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!

Meetup with Dr. Xinru Page – Discussion around privacy and human-computer interaction


and NEASIST present: Meetup with Dr. Xinru Page!

This Monday, April 13, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Drop-ins welcome!

Room P-316 (the Collaboratory)

Join us to meet up next week with Dr. Xinru Page, an expert in location-based services and consumer privacy expectations. We’ll hear a short presentation of Dr. Page’s research, and then discuss privacy and human-computer interaction.

Want to hear about the privacy paradox and how organizations like libraries might design new location-based services — and persuade patrons to use them? Then join us on Monday!

Dissertation award pic
We need to think about information behavior if we want to design effective services and outreach — and there will be snacks!
Dr. Page won this year’s I-School’s Doctoral Dissertation Award for Factors that Influence Adoption and Use of Location-Sharing Social Media. Check out her website here to learn about her experience in industry and academia.

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

NEASIST Meetup this Thursday!

Hi all! Everyone is invited to the NEASIST monthly meetup; the August topic is responsive design (websites that can be navigated easily no matter what device you’re using) for library websites. Hot nachos (provided by NEASIST!) + cool drinks + cool people + cool topic = you should come!

Everyone is welcome: expert or novice, professional or student, member or not! I will certainly be there (Kate Nyhan Simmons ASIS&T rep to NEASIST), so if you’re coming and you want some moral support from a Simmons buddy, let me know: [email protected].

The details about this fun event, you ask? This Thursday, 8/14, 6-8pm, at Champions in Kendall Square. Accessible by subway, or you can use the cheap validated parking (but only if you enter the garage after 6pm!)
More info and RSVPs (helpful but not required!) on
We hope to see you there!

NEASIS&T June Meetup 6/25 6pm

Join members of the NEASIS&T (New England ASIS&T chapter) Program Committee to brainstorm topics, speakers, activities and events for the coming year. NEASIS&T will buy the nachos, you bring the bright ideas!

This event is open to all– you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with others in the local information science community!

Don’t forget it is June 25th 6pm at Champion’s in Kendall Square, RSVP here!


Congratulations to our own Chapter Treasurer Jennifer Prentice for winning the NEASIS&T Student Chapter Member Award. Also congratulations to Simmons student Regina Pagani for winning the NEASIS&T Student Travel Award.




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).