“Check in” with NEASIST on 8/18!

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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!

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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 dal.ca
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
http://www.asis.org/asist2010/

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
email: beata.panagopoulos@gmail.com

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Congratulations to award recipients!

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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!

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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

Menu

  • 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

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

Registration
Register by Wednesday, May 12

Send questions to Lisa at ljunghahn@law.harvard.edu.

NEASIST TED Talks Film Festival

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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

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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)

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 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: beata.panagopoulos@gmail.com

* 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) 491-3871, e-mail: beata.panagopoulos@gmail.com

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Spring “Book” Club Night

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Stay Ahead of the Shift

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

http://www.johnnyds.com/

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

Help us celebrate winning ASIS&T chapter awards!

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AsgardNEASIST meet-up
Wed., 12/16, 5:30-7:30pm
The Asgard

350 Massachusetts Ave. (between Central Sq. & MIT)

Help us celebrate a great year for the New England chapter of ASIS&T!  Have you heard that we’ve won several chapter awards?

Drop by to hear about the ASIS&T national conference.  Or if you’d like to be more active in professional societies locally, this is a great opportunity to meet the NEASIST Program Committee and get the scoop on how to get involved.  …Or just show up and have some fun!

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

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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!

Speakers:

  • 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

Cost:

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: helman2@simmons.edu 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

New England wins ASIS&T Chapter awards

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Great news…  The New England Chapter of ASIS&T is the winner of several 2009 awards, including:

  • Chapter of the Year
  • Chapter Innovation of the Year:  “TED Talks Film Festival”
  • Chapter Event of the Year: “Mobile Mania: Developing Information Services for Portable Devices”

And our fearless Chapter Chair, Nicole Hennig, has won the award for Chapter Member of the Year!

Thanks to you all for your continuous support, and for helping to make these events a success.

Would you like to be part of the award-winning program committee?  We’re always looking for new volunteers!