
  • The Myth of Spring Break
    Only after experiencing this week, the first week back at SLIS after Spring Break, can I now fully express why Spring Break is a myth. As an adult in graduate school, I was not expecting beaches and cocktails with umbrellas...
  • First Fridays
    My friends and I have a sort of tradition, though I don't know if that's really the proper word. Maybe it's habit or ritual or pattern. Anyway, I'm talking about how we always congregate monthly at the Museum of Fine...
  • Thoughts of Summer
    This week I registered for summer classes and applied for a summer internship. I could hardly believe it. Summer seems so far off, especially given the amount of snow on the ground now, but it's better to plan for it...
  • Forced Fun and Productivity
    Okay. So you've heard by now how much snow we've had in Boston. Living here, it's hard to forget, but I'm trying. Everyone is trying. Here's what I've been doing to make the time go by: School Work: Writing an...
  • Blizzard Books
    If you are inclined to get carried away with the spirit of Snowmageddon 2015, below I offer you suggestions for books to read while you're hunkered down in this mess or while you're hearing about it on the news from...
  • Snowpocalypse and the Brunch Bunch
    I survived "Snowpocalypse" (as work called it)! Clearly, librarians love melodrama. It was my first blizzard in New England, and I actually kind of liked it. I walked around in the back yard in the middle of it, and it...
  • So it Begins
    There is not much to say this week. Classes started, and work and my internship continued. Reading through my course syllabi and writing all the due dates for each class's papers and presentations into my planner next to my work...
  • What's in Store
    I started a job last week at the Snell Library at Northeastern University. It's in the Circulation Department (called Access Services there) supervising work-study students at the information desk, doing interlibrary loans (ILLs) and working with reserves, and a variety...
  • Holiday in Summary and a Return to Boston
    This year was my first Christmas at my family's home in Florida while in library school. Holidays are about more than gifts, but I am going to talk about them anyway, because I was surprised by how many were book-themed....
  • Takin' Care of Business
    Good news! I have a cataloging internship for the spring (January-May 2015). It's at WGBH (a Boston TV and radio station that produces two thirds of the country's public broadcasting, like Masterpiece Theater, Antiques Road Show, and Frontline) at the...
  • Free Time
    This week was blissfully uneventful. Mostly, I stuck to my routine. I had class (for the last time this year), volunteered in the library at the Boston Arts Academy, and finished my internship. Things happened that were outside of my...
  • That's All, Folks! (For Now)
    I'm finished!!! I turned in all of my work for the Fall term and did all of my presentations. I think everything went well, but I won't know until I get my grades in a few weeks. Technically, I still...
  • The Next Step
    I'm still mired down in final projects and papers, so it while it feels like last week moved very slowly, I oddly remember very little of it. One momentous thing does stand out, however. Remember a few weeks ago when...
  • The Home Stretch
    Classes end the first or second week of December (depending on whether or not the class started in the first or second week of September). This generally means that SLIS students are working on a final project for every class...
  • A Bit More Fit
    This week I activated my Fitbit Zip, which is like a souped up pedometer that tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. I'm trying to walk 10,000 steps a day, but it's been more like 8,000, if I'm being honest--which I...
  • Massachusetts Historical Society Visit
    On Thursday night, my Introduction to Archival Methods and Services (LIS 438) class visited the Massachusetts Historical Society. Founded in 1791, the society is an independent research library open to the public that specializes in early American, Massachusetts, and New...
  • Small victories this week
    Making an Important Decision I'm staying in the archives concentration after a little internal debate about whether or not to study something more general. I can't do everything I may love, so I'll do one thing I'm certain I love....
  • What Everyone Is Talking About
    The schedule of Spring 2015 classes came out this week, and for a while, it was all anyone could talk about. I still walk through the halls and overhear conversations about it. Generally, people are excited or stressed about it....
  • Myths about SLIS and Library School
    Myth: I'm going to have a tough time getting a job when I graduate. Truth: You aren't going to graduate from SLIS and become director of the New York Public Library, but you are going to graduate and find employment....
  • Schedule Update
    My schedule changed this week and became much more busy thanks to two new jobs of sorts. The first is an internship at Emerson College, and the second is a volunteer position at Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School. The internship...
  • ASIS&T Trivia Night
    There are so many student groups to get involved with at SLIS. If you have an interest or professional aspiration, chances are good you can find a group connected to it. (A list of student groups and their descriptions can...
  • Field Study at BPL
    I have to do a field study for my Archival Methods and Services (LIS 438) class, which entails visiting a local repository, using it to answer a research question, and then writing a 3-5 page paper about the experience. In...
  • Dissecting Computers
    I blog and I'm in library school, so sometimes people think I know a lot about computers. While I can understand why they would make this assumption, to be perfectly honest, technology really intimidates me. This goes back to a...