Events

Furry First Friday March 6 — destress with a dog at Hayden Library

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by MIT Libraries

This Friday March 6, 2-4pm, is a Furry Friday at Hayden!

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Photo by Juan Carlos Escalante

We are continuing the popular therapy dogs program through the spring term.  On the first Friday of each month from 2-4 pm you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.

There’s one change from the fall events — dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall. No lines and no waiting!

Dogs and their human handlers will be also be available on April 3.

“Furry First Fridays” builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.

We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress.  All are welcome; no registration required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composer forums, spring 2015

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Christie Moore

composer_notesComposer Forum Series: 5 pm, Lewis Music Library Bldg. 14E-109
Reception follows. Free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015. Rand Steiger, composer. The Coalescence Cycle, Music for Instruments and Electronics for the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Arnold Dreyblatt, composer and media artist, Visiting Scholar, Center for Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). The Sound of One String: Compostion and Performance, 1978-2015.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015. Odaline de la Martinez, conductor, Lontano Ensemble.

Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

Learn about country research: Attend a Business Monitor demonstration at MIT

Posted February 5th, 2015 by Katherine McNeill

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Do you do research regarding business, industry, economics, or politics in other countries?  Learn how to do so more effectively by attending a demonstration from Business Monitor here at MIT.  Join us to:

  • learn resources for business, economic, and political research on countries worldwide
  • enjoy some refreshments!

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 2-3PM
Where: 14N-132
Register
Refreshments served

Business Monitor provides analysis and forecasts on countries, governments, industries and financial markets. Specialising in emerging and frontier markets, they cover macroeconomics, political risk and industries across 200 global markets.

A representative from Business Monitor International (BMI) (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/busmon), will present about the database, including:

  • Walkthrough the platform, showing you how to quickly find content/data most effectively.
  • Highlight how you can be using BMI on a daily basis.
  • Show Operational Risk – their newest portal.

Interested in more information on countries? Take a look at other resources highlighted on our guide to Country Data & Analysis.

Things to love at the Libraries this February

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Heather Denny

HeartBookWebWelcome back! We hope you enjoyed your winter break. February is great time to get acquainted with new things at the Libraries we think you’ll love:

Warm welcome
Our new Director of Libraries, Chris Bourg, starts on February 9th. We hope you’re as excited as we are to get to know her. Please wish her a warm MIT welcome!

Feel the love
Are you in need of a little extra affection? How about a wagging tail and a lick on the face? Therapy dogs will return to Hayden Library on the first Friday of every month during the Spring term for furry, fun stress relief.

Meet our matchmakers
As the new term gets underway, remember our library experts can introduce you to the best resources for your research: see our most beloved research guides and experts. But don’t just take our word for it hear about MIT student’s favorite library resources.

Get social
Connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and now Instagram. Profess your library love, or post photos of your favorite library things tagged with #MITLibraries.

Furry First Fridays are back for the spring term — destress with a dog at Hayden Library

Posted January 26th, 2015 by Ellen Duranceau

Furry First Fridays are back!

We are continuing the popular therapy dogs program through the spring term.  On the first Friday of each month you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogs and their human handlers will be available on the following dates:

Fridays, from 2-4 pm:

February 6, March 6, and April 3

“Furry First Fridays” builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.

There’s one change from the fall events — dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall.

We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress.  All are welcome; no registration required.

Open mics for spring: save the dates!

Posted January 15th, 2015 by Christie Moore

pianoLibrary music! The Lewis Music Library open mic events are returning on the first Fridays of March, April, and May. Here’s your chance to play our piano or your own instrument. Free audience supplied for all performers.

Dates: Friday, March 6, 2015 — Friday, April 3 — Friday, May 1
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm
Refreshments provided.

Live screening of webcast with Noam Chomsky, Jan. 20

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Heather Denny
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Institute Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky (Photo by: Philip van Ootegem)

Institute Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, a prolific author, political activist, and philosopher, is one of MIT’s greatest scientists. He created the field of modern linguistics—the scientific study of language—and his political commentaries have sparked controversy and conversation for more than 50 years.

Join us for a live screening of an MIT Alumni Association Faculty Forum webcast with Professor Noam Chomsky on Tuesday, January 20, noon-12:45 p.m. in Killian Hall. This is a rare opportunity to hear Chomsky’s thoughts on a wide range of topics, as well as the recently established Chomsky Archive at MIT that includes his personal notes, drafts, correspondence, and other rare and unpublished materials. This event is free and open to the public, no registration is required.

Non-alumni can also watch the webcast and share their real-time thoughts and questions on Twitter using the hashtag #mitfaculty. (Check back to Slice of MIT on Monday, January 19, for viewing details for non-alumni.)

Publishing and copyright — IAP workshops provide pathways through the maze

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing is offering seven IAP sessions devoted to publishing and copyright.  Three of the sessions offer introductions to publishing, including using independent book publishing services, understanding scholarly journal and book publishing processes (cosponsored with the MIT Press), and learning about alternative careers in publishing (cosponsored with the Graduate Student Council).

Two sessions cover publishing issues that intersect with copyright — one for graduate students writing theses, and a second focused on anyone who wants to use other people’s images or figures in new articles or other works.

For those whose research is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), we are offering a session (with the Office of Sponsored Programs / OSP) on meeting the new DOE requirements for public access to data and publications.

A session on text-mining using APIs for scholarly resources will include hearing about two active research projects at MIT that involve using APIs that are available through Libraries’ subscriptions.

A complete list of the sessions appears below. To register for any of the sessions, please email the contact.

An Introduction to Independent Publishing  (With Professor Anne Whiston Spirn)
Wed Jan 14, 1:00-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katharine Dunn, khdunn@mit.edu

Research Funder Open Access Requirements from DOE and Other Federal Agencies (With OSP)
Thu Jan 15, 1:00-2:00, 1-150
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Alternative Careers Series for Grad Students: Careers in Publishing (With the GSC)
Fri Jan 16, 2:30-3:30pm, 3-270
Contact: Katharine Dunn, khdunn@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing
Wed Jan 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

APIs for Scholarly Resources: (With overviews of active text and data mining research projects)
Tue Jan 27, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mark Clemente, clemente@mit.edu

From Submission to Publication: What Authors Need to Know About the Journal and Book Publishing Process (With the MIT Press)
Thu Jan 29, 3:00-4:30pm, 4-145
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

 

Stress relief for exams — of the furry kind

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

This Thursday, December 11, therapy dogs from Dog B.O.N.E.S. will make a special visit to Hayden Library (building 14) for “Cookies with Canines.”

Photo by Christopher Maynor

Photo by Christopher Maynor

A terrific group of dogs will be stationed near the entrance to Hayden Library, waiting to meet you. Cookies and beverages will be served.

We hope to see you:

Thursday, December 11, 2-3:30

Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win an MIT Libraries Tim t-shirt during the event.

IAP 2015 offerings from the MIT Libraries

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko
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The MIT Libraries are offering a ton of classes this IAP, probably having something for just about everyone! Some classes require advance registration, and most fill up quickly. Classes are being offered on a variety of topics, including:

For a complete list of individual classes offered by the Libraries, please see our calendar of events or the IAP calendar.

IAP 2015: Statistical Software Workshops

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

data tunnelLooking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages during IAP? The following classes will be taught by Libraries’ staff and the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Trainer. For more information, please contact Jennie Murack. All classes require advance registration.

An Overview of Statistical Software
Wed Jan 14, 10:00-11:00am, 1-115

Introduction to R
Wed Jan 14, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Tue Jan 20, 9:30am-12:30pm, 1-115

R Programming
Fri Jan 16, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Wed Jan 21, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Introduction to R Graphics
Thu Jan 22, 9:30am-12:30pm, 1-115

R Regression Models
Fri Jan 23, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Introduction to Stata
Mon Jan 26, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Data Management in Stata – CANCELLED 
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Regression and Graphing in Stata
Fri Jan 30, 1:00-5:00pm, 1-115

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Research Funding and Publishing Opportunities

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

stacksThinking about publishing? Looking for funding for your research? The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes this IAP to help! Some classes require advance registration.

Getting Started, Getting Funded: Obtaining Research Funding
Thu Jan 8, 1:00-5:00pm, E17-133
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

An Introduction to Independent Publishing
Wed Jan 14, 1:00-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katharine Dunn, khdunn@mit.edu

Research Funder Open Access Requirements from DOE and Other Federal Agencies
Thu Jan 15, 1:00-2:00, 1-150
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Alternative Careers Series for Grad Students: Careers in Publishing
Fri Jan 16, 2:30-3:30pm, 3-270
Contact: Katharine Dunn, khdunn@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

From Submission to Publication: What Authors Need to Know About the Journal and Book Publishing Process
Thu Jan 29, 3:00-4:30pm, 4-145
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Patents and Copyright

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

MagazinesThis IAP, the MIT Libraries is offering several classes on patents and copyright. Some classes require advance registration.

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing
Wed Jan 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Jan 22, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132 – CANCELLED
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:30pm, 4-163
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Life Sciences

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

microscopeThe MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to the life sciences this IAP. Some classes require registration.

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Tue Jan 13, 10:00-11:30am, 14N-132
Wed Jan 15, 3:30-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
Thu Jan 15, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Research
Thu Jan 15, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Thu Jan 15, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Learn to Use IPA during IAP – CANCELLED
Tue Jan 27, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Get the Most from Your “omics” Analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Wed Jan 21, 3:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

How to Get the Most from the Koch Institute Bioinformatics Support and Computational Resources
Fri Jan 30, 9:00-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Remembering Our Roots: Agricultural Info @ MIT Libraries
Fri Jan 30, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko
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Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on GIS this IAP! For more information, please contact Jennie Murack. All classes require registration.

Introduction to GIS
Mon Jan 12, 1:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 20, 1-4:00pm, 14N-132

Python Programming in ArcGIS: An Introduction to Scripting for Geographic Analysis Systems
Session 1: Wed Jan 14, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab (7-238)
Session 2: Thu Jan 15, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab (7-238)

Webmapping: ArcGIS Online
Thu Jan 15, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Webmapping: Google Maps
Wed Jan 21, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Spatial Autocorrelation
Thu Jan 22, 1:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

GIS Level 2
Fri Jan 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to Use with GIS
Mon Jan 26, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132

Resources for Free and Open GIS Data
Mon Jan 26, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Using Network Analyst in ArcMap – CANCELLED
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-3:00pm, GIS Lab (7-238)

Webmapping: CartoDB – CANCELLED
Tue Jan 27, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Get Organized: Managing Your Files, Citations, and Data

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

Data TunnelHaving trouble organizing some of your stuff? The Libraries are offering a series of classes this IAP to help! Some classes require advance registration.

Digitization@MIT
Thu Jan 8, 1:00-2:00pm, 4-261
Contact: Kimberly Kennedy, kennedyk@mit.edu

Research Data Management: 101
Mon Jan 12, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Strategies for Data Sharing and Storage
Wed Jan 14, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Helen Bailey, hbailey@mit.edu

Refining and Visualizing Information – Breaking Free of the Basics
Session 1: Mon Jan 12, 10:30am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Session 2: Fri Jan 16, 10:30am-12:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Helen Bailey, hbailey@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Using Metadata to Find, Interpret and Share Your Data
Wed Jan 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Christine Malinowski, cmalin@mit.edu

Research Data Management: File Organization
Thu Jan 22, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Manage your PDFs and Citations: Zotero and Mendeley
Fri Jan 23, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Mon Jan 26, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Take Charge of Your Stuff: Personal Content Management Tools
Tue Jan 20, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132
Wed Jan 21, 5:00-6:00pm, online
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Finding Information: Search Tools and Strategies

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

 

dataThe MIT Libraries are offering a whole series of classes to help you locate various types of information, from large data sets to companies you might want to work for. Some classes require advance registration.

Unlocking the Secrets to Company Databases
Wed Jan 14, 2:00-3:00pm, 4-257
Contact: MIT Global Education & Career Development, gecd@mit.edu

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Thu Jan 15, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Fri Jan 16, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132
Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Jan 22, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

Finding Research Datasets
Thu Jan 22, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Public Opinion Data Resources
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Overview of Citation Analysis
Wed Jan 28, 10:00am-12:00pm, E17-128
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiro@mit.edu

APIs for Scholarly Resources
Thu Jan 29, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mark Clemente, clemente@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Culture, Arts, and Society

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

beaverThe MIT Libraries are offering a diverse range of classes touching on various aspects of culture, art, and society. Check the registration calendar to see which classes require advance sign-up.

Creative Bookbinding
Tue Jan 6, 10:00am-1:00pm, 14-0513
Wed Jan 7, 10:00am-1:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Rebecca Meyer, meyerrl@mit.edu

Rare Book Speed Dating
Fri Jan 9, 10:30-11:00am, 14N-118
Fri Jan 9, 11:15-11:45am, 14N-118
Contact: Stephen Skuce, skuce@mit.edu

A Conversation about Digital Humanities: What’s It All About?
Wed Jan 14, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-313
Contact: Patsy Baudoin, patsy@mit.edu

Exploring with Norbert Wiener: Father of Cybernetics and Student of Life
Fri Jan 16, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Nora Murphy, nmurphy@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing
Wed Jan 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Chamber Music Discovery and Sight-Reading
Thu Jan 22, 6:00-8:00pm, 14E-109
Wed Jan 28, 6:00-8:00pm, 14E-109
Contact: Forrest Larson, twiggy@mit.edu

From the Archives to Wikipedia
Fri Jan 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
Contact: Greta Suiter, gsuiter@mit.edu

Historic Letterlocking: The Art and Security of Letter Writing
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-4:00pm, 14N-0513 – CANCELLED
Wed Jan 28, 10:00am-1:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Jana Dambrogio, jld@mit.edu

Gallery tour of “Wired – A World Transformed by the Telegraph”
Wed Jan 28, 2:00-2:45pm, 14N-130
Contact: Stephen Skuce, skuce@mit.edu

Mining the Institute Archives and Special Collections: Something for Everyone
Fri Jan 30, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Nora Murphy, nmurphy@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

Last Open Mic of the semester Friday, December 5

Posted December 3rd, 2014 by Christie Moore

pianoLibrary music! First Friday of December = the last open mic of the semester. Here’s your chance to play our piano or your own instrument. Free audience supplied for all performers!

Date: Friday, December 5
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm
Refreshments provided.

Come get furry on Friday at Hayden Library

Posted December 1st, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

December 5 is a Furry First Friday!dog bones furry first fridays picture of four dogs

This fall we’ve expanded our popular therapy dog program. On the first Friday of each month you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with one of our furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.

Dogs and their human handlers will be available this Friday December 5 from 2-4 pm for the final event of the fall term.

“Furry First Fridays” builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently. Our first furry Fridays in October and November were a big success.

Take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress!

All are welcome; no registration required.

And: Come to our “Cookies with Canines” exam-time event which will be held Thursday December 11 from 2-3:30.

Locked letters and instructional videos created at MIT featured in an exhibit at The Hague

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Heather Denny

Letterlocking collageLocked letters from the 17th century have been brought to life in videos, and as reconstructed replicas, as part of the exhibition Courtly Rivals in the Hague: Elizabeth Stuart and Amalia von Solms in the Historical Museum of The Hague. MIT Libraries’ conservator, Jana Dambrogio was consulted on the exhibit for her expertise in the art and science of letterlocking.

Working with MIT colleagues, Brian Chan, from the MIT Hobby Shop, Artist in Residence Martin Demaine, producer Joe McMaster with Academic Media Production Services, and Ayako Letizia, Curation and Preservation Services conservation assistant, Dambrogio filmed six videos – four demonstrate how letters were folded and secured shut to be “locked” as a form of secure correspondence in the 17th century, while two others demonstrate how ink and coded messages were used. Watch the videos.

“We are fortunate and thankful to have at MIT two paper-folding experts who collaborated with us on this project,” Dambrogio said. Chan portrays secretary Constantijn Huygens in the video that recreates the tiniest spy letter known to exist. Demaine, as Secretary Sir Francis Nethersole, scribes a letter for Queen Elizabeth to sign using a complicated built-in paper lock to secure the letter shut.

“We hope the videos help to show how these writing and security technologies once functioned in the past, and how they connect to a larger information security tradition spanning 10,000 years in cultures throughout the world,” she said.

The exhibition, Courtly Rivals, based on Dr. Nadine Akkerman’s publication by the same name, explores the tense relationship between two of the most influential women in the Dutch Republic during the 17th century – Elizabeth Stuart, sometime Queen of Bohemia and her former lady-in-waiting Amalia von Solms, who became Princess of Orange in 1625. Both vividly asserted their courtly and political identity by writing letters. Elizabeth’s corpus of over 2,000 letters shows she was an astute politician, with a vast network of kings, queens, generals, ministers, church leaders, courtiers, and spies. Amalia’s correspondence has just come to light, but it appears she was no different. Both ladies, their secretaries, and their correspondents resorted to intricate methods to lock their letters shut.

One hundred replica locked letters made at MIT were given to attendees at the Hague’s première of the exhibition. The videos and the replicas made by Dambrogio will be featured along side original letters in the exhibition.

Finals week study breaks, December 11-17

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Heather Denny

StudybreakDog2webDuring finals week, take a study break…have a snack, pet a dog, and de-stress!

Cookies and beverages will be served near the entrance to each library on the dates below. Therapy dogs from Dog B.O.N.E.S. will make a special visit to Hayden Library for Cookies with Canines.

Cookies with Canines

Thursday, December 11, 2-3:30, Hayden Library (14S)

Study Breaks

Thursday, December 11, 2-3:30 pm, Dewey Library (E53-100)

Tuesday, December 16, 2-3:30 pm, Rotch Library (7-238)

Wednesday, December 17, 2-3:30 pm, Barker Library (10-500)

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for chances to win an MIT Libraries Tim t-shirt during the study breaks!

Event: Building Global Economic Prosperity

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

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Building Global Economic Prosperity: Who Profits, Who Pays, Who Protests

Discussion featuring:

  • Dr. Daron Acemoglu: MIT Economics Professor & Author of the Bestseller “Why Nations Fail”
  • Jean-Luc Schneider: Deputy Director, Policy Studies, Economics Dept., OECD Headquarters, Paris

A question-and-response session follows the program.

When: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 5:30pm
Where: Wong Auditorium – E51-115 (Tang Center)

For more information, contact the MIT OECD Student Ambassador, Caroline Shinkle, at cshinkle@mit.edu.

Sing, play, or listen at Open Mic: Music Library opens its doors to performers

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Heather Denny

pianoBy correspondent, David Rolnick, graduate student in Mathematics

This Friday at noon, the Lewis Music Library will continue its tradition of Open Mic, somewhere between a concert and a karaoke night. From noon to 1 pm, the MIT community is invited to sing a song, play a piece, or just listen and enjoy the show. Performers range from novices to professionals, and play in every style. It will be music, by us, for us, for an hour. And cookies.

“We have songwriters who come in, performing their own compositions,” said Peter Munstedt, Music Librarian. “Also classical music, jazz, Indian music – it’s a range.” The instruments also vary – although voice, piano, and guitar seem to be fairly popular. A piano is provided; otherwise, performers should bring their own instruments.

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Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

When it’s not hosting Open Mic, the Lewis Music Library is one of the most quiet and serene study spaces on campus. Opened in 1996, the library looks new with its abundance of light and hardwood-glass décor. Study tables overlook a courtyard through huge windows, and students can often be discovered nestled with books in the famously comfortable seating.

The library possesses an astounding wealth of material that rivals that of many music conservatories. Within the shelves are packed some 40,000 scores and anthologies, 18,000 books on music, 25,000 CDs, and 1,500 DVDs. The 10,000 record albums are kept in storage. “If anyone’s looking for anything, we will find it for them,” said Munstedt. The library’s computers have composition software and there are study spaces for groups to listen to recordings and watch films. Visiting scholars and composers regularly give lectures at Lewis; see a complete list of events.

The library began its Open Mic project last spring. With the array of formal concerts and recitals at MIT, there is now a place for low-key music sharing. “It’s all over the map,” Munstedt described. “We have some professional-level people come in, some people who are just learning the instrument. It’s very informal, and it’s a very supportive group. If you’re just starting out, and if you want an audience, we’ll support you.”

Updates to Genomic Resources at NCBI

Posted November 5th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

NCBINCBI is coming back to MIT! Come hear about recent updates to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources and tools. Discussion topics include datasets available in and tools relevant to MedGen/GTR/ClinVar, GEO, dbSNP/dbVar, SRA/dbGaP and reference genomes and assemblies, as well as strategies for easy submission to these databases.  The purpose of this seminar is to inform and solicit user feedback. Bring your NCBI “wish-list” and questions you have about using NCBI resources and tools in your research. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration encouraged. Questions? Contact Courtney Crummett, the Biosciences Librarian at MIT Libraries.

This Friday: Come to Hayden for some furry fun

Posted November 4th, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau
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October’s Furry First Friday

This fall we’ve expanded our popular therapy dog program. On the first Friday of each month 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. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently. Our first furry Friday in October was a big success.

Please consider taking 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 this Friday November 7 from 2-4 pm, and again on December 5 at the same time.

Our “Cookies with Canines” exam-time event will be Thursday December 11 from 2-3:30.

Caring for AV – Webinar series

Posted October 27th, 2014 by willer

Save these dates!  Curation and Preservation Services will screen a series of webinars on the preservation of audiovisual materials in November and early December. These webinars are offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and will be shown for free in 14N-132 (DIRC). The webinars are open to any member of the MIT community. Registration is requested but not required. Please register through LibCal for the individual webinars (links below).

Caring for Recorded Sound Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Register

  • Formats covered will include grooved discs, open reel, and audio cassettes
  • Beginner-to-intermediate level
  • More Information

Introducing IRENE – Digitizing Historic Audio
12:30-1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Register

  • IRENE is a system that uses digital imaging to reformat early audio recordings
  • Beginner-level webinar for professionals and nonprofessionals
  • More Information

Caring for Legacy Video Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Register

  • Formats covered include open reel and cassette-based video formats
  • Beginner-to-intermediate level
  • More Information

Caring for Motion Picture Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Register

  • Formats covered include motion picture film
  • Beginner-to-intermediate level
  • More Information

DJing at a glance: Nov. 4, 11am, Lewis Music Library

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by Christie Moore

dj_tnDJing at a Glance: The History of Beatmatching with Mmmmaven’s General Motor.

About the presenter:
General Motor (Gareth Middlebrook) works with all aspects of DJ technology, yet has a particular fondness for vinyl and old-school mixing and DJing. He has opened for some of the most cutting-edge DJs and producers in the world, including Ben UFO and Pearson Sound, in addition to keeping the beat in Boston for years.

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Reception follows.

Lecture and workshop on Islamic geometric design

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Mark Szarko

pattern1The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT and the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture at MIT are hosting a lecture and workshop on Islamic geometric design by Eric Broug. Eric Broug is an independent author and educator, specializing in Islamic geometric design. He is the author of a popular book “Islamic Geometric Patterns” and recently set up the Alhambra Foundation in the UK, dedicated to Islamic geometric design education.

In his lecture, Mr. Broug will address the topic “What Constitutes Excellence in Islamic Geometric Design? Historical and Contemporary Best Practice.”

Lecture date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Location: Room 3-133

pattern2In the workshop, “A Practical Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design,” participants will use a pencil, straight edge, and a pair of compasses to make patterns using the same techniques used by craftsmen for centuries. Two patterns will be made: one from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, another from the Al-Mustansariyya Madra­sa in Baghdad.

Workshop date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 10 am-1 pm
Location: Room E25-117

Register (class is limited to 30)

For more information, contact the Aga Khan Documentation Center.

Welcome to MIT Family Weekend 2014

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Heather Denny

familyweekend_logo_25thThe MIT Libraries welcomes families to campus for Family Weekend, October 24– 25!

Students, while your parents are here send them on a tour of the Libraries!

Tours offered:
Friday, October 24, at 10am & 2 pm

Did you know there is more than one library at MIT, each dedicated to a particular set of subjects? Take an exciting and informative hour-long walking tour to learn where they are located. Hear highlights of each library’s collections and services.

Can’t make one of the tours? Stop by any library location and say hello. Visit the original library reading room under the Dome in Barker Library, take in views of the river from Hayden Library, or visit our current exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130). Wired: A World Transformed by the Telegraph, is a fascinating look inside the Libraries’ special collections.

Also, follow MIT Libraries on Twitter and Facebook for the chance to win a Tim t-shirt!