2017 ASIS&T Annual Travel Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Sylmari Burgos Ramirez

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Last year we sent four New Englanders to the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 27 – November 1) with travel awards paid for out of the proceeds from our regional winter conference. We had awards for one practitioner, one student, and two awards for services to the local chapter awarded to the program committee co-chairs from last year. In this four-part series, they share their experiences at the conference with us.

This week, Sylmari Burgos Ramirez, recipient of the 2017 NEASIS&T Student Travel Award recounts her experience. If you are interested in traveling to Vancouver this fall to attend ASIS&T Annual 2018, check out our blog post explaining how to apply!


Hello all! I attended the ASIS&T 2017 Annual Meeting: Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual World as part of the Northeast Chapter Student Travel Award. As a doctoral student at Simmons College, it was my first time attending the conference and visiting wonderful Washington, DC. The conference was extremely meaningful for me. Not only did I have the chance to attend various presentations around my topic of interests but I had the opportunity to meet and get to know different leaders in the field.  It was very exciting to meet in person the people who have shaped my knowledge in LIS and people I read in library school, like Marie L. Radford, Lisa M. Given, Nicole Cooke, among others. Continue reading 2017 ASIS&T Annual Travel Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Sylmari Burgos Ramirez

2017 ASIS&T Chapter Service Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Louisa Choy

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Last year we sent four New Englanders to the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 27 – November 1) with travel awards paid for out of the proceeds from our regional winter conference. We had awards for one practitioner, one student, and two awards for services to the local chapter awarded to the program committee co-chairs from last year. In this four-part series, they share their experiences at the conference with us.

This week, Louisa Choy, recipient of the 2017 NEASIS&T Chapter Service Award recounts her experience. If you are interested in traveling to Vancouver this fall to attend ASIS&T Annual 2018, check out our blog post explaining how to apply!


As a practicing academic librarian at college that is very focused on professional majors and the practice of those professions, I’ve always identified more with the “library” portion of my M.L.I.S and the “information science” portion was something I engage in when I have time. Pretty much all the conferences I’ve attended have been focused on best practices within academic libraries and finding out ways to improve my day-to-day work. It was exciting to have won the Chapter Service Award which allowed me the opportunity to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting last fall – a conference that had a very definite information science and research bent. It was a fascinating experience to see the breadth of work information professionals do, the global network, and the implications of the research on so many disciplines and even on the government.  Continue reading 2017 ASIS&T Chapter Service Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Louisa Choy

Announcing the Travel Award for ASIS&T Annual 2018! Apply by April 1!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

 

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 1
Notification of Award Winners: Monday, April 16

About the Awards: Professional/Practitioner and Student

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce two awards to support participation in the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.  Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to the chapter. There is one student award and one practitioner award of $750 each.  Each award will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration and part of your travel costs. What does that mean for you?

  • As an ASIS&T member, you’ll receive up to $750 for ASIS&T Annual.
  • As a student non-member, you’ll receive up to $710 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $40 dues for your student ASIS&T membership.
  • As a non-member new information professional, you’ll receive up to $685 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $65 dues for your transitional professional ASIS&T membership.
  • As a non-member professional, you’ll receive up to $610 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $140 dues for your professional ASIST membership.

The ASIS&T Annual Meeting will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Saturday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 and will be focused “building an ethical and sustainable information future with emerging technology.”  For more information, you can visit the annual meeting webpage.  It is still 9 months out from the annual meeting, so the schedule has not been fixed yet.

Benefits of ASIS&T membership include:

  • Membership in our New England regional chapter
    • Mentorship and networking with experienced NEASIS&T members
    • Opportunities to build professional skills (including project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
  • Discounted conference registration for ASIS&T and NEASIS&T events
  • Webinars and discounts on other publications
  • A year’s subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin

Eligibility & Applications

Applicants must be either current college or graduate students or practitioners in the field of information science at the time of their application and living and working in New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, or CT) or New York. We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, etc., are all encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to be current NEASIS&T members. However, award winners are expected to participate (in person or remotely) in NEASIS&T programming committee meetings in 2018-19.

Here is the application link: https://goo.gl/forms/h5bPn9nJjO6RlfO93

Terms of Awards

Each award winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter by participating in events in person or remotely. As a travel award winner, you will:

  • Meet with a NEASIS&T representative at the conference
  • Share your conference experience with the NEASIS&T chapter via a blog post due December 1st, 2018.
  • Participate in a NEASIS&T meet-up based on the winners’ professional interests
  • Review award applications for the 2019 Travel Awards
  • Submit receipts documenting travel- and conference-related expenses, such as registration, airfare, food, and lodging, up to the value of the award

*If a winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NEASIS&T should be notified immediately.

 

Questions? Contact Catherine Dixon at neasist@gmail.com

RDAP ‘Pre-Conference’ Happy Hour: Sponsored by NEASIS&T

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

‘Pre-Conference’ Happy Hour: Sponsored by NEASIS&T

Join NEASIS&T for a Happy Hour prior to the start of the RDAP conference! Unwind from a day of travel and meet your colleagues for a drink right in the Hilton Hotel!

ASIS&T supports many diverse communities, including Data Librarians. Join the New England Chapter for drinks and apps, and learn about other ways to support and become involved in the ASIS&T community. We welcome all conference attendees (not just those from New England) in hopes to facilitate and build regional connections to the larger association.

NEASIS&T Board Members Joshua and Julie will be there to talk about benefits of local chapter communities, and answer any questions you have.

We hope you join us for this pre-conference event! Drink and apps on us!

Where: Kitty O’Sheas (right in the Hilton Hotel!)

When: Tuesday March 20, 4:00-8:00 pm

Let us know if you plan to stop by on our Eventbrite!

(This registration is not required, it is only to provide us with a general headcount!)

Supported by Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter

2017 ASIS&T Annual Travel Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — William Lundmark

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Last year we sent four New Englanders to the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 27 – November 1) with travel awards paid for out of the proceeds from our regional winter conference. We had awards for one practitioner, one student, and two awards for services to the local chapter awarded to the program committee co-chairs from last year. In this four-part series, they share their experiences at the conference with us.

In this installment, William Lundmark, recipient of the 2017 NEASIS&T Practitioner Travel Award recounts his experience. If you are interested in traveling to Vancouver this fall to attend ASIS&T Annual 2018, keep an eye out for this year’s travel award, which will be announced within the week!


Attending the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) was a most instructive and enjoyable experience for me, and I thank the New England chapter for supporting my travel expenses to Washington, D.C.  As is true of professional conferences I’ve attended in the past, it is often difficult to choose among the sessions offered, and this year’s ASIS&T was no exception. Continue reading 2017 ASIS&T Annual Travel Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — William Lundmark

Travel Stipends Available for RDAP Summit 2018!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

About the Stipends:

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce three stipends to offset some costs of participation in the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit.  Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to RDAP and to our chapter.

NEASIS&T is offering three stipends of $300 each. What does that mean for you?

  • As an ASIS&T member, you’ll receive $300 for RDAP.
  • As a student, you’ll receive $260 for RDAP; NEASIS&T will pay the $40 dues for your student ASIS&T membership.
  • As a new information professional, you’ll receive $235 for RDAP; NEASIS&T will pay the $65 dues for your transitional professional ASIS&T membership.
  • As a professional, you’ll receive $160 for RDAP; NEASIS&T will pay the $140 dues for your professional ASIS&T membership.

ASIS&T supports many diverse communities, hosting events such as the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit. Held in conjunction with the Information Architecture (IA) Summit, RDAP explores themes such as open data, data infrastructure, metadata, and data preservation. The RDAP community brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of STEM disciplines, social sciences, and humanities. The RDAP Summit will take place in Chicago, IL from March 21 – 23, 2018. For more information, you can visit the RDAP meeting webpage.

The benefits of the ASIS&T membership include:

  • Membership in our New England regional chapter
    • Mentorship and networking with experienced NEASIS&T members
    • Opportunities to build professional skills (including project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
  • Discounted conference registration for ASIS&T and NEASIS&T events
  • Free webinars and discounts on other publications
  • A year’s subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin

Eligibility & Applications

Applicants must be graduate students, researchers, or practitioners in the field of information science and living and working in New England at the time of their application. We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, etc., are all encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to be current NEASIS&T members.

To apply, please send an e-mail to neasist@gmail.com and include your name, employer, city, and state.

Terms of Stipends

Each stipend winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter. As a travel stipend winner, you must:

  • Live and work in New England
  • Meet with a NEASIS&T leader at RDAP
  • Share your conference experience with the NEASIS&T chapter through a blog post due by April 15th, 2018
  • Participate in a NEASIS&T meet-up based on the winners’ professional interests
  • Submit receipts documenting travel- and conference-related expenses, such as registration, airfare, food, and lodging, up to the value of the award

NEASIS&T will send stipends to the recipients after receiving the blog post and receipts.

*If a winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NEASIS&T should be notified immediately.

Questions? Contact Catherine Dixon at neasist@gmail.com

Understanding and Using APIs NEASIS&T Winter Conference Schedule

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Looking forward to seeing so many of you at our conference on Monday, January 8, 2018! If you haven’t had a chance to register, go to our Eventbrite!

Here is the schedule of events:

Understanding and Using APIs
Finding ways to connect information is one of our biggest challenges. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are sets of requirements that govern how one application can talk to another and share data. These capabilities are great for library users and researchers, as well as librarians and staff! Our morning speakers are experts in APIs, and through them you’ll understand what APIs are and learn the practical uses of how APIs can enhance your data. In the afternoon session, you’ll see hands-on demonstrations and learn about API tools you can bring back to your organization.

Beginners are welcome and encouraged! This is a great chance to see how other librarians are using APIs, and to figure out which applications are useful for you in your organization. And if you already use APIs, here’s a great chance to find a community of practice.

Program
8:00 | Coffee and Networking

Morning Keynotes

9:00 | Getting Started with APIs

Amber Stubbs, Assistant Professor, Simmons College

10:15 | Enhancing Content Discovery through APIs

Rob O’Connell, Director of Discovery and Access, Smith College Library

Rob O’Connell has been the Director of Discovery and Access at Smith College since 2013. He was previously the Head of Technical Services at Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Rob has been working with APIs and discovery systems for the past 10 years and has created several tools based on their architecture including Smith College’s new bento box interface.

11:15 am | Fun & Games with APIs

Jeff Steward, Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology, Harvard Art Museums

Jeff Steward directs the museums on the use of a wide range of digital technology. He oversees the collections database, API, and photography studio. For the opening of the new Harvard Art Museums in November 2014, he helped launch the Lightbox Gallery, a public research and development space. Steward has worked at museums with museum data since 1999. Areas of research include visualization of cultural datasets; open access to metadata and multimedia material; and data interoperability and sustainability.

Lunch, provided by NEASIST (Noon – 1:00 pm)

API Demonstrations (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Brad Coffield – APIs for Librarians and Saint Francis University Library

Eben English – Digital Commonwealth

Kayla Hammond – formerly of the Boston Open Data Project

Doug Loynes – OCLC

Martha Meacham – E-utilities from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (the people behind PubMed)
We’re sorry to announce that this E-utilities demo is canceled, as of 1/5/18. For people who are interested in this resource, there will be some self-guided activities to explore.

Whitney Christopher & Ian Callahan – Harvard Art Museum

David Moore – WBUR and the NPR API

Bill McKinney, Ellie Collier, David Podboy – EBSCO

API Uses — Looking forward to our winter conference on APIs!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

I’m looking forward to our conference on January 8th on APIs in libraries! You can sign up for the event here: On Eventbrite

Because of this excitement, I feel like I’m seeing API information everywhere! Here is the recording of a session called Trends and Technology Accelerating Scholarly Research put together by ACRL/Choice. ACRL/Choice Webinars: Trends and Technology Accelerating Scholarly Research The link will take you to the beginning of Judy Russell’s (Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida) presentation on using Elsevier’s API to help populate her institutional repository with the metadata for articles written by University of Florida faculty all the way back to 1945.

Are you excited about our conference? Have you seen or given any presentations about the practical application of API technology? Tell us about it in the comments!

All my best!
Catherine Dixon
Webmaster
NEASIS&T

Understanding and Using APIs – Save the Date for Our Winter Conference 2018!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

NEASIST January Conference theme: APIs

Research, reporting, and metadata management. APIs are available from all areas of the library and information science field and beyond. They have a lot of power, but how do we use them? Explore this topic with us at the January conference, Understanding and Using APIs!

Please save the date for Monday, January 8th, 2018!

If you are interested in presenting or running a workshop, please email our program committee chairs Rachel (rjuskuv@bryant.edu) and Joshua (joshua.dull@yale.edu).

Meet Your Board Members for 2017/2018!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

We have a wonderful new group of folks on the NEASIS&T board and they are all looking forward to working with you, our members, to create great programming, explore new topics in information science, and learn from each other in this vibrant network of curious information technology enthusiasts. They introduce themselves below! Don’t forget, if you are interested in meeting other NEASIS&T members in your area, we are interested in working with you to create meet-ups and events, so send us your ideas and if you are curious and just want to hear what we have going on, join us at the next Programming Committee meeting!

Program Committee Co-Chair: Rachael Juskuv, Bryant University, rjuskuv@bryant.edu
As a research & instruction librarian at Bryant University, Rachael works in information literacy. She’s just accomplished a certificate in Applied Analytics with a SAS certification and has just recently joined NEASIST. As co-chair, she’s looking forward to connecting all of New England and developing programs that build the professional community.

Program Committee Co-Chair: Joshua Dull, Yale University, joshua.dull@yale.edu
Joshua is the Research Data Support Specialist for Digital Scholarship Services within the Yale University Library. Joshua provides research data support to faculty, students, and staff through instruction and consultations bringing expertise in data visualization, linked open data, Continue reading Meet Your Board Members for 2017/2018!