Spring into Summer

Why not take advantage of some free time and get a head start on some upcoming classes.

Free being the important word here….LIS Grad students love these sites.

Only after your morning bike ride and reading some chapters from your summer novel…there are free opportunities to learn some LIS skills.  First, Simmons offers a free account to lynda.com to their students using their own Simmons user name and password.  You can review html, Google analytics, or Excel to name a few general ones plus more advanced tutorials.  Second, check out Treehouse.com which my local library (mhl.org) offers as a free subscription.  Your local library might too!  They have individual courses or tracks to complete that focus on starting your own business, android development, or CSS.  Personally, I like healthcare and medical subjects so if you are interested as well take some free courses offered by the National Library of Medicine.  They have online courses specifically geared towards librarians using PubMed.  Finally, if you came to our ASIS&T Year End Event you would have heard about Kanopy.  This database is full of video based learning, documentaries, and independent films.  Just log into your Simmons Library account, [Research&Resources], [Databases], and [K] for Kanopy.

After your hard work learning on the couch don’t forget to relax.  Keep your local library card handy because they might have free subscriptions for you to use Hoopla or Freegal.  Also, take in some art, chase the ice cream truck, and head to the beach!


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.


Dublin Core Webinar – Wed 8th – How to make dynamic Data citable

This Wednesday, ASIS&T is presenting another DCMI webinar about a concern for many of us trying to keep up with data sets that change over time.

dcmilogoDCMI Webinar:  Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable:

Recommendations of the RDA Working Group

Do you ever work with data sets that you modify or add to during your project?  How about trying to track down the original data set for your research?   (No?  Well, it is just cool to come out of your 415 class and start joining the Dublin Core community)

This webinar might be the one for you!

  • Discuss ways to support automated handling
  • Data sets being corrected or modified over time
  • Review some solutions from the working group of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) on Data Citation

 Wed April 8th

Tech Lab Classroom (P-213)

Webinar from 10:00-11:00am 

After the webinar, we will provide a link here for future viewing if you can not make it.

Get Help from the ASIS&T League of Extraordinary Coders!



Desperate for help with coding projects? Freaking out over your 488 assignment?

OR are you a coding wizard looking to help others?

Join the League of Extraordinary Coders!

  • Bring class assignments to our meetings in order to receive help on your coding projects.
  • Our team of coders will give constructive edits in a supportive environment at the SLIS tech lab.
  • If you are a more experienced web developer and would like to help others, please come join us!

Who: You amidst an extraordinary league of coding tutors.

What: Receiving support (and helping others) with technology assignments.

When: November 22 and Nov 30th [RSVP at: http://bit.ly/codingleague]

Where: The SLIS tech lab. Palace road building room 213, from 12-4pm

Why: School assignments, receive coding help, give coding help

In the future, our extraordinary league will coordinate an ongoing coding workshop so students can give and receive constructive criticism on their projects. Are you not a great coder or not very confident in your skills? That’s why we will be meeting! Now is your chance to join this extraordinary league from its very beginning.  Of course, there will be caffeinated beverages.

Brought to you by ASIST’s League of Extraordinary Coders.