Get productive: Learn more about productivity tools

Posted September 30th, 2014 by Remlee Green

nullOctober’s a great time to step back, take a look at your research methods and work practices, and think about how you can be more efficient before the term gets even crazier.

Like to learn on your own?

Check out research guides on over 100 topics, from Accounting to Zotero. These guides will tell you the best resources for your subject, whatever it is.

MIT Libraries support many productivity tools that can save you time and effort. Learn about productivity tools, including:

Prefer to learn in a classroom?

Register for one of our October workshops on a variety of topics, including productivity tools.

Students: How can we make a better MIT library?

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Heather Denny

Share your ideas with us! Hayden-collage-web

We’re planning renovations to library spaces, and we’d like to get ideas from some of the best thinkers we know–MIT students. In exchange for your thoughts, we’ll provide pizza and $25 gift cards.

Register today for one of these sessions:

Monday, October 6, 6–7:30pm, 14N-132

Tuesday, October 14, 7–8:30pm, 14N-132

To learn more about our planning process, see the website: Planning the future of library spaces at MIT.

Or read about it in the MIT Faculty Newsletter: Redesigning Hayden Library and the Future of Library Spaces at MIT.

Fall IAP classes are here!

Posted September 24th, 2014 by mit-admin
photo by L.Barry Hetherington

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

The Libraries are hosting a series of classes all during the month of October! Some require registration and are filling up quickly – see below for details.

Resources from the OECD – Register
Thu October 9, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Kate McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is coming to MIT! Join us to:

  • increase your knowledge of the world
  • get a leg up on your job search
  • enjoy some refreshments!

Join the Libraries for an event co-hosted and MIT Economics major Caroline Shinkle, the first-ever MIT student to be selected by the OECD to be a Student Ambassador. In this role, Caroline is raising awareness about the OECD within the MIT community.

Kathleen DeBoer, Deputy Head of the OECD Washington Center, will present about the OECD iLibrary (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/oecd), including:

  • Information the OECD provides on countries around the world, in areas such as:
    • Development
    • Employment
    • Energy
    • Environment
    • Trade
    • and more…
  •  How to efficiently extract data from their vast array of statistics

Note: For those interested in working for the OECD, Ms. DeBoer will be available to meet in the afternoon before and after the presentation to discuss the application process. If interested, contact her at Kathleen.DEBOER@oecd.org.

Manage your PDFs and citations: Zotero and Mendeley – Register
Thu October 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is common and important in today’s academic world. These tools will help you to save citations from your favorite databases and websites, store related PDFs or attachments, and quickly build a bibliography for your papers and publications. We’ll review Zotero and Mendeley and show how to use them together to help your manage your PDF’s and citations.

Intro to GIS – Register
Tue October 21, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). We will introduce open source and proprietary GIS software options and let attendees choose to work through exercises using ESRI ArcGIS (proprietary) and/or Quantum GIS (QGIS) (open source). Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data, and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Compute anything: Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro in education and research – Register
Wed October 22, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This talk demonstrates capabilities in Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro that are directly applicable for use in teaching and research on campus. Topics include:

  • Enter calculations in everyday English, or using the flexible Wolfram Language
  • Visualize data, functions, surfaces, and more in 2D or 3D
  • Store and share documents locally or in the Wolfram Cloud
  • Use the Predictive Interface to get suggestions for the next useful calculation or function options
  • Access trillions of bits of on-demand data
  • Use semantic import to enrich your data using Wolfram curated data
  • Easily turn static examples into mouse-driven, dynamic applications
  • Access 10,000 free course-ready applications
  • Utilize the Wolfram Language’s wide scope of built-in functions, or create your own
  • Get deep support for specialized areas including machine learning, time series, image processing, parallelization, and control systems, with no add-ons required

Current users will benefit from seeing the many improvements and new features of Mathematica 10 (http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/new-in-10/), but prior knowledge of Mathematica is not required.

Intro to R – Register
Wed October 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, install and load R packages, conduct basic statistical analyses, and create common graphical displays. This workshop is appropriate for those with little or no prior experience with R.

Business Information for Engineers and Scientists – Register
Thu October 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

This session will introduce engineers and scientists to business information resources that will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas, how to find partners, and sources for financial support. We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

Patent Searching Fundamentals – Register
Tue October 28, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

This session will enable you to successfully find patent references from all over the world, and obtain patent text and diagrams. This hands-on session will help de-mystify the patent literature and show key resources for finding patents.

GIS Level 2 – Register
Tue October 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Expand your experience with GIS software and learn how to create and edit GIS files, geocode addresses onto a map, re-project data, and use tools like Clip, Buffer, and Spatial Join. Prerequisite: Intro to GIS workshop or basic knowledge of ArcGIS.

Managing Confidential Data – Register
Wed October 29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 66-168
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

This tutorial provides a framework for identifying and managing confidential information in research. It is most appropriate for mid-late career graduate students, faculty, and professional research staff who actively engage in the design/planning of research. The course will provide an overview of the major legal requirements governing confidential research data; and the core technological measures used to safeguard data. And it will provide an introduction to the statistical methods and software tools used to analyze and limit disclosure risks.

R programming – Register
Wed October 29, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This hands-on, intermediate R course will guide users through a variety of programming functions in the open-source statistical software program, R. This workshop covers blocks, loops, program flow, functions,S3 classes and methods, and debugging in R. This workshop is intended for those already comfortable with using R for data analysis who wish to move on to writing their own functions. Prerequisite: basic familiarity with R, such as acquired from an introductory R workshop.

Webinar: Managing your references: overview of Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote – Register
Thu October 30, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is common and important in today’s academic world. These tools will help you to save citations from your favorite databases and websites, store related PDFs or attachments, and quickly build a bibliography for your papers and publications. We’ll compare and demo 3 tools (EndNote, Mendeley, & Zotero), so you’ll leave the session knowing which tool might work best for your needs.

This session will be offered over WebEx. Registrants will receive an email with details on how to join the meeting prior to the session. This session is open to the MIT Community.

New Handel book by Ellen T. Harris

Posted September 23rd, 2014 by Christie Moore

handelcover_harris_tnJust in:
George Frideric Handel: a Life with Friends, by MIT Professor Emeritus Ellen T. Harris
(ML410.H13 H279 2014)

Save the date to hear Professor Harris talk about the book at the authors@mit event on Oct.22!

OECD coming to MIT

Posted September 23rd, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

OECD logo

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is coming to MIT!  Join us to:

  • increase your knowledge of the world
  • get a leg up on your job search
  • enjoy some refreshments!

Join the Libraries for an event co-hosted and MIT Economics major Caroline Shinkle, the first-ever MIT student to be selected by the OECD to be a Student Ambassador. In this role, Caroline is raising awareness about the OECD within the MIT community.

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3-4PM
Where: 14N-132
Register
Refreshments served

Kathleen DeBoer, Deputy Head of the OECD Washington Center, will present about the OECD iLibrary (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/oecd), including:

  • Information the OECD provides on countries around the world, in areas such as:
    • Development
    • Employment
    • Energy
    • Environment
    • Trade
    • and more…
  •  How to efficiently extract data from their vast array of statistics

Note: For those interested in working for the OECD, Ms. DeBoer will be available to meet in the afternoon before and after the presentation to discuss the application process. If interested, contact her at Kathleen.DEBOER@oecd.org.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. Today, 34 OECD member countries worldwide regularly turn to one another to identify problems, discuss and analyse them, and promote policies to solve them. It is one of the largest economics publishers in the world.

Planning begins for renovating library spaces

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by mit-admin
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Hayden Library in the 1950s (top) and today (bottom)

In an article in the September issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter, Interim Director of Libraries, Steve Gass, and the Chair of the Faculty Committee on the Library System, Professor Jeffrey Ravel, outline plans for major changes to Hayden Library, and other library spaces.

“…the Hayden Building, now over 60 years old, requires significant investment to renew the building infrastructure, and to exhibit the necessary flexibility going forward so that the Libraries’ program will continue to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students. The necessary redesign of Hayden provides an opportunity more generally to rethink library spaces across campus,” the article states.

Ravel and Gass share initial recommendations that have come from the architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch, including a Phase One report that, “envisions library spaces in Hayden (Building 14) as the hub of the library system, providing a rich mix of learning environments and collections for science, engineering, humanities, music, and archives. It endorses the concept of Hayden becoming a library centric academic village.”

Initial planning has begun for a phased series of improvements that will:

  • create flexible, technology-enhanced, contemporary library spaces
  • upgrade library spaces in HaydenBarker, and Rotch Libraries
  • energize digital learning, innovation, and global engagement at MIT

The Libraries welcome feedback and ideas from the MIT community. Student feedback sessions will be held on October 6, and October 14. Register to participate.

Also see the website: Planning the future of library spaces at MIT for more information, and read the full MIT Faculty Newsletter article, Redesigning Hayden Library and the Future of Library Spaces at MIT.

Chemistry societies and open access: new options for authors

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau
OA speakers

Pictured above, L to R from top: Professor Christopher Cummins; Jennifer Griffiths, RSC; Mary Yess, ECS; Kevin Davies, ACS

The MIT Libraries are sponsoring a panel discussion on October 24 which will give authors an opportunity to hear directly from three chemistry societies about their new open access publishing options, and future plans.

Each of these societies has recently expanded their open access programs, and has announced new ways for authors to make their journal articles openly accessible.

The panel will be moderated by Steve Gass, Interim Director of Libraries, and will include:

  • Professor of Chemistry Christopher Cummins, who will offer his perspective as an MIT author and Associate Editor for the journal Chemical Science (published by the Royal Society of Chemistry).
  • American Chemical Society: Kevin Davies, VP of business development.
  • Electrochemical Society: Mary Yess, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Content Officer & Publisher.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: Jennifer Griffiths, Editorial Development Manager for North America.

Short remarks from each speaker will be followed by a discussion.

Please join us for this panel, held in honor of International Open Access Week:

Date: October 24, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Room 2-105
Refreshments: a light lunch will be available at 11:45.

OA research in the news: Bhatia wins Lemelson-MIT Prize

Posted September 17th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn
Sangeeta Bhatia

Sangeeta Bhatia

Biomedical engineer and professor Sangeeta Bhatia has been awarded the 2014 Lemelson-MIT Prize, worth $500,000, which goes to mid-career inventors with a commitment to mentoring others and bettering the world with their work. Bhatia was cited for building “tiny technologies” in medicine that address complex problems in areas like drug toxicity, tissue regeneration, cancer therapeutics, and infectious disease. Among her inventions is a paper urine test for detecting cancer that has been adapted for use in developing areas.

Explore Professor Bhatia’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

Met Opera on Demand is here!

Posted September 17th, 2014 by Christie Moore

metoperaMet Opera on Demand is now available to members of the MIT community (5 simultaneous users; MIT certificates needed). Enjoy video and audio opera performances from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, spanning more than 75 years of the company’s broadcast history.

Persistent URL: libraries.mit.edu/get/metopera

Back-To-School on Energy

Posted September 16th, 2014 by Chris Sherratt

For many, September is the season of picking up where you left off, recapping what you already know, and/or taking research and learning in different directions. Next week the MIT Energy Club hosts its annual Energy Week, and in honor of the vast teaching and research around so many aspects of energy at MIT, here are a few of the Libraries great resources:

Comprehensive Renewable Energy, a one stop place to brush up on the basics of all things renewable! Want to see our new books without leaving your office?  Easy. And don’t forget the best place to start:  The Libraries Research Guide to Energy, where links to databases and statistics, like those from the IEA, abound! Finally, one of our newest database, CAB Abstracts, will bring you reports of energy development in rural places all around the world.

Enjoy the energy of MIT!

 

New covers for our new and old books

Posted September 16th, 2014 by willer

20140916_colibriYou might notice new covers in the library stacks this fall. The Curation and Preservation Services department is proud to introduce a new treatment for those lightly-worn books in our collection.

Please meet the CoLibri cover system jacket. These clear polyethylene jackets are an inexpensive way to give slightly damaged items a longer life on the shelf before having to either rebind or replace them. There are many options for repairing books, and this is just one of them, so stay tuned for future posts.

Open mics – save the dates!

Posted September 10th, 2014 by Christie Moore

pianoLibrary music! The open mic events are returning on the first Fridays of October, November, and December. Here’s your chance to play our piano or your own instrument. Free audience supplied for all performers.

Dates: Friday, October 3, 2014 — Friday, November 7 — Friday, December 5
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm
Refreshments provided.

Telegraphy exhibit opens in the Maihaugen Gallery

Posted September 8th, 2014 by Heather Denny

linemenWired: A World Transformed by the Telegraph, an exhibition highlighting the Libraries’ special collections in telegraphy, recently opened in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130).

Until the mid-19th century, most messages could travel across long distances only as quickly as they could be physically carried. Audiovisual systems such as smoke, flags, drums, beacons, and gunshots were cumbersome and severely limited in their sophistication and speed.

The electric telegraph changed all that. The ability to communicate instantaneously across entire continents – and even oceans – heralded the birth of telecommunications.

The current exhibition introduces a rich and varied collection of materials on the electric telegraph and its impact on the world. The collection is a gift of Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. (MIT 1957), who also made a generous donation to process and catalog its contents.

The exhibit includes telegrams, images, books, video, and ephemera that chart the birth of a huge industry, and reveal how business, warfare, social interactions, and even the arts were affected by this transformational technology.

Visit the Maihaugen Gallery Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom portable audio recorders

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Christie Moore

zoomFive Zoom portable audio recorders are now available in the Lewis Music Library for 1-day circulation to MIT students, faculty, or staff. Each carrying case contains the recorder and accessories including earbuds, USB cable, power adapter, rechargable batteries, and 1-page recording guide.

The Zooms were suggested by music faculty and funded by the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

The music DVDs are out!

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by Christie Moore

DVDs_Aug14_tnDVDs in the Lewis Music Library are now in open stacks, right across from the service desk, where users can browse them. The collection of approx. 1,500 DVDs includes jazz, musicals, operas, documentaries, world music, and even some feature films (because film music is taught at MIT). Make your choices, have the cases unlocked by desk staff, and they are yours to enjoy for 7 days!

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

OA research in the news: Ebola outbreak linked to funeral

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

In a study published last week, researchers including MIT Biology professor Eric Lander show that this year’s explosive Ebola outbreak in West Africa possibly stemmed from the burial of a traditional healer at which 14 women were infected. Scientists sequenced the Ebola virus from 78 patients treated in Sierra Leone and found that the virus for all 78 could be traced to funeral guests. They also determined that the current Ebola strain is genetically distinct from a previous strain circulating elsewhere in Africa. This information could help scientists and public health officials determine which diagnostic tests and drugs may be most effective on the infection. Five authors on the study, all staff members at a hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, died of Ebola before the paper was published.

Explore Professor Lander’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

International Historical Statistics–now online!

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

IHS logo

Looking to study countries worldwide far back in time?  Want the convenience of country statistics at your fingertips?  International Historical Statistics now is available online!  Previously only available in print, this unique collection of statistics covers a wide range of economic and social topics for countries worldwide from 1750-2010.

Access data about the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania on the following topics:

  • population and labor force
  • agriculture
  • industry
  • external trade
  • transport and communications
  • finance
  • prices
  • education
  • national accounts

You can search or browse the collection and download data tables as PDF or Excel.  Access the database at: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/ihs.

Want more resources in this area?  Check out our guides to Country Data and Analysis, History, and Social Science Data Services.

Fall semester hours begin Tuesday, September 2

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

fall-348316_640The MIT Libraries Fall semester hours begin this Tuesday, September 2.

Barker & Dewey
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-11pm
Friday: 8:30am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-11pm

Hayden (Humanities & Science) & Rotch
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-12am
Friday: 8:30am-8pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-12am

Lewis Music
Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-9pm

These hours will remain in effect until Friday, December 19, 2014. For a complete list of library locations and hours, see our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Libraries closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1

Posted August 27th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

fish-334973_640The MIT libraries will follow the pre-semester Saturday and Sunday schedule this Labor Day weekend, and all libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

The Libraries will begin Fall semester hours on Tuesday, September 2.

Have questions? Ask Us!

 

Fridays just got a little more fun, and furry

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Heather Denny

Furry Fri Dogs

Starting in October we’re expanding our popular therapy dog program. Now on the first Friday of each month this fall you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with one of our furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.

“Furry First Fridays” builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams in December and May. These visits with dogs were so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently. Take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress!

All are welcome; no registration required. Dogs and their human handlers will be available on:

Dates:  October 3, November 7, December 5

Time:  2-4 pm

Location:  Hayden Library (14S-100), 24-hour study room, 1st floor