July 17 Meetup on Open Access

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Join members of the Program Committee as we talk Open Access over nachos. What’s green open access, and what’s gold open access? Who benefits, and who foots the bill? Does open access help authors, researchers, institutions, and society, or does it reduce innovation and allow information of low quality to reach a wider audience? And what should we be doing about it right now at our institutions and companies? This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with others in the local information science community!

When

Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Hotel
Kendall Square plaza (next to the Red Line)
50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

RSVP

For more information and to RSVP, head over to the event listing on Meetup.com!

Slides and video now available — The Spider and the Web

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Thanks to everyone who turned out for our 2014 Networking Dinner on the 7th!  It was a great event with a timely presentation on information policy by Bryant University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths.  If you were unable to attend, be sure to check out Dr. Griffiths’ presentation, recorded and made available by the WGBH Forum Network:

The Spider and the Web: Can the Information Age survive another 25 years?
José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D.
video
slides (PDF)

Have an idea for a presentation topic or meetup?  Consider joining us at one of our monthly program committee meetings!  We are always happy to welcome new members.

We hope to see you again soon.

2014 Annual NEASIST Networking Dinner

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The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology invites you to join us for our 2014 Annual Networking Dinner:

The Spider and the Web: Can the Information Age survive another 25 years?

Join your colleagues for an evening of conversation as we explore the future of the Information Age with Dr. José-Marie Griffiths and celebrate the awardees of the 2014 NEASIST Awards.

When

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

MIT Pappalardo Room (Bldg 4-349), Cambridge, MA

RSVP

Eventbrite

Program

6:00pm Registration & Networking
6:30pm Buffet dinner served
7:00pm Award presentations
7:15pm NEASIST welcomes Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bryant University and past ASIST President

The Spider and the Web: Can the Information Age survive another 25 years?

The World Wide Web, arguably the platform that fully launched our Information Age, is 25 years old this year.  There are now more than 600 million websites worldwide, and the Web has changed life forever across the globe, allowing people to access and share information in a way not possible even 30 years ago.

But as the Web expands in size and complexity, there is increasing concern about its potential fragility and vulnerability.  Dr. Griffiths will explore some of the trends that are straining the interwoven strands of our information universe, from net governance and neutrality to data policy and stewardship to individual privacy (or the lack thereof).   Society, especially knowledge stewards, face a plethora of choices in these areas.  How we choose to address these challenges correlates in many ways with how a spider constructs, monitors and repairs its web.  Can the Information Age survive another 25 years?  Understanding the interrelationships of the spider and the web, and the different roles and principles that undergird them, are critical to all of us in both the near and distant future.  Dr. Griffiths will lay out the issues and some of the choices we face, and the potential impacts of those choices to the survival of our present and future knowledge ecosystem.

jose-marie-griffithsJosé-Marie Griffiths’ research spans information science, technology and leadership. She has done groundbreaking work on the value and return on investment in information systems and services; researched the development of protocols and policies for resource sharing across organizations on local, state and regional levels, including both public and private institutions; reported on the influences of the digital revolution on the conduct of research; and studied success criteria and best practices for information technology in higher education.

Getting There

Public parking is limited and the use of public transportation is encouraged. MIT is easily accessed from the Kendall Square stop on the MBTA Red Line as well as from the 84 Massachusetts Ave. stop on Bus Route 1. A list of publicly available pay lots near MIT can be found here.

When you arrive at MIT Bldg 4 (find it on MIT map), look for signs guiding you to the Pappalardo Room (349).

2014 NEASIST Student Travel Award: Apply by Friday, April 25

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The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIST) is pleased to announce the availability of one award of up to $750 to reimburse expenses for attendance at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (October 31-November 4, Seattle, WA).  Applications must be received by Friday, April 25. The winner will be notified by Wednesday, April 30.

One award for the best ESSAY will be offered to student members of ASIS&T* in the New England, Upstate New York or Eastern Canada regions. Students must be enrolled in an information science** master’s or doctoral program. In order to be reimbursed, the award winner will submit receipts substantiating travel and conference related expenses, such as costs for registration, airfare, food, and lodging.  The award winner will also be expected to meet with a NEASIST representative at the conference.

Submit an essay that addresses the following questions in specific detail:

  • Why do you wish to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting?
  • How do you believe you will be able to use the conference experience to further your career?
  • How might NEASIST or ASIS&T benefit if you receive the award?

Essay criteria:

  • Essay must be written in English.
  • Essay may not exceed 500 words or two double spaced pages.
  • Student must be sole author.

The coversheet should include the following:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Address
  • Phone number / E-mail address
  • School affiliation / information science program / Student ID number
  • Proof of ASIS&T membership (e.g. ASIS&T member number, copy of email receipt of payment, or photocopy of check canceled by ASIS&T Headquarters)

PLEASE NOTE:

The ASIS&T Annual meeting is one of the most highly regarded meetings in the information science field. It covers the breadth of activities and endeavors of the information community with technical sessions addressing specialties of the information professional. The 2014 Annual Meeting, “Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities” takes place October 31-November 4 in Seattle, Washington.

Papers should be submitted as attachments and sent by email to: bpanagopoulos@suffolk.edu

*You may join ASIS&T via the web at http://www.asist.org/membership.html

**Terms describing information science programs are varied: they may be called: Library and Information Studies, Information Science and Policy, Information and Library Science, Information Studies, etc.

Questions? Contact Beata at (617) 573-8541, e-mail: bpanagopoulos@suffolk.edu

Spring Meetup — Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Libraries and Privacy in the Digital Age

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Join us for an informal and lively discussion on the issue of privacy in the digital age. Historically, libraries have been staunch defenders of patron privacy. But in an era when citizens routinely share their information, particularly in the digital realm, in order to receive tailored book and movie recommendations and targeted services, are libraries standing in the way of their own progress? Could libraries track patron information for good, rather than evil?

Food for thought:

When:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:30pm to 7pm

Where:

Champions Sports Bar (Marriott Hotel)
Kendall Square
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA

For more information, contact neasist@gmail.com.

Speakers’ slides now available — Big Data & You

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We now have presentation slides to share from our January event, Big Data & You.  Special thanks to our excellent presenters and moderator, Sands Fish, Bradley Strauss, Christopher Erdmann, and Michael Leach, and to everyone in attendance who made Big Data & You a terrific event!

Speakers’ presentations:

“Knowing in the Age of Networked Knowledge (Sands Fish, Senior Software Engineer–MIT Libraries)

“Is Big Data Bigger than a Bread Box?” (Bradley Strauss, Senior Data Engineer–Chitika)

“New Approaches to Library Data Services from an Astrophysics Perspective” (Chrisotpher Erdmann, Head Librarian–Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

 

January Event – Big Data & You: Preparing Current & Future Information Specialists

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The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to join us at our 2014 winter event on the topic of Big Data!

Big Data is rapidly changing the way researchers, scientists and businesses learn, compete and adapt in digital data-driven environments. The conversation is not just about what data to store, but also how to extract meaningful intelligence from all data, and this is just the beginning.

We now ask what librarians, data scientists and researchers need to know in order to prepare for the challenges of Big Data over the next 10 years. Our panelists are leading practitioners and experts in information and computer science. They will discuss their experiences with Big Data and share their insights into leading a successful career in the always-changing information field.

When Tuesday, January 14, 2014, from 8:15am to 12:30pm
Where MIT Pappalardo Room, Bldg 4-349, Cambridge, MA. For exact location, see the MIT Campus Map.
RSVP http://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-data-you-preparing-current-future-information-specialists-tickets-9600478289

Program

8:15-9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Welcome & Introduction
9:15-10:00am Sands Fish, Senior Software Engineer–MIT Libraries
“Knowing in the Age of Networked Knowledge”
The words “research” and “knowing” have distinctly different meanings than they used to before the Information Age.  Asking a librarian a question would likely have yielded a different kind of result than it does today.  Now, asking questions of data yields vast and complex answers.  Researchers, scientists, and librarians need to have a common ground to work together in this environment.  What does it mean to “know” about something as our knowledge becomes increasingly interlinked?  Where do we draw these boundaries and how does technology meet these challenges?
10:00-10:45am Bradley Strauss, Senior Data Engineer–Chitika
“Is Big Data Bigger than a Bread Box?”
What do we mean by “big data,” and what, if anything, is new or different about it? This talk will attempt to answer these questions from the standpoint of a practitioner working with large data sets on a daily basis.
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00-11:45am Christopher Erdmann, Head Librarian–Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
“New Approaches to Library Data Services from an Astrophysics Perspective”
The rise of big data is having a transformational affect on the research community in increasing ways. From new policies to changes in research workflows, a dramatic shift is occurring. This talk will explore approaches the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library has taken to offer new data-related services with particular emphasis on training opportunities for librarians.
11:45am-12:30pm Panel Discussion with Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development–Harvard University Cabot Science Library

Getting There

Public parking is limited and the use of public transportation is encouraged. MIT is easily accessed from the Kendall Square stop on the MBTA Red Line as well as from the 84 Massachusetts Ave. stop on Bus Route 1. MIT maintains a list of publicly available pay lots in the area.

When you arrive at (Bldg 4-349), look for signs guiding you to the Pappalardo Community Room.

Contact the event organizer if you need special accommodations.

We hope to see you there!

Call for NEASIST Officer Nominations: Secretary and Treasurer Positions Open

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Think back to all of the great programs you have attended that were sponsored by the New England Chapter of ASIST!

Now you can be a part of it all.  We need YOU to help us continue to thrive and grow. In return, NEASIST will offer you enriching leadership experiences in a collaborative environment, with awesome networking opportunities. Being actively involved with the NEASIST Board provides a chance to build relationships while broadening your technical and interpersonal skills.

We are seeking nominations for the following chapter officer positions:

Treasurer:  The Treasurer manages chapter finances. S/he also contributes to the chapter programming by helping plan and put on our events.  The time commitment is approximately 2 hours a month.

Secretary: The Secretary records and distributes the minutes of the Board and Program Committee meeting(s).  S/he also contributes to the chapter programming by helping plan and put on our events.

The time commitment is approximately 2 hours a month.

We would love to work with YOU to create new programming for the local community of information professionals.

Contact us TODAY to find out how you can participate.

Our email address is: neasist-board@googlegroups.com

Call for Leadership Volunteers

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Think back to all of the great programs you have attended that were sponsored by the New England Chapter of ASIST!

Now you can be a part of it all.  We need YOU to help us continue to thrive and grow. In return, NEASIST will offer you enriching leadership experiences in a collaborative environment, with awesome networking opportunities. Being actively involved with the NEASIST Board provides a chance to build relationships while broadening your technical and interpersonal skills.

Recent programs include:

  • Content Management Systems for Dummies (or busy smarties looking for fast, simple solutions)
  • The Library Is Dead.  Long Live The Library! The rebirth of libraries in the 21st century
  • Mobile Mania: Developing information services for portable devices
  • From Guerilla Innovation to Institutional Transformation: Information Professionals as Change Agents
  • Regular Meetups
  • TED Talk Viewings & Discussions
  • Award Banquets

We have vacancies in various leadership positions. We would love to work with YOU to create new programming for the local community of information professionals.  Contact us today at neasist-board@googlegroups.com to find out how you can participate.

Fall Meetup: Too Much Stuff — Curating Digital Content for Archives?!

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Join us for an informal and lively discussion on the issue of curating digital content for archives.  In a world of overabundant information, is there a way to define what is significant or worth preserving in a way that will allow for future meaning.  Or should archivists grab everything and hope for the best for the future!  And is it even possible to grab the internet!

Food for thought:

When:
Tuesday, October 8, 5:30pm to 7pm

Where:
Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Hotel
Kendall Square plaza (next to the Red Line)
50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

For more information, contact the program committee chair.