Call for Papers - Rethinking Early Modern Print Culture

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Call for papers for a conference on "Rethinking Early Modern Print Culture" at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies in Toronto, 15-17 October 2010, organized by Gregoire Holtz and Holger Schott Syme. Deadline for proposals: Dec 15, 2009. See details at: http://www.crrs.ca/events/conferences/print/index.htm

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

When: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA

The Notable Books Series at the Countway Library of Medicine Presents: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

A lecture by Nicholas Christakis, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Sociology, Department of Health Care Policy, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, HMS

Dr. Christakis will talk on the topic of his newly released book: Connected. "He will explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Connected overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm - that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives".

Thursday, December 10 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

Countway Library of Medicine, Ballard Auditorium, 5th Floor
10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA

A book signing — books to be sold at the event by the Harvard Coop — and reception will follow

The Library Is Dead. Long Live the Library! The Rebirth of Libraries in the 21st Century

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: MIT Media Lab - Bartos Theater, Cambridge, MA

The New England Chapter of ASIS&T presents . . .

The library is dead. Long live the library! The rebirth of libraries in the 21st century
Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 9am — 4pm

MIT Media Lab — Bartos Theater, Cambridge, MA

Library closures, slashed budgets, user apathy — everything's online, right? It's a story many of us have heard too often or experienced ourselves, especially with the recent downturn in the economy. But many libraries are re-inventing themselves, offering new services and transforming into very different entities while still at heart performing the same role they always have — helping communities connect with information.

Come to this NEASIS&T program to hear:

  • How changes in publishing are driving changes in libraries. How can we radically change an ancient institution that evolved from providing shared print copies into one that effectively provides online content (that we often don't even own). It's time to get past the kludges in our processes and organizational structures and embrace our future.
  • What it takes to be a librarian these days. What skills and interests are necessary? In 10 years will we be librarians or technologists?
  • Success stories from libraries that have radically changed their roles and services.
  • How to design your library around user expectations and keep your organization relevant.

We'll provide breakfast, lunch, and network access for all!

Speakers:

  • John Palfrey, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School & Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University's Paley Library
  • Shana Kimball, Publications Manger at the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library
  • Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press
  • Cyril Oberlander, Associate Director of Milne Library at the SUNY College at Geneseo

Cost:

Students / Retirees: $50
ASIST members: $60
General public: $75

$5 discount if you promote us on the web!

Mention this event on your blog, website, or one of your social networks. Then email Bill Helman at: helman2@simmons.edu with the link to your site. You will be provided with the Discount Code for $5 off the price of registration. (Note: Please request code before registering.)

If you tweet: please use the #hashtag: #neasist09 for this event.

Register: http://neasist.eventbrite.com

More event info: http://neasist.wordpress.com

Methods of Digital Note-Taking

When: Sunday, December 6, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Barker Center, Room 133, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Alexander Parker (Director of Research Computing in Humanities, Harvard) presents "Methods of digital note-taking," with a comment by Ann Blair (History, Harvard) offering historical perspectives.

Lunchtime Discussion DuBois Digitization Project

When: Saturday, December 5, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Where: SLIS West Office

Please join us this Saturday for a lunchtime discussion of the UMass Special Collections and University Archives DuBois Digitization Project.

Members of the Du Bois Digitization Project at Umass Amherst will present on the project and creating metadata records with MODS. With a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation, SCUA embarked on a project to digitize the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois in the Spring of 2009. The project is truly a massive undertaking, digitizing 368 boxes, or nearly 165 linear feet of correspondence, essays, lectures, and notes. When complete, however, Du Bois Online will be one of the largest, freely available online repositories of primary materials for the study of African American history and culture.

Join us at 12:30 in the SLIS Office for a brief presentation and walk-through of MODS record creation in the Oxygen XML editing program with SLIS alums Jeremy Smith and Aaron Rubinstein, and SLIS students Abby Baines, Pam Harnois and Danielle Federa.

Bring your bag lunch and questions, we?ll provide the screen shots and cookies!

CLA Librarian Meet & Greet

When: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Barcelona - 971 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT

Join members of the Connecticut Library Association for an informal get-together of librarians and library workers at Barcelona on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 6 pm! We'll be talking library-type things over tapas and you will have the opportunity to connect with library colleagues from around the state! Students, professionals, CLA members and non-members alike are all invited!

  • Learn how you can become more involved with the Connecticut Library Association
  • Connect with friends in the profession
  • Meet and network with librarians from all different disciplines and types of libraries

Please register for this event at http://clameetups.pbworks.com.

CLA Meet & Greet
Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 6 pm
Barcelona
971 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Questions? Contact Jaime Hammond at jhammond@nvcc.commnet.edu.

Cutting Remarks: The Preparation of Woodcuts 1400 - 1800

When: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Edison & Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:30pm: The Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture. Richard S. Field (Curator Emeritus of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Yale University Art Gallery) presents "Cutting Remarks: the preparation of woodcuts 1400-1800,"  Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard.

Technology Petting Zoo - Call for Interactive Displays

When: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Technology Petting Zoo! Call for Interactive Displays

Is your library using fun gadgets or web technologies to provide innovative services? If so, please consider submitting a brief proposal to show off your wares (and allow other librarians to play with them!) at ACRL/New England Annual Conference's interactive Technology Petting Zoo to be held May 14, 2010 at the College of the Holy Cross.

Ideas for the Petting Zoo could include but are not limited to the following:

  • How is your library making its web content available to Smartphone users? Bring your Blackberry, Google Phone, or iPhone and let your fellow librarians take a look.
  • Are you a Flip Video Camera whiz? Show off how you make this tool work for you and your users.
  • Does your library lend Kindle or Sony E-Book Readers? Will your library be an early adopter of the Barnes & Noble nook?
  • Does your library lend iPods, other mp3 players, video game consoles, etc?
  • Doing something new and innovative with in-class clicker technology?
  • Can your library users schedule computers and/or rooms online? Show other librarians how it works at your school!

Technology Petting Zoo presenters will provide tools for conference attendees to interact with as well as informal information on the tool/technology being displayed.

If you are interested in displaying for an hour at the Technology Petting Zoo please send a brief proposal to Laura Robinson Hanlan (lrob@wpi.edu) by December 1, 2009. The proposal should include a description of the tool/technology to be displayed, a brief description of how it is being used at your library, and any technical requirements for the day of the conference.

Bubbles, Panics & Crashes: A Century of Financial Crises, 1830s-1930s

When: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Where: Baker Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Knowledge and Library Services, Harvard Business School is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition- "Bubbles, Panics & Crashes: A Century of Financial Crises, 1830s-1930s," an exhibition organized by Baker Library Historical Collections. The exhibition will run from November 10, 2009 through May 3, 2010 in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center.

This exhibition takes the first anniversary of the subprime mortgage crisis as an occasion to revisit four financial crises that occurred in an earlier, particularly volatile century of economic history. In 1837, 1873, 1907, and 1929, asset price bubbles burst, shattering public confidence and devastating financial securities, and credit markets in the United States and around the world. In most cases, full recovery took years. These four crises were so far-reaching that they affected virtually everyone involved in the U. S. market economy. Yet each was so complex that their causes and consequences remain subjects of debate generations later.

Visit the accompanying website, http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/crises/ , to learn more about the history of financial crises, to find materials in Baker Library Historical Collections that could support further research, and to view some of the items featured in this exhibition.

Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at histcollref@hbs.edu, if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.

Crisis or Opportunity? : Cataloging, Catalogers, RDA, and Change

When: Friday, November 20, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Farmington Public Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington, CT

The Connecticut Library Association Technical Services Section Announces its Fall Program:

Crisis or Opportunity? : Cataloging, Catalogers, RDA, and Change

DATE: Friday, November 20, 2009
PLACE: Farmington Public Library
TIME: 9:00 am - 9:30 am Coffee & Registration 9:30 am - 12:00 noon Program
$15 for CLA Members/$25 for non-members

Are you ready for RDA (Resource Description and Access) the proposed new cataloging standard set for release this year? Diane Hillmann, nationally renowned authority on cataloging and metadata issues, will discuss the development and implementation plans for RDA, as well as how librarians can best prepare themselves for this transition to the new cataloging environment.

Topics covered include:

  • The critical differences between AACR2 and RDA
  • How does FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) fit in
  • What will happen to MARC21
  • The influence of the semantic web

Click here for Registration Form: http://www.ctlibraryassociation.org/pdfs/temp/tss09.pdf

Click here for directions to the Farmington Library: http://www.farmingtonlibct.org/directions.htm

ACRL NEC Information Technology Interest Group Meeting

When: Friday, November 20, 2009
Where: Bryant University

Please mark you calendars for the next ITIG meeting!

More details to follow but presentations and presenters include:

Joe Murphy, General Science Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, Yale University on iphones. http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2009/07/librarian-extraordinaire.html

Bonnie Buzzell, Senior Knowledge Systems Librarian, Integrated Technology Services, Brown University on mobile catalogs.

Jenifer Bond, Assistant Library Director, Bryant University

Pat Crawford, Head of Access Services, Bryant University on Kindle loans.

ITIG Social: Portable Libraries, Mobile Students

When: Friday, November 20, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Where: Papitto Room, Bryant Center, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI

Are you interested in learning more about mobile delivery of services?

Are you trying to attract the mobile-generation to your library?

Wondering if the Kindle is right for your library?

Wondering if mobile is the way to go?

If you answered YES! to any of these questions, then come to the free ITIG Social on "Portable Libraries, Mobile Students".

Date: Friday, November 20, 2009

Time: 9:30am-12:30am. Registration and breakfast: 9am-9:30am

Place: Bryant University. Bryant Center @ Papitto Room.

Cost: FREE if you are an ACRL-NEC Member. If you are a member of ACRL-National you can join the New England Chapter for free. If you are not a member of ACRL-National, you can join ACRL New England Chapter for only $15 here.

Register: Register HERE for this free event

Speakers:

Jenifer Bond & Pat Crawford from Bryant University:

This fall, the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library rolled out a Kindle initiative to the Bryant University Community. Having five Kindles with which to work, we considered several concepts and considerations by which to implement this pilot project. We will highlight and discuss several of these points, including : target audience, Kindle content, circulation parameters, marketing, and Community feedback.

Joe Murphy from Yale Science Libraries:

Joe Murphy of Yale Science Libraries (libraryfuture on Twitter) will outline a strategy for the application of mobile technology to libraries. Joe will provide an overview of the mobile information landscape, explore emerging trends and their impact on our patrons' expectations, and suggest priorities for meeting the future needs of information users, and for the shifting needs of libraries.

Talia Resendes (Johnson & Wales University) & Laura Kohl (Bryant University):

Will discuss strategies, implementation, training, advertising and technology of TWO systems, mobile phone and web-based application, for delivering text-message reference.

SLA-NY Information and Intelligence Forum

When: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Newman Conference Center, Baruch College, New York, NY

The New York Information and Intelligence Forum:
A Discussion of the Challenges of 2009 and the Opportunities of 2010

Brought to you by the New York Chapter of SLA

The Forum will be held at Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street (between Lexington and Third), Newman Conference Center, 7th floor. Ticket price includes breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch.

Members registering before Saturday, October 31st pay $25 for this event. Members registering Monday November 2nd through Friday November 13th pay $35. Non Members pay $75. Student ticket price is $10.

RSVP by Friday, November 13, 2009, to Vida Cohen at cohen.v@att.net

You may pay with credit card via Paypal on the SLA-NY website http://units.sla.org/chapter/cny/paypal.htm Please forward Paypal receipt to Vida with your email RSVP. If you wish to pay by check, please make it out to SLA-NY, and mail to:
Vida Cohen, 233 East 69th Street, Apt 3C, New York, NY 10021

If you have not had a confirmation from Vida, please resend your RSVP. All payments must be in advance and not at the door. Refunds will not be available. Registration, including breakfast, will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the conference. Anyone who would like to purchase a book and have Dr Duggan sign it is asked to please purchase it during Registration. We look forward to spending an exciting day with you!

Dr. William Duggan, our featured keynote speaker is a best-selling business author and Senior Lecturer at Columbia University. Professor Duggan's primary teaching and research interest is strategic intuition as the key to innovation. He is the author of three recent books on strategic intuition: Napoleon's Glance: The Secret of Strategy (2002); The Art of What Works: How Success Really Happens (2003); and Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement (2007). In 2007 the journal Strategy+Business named Strategic Intuition "Best Strategy Book of the Year." Dr. Duggan teaches strategic intuition at Columbia Business School and has been an active consultant and advisor to the business community.

Our Providers Panel will feature: Ms. Clare Hart, Executive Vice President of Dow Jones & Co., and President, Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group; Mr. Steven Goldstein, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alacra; Mr. Scott Livingston, Vice President of Lexis-Nexis; and Ms. Trish Frankenfield, Director, Client Development, at Capital IQ.

Our Information Professionals panel will feature: Ms. Karen Kreizman Reczek , Senior Manager, Information Resource Services, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, and Mr. Bill Patterson, Director, Research & Analysis, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Art of Fundraising and Grantwriting: An Online Conference

When: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Online

In these tough economic times, libraries are relying more and more on fundraising and grant writing.  Alliance Library System and Learning Times are co-sponsoring "The Art of Grant Writing and Fundraising" as an online conference to help libraries meet the challenge of finding funding in these tough times.  This exciting program will offer a number of programs for beginners through intermediate and advanced levels of all aspects of grant writing and fundraising.

For more information and the event program, please visit http://www.learningtimes.net/fundraisingconference/.

Students may register for free.  For instructions, please contact Lori Bell at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com.

Rural Libraries in Latin America: Literacy Development and Cultural Preservation

When: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Main College Building, E-305, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Modern Languages department at Simmons College is pleased to present "Rural Libraries in Latin America: Literacy Development and Cultural Preservation", a bilingual (English-Spanish) talk with Luis Cháves, founder of La Casa de Colibrí in Chirimoto, Perú; and Caitlin Rolston, international literacy activist.

The general theme of the talk will be rural libraries. Specifically, Catalina will talk about her vision of this democratization of the book from three experiences: El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Peru. Luis will discuss the experience of the Library of Hummingbird House, the pilot programs that he has been developing over the last three years and which he presented to the congress of the IFLA this year: http://www.ifla.org/annual-conference/ifla75/programme2009-en.php.

Among the aspects that seem to them to be most important to them are:

  • Possibilities of this type of library programs in rural communities.
  • Schools and associations of women
  • Strategies of gathering books to create libraries
  • The culture of the book in rural communities

For more information, contact alanna.echlin@simmons.edu.

Career Information Panel for School Library Teachers

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Crane Meeting Room, Lefavour Building, Simmons College, Boston, MA

MSLA-SIG cordially invites you to a

Career Information Panel for School Library Teachers

We will have four panelists:

  • Alice Stern, The Winsor School
  • Deborah Froggatt, BAA/Fenway High School
  • Anna Jorgenson, SLIS '09, South and Hedge elementary schools, Plymouth, MA
  • Dr. Fran Zilonis, Simmons College

Our guests will share experiences about their careers and give us advice on the job search process, specifically for teacher librarians!!!

There will also be a Q&A so come with questions.

We will be serving refreshments, so please join us!

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with myself or Alissa!

Contact: Jamie Phillips Jamie.lynne.phillips@gmail.com

or

Alissa Rosellini AlissaRose2@yahoo.com

CLA Speed Mentoring

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

The CLA Career Development Committee is looking for librarians, students, and those new to the profession to participate in a fun networking activity called Speed Mentoring! We are hosting an event at Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 from 6-8 pm. Those passionate about librarianship are encouraged to attend!

Visit http://speedmentoring.pbworks.com for a signup sheet and more information.

How does it work?
Each librarian mentor will be paired with a student. After brief introductions the pair will talk about any aspect of librarianship that interests them for five minutes. Then the students will rotate to the next mentor and continue this process until they have spoken with all of the mentors. It is kind of like speed dating, except the focus here is on building professional relationships to help students with their career goals, and for mentors to exchange ideas and address concerns from those new to the profession. Speed Mentoring is a great way for librarians to share their experiences, and for students to connect with a variety of librarians and learn about our diverse profession.

Details
Speed Mentoring at Southern Connecticut State University
hosted by the Connecticut Library Association Career Development Committee & SCSU Information & Library Science Department

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 6-8 pm
SCSU Engleman Hall
Room 121 A-B in the B wing

Questions? Contact David Boudinot at david@hchlibrary.org

ISI Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture: Is There a Future for Special Libraries?

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Meeting Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Presented by Toby Pearlstein ‘77LS
Retired, Director of Global Information Services

Abstract
2009 is the 100th anniversary of the Special Libraries Association, making this an ideal time to consider if there is a future for special libraries (and the skill set of librarians who work in them).  Are we prepared to answer the question of whether in the struggle for our survival we will be "the fittest" or if special libraries will become a casualty of the ongoing information revolution?  In exploring these questions Dr. Pearlstein will take a look at the roles special librarians have typically played as intermediaries and arbiters of information and knowledge in their parent organizations, discuss the increasing challenges to these roles from both within and outside the profession, and conclude by taking a pragmatic look at some ways to position ourselves for survival and success in a future of ongoing economic and social turbulence.

Speaker Biography
Toby Pearlstein retired from the position of Global Director of Information Services for Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm, in December 2007. During her 14 years at Bain she was responsible for oversight management of Bain's information centers including global vendor contract negotiation, budgeting, evaluation and acquisition of print and electronic products and services, and coordination of global information services policies and global IS team professional development standards. She was actively involved in Bain's early knowledge management program and the development of its intranet platform including a portal for end user desktop access to contracted research resources.
An historian by training with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and an M.A. in American History from the University of New Hampshire, she also holds a Masters of Library Science and Doctorate degree from Simmons SLIS.

Dr. Pearlstein is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and became a member of the SLA Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Boston Chapter of SLA's Distinguished Service Award. She has been Chair of both the Transportation and Business & Finance Divisions of SLA as well as Chair of the Association's Professional Development Committee and a member of the Research Committee and the Finance Committee. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and contributor to professional publications including most recently a series of articles co-authored with Jim Matarazzo for Searcher Magazine  focusing on survival lessons for special libraries.

RSVP
http://gslis.simmons.edu/signup/
by November 10, 2009

Ontologies Program

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Social Law Library - John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Suite 4100, Boston

Agenda: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Registration, networking, booksigning, and snacks

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Brandy King, author of Finding the Concept, Not Just the Word: A Librarian's Guide to Ontologies and Semantics, will present an overview on ontologies: how they are different from other knowledge, how they are constructed, why they are useful, and how they are helping people find information. (We will have copies of Brandy's book available for sale for $70 (this is a 20% discount plus a small shipping charge) -- we can only accept exact cash or a check.) Matt Johnson from Harvard's Center for Biomedical Informatics will follow by providing a specific example of how ontologies are helping scientists discover new information about autism.

7:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Questions and Wrap-up

Many thanks to HiveFire for their support for this program! HiveFire utilizes machine learning, natural language processing and information retrieval techniques to aggregate, process and disseminate relevant online content, on demand, quickly and continuously. By leveraging online news, blogs, journals and other dynamic content, organizations easily create engaging resource portals around specific topics, industries or areas of research. www.hivefire.com; (617) 744-9242 or taariq@hivefire.com.

7:30pm to ?: Follow-up Dine Around at the Kinsale Pub (food & drink on your own) (http://www.classicirish.com/kinsale-directions.php). Join us even if you can't make the program!

Costs:
SLA/SCIP/ASIST Members - $20
Non-Member - $25
Between Jobs/Retired $10
Student $10

Registration:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=LDLvOKtuYbnzlYBgt4EDlw_3d_3d

Please register by November 15th if possible so that we will have an accurate count for catering. Walk-ins are welcome but it is very helpful if you pre-register.

Payments can be made through PayPal or by check. The paypal link is available on the registration form or checks can be made out to Boston Chapter/SLA and mailed to:

Alex Caracuzzo
SLA Boston Treasurer
Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E53-100
Cambridge, MA 02139

Please send any questions about the program to Kris Liberman at k.liberman@verizon.net -- thanks!

The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe: Craft, Collaboration and Inspiration at Arnstein Abbey

When: Monday, November 16, 2009, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Barker 133, Harvard Universiy, Cambridge, MA

Monday, November 16, 4:15pm: Jeffrey Hamburger (History of Art, Harvard) presents "The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe: Craft, Collaboration and Inspiration at Arnstein Abbey", Medieval Seminar, Barker 133, Harvard.

Restructuring Health Care Delivery: Why Patients Need to Know Librarians and Librarians Need To Know Social Media

When: Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Meeting Center & Terrace, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) Presents:

Restructuring Health Care Delivery: Why Patients Need to Know Librarians and Librarians Need To Know Social Media
a talk by Epatientdave de Bronkart

Friday 11/13 at 7 PM
Kotzen Meeting Center and Terrace (Lefavour L001/L002)

A new world of participatory medicine has been growing for years, largely unnoticed. In this new world, healthcare is not a one-way street: empowered patients are engaged in their care, actively collaborating with their physicians, sharing responsibility for their care. The providers (doctors, nurses, etc) are still the providers, but the patients share in both the knowledge and the responsibility for how it all turns out.

And, certainly, the decision making.

Dave is actively engaged in opening health care information directly to patients on an unprecedented level, thus creating a new dynamic in how information is delivered, accessed and used by the patient. In this talk, an empowered patient will engage librarians in strategies of using their skills and social media to help revolutionize and restructure health care delivery in this country.

Light refreshments will be served.

LYRASIS Robert L. Cunningham Bibliographic Services Conference

When: Friday, November 13, 2009
Where: Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Fall is here, and with it comes another opportunity for New England librarians to look into the evolving future of bibliographic services. The annual NELINET(now LYRASIS) Robert L. Cunningham Bibliographic Services Conference, featuring innovative speakers and great topics, is being held on Friday, November 13, 2009, at the College of the Holy Cross (usual spot, Hogan Center) in Worcester.

This year our conference theme is "Not Your Grandma's Library." We have a fantastic lineup of speakers who are bringing fresh ideas to bibliographic services. Among the topics speakers will address are the eXtensible Catalog (http://www.extensiblecatalog.org/), the OLE project (http://oleproject.org/), linked data, social catalogs, and technical services contributions to award-winning library service.

Jennifer Bowen, Assistant Dean, Information Management Services River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Tim McGeary, Team Leader, Library Technology Lehigh University

Corey Harper, Metadata Services Librarian NYU Libraries

Beth Jefferson, Founder, BiblioCommons

Mary C. Little, Director, Technical Services Department, Queens Library

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

IMPORTANT NEW REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

As most of you know, NELINET is now LYRASIS. Registering for programs is a bit different now, so please make note.

To register, please visit: http://www.lyrasis.org/Classes%20and%20Events/Catalog/B/Bibliographic%20Services%20Conference%20Not%20Your%20Grandmas%20Library.aspx

You will also need to request a My LYRASIS account. This will provide you with a My LYRASIS ID and password to use when registering for any events. Make sure to click "yes" for LYRASIS member.

You can now access any educational opportunities at http://www.lyrasis.org/Classes-and-Events.aspx or whatever event-specific link you may have been directed to from a correspondence or email.

FOR LEGACY NELINET UNLIMITED MEMBERS: When registering for a workshop, please enter promotion code: LN2010UL

NOTE: This program is also open to NON-MEMBERS.

For any questions or issues when registering for a class or event, please contact Connie Massey (connie.massey@lyrasis.org) or 508-597-1938.

NERCOMP - "Leadership for Change under Economic Turmoil"

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Norwood, MA

Academic libraries and IT departments usually have long range plans and yearly goals. Yet when the economic downturn occurred, some institutions found themselves scrambling to meet the demands of the new reality. Leadership in academic libraries and IT departments can have a direct effect on the solutions found to meet these challenges. This SIG will propose to provide an examination of some of the measures library or IT leaders have taken to deal with challenges such as economic turmoil, changes of expectations, limited resources, and the library's place in the academy. The SIG will examine possible models for leadership to deal with new realities, sustainability, innovation and priorities, and provide a workshop in negotiating this rapidly changing landscape.

For a full schedule and registration information, please go to: http://www.nercomp.org/events/event_single.aspx?id=5878

To view other SIGs events, click here: http://www.nercomp.org/events/upcoming_events.aspx

NERCOMP is pleased to announce the availability of the new NERCOMP Ride Share Forums. Click here for details: http://forums.nercomp.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9

DATE: November 12, 2009

TIME: 9:30 - 3:00 (Coffee and Registration start at 8:00)

PRICE: NERCOMP Members: $118, Non-Members: $243

LOCATION: Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Norwood, MA

SLIS Job Seekers Support Group

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: P-310E, Simmons College, Boston, MA

SLIS Job Seekers Success/Support Group
Drop-in Group
Facilitated by Roxanne Jackman and Em Claire Knowles
November 12, 4 pm to 5 pm
Room P-310E

Purpose:
In recognition of difficult economic times, this group would provide a supportive environment for SLIS students and alumni conducting a job search to bring concerns to be addressed, share information and advice, enable expansion of their network of contacts and to serve as a support group. The empathy and encouragement provided by supportive peers can be particularly uplifting in times of economic recession.

Goals:

  • Sharpen job search skills
  • Stay focused and motivated in job search
  • Expand network contacts

Organization:

The group would meet weekly over a six week period for an hour in October and November. The agenda would be open and determined by the participants present at each meeting. Each member in turn would give a brief overview of his/her job search status and share results and accomplishments of the previous week's job hunting.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Em Claire Knowles by telephone: 617-521-2798 or email: knowles@simmons.edu

World Usability Day Lunch Around

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Boston Beer Works, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA

The student chapter of SLA will continue the celebration after Simmons World Usability Day program concludes with lunch at Boston Beer Works. At lunch, folks can meet and have lunch with people who share a common interest in a given usability topic. We are going to setup 4 tables each with facilitator(s) to discuss these topics:

  • Tips for Conducting Usability Testing
  • Web Accessibility
  • Favorite Prototyping Tools
  • Developing Successful Mobile Web Experiences

If you are interested in this event please sign up via http://bit.ly/4ysvRD or email Khalilah Gambrell at kgambrell@ebscohost.com. (To get an estimate of who will join us for lunch, please confirm)

Cost: Pay for your own lunch
Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Boston Beer Works

61 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

617.536.BEER

fenway@beerworks.net
http://www.beerworks.net/home/index.html

World Usability Day

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 12 2009 is the World Usability Day. Simmons SLIS Usability Lab, in partnership with the Student Chapters of American Society of Information Science and Technology and Special Library Association, will host an event in the morning of November 12th. The event will feature a keynote speech titled "The Top Ten Myths of Usability" by Thomas S. (Tom) Tullis, Vice President of Usability at Fidelity Investments and Adjunct Professor at Bentley University in the Human Factors in Information Design program. Tom is the co-author (with Bill Albert) of the book Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics (Morgan Kaufman, March 2008) and co-author (with Bill Albert and Donna Tedesco) of the forthcoming book, Beyond the Usability Lab: Conducting Large-Scale User Experience Studies (Morgan Kaufman, Jan. 2010).

Following the keynote speech, Rong Tang (Director, SLIS Usability Lab) and Linnea Johnson (Manager, SLIS Usability Lab) will be presenting on "Usability Lab as a Collaborative Platform for Applied Research, Experiential Learning, and Community Services." The last part of the event will involve tours of the Usability Lab and also potential book signing and a poster session of SLIS student usability projects.

More details about the event including the RSVP process are forthcoming. Please mark your calendar for November 12th!

Berkman Luncheon Series: What Information Was

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Berkman Center Conference Room, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA

BERKMAN LUNCHEON SERIES on WHAT INFORMATION WAS

11/10/09, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required for those attending in person (rsvp@cyber.law.harvard.edu).
This event will be webcast live.

Topic: What Information Was
Guest: David Weinberger, Berkman Center

It's puzzling that even though we named an age after information, very few people can tell you what information is. And the ones with the clearest answers are often defining information in the technical sense, which is not the sense in which the culture took it up. In this session, we'll look back at information, trying to understand what about it led us to embrace it as the dominant -- paradigmatic -- way of understanding ourselves and our world. David Weinberger will present an informal sketch of a direction, suggesting that we leaped into information because it reflected a long-held but squirrely metaphysics. There will be lots of time for open discussion.

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete description, see the event web page: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2009/11/weinberger

Study Abroad Information Panel

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 5:45 p.m.
Where: S-183, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Tuesday, November 10th, Room S183 (in the science building on the Simmons Campus), 5:45pm

Come listen to three fellow SLISers describe their experience participating in study abroad trips, including the Korea and Nicaragua trips offered by Simmons and the Oxord program from UNC. Take an information packet including information on transferring credit, getting funding, and details on several programs. Enjoy some pizza and talk with other students looking to study abroad. Come and have your questions answered!

Connecticut Library Association College & University Libraries Fall 2009 Program

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Wallingford Public Library, 200 N. Main Street, Wallingford, CT

Wikipedia, Google Scholar and Google Books
Using, Teaching and Evaluating These Resources

A Panel of Librarians from Connecticut

Arta Dobbs, Collection Management Librarian, Univ. of Connecticut Health Center
Susan Slaga, Assistant Reference Librarian, Central Connecticut State University
Nick Tomaiuolo, Librarian, Central Connecticut State University

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (free coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Wallingford Public Library, 200 N. Main St., Wallingford, CT 06492

Registration : $10 for CLA members; $20 for non-CLA members

For registration details, please contact Jaime Hammond at jhammond@nvcc.commnet.edu.

NERCOMP Workshop - "Usability in Libraries and Beyond"

When: Monday, November 9, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Campus Center - First Floor, Amherst, MA

" On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival. If a website is difficult to use, people leave." --Jakob Nielsen

Watching a first-time user grapple with one's website can be an eye-opening and humbling experience. Navigation schemes, vocabulary, site architecture, and design elements can all act to help or hinder users who wish to avail themselves of your online services. Usability refers both to how easy an interface is to use, and also to the process of studying and improving the user experience.

In this day-long program, presenters who are involved in exciting usability initiatives throughout the Northeast come together to provide an overview of usability principles and research methodology. Examples of changes that have been implemented based on evidence from usability testing will be shown and discussed. Sessions will include interactive components that will provide participants with the opportunity to try out some usability testing methods and practice implementing changes based upon evidence.

Many (but not all) of the day's speakers come from libraries, and several examples will focus on the particular usability challenges that arise from the disconnect between librarians' and users' worldviews. Nevertheless, the information and activities in this workshop will benefit anyone who has responsibility for maintaining a web presence.

Participants should come away with a greater understanding of and appreciation for:

  • How an understanding of users' actual needs and behavior can inform design choices
  • The implications of design choices for various groups, including people with disabilities
  • Different types of usability research methods, including anthropological/ethnographic methods, laboratory techniques, and rapid, wide-scale Web-based testing software

For a full schedule and registration information, please go to: http://www.nercomp.org/events/event_single.aspx?id=5874.

To view other SIGs events, click here: http://www.nercomp.org/events/upcoming_events.aspx.

NERCOMP is pleased to announce the availability of the new NERCOMP Ride Share Forums. Click here for details: http://forums.nercomp.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9

DATE:
November 9, 2009

TIME:
9:00 - 3:00 (Coffee and Registration start at 8:00)

PRICE:
NERCOMP Members: $112, Non-Members: $237
Your fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

LOCATION:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Campus Center - First Floor
Amherst, MA

The Role of the Library in Post-Conflict Liberia

When: Sunday, November 8, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

On Sunday, November 8, 2009, The Ethical Society of Boston will present a program on "The Role of the Library in Post-Conflict Liberia".

10:30AM, Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Program Speaker: Shelley Quezada, Educational Consultant, MA Board of Library Commissioners, Program is Free, Public Welcome, Coffee and Discussion to follow.

For further information call 617 739-9050 or visit BostonEthical.Org

In July 2009, Shelley Quezada spent ten days in Monrovia, Liberia, to conduct an analysis of the University of Liberia's library system. She will talk about her findings and posit the role of developing community libraries in this war ravaged country.

NEA Fall Meeting

When: Friday, November 6, 2009
Where: UMass Boston Campus Center, Boston, MA

NEA's Fall 2009 meeting will look at appraisal in archival work from many different angles, including appraisal of physical objects, electronic records, monetary appraisal, when to appraise, appraisal outreach, re-appraisal and deaccessioning, and more. Keynote speaker Richard Cox from the University of Pittsburgh will speak on "Arguing about Appraisal: From Hilary to Helen and Beyond."

Workshops on Friday will include a half-day workshop on "Living to Fight Another Day: Basic Stabilization Techniques for Digital Accessions," and a full-day workshop on "Arrangement and Description." In addition, SAA will offer a full-day workshop on "Advanced Appraisal."

Friday's workshops and the NEA executive board meeting will take place at the Healey Library on the UMass Boston campus on Columbia Point. The Friday evening reception will be held at the beautiful John F. Kennedy Library, also on Columbia Point.

Saturday's sessions will take place in the UMass Boston Campus Center, featuring spectacular views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. UMass Boston is easily accessible by car from the Southeast Expressway or by MBTA via the Red Line (shuttle buses run almost continuously from the UMass/JFK subway stop).

For more information, please visit http://newenglandarchivists.org/meetings/meetings.html#fall_meeting.

ASIS&T Annual Meeting

When: Friday, November 6, 2009
Where: Vancouver, BC

The ASIS&T Annual Meeting will take place November 6 - 11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC.

The deadline for getting the early rates for the ASIST Annual meeting is September 25, 2009.

The deadline for Hotel reservations at the preferential rate is October 17.

The preliminary program for the ASIST Annual Meeting, Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World, is now available and registration is open at http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM09/

Opening Plenary Session on Sunday afternoon is Tim Bray, currently Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems.

Wednesday plenary will be a Pecha Kucha session, "Diversity in Digital Information Environments: Opportunity or Chaos?" with Grant Campbell, Andrew Dillon, Allison Druin, Gary Marchionini, Cathy Marshall, Candy Schwartz and Elaine Toms.

Pre-conference seminars are Fri, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM09/seminars.html

Disaster in the Stacks!

When: Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Faculty and Staff Dining Room, MCB, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists presents:

Disaster in the Stacks!
Disaster Prevention and Awareness in Libraries and Archives

November 5, 7 p.m.
Faculty and Staff Dining room in MCB

Participants:

  • Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Mass Library Board's Disaster and Emergency Assistance director
  • Susan Pyzynski, beloved Simmons professor and Associate Librarian for Technical Services at Harvard's Houghton Library
  • Carie McGinnis, Houghton's preservation librarian
  • Lori Foley, NEDCC

More information on each is provided on the SCoSAA website.

Don't Close the Books on Libraries!

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: State House, Boston, MA

Rally for Massachusetts libraries!

MA library use has skyrocketed with the worsening economic recession. Citizens rely on libraries for access to technology, especially now when so many people have lost jobs and cannot pay for computer and Internet resources.  Come help support the cause and let legislators know that libraries can't sustain more funding cuts. The rally starts at 11:00 on the steps of the State House. 

Rally to let the world know that libraries cannot sustain more funding cuts!

Exhibiting the Early History of Boston: A Look at Book History

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Healey Library, UMass Boston, Boston, MA

Len von Morze (English, Univ of Massachusetts, Boston) presents "Exhibiting the Early Literature of Boston: A Look at Book History".  This talk will be held at the Healey Library, 11th floor, Room 0011A University of Massachusetts - Boston. For more information contact RCUCH Office (rcuch@knowledge.cc.umb.edu)

Massachusetts Book Awards

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Book Awards will directly follow the MLA rally at the Massachusetts State House on November 4th.  The Center for the Book invites those attending the awards  to join the Center for a light lunch at the State House.  Please visit http://massbook.org/ to RSVP.

Panel Discussion - Artists in Libraries

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

"Artists in Libraries" Panel Discussion
Hosted by the SLIS Panopticon/ARLIS Student Group

Studio art students, a traditionally unrecognized group in most academic libraries, are the focus of this panel discussion. We will host Art Grad students from both Mass Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to gather imput on artists' needs in the library. From grant and residency information, assignments, artist website development and possibly even inspiration, what role does the library play, if any? What does "information literacy" mean to a studio art major? Simmons is in a unique location just blocks away from Boston's two premiere art schools; let's tap into this population to be at the forefront of service to artists and art students!

Snacks will be provided!

Call for Participants - 2009-10 Renaissance Colloquium

When: Thursday, October 29, 2009

The 2009-10 Renaissance Colloquium in the Harvard English Department is schedule is looking for people to participate in some of our sessions for the coming academic year. Please let us know if you are interested in discussing a work in progress related to the Renaissance. In the past, some speakers have circulated their papers prior to the discussion, while others have read papers followed by Q&A. Additionally, we are considering hosting panel discussions on teaching and publishing in the Renaissance field, and would appreciate hearing from anyone who would like to serve as a panelist in these discussions. If you're interested please email Joanna Grossman (joannag@fas.harvard.edu) or Stephen Hequembourg (sbhequem@fas.harvard.edu).

CEC Workshop - Marketing Yourself Professionally: The Two Minute Infomercial

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: M-101, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Learn to communicate your strengths, accomplishments and career goals in a powerful and concise manner by creating a verbal marketing piece. This technique works equally well when networking, exploring career options, and interviewing.

ABLL - First Educational Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Suffolk Law School (Function Room), 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

The Association of Boston Law Librarians will hold its first 2009-2010 Educational Meeting on October 21.

Speakers: Betsy McKenzie and Susan Vaughn - Suffolk University Law School Library

Presentation Topic: Computer research and its effects on lawyer reasoning in briefs and decisions.

Open Discussion: What should law schools be teaching to their students?

For more information, please see http://www.abll.org/pdf/abllinviteoct2009.pdf.

Lecture - The Book-of-the-Month Club: A Reconsideration

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
Where: TBA

Daniel Raff (Wharton School, History Department, and Law School, University of Pennsylvania; National Bureau of Economic Research) presents "The Book-of-the-Month Club: A Reconsideration." Place TBA. Sponsored by the History of the Book seminar of the Harvard Humanities Center.

Panel - Orality and Writing in Early Modern France

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Robinson Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

A panel on orality and writing in early modern France featuring Giora Sternberg (Harvard Society of Fellows), 'Beyond Re-presentations: Manuscript Correspondence as Unmediated Status Interaction' and Eva Guillorel (Visiting scholar, Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard): "Justice, Orality and Writing in Early Modern Western France." Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room. Sponsored by the early modern history workshop at Harvard.

"Corporeal Boundaries in Medieval Texts: The Charter Evidence"

When: Monday, October 19, 2009, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Barker Ctr 133, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (History, NYU) presents "Corporeal Boundaries in Medieval Texts: The Charter Evidence". Open to the public. Prof Bedos-Rezak will also run two workshops, Thurs. Oct. 22, 9:30-12 & 2-4:30: "From Archive to Collection: Medieval Charters and the Contingency of Interpretation." Attendance at a workshop is by pre-registration only; please contact Jeffrey Hamburger: jhamburg@fas.harvard.edu.

NELA Annual Conference & Special Student Rates

When: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Where: Hartford, CT

Expand your education by attending the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference this coming October 18 - 20. The Conference is a good chance to meet librarians, vendors and other library-related professionals from all over New England and beyond.

As students, you can register at Member rates, which is a great deal, especially if you register before October 9th (as low as $75 for all three days!)

If you haven't been to the NELA conference before, you also have a chance to win a $150 Conference grant, just by checking off the "First Time attendee" space at the bottom of the form.

We offer many presentations and events that represent a variety of interests. Here are just a few:

  • Stephen Abram, VP for Innovation at Sirsi Dynix presents "From Information to Intelligence: Using the Social Web to Transform Communities"
  • Luncheon with speaker Kevin Hawkes who has illustrated more than 25 acclaimed picture and chapter books, including Chicken Cheeks, Weslandia, Library Lion and The Wicked Big Toddlah
  • "Creating Our Varied Voices: A Teen Writing Group", Lucretia Duwel, Head of Teen Services at Stratford, CT Library
  • "The Future of Technical Services is a Three Ring Circus", Ringmasters Jane Ouderkirk from Harvard Business School and Ben Ide from Mortensen Library, University of Hartford, discuss the evolving composition of technical services and the skills you need to stay relevant
  • "Technology for the Terrified" with Rick Taplin, Systems Administrator for the Minuteman Library Network in Natick, MA
  • "Reinventing Reading Programs" with Connecticut Librarians Ann Marie Naples, Maris Frey, Jill Grabowski and Jennifer Rummel

We know how to have fun too! Will Manley will present three entertaining sessions, gaming demos, NELA games night, a presentation called Laughing Matters: Using Humor as a Healthy Habit by Jane de Colgyll and much more.

Please check the NELA web site, www.nelib.org, for the latest conference news, and then mark your calendar to take some time to join us along with many of your colleagues from New England.

27th annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture

When: Friday, October 16, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Where: American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Join the American Antiquarian Society for the 27th annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture: "Catching His Eye: The Sporting Male Pictorial Press in the Gilded Age" by Joshua Brown, executive director of the American Social History Project and professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Further details are available at http://www.americanantiquarian.org/wiggins.htm

Workshop - Forms and Meanings of Paperwork

When: Friday, October 16, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

A workshop on the forms and meanings of paperwork, featuring Ben Kafka (Princeton Institute for Advanced Study) speaking about his study of paperwork in French bureaucracy during and after the French Revolution, and Lisa Gitelman (Media Studies, NYU) discussing "paperwork" in today's bureacracies, in pdfs and other electronic forms. The workshop will run from 2-4pm (followed by a showing of a few film clips with commentary by the speakers, 4:30-6pm).  We ask that you pre-register (at no charge) in order to receive the two pre-circulated papers to be discussed. Please RSVP to Gilmore Tamny : gilmore_tamny@radcliffe.edu by October 1. Workshop will be held in the Sheerr Room, Fay House, Garden St. Sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute.

Ruby on Rails Workshop

When: Friday, October 16, 2009, Friday, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Berkman Center at Harvard University in coordination with the Center for Research on Computation and Society is putting together a Ruby on Rails workshop for women on October 16th and 17th.

We are seeking to create an attitude-free, newbie-safe and mama- friendly tech event to encourage women to join the Ruby on Rails community.  This is an inclusive event meant to promote mixed gender collaboration.

Women are a minority in most technical communities, but in open source communities the numbers are even smaller — by a factor of about ten or more. Moving forward, we would like to encourage our newly empowered programmers to meet monthly and use their skills towards open source projects in a welcoming, collaborative environment.

Friday October 16th — Harvard Univ. Cambridge, location TBA 6-9pm (REQUIRED): software install fest

Saturday October 17th — Harvard Univ. Cambridge, location TBA 9:30am-4pm: workshop 5pm: after-party for volunteers & attendees, location TBA

For more information or to register, please visit http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/genderandtech/ruby-on-rails-workshop-for-women/

Ensuring Equitable Access to Knowledge: The Role of Academic Libraries in the 21st Century

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Neilson Browsing Room, Smith College Libraries, Northampton, MA

Eszter Hargittai will discuss her research into skill differences and the digital-social divide in Internet use among students. Hargittai is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2003. Her dissertation, "How Wide a Web? Inequalities in Accessing Information Online" won the National Communication Association's G.R. Miller Dissertation Award in 2004. Hargittai continues to conduct research on the Internet and the social and policy implications of information technologies. She has also studied the evolution of search engines and the organization and presentation of online content, political uses of information technologies, and how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume.

Panopticon Art Show Submissions

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 18th - 4:40 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: SLIS Tech Lab, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Panopticon officers will be collecting art for the Panopticon Art Show starting next week.

Alli will be in the SLIS Tech Lab to collect art on Thursday, October 15th from 4:00 - 7:00.
Betsy will be in the SLIS Tech Lab collecting art on Sunday, October 18th from 4:40- 7:30.

When you arrive with your work at the tech lab we will have you fill out an Artists Agreement form. We will also ask that you leave with us your name, the titles , mediums, and dates of your work. if you wish to add a paragraph of description about your work please either e-mail it to us or bring it with you on a thumb drive.

Also, when you bring your work be sure that whether it is in a frame or some other various structure that there is a way to hang it on the wall. For example, be sure the frame your photograph is in has a wire or bracket on the back.

Details about an Opening or Closing Party coming soon! If you have any questions or concerns about the Art Show, please email Alli Bjorndahl at bjorndah@simmons.edu or Betsy Boyle at betsy.boyle@simmons.edu.

SLA Student Chapter Dine Around

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fugakyu - 1280 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA

Join SLA members for a fun and informative dine around event to discuss SLA's alignment initiative, and spend some time networking with colleagues over a dutch-treat dinner.

To learn more about the SLA Alignment Initiative, please visit: http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/alignment/index.cfm

Cost: Pay for what you order, no registration fee.

Note: Traditional Japanese floor seating

SCOSAA October Meeting

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The SCoSAA October meeting will take place on Thursday, October 15 at 5:45 p.m. in the Kotzen Center (first floor of in Lefavour Hall). Krista Ferrante of NEA will be speaking to us about the upcoming NEA conference and opportunities for students in NEA. There will be snacks.

MLSA-SIG Kickoff Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m.
Where: P-308, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The MSLA-SIG kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday October, 14 at 5:15 in the Palace Road Building, classroom P308!

There will be pizza, snacks and good company.

During this first meeting we will share our plan for the year, and get feedback from all of you on what you would like to see our group accomplish this year. All ideas are welcome, and anyone who wants to get involved can help us by volunteering, chairing committees, and we even have one officer position open.

For those unable to attend the meeting, the minutes will be posted on the MSLA-SIG wiki, which can be found at http://gslis.simmons.edu/mw/msla_sig/Main_Page.

October Conference for New England Academic Librarians

When: Friday, October 9, 2009, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

"Staff Development on a Shoestring"

Please register early to avoid disappointment; attendance is capped at 120.
To register or for more information, please visit the Conference web site at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~biomed/services.htmld/OctCon2009/.

If you have a question about registration, please call Erin Branch at (603) 650-1661 or email her at erin.branch@dartmouth.edu .
PROGRAM:

8:00 - 9:00: Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 : Welcome
--Bill Garrity, Director of Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
--Jeff Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College, Dartmouth College

9:15 - 9:45 ""Let Us Cultivate Our Garden:" Collaborating with Faculty at Your Institution"
--Laura Braunstein, English Language and Literature Librarian, Dartmouth College Library
--Joshua Compton, Lecturer in Speech, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College

9:45-10:15 "Training Library Assistants for New Roles"
--Jane Fama, Associate Director, Library Operations, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
--Barbara C. Ingrassia, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives and Workforce Development, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School

10:15-10:45: "Tasty Tech Tools"
--Bryan Carson, Electronic Services Librarian, Middlebury College
--Elin Waagen, Circulation Services Manager, Middlebury College

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00 - 11:20: "Using Jing to Add Swing to Your Tutorials"
--Colin Matthew McClung, Circulation Assistant, Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont

11:20-12:00: Diversity Training Panel

"Stretching the Norm"
--Jamie Dalton, Facilities and Technology Coordinator, Dartmouth College Library

"We're Not in Kansas Anymore"
--Irene M.H. Herold, Dean, Mason Library, Keene State College

12:00-12:30: "High Touch/High Tech: Moving Library Staff Training and Services into the Cloud"
--Beatrice R. Pulliam, Library Commons Librarian for Technology and Access, Providence College
--Heather Williamson, Library Commons Librarian, Providence College

12:30-1:30
Lunch (Provided)

1:30-1:55: "Inspiring Ideas: Dartmouth College Library's Internal Staff Conference"
--Lora L. Thompson, Director of Management Services, Dartmouth College Library

2:00-2:40: Mentoring Panel

"When You Need More Than Ruby Slippers"
--Irene M. H. Herold, Dean, Mason Library, Keene State College

"Mentoring Matters"
--Shin Freedman, Head of Acquisitions and Serials Departments, Framingham State College Library

2:40-3:00: "Adapting a Learning 2.0 Program"
--Donna O'Malley, Library Associate Professor, Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont

3:00-3:30: "Develop Yourself!"
--Bill Garrity, Director of Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Brandeis University Seventh Annual Graduate Conference: "State of Crisis"

When: Friday, October 9, 2009
Where: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Brandeis University
Department of English and American Literature
Seventh Annual Graduate Conference

Since its origin in the ancient Greek krisis, "decision," related to krites, a judge, the term crisis has referred to ideas of discernment, evaluation, criticism, and sifting of evidence. In literary studies, for example, one can see moments of crisis in shifting aesthetics and changing genres as well as in literary tradition(s), character representation, and ideas of narrative. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches and scholarship, this conference will explore different responses to the idea of crisis in the humanities and social sciences.

Ultimately, this conference seeks to define more clearly the term "crisis" and work through some of the ramifications of its application. What do we mean when we label something a crisis? What types of solutions to problems does this labeling invite or preclude? What kinds of issues fall into the category of crisis and which are excluded? How are crises viewed differently within different disciplines, and how do their corresponding suggestions for solutions compare? We also seek to identify critical approaches and possibilities relating to moments of crisis in history, past and present.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

The humanities crisis
Crisis in literature
Crisis in the academy
Tragedy
Specific historical crises
Shifting media, digital crisis, or the internet revolution
Crisis and the history of ideas
Apocalypse or eschatology
Contact zones
Colonialism and indigenous populations
Crisis in representation
(Re)definition of the nation
Science fiction
Utopian or dystopian visions
Terrorism, war, or plague
Responses to or resolutions of crisis
The environmental crisis
The financial or housing crisis
Risk and reward in arts and finances

Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief biographical statement (no more than 75 words) for your 15 minute presentation to statesofcrisis@brandeis.edu by midnight EST Monday 1 June 2009. Proposals must also include the title of the paper, presenter's name, institutional affiliation (including department), email address, mailing address, and telephone number. Since this is a graduate conference, preference will be given to graduate students; we do, however, welcome proposals from graduating undergraduates, independent scholars, and others who do not fit in these categories.

For more information visit our conference website at http://statesofcrisis.wikidot.com/. Email statesofcrisis@brandeis.edu with any questions.

NERCOMP - "Science Librarians in an e-Science World"

When: Friday, October 9, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA

Science librarians are proactively engaging with their constituents and supporting new models of research and scholarly output. Hear from librarians and researchers who are involved in the following areas: e-science, data curation, creating topical information clearinghouses, and embedding themselves in their communities in new ways.

For a full schedule and registration information, please go to: http://www.nercomp.org/events/event_single.aspx?id=5839

To view other SIGs events, click here: http://www.nercomp.org/events/upcoming_events.aspx

NERCOMP is pleased to announce the availability of the new NERCOMP Ride Share Forums. Click here for details: http://forums.nercomp.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9

DATE:
October 9, 2009

TIME:
9:30 - 3:00 (Coffee and Registration start at 8:00)

PRICE:
NERCOMP Members: $130, Non-Members: $255

LOCATION:
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Southbridge, MA.

Library Resource Management Systems Forum

When: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Where: Boston, MA

Join NISO for a two-day forum on October 8-9 in Boston on /Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities/ where we will consider the issues related to library resource management systems and the consequences for customers, users, vendors, and developers.

NISO educational forums are routinely praised for their excellent selection of speakers representing a diversity of viewpoints across the scholarly information community and the small size which provides opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees.

During this event, we will:

  • Explore the effects of changes to the library community on system suppliers' business models
  • Compare the benefits and disadvantages of commercial and open-source systems through real libraries' experiences
  • Examine the implications of placing library systems in the cloud
  • Address the need for interoperability between library management systems and other systems at work in the library
  • Consider how information standards can help all stakeholders cope with this shifting terrain

Attendees at all levels of system involvement and expertise will find thought-provoking discussion and ample opportunity to share ideas with the library, vendor, and developer communities. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Development & Management Program, California Digital Library
  • Annette Bailey, Digital Assets Librarian, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer, Ex Libris, Inc.
  • Talin Bingham, Chief Technology Officer, SirsiDynix
  • Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
  • Vinod Chachra, President and CEO, VTLS
  • Galen Charlton, Vice President of Data Services, Equinox Software, Inc.
  • John Culshaw, Professor and Associate Director for Administrative Services, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
  • Betsy Graham, Vice President of Product Management, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
  • Carl Grant, President, Ex Libris North America
  • Tim McGeary, Senior Systems Specialist, Lehigh University
  • Andrew Nagy, Senior Discovery Services Engineer, Serials Solutions
  • Diane C. Mirvis, CIO and University Librarian, University of Bridgeport
  • Thomas Wall, University Librarian, Boston College

Early bird registration discounts are available through September 23. There is a discounted rate for students. For the complete agenda, logistics information, and to register, visit the event webpage at http://www.niso.org/news/events/2009/lrms09.

This forum is sponsored by Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Services.

ALASC - First Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
Where: SLIS Student Lounge, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The ALASC's first meeting of the year will be taking place on Tuesday, October 6th, at 5:30 in the SLIS Student Lounge.

Topics for the meeting include:

  • Fellow students Shanti Freundlich and Kate McAngus will discuss their experiences at ALA's Annual Meeting in Chicago this past summer.
  • Officer positions that are available: we're looking for some co-chairs with an interest in event-planning.
  • What you want to see for events and speakers this year.

Snacks will be provided.

Celebration for Maggie Bush

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kotzen Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Please join us as we celebrate Maggie Bush's distinguished career at Simmons. More details about the event will be available soon.  Email gslis@simmons.edu with any questions.

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

If you do not have a Simmons login, there is an option to enter your information to complete the RSVP.

Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries Fall Reception

When: Sunday, October 4, 2009, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Hall, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

Join the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries for their 11th Annual Fall Reception.

The reception will feature keynote speaker Corinne Demas and will honor Feller Award recipient Lewis Mainzer.

SIR - First Meeting

When: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
Where: L-008, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Simmons International Relations will be having its first meeting this Thursday evening at 5:30 in Lefavour Hall room L008.

Come check out SIR in person to hear all about ideas for programs this semester, meet other SIR members, and munch on some snacks.

For those who can't make it, minutes will be posted on the SIR wiki (http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/sir/Main_Page).

SLA Student Chapter - First Meeting

When: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Student Lounge, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Get involved:

  • Officer opportunities
  • Tour ideas
  • Programming interests
  • SLA Boston events
  • Announce Membership Raffle Winner

Stay Informed:

Food and refreshments will be served!
Please RSVP to gslis-sla@simmons.edu

PLG Student Chapter - First Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Student Lounge, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Student Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild will hold its first meeting Wednesday, September 30th in the SLIS lounge from 5:30-7:00.  The official meeting will take place from 5:30-6:30 and from 6:30-7 there will be an informal guest speaker, via skype, to mark Banned Books Week.  

Amy Sonnie, editor of Revolutionary Voices, a multicultural anthology of writing by queer youth, which was banned by the Texas Youth Commission, will talk about her book, censorship, and her entry into librarianship.  Amy lives in Oakland, CA and blogs at the Banned Librarian.

First PLG Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: SLIS Lounge, P-212

Greetings PLGers!  Welcome to the Progressive Librarians Guild.  We will be holding our first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, September 30th from 6-7 PM in the SLIS lounge.  Snacks will be provided!  If this conflicts with your schedule and you'd like to attend, please contact the PLG Secretary at the email address below.  

We will be discussing this fall's events, including Banned Books Week and an event about how librarians can disseminate medical information to marginalized communities (among others!).  We want to hear your ideas and your skills so come meet with us and learn how you can participate in the PLGs activities this year.  

Please contact PLG Secretary Vered Meir at veredmeir@gmail.com with any questions.

ASIS&T Student Chapter - First Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: SLIS Student Lounge, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The student chapter of ASIS&T will hold its first meeting of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5:30 - 6:00 pm in the SLIS Lounge.

Pizza will be served. The meeting will start a little late and finish a little early to accommodate folks coming to and from class. We'll introduce ASIS&T and discuss what's in the works for the semester. If you have ideas you'd like us to consider, this meeting would be a great opportunity to help decide what Simmons ASIS&T does this year. Please come by, have a slice of pizza before/after class, and get to know ASIS&T.

If you haven't had time to check out our website, take a look:

http://gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/asist/

We've been posting regularly, with tutorials, videos of lectures, and news related to Information Science and Technology. We want you to be a part of it! Post comments, or make suggestions on the website, or submit articles to us at asist@simmons.edu.

NELIG Fall Meeting

When: Friday, September 25, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Where: Worcester, MA

NELIG provides academic librarians within ACRL-NEC various meetings and an annual program, all of which provide a forum to showcase the innovations, talents, and lessons learned of librarians in New England and to discuss national trends in library instruction. We welcome your ideas, input and participation.

Fall Meeting:
9/25 - 9:30am-12:15pm Microlearning & Learning on Demand
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
Gateway Building (meeting will be followed by an Annual Program Planning meeting, so if you are interested in being on the program planning group plan to stay until 1:15pm)

The first part of the morning will focus on microlearning. Just a buzzword or serious potential? Key components of microlearning include out-of-class or informal learning experience or 60 seconds to three minutes usually covering a few key concepts. It may include a participatory "nanoactivity" that reinforces learning. Subsequent in-class activities and discussions may build upon microlectures. Librarians, instructional technologists, students, and faculty will share examples.

The second hour will focus on learning on demand or just-in-time learning. Librarians commonly use online tutorials which often incorporate a variety of media to facilitate learning. Learn how educators deliver material on a flexibly scheduled or as-needed basis to learners.

Register @ https://www.wpi.edu/Regi/Lib/?method=session&sessionID=11543 > Click Register > Fill in section for Guests
WPI Directions & Maps: http://www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/directions.html
WPI & regional faculty are also invited to attend. The seminar room holds 90. We are hoping to webcast this event as well. Stay tuned for details.

UMass Amherst Scholarly Communication Colloquium

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: UMass Amherst Campus Center, Room 168C

"The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research & Scholarship: A Call to Action"

UMass Amherst will host the fourth annual Digital Quadrangle Colloquium, "The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research & Scholarship: A Call to Action," on September 24, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 168C of the Campus Center. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend. The event is also open to the public. A continental breakfast will be served. The agenda and speaker list is available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dq/.

The colloquium will explore the implications of the digitization of scholarly materials on the university. A panel presentation will include Stuart Shieber (James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University) and Ann Wolpert (Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). UMass Amherst Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs James V. Staros and selected faculty members will provide a campus response to their recommendations.

Stuart Shieber is director of Harvard University's Office for Scholarly Communication and its Center for Research on Computation and Society. On February 12, 2008, Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously to adopt a policy to mandate open access to its faculty members' research publications. Dr. Shieber was the driving force behind the adoption of this policy.

As Director of Libraries, Ann J. Wolpert oversees MIT's library system and MIT Press. She also has oversight of /Technology Review/, MIT's magazine of innovation. Wolpert was executive director of library and information services at the Harvard Business School. Previous to Harvard, she managed the Information Center of Arthur D. Little, Inc., an international management and consulting firm. In 1998 she was elected to the National Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education of the American Council on Education.

Shieber and Wolpert are authors of a recently released report "The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research & Scholarship: A Call to Action" issued by the Association of American Universities, The Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges now known as the Association of Public Land Grant Universities. The report is available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/disseminating-research-feb09.pdf

The colloquium is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Provost and is part of the Digital Quadrangle series exploring scholarly communication topics in research, scholarship, and teaching.

For more information, contact Marilyn Billings, (413) 545-6891, mbillings@library.umass.edu, or Marla Michel, (413) 577-0092, marla@research.umass.edu.

SLA Boston Chapter Annual Fall Kickoff

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Indigo, Newton Riverside, Newton, MA

SLA Boston Chapter Annual Fall Kickoff - Sponsored by Dow Jones

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 6:00-8:30 pm

At Hotel Indigo, Newton Riverside

http://www.newtonboutiquehotel.com/

Join colleagues and friends for an evening of networking. Good food, good drinks, good company ... The Hotel Indigo is located at 399 Grove Street in Newton, right off Route 95 (128), and next to the Riverside T stop. Check their website (http://www.newtonboutiquehotel.com/map_and_directions/) for further information.

If possible, please complete and submit this online registration form by Tuesday, September 22 so that we may give an accurate count for catering. However, walk-ins are always welcome.

Register here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=KEj9LSLSUN3dwWGS5B1cAA_3d_3d

Fall 2009 NEASI Conference

When: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Lexington, MA

You are invited to the annual fall meeting of New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing (NEASI) on September 19, 2009, at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts. Our speakers are:

  • Cheryl Landes, Owner of Tabby Cat Communications, "Using PDFs in Indexing"
  • Steve Csipke, Freelance Indexer, "Searching PDFs: One Indexer's Experience"
  • Seth Maislin, Managing Partner of Potomac Indexing, LLC, "A is for Arbitrary"

We will also have an NEASI Business Meeting to discuss nominations for officer positions for 2010: Vice President/ President-Elect (Vice President for 2010 and President in 2011), Treasurer (two-year position), and Secretary (one-year position). All members are encouraged to participate and to make nominations.

WHEN: Saturday, September, 2009, 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; program begins at 9:45 a.m.

LOCATION: Large Meeting Room at the Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, Massachusetts

COST: $25.00, which includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch

Advance registration is requested by the Friday, September 11, mailing deadline.

The registration form and complete details (with a link to parking and directions) are posted on the NEASI website at http://www.newenglandindexers.org/events.htm.

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS:

"Using PDFs in Indexing" -- presented by Cheryl Landes

To save shipping costs and paper, more publishers are sending files electronically to indexers in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). This presentation describes how you can take advantage of features in the PDF application to make the indexing process more efficient. Learn how to copy and paste text, compare two PDF versions of the same document, insert comments for later review, insert and delete pages, create new PDFs, and protect PDFs so others cannot make changes.

"Searching PDFs: One Indexer's Experience" -- presented by Steve Csipke

Searching online in PDFs presents new challenges when you first use them. Do PDFs give you the TMI (Too Much Information) Syndrome? (How will I ever write subentries for 167 instances of IBM?) Having a Senior Moment? (I know I saw DEC somewhere in this book, why can't I find it?) Feel like you are in the middle of a Lost episode? (How will I set page ranges when I don't know where I am in this book?) An indexer new to PDFs shares some hints and techniques from his own Survivor challenges. He's still using PDFs to index, and you can too.

"A is for Arbitrary" -- presented by Seth Maislin

Alphabetical order, despite its illusory appearance of being easy to implement, is a terrible way to organize things. We don't think, talk, or act alphabetically, nor are we limited to the alphabet when we think, talk, and act. Let's take some time to explore all of the other, better sorting options, learn how to implement them practically, and find lots of good excuses to abandon the boring A to Zzzzz.

Taxonomy Community of Practice Call

When: Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Online

Invitation:
Please join us for our monthly Taxonomy Community of Practice Call. This session discusses DITA, Metadata Maturity, & the Case for Taxonomy.

Date:  Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 Eastern Time
Cost:  $50

To register: http://www.earley.com/webinars/dita

Session Description:
Many organizations have turned to component-oriented content to create more sophisticated knowledge products, in more languages, at lower cost. For most organizations these days, component content is achieved by using DITA, the Darwin Information Typing Architecture.

Paul Wlodarczyk of Earley & Associates will explore the metadata capabilities within DITA and component content management systems, discuss two major benefits that can be achieved by using descriptive metadata and taxonomy, and recommend some best practices for getting started with metadata for component-oriented content.

Erik Hennum, Michael Harris, and Robert Berry of IBM will follow with a discussion on IBM's processes for classifying content using these tools and developing applications that use this metadata to provide real end-user value and significant efficiency improvements for content developers. They will highlight the value of DITA-based approaches to taxonomy by discussing key features of the specialization and examine some of the uses of DITA-based metadata.

New Jumpstart Series - Insurance & Content Management:
Earley & Associates is excited to announce a free 4-part webinar series on Insurance and Content Management. Please join us on four consecutive Thursdays, September 24th - October 15th, from 1:00 - 2:30 EST.

For details and registration information: http://www.earley.com/webinars/jumpstarts/insurance-and-content-management

We are currently accepting proposals for sessions: http://www.earley.com/news/2009/08/26/e-issues-call-speakers-insurance-content-management-jumpstart

Upcoming Appearance:
Join us in Chicago on October 29 for a Henry Stewart Business Briefing on Digital Asset Management, where Seth Earley will present Metadata, Taxonomy, and Search.

Special $15 Discount When You Register! Just Quote Code ODB150.

For more information: http://www.damusers.com

Free Indexing Webinar

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Online

Indexing Boot Camp: How to take control of your projects and still meet your deadline

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

9-10 a.m. Pacific time

Presenter: Sue Heim, Lead Technical Writer for PGP Corporation

In this free webinar, indexing expert Sue Heim covers tips for indexing online documents. Included is an overview of an index - what it is and what it isn't, the different types and styles of indexes, and why an index is important. Learn how to improve your online documents in one hour!

http://www.madcapsoftware.com/demos/webinars.aspx

Workshop: Reading across Cultures: The Jewish Book and Its Readers in the Early Modern Period

When: Sunday, August 23, 2009

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: The sixth Early Modern Workshop will focus on the topic of "Reading across Cultures: The Jewish Book and Its Readers in the Early Modern Period." The workshop will be held at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University from Sunday, August 23, 2009 and to Tuesday, August 25, 2009. We would like to invite qualified graduate students of the early modern period to apply to attend the workshop. Up to 5 graduate students will attend and receive a fellowship covering travel, accommodation, and (kosher) meals. Candidates should send their C.V. and a short abstract (not longer than 2 pages) of the dissertation project to Magda Teter at mteter@wesleyan.edu by May 15, 2009. The decision will be made by May 31. This year's presenters will include Ann Blair (Harvard University), as the keynote speaker; Shlomo Berger (University of Amsterdam), Miriam Bodian (University of Texas at Austin), Yaakob Dweck (Princeton), Federica Francesconi (UCLA), Boaz Hus (Ben-Gurion), Pawel Maciejko (Hebrew University), Moshe Rosman (Bar-Ilan), Adam Shear (Pittsburg), Adam Reading across Cultures:Sutcliffe (King's College), Ruth von Bernuth (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Other prominent scholars and former EMW participants will join us for the seminars and a roundtable discussion.

Take Me To Your Leader: The CLA/CLC Connecticut Leadership Institute

When: Friday, August 14, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

Take Me To Your Leader: The CLA/CLC Connecticut Leadership Institute

Friday, August 14, 2009
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Harry Jack Gray Center at the University of Hartford

Register online by June 30

Are you ready to lead? In these turbulent times, leaders are in demand more than ever. Creativity, sound decision-making, change, strategic planning, public relations, and branding are all just words - until you put skill, knowledge and passion behind them.

Designed to offer new opportunities for networking, deepening and broadening your approaches, and enhancing your personal professional development as a leader, the Connecticut Leadership Institute will help you increase your capacity to lead and manage in the library world.

Who Should Attend

The Connecticut Leadership Institute is designed for library staff who are interested in administration and leadership roles. The Institute is seeking staff who report to decision makers.

For more information and registration, see http://www.ctlibrarians.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=12

NEA/gslis Joint Mixer

When: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: SAA Conference, Austin, TX

Please join us as we host a mixer with the New England Archivists at this year's Society of American Archivists conference in Austin, TX. For details, please see the conference program. Questions about this event can be directed to gslis@simmons.edu.

NEDCC Fall Preservation Workshops

When: Monday, August 10, 2009
Where: Andover, MA

REGISTER NOW FOR
The Northeast Document Conservation Center's
FALL 2009 PRESERVATION WORKSHOP SERIES

DIGITIZATION BASICS - Tuesday, September 29

DIGITIZING VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS AND NEGATIVES - Wednesday, September 30

AUDIO PRESERVATION AND REFORMATTING - Thursday, October 1

BASIC BOOK REPAIR - Tuesday, October 6

CUSTOM PROTECTIVE ENCLOSURES - Wednesday, October 7

INTERMEDIATE BOOK REPAIR - Thursday, October 8

LOCATION: NEDCC, Andover, MA
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COST: $150 per workshop ($130 if you register for two or more workshops)

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER:
www.nedcc.org

Summer Genealogy Workshops at the National Archives Pittsfield Office

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Where: NARA Northeast Region Pittsfield Office, 10 Conte Drive, Pittsfield, MA

The National Archives-Northeast Region is offering free genealogical workshops during the summer of 2009. Participants will learn what they need to know in order to locate records as well as what one might expect to find in the records. The workshops will be offered at the Regional Archives building, located at 10 Conte Drive in Pittsfield MA according to the following schedule:

Beginning Your Genealogy Research at the National Archives June 5, 11:00 AM
July 1, 6:00 PM
July 18, 9:00 AM
August 4, 2:00 PM
Using Pre-1850 Census to Find Family Information July 15, 6:00 PM
Using Federal Census Records June 12, 11:00 AM
July 18, 10:30 AM
August 11, 2:00 PM
Using Military Records at the National Archives June 19, 11:00 AM
Finding the Correct Ancestor: Civil War Soldiers and Homesteads July 23, 10:00 AM
Genealogy on the Internet July 18, 1:30 PM
Navigating the Bureaucracy: Using Federal Websites August 18, 2:00 PM
Finding Italian Ancestors - Part 1 June 26, 10:30 AM
Finding Italian Ancestors - Part 2 June 26, 1:30 PM
Researching Irish American Ancestors July 9, 10:00 AM
Researching African American Ancestors July 22, 6:00 PM
Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors at the National Archives July 18, 3:00 PM
Finding Migration Routes for Your Family in Federal Records August 25, 2:00 PM

The first workshop (Beginning Your Genealogy Research at the National Archives) and Saturday, July 18 include a tour and are limited for the purpose of safety to 20 participants so pre-registration is required. Call (413) 236-3600 to register and for more details.

The National Archives facility in Pittsfield has extensive microfilm holdings for genealogical research. These collections include Federal population census, 1790 to 1930; Revolutionary War military and pension records; passenger arrival records for most Atlantic ports beginning in 1820; World War I draft registrations for New England and New York; and naturalization indexes for New England and Federal District Courts in New York. Regular hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., first and third Wednesdays, (from June to August) 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Please visit http://www.archives.gov/northeast/pittsfield/public/workshops.html for the Winter/Spring workshop schedule.

Library/Scholar Panel: From Research Question to Results

When: Saturday, July 11, 2009, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Chicago, IL

At the Hyatt Regency McCormick, Conference Center 10 c/d.

Have an idea for a research project, but don't know where to start? Our learned panel will inspire you to think critically about your research question, methodology, research process and publishing/presenting your results. Insight on best practices and common missteps in the process will be provided, while active researchers in our field will share their experiences with qualitative and quantitative research. Join us as we explore how to become skillful and motivated researchers.

The program will be preceded by the EBSS Distinguished Librarian Award presentation to Dr. Gary Lare. After the program, please join us for the EBSS Research Forum.

Speakers:
Dr. Peter Hernon, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
Dr. Robert Labaree, Head, VonKleinSmid Center Library, University of Southern California
Dr. Penny Beile, Head, Curriculum Materials Center, University of Central Florida

For more information, please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Chair of the EBSS Program Planning Committee at sdaviska@iwu.edu

Librarian/Scholar Panel: From Research Question to Results

When: Saturday, July 11, 2009, 1:30 p.m. = 3:30 p.m.
Where: Conference Center 10 c/d, Hyatt Refency McCormick, Chicago, IL

Have an idea for a research project, but don't know where to start?  Our learned panel will inspire you to think critically about your research question, methodology, research process and publishing/presenting your results.  Insight on best practices and common missteps in the process will be provided, while active researchers in our field will share their experiences with qualitative and quantitative research.  Join us as we explore how to become skillful and motivated researchers.

The program will be preceded by the EBSS Distinguished Librarian Award presentation to Dr. Gary Lare.  After the program, please join us for the EBSS Research Forum.

Speakers:
Dr. Peter Hernon, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
Dr. Robert Labaree, Head, VonKleinSmid Center Library, University of Southern California
Dr. Penny Beile, Head, Curriculum Materials Center, University of Central Florida

For more information, please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Chair of the EBSS Program Planning Committee at sdaviska@iwu.edu.

Western Mass Radical Reference Meeting/Social

When: Monday, June 29, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Northampton Brewery, Northampton, MA

The next Western Mass Radical Reference Meeting/Social will be at  6:00, on
Monday, June 29, at the Northampton Brewery!
http://www.northamptonbrewery.com/
11 Brewster Ct
Northampton, MA 01060-3801
(413) 584-9903

Come meet us upstairs on the roof/deck if it's good weather, and downstairs near the bar if it's not.  We will mostly be meeting for a social, but we may also discuss an upcoming Librarian's Work Day at Prison Book Project.  Also, please bring other ideas or projects you may be interested in.

Please RSVP if you think you might come so we know how big a table to find.

Also, the Boston RadRef group is revitalizing itself, and their first meeting will be this week on Wednesday, June 24.  Details pasted below.

Please feel free to forward to any interested Boston Area library workers.

Science Boot Camp for Librarians

When: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Where: North Dartmouth, MA


Do you work with science faculty, but lack a formal science background? Do you feel like you're struggling to keep up with developments in your institution's science research? Have you heard the terms "e-science" and "cyberinfrastructure," but don't know how they might describe research at your institution?

You now have an opportunity to learn about new ways scientific research is being conducted and communicated, with other librarians, in a fun and relaxed environment, at Science Boot Camp!

Scientists will conduct three, three-hour sessions on the newest directions in Geographic Information Systems, Bioinformatics and Nanotechnology.

The instructors will talk about their research using language accessible to non-scientists and non-specialists.

You will get hands-on experience with some online tools used by researchers.

Most importantly, you will be given the context and gain the vocabulary you need to engage your science faculty around e-science and cyberinfrastructure issues at your institutions.

The camp will be held on the beautiful campus of UMass Dartmouth, near beaches and Cape Cod. Participants will be lodged in suites of single rooms in an air-conditioned dormitories a short walk from the classrooms. This is a camp, so it's gonna be fun! Thanks to generous donations from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-New England Region, and the Boston Library Consortium, the entire cost of the two-and-a-half day camp is only $200 — includes food, lodging, instruction and social events (e.g., Non-Sensible Shoe Banquet). Single-day and commuter rates are also available.

For more information, and to register, go to http://guides.library.umass.edu/bootcamp.

We hope to see you there!

Boston Radical Reference Collective - First Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Other Side Cafe, Boston, MA

Do you want to use your library talent to assist other progressive causes in the area?
Do you want to swap skills with peers and meet other Boston radical librarians and library workers?

We're hoping to reinvigorate the Boston Radical Reference collective. We want to collaborate with other library professionals and students who believe in social justice and equality. We want to identify ways to support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. We are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society.

Radical reference originated as a service provided by volunteer library workers from all over the United States to assist demonstrators and activists at the convergence surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York City August 29-September 2, 2004. The local chapters are encouraged to engage in whatever ways seem most beneficial to the local community.

Are you interested?

Please join us for our first meeting, Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 pm at the Other Side Cafe . We'll have some tea or beer, introduce ourselves, and figure out what works for us. If you can't make it, send us an email, and let us know what you've done, what you'd like to do and how you think we can make a difference.

American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar in the History of the Book

When: Monday, June 22, 2009

The American Antiquarian Society will host its annual summer seminar for scholars and students in the history of the book, June 22-26. Applications are due March 13th. Please visit http://www.americanantiquarian.org/sumsem09.htm for a description and further details.

October Conference for New England Academic Librarians - Second Call for Proposals

When: Friday, June 19, 2009

The thirteenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

SECOND CALL FOR PRESENTERS! (And save the date!!)

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~biomed/services.htmld/OctCon2009/

We seek presenters for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries' annual October Conference for New England academic librarians! The topic this year is innovative, affordable staff development. The Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2009. The day-long event will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (an easy two-hour drive from Boston, Springfield, and many other New England locations).

Libraries are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn and fewer of us have resources to attend national meetings or pursue other traditional opportunities. We're also grappling with the changing roles of libraries and library staff as technologies develop and our users' needs evolve. This year's October Conference will explore innovative, affordable staff development initiatives.

How are you accomplishing staff development with decreased budgets? Have you re-engineered your training to incorporate new technologies and services? Have you developed a creative, effective approach to growing your own staff?

To submit a proposal for a presentation (15-45 minutes), please e-mail pamela.bagley@dartmouth.edu by **Monday, June 22**. The proposal should include a brief description of your project and how long you'll need for the presentation.

We typically have 120 participants attend our October Conferences (please see http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/biomed/services/october-conf.html ); we expect similar attendance this year.

Strategic Grant Writing Proposal Workshop

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Manchester, NH

Institute for Strategic Funding Development

Strategic Grant Writing Proposal Workshop (Sponsored by ISFD)
Location at Manchester Community College
June 17th -19th , 2009 ~ 8:30AM - 4:30 PM

In today's challenging environment, learning the secrets to effective grant writing is critical to secure funding. What if you could learn directly from the experts? Think of the time you could save and the mistakes you could avoid. This may be the one simple action you take that will dramatically increase your chances of securing grant funding. www.isfdonline.com

All ISFD Workshops are considered CFRE Accredited Courses for 20 contact hours or 20 CFRE Continuing Education Points! Participants completing the ISFD grant writing workshop will receive the following: a Certificate of Completion accredited by CFRE, grant funding CD, bonus fundraising CD, expert grant training instruction from grant industry leaders and much more! Please visit our website at www.isfdonline.com or give us a call 626.683.8713 to sign up now.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Educators, non-profit professionals, graduate students, administrators & researchers in the sciences and social sciences should register as soon as possible. Spaces fills up quickly, which means registration is on a first-come-first serve basis.

The Institute for Strategic Funding Development's grant writing workshop designed to teach the basics of grant writing for industry professionals. It provides a comprehensive overview of effective grant development techniques, including: finding best fit funding sources, creating innovative programs, and planning for funding sustainability. The workshop is great for government, academic, research, health and non-profit professionals new to the grant writing world as well for professionals looking to expand their grant writing knowledge. The workshop will provide an intensive and interactive grant proposal development experience where you will learn the proposal writing process in its entirety. As an added bonus, you will be able to develop a draft proposal or have our instructor review one of your existing grant proposals.

The Strategic Grant Writing Proposal Workshop will be presented in 3 sessions:

Strategic Proposal Writing
Preparing a successful written proposal requires an organized, systematic approach to effectively convey your story. This workshop provides a step-by-step writing process to deal with any and all application requirements. What's more, you will learn why proposal writing is much different than other kinds of writing.

Strategic Program Planning
Planning a winning proposal requires developing ideas that are clear, significant and compelling. Your ideas must not only meet the criteria of a grant maker, but they must also demonstrate your in-depth knowledge about a grant maker.

Strategic Grant Research
Through interactive exercises, discussions, applicable research assignments and individual consultations, you will learn how to strategically identify appropriate funding agencies. This course will expose you to database applications, online research tools, as well as traditional publications that contain information about multiple grant opportunities.

Tuition for our three-day grant writing workshop is $ 598 per person, with a $50 discount for early sign-ups (14 business days or more before the workshop). Each participant will receive the following:

* ISFD Certificate of Completion accredited by CFRE with 20 Continuation Education Units (CEU) or 20 Contact Hours
* Strategic Grant Proposal Writing Workbook and Fundraising & Research CD

* Strategic Grant Proposal Personalized Materials
* On-Going Consulting Services with ISFD Instructors & Staff

Registration:
1) Online — http://www.isfdonline.com/

2) Phone - Call us at 626.683.8713. An ISFD consultant will be more than happy to assist you with your registration and answer any questions or concerns.

3) Email - Send an email to info@isfdonline.com with your basic contact information and a seat will be reserved.

SLA National Conference

When: Sunday, June 14, 2009
Where: Washington, D.C.

The 2009 Special Library Association's national conference (June 14-17, 2009) is a definite "must" for library students and professionals. This an excellent opportunity to meet others from the most exciting libraries around the world, learn about aspects of the library profession you never knew existed, and see a variety of leaders of libraries and beyond (including Keynote speaker Colin Powell). This year is also the SLA's centennial celebration, so it's sure to be a great conference. Note that there are also a variety of travel grants and scholarships available.

Student rate: $150*
*Full member rate is $395, so the student rate is a real bargain!

SLA@Simmons student leaders would like to organize hotel & transportation group rates, events with LIS students at other schools, etc., but we need to get an idea of our numbers. If you are thinking about attending and would like to be in the loop, please let us know.

Interested SLIS Students please send email!
Email: gslis-sla@simmons.edu
Subject line: Interested in 2009 SLA conference

See the SLA.org website for more details: http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2009/index.cfm

Stay informed; see the Simmons SLA wiki at: http://gslis.simmons.edu/wikis/sla

See the Boston SLA chapter's website at: http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLABOS

Free SCOAP3 Webcast from SPARC and ACRL

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

SCOAP3 - An opportunity to create change
A Webcast from SPARC and ACRL
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
9AM Pacific | 11AM Central | 12PM Eastern (90 minutes)

Registration is free. RSVP by June 9

In follow up to the recent release of a new set of Frequently Asked Questions on the SCOAP3 initiative SPARC and ACRL are pleased to host Dr. Salvatore Mele, Head of Open Access at CERN and spokesperson for SCOAP3, at a live Web cast to explore the process of committing to the consortium, establishing its governing board, the project's conditions for the call for tender, and to answer remaining questions. Please join us.

SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing, currently depends on expressions of interest from the U.S. library community before the experiment can move ahead. The proposal is currently supported by more than 130 U.S. libraries, by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and by libraries, consortia and funding agencies in 18 other countries.

SCOAP3 has a unique potential to transform scholarly communication. The initiative aims to convert the literature of an entire field to Open Access by re-directing current expenditures in journal subscriptions. It has so far collected pledges for a total of 8.8 Million $/year from partners in 21 countries, corresponding to 63% of its worldwide budget envelope.

In the U.S., a growing number of leading libraries and library consortia have already signed an Expression of Interest pledging to re-direct their current expenditures in High-Energy Physics journals to the SCOAP3 initiative, if successful. These pledges total 2.5 Million $/year. About 1 Million $/year are still needed to complete the expected U.S. contribution and enable the initiative to move forward.

Please join us for this special event to learn more about how your library can help change the model for scholarly publishing in High Energy Physics.

Register by June 9

For more information, see:

ARLIS/NA - VRAF Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management

When: Monday, June 8, 2009
Where: Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Summer Educational Institute (SEI) will be held at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 8 through June 13, 2009. It is an intensive 5-day workshop intended to provide instruction in visual resources and image collection management. The Art Libraries Society of North American (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) have developed a special curriculum to provide intensive training in these areas, training that is often not found in library and information science degree programs.

The Summer Educational Institute is relevant for beginning visual resources professionals as well as experienced professionals requiring new skills and knowledge. Instructors are drawn from professionals in the field of visual resources and library and information science. A certificate, signed by the President of ARLIS/NA and the Director of the VRAF will be awarded upon successful completion of the institute.

Tuition is $675 for ARLIS/NA and VRA members and $725 for non-members. Reasonably priced accommodations in a Simmons College dormitory are available for $360 (single occupancy with AC) for the 5 days and a cafeteria-style meal plan (breakfast, lunch & dinner) is offered at $27.50 per day.

Information on the curriculum, accommodations, meal plans and registration procedures is available on the SEI 2009 website. Space is limited and registration is scheduled to end on April 15, 2009.

Contacts (Summer Educational Institute Implementation Committee Co-Chairs):

Jeanne M. Keefe
Visual Resources Librarian
Architecture Library
Greene Building, Rm 306
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
keefej@rpi.edu
(518) 276-2727

Alix Reiskind
Visual Resources Librarian
Frances Loeb Library
Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
areiskind@gsd.harvard.edu
617.496.8673

ACRL/NELIG Annual Program: Tapping into Learning Environments of the Future

When: Friday, June 5, 2009
Where: University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

"Tapping into Learning Environments of the Future" is the title of this year's program to be held at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Friday June 5, 2009.

This year's keynote speaker is Donald P. Buckley, Professor of Biology and Director of Learning Technology at Quinnipiac University's School of Health Sciences. You'll also hear library colleagues presenting a fascinating array of sessions related to this year's theme. Don't miss the chance to attend what promises to be an informative and fun event.

Conference registration and complete program details will be announced in mid April.

Updates on conference planning will be posted on the NELIG website at http://www.acrlnec.org/sigs/nelig/.

The New England Library Instruction Group is the instruction interest group of the New England Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

ACRL E-Learing Opportunities

When: Thursday, June 4, 2009

Registration is now open for the following e-learning opportunities from ACRL. Stretch your professional budget by registering now for these affordable distance learning courses and events! For more information on each course, including a link to online registration and registration fees, please visit the course page by clicking the course title. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your seat!

Keep up to date with upcoming e-Learning opportunities from ACRL via the new RSS feed! Subscribe today at http://feeds2.feedburner.com/acrl_elearning.

****************

Podcasting for Libraries (Live Webcast: June 2, 2009: 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific)

Podcasting is like an Internet radio show, or a blog with audio. It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners. There are millions of podcasts available, covering nearly any topic imaginable. Any library can produce a podcast using free software and inexpensive hardware. If you can post to a blog and talk into a microphone, you can create a podcast. How can your library use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming?

For more information, including a link to online registration, please visit the course page located at: http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/courses/podcasting.cfm

****************

Virtual Reference Competencies (Multi-week Online Course: June 22 - July 31, 2009)

In this six-week seminar, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion, to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians. During this course, engage in learning activities supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion, to practice and expand the communications competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

For more information, including a link to online registration, please visit the course page located at: http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/courses/Virtual Reference.cfm

****************

For more information about any of the above courses or webcasts, please contact ACRL Web Services Manager, Jon Stahler, at jstahler@ala.org.

ACRL/NE Access Services Interest Group - Spring 2009 Program

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Where: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Spring 2009 Program - Copyright and Copy Wrong: How to Tell Them Apart

$45.00 includes parking, morning coffee and lunch

Registration opens 4/1/2009

Speakers:

Kevin L. Smith, J.D.
Scholarly Communications Officer
Perkins Library, Duke University

Steven McDonald
General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design

Digital copyright issues are the focus of this program.

Register at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=tWcRDbBcBbwgYYcwCTnOjw_3d_3d

NEASIS&T Annual Awards Dinner

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cambridge, MA

Registration is now open!
 
Join us for the Annual Awards Dinner at the MIT Faculty Club! We'll be presenting the Chapter Member of the Year and the Student Member of the Year Award. Our after dinner speaker this year is Kevin Brooks.

Telling Stories - Telling Technology
We know about stories read to children, performed in plays and witnessed on TV and in movies. We know about family stories told around the kitchen table or at the feet of an elder. But what of stories told every day in our work place? How can we use stories strategically to convey what matters to us - be it science, technology, information, or culture? Perhaps a better question is, how can we not. Humans are natural born storytellers, in thought, memory and speech. If we can break our pre-conceived notions of the proper use of stories, then we could see stories and their companion practices applied widely to our daily lives. In this talk, Kevin will share how he came to be a storyteller and apply those skills in and out of a fortune 500 company.

Cost:
$55.00 for Non-members
$35.00 for ASIST members and their significant others
$25.00 for students or retired ASIST members

You must register via this link: http://neasist.wordpress.com/

Kevin received his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where his area of research was computational narrative and interactive cinema.  Kevin has also studied engineering, computer science, creative writing and film production as an undergraduate, receiving a BS in Communications from Drexel University and an MA in Documentary Film from Stanford University.

Dinner
Salad:
Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Basil, Lolla Rosa Greens, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entree:
Vegetable samosa with cucumber riata, lemongrass scented jasmine rice and snap pea medley
or
Roast Breast of Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Mozzarella Fire Charred Tomato Sauce

Dessert:
Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with Chantilly Cream and Fresh Berries
Schedule

6:30-7:00 pm - Cocktails
7:00-7:45 pm - Dinner
7:45-9:00 pm - Awards Presentations followed by our guest speaker, Kevin Brooks.

Volunteer for the Massachusetts Center for the Book

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts Center for the Book is looking for four volunteers for our Letters About Literature awards ceremony at the State House on Tuesday, May 19th. Volunteers would need to be at the State House in downtown Boston on the 19th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will help with set-up and take-down, check-in of students and state legislators, and directing guests. An honorarium will be given for the volunteers' time.

Please e-mail Amanda Bushnell at bushnell@simmons.edu to volunteer and be part of a fun ceremony to honor young writers.

Letters About Literature is a state-wide and nation-wide writing contest in which students in grades 4 through 12 write a letter addressed to the author of a book, poem, or speech about how that work has changed the way they see themselves or the world. For more information on Letters About Literature, visit the Massachusetts Center for the Book's website - massbook.org.

Joint Mini-Conference: Information without Borders

When: Friday, May 15, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, New York, NY

Joint Mini-Conference - Information without Borders: Multicultural and Multilingual Collections in the Digital Age

REFORMA Northeast Chapter, AILA, APALA, BCALA, and CALA

Agenda:
11:00 Library Tour
12:00 Lunch & Networking
1:00 Introductions & Welcoming!
1:05 Key Speaker: Ms. Homa Naficy, Hartford Public Library
1:15 Panel Discussion - Diversity in Collection Development: Meeting the changing needs of our changing communities.
2:30 Panel Discussion - Literacy in the Digital Age and Online Resources for diverse populations: Adapting library services.
3:30 Reflections and conclusion of the Mini-Conference

For more information, contact Libbhy Romero, IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT REFORMA Northeast Chapter - The National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish-Speaking http://www.reforma-northeast.org
lromerobpl@yahoo.com

Directions to the National Museum of the American Indian can be found on there website: http://www.nmai.si.edu

ACRL/NE Annual Conference - Are you being served? Customer satisfaction and library service

When: Friday, May 15, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Whether you work in public services, technical services or in administration, this conference has something for everyone — *especially* you!

Does your institution do all that it can do to promote a customer service culture in your library?

Does your customer service satisfy your customers? Does it satisfy you?

Do you wonder if the tools you offer your customers (Web site or Systems) help or hinder them?

Do you sometimes wonder why if the customers ARE always right, why do they often believe you're wrong?

If you need answers to these questions or any others, we have just the thing for you!

Registration for the conference is open. Register at: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf09/registration.html

For details, including speakers, networking opportunities, and workshops, please see: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf09/index.html

"Beyond Re-presentations: Manuscript Correspondence as Unmediated Status Interaction"

When: Thursday, January 1, 2009

SLA Boston Annual Kick-off Meeting

When: Thursday, January 1, 2009

ALISE/ALA Joint Alumni Reunion

When: Thursday, January 1, 2009

AALL Alumni Reception

When: Thursday, January 1, 2009

There are currently no events listed. Please check back here soon.