Open Access Week Speaker: Kyle Courtney

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm
Where: Main Campus Building, Room C-101

During Open Access Week, Harvard's Copyright Advisor Kyle Courtney will be speaking about Open Access and Copyright on Tuesday, October 21, at 5:00pm. Sponsored by ASIS&T and the Beatley Library.

Rich Coast Project Presentation

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4-5:00pm
Where: P-208

The Progressive Librarians Guild is hosting a presentation with Professor Joel Blanco-Rivera on the Rich Coast Project, a community storytelling and collective history project on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica that uses new media to connect grassroots concerns with internal law. Additional information about the project can be found at

Dual Degree Greet and Meet

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 4-6:00 pm
Where: Matarazzo Student Lounge

Meet dual degree students in Archives and History, and find out more about the dual degree program. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to

Women's History Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 11:00am-4:30pm
Where: L225

Did you know that over 5,000 Wikipedia entries on women's history are just stubs? And did you know that thousands of deserving individuals, movements, organizations, and events involving women are simply not represented on Wikipedia? Given how many people turn to Wikipedia as their first source of information, this calls for action. Luckily, you can help!

The History and Women's and Gender Studies Departments will be co-hosting a Women's History Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon this Thursday. Come celebrate women's history by increasing the presence of women on Wikipedia! Learn some wiki skills, research, and eat cookies in the process!

ASIS&T Lunch Byte: Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00pm
Where: P214

Join ASIS&T for a screening of the Steve Jobs documentary Steve Jobs: One Last Thing. Few men have changed our everyday world of work, leisure, and human communication in the way that Steve Jobs, Apple's former CEO, has done. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing not only examines how his talent, style, and imagination have shaped all our lives, but the influences that shaped and molded the man himself.

RSVP for this and other ASIS&T events on Eventbrite. (RSVP is for planning purposes only and not required.

Introduction to UX Fundamentals

When: Friday, October 24, 2014, 1-2:30pm
Where: Collaboratory, P-314

USPA@Simmons presents a guest talk by Chris LaRoche, Introduction to UX Fundamentals. Chris has worked as a technical writer, information designer, user researcher, and usability consultant for over eighteen years. He is a User Experience Consultant at MIT and a lecturer at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. His talk will cover common methods of practice used within the field of User Experience (UX) and include a quick and practical discussion of user research and usability evaluation.

Free refreshments will be provided, including coffee and brownies. Please register for this event by visiting

ASIS&T Tech Movie Series: Pirates of the Silicon Valley

When: Friday, October 24, 2014, 6-8:00pm
Where: P214

The next installment of ASIS&T's tech movie series is Pirates of the Silicon Valley, based on Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine's book Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer. It spans the years 1971-1997 and explores the impact of the rivalry between Jobs (Apple) and Gates (Microsoft) on the development of the personal computer. Join ASIS&T for a great movie and popcorn!

RSVP for this and other ASIS&T events on Eventbrite. (RSVP is for planning purposes only and not required.

ALA-SC Boston Athenaeum Tour

When: Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:15-7:15pm
Where: Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Join ALA-SC for a free guided tour of the Boston Athenaeum on October 27 at 6:15pm. There are only ten spots available, so please RSVP by October 22.

A group will leave from Simmons around 5:30pm. Email if you would like to be a part of the group. It is about a five minute walk from the Park Street T station to the Athenaeum.

Lunchtime Lecture Series: Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside - NLP Challenge

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 12:00-12:50pm
Where: Palace Road Building, P-207

Professor Amber Stubbs will speak on natural language processing (NLP) and her informatics project Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside. Find out more on the project website.

SCoSAA Hocus Pocus Screening and Halloween Social

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6-9:00pm
Where: School of Management Building, Room 501

Join SCoSAA for a screening of the 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, with snacks and hot apple cider. Register on Eventbrite so they can ensure they have enough snacks for everyone.

Online students: send a tweet or post on the SCoSAA Facebook page describing your favorite scene, or the name of the best scary movie featuring librarians or archivists between 6:00 and 9:00pm and be entered to win some fantastic prizes!

LISSA Trick-or-Treat and Photo Booth

When: Friday, October 31, 2014, All day
Where: Matarazzo Student Lounge

Trick-or-treat in the lounge, and take a creepy photo in a Harry Potter Newspaper Frame. Fun props will be provided, or you can bring your own. Tweet your photos to @LISSA_Boston to win fun prizes!

Lunchtime Lecture Series: Do Librarians Do It Better? LIS Students' Information Behaviors

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:00-12:50pm
Where: Palace Road Building, P-207

Presented by Assistant Professor Laura Saunders

One of the core service areas of libraries is to add value to users' information seeking and searching through the use of sophisticated search strategies and in-depth knowledge of resources. Presumably, LIS programs are preparing students for that role by teaching them those advanced strategies and introducing them to resources beyond Google and Wikipedia. But what information behaviors do LIS students display when conducting their own research for course-related assignments? This session looks at the information literacy and information behaviors of LIS students from 18 countries to see how their behaviors compare to other populations, and to examine cross-country similarities and differences. Come find out how you compare!

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

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

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

For more information please visit

LIS Conferences Panel

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12-1:00pm
Where: Collaboratory, P314

Join Simmons ASIS&T, ALA-SC, and SLA for a panel discussion on attending conferences, ways to cut costs and experiences from current students.

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