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

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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.

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Going Mobile – Slides Posted


Thank you to everyone who made it to yesterday’s event, and a special thanks to our terrific speakers for your good humor and awesome presentations!

Help us make better events.

Going Mobile Slides

Going Mobile: Library websites, services, and apps on mobile devices


When: Monday, April 23rd, 1pm-5pm
Where: MIT Bush Room
Directions and Parking
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Smartphone sales eclipsed PC sales for the first time in late 2010. Some analysts predict mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web device worldwide by 2013.

Designing for mobile web experience offers a new set of challenges and opportunities for libraries. We need to better understand our users, plan for mobile-friendly content, ensure contextually relevant information, and collaborate with technology partners. On Monday April 23rd, join us to learn from colleagues who are taking their libraries mobile. Light snacks, coffee, and tea will be served.

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2012 NEASIST Student Travel Award: Apply Now


STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD AVAILABLE (Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2012)

The American Society for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIST) is pleased to announce the availability of one award of up to $1000 to reimburse expenses for attendance at the ASIS&T 75th Annual Meeting (October 26-31, 2012, Baltimore, MD). Applications must be received by Monday, April 9. The winner(s) will be notified by Monday, April 23.

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 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 2012 Annual Meeting, “Information, Interaction, Innovation: Celebrating the Past, Constructing the Present, and Creating the Future” takes place October 26-31, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.asis.org/membership.php

**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

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 TED Talks & Pizza Gathering


Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 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.

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 noon on Monday, October 31

Tuesday, November 1
5:30 – 6:30: pizza & networking
6:30 – 7:30: TED Talks & conversation

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

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.

Podcasts from CMS program now available


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

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


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

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.