Friday Night Lights

Welcome to SLIS TriviaSimmons SLIS Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all invited out this Friday Night under the Boston city Lights.  Thornton’s Fenway Grill @ 7:15pm.

There will be Trivia fun, drinks, and just some relaxation before the big SLIS games begin.  Enjoy the last bits of summer before the New England Fall settles in.  Please let us know ASAP if you require accommodation.  We want to make sure everyone feels welcomed!  You can email Julia [email protected] or Jesse [email protected]

ASIS&T 2015 Travel Awards-Apply by May 29th

~Professionals and Students~

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce the availability of

Two awards of up to $1,000 each to reimburse expenses for attendance at the

ASIS&T Annual Meeting (November 6-10 , St. Louis, Missouri). 

With this year’s emphasis on bridging research and community impact, we are excited to announce an award for professionals, alongside our traditional student award.

The award will fund a year-long membership to ASIS&T and conference registration at the member rate, and will offset some travel costs.  Membership benefits with ASIS&T include:

  • Discounted annual meeting conference registration
  • Year subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin
  • Free webinars and discounts on other publications
  • Membership in our New England regional chapter

Each applicant must submit a cover letter and 2 short essays by Friday, May 29th. The winner will be notified by Monday, June 15th, 2015.  Click Here to learn more! 

Good Times at our End of the Year Event



This past Friday, Simmons ASIS&T Student Chapter, with the help from SLIS Alumni Board and Faculty Advisor, successfully hosted our annual end of the year event.

There was fun, friends, and food which always makes for a good party.  This year we had 2 presentations, 2 past ASIS&T presidents (Candy Schwartz & Michael Leach), and 2 Simmons Beatley College Librarians joining our party ​to end another successful year.



Jennifer Ferguson (Liaison Librarian) and Annie Erdmann (Digital Asset & Electronic Resource Librarian), both from Simmons College, discussed their current project about analyzing usage, metadata, and vendor contracts related to digital media resources.



They highlighted the concept of paying per use versus the traditional up-front flat rate and how this has created a positive turn of events for Simmons Library.  Librarians are taking charge of their budgets in new innovative ways, evaluating patron usage using sophisticated technology, collaborating with other libraries, and initiating conversations with their vendors about terms of service.

Also, one of our own past ASIS&T Presidents spoke that night as well!   Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development at Harvard Cabot Library, cleverly addressed the many professional avenues for curious LIS students.  Knowledge Management, Information Architecture, and UX were just some examples that require a mix of information science and a dash of tech savvy. All of these skills are enhanced with a network of supportive folks in professional associations, like ASIS&T.  One of the key points Michael mentioned is ASIS&T is the perfect place to hone your public speaking abilities, event planning savvy, communication techniques, and other countless skills.





On behalf of Simmons ASIST&T, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T), and our Alumni Board…We Thank You for coming to the dinner and we look forward to what the future holds for us.  Happy End of the Semester and Looking forward to a fun Summer!

Year End ASIST Event and Dinner


April 24 5pm – SOM 5th floor

Join us for a light dinner, speakers,

networking, and dessert — Free

Learn more and Register:


Co-sponsored by SLIS Alumni Board

Speakers: Ann Erdmann and Jennifer Ferguson of Simmons College Beatley Library and Michael Leach of Harvard Cabot Library.

Thinking about what to do on Friday the 24th???…

thinkingApril 24 5pm – SOM 5th floor

Join Simmons ASIS&T for a Free dinner, speakers, networking, and dessert!

Learn more and Register:



Simmons ASIS&T invites you to Brave New Library: Year End ASIS&T Dinner, co-sponsored by the SLIS Alumni Board.  We will be providing a buffet style light dinner and dessert with guest speakers giving presentations on changes in collection development as we move to streaming and electronic media for video and reference collections.  We will also talk about opportunities for SLIS students to get involved and learn more about Library Information Science & Technology careers.

Speakers: Ann Erdmann and Jennifer Ferguson of Simmons College Beatley Library and Michael Leach of Harvard Cabot Library.


Save the Dates for April

save dateThree dates to pin on your calendar

April 11th, Saturday afternoon ⇒NEASIS&T meetup in Worcester, MA after the NETSL Conference

April 13th, Monday, 6pm⇒NEASIS&T meet-up at “Common Ground” Cafe on Simmons campus with Dr. Xinru Page about privacy & info behavior

April 24th, Friday, 5pm-8pm⇒ Simmons Student Chapter ASIS&T is hosting our annual networking dinner on campus!  Time to relax, meet people, and hear from terrific speakers about our industry.

Show and Tell Time!

It’s Show and Tell time at Wheelock’s EARL Center

Join NEASIS&T and Simmons Student Chapter for our March Meet Up.


Mare Parker O’Toole, Assistant Director of  Earl Center for Learning & Innovation, will be showing us their new and exciting educational technologies.  They have an active makerspace and resource center.  This makes for a rich experience to research & practice your inner child and professional interests.

March 31st-Tuesday

Arrive early at 5:30 pm for networking and snack break
Show & Tell time is 6 pm
Bell rings around 7:30 (with a half hour built in for questions, networking, and more food)
Feel free to come late if need be!  We will not mark you tardy
(10 min walk from Simmons)
Easy walking distance from C, D, and E green lines. Closest to the Fenway stop of the D-Line. Next to the Wheelock Family Theatre

New England Chapter meetup – Learn and Network

NEASIS&T February Meetup on the Role of Post-Graduate Library Fellowships

February 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Champions Sports Bar, Kendall Square, Cambridge.   Where? Here!

Helen Bailey and Mark Clemente, the inaugural fellows in MIT Libraries’ post-graduate fellowship program, will share their experiences and discuss the value of fellowships in the professional landscape.

For more info, and to RSVP, use this link:

3 great events this week!

This week we are highlighting three great events:

November 12th (Wednesday): LIS Conferences Panel

Simmons ASIS&T, SLA and ALA bring you a panel all about LIS conferences. We will be featuring speakers from all three groups to discuss how to cut conference costs, why you should attend a conference and the recent topics at all 3 conferences. RSVP if you can here.

12pm-1pm in Palace Road Building, Room 314


November 13th (Thursday): World Usability Day with Simmons UXPA

Participate in a Usability Lightning Round for a fast-paced, fun, and interactive approach to website evaluation and user feedback, featuring the websites of the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Data System and Suffolk University’s Sawyer Library. Give real-time feedback on these interfaces, meet the people behind the websites, and share your UX tips and tricks…before time is up! No experience is needed to participate–just bring yourself and your thoughts on UX.

Sign up at:

4-5:30pm in Palace Road Building, Room 113

November 14th (Friday): Social Mixer with NEASIS&T (The New England ASIS&T Chapter)

Looking for all the latest news & scholarship from ASIS&T’s 77th Annual Meeting, but not able to make it to Seattle?

The New England Chapter is having a happy-hour mixer with the Simmons Student Chapter at Church Restaurant on Friday, November 14.  We’ll be able to report back on the panels and events we attended in Seattle, as well as some association business. Current members, past members, future members, and non-memberes are all invited. Swing by any time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm to catch us and catch up!

Don’t forget to bring some cash to spend on Church’s creative comfort food and delicious drinks. Church is located at 69 Kilmarnock Street in the Fenway — and they have free parking in the lot behind the building. RSVPs encouraged (but not required) at NEASIS&T’s Meetup account.

5pm to 7pm at Church in the Fenway

2014 Annual NEASIST Networking Dinner 5/7/14 6-8pm

The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology invites you to join us for our 2014 Annual Networking Dinner:

The Spider and the Web: Can the Information Age survive another 25 years?

Join your colleagues for an evening of conversation as we explore the future of the Information Age with Dr. José-Marie Griffiths and celebrate the awardees of the 2014 NEASIST Awards.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


MIT Pappalardo Room (Bldg 4-349), Cambridge, MA



Getting There

Public parking is limited and the use of public transportation is encouraged. MIT is easily accessed from the Kendall Square stop on the MBTA Red Line as well as from the 84 Massachusetts Ave. stop on Bus Route 1. A list of publicly available pay lots near MIT can be found here.

When you arrive at MIT Bldg 4 (find it on MIT map), look for signs guiding you to the Pappalardo Room (349).