Classes

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.

IAPril 2012: Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT Libraries

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Thu April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Where: 14N-132

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. For more information, please contact Mark Szarko.

IAPril 2012: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Tues April 24, 12:00 – 1:15 pm

Where: 14N-132

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. For more information, please contact Anita Perkins.

IAPril 2012: RefWorks Basics

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Thurs April 12, 12 – 1pm

Where: 14N-132

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.

For more information, please contact Anita Perkins.

IAPril 2012: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Tues April 3, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: 14N-132

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. For more information, please contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Lunch & Learn: You bring the food, we bring the knowledge!

Posted March 5th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Over  the next five Tuesdays,  the MIT Libraries are launching a new series of quick demonstrations to highlight some of our resources. Called “Lunch & Learn: You Bring the Food, We Bring the Knowledge,” the series will take place every 10 minutes or so in the Information Intersection (the big orange cube in the Stata Center) between 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Topics covered are: Lunch & Learn: You Bring the Food, We Bring the Knowledge

•     March 6th: Making Google Scholar work with MIT resources

•     March 13th: Setting up PubMed to access MIT resources

•     March 20th: Patents

•     April 3rd: Borrow Direct- Bringing the Ivy League libraries to you

•     April 10th: Online music resources

•     April 17th: Apps for Academics

Feel free to drop in anytime from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. These presentations are very short and informal–feel free to bring your lunch, or stop by on your way to or from the produce market. Five minutes could save you one hour!

Diversity event with speaker Art Munin – Wednesday, Feb.22

Posted February 13th, 2012 by Heather Denny

On Wednesday, February 22 the MIT Libraries will host Diversity and Social Justice Advocate, Art Munin for White Privilege 101 a presentation that will uncover how white privilege has evolved, how it persists and what we can do about it.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22, 10am-12pm

Location: Bartos Theater (E15)

Munin, the Dean of Students at DePaul University, will present a broad introduction to the concept of privilege.  He will discuss the evolution and perpetuation of white privilege in depth and hold an interactive conversation on what the concept means for us as individuals and professionals.

The event is cosponsored by the MIT Libraries’ Committee on the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion (CPDI) and the Institute Council for Diversity and Inclusion. This event is free and open to the MIT community. For more information contact CPDI.

IAP 2012: All Sessions for Week of January 30 – February 3

Posted January 3rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3:

Alternate Reality Game (ARG) Creation Workshop
Mon Jan 30, 09am-01:00pm, 4-145
Tue Jan 31, Wed Feb 1, 10-11:00am, 4-145
Thu Feb 2, 10-11:00am, 4-265
Fri Feb 3, 10am-01:00pm, NE25-373
Register

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS
Mon Jan 30, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

MIT Libraries Bookmobile
Tue Jan 31, 11am-02:00pm, Bldg 32 (Stata)

Integrating Map APIs into your website and Using Google Fusion Tables
Tue Jan 31, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

R and Statistics
Wed Feb 1, 09am-12:00pm, 1-115 Register

GIS Institute
Wed Feb 1, Thu Feb 2, Fri Feb 3, 10am-04:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

R Programming
Wed Feb 1, 01-04:00pm, 1-115 Register

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Wed Feb 1, 02-03:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Mendeley Basics
Wed Feb 1, 04-05:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero
Thu Feb 2, 12-01:15pm, 14N-132 Register

Get the most from your “omics” analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Thu Feb 2, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Regression Using Stata
Fri Feb 3, 10am-12:00pm, 1-115 Register

Graphics in Stata
Fri Feb 3, 01-03:00pm, 1-115 Register

See the full list of IAP classes sponsored by the MIT Libraries for more details, including contact and sign-up information.

IAP 2012: All Sessions for Week of January 23 – 27

Posted January 3rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 27:

Practically Genomic
Mon Jan 23, Wed Jan 25, Fri Jan 27, 11am-1:00pm, 14N-132

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Mon Jan 23, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

Introduction to Stata (Statistical Software)
Tue Jan 24, 09am-12:00pm, 1-115 Register

Big Docs in Word: Tips and Tricks to Format your Thesis
Tue Jan 24, 11am-12:30pm, 14N-132 Register

Introduction to R (Statistical Software)
Tue Jan 24, 01-04:00pm, 1-115 Register

GIS Level 2
Tue Jan 24, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

Public Opinion Data Resources
Wed Jan 25, 10-11:00am, 14N-132 Register

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Thu Jan 25, 12-1:30pm, 3-133 Register

Discovering and Using US Census Data
Wed Jan 25, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

BIOBASE Knowledge Library and Explain Analysis System Training
Thu Jan 26, 11am-01:30pm, 14N-132 Register

Book Discussion: Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
Thu Jan 26, 12-01:00pm, 14N-417 Register

VEGAS / VENICE: Cambridge-based Aerial Photographer Alex MacLean on their Beauty and Fragility from the Air
Thu Jan 26, 01-02:00pm, 4-237

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS
Thu Jan 26, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

Introduction to SAS (Statistical Software)
Fri Jan 27, 09am-12:00pm, 1-115 Register

Book Collecting as a Hobby: Embracing this Gentle Madness
Fri Jan 27, 10-11:30am, 14N-118 Register

Data Management in Stata
Fri Jan 27, 01-03:00pm, 1-115 Register

See the full list of IAP classes sponsored by the MIT Libraries for more details, including contact and sign-up information.

IAP 2012: All Sessions for Week of January 17 – 20

Posted January 3rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20:

Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT Libraries
Tue Jan 17, 11am-12:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Managing Research Data 101
Tue Jan 17, 01-02:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Tue Jan 17, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-132 Register

Energy Information: Where to Go, What to Do
Wed Jan 18, 11am-12:00pm, 14N-132

Learn to use IPA during IAP
Wed Jan 18, 01-04:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research
Wed Jan 18, 05-06:00pm, 14N-132 Register

BrainNavigator: Hands-On Introduction and Demo
Thu Jan 19, 10-11:30am, 14N-132 Register

Apps for Academics: Mobile Web Sites & Apps for Your Academic Life
Thu Jan 19, 11am-12:15pm, 13-2137 Register

Fair Use and Electronic Reserves
Thu Jan 19, 12-01:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Jan 19, 01-02:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Energy Information: Industries and Statistics
Thu Jan 19, 03pm-04:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Energy Information: Maps and data to use with GIS
Thu Jan 19, 04-05:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center
Fri Jan 20, 10-11:30am, 14N-132 Register

Dear Diary — Before There Were Blogs
Fri Jan 20, 11am-12:30pm, 14N-118

RefWorks Basics
Fri Jan 20, 12-01:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Fri Jan 20, 02-04:00pm, 14N-132

See the full list of IAP classes sponsored by the MIT Libraries for more details, including contact and sign-up information.