This Week at SLIS: Week of January 26 – February 1

Week of January 26 – February 1

Are you someone who enjoys social events?

Do you like being the point person when getting together with friends?

Need to add to your resume?

You should know LISSA is currently looking for a VP of Events to help organize an end of semester social! We are seeking someone who can dedicate just a few hours of their week to help set up an event like last year’s wonderful dinner party at the Boston Tea Party Museum. Everyone will be thanking you making this spring’s shindig happen! Email lissapres@simmons.edu if you would be interested in this opportunity.

ALA Youth Media Awards Livestream

Monday, January 27

8:00-9:30 am

Kotzen Room

Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Pizza with the Dean

Tuesday, January 28

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Dean’s Conference Room – Palace Road Building, First Floor, P111

RSVP: slispizza.eventbrite.com
Come meet COCIS dean Marie desJardins and enjoy some pizza on SLIS. This will be an opportunity to hear more about plans for COCIS and SLIS and ask any questions you might have. Please share any dietary restrictions with your RSVP.

ICA Trip

Saturday, February 1st

12:45 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston

Panopticon is kicking off the spring semester with a trip to Boston’s fave contemporary art gallery – the ICA. We’ll get to go inside Yayoi Kusama’s iconic LOVE IS CALLING installation and explore the rest of the galleries at our own pace. Come meet fellow SLIS art enthusiasts and have a great afternoon!

Tickets are on us, but space is limited, and open only to Simmons SLIS students. See the Eventbrite page to get more details and save your spot. Password for tickets is LOVE.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ica-trip-tickets-88522995663

 

Coming Soon!

Data, data everywhere

2/12/2020

MCB*C124

6-8pm

“Data, data everywhere and the Information Professionals categorizing and systemizing it for their organizations.
SLA@Simmons and SLA New England cohost this panel event.
Snacks will be provided.”

ResumeX

SLIS Tech Lab P214

2/25/2020

6-8pm

ResumeX is a speed-dating style career development workshop in which LIS professionals review current graduate students’ resumes and cover letters, providing constructive feedback.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: 2020 SLIS Art Show

Submission deadline: Sunday, February 23rd at midnight

Panopticon is now accepting submissions for the 2020 SLIS Art Show! We take pieces of any medium, form and level – in the past we’ve had everything from collage, sculpture, painting, illustration, photography, craft art, zines, but we truly want to see whatever it is you want to show off.


If you want to submit, please tell us more about your piece by filling out the following Google form (we will also be setting up a dropbox for physical forms in the SLIS lounge). If you want to submit multiple works, please fill out a separate form for each.

SUBMIT –> https://forms.gle/oJYfaBcpj3Msgp7B6

This Week at SLIS: April 28-May 4

Hello SLIS! Sending you good vibes for the final week of class meetings. Remember to take study breaks, and occasionally swap out that coffee or tea for some water. You’re so close – you can do this!
 
COCIS EvalKit surveys for your Spring 2019 class schedule should now be open – check your inbox! Unlike the Gallup polls sent out by the University, these are the official course evaluations conducted by SLIS – they can directly impact on the way instructors consider running the course in the future, and will be available for other students to read when considering classes (anonymously, of course). We encourage you to take the time to leave your comments!

Graffiti Walk with Professor Ann Graf
Sunday, April 28
12:00-3:00 pm
Allston (meet at 279 Harvard Street)
Join Panopticon and professor Ann Graf for a stroll down Allston’s Harvard Street to discuss the methods & challenges of documenting street art using real-life examples from the neighborhood. Comfortable shoes recommended. Meet at noon in front of Brookline Booksmith, located at 279 Harvard Street, Brookline. After the walk, join us for food, drinks, and free appetizers at Lulu’s in Union Square. 
 
Faculty Candidate Presentation: Rhiannon Bettivia: “Technology and Governance in Digital Memory Cultures”
Monday, April 29
2:00 pm
P-308
Rhiannon’s most recent work asks how libraries and museums should preserve digital heritage (like video games and computational art) and involves working with researchers and preservation institutions around the world. While doing that, she has taught and designed curricula that help students engage with tricky questions and get hands-on experience with preservation systems, digital forensics tools, and metadata creation. She is interested in opportunities in the areas of digital stewardship including preservation, curation, and metadata. Please send me a LinkedIn invitation or message for more information about my work and experiences. Check out Dr. Bettivia’s website 
 
SCEC Salary Negotiation Workshop
Tuesday, April 30
5:00-7:00 pm
MCB C-103
Want to get tips on how to negotiate a salary? The Career Education Center is excited to announce a new event for the end of our Spring 2019 semester – The Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop. Brought to Simmons in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a leading voice providing equity and education for women and girls. **RSVP through Handshake at www.simmons.joinhandshake.com officially closed April 26, but I would strongly encourage students to reach out to SCEC about attending.
 
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WGBH Fix-It-athon
Wednesday, May 1
3:00-6:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
Come hang out with AMIA and ASIS&T as we participate in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s Transcribe to Digitize challenge by correcting computer-generated transcripts for programs from WGBH through the Fix It + platform. In addition to making public media history more accessible online, each transcript corrected funds the digitization of one at-risk tape.
 
Finals Pick-Me-Up from SLA
Wednesday, May 1
3:15-4:00 pm
SLIS Student Lounge (P-212)
Come join us for light refreshments and fun conversation. Afterwards, join AMIA’s Fix-It-athon in the Tech Lab.
 
Spectra Origami De-Stress Event
Thursday, May 2
SLIS Student Lounge (P-212)
Fold away your stress! Look for Spectra in the lounge on Thursday with origami papers and instructions to make some cool crafts between classes!
 
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A Conversation with Robert Fieseler
Friday, May 3
6:00-8:00 pm
School of Management M-106
Interested in LBGTQ+ and American civil rights history? Join Simmons SLIS’ LGBTQ+ student group, Spectra, for a conversation with journalist and author Robert Fieseler about his award-winning book, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Upstairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Food and refreshments will be served.  


Coming Soon!
New Student Leadership Training
Sunday, May 5
12:00-1:00 pm, COCIS Tech Lab Classroom (P-213)
New (and returning!) officers are encouraged to attend this workshop where LISSA leadership will review event-planning procedures and answer any questions you have about working with student orgs! Burrito lunch will be provided in the lounge.
Pizza with the Dean
Monday, May 6
1:00-2:00 pm, P-111 (Dean’s Conference Room)
Join COCIS Dean Dr. Marie desJardins for a pizza lunch and discuss future plans for the program with fellow graduate students. Please fill out this quick RSVP if you plan to attend so we can gauge how much food to order!
 
Bake/Book Sale Supporting Library Development in Rwanda
Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8
10:00 am-3:00 pm, Fens Cafeteria Lobby, MCB
This summer, Professor Hussey’s Library Development class will be traveling to Rwanda, and are selling their books and bakes to raise money for supplies and more reading materials for Rwandan students. Take a study break and stop by for a sweet pick-me-up.
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Tower Hill Botanic Garden Tour
Friday, May 10
12:00-3:00 pm,
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
Come tour the library at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA! We’ll be leaving from Simmons at 11:00AM and meeting at Tower Hill Botanic Garden at 12:00. We’ll look at the collections, learn about how the library fits into the overall structure of the Botanic Garden, and even have a chance to look at the gardens themselves after our tour is complete. Please sign-up on our Eventbrite, as tickets and transportation need to be arranged ahead of time!  

This Week at SLIS: April 21-28

Faculty Candidate Presentation: Nafiz Zaman Shuva
Monday, April 22
2:00 pm
P-308
Nafiz Zaman Shuva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science & Library Management, University of Dhaka. Nafiz secured 1st class 1st position in both his BA (Honours) and Masters from the Department of Information Science & Library Management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nafiz completed a two years master degree entitled’ International Master in Digital Library Learning (DILL)’ under the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus scheme. He has more than 20 research publications to his credit. Nafiz is the founder president of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers (BAYR). He is one of the ASIS&T SIG-III international paper contest 2004 winners.  He is the Managing Editor of Journal of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers (JBAYR). His research interest includes information behaviour, critical information needs, the role of information in society, information needs of the marginalized populations, e-government and its related aspects. Find a catalog of Dr. Shuva’s professional portfolio here
 
White Fragility Discussion III
Thursday, April 25
5:00-7:00 pm
P-204 F (Faculty Lounge, near faculty offices)
Continuing the 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. Join us to be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession – if you don’t have time to read the book read the article by the same name instead. Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu  
AMIA/SoCS Present “Roma”
Thursday, April 25
6:30-8:45 pm
MCB C-103
Watching Roma on Netflix at home is great and everything, but come take a study break and watch it with SoCS and AMIA instead! There will be popcorn, snacks, and drinks.  
 
Spring Art Show Reception
Friday, April 26
4:00-6:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab/Lounge, P-213
This time around, art will remain on view in the Tech Lab from April 20-May 4. Come April 26 for a formal viewing of your peers’ work, SNACKS, revelry, and even a raffle with rad PRIZES. 
 
Graffiti Walk with Professor Ann Graff
Sunday, April 28
12:00-3:00 pm
Allston (meet at 279 Harvard Street)
Join Panopticon and professor Ann Graff for a stroll down Allston’s Harvard Ave to discuss the methods & challenges of documenting street art using real-life examples from the neighborhood. Comfortable shoes recommended. Meet at noon in front of Brookline Booksmith, located at 279 Harvard Street, Brookline. After the walk, join us for food, drinks, and free appetizers at Lulu’s in Union Square. 

Coming Soon!
Faculty Candidate Presentation: Rhiannon Bettivia
Monday, April 29
2:00 pm, P-308
Rhiannon’s most recent work asks how libraries and museums should preserve digital heritage (like video games and computational art) and involves working with researchers and preservation institutions around the world. While doing that, she has taught and designed curricula that help students engage with tricky questions and get hands-on experience with preservation systems, digital forensics tools, and metadata creation. She is interested in opportunities in the areas of digital stewardship including preservation, curation, and metadata. Please send me a LinkedIn invitation or message for more information about my work and experiences. Check out Dr. Bettivia’s website 
 
SCEC Salary Negotiation Workshop
Tuesday, April 30
5:00-7:00 pm, C-103
Want to get tips on how to negotiate a salary? The Career Education Center is excited to announce a new event for the end of our Spring 2019 semester – The Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop. Brought to Simmons in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a leading voice providing equity and education for women and girls. RSVP through Handshake at www.simmons.joinhandshake.com by April 26th. Space is limited!
 
WGBH Fix-It-athon
Wednesday, May 1
3:00-6:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab, P-213
Come hang out with AMIA and ASIS&T as we participate in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s Transcribe to Digitize challenge by correcting computer-generated transcripts for programs from WGBH through the Fix It + platform. In addition to making public media history more accessible online, each transcript corrected funds the digitization of one at-risk tape.  
 
Pizza with the Dean
Monday, May 6
1:00 pm, P-111 (Dean’s Conference Room)
Join COCIS Dean Dr. Marie desJardins for a pizza lunch and discuss future plans for the program with fellow graduate students.

This Week at SLIS: April 14-20

Spring 2019 Elections are now open! Exercise your right to vote and cast a ballot for your peers who will be next year’s leaders of our SLIS Student Organizations! VOTE HERE 🗳
 
Calling all artists and art appreciators! It’s almost time for the semesterly student art show hosted by your local art librarianship/cultural heritage interest group, Panopticon! We are accepting submissions now until April 18th. 2D, 3D, digital art, a painting of your favorite meme, we want it all! SUBMIT HERE. A physical submission box has also been set up in the SLIS Lounge.  
 
Graduating students! Buy your regalia online or in person at the Bookstore now through April 25.

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Git Going with COCIS Technology
Wednesday, April 17
3:00-4:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab, P-213

Learn about the world’s most popular version control software. We will cover the basics of Git as you play a turn-based game using Git commands and GitHub.

 
SLIS Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, April 17
4:00-6:00 pm
Linda K. Paresky Center (3rd floor MCB)
It’s finally here!! Come to the SLIS Career and Networking Fair in the Paresky Conference Center! This free event will feature a photographer to take headshots (perfect for LinkedIn!) and more than 20 employers and professional organizations interested in talking to you about full- and part-time jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. Attending employers include the Boston Public Library, Framingham Public Schools, Cambridge Historical Commission, EBSCO, the JFK Library, DeGruyter, Harvard Libraries, Sharon Public Schools, Northeastern School of Law Library, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Public Library of Brookline, AccuFile, the Cape Ann Museum, and more! The event is open to all current SLIS students and recent graduates and business professional attire is recommended. RSVP here. For more information, visit https://simmons.edu/sliscareerfair. We hope to see you there! 
 
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Shared Understanding for Racial Justice with Meenakshi Verma-Agarwal and Felipe Agudelo-Acevedo
Thursday, April 18
4:00-5:00 pm
P-210
Presented by PLG and the Graduate Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion in response to and in conjunction with work that student groups in SLIS have been doing this semester, this will be an hour discussion coming to shared definitions and understanding toward racial justice. Meenakshi Verma-Agrawal, Assistant Director of the Masters of Public Health Program at Simmons, and Felipe Agudelo-Acevedo work along with the MPH on racial justice and structural systems of oppression. For those who cannot join in person:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/868116773
Access Code: 868-116-773
(877) 309-2073
 
AMIA Tour of WGBH
Thursday, April 18
5:00-8:00 pm
WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Allston, MA 01235
Join AMIA as we tour the archives of WGBH with AMIA board member, Casey Kaufman. WGBH is the public radio/television station known for such hit shows as Zoom and Masterpiece. Afterwards we’ll be headed down the street for pizza and candlepin bowling, sponsored by SCoSAA and Panopticon! We’ll be meeting in the lobby of WGBH, located at One Guest Street. Parking is available in the visitor parking lot to the right of the building and in the parking garage free of charge.

 
3rd Annual SoCS Networking Event
Friday, April 19
6:00-8:00 pm
Kotzen Room (L-001)
SoCS invites students of color to bring their business cards and meet librarians and archivists of color from the Boston area. Free dinner will be served. RSVP on Eventbrite using the password for the culture
 
SLIS West Film Handling Workshop – Round 2!
Saturday, April 20
12:00-3:00 pm
SLIS West Lounge
…Did you miss us? Last semester we were able to make the trip to the SLIS west campus, bringing AMIA goodness and a hand-on workshop on film handling and identification. Join us in the SLIS West Lounge if you missed out last time- or if it’s your second time that’s fine too 🙂 Snacks will be provided. 


Coming Soon!
White Fragility Discussion – III
Thursday, April 25
5:00-7:00 pm, TBD
Continuing the 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. Join us to be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession – if you don’t have time to read the book read the article by the same name instead. Note: You do NOT need to have attended the first session to come to this one! Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu
 
AMIA/SoCS Present “Roma”
Thursday, April 25
6:00-8:45 pm, MCB C-103
Watching Roma on Netflix at home is great and everything, but come take a study break and watch it with SoCS and AMIA instead! There will be popcorn, snacks, and drinks.  
 
Suffolk County House of Correction Library Tour
Friday, April 26
2:00-5:00 pm, Suffolk County House of Correction
20 Bradston St, Boston, MA 02118
Come tour the library at the Suffolk County House of Correction in South Bay with SLA. The librarians there will discuss the nature of work at the library and the unique challenges posed by the nature of a correctional institution. We will also talk with the Head of Women’s Programming. We will meet in the lobby of the Palace Road Building at 1:15pm and travel together (it is about a 40 minute trip). Otherwise, plan to be at 20 Bradston St at 2pm. **If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form linked on the Eventbrite page and send it to sla@simmons.edu or bring it to Puck Malamud in person.**
 
Spring Art Show Reception
Friday, April 26
4:00-6:00 pm, COCIS Tech Lab/Lounge (P-212, 213)
This time around, art will remain on view in the Tech Lab from April 20-May 4. Come April 26 for a formal viewing of your peers’ work, SNACKS, revelry, and even a raffle with rad PRIZES. 
Graffiti Tour
Sunday, April 28
12:00 pm, Brookline/Allston
Join Panopticon and professor Ann Graff for a stroll down Allston’s Harvard Ave to discuss the methods & challenges of documenting street art using real-life examples from the neighborhood. Comfortable shoes recommended. Meet at noon in front of Brookline Booksmith, located at 279 Harvard Street, Brookline. After the walk, join us for food, drinks, and free appetizers at Lulu’s in Union Square. 

This Week at SLIS: National Library Week Edition! April 7-13

National Library Week!
Libraries=Strong Communities: Celebrate National Library Week, April 7-14, 2019
This year, the American Library Association has focused National Library Week on the theme Libraries = Strong Communities, emphasizing the valuable resources that libraries provide to cities, towns, schools, and campuses, and how they bond members of those communities. Read more about NLW and what you can do to help spread appreciation for our libraries. And be sure to check out our very full week of programming at SLIS!
 
Election Update: Did you forget to submit your name for an officer position next year? Were you on the fence about getting involved? Good news – The nomination period has been extended an additional week! The form will now close at noon on Saturday, April 13. Voting will take place Sunday, April 14-Saturday, April 20. 
 
Boston International Film Festival: Want to see movies that make you think about very real issues? Want to take a study break and see a international film right in Boston? You’re in luck! SCIRRT will be providing tickets for two movies at the Boston International Film Festival. If you want to see the Tanzanian movie In The Name of Your Daughter (April 11) or the Japanese film Suitable for You (April 14), fill out this survey.
Summer Course Survey: LISSA is still collecting feedback about summer course offerings! Tell us your thoughts here.

Challenged Books Discussion
Monday, April 8
2:45-3:45 pm
SLIS Student Lounge
Come join SLA for a discussion and make a prediction for the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books for 2018. What banned books have you read? Come and take a quiz! Don’t worry, it won’t be graded. Light refreshments will be provided – PLUS a special book giveaway. 

 

Simmons University and Countway Library of Medicine Mixer
Come network with SLA and meet other librarians and professionals from the Boston area! Please RSVP using this link, Contact Meredith Solomon at 617-432-1206 or meredith_solomon@hms.harvard.edu if you have any questions.
 
Artists’ Books Presentation at MassArt
Monday, April 8
4:00-5:00 pm
MassArt Library
Library Chair Rachel Resnik of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design will show Panopticon highlights from the collections including works by Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Kara Walker, and Ai Weiwei. Register on Eventbrite with password artbook. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
 
NLW Screening: The Photographer of Mathausen
Tuesday, April 9
6:00-9:00 pm
MCB C-103
**Please note the date and room change!  
Join AMIA and Panopticon as we screen ‘The Photographer of Mathausen,’ a chilling bio-drama set in 1943 Austria, telling the true story of how record keeping was used to hold war criminals accountable. Snacks will be provided 🙂 
 
White Fragility Discussion – II
Tuesday, April 9
5:00-7:00 pm
MCB C-125
Continuing the 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. Join us to be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession – if you don’t have time to read the book read the article by the same name instead. Note: You do NOT need to have attended the first session to come to this one! Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu
 
NARCAN Training (TWO dates/times!)
Wednesday, April 10 
4:00-5:30 pm
P-206
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Thursday, April 11
6:00-8:00 pm
Kotzen Room (L-001)
Boston Public Health Commission will be offering education and training to SLIS students. Participants learn about the importance of calling 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose, how to perform rescue breathing and administer nasal NARCAN, and treatment options for opioid users.
**Online students can use this free virtual course provided by the BPHC.
 
LibGuides Workshops (TWO dates/times!)
Wednesday, April 10
4:00-5:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
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Thursday, April 11  
11:00 am-12:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
Get help starting your LIS 407 LibGuide class project or come to learn about the software and get assistance troubleshooting. Can’t make the workshop? Join via GoToMeeting, Meeting ID: 809-429-045
 
DineAround with SLA New England
Wednesday, April 10
6:00-8:00 pm
Join SLA New England and SLA@Simmons for a casual after-work networking event at Seaport’s Smoke Shop BBQ. Enjoy conversation and light food while meeting professionals and current students. Contact Jill Aberdale if you have any questions, jillian.aberdale@gmail.com. RSVP   
 
Allen Smith Symposium
Symposium & Panel Discussions: Friday, April 12, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Working Groups: Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
M501-502
The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program selects an annual scholar-in-residence. Past scholars have spent their time at Simmons teaching, guest lecturing, holding workshops or symposia. The 2019 Allen Smith Symposium, “From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education,” will gather SLIS faculty and area professionals to engage in discussion. It will also honor the contributions of Professor Jeannette Bastian during her final semester before her retirement. This event is free. Register at https://slis2019.eventbrite.com.

 


Coming Soon!
 
SLIS Career and Networking Fair 
Wednesday, April 17
4:00-6:00 pm 
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center (3rd floor MCB)
Come to the SLIS Career and Networking Fair on April 17 in the Paresky Conference Center! This free event will feature a photographer to take headshots (perfect for LinkedIn!) and more than 20 employers and professional organizations interested in talking to you about full- and part-time jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. Attending employers include the Boston Public Library, Framingham Public Schools, Cambridge Historical Commission, EBSCO, the JFK Library, DeGruyter, Harvard Libraries, Sharon Public Schools, Northeastern School of Law Library, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Public Library of Brookline, AccuFile, the Cape Ann Museum, and more! The event is open to all current SLIS students and recent graduates and business professional attire is recommended. RSVP here. For more information, visit https://simmons.edu/sliscareerfair. We hope to see you there! 
Due Date: Submissions for Panopticon’s Spring Art Show
Thursday, April 18
Calling all artists and art appreciators! It’s almost time for the semesterly student art show hosted by your local art librarianship/cultural heritage interest group, Panopticon! We are accepting submissions now until April 18th. 2D, 3D, digital art, a painting of your favorite meme, we want it all! Submit here -> https://forms.gle/V19si12GJzVjNXyp8   

This Week at SLIS: March 31-April 6

ELECTION NEWS: ICYMI, the nomination form for next year’s SLIS student leadership is NOW OPEN! Submit your name here.
Student leadership is an excellent way to add practical experience in management, event planning, budgeting, and teamwork to your resume. You will become an integral part of the Simmons community and make friends along the way. So don’t hesitate! The nomination period will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 6. Ballots will open Sunday, April 7, and close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 13. 
Read more about the available positions, student orgs, and election rules on the LISSA Blog.
 
OTHER NEWS: LISSA is conducting a survey about summer course offerings! Tell us about your registration experience and which classes you need or would like to see offered over the summer. Your feedback is important to the registrar!
BOOK DRIVE: This summer, Professor Hussey’s Library Development class will be traveling to Rwanda and they are looking for book donations! All books will either be taken to Rwanda or sold at a book sale on campus to raise money for supplies. YA fiction, sci-fi/fantasy/graphic novels preferred, but anything is welcome! A bin has been set up in the SLIS Student Lounge; please see the attached flyer for more info.

Me and White Supremacy (small working groups)
Time, date, and location vary
First session meets Tuesday, April 2
6:00-8:00 pm
For students who hold white privilege: join a small discussion/working group to meet 2-4 times between now and the end of the semester and begin to work through Layla F. Saad’s workbook, Me & White Supremacy, together. Download for free/donation. Although everyone is affected differently by intersecting systems of injustice, as (however unwilling) beneficiaries of white supremacy, it is our responsibility to take on this work of self-education and action against it, and what better way to continue it than with our LIS colleagues. These groups will strive to be supportive but brave and self-challenging discussion spaces, and it’s suggested that you download and look through the book to make sure you can commit to the work before joining a group.

Three Boston/online groups will meet:

1) Mondays at 3 or 4pm; 2) Mondays or Wednesdays at 6pm; 3) Tuesdays or Thursdays at 6pm
One Portland, ME group will meet: Sundays at 2pm SLIS West group TBD, email if interested Email slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu to join a group.
 
Interviewing and Networking Workshop
Wednesday, April 3
2:00-3:00 pm
P-207
Join SLIS and the CEC to hone your interviewing and networking skills! Learn tips and tricks and practice with mock interviews in preparation for the SLIS Career and Networking Fair!

 


Coming Soon – National Library Week!
 
Challenged Books Discussion
Monday, April 8
2:45-3:45 pm
SLIS Student Lounge
Come join SLA for a discussion and make a prediction for the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books for 2018. What banned books have you read? Come and take a quiz! Don’t worry, it won’t be graded. Light refreshments will be provided – PLUS a special book giveaway.  
Simmons University and Countway Library of Medicine Mixer
Monday, April 8
Come network with SLA and meet other librarians and professionals from the Boston area! Please RSVP using this link, https://tinyurl.com/springmixer2019 Contact Meredith Solomon at 617-432-1206 or meredith_solomon@hms.harvard.edu if you have any questions.  
 
White Fragility Discussion – II
Tuesday, April 9
5:00-7:00 pm
MCB C-125
Continuing the 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. Join us to be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession – if you don’t have time to read the book read the article by the same name instead. Note: You do NOT need to have attended the first session to come to this one! Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu
 
NARCAN Training (TWO dates/times!)
Wednesday, April 10 
4:00-5:30 pm
P-206
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Thursday, April 11
6:00-8:00 pm
Kotzen Room (L-001)
Boston Public Health Commission will be offering education and training to SLIS students. Participants learn about the importance of calling 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose, how to perform rescue breathing and administer nasal NARCAN, and treatment options for opioid users.
 
LibGuides Workshops (TWO dates/times!)
Wednesday, April 10
4:00-5:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
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Thursday, April 11  
11:00 am-12:00 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
Get help starting your LIS 407 LibGuide class project or come to learn about the software and get assistance troubleshooting. Can’t make the workshop? Join via GoToMeeting, Meeting ID: 809-429-045
 
DineAround with SLA New England
Wednesday, April 10
6:00-8:00 pm
Join SLA New England and SLA@Simmons for a casual after-work networking event at Seaport’s Smoke Shop BBQ. Enjoy conversation and light food while meeting professionals and current students. Contact Jill Aberdale if you have any questions, jillian.aberdale@gmail.com. **RSVP by Friday, April 5th**  
 
NLW Screening: The Photographer of Mathausen
Wednesday, April 10
6:00-9:00 pm
MCB C-101
Join AMIA and Panopticon as we screen ‘The Photographer of Mathausen,’ a chilling bio-drama set in 1943 Austria, telling the true story of how record keeping was used to hold war criminals accountable. Food and snacks will be provided 🙂  
 
Allen Smith Symposium
Symposium & Panel Discussions: Friday, April 12, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Working Groups: Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
M501-502
The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program selects an annual scholar-in-residence. Past scholars have spent their time at Simmons teaching, guest lecturing, holding workshops or symposia. The 2019 Allen Smith Symposium, “From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education,” will gather SLIS faculty and area professionals to engage in discussion. It will also honor the contributions of Professor Jeannette Bastian during her final semester before her retirement. This event is free. Register at https://slis2019.eventbrite.com.
SLIS Career and Networking Fair 
Wednesday, April 17
4:00-6:00 pm 
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center (3rd floor MCB)
Come to the SLIS Career and Networking Fair on April 17 in the Paresky Conference Center! This free event will feature a photographer to take headshots (perfect for LinkedIn!) and more than 20 employers and professional organizations interested in talking to you about full- and part-time jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. Attending employers include the Boston Public Library, Framingham Public Schools, Cambridge Historical Commission, EBSCO, the JFK Library, DeGruyter, Harvard Libraries, Sharon Public Schools, Northeastern School of Law Library, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Public Library of Brookline, AccuFile, the Cape Ann Museum, and more! The event is open to all current SLIS students and recent graduates and business professional attire is recommended. RSVP here. For more information, visit https://simmons.edu/sliscareerfair. We hope to see you there!

This Week at SLIS: March 24-30

SPRING ELECTIONS: Interested in getting more involved with student organizations next year? Start thinking ahead, because nominations for 2019-2020 Student Leadership will open Saturday, March 30! Look out for an email with more info and a refresher on the available positions.
BOOK DRIVE: This summer, Professor Hussey’s Library Development class will be traveling to Rwanda and they are looking for book donations! All books will either be taken to Rwanda or sold at a book sale on campus to raise money for supplies. YA fiction, sci-fi/fantasy/graphic novels preferred, but anything is welcome! A bin has been set up in the SLIS Student Lounge; please see the attached flyer for more info.
 
GRADUATION GOWNS: Heads up!  🎓 This year, LISSA has started a new initiative to make a (very) limited number of graduation gowns and regalia available for rental free of charge! The Simmons Commencement Office will be distributing more information about purchasing caps and gowns in early April, but look out for an email from LISSA later this week with the rental request form.

Usability Lab Workshop
Tuesday, March 26
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Collaboratory, P-314
This workshop will cover basic concepts of user experience and usability testing, including the common testing procedures and tools. In the second half of the workshop we will feature a tour of the of the COCIS Usability Lab and a hands-on exercise of usability testing with Morae software. Food and drink will be provided! Please RSVP on Eventbrite.  
Conference Preparation Forum
Conference Preparation Forum
Wednesday, March 27
2:00-3:00 pm
Kotzen Room (L001-002)
Getting ready for NEA? Thinking about future conferences? Hear from a panel of SLIS students as they share their experiences at various LIS-related professional conferences. The conversation will cover such topics as how to obtain funding, networking strategies, giving presentations, and making the most of your conference experience. If you cannot attend, LISSA will distribute resources to summarize what was covered, including this list of upcoming conferences for 2019-2020.
A Conversation with Jane Sanchez '76, Law Librarian of Congress
A Conversation with Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress
Wednesday, March 27
4:00-5:30 pm
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 if you plan to attend in person. Or tune in virtually using GoToMeeting:
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129 
Access Code: 531-014-933 
First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: 
 

Spectra Open Meeting & Fourth Friday Film
Friday, March 29
6:00-9:00 pm
M-513

Spectra, Simmons’ LGBTQ+ affinity group, will be holding our monthly open meeting followed by our 4th Friday Film series. Come join us at M513 (School of Management) to meet our members and discuss ideas for events, activities, or trips to take with the organization. Meeting at 6:00, film (TBD – VOTE HERE!) starts at 7:00! See you there!   


Coming Soon!
 
Interviewing and Networking Workshop
Wednesday, April 3
2:00-3:00 pm, P-207
Join SLIS and the CEC to hone your interviewing and networking skills! Learn tips and tricks and practice with mock interviews in preparation for the SLIS Career and Networking Fair!
Simmons University and Countway Library of Medicine Mixer
Monday, April 8
4:00-6:00 pm, Countway Library of Medicine, 5th Floor, Lahey Room
10 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115
Come network and meet other librarians and professionals from the Boston area! Please RSVP using this link. Contact Meredith Solomon at 617-432-1206 or meredith_solomon@hms.harvard.edu if you have any questions.   
White Fragility Discussion – II & III
Tuesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 25
5:00-7:00 pm, TBD
Continuing the 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. Join us to be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession – if you don’t have time to read the book read the article by the same name instead. Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu.
 
DineAround with SLA New England
Wednesday, April 10
6:00-8:00 pm, The Smoke Shop BBQ
343 Congress St., Boston, 02210
Join SLA New England and SLA@Simmons for a casual after-work networking event at Seaport’s Smoke Shop BBQ. Enjoy conversation and light food while meeting professionals and current students. Contact Jill Aberdale if you have any questions, jillian.aberdale@gmail.com. **RSVP by Friday, April 5th**  
SLIS Career and Networking Fair 
Wednesday April 17, 2019 4pm-6pm 
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center 
Come to the SLIS Career and Networking Fair on April 17 in the Paresky Conference Center! This free event will feature a photographer to take headshots (perfect for LinkedIn!) and more than 20 employers and professional organizations interested in talking to you about full- and part-time jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. Attending employers include the Boston Public Library, Framingham Public Schools, Cambridge Historical Commission, EBSCO, the JFK Library, DeGruyter, Harvard Libraries, Sharon Public Schools, Northeastern School of Law Library, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Public Library of Brookline, AccuFile, the Cape Ann Museum, and more! The event is open to all current SLIS students and recent graduates and business professional attire is recommended. RSVP here. For more information, visit https://simmons.edu/sliscareerfair. We hope to see you there! 

This Week at SLIS: March 17-23

There are LOTS of great events going on this week! We hope you can find time to drop by and check them out!
 
reminder again to all who ordered a copy of White Fragility that it is now available for pickup at the SSC window.

Handshake Workshop

Monday, March 18
3:30 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
In preparation for the SLIS Career and Networking Fair in April, join us for a Handshake workshop! What is Handshake? It’s an online database of employers and jobs that all Simmons students and alumni have access to. Representatives from the Career Education Center will show you how to set up your account, search for jobs, and get the most out of Handshake. We hope to see you there!
Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: A Conversation with Dr. Jeanette Bastian
Tuesday, March 19
3:00-4:00 pm, Collaboratory (P-314)
Join SCIRRT for a conversation with SLIS professor Dr. Jeanette Bastian about her new book, Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: An Archives Reader. We will hear from her about this new collection of “forty essays by archivists and academics within and outside of the Caribbean region that address challenges of collecting, representing, and preserving the records and cultural expressions of former colonial societies, exploring the contribution of these records to nation-building.”
Please join us in the Collaboratory (or in GoToMeeting – look out for another email with the link soon!), and bring your thoughts and questions! Feel free to email us with any specific questions you’d like to see us ask her at the event at scirrt@simmons.edu. There will be snacks, of course!
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116 
Access Code: 950-159-181

Queering The Catalog - A conversation with Emily Drabinski

In Conversation with Emily Drabinski
Wednesday, March 20
11:00 am
Collaboratory (P-314)
Join Spectra this Wednesday to speak with Emily Drabinski, author of Queering the Catalog and Coordinator of Library Instruction at LIU Brooklyn about her expertise in “gender and sexuality in librarianship, and the intersections of power and library systems and structures”. The conversation will be streamed over GoToMeeting and the Simmons community can also stream this event off campus. 
GoToMeeting link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/245100885 Access code: 245-100-885
Podcasting 101
Workshop: Podcasting 101
Wednesday, March 20
2:30-3:30 pm
COCIS Tech Lab (P-213)
Do you want to make your own podcast but aren’t sure where to start? Join the COCIS Tech Lab to learn about planning, recording, editing, and publishing the next great podcast! 

http://booksbeatsandbeyond.com/white-fragility/

White Fragility Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 20
4:00-6:00 pm
School of Management M-501
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, pick up a free copy of the book 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!  
Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu 
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3117 
Access Code: 897-988-933 
 
Webinar: SustainRT Virtual Conversation with LIS Students
Friday, March 22
3:00-4:00 pm
Online
The Sustainability Round Table is ~500 student members strong and we want to talk to you! Our virtual conversation will bring you up-to-date with recent activities as well as the (very exciting) unveiling of our SustainRT Mentorship Program. Seasoned sustainability librarians will be paired with LIS students aiming to weave meaningful change-making re: sustainability into their careers. While the actual program won’t go live right away, we’ll be asking for your feedback for shaping the program. You’ll also get to meet some of our mentors!  
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AMIA Open Meeting

AMIA Open Meeting at Aeronaut Brewing Company

Friday, March 22
6:00-7:30 pm
14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143
Come enjoy some booze and news with your fellow Filmerinos! Meet up with your AMIA officers as we get down to business, share our plans, and hear your thoughts and ideas! Meeting starts at 6:00-ish and should take about an hour, maybe a wee-bit longer if we get chatty. See you there!  
 

Volunteering at The History Project with PLG

Saturday, March 23
12:00-3:00 pm
The Progressive Librarians Guild is continuing its partnership with The History Project, and we would love for you to join us! This is a volunteer opportunity that allows us to process materials for Boston’s LGBTQ Archive. The archive is entirely volunteer run, and through PLG we are able to contribute to their work. This is great experience for all students, regardless of your archives experience. We will meet in the SLIS lounge at 11:15 to caravan together, or you can meet us there!
 
AMIA’s Film Handling and Identification Workshop
Saturday, March 23
12:00-3:00 pm
Collaboratory (P-314)
This basic film handling experience will introduce you to the wonderful world of moving image archiving! Drop in and hang out with us, learn how to handle various film types, and have an all around good time. Plus, pizza!  

Coming Soon!
 
Conference Preparation Forum
Wednesday, March 27
2:00-3:00 pm, Kotzen Room
Hear from a panel of SLIS students as they share their experiences at various LIS-related professional conferences. The conversation will cover such topics as how to obtain funding, networking strategies, giving presentations, and making the most out of your conference experience. If you cannot attend, LISSA will distribute resources to summarize what was covered, including a list of upcoming conferences for 2019-2020.
 
A Conversation with Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress
Wednesday, March 27
4:00-5:30 pm
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.
Spring 2019 SLIS Career Fair
Wednesday, April 17
4:00-6:00 pm
Linda K. Paresky Center (3rd floor MCB)
The 2019 Library and Information Science Career and Networking Fair will bring together employers who are seeking interns, employees, and networking opportunities with students, these employers are from the Greater Boston area, New England, and beyond. Co-hosted by SLIS and the Simmons Career Education Center (CEC), the fair is a terrific opportunity for recruiters to promote their organizations and meet highly qualified candidates seeking full-time, part-time, and internship employment as well as networking opportunities. The LIS Career and Networking Fair is intended for current students, recent graduates, and alumni of the Simmons LIS program only. To get more information, including updates on the attending vendors, visit this website.

Week of March 10-16, 2019

Welcome back! Check out this batch of upcoming events to help put the spring back into your step after that much-needed break. 
But first, a few things to note:
  • LISSA is hosting our Spring Town Hall this Tuesday (see details below) and we’d love to hear from you! Online, Westies, and on-campus students alike: please send us your questions!
  • If you requested a copy of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility, the order should arrive on campus by Monday afternoon. Boston students can check with the SSC office this week to pick up your book; remote students will have theirs sent in the mail within the next few days. We were heartened by the number of respondents who want to be a part of this important discussion.

An AMIA Film Outing: Women with a Camera
Monday, March 11
7:00-9:00 pm
Join the AMIA Student Chapter as we celebrate women’s history month with a collection of short films by women from the Bauhaus. The event, hosted by the Harvard Film Archive, begins at 7pm. To attend with AMIA (and have your tickets paid for!) RSVP via Eventbrite and meet us at the Harvard Square T Station at 6pm. Please note that this event is only available to Simmons University SLIS students. In order to successfully RSVP use the password “amiahfa“.  
Spring Town Hall
Tuesday, March 12
4:30-5:30 pm
Faculty/Staff Dining Hall (Lower Level MCB)
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 – please submit them here! Everyone is welcome to attend in person or online via GoToMeeting. Connect from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the info below:
 
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 909-348-149
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
Digital Humanities Panel
Wednesday, March 13
2:00-3:00 pm
M-101 (School of Management)
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 Francis Loeb Library
Friday, March 15
3:30-5:00 pm
Please join Panopticon for a most illuminating tour of Harvard School of Design’s Francis Loeb Library on March 15 3:30-5:00 with Ann Whiteside, Librarian and Assistant Dean for Information Services. Attendance is limited to 15 SLIS students. You can reserve a spot by registering on our eventbrite page. Page password is Loeb.

Coming Soon!
 
Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: A Conversation with Dr. Jeanette Bastian
Tuesday, March 19
3:00-4:00 pm, Collaboratory (P-314)
Join SCIRRT for a conversation with SLIS professor Dr. Jeanette Bastian about her new book, Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: An Archives Reader. We will hear from her about this new collection of “forty essays by archivists and academics within and outside of the Caribbean region that address challenges of collecting, representing, and preserving the records and cultural expressions of former colonial societies, exploring the contribution of these records to nation-building.”
Please join us in the Collaboratory (or in GoToMeeting – look out for another email with the link soon!), and bring your thoughts and questions! Feel free to email us with any specific questions you’d like to see us ask her at the event at scirrt@simmons.edu. There will be snacks, of course!  

http://booksbeatsandbeyond.com/white-fragility/

White Fragility Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 20
4:00-6:00 pm, M-501 (School of Management)
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. Be a part of this sorely needed conversation in our profession. If you don’t have time to read the book, read the article by the same name instead. There will be snacks!
Interested in helping facilitate? Email plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu 
 
Webinar: SustainRT Virtual Conversation with LIS Students
Friday, March 22
3:00-4:00 pm, Online
The Sustainability Round Table is ~500 student members strong and we want to talk to you! Our virtual conversation will bring you up-to-date with recent activities as well as the (very exciting) unveiling of our SustainRT Mentorship Program. Seasoned sustainability librarians will be paired with LIS students aiming to weave meaningful change-making re: sustainability into their careers. While the actual program won’t go live right away, we’ll be asking for your feedback for shaping the program. You’ll also get to meet some of our mentors!
 
Join Zoom Meeting
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Volunteering at The History Project with PLG

Saturday, March 23
The Progressive Librarians Guild is continuing its partnership with The History Project, and we would love for you to join us! This is a volunteer opportunity that allows us to process materials for Boston’s LGBTQ Archive. The archive is entirely volunteer run, and through PLG we are able to contribute to their work. This is great experience for all students, regardless of your archives experience. We will meet in the SLIS lounge at 11:15 to caravan together, or you can meet us there!
 
A Conversation with Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress
Wednesday, March 27
4:00-5:30 pm
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.

Week of February 24-March 2, 2019

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**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
Anytime
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
6:00 pm
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
5:00 pm
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 Constructionco-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: slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu | 909-667-9354


Coming Soon!

Webinar: Practicing Presence: A Mindfulness Experience

Monday, March 4
1:00 pm
Online

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 lissasecretary@simmons.edu. Everyone is welcome to attend in person or online via GoToMeeting (link and location forthcoming).

Digital Humanities and Librarianship Panel

Wednesday, March 13
2:00-3:00 pm
Collaboratory P-314

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
3:30-5:00 pm

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
4-6pm
Location TBD

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 plg@simmons.edu or slis-diversity-inclusion@simmons.edu

A Conversation with Jane Sánchez, Law Librarian of Congress

Wednesday, March 27
4:00-5:30 pm
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.