Events

Learn quantitative methods at ICPSR this summer–registration opens today!

Posted February 10th, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

Need to expand your skills in statistical methods and quantitative analysis? Attend the ICPSR Summer Program! Each year, ICPSR provides a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Registration is now open for the 2014 session.  Note: MIT attendees can register at a discount and scholarships are available.

For a listing of course offerings and application information, see the ICPSR Summer Program web site.  Courses this year include:

Note that while most courses are held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, some are held in nearby Amherst, MA or New York, NY.

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And don’t forget ICPSR as a source of quantitative data on a range of topics: from markets, election statistics, health, education, international relations, social attitudes and behavior, and more!  Recently added datasets include:

In other news, attend an upcoming Webinar: Resources for Health Research from ICPSR.

For further information, contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

A Visit from the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Research and Scientific Data Management

Posted February 3rd, 2014 by Helen Bailey

Thorny Staples presents on the Smithsonian's SIdora repository

Last week the Curation and Preservation Services department of MIT Libraries had the pleasure of hosting Thornton “Thorny” Staples from the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Research Information Services. Although he claims to be a curmudgeon, Thorny is actually a very friendly digital library pioneer with experience creating innovative solutions for a wide variety of digital collections challenges.

On this visit, he gave library staff an overview of the Smithsonian Institution’s SIdora research data management tool. This tool is an interactive system to help the Smithsonian’s many researchers capture and manage their data along with its context. The data is managed in a trusted repository where it can be shared and re-used by other scholars, and ultimately archived by the Smithsonian’s curators. The project is currently in development, but Thorny gave a demonstration of the tool’s pilot instance and it was already easy to see how much great functionality it will have. We look forward to seeing the tool and its output as development progresses.

Many thanks to Thorny for visiting us here in Cambridge and giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the SIdora reposoitory!

Composer Forum presents Either/Or – Thursday, Feb.13

Posted January 29th, 2014 by Christie Moore

The Composer Forum series presents Either/Or:

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Contemporary music ensemble Either/Or will perform in the Lewis Music Library:

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

The performance will feature selections of music by Alvin Lucier to be performed in concert at the MIT Chapel on 2/15/14. Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

IAP prize opportunity for students!

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

There are still spots open for the Libraries’ “Fair Use & Images: Quiz Tool Beta Test” IAP session on January 30th at 12 pm, room 14N-132. If you’re one of the first 10 undergraduate or graduate students to register, you get a $20 Amazon gift certificate just for coming and giving us feedback on the quiz. During the session we’ll also draw names for two $50 Amazon gift certificates.

The quiz is intended to shed light on aspects of copyright, including how to determine whether a use of an online image is “fair” under US copyright law, as well as related legal issues about using images on your website, blog, or in social media.

To sign up, contact Ellen Duranceau, 14S-216, 617 253-8483, EFINNIE@MIT.EDU

Thanks, MIT music, for your dulcet tones.

Posted January 17th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

This week was an all-things-MIT-Music for the conservation lab. We de-installed the “Noteworthy Connections” exhibition in the Maihaugen Gallery  featuring the music treasures from the Lewis Music Library and the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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MIT’s Chorallaries, an a cappella music group, provides cheerful music to listen to while we make protective enclosures for some of the illuminated music manuscripts folios that will be used for teaching next semester. We are curious to discover more “whistle-while-you-work” music created by MIT faculty, staff, and students.

IAP 2014: Energy

Posted January 10th, 2014 by Heather McCann

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on related to Energy this IAP. Some classes require registration.

Image courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Image courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Energy Sci/Tech Information: Where to Go, What to Do 
Tuesday, Jan 14, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to use with GIS 
Thursday, Jan 16, 1:00pm -2:30pm, 14N-132

Hydrology Tools with GIS
Thursday, Jan 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N132

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

Open mic in the Lewis Music Library

Posted January 9th, 2014 by Christie Moore
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Piano obtained through the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund

Library music! Open mic in the Lewis Music Library, a chance to try out the new piano. Come jam, perform, or just listen. Everyone welcome. Bring your own music or use the library’s (we’ve got lots!).

Two dates: Friday, January 10, and Friday, January 24, 2014
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm

Refreshments provided

 

Bound by Hand–Bookbindings created in the Libraries’ Conservation Lab

Posted January 7th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

Today is the first day of two Individual Activity Program (IAP) classes the conservation lab is offering. Participants are learning how to transform paper, cloth, board, thread, and glue into two types of blank books–pamphlet and flat back case bindings. Fabricating these foundational book structures reminds us here in the conservation lab why we love books, why we love to make them, and why we are dedicated to preserve them for access-old and new.

Pamphlet bindings made by hand with thread and paper.

A participant is creating the cover for the flat back case binding. Case bindings are made by creating the text block and cover separately; they are attached to each other to create a book.

Instructors for the class: Conservation Assistant Ayako Letizia and Preservation Associate Kate Beattie from the Wunsch Conservation Laboratory, Curation and Preservation Services.

IAP 2014: Life Sciences

Posted December 10th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

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

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Wed Jan 8, 3:00pm-4:30pm, 14N-132
Fri Jan 10, 10:00am-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Learn to Use IPA during IAP
Mon Jan 13, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

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

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Research
Thu Jan 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

NIH Public Access Compliance Hands-on Working Session
Fri Jan 17, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Get the Most from Your “omics” Analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Wed Jan 22, 3:00pm-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE Knowledge Library
Thu Jan 23, 1:00-4:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

How to Get the Most from the Koch Institute Bioinformatics Support and Computational Resources
Mon Jan 27, 9:00am-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

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

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAP 2014 Sessions

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

The MIT Libraries probably has what you need this IAP, offering over 70 different classes! Topics covered include:

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

IAP 2014: GIS

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko
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Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

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

Introduction to GIS
Wed Jan 15, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 21, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to Use with GIS
Thu Jan 16, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Spatial Autocorrelation
Fri Jan 17, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Regression
Wed Jan 22, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

GIS Level 2
Fri Jan 24, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

Interpolation in ArcGIS
Mon Jan 27, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

Resources for Free and Open GIS Data
Tue Jan 28, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

Using Network Analyst in ArcMap
Wed Jan 29, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

Python Programming in ArcGIS: An Introduction to Scripting for Geographic Analysis Systems
Session 1: Thu Jan 30, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238
Session 2: Fri Jan 31, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Hydrology Tools with GIS
Thu Jan 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132

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

IAP 2014: Statistical Software Workshops

Posted December 9th, 2013 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. For more information, please contact Jennie Murack. All classes require registration.stats

An Overview of Statistical Software
Mon Jan 13, 10:00am-11:30am, 1-115

Introduction to Stata
Tue Jan 14, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 1-115
MIT only: Athena login required

Introduction to SAS
Thu Jan 16, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115
MIT only: Athena login required

Data Management in Stata
Thu Jan 16, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 1-115
MIT only: Athena login required

Regression in Stata
Fri Jan 17, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115
MIT only: Athena login required

Graphing in Stata
Fri Jan 17, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 1-115
MIT only: Athena login required

Introduction to R
Thu Jan 23, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Thu Jan 23, 1:00am-4:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required

R Programming
Fri Jan 24, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Fri Jan 24, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required

R Regression Models
Thu Jan 30, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115
MIT only: Athena login required

Introduction to R Graphics
Thu Jan 30, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
MIT only; Athena login required

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

IAP 2014: Research Funding and Other Academic Tools

Posted December 9th, 2013 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 3D printing to how find research funding to using Evernote. Some require registration.stacks

3D Printing for Fun and Science? A Conversation about Digital Fabrication, the Library, and You
Tue Jan 14, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Location 56-114
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

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

To Infinity and Beyond: Borrowing from a Galaxy of Libraries
Wed Jan 15, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Sarah Desautels, sdesaute@mit.edu

Unlocking the Secrets of Company Databases
Wed Jan 15, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 3-133
Contact: Lily Zhang, lilyz@mit.edu

Introduction to Evernote and Skitch
Fri Jan 17, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Getting Started, Getting Funded: Obtaining Research Funding
Thu Jan 23, 10:00am–1:00pm, 66-154
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Tue Jan 28, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Getting Started, Getting Funded: Obtaining Research Funding
Tue Jan 28, 9:00am-1:00pm, E25-117
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

BartonPlus – Find Articles, Books, and More
Wed Jan 29, 10:00am-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Georgiana McReynolds, gmac@mit.edu

How Do the Libraries Select Books for the Shelves and Your Computer Access?
Wed Jan 29, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Michael Noga, mnoga@mit.edu

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

IAP 2014: Patents and Copyright

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is offering several classes on patents and copyright during IAP! Some require registration.Magazines

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

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

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Tue Jan 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 14N-132
Fri Jan 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Fair Use and E-Reserves
Wed Jan 22, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney, mcinerne@mit.edu

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Wed Jan 29, 2-3:30pm, Location 4-163
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Fair Use and Images: Quiz Tool Beta Test
Thu Jan 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Fri Jan 31, 1:00pm-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

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

IAP 2014: Mapping

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on related to maps this IAP. All classes require registration. For more information, please contact Jennie Murackmap2

Web Mapping for the Masses: OpenLayers
Thu Jan 23, 10:00am-12:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Web Mapping for the Masses: TileMill
Fri Jan 24, 10:00am-12:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Make a Map: No GIS Experience Required!
Tue Jan 28, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132

Google Tools for Mapping
Thu Jan 30, 1:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132

Making the Most of Maps at MIT
Fri Jan 31, 10:00am-11:30am, 14N-132

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

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.

Finals week study breaks, December 12–17

Posted November 22nd, 2013 by Heather Denny
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Students visit with therapy dog Thabo, photo by Ellen Duranceau

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

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

Thursday, December 12, 2–3:30 pm
Hayden Library (14S) – Cookies with Canines

Friday, December 13, 2–3:30 pm
Rotch Library (7-238) – Study Break

Friday, December 13, 2–4 pm
Dewey Library (E53-100) – Study Break

Tuesday December 17, 2–3:30 pm
Barker Library (10-500) – Study Break

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