Content Management Systems for Dummies (or busy smarties looking for fast, simple solutions)


Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 (register by March 4th!)
8:30am – 12:00 speaker talks and panel discussion
12:00 – 4:00pm optional lunch and workshop (space limited)

Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Co-Sponsored by the Simmons Student Chapter of ASIS&T

As librarians and information professionals, we often find ourselves responsible for creating or organizing online content, but without the tools, budget or technical skills to make it an efficient or sustainable process.

Setting up a new web site.  Organizing e-content.  Training non-techie staff to edit HTML.  Enforcing style guidelines.  Maintaining some semblance of control over our web sites.

Having a content management system (CMS) would make our lives easier, but we’re so busy we don’t have time to do the research, nor the money to hire a developer to set one up.  What’s a busy librarian/information professional to do?  This program will introduce you to a handful of CMS systems (some free!) that can be used for simple or complex projects, depending on your needs.

In the morning, there will be expert speakers and a panel discussion comparing and contrasting different CMSs (WordPress, Expression Engine, Drupal, and Springshare’s LibGuides/CampusGuides), with presentations of actual projects to give you a sense of what CMSs can do.

In the afternoon, NEASIS&T will offer an optional hands-on workshop for attendees who wish to get their feet wet using WordPress.

A continental breakfast is included for everyone and a tote lunch will be provided to those staying for the afternoon workshop.

Full details with speakers, cost, schedule, and directions

Register in advance by Friday, March 4


Part 1

  • Theresa Maturevich (Head of Reference, Bedford Free Public Library) speaks about WordPress
  • Michael Witwicki (Principal, Booyant) speaks about ExpressionEngine

Part 2

  • Steve Sanzo (Director of Marketing and Business Development, Isovera) speaks about Drupal
  • Anna Burke (Manager of Community & Training, Springshare) and Talia Resendes (Community Specialist & Trainer, Springshare) speak about LibGuides

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:

Fall Book Club Night: Dive into HTML5


Wednesday, October 13, 5:30-7pm

Johnny D’s
17 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Join us for the Fall installment of the NEASIST Book Club!

What’s all the fuss about HTML5?  Maybe you’ve heard rumblings about how it will change the way that we make and view web sites, but the details are fuzzy…  Or maybe you know nothing about web development, but just want to stay informed of the latest in web technologies…  For this book club, we’ll read Dive into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim.  We’ll focus on the “Introduction: Five Things You Should Know About HTML5,” so if you want to read only the minimum to participate in the discussion, just read that section.  (Or if you don’t want to read anything, feel free to come and hear other peoples’ thoughts on it!)  Come share your ideas, experiences, and thoughts on HTML5 as it effects information professionals across the globe.



“Check in” with NEASIST on 8/18!


Wednesday, 8/18, 5:30-7pm
Andala Café
286 Franklin St., Cambridge, MA
Close to Central Square T stop

Join us for a meet-up at Andala Café!

Our theme for this meet-up will be geo-location mobile apps and tools, such as Foursquare, Gowalla, and SCVNGR.  Don’t know what any of those words mean and why you should care?  Join us to find out!  Geo-location tools can be used to set up tours, promote your organization, and further establish yourself in the realm of social media.  And did I mention they’re fun?!

2010 NEASIST Student Travel Award Competition Winner!


Congratulations to Danielle M. Cossarini (Dalhousie University, School of Information Management) – Winner of the 2010 NEASIST Student Travel Award Competition!

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

The 2010 NEASIST “Best Paper in Information Science” award goes to:

Danielle M. Cossarini
danielle.cossarini at
Dalhousie University
School of Information Management

for her paper entitled: “Communicating Scientific Information for Environmental Solutions: A Knowledge Management Perspective.” (pdf)

From the introduction: “This paper presents findings from a study of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) which has a complex governance arrangement guiding its publication practices. The conclusions highlight the complex life-cycle of scientific grey literature produced by this organization and sets out knowledge management implications arising from this research.”

Ms.Cossarini will receive up to $750 to help defray the costs of attendance at the 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, “Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem” which takes place October 22-27, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA

Congratulations to Danielle Cossarini for her superb paper!

Finally, many thanks to the wise and diligent jury: Christine Quirion and Patricia Baudoin.

Beata Panagopoulos
NEASIST Student Travel Award Competition Jury Chair

Congratulations to award recipients!


We would like to wish the recipients of this years awards one more hearty congratulations! Your efforts to both NEASIST, and to the Simmons Student Chapter of ASIS&T, have been invaluable.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Member of the Year: Nicole Hennig
  • Student Member of the Year: Luke Gaudreau

Thanks again for your hard work support, and for helping to make our events a success.

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!

NEASIST 2010 Student Travel Award


Deadline: Friday, April 30th

The American Society for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIST) is pleased to announce the availability of two awards of up to $750 each to reimburse expenses for attendance at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (October 22-27, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA). Applications must be received by Friday, April 30. The winner(s) will be notified by Monday, May 24.

Up to two awards for the best paper(s) in information science 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. The award(s) are made based upon submission of a paper written during the 2009/2010 academic year on any topic in the field of information science. The paper may be one already submitted or one that will be submitted for course credit during this academic year. 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.

Additional criteria:

  • Papers must be written in English.
  • Papers should be 10-15 pages long (250-300 words per page).
  • Student must be sole author.
  • More than one paper submission is allowed.
  • Paper may also have been submitted to a conference, award competition, or to a journal for publication, as long as it was written during the 2009/10 academic year.

The coversheet should include the following information:

  • 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)


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 2010 Annual Meeting, “Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem” takes place October 22-27, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Papers should be submitted as attachments and sent by email to:

* You may join ASIS&T via the web at
**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) 491-3871, e-mail:

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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