NEASIST award winners and dinner speaker’s slides


The NEASIST Awards Dinner was a lovely affair!  See photos from the dinner on Flickr.

Congratulations to our very deserving awardees:

  • Remlee Green, NEASIST 2011 Chapter Member of the Year
  • Jordan Sly, NEASIST 2011 Chapter Student Member of the Year

If you missed the dinner, the presentation slides of our speaker, Ryan Evans, are now available:

Cater to Your Customer: Adapting User Personas to Social Engagement

Ryan Evans, Director of Experience Design at Corey McPherson Nash and graduate of MIT’s Media Lab

Hope to see you all at an event soon!

NEASIST Annual Awards Dinner on April 27th!


Have you ever been to a boring awards dinner?  This ain’t it!

Come to the NEASIST Awards Dinner and experience a lively speaker, great food, and an opportunity to catch up with your colleagues.

We will also announce and congratulate the Chapter Member of the Year, the Student Member of the Year, and the Student Travel Award winner.

Understanding and Engaging Your Users in a Social World

Ryan Evans, Director of Experience Design at Corey McPherson Nash and graduate of MIT’s Media Lab

Social media not only projects who your organization is, but engages existing and new audiences in an ongoing dialog. Find out how social media integrates into existing, traditional user tasks and how user personas can help you identify the effect the social world has on your users and how they interact with you.  See Ryan’s bio below.

Register by noon on Friday, April 22nd!


6:00-6:30 Cocktails & light hors d’oeuvres
6:30-7:45 Dinner
7:45-9:00 Award presentations followed by speaker, Ryan Evans

The NEASIST Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the lovely MIT Faculty Club in Cambridge MA. Directions & Parking

View from the MIT Faculty Club

About Ryan Evans

Ryan began his career at the MIT Media Lab where he specialized in content-based interactive story telling, working on digital tools for filmmakers. In 1995, Ryan joined Corey McPherson Nash and since that time has played a critical role in developing Corey’s award-winning web work and interactive work process.

Ryan leads the critical process of understanding user needs and mapping those to information architecture, user experience,  and design for web, mobile and social media.

His clients include Harvard Business School, Museum of Science Boston, Phillips Exeter Academy, Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation, MIT OpenCourseWare, Forrester Research, Pleasant Company, and Keurig. His work has been recognized with awards from MITX and the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA).  He holds an MS (Media Arts and Sciences) and a BS (Computer Science and Engineering), both from MIT.

Save the Date! The NEASIST Annual Awards Dinner will be on April 27th.


The NEASIST Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 27th, 6-9pm at the lovely MIT Faculty Club in Cambridge MA. We will provide a lively speaker, good food, and an opportunity to catch up with your colleagues.  We will also announce and congratulate the Chapter Member of the Year, the Student Member of the Year, and the Student Travel Award winner.   Hope to see you there! Speaker and registration details coming soon.

View from the MIT Faculty Club

2011 NEASIST Student Travel Award: Apply Now


Deadline:  Friday, April 8, 2011

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 Annual Meeting (October 7-12, 2011, New Orleans, La.). Applications must be received by Friday, April 8. The winner will be notified by Monday, April 18.

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
* 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 2011 Annual Meeting, “Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work” takes place October 7-12, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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) 573-8541, e-mail:

New Orleans

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.