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

Welcome New Student Blogger: Regina Dziergas

Hello everyone!

My name is Regina Dziergas, and I am currently enrolled in the Library and Information Sciences masters’ program with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Informatics. I am originally from Syracuse, New York, spent time in Western New York while completing my undergraduate degree in psychology/musicology at SUNY Geneseo, and moved to Boston in the fall of 2020 to start graduate school at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts for my MA in Ethnomusicology. So far, my favorite course at Simmons has been LIS 438: Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice, and I’m looking forward to starting my 60-hour field experience through that course later this semester!

In my free time I like to collect books and vinyl records, practice flute and piano, bake bread, do yoga, hike, attend concerts, collect old cameras/shoot photography (primarily 35mm film), explore Boston, and spend time with my friends and family. I’ve also spent my last few years doing ethnographic ethnomusicological fieldwork in the greater Boston area, researching live performances, meeting and documenting the stories of local musicians/industry professionals/music fans, and working on my masters’ thesis on popular country music.

Pictured here are members of The Black Opry, the subjects of my graduate thesis, performing live in Boston!

I’m currently in my first year at SLIS and am enjoying getting settled into the program, and am looking forward to sharing my perspective on life in Boston and graduate school with all of you!