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]

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.

Save the Dates for April

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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.

NEASIS&T Event: Too Much Stuff – Curating Digital Content for Archives

The New England Chapter of ASIS&T is having an event called “Too Much Stuff – Curating Digital Content for Archives”.

The event is on Tuesday, October 8th 5:30-7:00pm at Champions Sport Bar (50 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142).

For more information check out:

Too Much Stuff flier

Data Scientist Training for Librarians Tells All

This past spring, four current GSLIS students and several GSLIS alums were among the participants in an experimental course at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library, Data Scientist Training for Librarians.  Come hear about their experiences at a recap event on June 4th!

Data Scientist Training for Librarians Tells All 
Date and Time: June 4th, 5-7pm
Location: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium (and streaming online)

Librarians are adept at helping patrons find information and go to great lengths in its curation so that it can be found and presented to users in a meaningful way. In many ways, librarians are familiar with aspects of the data science workflow but are not using the tools and methodologies that data scientists currently benefit from. Data Scientist Training for Librarians (#DST4L) is an experimental course at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, John G. Wolbach Library, intended to upgrade the skills of librarians so that they can respond to the changing needs of patrons, especially when it comes to research data, and hopefully become invaluable contributors to the data scientist community.
In the course, we have covered data science topics, worked hands-on with software such as OpenRefine, programmed in languages such as Python and R, and had notable data scientist guest speakers join the class to either present or provide training. DST4L participants have also worked on special projects involving data from sources ranging from the NASA ADS to the Internet Archive.

At this event, we will provide background on the course, lessons we have learned and present course projects, ending in an open discussion. The event will be held on June 4th, 5-7pm, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium.
If you are interested in the event, please register by following the link below:

Usability Student Panel

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Time: 4:15 – 5:45 pm

Location: P-207, Palace Road Building, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Registration: Free and open to all! Click here to register.

The User Experience Professional Association @ Simmons (UXPA) is presenting a student panel!

This is your chance to discover what your fellow students are doing in usability research! Come join us for a panel of student usability researchers, and see what kinds of work you can do as a usability researcher, and what usability research can do for you! Our panelists will be discussing four different projects:

Quick Turnaround Testing: UX Research in a Corporate Context by Dan Zavala

UX research in a company is typically performed frequently and with a quick turnaround. Often stakeholders would request results and recommendations immediately after you complete the tests. This presentation will share experiences in managing multiple projects and producing usability deliverables efficiently and effectively.

Mobile Usability Testing and Tools by Graham Herrli

How should you design and test mobile device usability? I try to answer this by reviewing the literature about mobile and the tools available for testing. Can you test a mobile device in a stationary setting?

Pilot Testing Suma: An Open Source Toolkit for Assessment by Elizabeth Quigley

Libraries often struggle with how to collect usage data and turn it into statistics for assessment projects. Suma is an open source toolkit created by NCSU that eases data collection and provides analysis. I’ve been piloting Suma at Snell Library at Northeastern this semester to determine if it is a viable solution for usage data collection long term.

Designing Usability Testing for Dataverse by Eric Gibbs and Lin Lin

Dataverse is a software application that allows researchers to upload and share data they’ve collected in their studies. Lin and Eric have been working to determine the Harvard version’s strengths and weaknesses in how it allows researchers to both upload and search for data.

NEASIS&T Presents: So You Want to Publish an Ebook? Tools, Standards, & Metadata for Creation

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Time: 8:30 – 12:30 pm

Location: M-501, School of Management Bldg, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA


NOTE: Student registration is $15, but the first ten (10) Simmons GSLIS students to sign up get free registration. Please check your e-mail for the message from [email protected] or contact [email protected] for more info.

Digitally publishing your own work is powerful and empowering. Surprisingly, creating ebooks with text, images, audio and hyperlinks is neither complicated nor expensive. By using EPUB, anyone can create an ebook, from elementary school students to university instructors.

Come hear about an exciting project on open-source online textbook creation, a discussion about the latest EPUB standard which supports wildly innovative e-publishing capabilities, and a demonstration of open-source publishing tools you can use to publish your own creative content.

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DH After Hours II

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Time: 5:15 pm

Location: The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant, 350 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA

This event is part of the Spring of Digital Humanities, an initiative started by the GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar, Professor John Unsworth. Meet with scholars, students, developers, artists, and other professionals to discuss the latest DH trends and technologies.

For more information, visit New England Digital Humanities.

Evaluating the Usability of Simmons Alumnet

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Location: M-501/M-502, School of Management Bldg, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Interested in gaining experience in usability assessment? Help Simmons Alumnet evaluate the usability of their Web site!
UXPA @ Simmons is excited to announce its second event for the semester, Evaluating the Usability of the Simmons Alumnet Web Site.

Greg Crane at MIT: February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time: 5:15 pm

Location: MIT E14-633 (New Media Lab)

Gregory Crane of Tufts University will present a talk at MIT titled “Automated Methods, Human understanding and digital libraries of Babel” on February 20, 5:15 pm, E14-633 (New Media Lab). The talk is organized by Stephanie Frampton, Classical Literature at MIT and co-sponsored by the MIT Literature Department, Comparative Media Studies, Ancient and Medieval Studies, and HyperStudio.

“Millions of documents produced around the world over more than four thousand years are now available in digital form — Google Books alone had scanned, by March 2012, more than 20 million books in more than 400 languages. Images of manuscripts, papyri, inscriptions and other non-print sources are also appearing in increasing numbers. But if we have addressed physical access to images of textual sources, we are a long way from providing the intellectual access necessary to understand the written sources that we see. This talk explores the challenges and opportunities as we refashion our study of the past from ethnocentric monolingual conversations into a hyperlingual dialogue among civilizations, where humans work with machines and with each other to communicate and where books do, as Marvin Minksy opined decades ago, talk to each other.”

Greg Crane has long been at the forefront of digital humanities, as the founder of (an especially important resource in Classics, but one the bridges many different temporal and linguistic specializations), and his current work is at the intersections of humanities, digital textuality, and developing tools to excavate the new sorts of materials now at our disposal. He’ll be on a Humbolt Fellowship in computer science next year.