Technology in Academic and Public Libraries

Please join ASIS&T@Simmons this Friday, February 18, 2022 at 12pm ET for a talk on Technology in Academic and Public Libraries featuring Chris Kaufmann and Kevin Kidd.

Chris and Kevin will present on technology challenges faced by students and patrons in academic and public libraries.

Please use the included Zoom link to attend the virtual event.


Meeting ID: 980 3204 1630

Technology in Academic & Public Libraries

Technology in Academic & Public Libraries



ASIS&T and UXPA Meet & Greet

Joint ASIS&T/UXPA Meet & Greet event on Friday, January 28th, 2022 at 12pm ET.

Zoom Room:
Meeting ID: 996 6047 0996

The spring semester is an ideal time to discover the SLIS student chapters of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the User Experience Professionals Association.

Join us on 01/28/2022 at noon ET to meet others passionate about research, technology, and user experience design.

The joint meeting offers students a perfect place to learn about both groups and hear how you can be involved this semester and beyond. Whether you’re just starting out at Simmons or wrapping up your time in SLIS, please take the time to engage with your virtual campus community!

For more information about Simmons ASIS&T and UXPA@Simmons:

Seems that journal bills are beloved like cable bills

As I sit down and think about ASIS&T’s strategic plan and what it means to me, I thought about the usual …career, jobs, how to find the unlisted ones (hint hint strategic plan)….Then my thoughts went to the future a little bit more. What happens when I leave school and don’t have access to all the databases that I currently wander around in? There are public libraries, but what if I wanted more specific journals?

  • There is value in membership to associations (like ASIS&T) who offer journal subscriptions built into their membership.
  • As an alum, you can have access to your schools library, but you usually need to come in person. Maybe university libraries could partner with off-campus alumni and share some cost?
  • Along those same lines, maybe small business could partner with public libraries to purchase some of the larger databases of journals.

Has this happened already? If you are a librarian can you envision this working? Tell us your story

If someone wants to consult or work independently – How much would it cost me to buy my own suite of journals? What if I want to build a library for my organization and incorporate industry specific online journals? It is impressive how libraries are managing the cost and this article from highlights some of the costs:

  The Winds of Change | Periodicals Price Survey 2013

Some summary highlights:

  • The authors noted that “All elements of the information marketplace-libraries, publishers, and vendors- will continue to be impacted by the changing market conditions.”
  • Changes in how a e-journal packaging is defined
  • Cost rising easily over 6% in one year
    • High Schools and Public Libraries: 5-6%
    • University and College libraries: 5-7%
  • Open-Access
    • A business model to pay attention to
    • Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR)
      • Open access to well-funded federal agencies research articles
    • SCOAP3 and CERN working with publishers towards open access  (oh, don’t go too crazy DaVinci conspirators…)
    • Open Access to science journals-great! They have funding…but wait, say it isn’t so…the humanities are not big fans of open source? Oh the humanity of it all.

So could LIS associations be one part of the solution? Can partnerships between entrepreneurs, small business, and libraries off-set journal costs? Could there be a NETFLIX model for these professional groups and public libraries and strategically move away from the costly grip of publishing cable companies offering 100 journal channels?

Check out our facebook page and let us know your two cents…

Practical Project Management with Beatley Library Staff

Simmons ASIS&T in partnership with the Research Colloquium Series are sponsoring a talk about Practical Project Management with the Beatley Library Ebsco Discovery System Implementation Team.

Thursday, April 3rd 12pm-1pm in Palace Road Building Room 308.


The Library Search (Ebsco Discovery Service) implementation working group at Beatley library will present a panel on various aspects of practical project management. The community could come and learn about the history of the project and how the team and meetings were structured. Other key topics would include system integration, obstacles that needed to be addressed, and outreach to key stakeholders.

New ASIS&T Bulletin

This Tuesday we’re skipping the tutorial to bring you the latest issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin.

This issue is focused on search and includes an excellent article from Daniel Tunkelang on human-computer information retrieval:

In economic terms, HCIR aims to offer users better return on investment. Instead of slavishly accepting the constraints of the current interaction metaphor (users enter two words as input and see a ranked list of ten results as output) and attempting to optimize the user experience within those constraints, a search engine can allow users to get more if they give more. But what should it ask users to give? And what will users get in return?

For one perspective on what users should get in return for their search input, don’t miss this Thursday’s Lunchtime Lecture by Prof. Benoit: The ‘beautiful’ in information: philosophy of aesthetics and information visualization.

Tutorial Tuesday: Yahoo Pipes

Learn to use Yahoo Pipes by building something useful with this tutorial from Tony Hirst’s blog. Dr. Hirst presents a practical and focused use of the Yahoo Pipes service for tracking journal articles by subject.

2D Journal Search

Even if you’re not working in an academic library environment, as students we need to keep up with LIS literature. Try building a Pipe focused on your LIS interests or even the journals recommended by your professors this semester. Leave a link to your Pipe in the comments!

Worth noting:

Many URIs effectively provide an API to a web service. If you ever see a search form, run some queries using it, and look at the URIs of the results page. If you can see your search terms in the URI, you are now in a position to construct your own queires to that service simply by using the URI, rather than having to go by the search form.

Look for more on using APIs in next week’s Tutorial Tuesday!

Open Access @ Harvard’s DASH

Last February, the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University voted unanimously in favor of an open access mandate.

Now Harvard’s online Open Access Repository, Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) has made its beta launch. DASH is built on the open source DSPACE repository project, and Harvard’s researcher social networking platform,?Profiles.

There are currently over 1500 items in DASH, with new material being added all the time. In addition to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard Law School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education have also signed on to the open access mandate and will begin contributing work to the repository.