Student Snippets A Window Into The Daily Life & Thoughts of SLIS Students

Travelogue

                I am no stranger to travelling home from university for the holidays. Whether by plane, train, or automobile, I have taken many midsemester journeys home for Thanksgiving. Some of them are longer than the others. Driving over thirteen hours from New York to Illinois does not get easier after four years of experience. But, armed confidently with a full set of vaccines, it was finally time to fly home for the break after a missed year.                 Leaving Boston, I headed to Logan International after a full day at my admin job. Not my very finest and most awake travel decision, but when you wait until the last minute to book your tickets you are at the mercy of airline gods far above your understanding. In the pursuit of the least expensive tickets home, I ended up leaving on Monday. Ask anyone what the airports were going to be like this holiday travel week, and you would receive a message of apocalypse. Crowds and the associated chaos of the likes that haven’t been seen…


SLIS in the World

Welcome to our new feature, SLIS in the World, where we will be interviewing alums to see where in the world they are now, what they’re doing with their library degree, and what they loved the most about their time at Simmons.  When people think of job opportunities post-graduation, they tend to think of roles like “middle school librarian” or “reference librarian.” Cybersecurity research tends not to be anywhere on the list of imagined roles, but for our inaugural alum, that’s exactly what her work at Forester involves! We’re happy to welcome to the blog Isabelle Raposo, a DYO (“Design Your Own”) concentrator who, after following her various passions through this flexible concentration, now describes herself as a “Swiss Army Knife” librarian ready to tackle all sorts of information needs after graduating in 2021. Read on to learn more about Isabelle’s work experience, favorite courses, and best study hack!  The DYO track at Simmons allows students a lot of flexibility in how they shape their studies. How did you approach completing the DYO concentration?  I…


To Saturday Mornings

To Saturday mornings… Waking up bright and early, stopping for that necessary cup of coffee Driving to class as the sun makes the world just a bit brighter. ~~~ To Saturday mornings… Discussing the sleuthing questions that stumped us that week, Sharing thought processes and delving into animated discussion, Engaged and excited to learn. ~~~ To Saturday mornings… A nice mix between listening and talking, Cogs of my brain turning faster, absorbing what my classmates share. A small group of seven makes class discussion especially fun. ~~~ To Saturday mornings… You’ve become a weekly joy, something to look forward to. As the semester slowly grinds to a stop, I will miss you as we part for a bit. ~~~ To Saturday mornings… The semester is not quite concluded, There’s still some time left.


It’s Registration Day!

It’s hard to comprehend just how fast this Fall semester has flown by. I know we aren’t done just yet, but the discussions in my classes are slowly starting to involve final projects and the inevitable last day of the semester. While it’s exciting to be considering classes for next semester, I am going to miss my current schedule that I have become quite used to. Maybe it’s the first semester nostalgia already kicking in before I have completed it…who knows? The exciting thing about a conclusion to the semester is that I get to consider what classes I would like to take next semester, which has always been one of my favorite things to sit down and plan. Even in my undergraduate schooling, I would always get excited when the next semester catalog was released, and I could peruse the offerings to see what might interest me. One of the things that makes this experience especially fun at SLIS is that my program is mostly made up of elective courses, so I really get…


Ode to the SLIS Lounge

Opine for gossip The long knowing microwave beeps The sound that fills the space before a bite or sip ~~~ Discussions of theoretical leaps Of job postings that best fit our skills The latest weekly crisis crawls in, seeping ~~~ It all shows the academic hills that we climb everyday Trying to understand our own desires within what the world wills ~~~ But this is the point of spaces like this, the way for us to connect, whether physical or digital we find to connect and stay ~~~ It’s multifunctional And never illogical


A Three-Part Guide to Daylight Savings

On Monday evening, or really what I would call at most late afternoon, I sat at my desk in my office building watching the sun go down. Spring forward and fall back, daylight saving time has come to an end here in the United States.             I know that I am somewhat alone in loving winter. Five lake-effect snow laden years living in Central New York will do that to a girl. But, even I felt the spike of dread at watching the sky darken at an early 4:30pm. I know that a lot of Simmons students aren’t from New England, myself included. Winter here is not the same dusting of snow that shuts down major Southern cities. Before we also start to resign ourselves to hibernation until Spring, I thought I would share my plan to make our long, cold nights a little less daunting. Maybe these three tips will make you winter people yet. We are always looking for converts! Step 1: Read. I know. I know. We are all here in the…


An Ode to Western Mass.

Western Massachusetts is one of my favorite areas to explore in my free time! Maybe I’m a bit biased as I grew up here, but it’s an area rich with history, the arts, beautiful scenery, and plenty of other things to see and do. If you are a student at SLIS West, whether new to the area or visiting to take a library course on the Mount Holyoke campus for the first time, here are some of my recommendations of things to do in the surrounding area near the SLIS West campus! If you enjoy being out in nature, whether that be biking, hiking, walking, or your preferred nature activity, there are many trails and conservation sites to spend some time basking in the outdoors. My personal favorites are the following: Hiking up to the Summit House on top of Mt. Holyoke (if you want to see the beautiful views of the valley, but can’t do the hike, you can drive and park at the top when the road is open). Check out the view…


SLIS Faculty Finds a Silver Lining to 2020 and Wins Award

Creativity – albeit forced creativity – became the order of the day when teachers and programs pivoted to online learning for the end of the 2020 and the entire 2020-2021 school years. In recognition of the optimism and innovations of the faculty, Simmons dedicated a $10,000 Presidential Grant from the Davis Education Foundation to a Post-Pandemic Innovative Teaching Award, colloquially called the “Silver Linings” Award. Out of more than thirty applications, eighteen faculty members were recognized, including SLIS’s own Professor Lisa Hussey. Professor Hussey was recognized for her implementation of a flipped classroom to foster meaningful remote engagement and to engender class community even from afar. An initial hurdle for Professor Hussey was imagining how to transition her course Reader’s Advisory, built around class discussions of nine novels and the application of genre theory, to a remote setting. Although Professor Hussey had taught other courses virtually, she never imagined this course in a remote learning setting. However, thanks to the success she had with transitioning it online, Professor Hussey plans to offer the class virtually…


One Simmons and New York State of Mind

Alright so I’m finally getting around to our ONE Simmons project. You can probably read more about this here but I’d like to discuss a little more about the student experience with having things a little messy on campus currently. Since I came back in September, the major changes to campus have taken some getting used to, but I’ve learned to navigate my way around the campus. Classes are a little more all over the place currently with some LIS classes in Lefavour, some in the Palace Road building, and some in the Management Building. While I won’t get to be here when it is all said and done, I’m expecting that once the library has opened back up in its proper place, then things will settle down a little more. Speaking of, as someone who has needed to heavily rely on the library’s resources this semester because of my thesis, I’ve been impressed with how they have problem solved effectively with such a reduced space. InterLibrary Loan is still active and has been a…


Welcome New Blogger – Erin

Hi everyone! I’m Erin, and this is my first semester in the DYO program at Simmons, where I’m studying at SLIS West. I grew up in Massachusetts, western Mass. to be exact! I’m quite happy to be back in the area for graduate school. I did my undergraduate studies all the way in northern New York at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where I studied Flute Performance as well as some Music Business. I’ve always loved libraries and books, but what really spurred my interest into thinking about librarianship as a career path was a library and education internship I did at Goodspeed Musicals in their Scherer Library of Musical Theatre (located in Connecticut!). I learned so much from that experience, and it really planted the seed in my head of combining two of the things that I love, music and libraries. And here I am now! Outside of grad school, I spend much of my time with music, in one form or another. These days I play the flute for fun….