Preservation Week 2014 @ MIT Libraries: April 27-May 3

When: Thursday, January 1, 2009
Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that show what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

MIT Libraries has been participating in Preservation Week since its first year in 2010, and we are delighted to offer a variety of new events each year!


Tuesday, April 29th, 1-5 pm
"The Art and Science of Document Security: Past, Present, and Future."
32-144 (Stata)

Wednesday, April 30th, 11-3 Our Marathon "Share Your Story" event, Bush Room 10-105

Thursday, May 1st, 2-3pm "Scrapbook Preservation Webinar," DIRC 14N-132

To learn more, visit


Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial, April 7, 2014 - May 11, 2014

When: Monday, April 7, 2014
Where: Boston Public Library, Copley Square Branch, McKim Exhibition Hall

The tragic events of April 15th, 2013 resulted immediately in an outpouring of support by first responders, runners, the local community and well-wishers from around the world. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes.

Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection will be displayed—in one of Boston's most important civic buildings—so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

Dear Boston has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, the Boston Art Commission, the New England Museum Association, and the Boston Public Library. It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain.


 http://www.publicartboston. com/content/dear-boston- messages-marathon-memorial-1

openLAB at Harvard

When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6-8:30 pm
Where: Arts @ 29 Garden Street, Cambridge MA

What's an openLAB?

It's a project fair and it's a party with:

  • demos and presentations of Palladio and Curarium
  • student projects from the past few semesters of Mixed-Reality City, Cold Storage, and Homeless Paintings
  • an exhibition of designs and page layouts from the forthcoming metaLAB projects publication series with Harvard University Press, including The Library Beyond the Book card decks
  • clips and rushes from a couple of web documentary projects that are underway
  • fresh experimental dishes from the Library Test Kitchen
  • posters, installation pieces, hacks, visualizations, and performances

Come to think/hack/learn/play/enjoy/hang out!


Out of Print - Film Screening & Panel Discussion

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:15 — 3:30pm (doors open at 1:00 pm)
Where: Providence Public Library, Providence RI

Presented by the Watts Program Series on the History and Culture of the Book

Sunday, April 27 — 1:15 — 3:30 (doors open at 1:00 pm) | Providence Public Library 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI
Narrated by Meryl Streep, the documentary Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words, illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, scientists — all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word — and changing us.

One of a series of programs presented by the Watts Program Series on the History and Culture of the Book based at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.
Co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Center for the Book and Providence Public Library, the screening is free and open to the public.

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

Peter Sís in Converstion with Anita Silvey

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Brookline Public Library, Main Branch

Acclaimed children's book author and artist Peter Sís talks about his forthcoming book The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with star children's editor, writer, and literary critic Anita Silvey.

"Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive" brown bag lecture @ MIT

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:15-12:45pm
Where: MIT, Ray and Maria Stata Center 32-144

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced digital archive of stories, photos, video, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. Bring your lunch and join members of the Our Marathon team as they provide an overview of the project and the archive.

Harvard-Yale Conference in Book History

When: Monday, May 5, 2014, 10:15 am to 4:50 pm
Where: Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 319, New Haven CT

Sponsored by the Yale University Department of English, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Seminar in the History of the Book at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard

10:15 am — Welcome, Coffee & Snacks

10:30 — 11:50 am — Claiming "Popular" Literature (Chair: Andrew Brown, Yale)

Rebecca Rush (Yale), "Authority and Attribution in the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter"

Marton Barsony (Eötvös Loránd University/Yale), "‘Anonim' Letters of a Fool: On the Fake Pamphlets of Nicolas Joubert d'Angoulevent"

Meredith Quinn (Harvard), "Cheap Reads in Early Modern Istanbul"

11:50am — 12:00pm —Break

12:00pm — 1:00 pm — Editing the Past (Chair: Monika Barget, Harvard)

David de Boer (University of Konstanz/Harvard), "From Chronicle to History: Authorship, Objectivity, and Censorship in Revolt Literature in the Dutch Republic"

Devin Fitzgerald (Harvard), "The Heroes are all Gone: How Zhang Mingzhen Read Ming History"

1:00 — 2:10 pm — Lunch Break

2:10 — 3:10 pm — Pointing to Print (Chair: Emily Ulrich, Yale)

Xin Wen (Harvard), "Invisible Prints in a Library of Manuscripts: Early Chinese Printing in Dunhuang Revisited"

Myrna Perez Sheldon (Harvard), "Editing science: the space between the technical and the popular"

3:10 — 3:30 pm — Break

3:30 — 4:50 pm — The Press and the Archive Today (Chair: Elyse Graham, Yale)

James McSpadden (Harvard), "Books as War Booty? Harvard's 58,000 Confiscated Nazi Books"

Katherine Ruffin (Simmons College), "Carl Purington Rollins and the Origins of Bibliographic Presses in America"

Gerardo Con Diaz (Harvard), "The Piracy Machines: Photocopying, Copyright Law, and American Libraries in the 1970s"

2014 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference: We're All in This Together: Strengthening Librarians through Professional Development

When: Friday, May 9, 2014
Where: College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

The Association of College and Research Libraries - New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) announces its Spring 2014 Conference!

We're All in This Together: Strengthening Librarians through Professional Development

Friday, May 9, 2014 @ College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

The job of an academic librarian involves supporting students and faculty in their varied academic pursuits. Our focus is on their needs; but to be successful, we must also focus on our needs. We best serve our constituents by being the best librarians we can be, but prioritizing and planning for our own professional development and growth is not always easy. How do we accomplish this?

Join us at the 2014 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference as we share ways to manage our professional development. Innovative presentation, workshops and panel discussions will cover such topics as, how to better connect library school students and new graduates with mentors within the profession; how to manage, communicate and adapt in a diverse work environment; how to become published; how to become library leaders.

Keynote speakers for 2014 are Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen, authors of Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career.

Treat yourself to some quality "Me Time" on May 9th, at the 2014 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference.

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To attend the Virtual Conference from Maine or Vermont, register at:


2014 Lowell Lecture Series: Different Paths to Reading Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6 -7 pm
Where: Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library (Copley), Boston MA

Moderator Cathryn Mercier serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and the Director of the Children's Literature graduate degree programs and has held a variety of roles with the college since 1985.

Alexandra Kennedy is the Executive Director of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, an art museum that celebrates picture books from around the world and offers educational programs that promote arts integration and literacy.

Sonia Nieto is the Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture for the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels. Lin's 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker's TODAY show Kid's Book Club and was a New York Times bestseller. Ling & Ting, her first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.

New England Library Instruction Group 2014 Meeting:Teaching Across Difference

When: Friday, June 6, 2014
Where: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Massachusetts

The New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) is pleased to announce its annual conference, which will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

During the program, "Teaching Across Difference," we will share and explore how instruction librarians approach the many differences we encounter in our work, be they one-on-one, collaborative or in the classroom.

Visit the 2014 NELIG Annual Program website for information on the program speakers and presentations.

When you register, please indicate which of the breakout sessions you would like to attend and we will indicate your choices on your brochures the day of the conference. We've asked that the presenters at this year's event attend the Remix and Reconnect period to continue their discussions with you. We hope you are able to take advantage of the end of the day discussions in addition to the breakout sessions during the morning and afternoon.

Registration fees are:
$40 for ACRL—NEC members
$50 for non members
$30 for students / unemployed

Space is limited -- Register Now so you don't miss out!

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition: Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves, June 26-July 1, 2014

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

More information to come soon, but visit to learn more about registration, events, and exhibits.

American Association of School Librarians Fall Forum: School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, October 17-18, 2014

When: Friday, October 17, 2014
Where: St. Louis, Missouri

School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape is an exciting opportunity for school librarians to learn how to best support their communities while taking a prominent leadership role in navigating a new frontier. Much like a GPS helps you locate and find your way through an ever increasingly complex landscape, the school librarian locates and leads blended learning activities through the school library program. Whether you call it digital learning, blended learning, extended learning, expanded learning, or 24/7 learning the role of the school librarian is to locate new tools and activities and tether them back to institutional and curricular needs.

Participants at this 2-day intensive workshop will:
--Define the learning landscapes
--Identify the role of the school librarian and school library program in these landscapes
--Explore tools and resources to help school librarians guide anytime anywhere activities
--Develop action plans for creating anytime anywhere opportunities through the school library program

Visit to learn more!

77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities, October 31- November 4, 2014, Seattle, WA

When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA

The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. The ASIS&T AM gathers leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share innovations, ideas, research, and insights into the state and future of information and communication in play, work, governance, and society.

The conference welcomes contributions from all areas of information science and technology. The conference celebrates plurality in methods, theories and conceptual frameworks and has historically presented research and development from a broad spectrum of domains.

Our plenary speaker will be Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon University.

The conference welcomes submissions for papers, posters, panels, and workshops.

For more information on the conference , see the ASIST AM 2014 Web page here:

12th International Conference on Learning: "Books, Publishing & Libraries," November 8-9, 2014

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: Simmons College, Boston MA

Annual conference examining the past, present, and future role of the book. Call for Papers now open for presentations, workshops, and more. Accepted proposals are eligible for submission to peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

For more information please visit

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