Cambridge Open Archives: Adventures in Gastronomy, The Sixth Annual Archives Tour, July 14-17

When: Monday, July 14, 2014
Where: Cambridge, MA

Tours and Dates:
- City Collections: Cambridge Historical Commission and Cambridge Public Works Department

July 14, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
- Harvard Collections: Harvard University Archives and Schlesinger Library

July 15, 3:00-6:00 pm
- Brattle Street Collections: Cambridge Historical Society, Longfellow House/Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, Mount Auburn Cemetery

July 16, 5:00-8:00 pm
- MIT Collections: MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections, MIT Museum, and MIT Lewis Library

July 17, 3:00-6:00 pm

Cost: $5 Reservation fee per person, per tour Contact: Gavin Kleespies 617-547-4252,

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please visit

(Cambridge, MA — June 20, 2014) Cambridge archives will open their doors and invite the public in to see the rare items that are rarely seen. "Cambridge is full of cool places that have amazing things," said Gavin W. Kleespies, director of the Cambridge Historical Society, "but most walk past and have no idea what is inside our local institutions. Our city is full of collections of photos, letters, and diaries that are breath taking, shocking, and comic-but you have to know where to find them. The annual archives tour is an opportunity for anyone who is interested to glimpse items from world class archives and talk with the experts who know these collections. "

Residents and visitors will be given the opportunity to visit ten institutions in this year's Open Archives program, including Harvard, MIT, Municipal, and private collections.

This year's theme is Adventures in Gastronomy and each archive will interpret this in their own way. This could include letters by Julia Child, engineering plans for the water system, photographs and diaries documenting life in a Civil War camp, programs from state dinners, and ephemera from famous greasy spoons.

"This is the largest archives tour in America and one of the only archives tours open to people who do not work in libraries or museums." continued Gavin. "Last year we saw utopian modernist plans, videos of the sewer system, and the most sacred book at Harvard. It is an amazing set of tours."

This year's tour is sponsored by Longleaf Lumber. ###

New England Historic Genealogical Society Family History Day

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Where: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst MA

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is headed to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Saturday, August 2, to offer a day of family history discovery and learning.

At NEHGS Family History Day, participants can learn from some of the leading professionals in the genealogy field. During this one-day seminar, NEHGS experts will share best practices in genealogy and demonstrate how to get the most from our award-winning website, NEHGS staff will help you discover new and essential resources, offer chats with professional genealogists, share discounted titles from the NEHGS bookstore, and provide updates on the latest happenings at NEHGS. Throughout Family History Day, participants can connect with other family historians from all over New England and surrounding areas.

With lectures and demonstrations, consultations, and exhibits, NEHGS Family History Day is packed with opportunities for learning and discovery. A description of the full schedule of the day's activities may be found at

Registration is open! Conference registration is $40 per person before July 18, 2014. After July 18, the registration fee is $80 per person. An optional lunch (deli buffet) is offered at $18 per person. Space is limited: Visit to register.

One-on-one consultations with NEHGS genealogists are offered at $30 per person (25 minutes), and a separate registration is required. A limited number of consultations will be offered during breaks, at lunch, and after the last session ends. These sessions are expected to sell out quickly.

SAA 2014 Annual Conference August 10-16, ARCHIVES★RECORDS: Ensuring Access

When: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Where: Marriott Wardman Park, Woodley Park, Washington, DC

Members of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA have been coming together for years to develop a program that has something for everyone—and 2014 is no exception. Are you a federal records manager or a university archivist? Are you planning a digitization project for a small nonprofit organization or a massive state government? Are you a social activist, a student, or a science fiction fan? All of the above will find something to get excited about on the program this summer in Washington, DC.

This year's theme, ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access, was intended to be open to broad interpretation by session proposers. "Ensuring access" means many things to different people, from taking the steps necessary to be confident that digital records created today will be available for use by future researchers… to raising awareness about collections so that information gets into the hands of people who need it… to finding ways to raise the funds needed to sustain long-term archives programs.

To learn more and to register please visit:

MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering Libraries, August 11-15, 2014

When: Monday, August 11, 2014, 9 am — 4 pm
Where: Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

ILS 599 MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering Libraries
August 11-15, 2014
9 am — 4 pm
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday: EN C 140, SCSU; Wednesday Westport Library]

A spectacular spectacular week is planned for introducing new and enriching current knowledge about and experience with the Maker Movement in libraries and retinkering libraries to better support a community's and society's changing needs.

Planned activities include speakers; a panel; a tour of a MakerSpace and Design Thinking Stations; hands-on experience with Squishy Circuits, Robotics, Soldering, Arduino (including coding), 3D printers, Wearable Technology, Makey Makey, MakerFaires, and more.

The Blackboard course shell will have links to resources; in addition, print resources will be distributed during the institute.

Each day will begin with coffee, conversation and meet-ups at 9:30 am [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday on Southern's campus in Engleman (EN) C140; and on Wednesday in Westport Library]. Planned activities begin at 10 am and lunch is planned for 12:30-1:00 pm each day. The week will be a packed and exciting learning community that will wind down each day's activities with a reflection (3:30-4:00 pm).

The institute is a 3 credit graduate course that counts as an elective toward the MLS degree. A limited number of $900 tuition scholarships are being make available to participants. Applications should be submitted immediately. Awards are expected to be made in early July.

More information available here:

American Association of School Librarians Fall Forum: School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, October 17-18, 2014

When: Friday, October 17, 2014
Where: St. Louis, Missouri

School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape is an exciting opportunity for school librarians to learn how to best support their communities while taking a prominent leadership role in navigating a new frontier. Much like a GPS helps you locate and find your way through an ever increasingly complex landscape, the school librarian locates and leads blended learning activities through the school library program. Whether you call it digital learning, blended learning, extended learning, expanded learning, or 24/7 learning the role of the school librarian is to locate new tools and activities and tether them back to institutional and curricular needs.

Participants at this 2-day intensive workshop will:
--Define the learning landscapes
--Identify the role of the school librarian and school library program in these landscapes
--Explore tools and resources to help school librarians guide anytime anywhere activities
--Develop action plans for creating anytime anywhere opportunities through the school library program

Visit to learn more!

77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities, October 31- November 4, 2014, Seattle, WA

When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA

The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. The ASIS&T AM gathers leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share innovations, ideas, research, and insights into the state and future of information and communication in play, work, governance, and society.

The conference welcomes contributions from all areas of information science and technology. The conference celebrates plurality in methods, theories and conceptual frameworks and has historically presented research and development from a broad spectrum of domains.

Our plenary speaker will be Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon University.

The conference welcomes submissions for papers, posters, panels, and workshops.

For more information on the conference , see the ASIST AM 2014 Web page here:

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.

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