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ShanTil Yell

Hi y'all, I'm ShanTil! If you couldn't tell, I'm a southerner. I moved up here from Texas last summer, and even though it might break my momma's heart for me to say this, New England has truly become home to me. I'm in my second semester here at SLIS, and decided to go the "Design Your Own" degree route. My plan is to focus in on rare and special collections, but I'm also developing a passion for public libraries--I recently started working at one, and it has been ahhhmazing--and community outreach.

A few more tidbits about me: I love to write, and it's real exciting for me to be able to contribute my voice to the Simmons community. I have a coffee obsession, cats are my favorite, pearl earrings are my jewelry of choice, living compassionately is the coolest, and in my little windows of free time you can find me meandering through the stacks at the Boston Public Library and checking out new restaurants, and cafés with friends.


Entries by ShanTil Yell

  • A Season's Change
    I was listening to a podcast by one of my very favorite authors and speakers, Rob Bell, earlier this week. This gem of an episode was entitled "Everyone Is Your Teacher," and it turned out to be one of those...
  • Reading Deprivation
    I'm flipping the script in today's post, meaning I plan to tell you about what I haven't been reading instead of what I have, or rather, why I am not reading at the moment. I'm participating in an experiment this...
  • A Glimpse of Summer
    I had almost forgotten about the feeling of that sweet exhale summer break brings until now. I don't know if what I'm doing 100% qualifies as a "break" since I am working a lot and still managing to keep my...
  • Some Thoughts on Cars and Parking Permits
    Hello, people of the world! I'd like to pass along some practical advice about what it's like to bring your out of state car to Massachusetts, because there are a number of things I've had to learn the hard way...
  • Summer Reading
    It's time for another book list! Here's what I'm currently diving into, and one more that I'm planning to pick up from the library ASAP. Needful Things by Stephen King- I haven't read a good scary book in a while....
  • Summer Travels
    Greetings from Amarillo, Texas--home of the Big Texan 72 oz. Steak Challenge, truly epic thunderstorms, and according to a 2016 article by The Weather Channel, it's the windiest city in America. Another fun fact? A-Town's record wind speed clocked in...
  • The Prettiest Afternoon
    I went on a lovely little outing this past Saturday! I met a friend at Copley Square and we went to treat ourselves at L.A. Burdick's, an amazing and decadent chocolatier that I highly suggest you try at least once...
  • End of Semester Thoughts
    I won't lie, y'all. It was hard for me to think of something to write about for my post today. I've actually been having a lot of trouble in that area where inspiration meets diligence lately...which, you might guess, and...
  • What I'm Reading Lately
    I haven't put together a proper book list in quite some time, and I figure this is one of the best places to post such a thing. I'll tell you a little bit about some of the books I've read...
  • In Case of Free Time
    Due to some marvelous twist of fate, I indeed have some of this coveted free time mentioned in the title, even in the midst of three classes, two part-time jobs, and an internship. Phew. Did I mention that the twist...
  • My Simmons Journey
    It's officially spring time, but you wouldn't guess it if you were to peer outside the window right about now. There are heaps of snow on the ground--remnants of our fourth nor'easter this month--and the sky is grey and overcast....
  • Here a Library
    This may not come as a surprise to you, dear readers, but ever since I started at SLIS I have gotten really, really into all things library-related. Who would have thought? I've been most enthralled by the idea that there...
  • Experience in an Archive
    In my Introduction to Archival Methods & Services class, we were charged to write an overview of our experience using an archives, and part of that assignment meant coming up with our own research question and doing some digging into...
  • An Exceptional February Day
    Today, I had the supremely cool opportunity to join a group of my classmates on a tour of the Boston Athenæum (courtesy of the Simmons Panopticon chapter--y'all rock!). Also, spring decided to pop its head in early with sunshine and...