Classes

IAP 2014: Managing and Citing Your Information

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Looking for some tips on managing and citing your research? The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes over IAP to help. Some classes require registration.Data Tunnel

EndNote Basics
Wed Jan 8, 5:00pm-6:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

Research Data Management: 101
Fri Jan 9, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero
Tue Jan 14, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Take Charge of Your Stuff: Personal Content Management Tools
Wed Jan 15, 12:00pm-1:00PM, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Zotero Basics
Tue Jan 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Organization
Wed Jan 22, 10:00am-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Mendeley Basics
Thu Jan 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2014: Data Tools and File Management

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on data tools and file management this IAP. Some classes require registration.data

Managing Confidential Data
Wed Jan 15, 10:00am-1:00pm, 66-148
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

Public Opinion Data Resources
Thu Jan 16, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Finding Research Datasets
Thu Jan 23, 9:30am-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries, please see our Calendar of Events.

 

IAP 2014: Culture, Arts, and Society

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Join the MIT Libraries for a series of classes on topics that range from letterlocking to the music of the Arab Spring. Some classes require registration.Beaver

Creative Bookbinding 2014
Tue Jan 7, 10:00am-12:30pm, 14-0513
Wed Jan 8, 10:00am-12:30pm, 14-0513
Contact: Kate Beattie, knb@mit.edu

Rare Book Speed Dating
Fri Jan 10, 10:30am-11:00am, 14N-118
Fri Jan 10, 11:15am-11:45am, 14N-118
Contact: Audrey Pearson, pearsona@mit.edu

Library Music! Open Mic in the Lewis Music Library
Fri Jan 10, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14E-109
Fri Jan 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14E-109
Contact: Peter Munstedt, pmunsted@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 10, 1:00pm-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

A Conversation with Ta’Nehisi Coates about Reading, Writing, and Libraries
Mon Jan 13, 11:00am-12pm, 14E-304
Contact: Patsy Baudoin, patsy@mit.edu

Leave It to the Beavers: A Snapshot of Life at MIT in the 1950s
Fri Jan 24, 2:00pm-3:30pm, 14N-118
Contact: Camille Torres Hoven, cttorres@mit.edu

Historic Letterlocking: The Art and Security of Letterwriting
Tue Jan 28, 10:00am-3:00pm, 14-0513
Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am-3:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Jana Dambrogio, jld@mit.edu

Rap, Rai, Rock, and Revolution: The Role of Music in the “Arab Spring”
Tue Jan 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm, 3-133
Contact: Michael Toler, mtoler@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries, please see our Calendar of Events.

Webinar: Measure change over time with the American Community Survey

Posted December 6th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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Want to research change over time in social and economic trends for states and local areas across the U.S.?  Use the American Community Survey!

American Community Survey data are released in annual or multiyear estimates (depending upon geographic area) and measure citizens’ experiences in a wide range of social and economic issues.  However, assessing trends over time can be challenging when working with ACS multiyear estimates, so get tips in an upcoming Census webinar: Using the ACS to Measure Trends Over Time.

In this webinar, demographers, planners, and researchers will provide guidance for measuring trends with ACS data.

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2013, 1–2 p.m. (EST)

Space is limited. Register.

Fall IAP classes are here!

Posted September 24th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

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.

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley – Register
Thu October 3, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Remlee Green, remlee@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. We’ll take a look at these 3 tools.

Please register for this session.

Intro to R – Register
Thu October 3, 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.

Prerequisite: This workshop is appropriate for those with little or no prior experience with R. MIT only – Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

Introduction to GIS for Architecture – Register
Fri October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

GIS is for architects too! Learn how to complete simple tasks using ArcMap GIS software, including making a basic map and exporting to CAD. This workshop is geared toward architecture students or those looking to learn how GIS can be used for architecture-related tasks.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Oct 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132 – Register
Thu Oct 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132 – Register
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for either the 10/10 or 10/24 session.

Intro to GIS – Register
Mon October 7, 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.

Please register for this session.

R Programming – Register
Thu October 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This intermediate R course will guide users through a variety of programming functions. 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: A basic familiarity with R, such as acquired from an introductory R workshop. MIT only – Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

To Infinity and Beyond: Borrowing from a Galaxy of Libraries – Register
Fri October 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Pat Page, pagep@mit.edu

Did you know you can access a universe of resources? Don’t let your research end with MIT’s holdings—this workshop will show you three trajectories to borrowing from non-MIT collections. We’ll explore the different benefits of these trajectories, so you can take your research to infinity—and beyond!

Please register for this session.

Endnote Basics – Register
Fri Oct 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Course Reserves at the MIT Libraries – Register
Wed October 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney, mcinerne@mit.edu

Are you a new instructor or teaching assistant at MIT, or are you an administrative assistant who supports teaching faculty? Do you want to learn more about course reserves and their copyright policies?

The MIT Libraries can help you navigate reserves services for print and electronic materials, and we will provide an overview of fair use and copyright guidelines for course reserves. We will also cover the details about submitting required textbook information via the Semester Book Submission Form.

Please register for this session.

What we did on your summer vacation!

Posted August 30th, 2013 by Heather Denny

Welcome back! The MIT Libraries have been working hard during your summer vacation.  Here are some of the new things you can look forward to this fall:WhatWeDidgraphic

New Resources

  • New search tool  Finding library resources just got easier with BartonPlus. It brings together many library collections in one search interface–searching most MIT-licensed e-resources like e-books and full-text articles, as well as collections in the classic Barton catalog like books, theses, music, DVDs, and more. 
  • More options for borrowing  Borrow Direct, a partnership that allows library materials to be shared between member institutions, has expanded to include the University of Chicago. MIT users can search over 50 million volumes owned by Borrow Direct libraries through MIT’s WorldCat.
  • New guide to APIs for scholarly resources  Many scholarly publishers, databases, and products offer APIs to allow users with programming skills to more powerfully extract data to serve a variety of research purposes. With an API, users might create programmatic searches of a citation database, extract statistical data, or dynamically query and post blog content. Learn more in the APIs for Scholarly Resources guide.
  • Music Oral History Project  For over 100 years music has been a vibrant part of MIT’s culture. A new website features in-depth interviews with faculty, staff, and former students about their musical experiences at the Institute, as well as their professional careers in music or other fields.

Improved study spaces

  • Upgrades to Hayden Library  The window bays in Hayden have gotten a facelift! The windows have been cleaned, frames painted, and new shades have replaced the curtains. Also check out the  new artwork by Dennis Oppenheim that adorns the first floor wall. Additionally, a number of tables and study carrels in Hayden were refinished this summer. Coming up – we hope to reupholster some of the comfy seating on the 1st floor.

Upcoming events

  • Music & Theater Arts Composer Forums  During the fall term the Lewis Music Library will host MTA Composer Forums. Stop by the library at 5pm on Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 to hear from featured musicians.
  •  Fall workshops Throughout the month of October the Libraries will offer a series of workshops on subject-specific resources. See the event calendar for details.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news!

 

Check out the complete listing of JulyAP 2013 sessions

Posted June 18th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Unless indicated otherwise, all sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Patent Searching Fundamentals – Register
Wed July 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

You won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, but you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents.

Please register for this session.

Take Charge of Your Stuff: Personal Content Management Tools – Register
Mon July 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Personal content management tools help you get organized so you can work more efficiently and save yourself time. Some tools help you organize all sorts of information (notes, pdfs, documents, etc.) and work more efficiently. Others let you annotate, cite, and/or share your content. In this session we’ll show you tools for doing this while working solo or in a group.

Please register for this session.

Research Data Management: File Organization – Register
Mon July 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Do you struggle with organizing your research data? Wonder if there’s a better way to arrange and name your data files to optimize your work? This workshop will teach you practical techniques for organizing your data files. Topics will include: file and folder organizational structures and file naming. Will include hands-on exercises to apply the concepts to your particular data project.

Please register for this session.

Introduction to GIS – Register
Tue July 16, 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.

Please register for this session.

Digitization @MIT Libraries – Register
Wed July 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Andrew Haggarty, ahaggart@mit.edu

Boxes of dusty photos and slides? Old records sitting in the basement? Tax forms piling up in desk drawers? Take a tour through some of the digitization options available to the MIT community on campus through MIT Libraries, learn how to safely (and cheaply) digitize your items, and what steps you can take for long-term preservation.

Please register for this session.

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley – Register
Wed July 17, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. We’ll take a look at these 3 tools.

Please register for this session.

Managing Confidential Data – Register
Thu July 18, 9:00 – 3:00, 56-114
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.

Failures of confidentiality threaten research integrity, reputation, legality, and funding. Every researcher in the social, behavioral and health sciences must understand how to manage confidential information in research. Successful management of confidential information is particularly challenging because it requires satisfying a combination of complex legal, statistical and technological constants. And the management of this information has grown increasingly challenging because of recent changes in the law, new forms of data collection, and advances in statistical methods for linking data.

The course will be presented in a half-day format, followed by an individualized consulting session focused on each attendee’s research project.

Please register for this class.

GIS Level 2 – Register
Thu July 18, 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: Basic knowledge of ArcGIS (such as taking the Intro to GIS workshop)

Please register for this session.

Commercialize Your Science and Engineering Research Register
Fri July 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

This session will introduce scientists and engineers 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.

Please register for this session.

EndNote Basics
Wed July 31, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Check out the complete listing of IAPril 2013 sessions

Posted March 20th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Course Reserves at the MIT Libraries – Register
Thu April 11, 10:00 – 11:00 am, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney, mcinerne@mit.edu

Are you a new instructor or teaching assistant at MIT, or are you an administrative assistant who supports teaching faculty? Do you want to learn more about course reserves and their copyright policies?

The MIT Libraries can help you navigate reserves services for print and electronic materials, and we will provide an overview of fair use and copyright guidelines for course reserves. We will also cover the details about submitting required textbook information via the Semester Book Submission Form. Course reserves staff from around the MIT Libraries will be available to answer questions.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching FundamentalsRegister
Thu April 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

You won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, but you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents.

Please register for this session.

EndNote BasicsRegister
Wed April 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Commercialize Your Science and Engineering ResearchRegister
Tue April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

This session will introduce scientists and engineers 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.

Please register for this session.

The Information Is Out There…But Can You Find It? The Information Landscape in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Thu April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Amy Stout, astout@mit.edu

The class is open to all, but targeted at first-year EECS graduate students. It will cover:

  • The information landscape of EECS
  • Tools to make your work more efficient
  • Library services that you may not know about
  • How to find help when you need it

Manage Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, & ZoteroRegister
Thu April 25, 5:00 – 6:15 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, & Mendeley) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. We’ll take a look at these 4 tools.

Please register for this session.

Collect Your Own Data with a GPSRegister
Tue April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact Person: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Will you be doing data collection over the summer or perhaps just some hiking? This workshop will teach you how to use a handheld GPS to collect geographic data and then download it into ArcMap software for analysis. We will go outside and collect points and routes and then go inside to view our data. GPS units are available to checkout from Rotch Library for use after the workshop.

Please register for this session.

Personal Content Management Tools – Register
Wed May 1, 12:00 – 1:00, 14N-132 (originally scheduled for 4/24, 12-1)
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Personal content management tools help you get organized so you can work more efficiently and save time. Some tools help you organize all sorts of information (notes, pdfs, documents, images etc. etc.) and work more efficiently. Others let you annotate, cite, and/or share your content. In this session we’ll show you tools for doing this while working solo or in a group.

Please register for this session.

H4ckademic jam session: tips & tricks for working on mobile tablets

Posted January 24th, 2013 by Remlee Green

mobile tabletsDo you own an iPad, Surface, Android tablet, or other mobile tablet and use it for your work at MIT?  Join us for free dinner & share your tips & work-arounds for working on your device!

h4ckademic jam session: best apps for managing your academic workflows
Thursday, January 31, 4-7pm
14N-132
Bring a mobile tablet.

h4ckademic, a project of the Harvard Library Lab, is exploring & developing academic workflows using apps on mobile tablets. You’re invited to join a jam session at MIT!

A h4ckademic jam session is a blend of many things–part app-athon, part design squad, part discovery zone–but essentially it’s hanging out to riff on mutual app experiences to create something new & cool.  So that’s the idea–bring together students who use tablets and develop cool workflows using apps to get their academic stuff done. Anything from capturing, collecting & organizing electronic academic content to reading, annotating & note-taking.

These jam sessions will surface the best of the best in academic workflows & will contribute to a baseline of options that will be showcased in an online app gallery. The online app gallery will be a tool for new students, new mobile users or anyone who wants to expand their app use to see apps that are being used, how they are being used & what might work best for them.

What will you do at the jam session?

  • Meet other tablet users
  • See folks demo their academic workflows on their mobile tablets
  • Break out in design squads to define, refine, & demo a workflow for inclusion in the online gallery
  • Contribute to a tool that will help students across campus
  • Eat (yep, dinner’s provided!)
  • Have fun!

Sign up & learn more.

Can’t make the session, but want to share your h4ck? Use the form to give us a list of the apps you use to manage your academic workflow.

Questions? Contact Carol Kentner, 617-496-4799, carol_kentner@gse.harvard.edu

Advance sign-up required.

IAP session on Arts, Culture, and Multimedia in the MIT Libraries

Posted January 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 3-4pm in 14N-132 

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Are you interested in music, video, literature, art or architecture? Join Libraries staff for a session highlighting some of the vast arts, culture, and multimedia resources available to you through the MIT Libraries. Learn how to access over a million tracks of streaming audio (everything from classical to jazz to popular music), over 150,000 online music scores, streaming video of foreign films, dance, theater, documentaries and more, and over one million high-res images of art, architecture, science and the humanities.

Please register for this class.

Questions? Contact Mark Szarko.

Unlocking the secrets of company databases, Jan 10th, noon-1:30pm

Posted January 3rd, 2013 by Chris Sherratt

Do you know what you want to do when you leave MIT (or for the summer), but aren’t sure what companies do that type of work?   Do you want to work in a specific part of the world?  Don’t you wish you could make a list of interesting companies that included their vital statistics?  Come learn how to use article databases and other resources to reveal secrets that you might be missing from your job or internship search.  Sign up and bring your laptop or tablet as Ellen Stahl of Career Services and Angie Locknar, MIT Libraries,  go step by step and show how these tools may be the key to finding the right company or organization for you.

When: Thursday, January 10, 12-1:30pm

Where: 14N-132, the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC)

Enrollment: Sign up on CareerBridge
Limited to 25 participants

Ellen Stahl, Career Development Specialist, Angie Locknar, MSE, ME, ESD Librarian

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development, Libraries
Contact: Ellen Stahl, 12-170, (617) 253-4733, eestahl@MIT.EDU

Check out the complete listing of IAP 2013 sessions

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is offering over 60 different classes this IAP! Topics covered include:

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Some classes require preregistration. For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Culture, Arts, and Society

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Join the MIT Libraries for a series of classes on topics that range from bookbinding to multimedia sites to hidden treasures in the MIT Archives. Some classes require preregistration.

book spines

Photo: L. Barry Hetherington

Creative Bookbinding
Tue Jan 8, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14-0513
Wed Jan 9, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Andrew Haggarty, ahaggart@mit.edu

Reading Programming Code as a Cultural Object
Wed Jan 9, 4-5:00pm, 14E-311
Contact: Patsy Baudoin, patsy@mit.edu

Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT Libraries
Thu Jan 10, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mark Szarko, szarko@mit.edu

Weird Science: Finding the Unexpected in the Libraries’ Rare Book Collections
Fri Jan 11, 10:30am-12:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Audrey Pearson, pearsona@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 11, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: copyright-lib@mit.edu

Rare Books 101: Discover MIT’s Rare Book Collections – Cancelled
Fri Jan 18, 10:30-11:30am, 14N-118
Contact: Stephen Skuce, skuce@mit.edu

MIT Enters a Brave New World: A Snapshot of Life at MIT in the 1960s
Fri Jan 25, 2-3:30pm, 14N-118
Contact: Camille Torres, cttorres@mit.edu

Exploring the Institute Archives and Special Collections
Fri Feb 1, 1-2:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Nora Murphy, nmurphy@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Energy

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to energy over IAP! Some classes require preregistration.

Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Energy Sci/Tech Information: Where to Go, What to Do
Mon Jan 14, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

Energy Information: Industries and Statistics
Mon Jan 14, 4-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Energy Information: Maps and Data to use with GIS
Tue Jan 22, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Finding the Energy in E-Books!
Thu Jan 24, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: GIS

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to GIS over IAP! All classes require preregistration. For more information, please contact Jennie Murack.

River

Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Introduction to GIS
Tue Jan 15, 1pm-4:00pm, 14N-132
Wed Jan 23, 1pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Looking for Spatial Patterns in Your Data
Thu Jan 17, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to Use with GIS
Tue Jan 22, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Spatial Autocorrelation
Thu Jan 24, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

Integrating Map APIs into Your Website and Using Google Fusion Tables
Fri Jan 25, 9:30am-12:30pm, 14N-132

GIS Level 2
Fri Jan 25, 1-4:00pm, 14N-132

Elevation and Hydrography Data
Mon Jan 28, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

App Inventor
Tue Jan 29, 10:00am-12:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Spatial Statistics: Regression
Tue Jan 29, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

Putting Interactive Maps on the Web Using OpenLayers
Wed Jan 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Python Programming in ArcGIS: An Introduction to Scripting for Geographic Analysis Systems
Thu Jan 31, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238
Fri Feb 1, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Statistical Software Workshops

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Looking 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. All classes require preregistration.

books and mouseIntroduction to SAS
Thu Jan 17, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Introduction to Stata
Tue Jan 22, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Data Management in Stata
Thu Jan 24, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Regression in Stata
Thu Jan 24, 1-3:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Graphics in Stata
Fri Jan 25, 10:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Introduction to R
Thu Jan 31, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Managing Your Information

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Join us and let the MIT Libraries help you manage your research and personal information! Some classes require preregistration.

Data TunnelPanel Discussion on the Importance of Sharing, Managing and Preserving Research Data
Mon Jan 7, 11am-1:00pm, 4-149
Contact: Amy Stout, astout@mit.edu

Storing and Protecting Your Digital Docs
Tue Jan 15, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Personal Content Management Tools
Wed Jan 16, 12-1:00PM, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Research Data Management: 101
Tue Jan 22, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

Personal Records Management 101
Fri Jan 25, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Tagging and Finding Your Files
Mon Jan 28, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Versioning
Tue Jan 29, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Life Sciences

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to Gthe Life Sciences over IAP! All classes require preregistration.

Test TubeBioinformatics for Beginners
Fri Jan 11, 10-11:30am, 14N-132
Wed Jan 16, 3-4:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Get the Most from Your “omics” Analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Fri Jan 11, 3-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BrainNavigator: Hands-On Introduction and Demo
Thu Jan 17, 10:00am-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE Knowledge Library
Fri Jan 18, 1-2:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE’s Explain Analysis Tool
Fri Jan 18, 2:30-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE’s Human Gene Mutation Database
Fri Jan 18, 4-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Research
Wed Jan 23, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Wed Jan 30, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Learn to Use IPA during IAP
Thu Jan 31, 2-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Data Tools and File Management

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on data tools and file management over IAP! Some classes require preregistration.

Electronic GlobeOpen Data at MIT – A Conversation About the Tools, the Community, and the Potential
Open Data: Presentation & Discussion
Thu Jan 10, 1:30-3:00pm, 14N-132
Open Data: Hack-a-thon
Thu Jan 24, 3-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Sands Fish, sands@mit.edu

Digital Forensics for Archives 101
Fri Jan 18, 2-3:30pm, 14N-118
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center
Wed Jan 23, 10-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Personal Records Management 101
Fri Jan 25, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Tagging and Finding Your Files
Mon Jan 28, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Public Opinion Data Resources
Wed Jan 30, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

h4ckademic jam session: best apps for managing your academic workflows
Thu Jan 31, 4-7:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Carol Kentner, carol_kentner@gse.harvard.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Research Funding, Citation, and Other Academic Tools

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes to help make your research easier! Join us for topics that range from how to get research funding to how to use citation management tools to SciFinder and Web of Science. Some classes require preregistration.

books and mouseGetting Started, Getting Funded: Obtaining Research Funding
Thu Jan 10, 10:00am-4:00pm, 14N-325
Thu Jan 31, 10:00am-4:00pm, 14N-325
Contact: Eloise Davis, elodavis@mit.edu

Citation Management ToolsMendeley Basics
Thu Jan 17, 4-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Citation Management Tools: Overview
Tue Jan 22, 12-1:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Citation Management Tools: EndNote Basics
Thu Jan 24, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

Citation Management Tools: Zotero Basics
Thu Jan 31, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mathew Willmott, willmott@mit.edu

Unlocking the Secrets of the Company Databases
Thu Jan 10, 12-1:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Stahl, eestahl@mit.edu

SciFinder: Advanced Tips & Tricks for Finding Chemical Information
Fri Jan 18, 10-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Erja Kajosalo, kajosalo@mit.edu

Going beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles
Wed Jan 30, 12pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Michael Noga, mnoga@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Patents & Copyright

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is offering several classes on patents and copyright during IAP!

Some workshops require preregistration.

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 11, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: copyright-lib@mit.edu

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Wed Jan 16, 1-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Fri Jan 18, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: copyright-lib@mit.edu

Fair Use & E-Reserves
Tue Jan 22, 2-3:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Roshni Gohil, rgohil@mit.edu

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Wed Jan 23, 2-3:30pm 4-231
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

Election Data Resources from ICPSR: Webinars Tuesday and Wednesday

Posted October 1st, 2012 by Katherine McNeill

ICPSR Logo

As the momentum of the 2012 Presidential Election builds, join the ICPSR social science data archive for webinars this week to learn more about their election data resources.

Tuesday, October 2
11-11:50 a.m.: The American National Election Studies: An Introduction
12-12:50 p.m.: The American National Election Study: Finding Hidden Treasure
1-1:50 p.m.: Minority Voting Behavior
2-2:50 p.m.: Latino Voting Behavior and the National Latino Survey

Wednesday, October 3
11-11:50 a.m.: Elections, Polling, and Politics …. Oh, My!
12-12:50 p.m.: SETUPS: The American National Election Studies in the Classroom
1-1:50 p.m.: Election Data in the Classroom

These webcasts are part of ICPSR’s 2012 Data Fair featuring election data.  For still more sessions to be held October 1 – 3, 2012, view the schedule.

 

Check Out the Complete Listing of Fall 2012 Workshops

Posted October 1st, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

Workshop in the DIRC classroom

Workshop in the DIRC; photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Resources from the OECD – Register
Fri, Oct 5, 10:00-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katerine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is coming to MIT! Attend a presentation on OECD Information resources by Kathleen DeBoer, Deputy Head of the OECD Washington Center.

Learn about the OECD iLibrary and information the OECD provides on countries around the world, in areas such as:

  • Development
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Trade
  • and more…

Also, learn how to efficiently extract data from their vast array of statistics.

Note: For those interested in working for the OECD (http://www.oecd.org/careers), Ms. DeBoer will be available to meet in the afternoon to discuss the application process; if interested, contact her at Kathleen.DEBOER@oecd.org.

Please register for this session.

Introduction to R – Register
Thu, Oct 11, 1:00-4:00pm, 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. Note: MIT only: Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley – Register
Fri, Oct 12, 12:00-1:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Remlee Green, remlee@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, & Mendeley) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please register for this session.

Zotero Basics – Register
Mon, Oct 15, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mat Willmott, willmott@mit.edu

Zotero is a free, open-source program that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files. With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice. Make a searchable PDF library and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections. In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy. Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching Fundamentals – Register
Date: Oct 16, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for this session.

R Programming – Register
Thu, Oct 18, 1:00-4:00pm, 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. Note: MIT only: Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

EndNote Basics – Register
Thu Oct 18, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

R Graphics – Register
Thu, Oct 25, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This introduction to the popular ggplot2 R graphics package will show you how to create a wide variety of graphical displays in R. Topics covered included aesthetic mapping and scales, faceting, and themes. This is an intermediate level workshop appropriate for those already familiar with R. Participants should be familiar with importing and saving data, data types (e.g., numeric, factor, character), and manipulating data frames in R. Note: MIT only: Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

Mendeley Basics – Register
Mon, Oct 29, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Mendeley is a free tool that can help you organize and manage your citations and PDFs. Learn how to use Mendeley to discover the latest research, collaborate with others, and automatically generate bibliographies.

Please register for this session.

Introduction to Stata – Register
Thu, November 8, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This class will provide a hands-on introduction to Stata. You will learn how to navigate Stata’s graphical user interface, create log files, and import data from a variety of software packages. We will also share tips for getting started with Stata including the creation and organization of do-files, examining descriptive statistics, and managing data and value labels. This workshop is designed for individuals who have little or no experience using Stata software. Note: MIT only: Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

Data Management in Stata – Register
Thu, Nov 15, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This class will introduce common data management techniques in Stata. Topics covered include basic data manipulation commands such as: recoding variables, creating new variables, working with missing data, and generating variables based on complex selection criteria. Participants will be introduced to strategies for merging datasets (adding both variables and observations), and collapsing datasets. This workshop is intended for users who have an introductory level of knowledge of Stata software. Note: MIT only: Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

OECD Coming to MIT

Posted September 27th, 2012 by Katherine McNeill

OECD logo

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

Attend a presentation on OECD Information resources by Kathleen DeBoer, Deputy Head of the OECD Washington Center

When: Friday, October 5, 2012, 10-11AM
Where: 14N-132
Register at: http://libcal.mit.edu/event.php?id=163387

Learn about the OECD iLibrary (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/oecd) and:

  • 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 (http://www.oecd.org/careers), Ms. DeBoer will be available to meet in the afternoon 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.

Check Out the Complete Listing of JulyAP 2012 Sessions

Posted June 29th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

EndNote Basics – Register
Mon July 9, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching Fundamentals – Register
Thurs July 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for this session.

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists – Register
Tues July 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

It’s not Brain Surgery…it’s Market Research! This session will introduce scientists and engineers to information resources that cover biotechnology industries and markets. 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.

Please register for this session.

GeneGo – Register
Tues July 17, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Attend this session and learn how to use GeneGo’s MetaCore, a bioinformatics software tool licensed by the MIT Libraries. MetaCore provides a solution for using “omics” gene lists to generate and prioritize hypotheses. Learn how to work with different types of data (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and interaction data) and how to upload gene lists and expression data. Upload, batch upload, store, share and check data properties and signal distribution; extract functional relevance by determining the most enriched processes across several ontologies; emphasize the role of expression data in your analysis; visually predict experimental results, associate disease and possible drug targets; and compare data sets and work with experiment intersection.

Please register for this session.

Energy Information: Where to Go, What to Do – Register
Thurs July 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Angie Locknar, locknar@mit.edu,  and Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

Information on energy is everywhere! How do you find the scientific and technical information you need and keep on the cutting edge of what is published? Attend this hands-on session to find out.

Please register for this event.

Managing Your References:  Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero – Register
Thurs July 19, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Remlee Green, remlee@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNoteRefWorks & Zotero) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please register for this session.

Research Data Management Q&A Session – Register
Mon July 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Amy Stout, astout@mit.edu

This session will focus on each participant’s individual data management needs. Bring us your data issues, questions and concerns and we will give you ideas on everything from storage to preservation to sharing your data with the world. The class is limited to 8 people.

Please register for this session.

RefWorks Basics
Tues July 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

RefWorks is a web-based resource to help you organize references, create a bibliography, and easily cite references as you write your paper.  It allows you to create individual or group accounts.

IAPril 2012: Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs

Posted April 2nd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Thu, April 26, 2:00-3:00 pm

Where: 14N-132

Digital photos are fragile and require special care to keep them accessible. But preserving any kind of digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with. Technologies change over time and become obsolete, making it difficult to access older digital photos. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe. This event is part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week.

For more information, please contact: Ann Marie Willer.

IAPril 2012: Taking Care: Family Textiles

Posted April 2nd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Tue, April 24, 2:00-3:00 pm

Where: 14N-132

Do you want to save an old family quilt, a wedding dress, or T-shirts and flags from your fraternity or student club?  A conservator will present this webinar on how to care for the various types of textiles found in family collections including clothing, flags, furniture coverings, and framed textiles. The session will cover how to safely store and display textiles and how to determine when the services of a professional conservator are needed.  This event is part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week.

For more information, please contact Ann Marie Willer.

IAPril 2012: EndNote Basics

Posted March 28th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When:  Wed April 25, 4:00-5:00 pm

Where: 14N-132

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop. Please pre-register for this session.

For more information please contact Peter Cohn.

 

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAPril 2012 Sessions

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

A workshop in the DIRC, photo by L.Barry Hetherington

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132, with the exception of the MIT Libraries Bookmobile and the Institute Archives sessions. The Bookmobile will take place in Lobby 10, and the Archives sessions will take place in 14N-118.

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Patent Searching FundamentalsRegister
Tues April 3, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for this session.

MIT Libraries Bookmobile
Wed April 11, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lobby 10
Contact: Theresa Tobin, tat@mit.edu

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day with the MIT Libraries! Check out new fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, and music (Bring your MIT ID if you want to borrow something).

RefWorks Basics
Thurs April 12, 12 – 1pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

RefWorks is a web-based resource to help you organize references, create a bibliography, and easily cite references as you write your paper.  It allows you to create individual or group accounts.

Dear Diaries — Before There Were Blogs
Fri April 20, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 14N-118 (Archives reading room)
Contact: Dana Goblaskas, dgoblask@mit.edu

Have you ever wanted to take a peek inside a day in the life of an MIT student or faculty member? Come explore some diaries from the Institute Archives & Special Collections and read accounts of…

  • founder William Barton Rogers’s wedding trip
  • a world cruise
  • trekking across Texas in a covered wagon
  • a future MIT president’s teenage adventures as a ship’s radio operator
  • the founding of the United Nations
  • working with radar during World War Two
  • traveling in India, Australia, Germany, Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Azores
  • and more!

Diaries date from 1849 to 1973. You never know what adventures you’ll uncover!

This session will last 90 minutes, with a 10-minute introduction at the beginning and then time to peruse the diaries at your leisure. Drop by anytime and stay as long as you want.

Managing Your References:  Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and ZoteroRegister
Tues April 24, 12:00 – 1:15 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please register for this session.

Taking Care: Family Textiles
Tue April 24, 2:00-3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ann Marie Willer, willer@mit.edu

Do you want to save an old family quilt, a wedding dress, or T-shirts and flags from your fraternity or student club?  A conservator will present this webinar on how to care for the various types of textiles found in family collections including clothing, flags, furniture coverings, and framed textiles. The session will cover how to safely store and display textiles and how to determine when the services of a professional conservator are needed.  This event is part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week.

EndNote BasicsRegister
Wed April 25, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT LibrariesRegister
Thu April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mark Szarko, szarko@mit.edu

Want to find out how to obtain over one million tracks of streaming audio ranging from classical to jazz, popular, and contemporary world music? How about over 150,000 online music scores? Streaming video of poets reading from their work? Images so sharp you can see the shadow beneath the Mona Lisa’s smile? Or panoramic views of architectural sites from around the world?

Come to this session to learn how to bring these and other cultural treasures right to your desktop through the MIT Libraries.

Please register for this session.

Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs
Thu April 26, 2:00-3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ann Marie Willer, willer@mit.edu

Digital photos are fragile and require special care to keep them accessible. But preserving any kind of digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with. Technologies change over time and become obsolete, making it difficult to access older digital photos. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe. This event is part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week.

Advanced SciFinderRegister
Fri April 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Erja Kajosalo, kajosalo@mit.edu

This advanced SciFinder session includes many useful tips & tricks for chemists, including:

  • Advanced structure and reaction searching
  • All of the newest tools and content added to SciFinder
  • SciPlanner, the new synthetic planning tool for chemists
  • Bioactivity and target indicator data
  • Reaction experimental procedures
  • Real time pricing and availability information from suppliers like Aldrich and Alfa Aesar
  • And much more!

Please register for this session.

Is It What It Is? Tools for Understanding Your Digital FilesRegister
Fri April 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 14N-118 (Archives reading room)
Contact: Kari R. Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

In this session you will be exposed to a variety of software tools that are being used in the Institute Archives for understanding digital files that are being added to the Archival collections.  These software tools aid with the process of long-term access of digital material by allowing us to know what the digital files are when we receive them, detect any changes over time, and how to make them available in the future.

We will briefly discuss how these tools fit into work flows for digital content being developed for use in the Institute Archives and Special Collections department of the MIT Libraries.

Categories of tools that will be reviewed include:  file format characterization, fixity, packaging, metadata extraction, conversion / normalization, disk imaging, and metadata embedding.

Come learn how you can know that over time your digital files are what they are!

Please register for this session.

IAPril 2012: Is It What It Is? Tools for Understanding Your Digital Files

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Fri April 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 14N-118 (Archives reading room)

In this session you will be exposed to a variety of software tools that are being used in the Institute Archives for understanding digital files that are being added to the Archival collections.  These software tools aid with the process of long-term access of digital material by allowing us to know what the digital files are when we receive them, detect any changes over time, and how to make them available in the future.

We will briefly discuss how these tools fit into work flows for digital content being developed for use in the Institute Archives and Special Collections department of the MIT Libraries.

Categories of tools that will be reviewed include:  file format characterization, fixity, packaging, metadata extraction, conversion / normalization, disk imaging, and metadata embedding.

Come learn how you can know that over time your digital files are what they are!

Please register for this session. For more information, please contact Kari R. Smith.