NNLM NER Travel Stipends Available to attend Library Carpentry

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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: https://nesclic.github.io/2018-10-22-NEASIST-Brown

To apply for a travel stipend, please fill out an application here: https://goo.gl/forms/oV6IxW0EBEJ5eiO43

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: https://nesclic.github.io/2018-10-22-NEASIST-Brown.
  • 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, martha.meacham2@umassmed.edu

Library Carpentry Workshop at Brown University

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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: nesclic.github.io/2018-10-22-NEASIST-Brown

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 neasist@gmail.com for more information.

2018 Annual Chapter Service Award Winners

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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

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Note: Meet our board members and award winners at our summer meet-up! RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/neasist-327359588!

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 (Arrayofthings.github.io), 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 https://data.cityofchicago.org/ 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.

RDAP Summary: Renee Walsh

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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 Renee Walsh of University of Connecticut:


Attending the RDAP summit in Chicago was a great experience for me. I appreciated the diversity of speakers and viewpoints. As a new data management outreach librarian, it was valuable for me to be able to speak with my fellow librarians who have similar positions at other institutions.  Having worked previously as an intern with the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology on their open data website redesign and communication, I was very interested to hear from Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer from the City of Chicago. His talk was very engaging and he told many interesting data stories that stem from the development of a vibrant and engaged civic technology community in Chicago.

One of the goals with collecting large amounts of municipal data is to use data analytics to improve problems in the city that stem from infrastructure and also to improve the lives and health outcomes of Chicagoans.  The goal of much of the data analysis is to predict future problems more quickly and with greater accuracy. Another goal is to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. For example, Tom Schenck said that underground city infrastructure is hit on average every 60 minutes.  A 3D model of underground city infrastructure helps to decrease and prevent contact damage to underground infrastructure like pipes and wiring. The city has also created a heatmap of rodent complaints. Using data analytics comprised of 31 different factors that correlate with rodent complaints over a seven day period, the city can predict where in the city the next increase in rodent complaints will occur.  In a similar way the city can also use data analytics to find the food establishments with the highest possibility of risk of food poisoning. Using data analytics, the city is able to speed up the rate at which they can predict food violations by 7 days, which is important in preventing food poisoning in food customers. Schenck also mentioned that the computer code for this model is open source and available on Github.  Other projects tackled by the cities data analytics include predicting where West Nile virus may occur, predicting where e-coli may occur on city beaches, and the Lead Safe project which aims to reduce children’s exposure to residential lead paint. The Clean Water project was created thanks to about 1000 hours of volunteered time from Chicagoans involved in the civic tech community. According to Schenk, the project used open science that is fully reproducible and available on BiorXiv.

In addition, I enjoyed many of the talks from university data management librarians.  Andrew Johnson from the University of Colorado talked about defining the role of the library in an institution’s research data management.  He referenced SPEC Kit from the ARL on data curation. He asked the question, “are we doing things because we can or because we have a good reason to be doing them ?”  He cautioned against preservation for preservation’s sake. Finally, Andrew thought the library plays a unique role in the university, because it is the only place that understands the big picture of scholarly communication.

There were also many talks about FAIR data, which is an acronym for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable.  In talking about big data, Ayoung Yoon mentioned the 3 Vs: volume, variety, and velocity that characterize big data sets.  Wendy Kozlowski from Cornell University’s ITS, talked about the development of a usable and interactive data storage finder.  I thought their website was very impressive and well thought-out.

On my last day at RDAP, I particularly enjoyed the workshop titled, Building with the Carpentries.  It was an overview of how to get involved with the carpentries at your local institution. I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with Tess Grynoch and Julie Goldman about the New England Library Carpentry community.  In conclusion, I really enjoyed my trip to the RDAP summit in Chicago. I particularly enjoyed speaking with fellow research data librarians from other university institutions. It was interesting to observe and ask about how the roles vary at each institution depending upon its needs, priorities, and organizational structure.

RDAP Summary: Allison Gofman

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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 is the first of those accounts written by Allison Gofman of Tufts University:


Thank you NEASSIST for supporting my attendance at RDAP 2018! This was my first time attending RDAP. I graduated Simmons SLIS this August and began as Social Science Data Librarian at Tisch Library at Tufts shortly afterwards. As I talked to new colleagues about how to learn more about different aspects of my job and pursue professional development and engagement, my coworker Kristin Lee immediately mentioned RDAP. She described it as an opportunity to learn a huge amount about supporting research data in a short period of time, and a welcoming, collaborative group of people who were enthusiastic about collaboration.

It was as great an experience as I had hoped. The keynote by Tom Schenk, the Chief Data Officer of Chicago, was an excellent perspective on the value and use of data. Since I support our Urban and Environmental Planning department as a Liaison, I took copious notes of content and websites to bring to my department, and also joined the entire room in laughing at struggles that unite folks working on sharing and reusing data across disciplines and jobs. “Please cite us! (DOIs help.) We need to track impact. People don’t cite online data for some reason…”) [https://www.instagram.com/p/BgluLUHhpAZ/]

Many panels and discussions between sessions discussed the role of libraries in research data services. It was illuminating to see the many projects and strategies different institutions are taking with different resources available. There was a range of options from “I’m one person with a few hours a week among 10,000 other tasks” to “we have a team of 6 people doing this full time.” One lightning talk that stood out was Jamene Brooks-Kieffer from the University of Kansas Libraries, who talked about “Playing in the Sandbox: A Year of Data, Tools, and Analysis Inside the Library.” I really appreciated the idea of playing as a research methodology for exploration with an openness to failure and wrong paths. The acknowledgement of the role of power and hierarchy in collaborations felt crucial, and the talk left the audience enthusiastic about building empathy with our researchers.

By far the stand-out session for me was “Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias”. Reid Boehm talked about transgender medical data, Siân Evans and McKensie Mack talked about gender and race in Wikipedia through their initiative Art + Feminism, and Jaquelina Alvarez & Hilda T. Ayala-Gonzalez talked about data access and preservation in the face of disaster, discussing their experiences at the University of Puerto Rico. I was shocked to hear that only 3% of RAPID funding after Hurricanes Maria and Irma went to Puerto Rican researchers. While the lessons discussed about backups are relevant to folks everywhere, there is a definite urgency and responsibility to address unequal distribution of resources. During the semi-structured breaks, many attendees gathered to discuss how to build social justice into work as data librarians and related positions. I look forward to seeing discussions of access, justice, race, gender and more become integrated into all work at future conferences.

I had the opportunity to meet with colleagues from New England who are also members of New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium or NESCLiC [https://nesclic.github.io/home/]. The Carpentries is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide researchers with “the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain” NESCLiC is composed of 15 library folks who have been trained as instructors in Data and Software Carpentry through a consortium. Building capacity for services through collaboration was a clear theme throughout the conference.

I encourage other folks who are involved in research data in libraries, whether or not data librarian is their title, to attend! Thanks NEASIST for the support.

NE-ASIS&T Annual Travel Award 2018 Winners!

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The results are in and we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 NE-ASIS&T Annual Travel Awards! This year’s ASIS&T Annual theme is Building an Ethical & Sustainable Information Future with Emerging Technology and it will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Saturday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

In the category of Student, we would like to congratulate Alyson Gamble, PhD student at Simmons College’s School of Library and Information Science! Gamble’s research is focused on biomedical informatics and UX testing, with the goal of improving access to medical information. At this year’s ASIS&T, Gamble looks forward to learning more about ethical issues in the field, meeting others who are working on related initiatives, and continuing to serve in leadership roles within the organization.

In the category of Professional, we would like to congratulate Tina McAndrew of the Westborough Public Library! Tina is the Technology and Technical Services Librarian for the Westborough Public Library. In this position Tina hopes to identify new trends in technology that she can offer to the people she serves. At the conference, Tina’s goal is to meet and create partnerships with other information professionals to learn more about how new technologies will provide equitable access to information.

A special thanks goes out to the team of volunteers who read through the essays for this year’s award. They are:

Catherine Dixon, Wolters Kluwer (NEASIS&T Webmaster)
Kate Nyhan, Yale University (NEASIS&T Co-Chair)
Sylmarí Burgos Ramírez, Simmons College (Winner of the 2017 ASIS&T Annual Student Travel Award)
William Lundmark, Worcester State University (NEASIS&T Treasurer and winner of the 2017 ASIS&T Annual Professional Travel Award)
Julie Goldman, Harvard Medical School (NEASIS&T Secretary)

To Alyson and Tina, congratulations and enjoy the ASIS&T Annual Conference!

2017 ASIS&T Annual Travel Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Sylmari Burgos Ramirez

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Last year we sent four New Englanders to the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 27 – November 1) with travel awards paid for out of the proceeds from our regional winter conference. We had awards for one practitioner, one student, and two awards for services to the local chapter awarded to the program committee co-chairs from last year. In this four-part series, they share their experiences at the conference with us.

This week, Sylmari Burgos Ramirez, recipient of the 2017 NEASIS&T Student Travel Award recounts her experience. If you are interested in traveling to Vancouver this fall to attend ASIS&T Annual 2018, check out our blog post explaining how to apply!


Hello all! I attended the ASIS&T 2017 Annual Meeting: Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual World as part of the Northeast Chapter Student Travel Award. As a doctoral student at Simmons College, it was my first time attending the conference and visiting wonderful Washington, DC. The conference was extremely meaningful for me. Not only did I have the chance to attend various presentations around my topic of interests but I had the opportunity to meet and get to know different leaders in the field.  It was very exciting to meet in person the people who have shaped my knowledge in LIS and people I read in library school, like Marie L. Radford, Lisa M. Given, Nicole Cooke, among others. Continue reading 2017 ASIS&T Annual Travel Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Sylmari Burgos Ramirez

2017 ASIS&T Chapter Service Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Louisa Choy

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Last year we sent four New Englanders to the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 27 – November 1) with travel awards paid for out of the proceeds from our regional winter conference. We had awards for one practitioner, one student, and two awards for services to the local chapter awarded to the program committee co-chairs from last year. In this four-part series, they share their experiences at the conference with us.

This week, Louisa Choy, recipient of the 2017 NEASIS&T Chapter Service Award recounts her experience. If you are interested in traveling to Vancouver this fall to attend ASIS&T Annual 2018, check out our blog post explaining how to apply!


As a practicing academic librarian at college that is very focused on professional majors and the practice of those professions, I’ve always identified more with the “library” portion of my M.L.I.S and the “information science” portion was something I engage in when I have time. Pretty much all the conferences I’ve attended have been focused on best practices within academic libraries and finding out ways to improve my day-to-day work. It was exciting to have won the Chapter Service Award which allowed me the opportunity to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting last fall – a conference that had a very definite information science and research bent. It was a fascinating experience to see the breadth of work information professionals do, the global network, and the implications of the research on so many disciplines and even on the government.  Continue reading 2017 ASIS&T Chapter Service Award Recipients Recount Their Experiences — Louisa Choy

Announcing the Travel Award for ASIS&T Annual 2018! Apply by April 1!

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Application Deadline: Sunday, April 1
Notification of Award Winners: Monday, April 16

About the Awards: Professional/Practitioner and Student

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce two awards 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 student award and one practitioner award of $750 each.  Each award will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration and part of your travel costs. What does that mean for you?

  • As an ASIS&T member, you’ll receive up to $750 for ASIS&T Annual.
  • As a student non-member, you’ll receive up to $710 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 $685 for ASIS&T Annual; NEASIS&T will pay the $65 dues for your transitional professional ASIS&T membership.
  • As a non-member professional, you’ll receive up to $610 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 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Saturday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 and will be focused “building an ethical and sustainable information future with emerging technology.”  For more information, you can visit the annual meeting webpage.  It is still 9 months out from the annual meeting, so the 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 college or graduate students 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) or New York. We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, etc., are all encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to be current NEASIS&T members. However, award winners are expected to participate (in person or remotely) in NEASIS&T programming committee meetings in 2018-19.

Here is the application link: https://goo.gl/forms/h5bPn9nJjO6RlfO93

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:

  • Meet with a NEASIS&T representative at the conference
  • Share your conference experience with the NEASIS&T chapter via a blog post due December 1st, 2018.
  • Participate in a NEASIS&T meet-up based on the winners’ professional interests
  • Review award applications for the 2019 Travel Awards
  • Submit receipts documenting travel- and conference-related expenses, such as registration, airfare, food, and lodging, up to the value of the award

*If a winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NEASIS&T should be notified immediately.

 

Questions? Contact Catherine Dixon at neasist@gmail.com