Take a tour with Panopticon

Join Panopticon and Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Services Ann Whiteside for a tour of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb library.

Sign up HERE! (the password is “Loeb”)

The Frances Loeb “holds more than 293,000 volumes, including one-of-a-kind printed and visual materials, with special strengths in twentieth and twenty-first century architecture, city and regional planning, urban design, and landscape design. Library accessions reflect the scholarly interests and design culture of the School and include rare books and archival material, visual content, print and digital collections, materials samples collection, statistical and GIS data.”

Find out more about the library and explore the collections.

[the Panopticon] Winter [Art Show] is Coming…


…And there’s still time to submit your work to be featured. Bring us your paintings, your poems, your macaroni collages yearning to be seen! We are currently accepting work of any medium for the show which will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Submit your work here by this Saturday, November 10th

RSVP to attend and receive updates from the Facebook event here. Whether you’re an artist or an art appreciator we hope to see you there!


Look at me now: Meet the panelists!


On Saturday we’ll have our second Zine event with Simmons Progressive Librarians Guild, and we can’t wait! We’ll start with a panel discussion on critical librarianship and visual literacy in LIS, with some rad LIS professionals. We’re really pleased to introduce our panelists, below.

Meet the panelists!

Siân Evans
Instruction Librarian
Siân Evans is the Instruction Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Decker Library. She is also the co-founder of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia collective, which has been working to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia since 2014. Her work, both at MICA and with Art+Feminism, is informed by a deep commitment to a critical and feminist pedagogical praxis.

Jenny Ferretti
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Decker Library. She’s worked in libraries, archives, and museums for over 10 years. She’s a first generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives and anti-neutrality. As a MICA fine art undergraduate and Pratt Institute School of Information alum, she firmly believes art is information.

Stephanie H. Grimm
Art and Art History Librarian
Stephanie Grimm is an art librarian and sometimes-illustrator, with a background in museum, public, and academic libraries. Her personal and scholarly interests include minicomics and small-press comics, as well as the preservation issues inherent to digital illustration and webcomics. Within libraries, her work often centers on visual literacy, and critical approaches to visual literacy for art and design students. She is a recent transplant to the D.C. metro region, where she serves as the Art and Art History Librarian at George Mason University.

Dawn Stahura
Research and Instruction Librarian, Zine Librarian
Dawn Stahura is a Research and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences (WGST, Sociology, Psychology, Behavioral Analysis, Education, and African Studies) and the Zine Librarian at Simmons College. She is an adjunct instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons teaching a course on reference and information sources. Aside from research consultations and instruction sessions, she works closely with several faculty members to embed zines into their course curricula.  Partnering with the Coordinator of Violence Prevention Outreach at Simmons allows Dawn to host various zine workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of social justice topics. Outside of work, she is an active zinester tabling at several zine fests throughout the year as well as coordinating zine workshops for several youth organizations in the Boston area. She also founded a nonprofit that raises money and awareness to help young folks who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. She resides in Salem, MA with her husband, two cats, and a feminist dog.


Have questions for the panelists?? Submit them below!


SLIS Art Show Details!

Panopticon is having an art show!



Dates: 11/11-11/18
Location: Collaboratory, 4th Floor of Palace Road Building, Simmons College
Opening Reception: 6:30-8:30 PM, 11/11
Our artists:
Anna Lawrence
Anna Lawrence is a third year SLIS student with many years of angsty poetry under her belt. As soon as she understood how words connected together, around age four, poetry has been a passion of hers, leading to publications in several state and local collected works. Though she has performed in open mic nights and story slams, this is her first art show.

Anna Robinson-Sweet
I am a painter, printmaker and installation artist based in New Haven, CT, originally from Brooklyn. My work examines how collective memory is shaped and embodied–in architecture, monuments and archives, for example. My practice is project based; each project begins with research into a temporal or physical site. The medium and physical manifestation of the project is guided by this research.

In the past, my work has been shown at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Recession Art and Gowanus Loft, all in New York, and at Artspace in New Haven. My guerilla public art project, “National Register of Historic Places” was covered by Hyperallergic, TimeOut New York, Brownstoner and Urban Omnibus. I graduated from Yale in 2011 with a major in art and am currently pursuing a masters in archives management at Simmons SLIS.

Bridgett Kathryn Pride
Bridgett Kathryn Pride is a second year dual degree Library Science student at Simmons College studying Archives and History. She is a crochet artisan, selling small wearables on Etsy through her shop, Little Bridgie Flair. Bridgett is a Bi-Racial Californian interested in the plight of African American Women during the nineteenth century. Her artist inspiration is drawn from nature and celestial bodies.

Crystal A. Johnson
b. 1987, Atlanta Ga. Crystal A. Johnson holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She lives and works in Providence, RI.

Des Alaniz
des alaniz rides her bike to the bar and plays the tinder drinking game. she has the wiggles and her time is now.

Hannah Yetwin
Hannah Yetwin is a first year Archives student with a recreational background in abstract painting and drawing & commissioned works. She began her undergraduate career as a BFA candidate (but has a BA in psychology) and has been involved in visual arts for her whole life. She is inspired by nature, urban landscapes, and the weird world around her!

Ivy Kuhrman
Ivy is a full-time SLIS student, and a part-time paper cutter. She discovered the beauty and power of X-Acto knives at a young age, and she has been manipulating paper with them ever since.

More of her work can be seen at http://ivykuhrman.omeka.net/

Kristin Alexander
Kristin writes short stories and poetry but dabbles in photography, painting, and collage work. She is inspired by travel, mountains, parties and the post-party aftermath, horses, the ocean, and her platonic and romantic relationships. Kristin has recently been focusing her work on her time abroad in Seoul.

Lee Carter
lee carter is the most interesting man in the world.

Melissa Wallin
Melissa is a pancake and maple syrup lovin’ northern Michigander who has given her heart to New England. She loves to laugh at everything both ordinary and inexplicable, like driftwood from Lake Superior that resembles a squid!

Michelle Mitchell
Michelle is a lover of crafting. She mainly crochets and knits. Michelle learned to crochet at the early age of 9 and only recently learned to knit 2 years ago.

“Yarn Scraps Afghan” is one of many pieces Michelle is currently working on. This project has been ongoing for about 3 years. Michelle is also working on crocheting a scarf and knitting a hat.

Michelle currently resides in Boston and is originally from Stratford, CT.

Sadie Padial
Sadie is from Oakland, CA and eager to talk about that with you. She meant to go to art school, but instead she came here to yell.

Sarah Towne
Sarah by no means considers herself an artist. She is, however, a craft addict with way too many supplies to be healthy. Her inspiration comes from too many hours longing to create things once she leaves an art museum but has no outlet to do so. Inspired by Kerri Smith’s books that prompt you to create stories while also gluing weird lint from your pockets to pages, Sarah would much rather play with paint and glitter than just look.

Tara Pealer
Tara Pealer is a SLIS generalist with far too much time on her hands, a passion for visiting art museums, and a desire for attention. Inspired by other art snapchats, such as arthistorysnap.tumblr.com, Tara wanted to use the snapchat platform to interact with art in a funny amusing way and make her friends laugh. She has no actual good reasons for the things she does. Her snapchat is tarabplr. People following her on social media validates her emotional status.