Simmons College Summer Study Program, 2014
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Join us in Yonsei, Korea or Paris, France - an opportunity for all students in Library & Information Science programs. Receive credit for our unique training and exciting on-site experiences.

The Rome and Yonsei 2013 programs were smashing successes.

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Yonsei University, Korea, and Simmons College GSLIS
July 23 - August 11, 2014

Simmons College GSLIS is pleased to invite LIS students from ALA-accredited master’s programs to apply for participation in our summer 2014 travel courses in Seoul, South Korea. Since 2009, Simmons College GSLIS has been partnered with Yonsei University Department of Library and Information Science to provide a unique international learning experience for LIS students on a variety of topics. One of the oldest private universities in Korea, Yonsei University was the first LIS program established in the Republic of Korea, and is home to the Yonsei-Samsung Library - one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the world. Students will have the opportunity to take classes along side of Korean students in courses taught by Simmons College GSLIS faculty, creating a truly international and collaborative learning environment. The program includes two-weeks of on-site classroom instruction in Seoul, two weeks of online instruction prior to departure, and on-site cultural excursions meant to facilitate greater understanding and appreciation of course content.

Students may elect to take one or both of the courses offered, though we recommend taking only one due to the quick pace and immersive nature of the program. Accommodations will be provided at Muak Dormitory in double-occupancy rooms on the Yonsei University campus right in the heart of Seoul. The local neighborhood of Sinchon is a youthful and colorful area with vibrant nightlife, diverse student populations, and excellent coffee house culture. The Sinchon subway stop is next to campus and provides easy access to the greater Seoul area. Students will have free time for independent travel in the evenings and on weekends. For more information about our past trips to Seoul, we invite you to visit our http://alanis.simmons.edu/blogs/international/Dispatches from Abroad blog. Students receive three graduate credits per course.
Yonsei July 23 - Aug 11, 2014 - Prof. Lisa Hussey
  Organizational/Information Ethics
  Principles of Management

Each course requires five days of in-classroom instruction scheduled to meet every other day, Monday through Friday as outlined below:

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Course Descriptions

LIS 404 - Principles of Management
Designed to acquaint students with the basic management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. The course is intended to help provide understanding of human interactions in the workplace and develop the practical problem-solving skills needed to handle managerial problems professionally. Approaches to managing, from authoritarian to participative to laissez-faire, are examined. Readings, case studies, critical incidents, simulations, and discussions.

LIS 475 - Organizational/Information Ethics
The course will examine the ethical implications of decisions made within various organizational contexts regarding issues such as property ownership, strategy formulation, the use of computer technology, employee relations, accountability, conflicts of interest, as well as other topics relevant to today’s managers. Participants will examine the ethical implications of cases at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. The course will assist professionals to clarify and apply their own moral standards and ethical norms, beliefs, and values to unfamiliar, complex situations in which the appropriate application of these values may not be obvious. The course makes no effort to dictate what is “light,” “proper,” and “just” - that is left to the individual’s own moral standards of behavior and ethical systems of belief.

   

Costs

The cost of the travel and housing, excluding tuition, for the Korea program is approximately $3,200. This includes airfare from Boston to Seoul, Korea, housing, local ground transportion, and associate cost field trips.
Meals are not included, but we do enjoy a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner. Check with your school’s Financial Aid office to determine whether aid will cover study abroad costs.

Note: If you are NOT a Simmons College GSLIS student, but are participating in the Seoul program for transfer credit, the travel cost will be approximately $1,128.00. This reduced cost does NOT include your airfare. You will be responsible for booking your own flight to Incheon International Airport from the airport most convenient to your location or home institution. The $2,000.00 cost includes dorm accommodations, welcome and farewell dinners, local ground transportation, site visits, and travel insurance. You will be given further instruction regarding airfare and cost if you are accepted into the program.

Simmons College in Paris
July 31 - August 18, 2014

Simmons College GSLIS is pleased to invite LIS students from ALA-accredited master’s programs to apply for participation in our summer 2014 travel courses in Paris, France. In summer 2013, Simmons College GSLIS began a partnership with St. John’s University Division of Library and Information Science to offer joint courses on a variety of topics in Rome, Italy and Paris, France. This past summer, thirteen GSLIS students traveled to Rome to take courses in Visual Communication and Intellectual Freedom under the direction of Professor Laura Saunders and Professor Gerald Benoît. In summer 2014, we are excited to offer our first travel courses in Paris at the St. John’s University campus situated conveniently in the beautiful district of St. Germain (93, rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris). For our second European program, we are offering two course options that include two weeks of on-site classroom instruction, two weeks of online instruction prior to departure, and on-site cultural excursions meant to facilitate greater understanding and appreciation of course content. The combination of site visits, group activities, and plenty of free time brings course topics alive in tangible ways, and ensures time to enjoy life in Paris beyond the classroom.

Students may elect to take either one or both of the courses being offered, though we recommend taking only one due to the quick pace and immersive nature of the program. Accommodations will be provided on the St. John’s University Paris campus in double-occupancy dorm rooms. The campus is centrally located near many of Paris’ greatest attractions accessible by walking and public transportation. Students will have time for independent travel outside of Paris on weekends. For more information about our past trip to Rome, we invite you to visit our http://alanis.simmons.edu/blogs/international/Dispatches from Abroad blog. Students receive three graduate credits per course.
Paris July 31 - Aug 18, 2014
  Corporate Libraries; Prof. James Matarazzo
  Visual Communication, Prof. G. Benoît

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Course Descriptions

LIS 470 - Visual Communication
Intensive study and analysis, through illustrated lectures, of visual forms of information and communication. Upon a foundation of the history of graphic forms of communication, semiotics, philosophy, and media analysis, students study the basics of theory and iconographic languages to understand visual information resources in society in general and specifically in libraries, archives, and emerging visually-rich environments. Topics may include visual literacy, rare books, prints and printmaking, typography, photography, posters, ephemera, propaganda, digital images, exhibit construction, and other topics driven by student interests. The readings and activities from a foundation of (a) graphic/visual knowledge, (b) theory, (c) history, and (d) application in LIS. Students will be able to pursue media studies, human-computer interaction, information architecture and related topics with greater understanding. Class homepage.

LIS 414 - Organization and Management of Corporate Libraries This course examines the history, types of libraries, staffing, development, and future of company libraries in the United States. Specific attention will be given to examples of highly successful models, as well as those corporate information centers that have encountered problems. Recent research on the value of information professionals and the perceived value of corporate libraries will be examined in detail. Methodologies to evaluate the company library will be discussed. Comparative data on corporate libraries in the U.S., Europe, and Japan will be included in this course.

Costs

The cost of the travel and housing, excluding tuition, for the Paris program is approximately $3,700. This includes airfare from Boston to Paris, France (including an anticipated 2014 rise in fuel prices according to the airline), housing, breakfast for all weekday mornings, local ground transportion and museum pass, and associate cost field trips.

   

Meals are not included (except breakfast) but as part of our program we share both a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner. Check with your school’s Financial Aid office to determine whether aid will cover study abroad costs.

Note: If you are NOT a Simmons College GSLIS student, but are participating in the Paris program for transfer credit, the travel cost will be approximately $2,000.00. This reduced cost does NOT include your airfare. You will be responsible for booking your own flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) from the airport most convenient to your location or home institution. The $2,000.00 cost includes breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, dorm accommodations, local ground transportation, site visits, and travel insurance. You will be given further instruction regarding airfare and cost if you are accepted into the program.

APPLY ONLINE


A P P L Y
Simmons College GSLIS students must complete the Colleges of the Fenway study abroad applications available here: http://bit.ly/GSLISParis (Paris)
or http://bit.ly/gslisKorea (Seoul) by February 1, 2014.
You must have completed at least 12 credits hours prior to traveling abroad with GSLIS to participate.
We welcome students from other ALA-accredited graduate programs to participate in either program, but please follow the detailed instructions here to apply.

Please note, non-Simmons College students are asked to email the the GSLIS Office of Admission by February 1, 2014 to be considered for our great summer program.
 

F A C U L T Y
Lisa Hussey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Korea - Lisa Hussey, who joined the GSLIS faculty in Fall 2008, was formerly the director of library services at DeVry University in Arizona, and has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Missouri, where she received her doctoral degree. She also served as program manager for the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. Hussey has given several presentations on diversity in librarianship and what motivates minorities to choose a library science career.
Gerald Benoît, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Paris - Prof. Benoît teaches courses in technology (statistics, programming, systems analysis, data interoperability, information retrieval, XML, RDBMS, and Health Informatics) as well as the visual arts and theory, such as information visualization and visual communication. Formerly at UC Berkeley and Price-Waterhouse as an analyst and expert in visual communication, and a partner in the Asian-language marketing firm, Image Wong Park + Benoit, Professor Benoît teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in both the Computer Science program and the LIS program. Fluent in French, Prof. Benoît, with our energetic student assistant, provides an extra je ne sais quoi to the program, enjoying the Paris scene while learning about the aesthetic side of information. Homepage.
James Matarazzo, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus

Paris - James Matarazzo has work experience at the MIT Libraries in science and reference, serials and journals, technical reports, and government publications. He is a consultant to companies and corporations on the organization, evaluation, and creation of corporate libraries, information centers, and management of information. His current research focuses on the development of a model to evaluate the worth of corporate libraries, on why some corporate libraries are excellent, and on how senior executives value library and information science. Matarazzo is a fellow of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). He received SLA’s Professional Award in 1983 and again in 1991 when he also received SLA’s President’s Award. Matarazzo was president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (2000-2001) and is the vice president of the H. W. Wilson Foundation, Inc.

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