**There will be no email next Sunday, so be sure to read this one in full to get all the details for things we have coming up for you in March. Enjoy your Spring Break!**
Boston students, do you want to be more involved on campus? The SLIS Student Services Center is hiring! Looking for someone to fill 15-20 hours per week to perform administrative, scheduling, and event planning duties for the SSC desk. To apply, please email a copy of your resume and cover letter to SSCslis@simmons.edu and put “Student Services Center Worker” in the subject line.
Panopticon wants your input! Fill out this quick survey to choose what kind of activities you’d like to participate in this semester!
Prison Book Program Book & Materials Drive
Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1
SLIS Student Lounge (P-212)
These will be used to provide incarcerated people all over the country with much-needed reading materials. Check out the Prison Book Program’s website
Please drop off any paperback book donations, and/or any of these items which you are able:
- Rolls of paper suitable for wrapping packages to be mailed
- Brown paper grocery bags, which can be used for wrapping packages to be mailed
- Books from PBP’s Amazon wish list if you happen to have them!! Or:
- The Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide: Putting the 10 Steps Into Action
- The Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Success Guide: Smart Choices for Making It on the Outside
- Books on auto repair
A Conversation with Ellen Oh of We Need Diverse Books™
Tuesday, February 26
C004 (Faculty/Staff Dining Room)
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and grassroots organization with the mission of putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children. Through grants, awards, mentorships, and anthologies, WNDB supports diverse writers and a future where every child can see themselves in a book. Join MG/YA author and co-founder Ellen Oh for a conversation sponsored by the Ifill College, Faculty Growth Grants, and the office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion, and Equity. Register at ellenohsimmons.eventbrite.com.
Systemic Racism in the United States: Scaffolding as Social Construction
Tuesday, February 26
Palace Road 1st Floor Conference Room
Professor Gary Bailey interviews Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason about her new book, Systemic Racism in the United States: Scaffolding as Social Construction, co-authored by Robbie W.C. Tourse and Nancy J. Wewiroski. A special event for Black History Month. Refreshments will be served.
Spectra 4th Friday Film and Open Meeting
Friday, March 1
Meeting: 6:00 pm // Film: 7:00 pm
Location TBD (look out for posters!)
Spectra will be watching Tangerine this Friday after our open meeting! Join us to give your input on Spectra events, eat snacks and watch a great film made on an iPhone!
Alternative Spring Break
Saturday, March 2 through Saturday, March 9
Flexible shifts (see the sign-up form to find one/several that work for you!)
The History Project // Prison Book Program // 826 Boston // Papercut Zine Library
Interested in volunteering with a Boston-area archive, library or LIS-related community organization over spring break (March 2nd-9th)? Fill out this sign-up form by February 28th. Questions or last-minute joiners welcome, contact: email@example.com | 909-667-9354
Webinar: Practicing Presence: A Mindfulness Experience
Monday, March 4
Learning to stay present as our climate continues to change is a key precursor to being able to take effective action. Join SustainRT for a short mindfulness practice followed by a discussion on mindfulness and librarianship, sustainability and presence, and/or anything else that arises naturally from our time together. This is a follow-up to the Bob Doppelt webinar presented on 2/26/19, but you need not have attended that one to attend this one. No meditation experience necessary! This webinar is presented by Dani Scott, Technology Librarian and LIS student at Simmons University. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/cm8O88qwSye6njUy1
Spring Town Hall
Tuesday, March 12
4:30-5:30 pm, location TBD
An opportunity for all SLIS students to ask questions and voice their concerns to SLIS Director Dr. Sanda Erdelez and COCIS Assistant Dean Dr. Em Claire Knowles. LISSA will be collecting questions in advance – look out for an email with our survey later this week, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome to attend in person or online via GoToMeeting (link and location forthcoming).
Digital Humanities and Librarianship Panel
Wednesday, March 13
What are the digital humanities? And how does it relate to librarianship? Simmons M.L.I.S. candidates Maya Bergamasco, Tim Buckingham, and Adam Mazel will overview this rapidly expanding, cutting-edge field in the humanities and academic librarianship through presentations on three of its key aspects: humanities programming, digital pedagogy, and digital publishing. This panel will be moderated by SLIS Professor Peter Botticelli. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP via this form.
Visit to Harvard’s Francis Loeb Library
Friday, March 15
48 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Panopticon will be visiting Harvard School of Design’s Francis Loeb Library on March 15, 3:30-5:00 pm, featuring a behind-the-scenes tour from Ann Whiteside, Librarian and Assistant Dean for Information Services. Space is limited, so look out for a signup sheet, to be distributed soon!
White Fragility Book Discussion – pick up a free copy at the SSC!
Wednesday, March 20th
A student-led discussion on Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, on the theme of which DiAngelo presented at this year’s ALA Midwinter conference – where several LIS professionals of color reported experiencing racist remarks and actions from white colleagues. To be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession, a limited number of free copies of the book will be available for pickup from the SSC window, or if you don’t have time to read the book read the article by the same name instead. There will be snacks! **If you are online, at SLIS West, or simply unable to get the book, please add your name to this form and we will order you a copy!
Interested in helping facilitate? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Conversation with Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress
Wednesday, March 27
Special Functions Room, 1st Floor MCB
Join the SLIS Alumni Board as they welcome Jane Sánchez ’76 to the Simmons campus. Recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, Sánchez will speak about the versatility of a Library and Information Science Degree. This event is free, but please RSVP on Eventbrite.