Annual NEASIST Dinner at the MIT Faculty Club!


Monday, May 17 at 6:00 pm

Come out to celebrate with friends and colleagues at this year’s annual NEASIST Awards Dinner!

Nicole Hennig, Head of User Experience at the MIT Libraries, will present on new gadgets and their influence on library services. Come to hear her ideas on iPads, e-book readers, and mobile devices, and find out how you can promote these new technologies in your own library!  Learn more about Nicole.

MIT Faculty Club
50 Memorial Drive
Building E52
Cambridge, MA 02139


  • Salad: Baby Spinach & Radicchio Salad, Ricotta Salata, Pear Tomatoes, Marinated Mushrooms, Basil Dressing
  • Meat option: Artichoke & Tarragon Chicken, Basmati Rice, Fresh Spinach
  • Veggie option: Artichoke, Eggplant, and Boursin Strudel with Red Pepper Coulis
  • Dessert: Lemon Angel Food Cake, Fresh Berry Compote

6:00-6:30 Cocktails & light hors d’oeuvres
6:30-7:45 Dinner
7:45-9:00 Awards Presentations followed by Nicole Hennig

Register by Wednesday, May 12

Send questions to Lisa at

NEASIST TED Talks Film Festival


Tuesday, May 11th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

TED: ideas worth spreading

Are you a lover of TED Talks? Or maybe you’re wondering just who this Ted person is that everyone keeps talking about? Either way, join us for an evening of TED Talks, pizza, and sparkling conversation.

Vote on your top choices for viewing at the festival.
We’ll show several of the talks that you’ve voted for and include some time between films to chat about the ideas presented in the talk.

TED Talks are “inspired talks by the world’s leading thinkers and doers.” TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” but talks span a vast range of topics. The TED conference challenges intriguing people to “give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).” Many focus on technology and design, and no matter the topic, most are extremely engrossing.

REGISTER – by Friday, May 7th
Optional: Vote for which videos to show on the night of the event.

Tuesday, May 11th
5:30 – 6:00: pizza & networking
6:00 – 8:00: TED Talks & conversation

Cost: $10 (covers pizza, salad, and drinks)
MIT Bush Room, building 10, room 105; Map
Directions to MIT

Download the viewing schedule to see which talks were shown at the event. (PDF)

Also save the date for the annual awards dinner on May 17th!

Spring “Book” Club Night


Stay Ahead of the Shift

Tuesday, February 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm
Johnny D’s
17 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

We’re trying something new this Spring! Since we are all incredibly busy this time of year, especially for those of us who work in academic settings, we will be trying out a new format for the NEASIST Book Club. In the future we will be adding journal articles, or in this case a presentation, to our regular book rotation.

Our first “Journal Club” selection will be Stay Ahead of the Shift: What Publishers Can Do to Flourish in a Community-Centric Web World, the transcript, accompanied by video, of a presentation given at BookExpo America on May 28th, 2009. It is a forward thinking look at the publishing world, with a lot of repercussions for libraries.

Please join us at Johnny D’s to discuss this presentation, and this new format for the book club. See you there!

Link to presentation

The library is dead. Long live the library! The rebirth of libraries in the 21st century


Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 9am – 4pm

MIT Media Lab – Bartos Theater in Cambridge, MA
Map | Directions

Detailed program and speaker info, including schedule & handouts

Library closures, slashed budgets, user apathy – everything’s online, right?  It’s a story many of us have heard too often or experienced ourselves, especially with the recent downturn in the economy.  But many libraries are re-inventing themselves, offering new services and transforming into very different entities while still at heart performing the same role they always have – helping communities connect with information.

Come to this NEASIS&T program to hear:

  • How changes in publishing are driving changes in libraries.  How can we radically change an ancient institution that evolved from providing shared print copies into one that effectively provides online content (that we often don’t even own).  It’s time to get past the kludges in our processes and organizational structures and embrace our future.
  • What it takes to be a librarian these days.  What skills and interests are necessary?  In 10 years will we be librarians or technologists?
  • Success stories from libraries that have radically changed their roles and services.
  • How to design your library around user expectations and keep your organization relevant.

We’ll provide breakfast, lunch, and network access for all!


  • John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School
  • Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University’s Paley Library
  • Shana Kimball, Publications Manger at the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library
  • Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press
  • Cyril Oberlander, Associate Director of Milne Library at the SUNY College at Geneseo


Students / Retirees: $50
ASIST & SLA members: $60
General public: $75

$5 discount if you promote us on the web!
Mention this event on your blog, website, or one of your social networks. Then email Bill Helman at: with the link to your site. You will be provided with the Discount Code for $5 off the price of registration. (Note: Please request code before registering.)

If you tweet: please use the #hashtag: #neasist09 for this event.

Detailed program and speaker info, including schedule & handouts

Fall Book Club Night



Friday, November 20th, 5:30-7:00pm

Andala Cafe
286 Franklin St, Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139


Join us for the Fall installment of the NEASIS&T Book Club Night! We will be delving into the world of social media and software in Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff’s book “Groundswell.” In which, the team from Forrester, Inc aim to give a primer on ways to leverage the impact of social networking technology… or at least how to avoid getting crushed by it. Come share your ideas, experiences, and thoughts on this trend as it effects libraries, archives, and information professionals across the globe.



Please RSVP to by the morning of the event.

NEASIST / SLA Boston Summer Evening at EBSCO


EBSCO building

Thursday, July 23, 6:00-9:00pm
EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, MA


Join SLA Boston and NEASIST for an evening at EBSCO Publishing. EBSCO will be hosting us in their “green building” with food, tours, and a talk on federated search, with plenty of time to network with your SLA Boston and NEASIST colleagues.

There is plenty of parking, or for those of you in Boston who would like to take the T, we will meet as a group at North Station and take the 5:10pm train to Ipswich and the 9:12pm train back.

The meeting will be held in the Riverside building at 10 Estes Street, and there is parking available in the lot in front of the Riverside Building.

EBSCO Publishing campus map

6:00 – 7:00 Networking/Food
7:00 – 7:30 Campus Tour
7:30 – 8:30 Michael Gorrell’s Presentation on Federated Search
8:30 – 9:00 Wrap-Up
9:05 – wait for the 9:12 train to outbound

Contact Kris Liberman with questions.


Student, retired, between jobs (member or non-member): $10
SLA or ASIST members: $15
Non-members: $20

NEASIST Book Club night


The Long Tail

Friday, July 24, 5:30-7:00pm
Cambridge Brewing Company, 1 Kendall Sq # 100 Cambridge, MA 02139

The Long Tail

Join us for our summer installment of the NEASIS&T Book Club Night! We will be discussing the insightful, and exciting, book The Long Tail by Wired editor Chris Anderson. Anderson examines the phenomenon where “our culture and economy are increasingly shifting away from mainstream products and markets at the head of the demand curve toward a huge number of niches in the tail… As costs of production and distribution fall, especially online, narrowly targeting goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare.” (WorldCat summary).


Please RSVP to by the morning of the event.

Events Prior to 2009


Thursday, April 9, 2009, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Book Club Night: “Print is Dead” – Bombay Club, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 5:30 pm-7 pm
Meetup: Twitter! – Johnny D’s, Davis Square, Somerville

Thursday November 13th, 2008
Meetup: What I learned at ASIST… – Green Street Grill

Wednesday November 5th, 2008
Mobile Mania: Developing information services for portable devices – Kotzen Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA [Co-sponsored by NE ASIS&T and the Simmons College Student Chapter of ASIS&T]

Monday September 15th, 2008 6:00pm
Understanding Human Information Interaction– Kotzen Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA [Co-sponsored by Simmons GSLIS and NE ASIS&T]

Tuesday August 5th, 2008 6:30pm
SLA Boston and NEASIST Dine-Around– Namaskar Indian restaurant, Davis Square, Somerville, MA

Thursday June 26th, 2008 ~5:30-7pm
Meetup: Greener Living Through Technology – Cambridge Brewing Co.

Thursday, June 12, 2008
NEASIS&T awards dinner with special guest Robert Wolfe of the MIT Libraries – MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA

Thursday March 27th, 2008
Meetup: 21st century job hunting-The Squeeling Pig, 134 Smith St, Roxbury Crossing, MA

Monday, 28 January 2008, ~6-7pm
Meetup: Share your fun new gadgets! – The Asgard, Cambridge, MA.

March 3, 2008 Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
And March 4, 2008 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Licensing Electronic Resources [Co-Sponsored by NEASIS&T]

Thursday, 15 November 2007
From Guerilla Innovation to Institutional Transformation: Information Professionals as Change Agents – Providence College, Providence, RI

Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Do We Need a Second Life? Library and Information Services in a Virtual World – Simmons College, GSLIS Tech Lab, Boston, MA.

May 10, 2007
NEASIS&T awards dinner with special guests Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg of IBM – MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Designing Usable Interfaces: Three Expert Perspectives – MIT, Bartos Theater

6 March 2007
GIS for the Real World: Google Earth and GIS Web Tools with Lisa Sweeney – MIT, Vannevar Bush Room

3 October 2006
The Dawn of the Embedded Library: Integrating Library Services into People’s Trusted Networks – Tufts University, Dowling Hall

11 May 2006
NEASIS&T Awards Dinner with special guest Peter Morville “Ambient Findability” – MIT Faculty Club

20 April 2006 – CANCELLED
Who am I and How do I know for sure? Identity Management in a Web 2.0 World – Bartos Theater, MIT

15 November 2005
Buy, Hack or Build: Optimizing your Systems for Your Users and Your Sanity – Bartos Theater, MIT

24 May 2005
NEASIST Annual Awards Dinner – MIT Faculty Club

3 May 2005
Syndicate, Aggregate, Communicate:
New Web Tools in Real Applications for Libraries, Companies and Regular Folk – Providence College

15 December 2004
Freedom vs Control: Rights Management in the Digital Age – MIT

12-17 November 2004
ASIST Annual in Providence RI

1 July 2004 – CANCELLED
Spring Awards Picnic – MIT

21-23 November 2003
DASER Summit: Digital Archives for Science & Engineering Resources – MIT

13 November 2003
Blogging, RSS Feeds and News Aggregators
A hands-on workshop with Steven Cohen – MIT

13 May 2003
Spring Awards Dinner – MIT Faculty Club

28 April 2003
It’s Not Just Google Anymore: Blogs and the Latest in Search Engines

December 9-20, 2002
Strategies for E-Learning and Distance Education Educators: An ASIS&T Joint Chapter Virtual Mini-Course

May 9, 2002
Spring Awards Dinner – MIT Faculty Club

December 11 , 2001
Future of Fair Use – Wong Auditorium, MIT

August 14, 2001
Working with Audio: from Archiving to Web Delivery (a hands on-workshop) – Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

May 3, 2001
Spring Awards Dinner – MIT Faculty Club

December 11, 2000
A Walk on the Wireless Side– Wong Auditorium, MIT
Implementing wireless technologies
Transcribed and featured in the ASIS&T Bulletin

August 3, 2000, 10 am – 3 pm
Working with Audio: from Archiving to Web Distribution
Hands-on Workshop

July 27, 2000, 1- 4pm
Building Database-Backed Web Sites
presented by: BALM (Boston Area Library Web Managers) and NEASIS

May 17, 2000, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Bringing Innovative Web Technologies to Library Settings – Kennedy School, Harvard

April 13, 2000
NEASIS Spring Awards Dinner – MIT Faculty Club
Spring Awards dinner combined with demo of the Paper Computer

December 6, 1999
Open Source & Free Systems/Software: Implications for Libraries – Luce Hall, Yale University
Speakers: Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Daniel Chudnov

October 14, 1999
An Evening with Eugene Garfield: President-elect of ASIS – MIT Faculty Club
Dr. Garfield shared his vision and future plans for ASIS, which have been a matter of some discussion on the ASIS-L listserv. An informal reception followed the talk.

July 19 and July 21, 1999
Web Graphics Workshop – MIT New Media classroom

January 20, 1999
XML: What You Need to Know – MIT Faculty Club

January 27, 1998
Extreme Searching – Kennedy School, Harvard

March 20, 1998
Spring Awards Dinner – MIT Faculty Club

May 7, 1998
Location Location Location (GIS) – Kennedy School, Harvard

September 1997
Knowledge Management – Kennedy School, Harvard

May 6, 1997
JAVA in the Morning: the Dawn of New Technologies – Kennedy School, Harvard

November 13, 1996
Your Business The World’s Business? Privacy in the Electronic Environment – Tang Center, MIT

September 10, 1996
HTML Extensions (workshop) – Lamont Library, Harvard

April 22, 1996
Public Access to the Internet via Libraries – Kennedy School, Harvard

December 5, 1995
Evaluating Content on the Web – Kennedy School, Harvard

March 1, 1994
Partners in Gopherspace the Draper Lab Experience – Bolt Baranek and Newman

December 1, 1994
It’s Only Natural, or Is It? – Gutman Library, Harvard

May 6, 1994
Converging Interests on the NII: Commercial Ventures, Policy and Public Access – Kennedy School, Harvard

October 7, 1993
Image/Imagining: a showcase of Digital Imaging Applications – Harvard Graduate School of Design

May 5, 1993
Building the Information Superhighway: Ownership, Access and Services – Kennedy School, Harvard

April 9, 1992
Closing the Library Doors: Electronic Services, Products, Access and Dissemination – Days Inn, Newton, MA

Fall 1991
Standards, Applications, and Document Delivery: Why Should I Care? – Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

June 20, 1990
Information Science: Origin Evolution and Relations – Simmons College Faculty Dining Room