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

Help us celebrate winning ASIS&T chapter awards!


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


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

New England wins ASIS&T Chapter awards


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!

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.