Past Events

UMass Amherst Libraries and Partners Host
Careers in Library and Information Science Networking Night

Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m

Room 2601, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The event is free, open to the public, and refreshments are provided.

RSVPs requested by Nov. 11 to Jessica Adamick,, 413-545-0044


Lesley University: Evelyn M. Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture Seriespinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction. Her body of work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award, and the Jane Addams Award.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7-9 PM

Margaret A. McKenna Student Center

Marran Theater | Lesley’s Doble Campus

34 Mellen Street, Cambridge, MA


NYBLC is hosting the Northeast Regional Reception of Black Caucus Affiliates on 10/4/14

Where: The Langston Hughes Library
10001 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11368

Refreshments 9-9:30
Keynote Speaker 9:30-10:30
Workshop 10:30 – Noon
Scholarship Luncheon Noon-2
Panel Discussion 2-4
Caucus’ share (talk about their organization, promote events, etc.) 4-5

Pricing:  $75 for the full day
or $50 just for the scholarship luncheon



February 21, 2013

Spectrum Scholars Event

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Meeting Center, Rooms 1 and 2, Lefavour Hall

The Simmons GSLIS Spectrum Scholars held a silent auction in support of future Spectrum Scholars.


November 2, 2012

MBLN’s Fall Program and Reception

When: Friday, November 2, 2012, 6:30 pm — 9:00 pm

Where: Trustman Gallery, Simmons College

Speaker: Afaa M. Weaver, poet.  Accompanied by the Simmons Gospel Choir.


November 19, 2011

14th Annual Founders Lecture, (formerly the Karen L. Williams Lecture): African American Notables at the Forest Hills Cemetery.  A Report on the Research of Sylvia McDowell from the Finding Voices in the Silence project by Elaine McLean James. It will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.


Novemeber 20, 2010

13th Annual Karen L. Williams Lecture

Black Jacks: African-American in the Time of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster; Distinguished Author, Professor and Historian
This seminal work on naval and maritime history takes us back to the days when skilled and master seaman of color were the norm, not the exception.
Dr. Bolster is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He has held the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Chair in the Humanities (2002-2007).