While serving as Vice-President of Simmons College GSLIS (now SLIS) Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), I planned two TED-style events, inviting library and information science faculty to give short talks on a topic of their choosing (the prompt was either to discuss their current research, or an issue that they thought was of importance to the profession).
Spring 2012 (April 27, 2012)
Spring 2012 was the first semester that GSLIS Talks debuted, orchestrated by myself and my co-VP (Erin Bazar Smith). The GSLIS Media Lab recorded the talks:
- Naresh Agarwal (Assistant Professor) – listen to his talk on how being different is being similar.
- Jeannette Bastian (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, and Director, Archives Management Concentration) – listen to her talk on community archives.
- Ross Harvey (Visiting Professor and Director, Digital Stewardship Certificate) – listen to his talk on librarians as activists.
- Amy Pattee (Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in LIS/ Children’s Literature) – listen to her talk on the history and evolution of the Boxcar Children.
- Mary Wilkins Jordan (Assistant Professor) – listen to her talk on library and information science leadership.
- Linnea Johnson (Adjunct Faculty and Manager of GSLIS Technology) – listen to her talk on library memes.
Fall 2012 (December 7, 2012)
At the end of the Fall 2012, I planned another GSLIS Talks event. The GSLIS Media Lab again recorded the talks – listen to them in a single recording here. The six speakers for this round were:
- Michele Cloonan (Dean and Professor of Library and Information Science [now emerita])
- Monica Colon-Aguirre (Assistant Professor)
- Joel Blanco-Rivera (Assistant Professor)
- Martha Mahard (Professor of Practice)
- Laura Saunders (Assistant Professor)
- Jason Wood (Adjunct Faculty, and College Archivist, Head of Discovery Services, Simmons College)