History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Amy Lowell—a controversial, cigar-smoking, outspoken, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet—collected works by leading literary lights such as Jane Austen, Ludwig von Beethoven, William Blake, Charlotte Brontë, John Keats, Michaelangelo, Walt Whitman and Émile Zola. One of the few women competing in the male-dominated world of collecting, she began at age 17 by purchasing Sir Walter Scott's Waverly novels with her Christmas money. Thanks to her inheritance and her income as a poet, critic and lecturer, Lowell continued collecting throughout her life. Exhibition curator Leslie Morris will lead a tour of this exhibition, "From Austen to Zola: Amy Lowell as a Collector," on display at Houghton Library through January 12, 2013. Refreshments will be served.

Those interested in attending should RSVP please by December 11th to: cruikshank1@comcast.net or 781-729-9052.


History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Where: CGIS-S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

Peter Baldwin (UCLA) will be giving a talk titled "What History Can Tell Us About the Copyright Wars." Baldwin is a professor of History at UCLA specializing in the comparative history of modern Europe and the United States. His current book is tentatively titled Author vs Audience: The Divergent Political Ideologies of Intellectual Property in Europe and America, 1710-2010.

Digital Forensics for Archivists

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Mount Holyoke College

Co-Sponsor: Mount Holyoke College Library, Information & Technology Services, and Five College Librarians Council of the Five College Consortium

Course description: Are you starting to receive disks as parts of collections or have you discovered disks in boxes of paper records? Caring for the records stored on removable storage media (e.g. floppy disks, hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, CDs) requires archivists to extract whatever useful information resides on the medium, while avoiding the accidental alteration of data or metadata.  In this course, you'll learn how to apply existing digital forensics methods and tools in order to recover, preserve and ultimately provide access to born-digital records. We'll explore the layers of hardware and software that allow bitstreams on digital media to be read as files, the roles and relationships of these layers and tools and techniques for ensuring the completeness and evidential value of data. We'll apply digital forensics tools and methods to test data, in order to illustrate how and why they are used.

Attendance is limited to 35. Course attendees must bring a PC laptop (not a Mac) with them to participate successfully in this course. For more information, and to register, visit http://saa.archivists.org/4DCGI/events/372.html?Action=Conference_Detail&ConfID_W=372&Time=-675667235

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Monday, December 3, 2012, 4:30 P.M.
Where: Green Hall, Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

Peter Stallybrass (UPenn) is giving a talk titled "What is a Letter?" From the late nineteenth century on, there has been a chorus of complaints about the decline of letter-writing as it lost out first to postcards and, finally, to email and texting. In this December's Elizabeth Turner Jordan '59 Lecture, Peter Stallybrass (UPenn) will try to show that for the great majority of letter-writers, from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, the art of letter-writing has in fact been the art of creating as much blank space as possible so as to write as little as possible.

Peter Stallybrass is the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. He is is a renowned scholar of early modern culture, with a particularly alert eye to the history of printing, reading, knowledge, and cultural transformation. He directs the History of Material Texts seminar at Penn, a weekly gathering of book historians and visiting speakers that sets the terms for study in the field. He is the author of numerous ground-breaking articles and books including The Poetics and Politics of Transgression (with Allon White, 1986); Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (with Ann Rosalind Jones, 2001); Benjamin Franklin: Writer and Printer (with James Green, 2006). 

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Monday, December 3, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Rm. 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

Beatrice Gruendler (Yale University) and Dana Sajdi (Boston College) will be giving two separate, consecutive talks on Islamic books. Gruendler's talk is titled "Book Culture before Book Print in the 9th Century," and Sajdi's is titled "The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the 18th-Century Syria."

Open House: "Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places"

When: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Boston Public Library, Copley Square

The Boston Public Library's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is hosting an open house with guided tours of their new exhibition, "Boston in the Gilded Age." Thirty maps, prints, and photographs highlight the emergence of Boston's park system, and examine Back Bay as the city's cultural hub. Also featured will be hands-on activities for children, including map-themes puzzles, word games, origami, and bookmark-making.

Registration for College Book Art Association Meeting

When: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Where: Yale University

The annual meeting of the College Book Art Association will be taking place in New Haven, CT, on January 4 and 5, 2013. Interested parties can register here: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1136155; registration ends December 1.

The 2013 annual meeting theme of "Art from Artifact: Teaching and Learning from the Object" encourages the exploration of how teaching and learning from objects can benefit book arts education. The meeting program starts on Friday with a day-long celebration of the object, including a series of tours of various research and education spaces at Yale University, as well as the historic campus itself. We will end the day with a reception at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Saturday's program will start with a keynote address by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand of Winterhouse Institute. The schedule will also include morning and afternoon break-out sessions, the annual general meeting, committee meetings, and a coffee hour hosted by the CBAA President. The 2013 annual meeting will conclude with a social hour at a local brew pub featuring New Haven style "apizza." For more information or to become a member of the association, visit http://www.collegebookart.org/.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Robinson Hall, Lower Level Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Dan Cohen (GMU), Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard), et al., will be discussing "Doing Digital History."

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Where: MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, 94 George St., Providence, RI

Maureen Cummins will be giving a talk titled "Artist as Archivist." Cummins' artistic process involves complete immersion into historical subject matter, drawing inspiration from books, photographs, ephemera and other documents buried deep in American archives. She strives to deconstruct social constructions of knowledge, ascribing new meanings to familiar objects and turning old concepts into new modes of expression. Her lecture on 11/29 is part of the Charles H. Watts II History and Culture of the Book Program.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Susan Whyman (Princeton) will speak about "Becoming a Bookseller: William Hutton of Birmingham (1723-1815)," followed with comments by Kathryn James (Beinecke Library, Yale). For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/186.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Herter Hall 601, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Ellen Garvey (NJCU), is speaking about "Strategic Scrapbooks: Nineteenth-Century Activists Remake the Newspaper for African-American History and Women's Rights." Garvey is author of the recent Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford, 2012), winner of SHARP's prize for best book.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Ellen Garvey (NJCU) will be speaking about "Too Much to Read: Scrapbooks and How People Managed Information Before the Internet." Garvey is author of the recent Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford, 2012), winner of SHARP's prize for best book.

"Practical Choices for Powerful Impacts: Realizing the Activist Potential of Librarians"

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

The Boston Radical Reference Collective is holding a symposium about critical librarianship - how librarians are working within the system to promote social change. The symposium is free, but registration is required. Register here: http://goo.gl/zYhvO. See http://radicalreference.info/PracticalChoices for more information on the panelists and carpooling opportunities.

What's New in Children's Books

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Founders Room, Ferry Admin Building, Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill, MA

A half-day conference titled "What's New in Children's Books" is being presented by The Foundation for Children's Books and will feature such speakers as Grace Lin (illustrator and author), David Yoo (YA author), Julia Denos (illustrator), Christian Porter (librarian) and Terri Schmitz (owner of the Children's Book Shop in Brookline). Includes book sales, signings, coffee and refreshments. Cost is $65 for regular attendees, $25 for students and $40 for institutional members. To enroll, visit http://thefcb.org.

Wikipedia Loves Libraries at the Cambridge Public Library

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), 449 Broadway

Schedule of events:

11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.: Presentation on Wikipedia aimed at Librarians, Archivists, and others unfamiliar with Wikipedia

11:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.: Tutorial for new and beginning users

12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.: Edit-a-thon proper

12:00 p.m.: Cambridge Public Library archives are opened

The event is free and open to all. No previous editing experience is necessary, as a tutorial will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers, and experienced editors will be on hand to help out. While the session from 11:00 to 11:30 is tailored specifically to librarians and archivists, the session will be of interest to anyone unfamiliar with Wikipedia. Can't be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.

Details: Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. A computer lab is available for those that cannot or do not want to bring their laptops. Light food and drinks will be provided.

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, however you can sign up and get more information at http://tinyurl.com/8rl9nwt.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

When: Friday, November 16, 2012
Where: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Rare books, maps, autographs and prints are featured. Bring in books for appraisal by the experts, attend a seminar or just browse the "stacks." It will be held from 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbookfair.com/.

Got Perspective? Playing with Others in the Higher Education Sandbox

When: Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: College of the Holy Cross

Facilitated by Dr. Leslie Hitch, Senior Faculty Fellow in the School of Education, College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University, our morning panel discussion will address the the challenges facing educational institutions today. Bringing together higher education experts representing diverse perspectives, the panel members include include:
-Tony Molloy, Director, UConn Libraries Info Tech Services
-Paul Prewitt-Freilino, Director of Institutional Research at Becker College,
-Arthur Heinricher, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and
-William Mayer, Executive for Research Services at the National Archives.

Our interactive afternoon session will be introduced by Dr. Carol Leary, President of Bay Path College, who will provide an overview from a president's perspective, followed by activities guaranteed to prepare you to return to your home institutions with a game plan for leading collaborative initiatives on your campus whatever your position in the Library.

Please join us for a dynamic and illuminating program by registering before Monday, November 5th. Seating is limited.

CLA Technical Services Section Fall Program

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Where: Farmington Library, Connecticut

The Technical Services Section of the Connecticut Library Association is offering a program on non-MARC metadata standards. For more information, visit http://ctlibraryassociation.org/meetinginfo.php?id=76&ts=1349359971.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Russell Maret (type designer and private press printer) is presenting the Frances and Philip Hofer Lecture: "Time, Technology, and the Shapes of Letters." For more information, see http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/190.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Noah Millstone (Harvard Center for Economics and History) will be presenting "Scribal Publication and the Clerical Underworld of Early Stuart London." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/184.

The Eighth International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information and Systems Science, and Engineering Call for Papers

When: Monday, November 12, 2012

Due to numerous deadline extension requests from potential CISSE 2012 authors, the CISSE organizing committee has decided to extend the paper submission deadline to November 12, 2012. Please note that this is a hard deadline, so that the technical committees can perform their paper reviewing duties in a timely manner. The conference will be held December 7-9, 2012 and is sponsored by the University of Bridgeport. It is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, Communications Society and Education Society (Connecticut Section). For more information, see http://www.cisseconference.org/2012.

PLG Hosts the Boston Anarchist Bookfair

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Where: Linda K. Paresky Center

Anarchist bookfairs are about celebrating and exploring anarchist ideas, in the form of books (of course), workshops, films, and impromptu conversations. Bookfairs aim to bring together people from far and wide, as well as local community residents and activists. Not just for anarchists, the Boston Anarchist Bookfair is also for those curious about anarchist ideas and practice. If you're interested in any of the programming we have to offer, we encourage you to join in on the fun. There will be childcare and children's activities available all day on Saturday and Sunday. Just check in at the information table when you arrive. The event is on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11. For more information, contact the hosts, Progressive Librarians Guild--Simmons Chapter, or visit http://bostonanarchistbookfair.org/

History of the Book at Harvard Workshop

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Nicholas Pickwoad (University of the Arts London, Camberwell) will be presenting a workshop titled "Who read the books and where and when did they do so? The value of bookbindings in the study of the humanities." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/287.

NEASIST Fall Meet-up: "Hacking the Library: JSTOR vs. Swartz"

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Champions Sports Bar, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Join us for an informal and lively discussion about the impending JSTOR vs. Aaron Swartz case. Swartz has been charged with 13 felonies for hacking into the JSTOR database from the MIT network and downloading millions of articles. Whose side are you on - was he simply freeing information that should be publicly available or did he truly commit a crime? What does this mean for research libraries? How is legislation keeping up with the digital revolution? Food for thought: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/aaron-swartz-felony/ and http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/9/534.full. Here is a map to the bar: http://goo.gl/maps/Hd3CD.

There will be free hors d'oeuvres.

DPLA Appfest Hackathon

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Where: Chattanooga (TN) Public Library

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. We'll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokin' fast!

We're looking for web and mobile apps, data visualization hacks, dashboard widgets that might spice up an end-user's homepage, or a medley of all of these. There are no strict boundaries on the types of submissions accepted, except that they be open source (the DPLA platform is released under a AGPLv3 license) and interoperable with the DPLA platform. Participants are asked to pitch ideas for apps on the DPLA Appfest wiki page before the event, as pitches made on the wiki will inform what is made on Friday, November 9th.

For inspiration, participants might consider building or pitching an app that recommends cultural heritage content such as maps and photographs based on user preferences or a certain set of criteria, an app that helps kids find content related to the topic of their upcoming history paper, or an app that visualizes metadata in new and interesting ways. Any number of approaches to building or pitching an app that utilizes the DPLA platform are open for exploration. Please note that the platform will largely contain cultural heritage data from the DPLA's seven service hubs, as part of the Digital Hubs Pilot Project. We encourage participants to make their development process open, sharing their designs and sketches and draft code as it develops. The introductions, Appfest demos, and closing session will be streamed live.

Registration is free and open to the public; register here. Limited scholarships to support participation in DPLA Appfest are available for those who are traveling from rural and distant areas. Scholarship amounts will vary, but are intended to apply to travel and accommodation costs for out-of-town participants. You can apply for a travel scholarship here.


World Usability Day 2012 Demonstration

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Kotzen Conference Room

To celebrate the World Usability Day 2012, UXPA @ Simmons proudly presents its usability feedback event, featuring four local organizations demonstrating their system interface design to obtain on-the-spot usability evaluation and critique from the audience. The event is co-sponsored by the SLIS Techgroup. The event is free and open to the Simmons community and the public. Registration is required. Use this link to register: http://wud2012simmons-rss.eventbrite.com/#. Light breakfast will be provided.

Below are the list of the presenters and the sites/systems they will be demonstrating --

8:45-9:20 NASA ADS Labs (http://adslabs.org/), presented by Alberto Accomazzi, Program Manager, NASA Astrophysics Data System

9:20-9:55 BC Libraries Video Clip Retrieval (http://mlib.bc.edu/video-search), presented by Benjamin Florin, Web Developer, Boston College Libraries

9:55-10:05 Break

10:05-10:40 EBSCOHost application, presented by Kate Lawrence, User Experience Researcher and Megan Hurst, Product Manager, Library User Experience, EBSCO Publishing

10:40-11:15 Tufts University Home Page (www.tufts.edu), presented by Jeremy Wahlman-Krogh, Project Manager, Web Communications, Tufts University.  

"What It Takes to be a Good Leader: A Conversation with SLA New England Past Presidents"

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Draper Lab's Hill Building, One Hampshire Street, Cambridge MA

Three former SLA New England Presidents, Ethel Salonen (also Past President of SLA and SLA Fellow), Betty Edwards (also SLA Fellow) and Anna Burke, will discuss leadership and how being a leader of the chapter fostered their professional and personal development.The event is free, but registration is required here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/slapastpresNov2012. (Deadline to register is Saturday, November 3.) Questions? Contact Khalilah Gambrell, kgambrell@ebscohost.com.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Monday, November 5, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Nicholas Pickwoad (University of the Arts London, Camberwell), sponsored by the Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard, will be presenting "Unfinished Business: Incomplete Bindings Made for the Booktrade from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/183.

ScoSAA Hosts New England Archivists Meeting

When: Friday, November 2, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College

SCoSAA (Simmons Chapter of the Society of American Archivists) is hosting the NEA (New England Archivists) Fall 2012 Meeting at Simmons on November 2 and 3, 2012. SLIS students: if you are interested in either attending, volunteering, or getting involved, please join SCoSAA or visit them on Facebook where they will be keeping you updated on this great event. Additionally, you can email them at scossaa@simmons.edu if you have other questions. For information on the meeting, workshops, and NEA, visit http://www.newenglandarchivists.org/meetings/meetings.html.

Take Note!

When: Friday, November 2, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

A multi-disciplinary conference at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on the past, present and future of note-taking. Panel, to be held from 9-5pm on Friday, will be preceded by site visits from 1:30-5pm on Thursday. Registration required, opening in late September, required http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-take-note

Boston Radical Reference General Meeting

When: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lucy Parsons Center, 358 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

The Boston Radical Reference collective is holding a meeting to discuss creating a radical lending library and the upcoming Anarchist Bookfair. Meeting agenda can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VkKLUTOnm7Q3kkVDjyVw9iBayQYNwa9GhNUZsWsD-TE/edit.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Peter Burke (Cambridge), sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop. Presentation title: "Performing Academic Knowledge, 1100-2000." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/181.

SLA New England Lunch Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Springfield, MA

-SLA New England Chapter Update — SLA New England Chapter President Khalilah Gambrell  (http://newengland.sla.org)
-AALL/LLNE  Update — LLNE Past-President Katherine Coolidge (http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/llne/)
-Massachusetts Library System (MLS) Special Libraries Services Overview — Executive Director, Greg Pronevitz (http://www.masslibsystem.org/)
-And more

Lunch: Provided by Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP. For an accurate catering count, we need your RSVP by end of day Thursday, October 25th.

Parking: A parking garage is located at the base of the building. Attendees should bring their parking garage ticket with them and will be asked to check in at the security desk before proceeding to the 26th floor of the tower. At the time of departure, attendees will be issued a ticket to exit the garage.

Contact: Khalilah Gambrell, SLA New England Chapter President: president@newengland.sla.org

For more information, visit http://newengland.sla.org/archives/2939. RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/slaOctmeetSpfld

North Atlantic Health Science Libraries Conference

When: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Where: The Woodstock Inn and Resort, Woodstock, VT

October 28-30, 2012

Plenary Speakers
Steve Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz, co-authors of "Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics" and "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health."
Gary Taubes is the author of "Why We Get Fat" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories."
Chris Bohjalian is the author of thirteen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers, "Secrets of Eden", "Skeletons at the Feast", "The Double Blind", "Before You Know Kindness", "The Law of Similars" and "Midwives."
Gary Schwitzer's "Health News Review" blog won the 2009 Best Medical Blog Award in the competition hosted by Medgadget.com.

Registration and program information is available at: http://nahsl.libguides.com/nahsl2012.

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Robert DeMaria (Vassar College) delivers the 96th George Parker Winship Lecture, sponsored by Houghton Library. Lecture title: "The History of the Complete Works of Samuel Johnson: The First Two Hundred Years." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/180

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Boston College

Presentation by Barbara Adams Hebard (Conservator, Burns Library) on bookbinding design and structure.  Specimens will be chosen from the the concomitant exhibit (9/3-10/31) at the Burns Library, Boston University. Presentation title: "Fine Specimens of the Bibliopegistic Art: Bookbindings from the Burns Library Collections." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/175

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5:15 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Radcliffe Institute Dean's Lecture in the Humanities by Roger Chartier (Collège de France, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and University of Pennsylvania), co-sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center.  The lecture will be followed by a moderated 20 Questions panel, featuring Homi Bhabha, Ann Blair, Robert Darnton, David Hall, and Leah Price. Lecture title: "Author's Hand and Printer's Mind: Why Did Early Modern Authorial Manuscripts Disappear?" For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/179

NISO Forum The E-Book Renaissance, Part II: Challenges and Opportunities

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012

NISO will be following up on last year's acclaimed forum on The E-book Renaissance with Part II on Challenges and Opportunities, a two-day forum in Boston, MA on October 18-19, 2012.


E-books have existed in the library landscape for over a decade, but it is only in the last few years that their use has shifted to finally become the game-changer that all have anticipated for so long. Availability, distribution, licensing, discoverability, current and future access, and usage of e-books all require content providers and libraries to change many of their existing processes and develop new ways to do business. Amidst this confusion is a wealth of opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.

The NISO Forum, The E-Book Renaissance, Part II: Challenges and Opportunities will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints. Participate in this community discussion for advancing e-book development, distribution, and use.



·         Keynote Presentation by Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

·         Panel discussion: Primary and Trade Publishers' E-book Initiatives -- Moderator: Brian O'Leary, Magellan Media Consultant Partners

·         Library Perspectives

o   Licensing, Access, and Related Issues -- Chuck Hamaker, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development & Electronic Resources, University of North Carolina Charlotte

o   Landscape Discussion -- Suzanne M. Ward, Head, Collection Management, Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries

o   What we Are Doing at My Library -- Lynn Wiley, Head of Acquisitions, University of Illinois

·         NISO E-book Special Interest Group: New Initiative on Demand Driven Acquisitions

·         Books in Browser: End User Tools -- Speaker TBA

·         Panel discussion: Aggregators and Platform Providers -- Moderator: Sue Polanka, Head of Reference & Instruction, Wright State University Libraries

·         Accessibility in E-books  -- Speaker TBA

·         Surveys: Patron Profiles -- Ian Singer, Library Journal

·         Devices: E-book Hardware -- Speaker TBA

·         Rights, Digital Management, and Piracy  -- Skott Klebe, Copyright Clearance Center

·         Digital Public Library of American (DPLA) -- Speaker TBA



An early bird registration discount is available through October 5, 2012. Additional discounts are available to NISO members and students. Visit the event webpage for more information and to register: www.niso.org/news/events/2012/ebooks/

NELA Annual Conference

When: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Where: Sturbridge, MA

New England Library Association Annual Conference, October 14-16:

Programs include:
-Jordan Miller Storyteller: Live the Tale with Diane Edgecomb
-Rambunctious Revolutionaries: Channeling the Energy of Young Adults
-Eric Carle Museum's Whole Book Approach
-Technology Programming and Services for Children
-Youth Services and the Community: Reaching Outside the Library Doors
-Quench Your Thirst with TAB (Teen Advisory Boards)
-Understanding the Hype: iPads and Book Apps in Children's Services
-Dine with Sara Pennypacker at the NERTCL Luncheon on Monday
-NERTCL (New England Roundtable of Teen and Children Librarians)

To qualify for early registration discounted rates you must register by October 5, so check out the NELA web site, www.nelib.org, for more details and registration forms.
For more information contact Jill Graboski or Clare Dombrowski.

SLA New England Conference: Communication, Commitment & Collaboration

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8am-3pm
Where: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge MA

SLA New England and our co-sponsors SLA Rhode Island are proud to host our first one-day conference:
Communication, Commitment & Collaboration

SLA Members $50 | Student/Retiree/Between Jobs $30 | Non-Members $75

SLA New England is delighted to welcome John DiGilio, 2012 Candidate for SLA Treasurer and an incredibly active SLA member to present our opening session:

In the Balance: Tools to Increase Your Personal & Professional Productivity

Work, work, work… Most of us do it to live. Sadly, an increasing number of us also feel like it is all we live to do. But is it a sign of the times or more indicative of our own inability to effectively balance our work and our lives? Join iBraryGuy and librarian John DiGilio for an exploration of hot new tools that can make you more productive both personally and professionally. These are tools that can help you find your balance and increase your overall well-being and happiness. The same technology that makes you a superstar at the office can be used to make you shine at home. Come check out some cool sites and fun apps and strike your own balance for the better.

Additional Presenters Include:

Heather Hedden — "Mapping, Merging and Multilingual Taxonomies"

Taxonomies for content management and information retrieval are not static; they grow and evolve. Added content, audiences, and strategic partners may necessitate the bridging of multiple vocabularies. This presentation examines the methods and presents tips to handle three kinds of multiple taxonomy situations: (1) mapping one taxonomy to another, (2) merging two or more taxonomies together, and (3) creating interconnected taxonomies in more than one language.

Marcie Zaharee — "A Shared Approach to Developing Taxonomies"

Having a shared, commonly understood language among stakeholders to enable communication and knowledge sharing across functional boundaries is the vision for the MITRE's Metadata Harmonization (MDH) Project. To facilitate understanding, visibility, and accessibility of intelligence community data assets, the MDH team has created a 6-step metadata harmonization process. A key step in this process is developing taxonomies to facilitate discovery of various artifacts. This presentation will provide an overview of the MDH workflow process and highlight best practices for designing and developing a taxonomy.

Jennifer Swanson — "A 30,000 Foot View of Project Management"

What it is, what skills are needed, an overview of the necessary steps when managing a project, where to go for additional training, and how knowledge management projects can differ from other types of projects.

Fred Wergeles — "Favorite CI Analytic Tools that deliver value"

This presentation will highlight one or two analytical tools and techniques that information professionals can use to gain additional insights from the information they have collected. Using an interactive real-life case study, attendees will use the tools that can provide decision makers with a keener understanding of their industry, markets, competitors and future business environment. The presenter will provide "analytical templates" that can be used to organize, evaluate and assess the information, and provide guidance to the attendees on when and how to apply the techniques.

Laura Crandall — "Across the Great Divide: Resilient & Practical Communication for the Intergenerational Workplace"

Do you feel like you can't get through to colleagues or customers? Ever find yourself hoping that your co-workers would comprehend what you need without having to explain it to them—again? This fun-filled and interactive session will uncover the ways we inadvertently impede communication and how we can gain practical skills for any interaction—especially where generations mix.

Justin Brierley — "Sound Preservation in the Digital Age"

Justin will discuss sound preservation in the digital age, illustrating the importance of music and sound preservation while exploring some of the technical and taxonomical issues involved in that work.

Click Here for Conference Registration: http://newengland.sla.org/conference-registration

Digital Book Summit

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:30 am — 4:30 pm
Where: Needham, MA, Olin College of Engineering, Milas Hall Auditorium

Olin College Library and the Society for the Contemporary Book invite you to a

Digital Book Summit

Artists, programmers, students & educators working together

This day summit will bring together academics, students, designers, publishers, and technology experts. We will explore the opportunities and challenges that digital books present in terms of design, programming, pedagogy, and scholarly work. We will address issues surrounding digital publication and tenure, collaborative publication, and the promises and perils of new publication technologies. The day will include morning & afternoon keynotes as well as several break-out sessions and workshops.

See details here:

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Roger Stoddard (Emeritus, Houghton Library) will deliver the 95th George Parker Winship Lecture, sponsored by Houghton Library. Lecture title: "How I Found the Poets and How I Left Them: A Librarian's Apology for Bibliography." For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/178

History of the Book at Harvard Event

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard University

Adam Smith is a member of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. This lecture is sponsored by the Visible Language Lecture series of the Peabody Museum. Lecture title: "Diviners and Scribes: The Origins and Development of Writing in China."

For more information, visit http://bookhistory.harvard.edu/node/271

Western Massachusetts Library Advocates Fall Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thorny truth about open source software - WMLA Fall Meeting

Join us on October 3 at the MLS Office in Whately for the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates Fall Meeting.  Our program introduces Open Source software, its strengths and issues.  Our topic:  "The thorny truth about open source software, or 'We never promised you a rose garden'"!  Our presenter is Kathy Lussier, the project coordinator for the Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC).

Kathy Lussier has been working with the open source Evergreen Integrated Library System for 2 1/2 years as the project coordinator for MassLNC. As the coordinator, she manages software development projects, supports collaboration among the three MassLNC networks, and serves as a liaison to vendors and the larger Evergreen community. She is also a member of the Evergreen Oversight Board and a content coordinator for Evergreen's Documentation Interest Group. She previously worked as a technology consultant for the Southeastern Massachusetts Library System (SEMLS).

Whether you know it or not, Open Source software is in your present and future.  Join us and become informed about the Open Source community, its benefits and travails, and how it is changing the face of Massachusetts resource sharing.

Please plan on attending the Annual Fall Meeting of the WMLA Membership for what should be a timely and thought provoking presentation.  There will be time for Q&A.

Phillips Library at PEM Announces 2012 Art Museum Libraries Symposium

When: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Where: Peabody Essex Museum

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce the second Art Museum Libraries Symposium, to be held September 20 - 21, 2012, in Salem, Massachusetts. Join library, archives, and museum colleagues to discuss the unique issues faced by libraries affiliated with art museums. Topics include Views from Museum Directors, Institutional Archives, Legal Issues, Access to Collections, and Preservation in Today's Museums.

A limited number of scholarships to attend the Art Museum Libraries Symposium are available for library and museum professionals, as well as students who are studying to enter these professions. Additional scholarships are available for student volunteers who assist with the breakout sessions. For information, online registration, and the proceedings from the 2010 symposium, please visit http://pem.org/library/symposium.

If you would like more information, email amls@pem.org.

Open Access Book Launch

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard Law School

This event will be archived on our site shortly after.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Law School Library.

Special guests include: Stuart Shieber (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), Robert Darnton (Harvard University Library), June Casey (Harvard Law School Library), David Weinberger (Berkman Center / Harvard Library Innovation Lab) and more.

The internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

 This event requires RSVP. For more information, visit http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/09/openaccess

About Peter

Peter Suber's work consists of research, writing, organizing, advocacy, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. He is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham CollegeOpen Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. He blogs at Google Plus.


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NEA Disaster Planning Workshop

When: Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

New England Archivists announces a Disaster Planning educational workshop for Summer 2012, co-sponsored with Harvard University Archives.

Cost: $85 for NEA Members and Harvard University Archives Staff; $110.00 for Nonmembers
Includes morning refreshments
Registration deadline: July 16, 2012
Register here

Instructor: Donia Conn, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Northeast Document Conservation Center

Donia Conn presents workshops throughout the Northeast on preservation and emergency preparedness topics for NEDCC, and also teaches Preservation Management and Collection Maintenance at Simmons School of Library and Information Science. She earned an MLIS with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from University of Texas-Austin, and worked as a rare book and paper conservator in academic institutions across the U.S. prior to joining NEDCC.

Workshop Description: Disaster planning is an essential component of preserving your institution's collections. An efficient and effective response depends upon how well prepared you are. Ms. Conn will discuss how you can get started with a disaster plan that can reduce the risk of an event and minimize your losses.

Attendance limited to 16 participants

Private Law Libraries Summit

When: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Where: Boston Convention Center

The Private Law Librarians Summit, now in its third year, continues to address issues critical to the future of law librarians and law firms. As change agents, we must ask the questions which will help us understand the fundamental changes in the business and practice of law. What will information services look like in 2020 and what should we be doing now to advance that vision? How do we empower ourselves to drive information strategies, ensuring our own viability as information professionals?

In addition to a forward-looking discussion of library services, a panel of partners, including Greg Castanias, Library partner at Jones Day, will discuss the value proposition librarians bring to the table and how they see our roles evolving. Break-out sessions will cover the business of law, proactively managing your career and technological advances and challenges.

Participants will be better able to understand the trends, structure and pressures of the law firm environment so that they can be prepared to take leadership roles as the practice of law goes through a time of radical change.

PLL is pleased to announce that Jordan Furlong, Partner at Edge International, will be our PLL Summit Keynote speaker. He will talk to us about:
· The legal market upheaval
· How law firms can respond
· Opportunities for law librarians and knowledge professional to respond and thrive

Watch the Summit site for the latest information!

Register here.

Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting & Seminar

When: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Theme: Ethnicity and Genealogy Early Bird registration ends July 1st! To register, visit http://bit.ly/MGC2012Register

The MGC 2012 Annual Meeting & Seminar (http://bit.ly/MGC2012Seminar) offers twenty programs and two workshops to help attendees stay at the forefront of their ethnic genealogical and historical research. The seminar will also include continental breakfast and lunch; vendors with products and services for genealogists; door prizes; and the opportunity to network with 200 peers and colleagues.

Featured speaker Loretto "Lou" Szucs, FUGA, Executive Editor & VP of Community Relations at Ancestry.com, will give the following presentations: "They Became Americans: Finding Naturalizations and Ethnic Origins," "Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com," and "Mysteries, Myths, and Miracles" (luncheon event).

The speakers from NEHGS are Marie Daly, Director of the Library, who will discuss "A Virtual Way to Tipperary: Irish Online Resources," and David Allen Lambert, Online Genealogist, who will present "Researching Native Americans in 17th—21st-Century Massachusetts: Case Study, Punkapoag Indians."

The seminar will include a MGC panel discussion on legislative issues including SSDI legislation at the federal level and bills presently in front of the Massachusetts legislature that seek to restrict access to public records. Attendees will learn how this legislation directly affects genealogical research.

Two advanced level workshops are offered. Seminar Registration is required to attend the workshops. The fee for each workshop is additional $20.00.

See the full schedule, speaker bios, and more at http://bit.ly/MGC2012Seminar.

American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Where: Boston, MA

Designed by law librarians, for law librarians, the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is the premier educational conference for legal information professionals. Join nearly 2,000 law librarians from across the country for close to 100 educational opportunities, abundant networking functions, and the chance to learn what your colleagues are doing in their law libraries.

Find out more and register online here.

Tour the Boston Public Library

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: BPL

Staff of the Boston Public Library welcomes MLS members to get to know the services of the Library for the Commonwealth.

Our visit will include:
Social Sciences, Government Documents, Norman Leventhal Map Center, Rare Books, Special Collections, Journal Article Delivery/ILL, Digital
Services, the Internet Archive and the Digital Commonwealth collaboration.

There will be a break for lunch on your own.

Participants should gather at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Boylston Street entrance near the security desk.

Sign up today!

Open Archives Tours

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Where: Cambridge, MA

Cambridge's Fourth Annual Archives Crawl
Famous and Infamous
July 9 - 12, 2012

The Open Archives tour is a chance to see behind the scenes at a number of archives and unique collecting agencies in Cambridge. This year, there will be twelve archives featured over four days (3 per day). You can sign up for one, two, three or four tours, but you must sign up for each tour individually.

There is a small reservation fee for each tour. Sign up online at http://cambridgearchives.org/OpenArchives/2012.html.

Creating a Quality User Experience

When: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: EMC Corporation, Hopkington, MA

What do your favorite websites, mobile apps, and other products have in common? Chances are it's an awesome user experience which makes them stand out. User experience design draws on many disciplines from library and information science, including human-computer interaction, indexing, information retrieval, and even reference interviewing. The need for skilled professionals in this field only continues to grow, and LIS folks are in high demand to fill roles at the forefront of high tech.

Join us as members of EMC's User Engagement Team give an overview of the fundamentals of fashioning a web-based experience which users will love. Using real-world examples from their own work, Matt, Adam and Gary will walk us through the elements of usability research, interaction design, search behavior, and metadata management. We'll even have the opportunity to test-drive one of the tools the team has used to conduct research.

Matt Johnson, Program Manager, Information Standards, EMC
Adam Young, Senior Manager, Search and Information Access, EMC
Gary Yuen, User Experience Designer, EMC

Registration ends Friday June 15th
Directions: EMC Global Headquarters, 176 South Street, Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Contact: Khalilah Gambrell, gambrell9899ATSign gmail.com

Interested in what else we have planned for June? Check out our Program Calendar.

2012 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI)

When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Where: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

The Art Libraries Society/North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) are pleased to announce that the 2012 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management preliminary Website is live!

SEI 2012 will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from June 19-22, 2012. SEI 2012 is appropriate for visual resources professionals new to the field, those currently enrolled in library schools who wish to augment their experience with image management training, and more experienced professionals eager to update their skill sets in response to fast-changing technological advancements.

This intensive workshop will feature a curriculum that specifically addresses the requirements of today's professional, and will include hands-on and lecture modules. Expert instructors will cover intellectual property rights, digital imaging, metadata and cataloguing, and strategic planning. Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm on a range of issues, from new media and marketing visual resources to professional development and the future of the profession during the interactive session planned for the final morning of SEI.

Registration will open January 18, 2012.

Science Boot Camp 2012

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Where: Tufts University, Medford, MA

Registration is now open for Science Boot Camp! For further information and to register, visit the Science Boot Camp 2012 Lib Guide at http://guides.library.umass.edu/BootCamp2012.

This year's Boot Camp will be held at Tufts University in Medford, MA. June 13-15th. Now in its fourth year, Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians. Science topics for this year's boot camp include neuroscience, organic chemistry, and data visualization. There will also be a special "Women in Science" panel presentation during dinner on June 13th. On Friday June 15th, the Capstone session will feature a panel of librarians who have participated in the ARL e-Science institute and a general discussion on what libraries and librarians need in order to effectively engage in e-Science services (e.g. educational needs, staffing, funding—to name just a few).

Science Boot Camp provides librarians with valuable continuing education at a low cost, and offers three options for attendees—full registration with overnight lodging, commuter registration, or a one day registration option. If you've never been to Science Boot Camp, check out the presentations from previous Science Boot Camps at http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu/science_bootcamp.

Creating Customized Tools & Resources to Add Value at Your Organization

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: SOM 201, Simmons College

The three speakers highlighted below will be discussing innovative and creative projects in which they have been involved within their companies.

Emily Florio, the Manager of Libraries & Library Information Systems at Fish & Richardson will discuss how her department has used various types of technology and resources to support her firm's strategic initiatives. Emily will show how her department has embraced SharePoint and other software, including APIs, CUIs and widgets to create customized tools. Come learn how you can offer customized access points to content that will drive resource utilization and deliver value to your firm in new and innovative ways.

Tom Clark, the Knowledge Services Team Lead at the MITRE Corp., will dive into the modern news distribution world and discuss how the MITRE Information Services staff create and deliver 17 newsletters to MITRE staff. He'll describe the platforms that MITRE uses and why and also talk about the future of news delivery and how social media, devices and apps are changing the way we look at the news.

Betty Edwards, a Senior Research Analyst at Draper Lab in Cambridge, will discuss two major initiatives that have extended the scope of information services. The first is an innovative e-mail filtering service for hundreds of Google and Google Scholar alerts, which are distributed daily to Lab employees. Through programming and the creation of shell scripts, a new delivery mechanism was designed that bypasses Microsoft Outlook. The second initiative involves the investigation, implementation, roll-out, and marketing of the Lab's membership in an R&D organization known as IRI — the Industrial Research Institute. It provides the Draper community with insights, solutions, and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation.

Use SurveyMonkey to register here.

There is no charge for this event but we would appreciate it if you could register by end of day on Monday June 11th.

Questions? Contact Devon McArdle, devonannmcardle(AT)gmail.com

Digital Directions Conference

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Where: Back Bay Events Center, Boston, MA


Digital Directions
New Foundations: Creation, Curation, Use
June 13-15, 2012
Back Bay Events Center
Boston, MA

Join us in Boston for a two and a half-day conference that explores the essentials of digitization. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about standards and best practices for content and metadata, review "tried and true" strategies and workflows, and ponder emerging trends and technologies, such as "mobile," "cloud," and "crowd."

NEDCC's Digital Directions conference has had a growing national and international impact since the inception of its landmark School for Scanning conference in 1995. The program was renamed to reflect its expanded content, which now encompasses the full life-cycle of digital media from creation to curation to use.

For complete information and to register, visit: www.nedcc.org/dd2012/.

Boston and the Book Arts Symposium

When: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: Mount Vernon Room, Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

The Ticknor Society hosts a symposium on "Boston and the Book Arts" featuring:

  • John Kristensen, master printer and proprietor of The Firefly Press, on Boston printing and publishing at the turn of the twentieth century;
  • Katherine McCanless Ruffin, director of the book arts program at Wellesley College, on artist's books and the art of the book;
  • Todd Pattison, book binder and conservator, on the rise of publisher's bindings in Boston and how they set the quality and aesthetic standards for book bindings in the mid 19th century; and
  • Georgia Barnhill, Director, Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society, on literary book illustration in Boston from Thomas & Andrews to Ticknor & Fields.

Bookseller's Showcase

Twenty-four booksellers and the North Bennet Street School will be exhibiting in conjunction with the "Boston and the Book Arts" Symposium, from 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. and from 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. (during the reception following the Symposium). George Washington Terrace, Cape Cod, and Minuteman Rooms, Sheraton Commander Hotel.

Event listing here.

NELA ITS Spring Event

When: Friday, June 8, 2012, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester MA 01608

New England Library Association - Information Technology Section:
Cloudy with a Chance of Connecting to the Future!

Registration fee includes lunch!
· NELA members $50
· Non-members $65
· Library School students & unemployed librarians $35

Register here: http://nelib.org/its

DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

When: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Where: Nashville, TN

Join NASIG in Nashville, Music City USA, for its 27th Annual Conference
June 7-10, 2012

Registration for the North American Serials Interest Group's 27th Annual Conference is now open!

Register before Friday, May 4, 2012, 5 p.m. (EST) and be entered into a drawing for $100!

In addition to great conference programs, four exciting and valuable per-conferences are also offered:

• Learn more about Drupal with Amanda Yesilbas who will lead participants through the development and creation of a Drupal website to manage and track database licenses.

• Join Micheleine Westfall, Kay Johnson, and Molly Royse for valuable insights into being successful as a manager.

• Marielle Veve and Wanda Kosinksi will give practical hands-on experience in creating original MARC records for e-books using the RDA and the AACR2 content standards.

• Want to know more about RDA and serials? Join Judy Kuhagen as she talks about the theoretical and practical
aspects of RDA and serials with hands on creation of different kinds of serial records.

For more information about all of the programs, check out the conference website:

On Thursday afternoon, be sure to attend the Vendor Expo from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., and stay to enjoy the company of fellow attendees Thursday evening at the hotel reception.

Don't miss Friday evening's reception at one of Nashville's premier attractions: the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

A reminder for music lovers: Nashville will be hosting the CMA's Music Festival. If you are within driving distance,
having a car will give you additional flexibility to attend a performance. If you plan to fly, book your flights early!

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. is an independent organization that promotes
communication and sharing of ideas among all members of the serials information chain — anyone working with or
concerned about serial publications. For more information about NASIG, please visit http://www.nasig.org/.

NELIG Annual Program

When: Friday, June 1, 2012
Where: Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Join the New England Library Instruction Group for the 2012 Annual Program, "Connecting to Research through People and Process," at Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA on Friday, June 1, 2012. Our keynote speaker this year is Andrew Asher, Lead Research Anthropologist for the Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL) project.

We also welcome more than 20 New England librarians presenting in 10 excellent breakout sessions. New to this year we have included a session we are calling *Remix & Reconnect*. This is time built into the schedule where you will be able to speak with the presenters about their projects — ask the questions you didn't have time to ask during their presentations, or the questions you thought of as soon as the breakout sessions ended. If you were torn over which breakout to attend, this is also a great opportunity to speak with the presenters you didn't get a chance to hear. Or, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and build new connections with librarians throughout New England.

This year's program explores how instruction librarians can collaborate with others on campus to help students through the research process.

Check out the NELIG website for program information, abstracts, and registration.

Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 6:00 pm
Where: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB (2nd Floor)

Free and Open to the Public
RSVP required for those attending in person via http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/05/interop
Co-sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School Library, and the Harvard Book Store
Reception to follow

The practice of standardization has been facilitating innovation and economic growth for centuries. The standardization of the railroad gauge revolutionized the flow of commodities, the standardization of money revolutionized debt markets and simplified trade, and the standardization of credit networks has allowed for the purchase of goods using money deposited in a bank half a world away. These advancements did not eradicate the different systems they affected; instead, each system has been transformed so that it can interoperate with systems all over the world, while still preserving local diversity.

As Palfrey and Gasser show, interoperability is a critical aspect of any successful system—and now it is more important than ever. Today we are confronted with challenges that affect us on a global scale: the financial crisis, the quest for sustainable energy, and the need to reform health care systems and improve global disaster response systems. The successful flow of information across systems is crucial if we are to solve these problems, but we must also learn to manage the vast degree of interconnection inherent in each system involved. Interoperability offers a number of solutions to these global challenges, but Palfrey and Gasser also consider its potential negative effects, especially with respect to privacy, security, and co-dependence of states; indeed, interoperability has already sparked debates about document data formats, digital music, and how to create successful yet safe cloud computing. Interop demonstrates that, in order to get the most out of interoperability while minimizing its risks, we will need to fundamentally revisit our understanding of how it works, and how it can allow for improvements in each of its constituent parts.

About John
John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives" (Basic Books, 2008) and "Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering" (MIT Press, 2008). His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and international law.

About Urs
Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Urs Gasser has written several books, is the co author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives" (Basic Books, 2008, with John Palfrey) that has been translated into 10 languages (including Chinese), and has published over 70 articles in professional journals.

About the book: http://www.amazon.com/Interop-Promise-Perils-Interconnected-Systems/dp/0465021972

Johns Johns/ In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 6:00 pm
Where: Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Jennifer Roberts (History of Art and Architecture, Harvard) presents "Johns Johns/ In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print." This lecture marks the opening of a special exhibition at the Sackler, on view until August 18. For more info see http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/jasperjohns/.

NEASIS&T Annual Awards Dinner

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 6:00 pm
Where: MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA

It's time to register for the New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday Evening, May 23rd with Distinguished Speaker, ASIS&T President-Elect, Dr. Andrew Dillon

Dr. Dillon will be addressing the topic:


Andrew Dillon is the Dean and Louis T. Yule Professor of Information Science at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin where he also holds appointments in Psychology and Information Risk & Operations Management. Andrew has been an active researcher of the human response to information technology for the last 20 years. Defying professional categorization, he has held appointments in departments or schools of cognitive science, computer science, psychology, instructional systems technology, management information systems, library and information science, and informatics. Having published more than 100 articles and books on various aspects of human information behavior and design, Andrew serves or has served on the editorial boards of many leading journals such as the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers, the Journal of Documentation, and the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He advocates a view of information science as a means of accelerating discovery and shaping a more democratic world.

Come to the NEASIS&T Awards Dinner at the MIT Faculty Club and experience a provocative speaker, great food, and an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends!

We will also announce and congratulate the NEASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year and Student Member of the Year, as well as the Student Travel Award winner.

WHAT: NEASIS&T Annual Awards Banquet
WHEN: Wed., May 23 @ 6 p.m.
WHERE: MIT Faculty Club, Kendall Square T, Cambridge, Mass.

Register by 1 pm on Friday, May 18th at http://neasist.org/2012/04/30/2012-annual-awards-banquet/

Questions? Contact Luke Gaudreau at luke@infosoph.org

ACRL/NEC Spring 2012 Conference

When: Friday, May 18, 2012
Where: College of the Holy Cross

Leading the Change:  Integrating the Library Into the Future of Higher Education

The Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter invites you to attend its 2012 Spring Conference, to be held Friday, May 18, 2012, at the College of the Holy Cross' Hogan Center.  The program will explore the changes taking place in higher education, how librarians fit into this rapidly evolving landscape, and ideas of maintaining and enhancing the academic library's integral role on campus.  The conference will feature keynote speaker Steven J. Bell, Vice-President/President-Elect of ACRL (and presentations and poster sessions from librarians across the region).  This is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and discuss the latest library products and services with our sponsoring vendors.

Registration,  please visit: http://www.acrlnec.org/registration

Registration Fees:

$55 : ACRL/NEC Chapter members

$55 : NELA members

$80 : Non-members (save money - join the chapter before registering: http://www.acrlnec.org/membership_form)

$25 : students

Conference program:  visit http://conference.acrlnec.org/content/schedule.

Colleague Connection at MLA 2012

When: Friday, May 18, 2012
Where: Washington Convention Center, Seattle, WA

Calling all students who are attending the Medical Library Association's Annual Meeting in Seattle this May! Enhance your MLA 2012 conference experience through Colleague Connection!

Colleague Connection is a mentoring program that pairs newer members or first-time meeting attendees with returning, more experienced members during the 2012 Annual Meeting. The purpose of Colleague Connection is to introduce new attendees to the Medical Library Association and help them get the most out of the Annual Meeting in Seattle.

If you are a new member or first time conference attendee, consider pairing up with an experienced colleague at MLA '12! Colleague Connection allows you to have your questions about the conference answered, maximize your time, choose the best programs and meetings to attend, meet new colleagues, build your professional network, and discuss new ideas. Initial contacts made through Colleague Connection can lead to lifelong friendships with your peers and increase your professional network. Don't be left out - sign up today: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22F9Y65KUWA.

Those who register by Friday May 11th will be guaranteed to receive their mentor before leaving for the meeting. Once assigned, each pair of colleagues will be responsible for working out a time to meet and connect.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Norton (nortonh@ufl.edu, 352-273-8419).

Creating Customized Tools & Resources to Add Value at Your Organization

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Pierce Atwood LLP, 254 Commercial St., Portland, ME

An SLA New England event in Portland, Maine

Join us for this afternoon event on May 17th from 3pm-5pm. The three speakers highlighted below will be discussing innovative and creative projects in which they have been involved within their companies. Coffee and refreshments provided!

The event will be followed by a pay-your-own-way dinner at Flatbread Company

Pierce Atwood LLP
254 Commercial St.

Speakers: Emily Florio, the Manager of Libraries & Library Information Systems at Fish & Richardson will discuss how her department has used various types of technology and resources to support her firm's strategic initiatives. Emily will show how her department has embraced SharePoint and other software, including APIs, CUIs and widgets to create customized tools. Come learn how you can offer customized access points to content that will drive resource utilization and deliver value to your firm in new and innovative ways.

Tom Clark, the Knowledge Services Team Lead at the MITRE Corp., will dive into the modern news distribution world and discuss how the MITRE Information Services staff create and deliver 17 newsletters to MITRE staff. He'll describe the platforms that MITRE uses and why and also talk about the future of news delivery and how social media, devices and apps are changing the way we look at the news.

Betty Edwards, a Senior Research Analyst at Draper Lab in Cambridge, will discuss two major initiatives that have extended the scope of information services. The first is an innovative e-mail filtering service for hundreds of Google and Google Scholar alerts, which are distributed daily to Lab employees. Through programming and the creation of shell scripts, a new delivery mechanism was designed that bypasses Microsoft Outlook. The second initiative involves the investigation, implementation, roll-out, and marketing of the Lab's membership in an R&D organization known as IRI — the Industrial Research Institute. It provides the Draper community with insights, solutions, and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation.

Use SurveyMonkey to Register here!

There is no charge for this event beyond what you eat and drink if you stay for dinner, but we would appreciate it if you could register by end of day on Monday May 14th.

Questions? Contact Kami Bedard, kbedard@pierceatwood.com.

Joint MLSA and MLS Boston Region Workshop on New YA Lit

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 3:30 - 5:03 pm
Where: Boston Latin School Library

We are pleased to announce a Boston area "SASP: Susan and Sarah's Picks" workshop jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System and the Massachusetts School Library Association. The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 3:30-5:30pm at the Boston Latin School Library. All Massachusetts Library System or MSLA members are welcome to attend. Please register at http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MLS. PDPs are available through the Massachusetts Library System.

Ever wish someone would tell you what new teen books are any good? Want to know which ones are really terrible too? Join Sarah Sogigian and Susan Babb, Advisors at the Massachusetts Library System to hear about what's new and what's ahead in YA literature! (You may even get to hear about some titles before they're even on sale.) This program will present fun and interesting books that will be appreciated by readers in your libraries.

Directions to Boston Latin School: http://www.bls.org/podium/default.aspx?t=113647&rc=0

To renew your MSLA membership or join the Massachusetts School Library Association, visit http://maschoolibraries.org/content/view/54/46/.

Boston Public Library Compass Roundtable

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:00 pm
Where: West End Branch, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston

Join a conversation with Boston Public Library staff about two of the BPL's eight guiding principles.

Discuss the Access & Innovation principle with Digital Projects Manager Tom Blake, Web Services Manager Scot Colford, and Director of Administration & Technology David Leonard

Principle: "The BPL provides access to and training in innovative technology, electronic resources, and digital information through its own holdings and its strategic position within the wider world of knowledge."

Look for the full schedule of 2012-2013 roundtables and review the BPL's strategic plan at www.bpl.org/compass.

Resource Sharing Unbound: Directions for Massachusetts

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts


Electronic resources provide an opportunity and a challenge for libraries of all types. Massachusetts residents have traditionally enjoyed a vigorous sharing environment. Today's structure for the licensing and delivery of e-content are challenges to sharing. How will we proactively address the challenges posed by e-content?

Resource Sharing Unbound brings together academic, public, school and special libraries to seek a vision and potential solutions to that urgent question.

Leaders in our field will launch the exploration. Our keynote speaker is James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University.

Archives 101: Processing Collections

When: Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:00 am — 3:30 pm
Where: Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105

New England Archivists, NEMA, Connecticut Humanities Council, and Vista Group International announce the educational workshop Archives 101.

Cost: $50 for NEMA / NEA Members; $40 for Students; $75.00 for Nonmembers

Lunch included

Registration deadline: May 7, 2012

Register here

Instructor: Barbara Austen, Florence S. Marcy Crofut Archivist, Connecticut Historical Society

PAG Group Co-Chairs, Library and Archives:
Rebecca Parmer, Archivist, USS Constitution Museum
Susan von Salis, Curator of Archives, Harvard Art Museums

Second in a series of introductory topics in museum archives, this beginning-level workshop focuses on the on the basics of processing archival and manuscript collections. Participants will gain hands-on experience, practicing appraising, arranging, and describing a sample collection. Whether you're new to the profession, have taken on additional collections responsibilities, or just want to brush up on some archival theory and practice, the "Archives 101" series can give you the skills and confidence to approach the seeming chaos of a new collection, begin to tackle the records of your organization, or just make it easier for researchers and staff to access information!

Intended for: Those with some responsibility for an institution's library and archives, and those who just want some practice working with collections.

Staying Connected: Building Communities and Embracing Diversity

When: Friday, May 11, 2012, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at the Brooklyn Public Library

REFORMA Northeast Chapter is proud to partner with our sister ethnic caucuses: CALA, BCALA, AILA, APALA to host the 2012 Joint Mini-Conference.

Where: At the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at the Brooklyn Public Library
When: May 11, 2012
Time: 10:00am-4:30pm
How much: Absolutely free!
Twitter hashtag: #jmc2012

After April 10, we will announce the lightning talks on the wiki's Agenda page. When you register, make sure to submit an idea for a topic. During the unconference portion, participants will have the opportunity to direct the conference by presenting on a topic they're passionate about, in an informal, interactive setting. The Unconference is more than a great opportunity for would-be presenters to share their knowledge and experience with other attendees in an informal setting. It also offers attendees the ability to learn what's on the minds of the library community. If you are unable to come to the conference but would like to share your presentation, you can upload the presentation onto Slideshare and send us the link for us to post on our Presentations & Documents page.

Appraisal of Electronic Records Workshop

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Dartmouth College, Moore Hall, Room 03B, 3 Maynard Street, Hanover, NH

Cost: Early-Bird/Regular
SAA Member: $185 / $235
Employees of Member Institutions: $210 / $260
Nonmember: $235 / $285

SAA provides a $25 discount off the non-member rate for NEA members. Please enter "25NEA12" into the promotional code on the online registration form to apply the discount.

Registration deadline: April 7, 2012
Register here.

Caryn A. Wojcik, CA, MLIS
Government Records Archivist, State of Michigan

Workshop Description:
Increasingly, archival records are created in electronic formats. As a result, archives of all types need to be responsible for the preservation of electronic records. After a review of the fundamental principles of archival appraisal and appraisal policies, you'll be introduced to the unique issues that need to be addressed when appraising electronic records. Case studies will highlight the practical aspects of appraisal when dealing with electronic records.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Develop an appraisal policy for your archives.
- Include electronic records on records retention and disposal schedules.
- Address technical issues (such as metadata, software dependence, etc.) that arise when appraising electronic records.
- Appraise electronic records for your archives.

Who should attend? Archivist practitioners, records managers, anyone responsible for the archival appraisal of electronic records.

What should you know already? Archival appraisal of records, as well as some basic knowledge about digital preservation and electronic records.

Attendance limited to 28.

Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

When: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Where: MIT

May 3-4, 2012, MIT: This symposium explores the future potential of the book by engaging practitioners and performers of this versatile technology, showcasing practices by writers and artists in and outside of MIT, putting them in conversation with scholars and thinkers from across the disciplines who are framing discourse about this technology's possible futures, promises, and challenges. Keynote speakers include: Christian Bök (University of Calgary poet/performer/encoder of thebook), N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University, a theorist on writing machines and technotexts), Bonnie Mak (University of Illinois, medievalist concentrating on the history of the page, also affiliated with UIUC's School of Library and Information Science), Rita Raley (University of Santa Barbara, theorist working in new media and electronic literature), James Reid-Cunningham (Associate Director for Digital Programs and Preservation of the Boston Athenaeum, also a bookbinder and book artist), and Bob Stein (founder and president of the Institute for the Future of the Book, former MacArthur fellow). Registration by Eventbrite (FREE) will be available in March. For questions, contact Amaranth Borsuk at amaranth@mit.edu or Gretchen Henderson at hendersong@mit.edu.

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Annual Conference: iLibrary: Digital Futures for Libraries

When: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Where: Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL OPEN MARCH 8, 2012 -- Space is limited so be sure to register early to assure your seat at this exciting program. Please note that only advanced registrations will be a accepted this year. No walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Keynote speakers:
Rachel Frick is the Director for the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). She previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and has held a variety of library positions including Head of Bibliographic Access and Digital Services at the University of Richmond.

John Unsworth was recently named Head of Library and Technology Services at Brandeis University. He had been Dean of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He very recently accepted a new position as vice provost and chief information officer for library and technology services at Brandeis University. He also served as the Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute and has been active in several important Digital Humanities initiatives. He chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science, on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Panel Discussion:
Transforming Technical Services in the iLibrary- Alicia Morris, Head of Technical Services at Tufts University's Tisch Library; Roger Brisson, Head of Metadata& Cataloging at Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library; and Tom Blake, Digital Projects Manager at Boston Public Library.

Technical services staff today need an expanded set of competencies and skills to respond to swiftly changing demands and priorities. Three panelists from academic and public libraries will discuss their practical experience, challenges and strategies in supporting the new digital environment, retraining and motivating staff, changing workflows, and transforming their part of the organization.

Breakout Sessions:
Digital Repository Services with Fedora - Greg Colati, Director, University Archives& Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut and Patrick Yott, Director, Library Technology Services, Northeastern University.

Dataverse and Data Management Plans - Mercè Crosas, Director of Product Development, Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University.

That's Why I Chose Overdrive! - Todd Gilman, Librarian for Literature in English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, Yale University Library and Mary Danko, Director, Hartland Public Library& President of the Board, Green Mountain Library Consortium.

OverDrive is, "a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content." OverDrive makes available more than 500,000 digital titles and has become popular for use by libraries. This session will present a view of OverDrive from both an academic and a public library perspective.

ILS In The Cloud: Promise or Peril? - Bob Gerrity, Associate University Librarian for Systems& Information Technology, Boston College Libraries and Martha Rice Sanders, Knowledge Management Librarian, HELIN Consortium.

Cloud computing is a major trend in higher education and now also a significant option for the next generation of library management platforms. This session will cover the general benefits, pitfalls, realities and trade-offs involved when considering a move to library cloud computing.

NETSL Award: Presentation of the 2012 NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services will be made at the luncheon.

NETSL Logo Contest: Winner of the NETSL Logo Contest will be announced at the luncheon.

Full program can be viewed at http://nelib.org/netsl/2012conference

Questions, suggestions, or other feedback? Contact Helen Linda, NETSL President, celestihel@gmail.com.

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) is a section of the New England Library Association (NELA). For more information about NETSL visit http://www.nelib.org/netsl/

Graduate Conference in Book History

When: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 10:20 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Rm. 319, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sponsored by the Yale University Department of English and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. View flyer and schedule here.

Lawrence History Center Academic Symposium

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Lawrence History Center, Lawrence, MA

The Lawrence History Center of Lawrence, MA will be holding an academic symposium on April 28, 2012. The subjects will be labor movements, the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, and their effects on Society. There will be many different sessions to choose from, and lunch will be provided.

Find out more about the different sessions and register for the event by going to the following website: http://www.lawrencehistory.org/node/19230.

Images of Slavery and Welsh Print Culture

When: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:30 pm
Where: Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard

E. Wyn James (Cardiff University). "Images of Slavery and Welsh Print Culture"
Sponsored by the Humanities Center Seminar in Celtic Language and Literature

Barker Center
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
See map

Disputation and Its Printed Thesis: Learning and Publication at 17th-century Harvard

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 5:00 pm
Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Kevin Chang (Academia Sinica, visiting fellow at Yenching) "Disputation and Its Printed Thesis: Learning and Publication at 17th-century Harvard." Early modern European history workshop, Robinson Lower Library, Harvard.


When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lots of new podcasts including SLIS Professional Book Camp and the NEMLA 2012 Spring Meeting are available on SLIScast! You can access each podcast through our website or by subscribing to SLIScast on iTunes. Be sure to follow our RSS feed or check back in regularly, as we have several new events coming down the pipe!

Introduction to Blended/Hybrid Learning Webinar

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 2:00 pm

Bill Wisser presents first ASIS&T SIG/ED (Special Interest Group on Education in Information Science) webinar on blended learning. Blended or hybrid learning is receiving increased attention from faculty and administrators as a way to leverage the advantages of both face-to-face and online teaching. Teaching in a blended environment is not as easy as simply placing some material online, however. Faculty new to blended learning face a series of decisions that impact how they design, deliver, and assess the learning experience. This presentation will define the concept of blended or hybrid learning, display examples, and showcase faculty work. This session will also include tips on best practices when approaching the blending of a course. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of the challenges and advantages of blended learning and have access to resources as they continue to explore this emerging modality.

Registration is free. To register for the webinar, please click on the red ‘Register' button at the bottom of this page.

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 pm


Please join us for the second webinar in this four-part series.

There are different types of sustainability practices in libraries (e.g. buildings, collection development, instruction, events, collaboration) and many of us are working, educating, and practicing in these areas. Using a Lightning Talks format, librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts will share their experiences and provide time for questions. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented. The session will be recorded so you can view it later.


Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com

NEASIS&T Spring Event: Mobile Library Technology

When: Monday, April 23, 2012, 1 - 5 pm
Where: MIT Bush Room, 10-105, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

*Going Mobile: Library websites, services, and apps on mobile devices*

Join NEASIS&T and colleagues for an afternoon of mobile library technology.

Smartphone sales eclipsed PC sales for the first time in late 2010. Some analysts predict mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web device worldwide by 2013. Designing for mobile web experience offers a new set of challenges and opportunities for libraries. We need to better understand our users, plan for mobile-friendly content, ensure contextually relevant information, and collaborate with technology partners. On Monday April 23rd, join us to learn from colleagues who are taking their libraries mobile. Light snacks, coffee, and tea will be served.

• Dave Bretthauer, Webmaster, University of Connecticut Libraries
• Amy Deschenes, Library Technology Specialist, Simmons College Library
• Bobbi Fox, Digital Library Software Engineer, Harvard Library
• Remlee Green, User Experience Librarian, MIT Libraries
• Edward Iglesias, Systems Librarian, Burritt Library, CCSU
• Maura Keating, Reference Librarian, Bryant University Library
• Carli Spina, Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library

Registration is required; cost is $20 for students, NEASIS&T and SLA members, $30 for all others: http://neasist-mobile.eventbrite.com/

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served.

To find out about more NEASIS&T events and activities, see: http://neasist.org/

Chinatown Reading Room Library Opening

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oak Terrace, 888 Washington Street, Boston, MA

Come see our book collection, sign up for a library card, and learn about new programming and services! There will also be fun activities and light refreshments served.

View the flyer for this event here.

Oxford-Style Debate on Libraries

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: Piper Auditorium, Harvard Graduate School of Design

On Wednesday, April 18, Harvard Library Strategic Conversations (an independent group of volunteer library staff) will sponsor an Oxford-style debate on the role of libraries. The format of the debate is similar to that of the House of Commons and is known for combining a degree of wit and whimsy with serious argumentation. The debate will take up the controversial and timely proposition that "Libraries are Obsolete?. Professor Jonathan Zittrain will chair the debate, with Dr. James Tracy and Professor R. David Lankes speaking in favor of the motion, and Professor John G. Palfrey and Susan Hildreth arguing in opposition. Student speakers Sanhita Dey and Rishav Mukherji, both of the Harvard Speech & Parliamentary Debate Society, will also participate in the event.

At the end of the debate, the audience will vote yea or nay on the motion, with the results announced over gin & tonics at the reception following the debate. The program will be held from 3 to 4:30pm in Piper Auditorium, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Dr. Tracy is Headmaster at Cushing Academy and Professor Lankes is Professor and Dean's Scholar for the New Librarianship, University of Syracuse iSchool, and Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Professor Palfrey is Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, and the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Susan Hildreth is Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Professor Zittrain is a Professor at the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He will become Harvard Law School's Vice-Dean of Library and Information Resources in July 2012.

The program is co-organized by Donna Viscuglia, Emily Baldoni, Linda Collins, Krista Ferrante, Marc McGee, and Hugh Truslow. For more information, email Donna at dviscugl@fas.harvard.edu. Additional information is also available at http://osc.hul.harvard.edu/yopc/oxford_debate.

This meeting is part of a series titled Harvard Library Strategic Conversations. The Harvard Library Strategic Conversations planning committee is made up of volunteer members of the library community. Our mission is to engage library colleagues in open, community-driven discussion about the future of libraries.

Radical Reference Night at Prison Book Program

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6:30 pm
Where: United First Parish Church, Quincy, MA

What: The Prison Book Program sends free books to prisoners. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, volunteers gather in the basement of the United First Parish Church in Quincy to select books and package them for shipping to prisoners all around the country. It's very informal and a lot of fun.

More details are available here.

When: April 17th 6:30-9ish

In general volunteer hours are Tuesday & Thursday nights from 6:30-9:30 (and occasional Saturdays). You can come late, or leave early; the time is pretty flexible. They suggest that you try to spend at least 2 hours there, and I'd add that it's worth it, especially the first time you go.

Where: Basement of the United First Parish Church (1306 Hancock St., Quincy, MA)

Directions (driving and public transportation). It's right across the street from the Quincy Center T station (Red Line).

*Please use the basement door on Temple Street,* which is on the right side of the building (if you are looking at the doors to the sanctuary) towards the back of the building near the traffic light. It is across the street from the "Quincy Market" convenience store.

The Lewis Hine Project Exhibition

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2 pm
Where: Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, 6th Floor, Lawrence, MA

"The Lewis Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children" will be composed of photographs taken by the famous photographer Lewis Hine of children who worked in in the mills of Lawrence, MA in 1911. It will also include factual information about their lives, researched by Joe Manning. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in labor or local history, photography, or simply enjoy historical exhibits, you won't want to miss this opening. You can RSVP by calling 978-686-9230 or emailing amita@lawrencehistory.org. If you cannot make it to the opening, the exhibit will be open April 12, 2012 through June 30, 2012 (the hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11am to 3pm, and by appointment).

MODel Metadata: Using MODS for effective archival description

When: Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Mount Holyoke College, 24 Park Street, South Hadley, MA 01075

Cost: $30 for NEA Members; $45 for Nonmembers

Registration deadline: April 7, 2012

Register here

Jeremy L. Smith, Digital Project Manager, W.E.B. Du Bois Digitization Project
Special Collections & University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Workshop Description:
This workshop will provide attendees with hands-on training in the use of Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS). We will discuss why MODS was created, its features, and some of the advantages of using it in an archival context. We will use real-world examples to create actual XML examples using MODS. We will create both item- and collection-level records. We will also discuss the relationship of MODS to the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) and XSLT. I will provide "on the ground" examples from my experience as project manager for the W.E.B. Du Bois Digitization Project at UMass-Amherst.

Attendees should bring a laptop to the workshop with a download of the 30-day trial version of oXygen XML editor for use.

Attendance limited to 25 participants.

Western Massachusetts Library Advocates Semi-Annual Meeting

When: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:00 am
Where: Stockbridge Library

Please join the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates at our Semi-Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 12 at 10 am at the Stockbridge Library! Directions can be found here: http://stockbridgelibrary.org/hours-and-directions/

Our Keynote Speaker will be Michael Colford of the Boston Public Library. Here's a brief description of his discussion, which promises to be greatly beneficial to our Western libraries:

Library for the Commonwealth: A New Model for Serving the Commonwealth

The Boston Public Library has recently revamped its statewide program, turning the outmoded, hard-to-understand, Library of Last Recourse program into a more forward-thinking Library for the Commonwealth program. This program builds on the leadership strengths of the BPL in digitization and collaboration and extends services out to any resident of the Commonwealth. Michael Colford, Director of Library Services, will outline the programs and services offered through the Library for the Commonwealth program. explain how they can be relevant to the large constituencies you work with every day, and explain how libraries across the state can take advantage of them as a supplement to all the great work you are already providing. He will also give you examples of how libraries statewide have taken advantage of the many resources made available by the BPL.

We look forward to seeing you then!

The Protean Virgil: Book History and the Reception of the Classics in the Renaissance

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:00 pm
Where: Barker Center 133, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Humanities center seminar in the Classical Traditions by Craig Kallendorf (Texas A&M University).

The University of Connecticut Libraries' Spring 2012 Forum - FREE event

When: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Konover Auditorium Thomas J. Dodd Research Center University of Connecticut, Storrs

The University of Connecticut Libraries' Spring 2012 Forum -- free to the public

"The Anthropologist in the Library: Changing Libraries with Patron Participation"

Nancy Fried Foster, Director of Anthropological Research at the University of Rochester.

Nancy Fried Foster is one of the new and few "In-House" Anthropologists on staff in an academic library. Foster's research at the University of Rochester has transformed their library by directly involving students and faculty using ethnographic research techniques in the evaluation and redesign of library spaces and services. She will explain how her unique role at Rochester came to life and what they've done to date. Foster's talk will also share her most recent work on finding trusted information and "learning the ropes."

Come hear why her work has been so influential in academic libraries across the country.

For further details, please contact joel.atkinson@uconn.edu

Directions to UConn can be found at http://maps.uconn.edu/ (search Dodd) The closest parking to the Dodd Center is the South Parking Garage, behind the UConn Co-op. Rates: www.bit.ly/southgarage

SLIS Students Invited to Association of Boston Law Librarians Meeting

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Suffolk University Law School

10 Simmons students are invited to the ABLL spring meeting free of charge. The panel is entitled "The Present Day Evolution of Law Librarianship." The event includes a buffet luncheon. Students must RSVP to Katie McGuire at kmcguire@rc.com or 617-305-5473.

Association of Boston Law Librarians Spring Educational Meeting

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: First Floor Meeting Room, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Please join us at the Association of Boston Law Librarians Spring Educational Meeting. Simmons College SLIS students interested in law librarianship are invited to attend free of charge. Students must r.s.v.p. to Katie McGuire at kmcguire@rc.com or 617.305.5473. Thank you to Bloomberg Law for sponsoring the students!

Members -- R.S.V.P. no later than Tuesday, March 27th
Carolyn Trask

The Present Day Evolution of Law Librarianship
Join your colleagues for a lively discussion on the evolution of law librarianship. Listen to the four esteemed panelists while they answer questions focusing on the types of positions that Boston law librarians have evolved into, the skills and knowledge required to be successful and how these requirements have evolved over the years, how they have adapted to the recent shift in the legal industry, how they view library services and physical space in the changing environment, and what skills they consider important for law librarians to be successful in the future. Chris Laut will moderate the program. Time will be reserved at the end for Q&A. Questions are encouraged!

Filippa Anzalone, Boston College Law School Library
Mary Ann Neary, Boston College Law School Library
Anne Stemlar, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jeannette Tracy, Foley Hoag LLP

W. Chris Laut, Liberty Mutual

Buffet Luncheon Menu
Baby tango mix with lemon asparagus and a roasted garlic emulsion
Parmesan crusted chicken with pesto
Cheese tortellini tossed with baby portobello
Roasted zucchini
Assorted dessert bars
Soda, water, coffee, tea

Non-Members Welcome
$35.00 per person

Bentley Library Information Literacy Series: Laura Saunders, "The Future of Information Literacy"

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4 p.m.
Where: Bentley Library

Please join us on Thursday, March 29, for the spring installment in the Bentley Library Information Literacy Series, featuring SLIS Prof. Laura Saunders. Light refreshments will be available in LaCava 325AB at 3:30 pm, with the event getting underway at 4:00 pm.

"The Future of Information Literacy"

Bentley Library Information Literacy Series


Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science

Prof. Saunders is a former academic reference and instruction librarian who holds master's and doctoral degrees in library and information science from Simmons. She is an expert on information literacy and will speak about the future of information literacy—how research and evaluation skills transfer from high school to college, and from college to beyond, and how faculty and students both contribute to students' ongoing learning of information literacy skills and concepts.

Please RSVP to Liz Galoozis by March 15 if you plan to bring a class to the event or will require students to attend.

The History of the Book As a Discipline Today (Lecture)

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:15 pm
Where: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Radcliffe Gym, Room 112, 10 Garden St, Cambridge, MA

If we can trace the "birth" of the history of the book as a discipline to any single year, then, Peter D. McDonald suggests, 1982 is a serious contender. That year marks the publication of the first volume of Histoire de l'édition française and Robert Darnton's manifesto-essay "What Is the History of Books?" Over the next 30 years, the field established its credentials as a discipline in its own right, while also reshaping many traditional subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Drawing on a variety of materials—many of which relate to the history of publishing in Africa over the course of the 20th century—McDonald will reflect on this rapid rise and ask whether or not what is now called "book history studies" has lost its way.

Event listing here.

Precious Poems in Precious Packaging: Irish Poems Printed and Bound by the Traffic Street Press (Exhibit)

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: O'Neill Library, Level Three Reading Room, Boston College

March 1 - April 30, 2012: The Traffic Street Press Irish Poetry series, a collaborative project with the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, celebrates poetry by well-known Irish poets. The books were made by Paulette Myers-Rich at The Traffic Street Press.

The John J. Burns Library presents a selection of the Traffic Street books so that you may admire the physical beauty of the books and be inspired by the imaginative, humorous, and touching poems inside each of them! Featured with the Traffic Street books are items of related historic interest from the John J. Burns Library special collections.

Details here.

New England School Library Association (NESLA) Conference

When: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Join the New England School Library Association for an exciting professional development opportunity March 24:

An Un-Conference led by Patrick Larkin and Shannon McClintock Miller
Join these tech-savvy educators as they lead participants in problem-solving and idea sharing that actually matters to the participants--because they help create the agenda. Learn how cutting-edge colleagues are using social media, iPads, and other technologies to differentiate instruction, excite students and teachers, and collaborate with colleagues. Encourage colleagues from your district to participate to receive a special rate.

For complete information and registration check out the NESLA website: http://www.neslaonline.org/

Library Marketing: The Nuts and Bolts

When: Friday, March 23, 2012, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Olin College, Needham, Crescent Room in the Campus Center

Scheduled Speakers:

9:30 - 10:30 The Marketing Biz: Knowing Your Customers.
· Margaret Coughlin, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Children's Hospital Boston (#1 hospital in Facebook "likes")
· Marketing is more than saying, "I need a brochure". Margaret will describe the marketing cycle: evaluation (the environmental scan), implementation and evaluation. She will discuss product lines/market segmentation and how social media fits into a marketing plan.

10:30 - 12:15 Communicate with Clarity and Impact.
· Kathleen Lynch Cartine, Learning & Development Consultant at Yale New Haven Health System's Institute for Excellence and staff educator, Greenwich Hospital
· The librarian should be prepared to connect with customers with storytelling and an elevator speech. The Connecticut health science librarians raved over this presentation, and we are pleased to be able to bring Kathleen to Massachusetts.

12:15 - 12:30 The 20-Minute "Message".
· Susan Fowler, Bernard Becker Medical Library via Skype.
· Susan will talk about how she markets her and her library's Information Based Services through her LibGuides pages and other avenues.

Event hosted by Olin College and sponsored by MAHSLIN.


Please email the following information to alison.clapp@childrens.harvard.edu

Your Name:
Your Institution:
Your Email:
Your Consortium (only if you are a BBLC/NECHI/SEMCO member)

Digital Repositories Workshop

When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Where: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Digital Repositories - DAS (Co-sponsored with SAA)

New England Archivists Spring 2012 Meeting

When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Where: Wesleyan University

Mark your calendars! The New England Archivists Spring 2012 Meeting will be held on March 23-24, 2012 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

The theme, "DIY Archives," will focus on the practical application of archival techniques. Sessions will cover the DIY-side of preservation techniques, fundraising and grant writings, interacting with the community, interns and volunteers, handling ethical issues, marketing and publishing, online exhibits, and more. We want everyone at the conference to come away with something they can bring back to their own institutions.

Join us to hear keynote speaker, Snowden Becker, from the Center for Home Movies and co-founder of International Home Movie Day. An up-and-coming leader in the field of film management, Becker has frequently lead personal archiving workshops, consulted with local-area community organizations and private collectors, and conducted Archives Week demonstrations on film and video preservation.

Consult the NEA website for Spring 2012 program details, workshops, and hotel information.

Implementing "More Product, Less Process" Workshop

When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Where: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Implementing "More Product, Less Process" (Co-sponsored with SAA)

Digital Preservation for Videotape Workshop

When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Where: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Digital Preservation for Videotape (Co-sponsored with Independent Media Arts Preservation)


Panel Discussion on Libraries and Best Practices in Fair Use

When: Friday, March 23, 2012, 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Stata Center, Building 32, Rm. 155

What is fair use, and how can libraries use their fair use rights to better accomplish their missions? A new document, the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, provides powerful new insight into the ways that librarians can apply fair use principles to resolve recurring copyright challenges.

On Friday, March 23, 2012 the MIT Libraries will host an informative panel discussion with the co-facilitators of the Code, who are speaking to librarians around the country to introduce the Code and discuss how its principles can help solve local challenges and improve policies dealing with copyright and fair use.

Speakers include co-facilitators of the Code, Patricia Aufderheide of the Center for Social Media at American University and Peter Jaszi of American University Law School, and local experts Kyle Courtney of Harvard University's Law School and Jay Wilcoxson from the MIT Office of the General Counsel.

Read more and register here.

Volunteer Celebration at the Somerville Library

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Central Library in Somerville

The Friends of the Somerville Library is looking for volunteers and those interesting in growing into potential board members. A volunteer kick off celebration will be held at the Central Library in Somerville, March 21 at 7pm.

For further information visit http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org/aboutus/friends.html or email friendssomervillepubliclibrary@gmail.com to R.S.V.P.

How Bad Were the Official Records of the Federal Convention? Lecture

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5pm
Where: Harvard University, Barker Center 133

Book historical approaches to legal history in the early American republic: Mary Bilder (Boston College), "How Bad Were the Official Records of the Federal Convention?" and Daniel Hulsebosch (NYU Law School), "Writing Law on the Margins: Chancellor Kent and the Republic of Letters in Early America."


When: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Center

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 8th and join us @ DigiCamp, '12! Sponsored by ITIG, this low cost 1/2 day youConference (8:30am-12:30pm) focuses on library technology and will take place at The College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Center.

How does ITIG's DigiCamp work?
If you are interested in hearing about how other libraries use technology, or if you wish to share innovative
or interesting things that are happening at YOUR library, just show up and share! DigiCamp will feature a community-driven format where each session is designed and delivered by you! This format fosters spontaneous sharing, therefore, no PowerPoints allowed! Even the topics chosen for each session will be chosen by you!

What is ITIG?
ITIG is the Information Technology Special Interest Group of ACRL New England. Learn more about ACRL NE here.

Is DigiCamp right for me?
DigiCamp is designed for all technology levels, so come one, come all!

How much? Only $10 (to cover food expenses)

How do I register?

Registration Deadline: Registration ends on Wednesday, February 15th so register early! We are only taking the first 80 registrants, so register EARLY!

SAA at Indiana University Conference for Students and New Professionals

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Where: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

The Indiana University student chapter of the Society of American Archivists invites you to attend our fourth conference for students and beginning professionals to be held on Saturday, March 3-Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Herman B Wells Library in Bloomington, Indiana.

The conference will consist of presentations of papers and projects on topics related to archives, special collections, and rare books by students and professionals from a variety of institutions. It also will include tours of Indiana University repositories and museums, and workshops. More information on tour and workshop options, as well as a tentative schedule, can be found on our blog: https://saaiu.wordpress.com/category/conference/

To register, fill out the attached registration form and follow the instructions for mailing. Registration forms also are available at our blog: http://saaiu.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/registrati%E2%80%8Bon-now-open-conference-for-graduate-students-and-beginning-profession%E2%80%8Bals-march-3-4/

The deadline for registration is *Friday, February 17, 2012*, but remember that tour and workshop options are limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis.

We are also pleased to host a Society of American Archivists pre-conference workshop, Project Management for Archivists, on Friday, March 2, 2012. The day-long workshop will be taught by Rosemary Pleva Flynn, Librarian and Manager at the Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota.

Please direct questions regarding the conference to saa.iub@gmail.com

Basic Electronic Records - DAS - Workshop

When: Friday, March 2, 2012
Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Basic Electronic Records - DAS (Co-sponsored with SAA)
March 2, 2012 — Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA

Mass Memories Road Show Lunch

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12pm
Where: UMass Boston

Join Heather Cole, Joanne Riley, and Andrew Elder from University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston for lunch on February 23, 2012 from 12:00-1:00pm. Cole, Riley, and Elder will present on the Mass Memories Road Show. If you are looking for a cool project to volunteer for, this would be the one! More details will be announced over the next few weeks.

LMD Virtual Professional Development Series Webinar: Negotiating for fun (and profit)

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:00-3:00pm EST

Presenter: Barbara Hirsh
Director, Information Resources & Knowledge Management
NERA Economic Consulting, New York, NY

Session Description: Barbara Hirsh, co-chair for the LMD Content Buying Section, will provide useful tools and tips to negotiate license agreements, subscription agreements, market data sets and any other data related purchases needed for organizations. The session will include specific ‘what to do' as well as ‘what to avoid' plus examples of both successful and ‘not so successful' agreements. Presented with humor and solid advice, Barbara will leave time at the end of the session for questions.

Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/744050512

Linotype: The Film

When: Monday, February 13, 2012, 6:30 pm
Where: Paramount Theater at Emerson College, 559 Washington St.

Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the surprisingly emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world. Read more here.

Code4Lib Conference

When: Monday, February 6, 2012
Where: Seattle, WA

Code4lib 2012 is a loosely-structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information, visit http://code4lib.org/conference/2012/.

Library Science Art Exhibition

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Where: Artspace, 50 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Bringing together a selection of work by 17 international artists, Library Science contemplates our personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as this venerable institution—and the information it contains—is being radically transformed by the digital era. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting and web-based projects, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems: from public stacks to private collections, from unique architectural spaces to the people who populate them, from traditional card catalogues to that ever-growing "cyber-library," the World Wide Web. November 12, 2011 - January 28, 2012.

For more information, visit http://libraryscienceexhibitionartists.blogspot.com/

Houghton Library Classes

When: Friday, January 20, 2012
Where: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Houghton Library Classes in January 2012. A series of presentations and workshops designed to introduce students to the physical nature of books—may be attended singly. THESE SESSIONS ARE PRIMARILY DESIGNED FOR GSAS STUDENTS, though others may ask to join too.

Tuesday, January 10th 2:00-4:00pm — Houghton Class 1: Introduction to Bibliography (Alison Scott). A brief introduction to the principles and practice of analytical bibliography, significance to textualanalysis, and importance to the study of the history of the book.

Thursday, January 12th 2:00-4:00pm — Houghton Class 2: Printing Workshop (Hope Mayo) After a brief discussion of the history and technology of printing from moveable type, participants will set type and, using the iron handpress, print a keepsake to take with them. Enrollment limited to 12 (register by January 4th with Rachel Howarth)

Tuesday, January 17th 2:00-4:00pm — Houghton Class 3: Graphic Techniques Workshop (Hope Mayo and Caroline Duroselle Melish) Participants will learn the differences between the various techniques used historically for printing pictures -- woodcut, engraving, etching, wood engraving, lithography, and half-tone -- and will learn how to identify prints made by each process. Enrollment limited to 12 (register by January 4th with Rachel Howarth)

Thursday, January 19th 2:00-5:00pm — Houghton Class 4: Pamphlet Binding Workshop (Heather Kaufman). The session is designed develop a better understanding of book structure as well as the materials and toolsinvolved in bookmaking. Each person will walk away with two beautifulpamphlets and the know how to make as many more as they would like! Enrollment limited to 12 (register by January 4th with Rachel Howarth)

Friday, January 20th 2:00-4:00pm — Houghton Class 5: Open House (Houghton staff) Staff will welcome students, faculty and other visitors to see our rooms devoted to Emily Dickinson, John Keats Room, Amy Lowell and Samuel Johnson. Materials from the HarvardTheatre Collection will be on display and conservation staff will be available in the Edison Newman Room to talk about mounting our current exhibition: Cabinets of Curiosity and Rooms of Wonder.

Book Cultures across Land, Sea, and Bodies

When: Friday, January 13, 2012, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Where: CGIS North K354, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

A session of the Harvard-Princeton grad conference in early modern history entitled "Book Cultures across Land, Sea, and Bodies" featuring:

Heidi Hausse (Princeton)
"Repairing the Body: Prosthetics and Orthopedics in Early Modern Germany"

Meredith Quinn (Harvard)
"Books and Their Readers in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul"

Margaret Schotte (Princeton)
"Good medium speed: Estimating Velocity on the High Seas"

For the whole conference program see: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=earlymod&pageid=icb.page443171.

First North East Regional Learning Analytics Symposium

When: Friday, January 13, 2012
Where: Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA

Website: http://go.brandeis.edu/nerla2012
Please direct any questions to: nerla2012@brandeis.edu

The growing prevalence of educational technology solutions — from the installation of learning management systems to the creation of student blogs — has provided educational institutions with a wealth of information reflecting how their communities engage in the transmission and acquisition of knowledge. The activity captured by each of these methods has an opportunity to provide insight into the core processes of teaching and learning. However, the means of analyzing this data has yet to keep pace with the steadily accumulating amount of information. Basic questions concerning the use of the data arise. How can the information collected enrich students' learning experiences? How can an institution effectively organize its data? How can an institution apply this information to refine its own educational and organizational strategies? Learning analytics provides a means of answering these questions.

Learning analytics (LA) refers to the collection, analysis, and application of data accumulated throughout the semester to assess the behavior of educational communities. Through the use of statistical techniques and predictive modeling, the ultimate goal is to optimize both student and faculty performance, to refine pedagogical strategies, to streamline institutional costs, to determine students' engagement with the course material, to highlight potentially struggling students and to alter pedagogy accordingly, to fine- tune grading systems using real-time analysis, and to allow instructors to judge their own educational efficacy. LA encompasses a range of cutting-edge educational technologies that provide all members of an institution's community with a window into what actually takes places over the trajectory of a student's learning. Involvement in LA technologies and pedagogies allows educators and scholars to engage in a contemporary and innovative approach to an educational issue that is sure to remain an integral part of higher education for years to come.

This symposium focuses on connecting individuals across disciplines and professions, from both academia and industry, who all share a genuine interest in learning analytics. Through the symposium, participants will be able to network and share groundbreaking results, latest design ideas, findings from short or longitudinal integration and deployment studies, tools, methods, ideas, and so on.

Who should attend?
Scholars, researchers, developers, IT professionals, directors, library personnel, undergraduate and graduate students, directors, Chief Technology and Information Officers, university administrators, private industry or anyone and everyone interested in Learning Analytics. Participation is also welcomed from anyone outside the "North East" region of the United States.

Papers and Posters
Symposium submissions are welcome on any topic related to Learning Analytics research or practice. To be considered for inclusion as a presenter in the symposium, all papers and poster papers must be submitted by September 26th, 2011, by midnight EST. Papers must be complete and properly formatted when submitted. Long papers should be from 10 to 14 pages. Poster papers are limited to 4 pages. The symposium encourages participation from any relevant field and from professionals across the globe. However, all presentations and papers must be prepared in English. The organizing committee reserves the right to determine whether a submitted paper is accepted for presentation as a long paper or poster. All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings. Posters should be slightly smaller than 4 feet by 4 feet. For further submission guidelines, see the symposium's website at http://go.brandeis.edu/nerla2012.

Papers relevant to the symposium include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- Development of new analytic software
- Design of new visualization techniques to explore data
- Construction of new types of analysis methods to explore learning data. For example: linguistic, social network analysis, cognitive modeling, data mining, artificial intelligence, and so on
- Case studies focused on testing the validity of new software, visualizations or methods

Integration and Deployment
- Deployment of methods or software on a large scale
- Impact of deployment at broad university-wide levels
- Pros and cons concerning existing learning environment architecture and its implications on learning analytics
- Technological, practical, regulatory or any other type of concern related to large scale adoption

Theory & Pedagogy
- Important insights for existing and future attempts to address Learning Analytics.
- Pros and cons concerning existing learning environment architecture and its implications for learning analytics
- The impact of learning analytics on learning and/or teaching
- Comparison of learning analytics to older established principles, theories, models and approaches

Registration includes all talk/poster sessions, symposium proceedings & lunch
- NERCOMP members: $130
- Non-members: $260
To register, please go to http://www.nercomp.org/events/event_single.aspx?id=6817

Important deadlines
- June 27th, 2011: Online registration opens
- September 26th, 2011: Deadline for full papers and poster submissions (by midnight EST)
- October 31st, 2011: Notification of acceptance
- December 1st, 2011: Deadline for final paper revision submissions
- January 13th, 2012: Symposium in session

Organizing Committee
Johann Ari Larusson, Brandeis University, Chair
Brandon White, University of California, Berkeley
Heather Woods, Wellesley College Michael Roy, Middlebury College
Lisa Spiro, Rice University / NITLE Labs
David Wedaman, Brandeis University
Perry O. Hanson, Brandeis University

Sponsored by NERCOMP and Brandeis University

Creating the A- Z Library at Occupy Boston

When: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: MIT 4-145

The revolution will be well-informed: Creating the A- Z Library at Occupy Boston

Shortly after the Occupy Boston encampment was founded, a group of intrepid librarians and an activist bookstore owner came to Dewey Square independently with the idea of creating a library. They quickly joined forces, and the Audre Lorde-Howard Zinn (A-Z) library was born. This talk will describe how a fully-functioning library was created from scratch within a few days and how it continues to live on despite the eviction from Dewey Square.

See http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-b202.html for more information.

Searching for Context: Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 12:30 PM
Where: Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, Cambridge, MA

What is it like to be a college student in the digital age? In this talk, Berkman Center Fellow Alison J. Head presents a working typology of the undergraduate information-seeking process, including students' reliance on and use of Web sources. Since 2008, as part of our ongoing study at the University of Washington's Project Information Literacy, we have surveyed more than 10,000 students at 40 colleges and universities (including undergraduates enrolled at Harvard College). We have investigated how college students find information and conduct research—their needs, strategies, and workarounds—for solving information problems that occur during course-related research and in their everyday lives. We have found the large majority of students we have studied across all types of higher-education institutions in the U.S. still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives. Our findings indicate that nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. These and other findings of Project Information Literacy have profound implications for teaching, learning, work, and play in the 21st century.

This event will be webcast live. RSVP required for those attending in person. More information here.

Exhibit: 50 Years: Catch-22

When: Sunday, January 1, 2012
Where: Goldfarb Library, Level 2, Brandeis University


An exhibit at the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department
Goldfarb Library, Level 2
Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Material from the Joseph Heller collection at Brandeis University is on display in the Archives & Special Collections Department to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Heller's seminal novel Catch-22. The exhibit includes pages of the original autograph manuscript—showing extensive editing—as well as other drafts, planning materials for the novel, photographs, correspondence from other celebrated authors, and more.

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