American FactFinder Webinar


NEASIS&T is sponsoring a webinar on American FactFinder, presented by Ana Maria Garcia, a Data Dissemination Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what datasets are publicly available and how they can be used in practitioner and academic settings.
  2. Navigate American FactFinder to identify and access relevant datasets.
    It’s not too late to sign up!

Details and registration link – Free for ASIS&T members and $25 for non-members.
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT (UTC 15:00:00 – World Clock)

Hope to see you there!

Louisa Choy

2019 Travel Award Winner


We are pleased to announce that Rachel Williams, of Simmons University, as the recipient of this year’s NE-ASIST Annual Travel Award.

Rachel anticipates that attending the annual meeting will assist in “building my professional network, in reflecting and growing as an instructor, and in engaging the innovative approaches to answering information questions.” Her work on exploring the possible connections between social work, public librarianship, and library science education directly engages with the conference theme. Her experience and interest in forging ties between research and practice resonate with NEASIST’s work.
A special thanks goes out to the team of volunteers who read through the essays for this year’s award – Alyson Gamble, Grete Graf, Joshua Dull, Kyong Eun Oh, and Louisa Choy. Additional thanks to Rachael Juskuv for providing further guidance.

Louisa Choy

2019 Travel Award


Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 16
Notification of Award Winner: Friday, April 26

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce a travel award to support participation in the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to the chapter. There is one award of $1250. Both practitioners and graduate students are eligible for this award.

The award will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration and part of your travel costs for the 2019 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The award will come in the form of a reimbursement after your return from the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. What does that mean for you?

  • As an ASIS&T member, you’ll receive up to $1250 for ASIS&T Annual.
  • As a student non-member, you’ll receive up to $1210 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $40 dues for your student ASIS&T membership.
  • As a non-member new information professional, you’ll receive up to $1180 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $70 dues for your transitional professional ASIS&T membership.
  • As a non-member professional, you’ll receive up to $1110 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $140 dues for your professional ASIST membership.

The ASIS&T Annual Meeting will take place in Melbourne, Australia from Saturday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 23 and will be focused on “information…anyone, anywhere, any time, any way.” For more information, you can visit the annual meeting webpage. It is still 7 months out from the annual meeting, so the programming schedule has not been fixed yet.

Benefits of ASIS&T membership include:

  • Membership in our New England regional chapter
  • Mentorship and networking with experienced NEASIS&T members
  • Opportunities to build professional skills (including project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
  • Discounted conference registration for ASIS&T and NEASIS&T events
  • Webinars and discounts on other publications
  • A year’s subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin

Eligibility & Applications
Applicants must be either current graduate students (current students in their last semester of their program are still eligible) or practitioners in the field of information science at the time of their application and living and working in New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, or CT).

We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, faculty, etc., are all encouraged to apply.

Previous NEASIS&T travel award recipients are not eligible.

Applicants do not need to be current NEASIS&T members. However, the award winner is expected to participate (in person or remotely) in some NEASIS&T programming activities in 2019-20 (see Terms of Awards below).

Here is the application link:

Terms of Awards
Each award winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter by participating in events in person or remotely. As a travel award winner, you will:

  • Participate in one other NEASIS&T meeting or event between May 1, 2019 and October 18, 2019.
  • Share your conference experience with the NEASIS&T chapter via a blog post due December 1, 2019.
  • Share your conference experience at a NEASIS&T meeting (either in person or remotely) between November 1, 2019 and December 15, 2019
  • Review award applications for the 2020 Travel Awards. This is typically done online in a short meeting in April of the travel year.
  • Submit receipts documenting travel- and conference-related expenses, such as registration, airfare, food, and lodging, up to the value of the award.

*If the winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NEASIS&T should be notified immediately.
**If the winner cannot attend the 2019 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, they will forfeit the entirety of the award.

Questions? Contact Louisa Choy at

2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia


Greetings from your guest blogger, Alyson Gamble! I am a doctoral student in LIS at Simmons University and the research associate at the Harvard Data Science Review . I am also the grateful recipient of the 2018 student NEASIST travel award.

Thanks to the generosity of NEASIST and the Simmons University SLIS PhD program, I was able to attend this year’s ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. While there, I attended presentations, presented on an initiative I’ve worked on as part of SIG-DL, participated in two business meetings, received another award, and met with other attendees. It was a busy and delightful trip that was only possible because of funding support from NEASIST and my educational institution.

Each day of the annual meeting, I was able to attend presentations. These included the opening plenary, “Data Practices and Digital Curation,” “What Does the Future Hold for the information Professions?,” “Data Communities and Institutions,” “Open Science,” “Scholarly Practices in Biomedical Research,” “How Does Health Happen in Public Libraries? Ethical and Emerging Issues,” and the closing plenary session. Some of the panels wove together, while others found unique foci on the annual meeting theme. It was interesting to follow different ideas and learn about people’s work.

For my own efforts, together with other members of SIG-DL, I presented “ Digital Liaisons: Connecting Diverse Voices to Support an Ethical and Sustainable Information Future in Digital Libraries .” During this panel, we discussed our work during the last year hosting the Digital Liaisons chats on Twitter, including the lessons we learned from another year of offering this opportunity. The panel session was fairly well attended and inspired group discussion among the audience, which we intended. Additionally, there were poster presentations as part of this panel; we offered an award for the best poster. The winner, doctoral student Jelina Haines, was accompanied at the meeting by one of her research subjects. I was able to talk with both Jelina and her friend at the panel, with follow up conversations later in the day. It seems rare that researchers are accompanied by the people whom they are researching, which made this quite special.

As a former ASIS&T New Leader, I was able to go to the New Leader coffee and meet new colleagues while catching up with ones from previous years. I also met NEASIST members and had lunch with my advisor and two of her colleagues. Networking is not my strong suit, which makes casual, yet structured, opportunities like these valuable for building a professional network.

I have spent several years as a leader in SIG-DL. At this year’s meeting, I was acting as past chair of SIG-DL. In this role, I attended the SIG Cabinet Meeting. There, the need for SIG member engagement was discussed. Later, during the SIG-DL business meeting, we presented the Student Engagement Award to a Simmons MLIS candidate, Alessandra Seiter. At this meeting, thanks to my colleagues, I was recognized for five years of service with the Deborah Barreau Memorial Award. The rest of the business meeting dealt with the election of new officers, discussion of this past year’s work, and preparation for 2019-2020.

I am grateful to the Simmons SLIS PhD program and NEASIST for helping fund my attendance to this annual meeting. This is a lovely opportunity for practitioners, scholars, and practitioner-scholars.

Navigating the Data Landscape: Roles and Rules and When to Break Them


The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to join us at our 2019 Winter Event:

Navigating the Data Landscape: Roles and Rules and When to Break Them

The amount, variety, and production rate of data have increased exponentially and rapidly. We also have tools that make data more available and make crunching data more accessible. With a demand for data-driven approaches to practically everything, there is a need for people who have been trained on being stewards, organizers, and facilitators of information (like librarians!) to assist and even lead the ways in which data is collected, identified, compiled, managed, analyzed, preserved, presented, and used. What an overwhelming picture!

So where do we start? Join NEASIS&T for a day of thoughtful presentations and hands-on participatory sessions on navigating this large and complex data landscape!

Check out info about travel stipends below and mark your registration accordingly if you wish to apply!

Check our Eventbrite for more information and for registration.

Links to available slides:
A Harm-reduction Approach to Digital Privacy: Claire Lobdell, Distance Education Library and Archivist, Greenfield Community College
Features of the Data Landscape: Ceilyn Boyd, Research Data Program Manager, Harvard Library
Understanding Context in Information Behavior:  Naresh Agarwal, Associate Professor, Simmons College

Tableau workshop, James Adams, Data Visualization Librarian at Dartmouth College

Related books:
Exploring Context in Information Behavior by Naresh Agarwal – 25% discount for attendees

Special 2018 Chapter Service Award


The Association for Information Science and Technology, New England chapter is pleased to present a special 2018 Chapter Service Award to recognize a chapter leader who has contributed and will continue to contribute to the significant development of the New England chapter and of our parent organization, ASIS&T – Rachael Juskuv, Research & Instruction Librarian from Bryant University.  Rachael has been the program committee co-chair for the 2017-2018 year and is the incoming co-chair of the chapter.  NEASIS&T is quite a small organization and every small organization needs someone like Rachael, who gets the job done.  To facilitate her attendance at the upcoming ASIS&T Annual Meeting, the award will cover up to $610 in travel expenses incurred to attend the meeting. In addition to representing NEASIS&T, she will also be receiving leadership training at the meeting. We look forward to her attendance at the meeting and all the valuable information she will be bringing back to the chapter.

Congrats, Rachael!

NNLM NER Travel Stipends Available to attend Library Carpentry


National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will award travel stipends to one person from each of the 6 New England states (6 total stipends) to attend Library Carpentry on October 22-23.

This workshop is organized by the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science and hosted by Brown University.

Library Carpentry introduces the fundamentals of computing and provides a platform for further self-directed learning. For more information on what is taught and why, please see the paper “Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals.” You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. Please see more about the event here:

To apply for a travel stipend, please fill out an application here:

Applications are due October 5th and notifications will be sent by October 10th.

Please note the following:

  • Stipends will cover the following: One roundtrip mileage from starting location to Brown University, tolls, parking, and hotel for one night. Stipends can’t cover food (per diem)
  • If less than 30 miles one way (from starting location to Brown), no hotel will be covered. Mileage (two roundtrips) and other travel incidentals will be covered.
  • Stipends will be in the form of reimbursement. All forms and payments will be completed after the event and may take up to 30 days to process.
  • You must register to attend Library Carpentry at your own expense, a cost of $50-$75:
  • All those receiving a stipend will be required to write a short blog post about their experiences at Library Carpentry. These will be posted on the NNLM NER blog and distributed through the NER Newsletter. Recipients will also be required to complete a very short NNLM NER specific evaluation survey after the event.

For any questions, concerns, or more information, please contact Martha Meacham, Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region,

Library Carpentry Workshop at Brown University


NEASIST, Brown University Library, & NESCLiC (New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium) are hosting a 2-day Library Carpentry workshop October 22-23, 2018 in Providence, RI.

What are we teaching? View the full workshop agenda here:

Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians to help you:

  • automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks
  • create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data
  • work effectively with IT and systems colleagues
  • better understand the use of software in research
  • and much more…

Library Carpentry introduces you to the fundamentals of computing and provides you with a platform for further self-directed learning. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper “Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals“.

Who: The course is for librarians, archivists, and other information workers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: October 22-23, 2018. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed. They are also required to abide by Library Carpentry’s Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:

  • The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email for more information.

2018 Annual Chapter Service Award Winners


The Association for Information Science and Technology, New England chapter is pleased to present this year’s recipients of the annual Service Awards. These travel awards recognize active members whose participation in chapter leadership contributes significantly to the development and sustainability of the New England Chapter.

The Service Award selection committee has identified two recipients of this year’s award:  William Lundmark and Catherine Dixon. They will each receive $750 to facilitate their attendance at the upcoming ASIST Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Saturday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

William Lundmark, Electronic Resources Librarian at Worcester State University and NEASIS&T Treasurer, joined ASIS&T and the NEASIS&T board in the last year.  In such a short time, he has impressed us with his ability to handle complicated financial matters, his enthusiasm for the organization – both at the chapter and at the national level, and his engagement in programming.  He recently spearheaded NEASIS&T’s sponsorship of a webinar series on licensing.

Catherine Dixon, Customer Success Consultant at Wolters Kluwer and NEASIST webmaster.   She has been with NEASIST for at least 2 years, and we admire and are grateful for the way she always pitches in.  She doesn’t only keep the website running, but she is often thinking of ways to get eyes on the website, and she has developed and facilitated the creation of interesting web content.  This past year, Catherine also oversaw the RDAP travel stipends and the selection of the annual Travel Award recipients.

RDAP Summit: Judy Spak


Note: Meet our board members and award winners at our summer meet-up! RSVP here:!

This year we were able to use the proceeds from our annual conference to help three professionals attend the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit. Held in conjunction with the Information Architecture (IA) Summit, RDAP explores themes such as open data, data infrastructure, metadata, and data preservation. The RDAP community brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of STEM disciplines, social sciences, and humanities.

The attendees wrote up their experiences to share with our readers. This account is written by Judy Spak of Yale University:

Greetings all! My name is Judy Spak and I am the lucky recipient of a Travel Award to attend the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit held in Chicago from March 21st to the 23rd. I have been a librarian for many years and have recently turned my focus to data librarianship. Attending the Summit was a fantastic way to become aware of the amazing work that the RDAP community is doing across all types of libraries and institutions.

The Summit started off with a Welcome Happy Hour sponsored by NEASIS&T and hosted by Joshua Dull. I met colleagues from across the country, all of whom made me feel welcome. It is evident that RDAP is a closely-knit group of folks who are passionate about their work and seem to genuinely like each other!

The Keynote on Wednesday morning is a presentation that I am still talking about with colleagues. Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, shared some of the many ways in which Chicago is harnessing data to make positive effects in people’s daily lives. He described how the Chicago open data portal operated and how his office uses predictive analytics to optimize city services. Some examples included The Array of Things (, where University of Chicago has partnered with multiple institutions to build a mesh network of small sensors. These sensors detect sound and vibration and low-resolution infrared cameras can show things like what areas need snow removal, and climate and environmental data such as air-quality and temperature. I strongly encourage you to check out the city’s data portal at to read about the many ways data are made accessible to citizens and are being used to make the lives of Chicagoans better.

The remaining day and a half were full of interesting presentations and posters around topics such as, research reproducibility, the role of libraries in RDM, the intersection of publishing and data, and the tension between FAIR and data sharing processes. Lightening Talks from eight institutions highlighted projects including DMPs, interactive toolkits for data storage options, a data catalog for protected data, software emulation and preservation, data from camera traps featuring mammals, the experiences of a library playing in the data management space, data management for transportation researchers, and a report on the first year of the data Road Show.

For me, the most memorable session was the panel titled, Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias. Each speaker shared their unique experiences and insights about how particular populations were affected by explicit and implicit biases in data collection, access, quality, and preservation. Their stories were powerful and I sincerely hope that RDAP continues to integrate the stories of underserved data populations into the entire program, and not just limited to one session.

I was unable to attend the workshops on Friday but left the RDAP Summit with my relationship with data forever changed.  Thanks for the opportunity to learn from and share with all who attended.