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First General Meeting

Come join us for our first meeting of the Spring 2017 semester on January 30th from 6:30-9:00.  We will be in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room (next to the Fens, down the hall from the bookstore) and there will be free food!  Learn about the group, the events we have planned, and get to know the officers.  We look forward to seeing you there.


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Fall 2014 Library Additions

With the start of this new school year, we are excited to bring you a few more additions to our Locker Library.

Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums, edited by Loriene Roy, Anjali Bhasin, and Sarah K. Arriaga

 This book offers a collection of articles devoted to tribal libraries and archives and provides an opportunity for tribal librarians to share their stories, challenges, achievements, and aspirations with the larger professional community. Part one introduces the tribal community library, providing context and case studies for libraries in California, Alaska, Oklahoma, Hawai’i, and in other countries. The role of tribal libraries and archives in native language recovery and revitalization is also addressed in this section. Part two features service functions of tribal information centers, addressing the library facility, selection, organization, instruction, and programming/outreach. Part three includes a discussion of the types of records that tribes might collect, legal issues, and snapshot descriptions of noteworthy archival collections. The final part covers strategic planning, advice on working in the unique environments of tribal communities, advocacy and marketing, continuing education plans for library staff, and time management tips that are useful for anyone working in a small library setting.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman

In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today’s transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation’s trans and genderqueer forward thinkers — new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world’s most respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.

Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice,Education, and Practice Committee on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research

Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice provides a comprehensive look at conflict of interest in medicine. It offers principles to inform the design of policies to identify, limit, and manage conflicts of interest without damaging constructive collaboration with industry. It calls for both short-term actions and long-term commitments by institutions and individuals, including leaders of academic medical centers, professional societies, patient advocacy groups, government agencies, and drug, device, and pharmaceutical companies. Failure of the medical community to take convincing action on conflicts of interest invites additional legislative or regulatory measures that may be overly broad or unduly burdensome.


Mobile Library Services: Best Practices, Charles Harmon

Mobile Library Services provides 11 proven ways to reach out to mobile users and increase your library’s relevance to their day-to-day lives. Librarians detail how they created mobile apps to how they went mobile on a shoestring budget. Written by public, academic, and special librarians, these 11 best practices offer models for libraries of every type and size.


The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian, Thomas A. Peters

The book provides an up-to-date survey of how mobile technologies are affecting library use, library services, library systems, librarians, and library users at various types of libraries. The authors cover core topics related to mobile libraries, including mobile reference, eBooks, mobile websites, and QR codes, and address aspects of the mobile revolution less frequently covered in the literature, such as mobile health information services, the use of mobile technologies on archival work, the impact of the mobile revolution on physical libraries, and the ways in which new mobile technologies are creating professional development opportunities within the profession. While this resource is specifically targeted toward librarians who plan and provide services using mobile technologies, academic, public, and other librarians will also find the ideas and information within useful.


On the Road with Outreach: Mobile Library Services, Jeannie Dilger-Hill

The first book of its kind in more than two decades, On the Road with Outreach: Mobile Library ServiceS≪/i> provides step-by-step guidance for those wishing to initiate or improve outreach services in their communities. The essays collected here come from some of the best-known movers and shakers in the mobile outreach field—all of them subject experts and active outreach practitioners. Focusing on the practicalities of establishing and maintaining service to various populations, the book covers everything from design, purchase, maintenance, and automation of bookmobiles to planning and promotion and serving specific populations. Anecdotes, as well as sample service agreements, contracts, applications, staff schedules, and other working documents enhance the text.


Starting an Archives, Elizabeth Yakel

Starting an Archives is designed for institutional administrators, archivists, and records managers thinking about beginning a historical records program in their organization. The book covers the decision making process which should precede the establishment of an archival program, outlines the first steps necessary in the beginning of an archival program, and introduces basic archival functions to readers. These functions include: archival administration, collection development, appraisal, records management, arrangement, description, reference, outreach, and preservation and facilities planning.

Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections, Kate Theimer

Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections explores how archives of different sizes and types are reaching out to new potential users and increasing awareness of programs and collections. The book features twelve case studies that demonstrate ideas that can be transferred into many other settings. Some of the practices described in the case studies rely primarily on technology and the Web to interact with the public, while others are centered on face-to-face activities.



Locker Library Etiquette

1. Treat books like you would regular library books

2. The suggested loan period is one month

3. A large proportion of books in this library are out of print, small press, or self-produced. That means they’re basically

priceless! Please make sure you return books when you’re done with them (duh).


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2014 Off to a Good Start

The spring 2014 semester here at Simmons has started strong for the PLG. We have had one talk for the Anti-Racism Working Group series titled “Race and Racism in the Archives” presented by Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera, which you can watch here: You can also see Professor Blanco-Rivera’s slides which include some fantastic resources here RacePresentation.

This Friday, February 28, from 6:30-7:30pm don’t miss “Race and Racism in Teen/YA Librarianship” in P207. Our speaker will be Boston Public Library Teen Librarian Akunna Eneh (GSLIS alumna). Ms. Eneh will speak about race and racism in teen librarianship from a public library perspective. Afterwards there will be a moderated Q&A with open discussion about race, racism, YA/teen-focused librarianship, collection development, and diversity. As we have with the first two talks in this series, the event will be recorded and podcasted, so if you can’t make it to the event, look for the link on Facebook and Twitter.

At noon on Friday will be a Chewing the Facts discussion. The reading material is “Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies” by Todd Honma and can be found here:

Then on Monday, March 3, from 12-1 in the GSLIS Student Lounge, join Laura Williams in forming a new GSLIS group under the umbrella of the PLG, the Student LGBTQIA & Allies Group. Professor Lisa Hussey will be making whoopie pies for this event.

We are excited to announce the Right to Know Symposium, which the Simmons PLG is co-sponsoring. It will be held March 31 from 5:30-8:30pm in the Kotzen Center and was organized by Laura Sanders. The keynote speakers will be Paul Sturges from Louborough University in the UK and Almuth Gastinger from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. They will be accompanied by a panel of five faculty from each school at Simmons.

In addition to all of that, stay tuned for more exciting PLG events, dates and details to be announced:

Prison Book Drive 2014

Monica Torreiro-Casal from the Counseling Center will come to speak about mental health stigma and the resources available at Simmons.

Race and Racism in YA/Teen Librarianship part 2 featuring the Brookline Library’s Robin Brenner. See her blog here:

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Talking About Race and Racism in LIS

by Katie Seitz

Often conversations around race and racism in the LIS fields stay at the level of multiculturalism and tolerance, two concepts that don’t address deeper questions of justice and equity. Also, those same conversations rarely take into account racism within the profession. I started the Simmons Anti-Racism Working Group with the intention of creating a space where the GSLIS community could come together to learn from each other and deepen the conversation around race. Racism is often hard to talk about. By supporting each other in this work, we strengthen ourselves and our community, both personally and professionally, and we bring more to the table than just good intentions.

Our first community event, “Why Talk about Race and Racism in LIS?”, will be on Nov. 4th, 12-1pm in P207 and will feature GSLIS professor Lisa Hussey discussing her journey as a white librarian confronting race, white privilege, and racism as an academic subject and in the field. After the Q&A, we’ll have a chance to talk further about racism in LIS.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Working Group, feel free to email me at

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Our Zine Event with Nicole J. Georges

(Cross-posted at Comp Lit and Mediaphilia.)

I was very happy when I came across a listserv email about a zine maker and graphic artist, Nicole J. Georges, who was going on tour for her new book, Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir. I immediately brought the email to the attention of my co-PLG members and suggested we host her for a workshop of some kind. Obviously we did, because I’m writing this, so March 5, we had a most excellent time with her.

We didn’t really know what to ask her to do, so she asked us. Given that we are all in library school but all have very different interests and backgrounds (and some of us are in various dual degrees and library tracks, including archives), we had about eight million questions for Nicole, so a lot of the event was her answering questions and telling us cool things about Factsheet Five, Riot Grrrl, and other groundbreakers in the world of those self-published packets of expression. As she reminded us, zines are perfect if you feel that you aren’t represented in mainstream media, or even if there’s just a part of you that’s not represented, because maybe your favorite music is widely reviewed already, but there’s no perspective on it from your gender identity; or you love fashion, too, but there are no magazines that talk about it in the context of emotional memory. Or whatever. You get it.

I think we meant to start creating our own zines, but somehow, time ticked by, and all we were doing was discussing how zines can relate to library collections, why none of us in PLG (except one person) had been to the Papercut Zine Library yet (oops), how you can make a zine even if you aren’t the world’s most talented comics artist or grammatically correct writer, and how they can especially allow marginalized groups to be heard (oh hey, oral histories of people living in nursing homes). It was probably the most enjoyable two hours of natural, real discussion I’ve experienced in awhile, and it made me think of how much it should be applied to public and school libraries.

Zines aside for a minute, I can’t see a lot of events taking shape like this, but in some ways, they are a lot less intimidating than more traditional events, like lectures where you’re supposed to sit and be quiet and then ask an insightful question at the end, or workshops where you absolutely must make a sculpture along with everyone else. It was audience- and speaker-derived, which meant it was always changing and was, I hope, interesting to everyone involved. It is disappointing that we didn’t have a bigger group of people attending when so many people had asked us for more details, but certainly the weather had something to do with that, and also, I can’t really disparage people for not coming to events when I so often do not go to events even when they sound great. But I wonder, if events like these (meaning less defined, more casual, and less about having to immediately be really knowledgeable or fangirl/boy as soon as you arrive) were more common, would people be more likely to engage in group things at libraries?

It’s something to think about. Formal events, even if you think of them as informal book clubs, can be very intimidating to shy people or to people who are simply still feeling out what it is that they’re interested in. So this sponsored-hanging-out-with-an-awesome-person-and-eating-food was a great alternative to the usual stuff you see on offer.

Also, I’m going to start reading (and maybe even writing) zines again. As soon as I finish my homework. Wooo, spring break! Anyway.

Nicole’s Etsy shop is here, and her work is definitely worth checking out. We all went a little shopping crazy.

–Hannah Gómez, PLG@Simmons Community Outreach Coordinator (full disclosure: links are Amazon affiliate links)

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Chewing the Facts, flagship discussion session

This Wednesday (March 16th) the PLG@Simmons is hosting a lunchtime discussion, affectionately known as “Chewing the Facts”, in the GSLIS Lounge from 12:30-2:00pm. We’ll be discussing two articles offering different perspectives on language and accessibility in a library setting. Bring your own lunch, or enjoy sandwiches provided by the PLG!

The articles we will be discussing are:

Quesada, T. (2007).  Spanish spoken here:  Eliminating Spanish-language undermines the validity of the public library. American Libraries, 38(10).

Stephens, J (2007). English spoken here. American Libraries, 38(10).

Full text version can be found through Library Lit.
See you Wednesday!

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