With the beginning of the fall semester in sight, the new officers of Panopticon are already in the midst of planning fun events for the coming months and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce all of us and talk about some of our upcoming plans. Of particular importance, we are currently planning to have our first meeting of the year on Monday, September 13th at 5:30 p.m. in the GSLIS student lounge. We will be sending e-mails and posting flyers as reminders, but please save the date because we would love to see everyone there! We are planning library tours and movie events for the coming weeks, but we are always open to new suggestions so feel free to bring your ideas to the meeting as well. We are also still looking for someone to serve as Treasurer for the coming year, so please contact us if you are interested in the position.
I am Carli Spina and I am taking over as Secretary/Blogger, which means that I will be periodically posting information on Panopticon events, jobs that our members might be interested in, professional organizations, new developments in the field or other information that seems interesting and relevant to our members. I will also be working on other web-based projects for the group. I am currently entering my second year at Simmons and spent the summer studying abroad in Florence, Italy in a program that emphasized paper conservation, art history and cultural heritage. I am also currently interning at WGBH and at Temple Israel of Bostonís library.
Emily Glinert is the incoming co-chair, along with Anne Holmer. As co-chairs, they look forward to organizing a variety of events that bring together the arts and librarianship from movie viewings to museum tours. If you have an idea for an event, please feel free to contact any of the officers at any point during the year. Emily is beginning her second year at Simmons, with a focus on special and academic libraries. She spent the summer in Boston taking courses in database management and collection maintenance, which meant dividing her time between writing code and repairing materials at the North Bennett Street School. When not in class, Emily works as a graduate assistant in the Office of the Dean for Student Life on campus.
Anne Holmer is the other new co-chair. Anne is entering her second year at GSLIS, and her focus is in archives. Her interests include conservation, museums, and cultural informatics. She spent July in the United Kingdom touring various British libraries, and she is trying to see if she can manage the Florence trip in May while still graduating. She has previous experience in the public library sphere, and at the Arnold Arboretum and the Frances Loeb Library at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She is currently an intern in the conservation lab at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, and she works at the Boston Architectural College library. She is hoping to add at least one more internship this autumn. And maybe when she graduates in May, this varied path will lead her to an interesting job!