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: 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


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.


WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/172980082
Minuteman: http://library.minlib.net/record=b2579073

Please RSVP to helman2@simmons.edu 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).

WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/65187392
Minuteman: http://library.minlib.net/record=b2647693~S1

Please RSVP to helman2@simmons.edu by the morning of the event.