Welcome Simmons College!

The AMIA Education Committee and community would like to offer a warm welcome to our newest student chapter, Simmons College. Below is a guest post from Simmons about who they are, what they’ve already been up to, and how to stay up to date on their future plans. Their current Board is listed on our site here.

Welcome Simmons College! 

Simmons AMIA IconThe AMIA Student Chapter at Simmons College is thrilled to announce our official launch! The chapter is based in the Library and Information Sciences (LIS) Program at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), and is excited to join together students, scholars, professionals and enthusiasts in the greater Boston area with vested interests is moving image archives, and to connect these communities to the wider AMIA family.

While many of our members are film enthusiasts and hope to work in dedicated moving image institutions, the chapter formed primarily out of recognition that moving images materials are becoming a larger part of our documentary heritage, and that archivists in all settings will not be able to ignore these formats. In lieu of a dedicated audiovisual archiving and preservation component in the SLIS program, the chapter will create opportunities for LIS students to engage in the study and preservation of moving images. We also hope to demonstrate that preserving and providing access to these materials can be incredibly rewarding and fun – and we’re off to a good start!

Simmons' first event; a screening of Orphans in Space.

Simmons’ first event; a screening of Orphans in Space.

For our first event we hosted an informational meeting and screened shorts from Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier (NYU Orphan Film Project, 2012), replete with complementary 3D glasses to fully enjoy Lillian Scwhartz’s Galaxies (1974) and UFO’s (1971). As you can see from the photos (which are, of course, completely candid), it was truly a cosmic, archival adventure!

This semester we’ll also be hosting a conversation with SLIS’s new AV archives faculty member, Janet Ceja, about her latest work on revolutionary cinema in Latin America, with a screening of two short films by Santiago Alvarez. We’re excited to learn more about this genre and it’s unique relationship to archives, and to welcome our newest faculty member!

Collaborations with other student groups, local professionals, and professional organizations, including The New England Archivists (NEA) Moving Image and Recorded Sound (MIRS) roundtable, are in the works to organize workshops, site visits, panel discussions, and social activities for the Spring and beyond.

We’ve also been active on social media; promoting our events, sharing resources and relevant programming with students, and connecting with the wider moving image archives field.

Since our launch in October, we’ve received many enthusiastic welcomes and offers of support from the AMIA community – thank you! We hope to continue to hear from you, whether you have suggestions, questions, or would just like to connect. Please email us at slisamia@simmons.edu, learn more about our events on our web page, or find us on facebook or connect via twitter: @AMIA_Simmons

Thank you for welcoming us, we’re looking forward to working together to support education in our field!


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