Spring Event: So You Want to Publish an Ebook? Tools, Standards, & Metadata for Creation and Innovation!


Thanks for attending! Slides from the event are available via the links below:

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:15am to 1:00pm

Where: Simmons College, School of Management, Room M501, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA


Digitally publishing your own work is powerful and empowering.  Surprisingly, creating ebooks with text, images, audio and hyperlinks is neither complicated nor expensive.  By using EPUB, anyone can create an ebook, from elementary school students to university instructors.

Come hear about an exciting project on open-source online textbook creation, a discussion about the latest EPUB standard which supports wildly innovative e-publishing capabilities, and a demonstration of open-source publishing tools you can use to publish your own creative content.

“Open-Source Online Textbooks”
Speaker: Dustin A. Lewis, H20 Project Manager and Technical Lead
Dustin will introduce us to a new suite of online classroom tools called H2O, developed and provided by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Library. H2O allows professors to freely develop, remix, and share online textbooks under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

“Shifting Forward in Digital Publishing: EPUB 3”
Speaker: Nettie Lagace, Associate Director of Programs at NISO
Nettie will provide an overview of EPUB 3, a standard which, while tightly integrated to Web standards, also offers many innovations, including support for rich media, interactivity, global language support, and styling and layout enhancements. EPUB 3 advances capabilities for better accessibility and more and richer metadata, thereby improving discoverability and the user experience.

“Creating Ebooks Using Open-Source Tools”
Speaker: Karie Kirkpatrick, Journals Technology Specialist at The MIT Press
Karie will provide an overview of open-source tools that you can use to convert your PDF or Word document into an ebook—either as an EPUB file or as a Kindle (MOBI) file. This presentation will focus on the PDFMasher conversion tool, the Sigil EPUB interface, and the Calibre ebook management tool.


8:15am – 9:00am Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome/Introduction
9:15am – 10:00am Dustin A. Lewis
10:00am – 10:45am Nettie Lagace
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:45am Karie Kirkpatrick
11:45am – 12:30pm Panel Discussion

January Event – The Book as iPad App: iBooks Author


The Book as iPad App: iBooks Author

Slides from the event are now available via Slideshare

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The event is free, but registration is required.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 5:30pm-7pm (EST)

Where: MIT Pappalardo Room (Bldg 4-349)  find it on MIT MAP

What: 5:30-6pm: Refreshments & networking, 6-7pm: Guest speaker, Nicole Hennig

Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5113622984#

iBooks Author is a free ebook authoring tool by Apple that runs on the Mac platform. It enables easy creation of interactive ebooks that can be sold or offered for free through Apple’s iBooks store. It also allows for exporting non-interactive PDF versions that can be sold anywhere. The interactive ebooks will run on iPads and can include embedded multimedia, such as slide shows, movies, quizzes, 3D images, embedded math formulas, and more.

In this informal talk, we’ll look at examples of some titles created with this tool, show the interface and how it works, and discuss why this is of interest to those looking to create interactive books.

Hope to see you there!


Summer Meet-up: Sharing on Data Visualization


Thursday, August 16, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Uno’s Pizzeria (lower level)
22 JFK Street (Harv. Square)
Cambridge, MA

All Things Data Visualization

Data Visualization is a method of presenting information in a graphical form. Good data visualization should appear as if it is a work of art. This intrigues the viewer and draws them in so that they can further investigate the data and info that the graphic represents.

Come learn more about what folks are doing to make data more interesting.  Come share what you have been doing with your old line graphs.  Bring your ipad or other devices – as the restaurant is wired for us to share.

Check out these links for points of discussion:

2012 Annual Awards Banquet: Register now


Announcing the NEASIST 2012 Annual Awards Banquet

Date: Wed., May 23

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Place: MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, Mass. Directions & Parking


6:00-6:30 Cocktails & light hors d’oeuvres
6:30-7:45 Dinner
7:45-9:00 Award presentations followed by speaker, Dr. Andrew Dillon

Eventbrite - NEASIST 2012 Annual Awards Dinner

NEASIST welcomes ASIS&T President-Elect, Dr. Andrew Dillon.


Andrew Dillon, Ph.D.Andrew Dillon is the Dean and Louis T. Yule Professor of Information Science at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin where he also holds appointments in Psychology and Information Risk & Operations Management.  Andrew has been an active researcher of the human response to information technology for the last 20 years.  Defying professional categorization, he has held appointments in departments or schools of cognitive science, computer science, psychology, instructional systems technology, management information systems, library and information science, and informatics. Having published more than 100 articles and books on various aspects of human information behavior and design, Andrew serves or has served on the editorial boards of many leading journals such as the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers, the Journal of Documentation, and the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.  He advocates a view of information science as a means of accelerating discovery and shaping a more democratic world.

Eventbrite - NEASIST 2012 Annual Awards Dinner

Winter Meet-up: How America’s Revolutionaries Imagined Intellectual Property


Gather with colleagues for a happy-hour discussion on intellectual property.

Thursday, December 1, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Uno’s Pizzeria (lower level)
22 JFK Street (Harv. Square)
Cambridge, MA

Copyright, trademark and patents are not new concepts.  Our founding fathers resolved the tension between commonwealth and monopoly though a civic republican model that allowed for private ownership so long as intellectual property was not held in perpetuity but given, after a short time, to the public.  However, new technologies have made defining and protecting intellectual property ever more challenging.  In recent months, Congress has begun to reform patent filings, and a lawsuit has been brought against HathiTrust, a shared digital library.

Gather with friends for a happy-hour discussion on what is current in the world of intellectual property law for the information professional.

For inspiration, read Frames from the Framers:

NEASIST Gathers to Celebrate Chapter Awards


Come join in a lively (and informal) gathering to celebrate a few of our successes this year!

Monday, September 26, starting at 5:30 to 7:30
Come and go at your leisure!
NEASIST will be with a Wonder Woman image on a stick!

4 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

The gathering is to celebrate three great ASIS&T awards!

2011 Chapter of the Year Award
NEASIST received this ASIS&T honor for hosting a number of well-attended events including book clubs, social events, and presentations, and for engaging in outreach activities  targeted at members and non-members alike.

2011 Chapter Innovation of the Year
NEASIST received this honor for our meet-up, “All Things e-Readers.” We gathered to share experiences of reading on Kindle, iPads, Nooks, smart phones, and other devices; and shared ideas on how to negotiate licenses, catalog books on Kindle, and manage patron expectation for using devices and accessing material.

Congratulations also to the Simmons GSLIS ASIS&T chapter for winning the Student Chapter of the Year Award! Simmons ASIS&T had a very successful year, hosting a number of heavily attended events, with some well known names, including Peter Suber and Nicole Hennig.

Summer Meet-Up: 10 Things Researchers Want


Tuesday, July 19, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Cambridge Brewing Co.
1 Kendall Square, Bldg 100
Cambridge, MA 02139

Summer installment of the NEASIST Meet-up!

Gather with friends and colleagues for a happy-hour discussion on “Things Researchers Want.”

The Research Information Network recently released a report with detailed analysis of how humanities’ researchers discover, use, create and manage their information resources.

What is your organization doing to meet these 10 identified needs? Come share in an informal discussion on various aspects of this report and how your role as information specialist or librarian may be shifting to meet these researcher demands.

RSVP not required but very helpful so we can save you a seat!  If possible, email darcy[at]mit.edu if you are coming.

NEASIST Student Travel Award jury is pleased to announce this year’s winner!


The 2011 NEASIST Student Travel Award goes to:

Adrienne Smith
adrienne.smith2 at mail.mcgill.ca
McGill University
School of Information Studies (Knowledge Management stream)

for her essay addressing the questions:
* Why she wishes to attend the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
* How she believes she will be able to use the conference experience to further her career
* How might NEASIST or ASIS&T benefit if she receives the award

Ms. Smith’s essay was impressively well-written and persuasive.  She concludes that “simply joining professional associations does not automatically impact one’s career; like knowledge, a membership becomes more valuable the more it is used.  Conferences and events like the Annual Meeting are opportunities to ‘get known’ and to begin building relationships with colleagues working in diverse environments.  I believe that this conference experience will help me to establish a presence among my peers while maintaining momentum during my transition from a student to a professional.”

Ms. Smith will receive up to $1000 to help defray the costs of attendance at the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, “Bridging the Gulf:
Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work” which takes place October 7-12, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Congratulations to Adrienne Smith for her excellent essay!

Read it here:
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Finally, many thanks to the wise and diligent Jury members: Remlee Green, Lisa Junghahn and Beata Panagopoulos.

NEASIST award winners and dinner speaker’s slides


The NEASIST Awards Dinner was a lovely affair!  See photos from the dinner on Flickr.

Congratulations to our very deserving awardees:

  • Remlee Green, NEASIST 2011 Chapter Member of the Year
  • Jordan Sly, NEASIST 2011 Chapter Student Member of the Year

If you missed the dinner, the presentation slides of our speaker, Ryan Evans, are now available:

Cater to Your Customer: Adapting User Personas to Social Engagement

Ryan Evans, Director of Experience Design at Corey McPherson Nash and graduate of MIT’s Media Lab

Hope to see you all at an event soon!

Winter Meet-up: All Things e-Readers


Thursday, December 9, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Green Street Grill
280 Green Street (it’s a bit hidden)
Cambridge, MA 02139

Winter installment of the NEASIST Meet-up!

Gather with friends and colleagues for a happy-hour discussion on all things e-Readers.

Come share your own experiences with reading books on Kindle, or reading textbooks on an iPad.  Perhaps your library has adopted an eBook policy for reserves and other materials.  Perhaps you are waiting to learn more before moving away from print.

Come discuss the pros and cons of various formats, and the potential challenges for administration of this e-Resource.

For discussion inspiration, check out this article: