LibraryCloud Hackathon

When: Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: 90 Mt. Auburn Street, Lower Level

Harvard is hosting a hackathon to celebrate the launch of Harvard LibraryCloud, an open metadata server pilot. LibraryCloud will provide an open API to the full bibliographic records of the Harvard Library's nearly 13 million items. If you've done a little coding and have wanted to learn how to access an API, come to the morning Getting Started tutorial (9-12). RSVP to David Weinberger at

UXPA Monthly Meeting: An Evening of UX Research and Design Thinking at athenahealth

When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6-9:00pm
Where: athenahealth, 311 Arsenal Street, Building 400, Watertown, MA

Join UXPA Boston at their December Monthly Meeting at athenahealth to discuss UX research and design thinking in healthcare. The agenda include: UX talks by the athena UX team, a panel discussion on UX innovations in healthcare, and time for networking and a tour of the athena UX space. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Take Action: Be a Health Literacy Hero

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 9:30am-2:15pm
Where: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine - New England Region is sponsoring a free workshop on health literacy. The agenda includes "Health Literacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, How You Can Help," "Conversation with Librarians about Health Literacy," lunch and book signing with Helen Osborne (author of Health Literacy from A-Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message), and "Take Action: Be a Health Literacy Hero."

Parking vouchers and lunch will be provided. Travel expenses can be funded for several librarians. To learn more, please contact Michelle Eberle at Register at:

ACRL SCIG: Updates from the World of Open: SHARE, OERs, and MOOCs

When: Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Registration is now open for the ACRL New England Chapter's Scholarly Communication Interest Group Fall Program: Updates from the World of Open: SHARE, OERs, and MOOCs. The program includes:

  • The White House Open Access Directive and SHARE: Linda Plunket, Boston University
  • Open Educational Resources: Nicole Allen, SPARC; Marilyn Billings, UMass Amherst; and Charlotte Roh, UMass Amherst
  • MOOCs and Copyright: Kyle Courtney, Harvard University, and Laura Quilter, UMass Amherst

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included. Free parking and wireless access available. Register now!

Technical Services Roundtable of Western MA

When: Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: South Hadley Library, South Hadley, MA

The Technical Services Roundtable of Western MA will meet on December 5 to discuss the MHEC bid list, making connections beyond Western Massachusetts, cataloging questions, and Evergreen Release 2.6 preview. Register at

Flashmob Cataloging Event at the Williams House, Goshen, MA

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Williams House, 2 Williams Drive, Goshen, MA

The Goshen Historical Commission is sponsoring a Flashmob Cataloging Event at the Williams House in Goshen to catalog an estimated 2,000 books. The books were part of Lucius Boltwood's collection, a librarian at Amherst College and Young Men's Institute in Hartford, assistant librarian of Congress, Amherst postmaster, author, and MA state senator.

No cataloging experience is required. Event participants will use the cloud tool Library Thing. Books will be boxed up and brought to the Goshen firehouse at 56 Main Street to begin cataloging.


NERCOMP Workshop: Talking Tech on the Spot

When: Monday, December 8, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

The Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) will be holding a workshop on "Talking Tech on the Spot," to prepare participants to respond in a clearly, concise manner when they are put on the spot. In the morning, a professional trainer will give advice on how to craft a clear, concise response, and reduce anxiety in these situations. The afternoon will be developed to practice. Each participant will be videotaped responding to a sample question, and have the opportunity to get feedback from other participants.

For a full schedule and registration information, please go to: Simmons students can receive a discounted price ($130) by becoming a NERCOMP member through Simmons' institutional membership. When you register with NERCOMP, select "Join with Your School" and use your Simmons email address.

ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Professional and Leadership Development

When: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 3-4:00pm

ALA President Courtney Young and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fields are hosting a virtual town meeting on Professional and Leadership Development, one of ALA's strategic priorities for the next three to five years. Register at

iConference 2015

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Where: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA

The tenth annual iConference will take place March 24-27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The four days will include peer-reviewed Papers, Posters, Workshops, and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement. Also included are a Doctoral Student Colloquium, Doctoral Dissertation Award, and student Social Media Expo. Register at


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