Simmons GSLIS welcomes Dr. Andrew Flinn, our first Allen Smith Visiting Scholar, as a visiting professor during the Spring semester. Andrew is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Archives and Records Management program in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL).

In addition to giving a public lecture later in the semester as part of his visiting scholar obligations, Andrew is teaching LIS 433 (Oral History), working with doctoral students and assisting with the Cultural Heritage internships. His areas of expertise include oral history, community archives, memory studies, and archival issues around truth and reconciliation commissions, political identity, and cultural property. While in the U.S. he plans to continue his research on community archives from an American perspective.

The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program, which honors the memory of distinguished teacher and scholar Allen Smith, was established in 2009 by his family. Allen Smith Visiting Scholars are expected to be distinguished practitioners, educators, or researchers renowned for their work in reference, oral history, or the study of librarianship and information service in the humanities. Opportunities include semester-long visiting professorships, shorter-term lectureships, or presentation in an annual lecture series.  The program provides support for transportation, honorarium, and related expenses depending on the nature of participation, and is open to scholars worldwide. The committee is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 academic year; please direct inquiries to Professor Candy Schwartz at [log in to unmask].

The nationally ranked Simmons College Graduate School of Library and  Information Science is one of the oldest and largest library and information science programs in the nation. Founded in 1899, Simmons  College is a nationally recognized university located in the heart of Boston that includes an undergraduate college for women, the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women, and graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, education, liberal arts, and communications  management.

Jennifer Doyle '98LS
Director of GSLIS Curriculum and Communications
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-521-2738
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