Events

Learn quantitative methods at ICPSR this summer

Posted March 18th, 2013 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 2013 session.

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

Note that while most courses are held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the following three will be held nearby, in 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 consumer behavior, election statistics, health, international relations, social attitudes and behavior, and more!  Recently added datasets include:

In other news, ICPSR now is releasing all of its new data files in R software format.

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

Nomadic sculpture finds a home in Hayden – for a week!

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Stephanie Hartman

Amalia Pica - sculptureIn collaboration with the List Visual Arts Center, the MIT Libraries are excited to host Amalia Pica’s nomadic sculpture from March 8, 2013 to the morning of March 15, 2013. The piece is on display on the 1st floor of the Hayden Library (14S-100) in the New Books area.  This coincides with Pica’s current exhibition at the List. Stop by and take a look!

About the piece:

I am Mit, as I am in Mit, just like a lot of other people are, 2011–2012
Granite, wood box on wheels, and lending cards
Courtesy of the artist and Chisenhale Gallery, London

This sculpture was lent to residents of the London borough of Tower Hamlets for an entire calendar year. The project was first conceived for Chisenhale Gallery, located in the borough, where people signed up to participate in its ongoing circulation. The piece is now being lent to members of the MIT campus community for the remaining duration of the exhibition. Each person cares for the sculpture for one week, passing it on to the next host. Participants fill out a lending card, which serves as a record of the nomadic sculpture’s travels. The piece changes titles according to the location in which it travels and includes the name of the area with a misspelling. The sculpture is a hand carving of an echeveria, a sturdy succulent named, in a misspelling, after the Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.

Read the original Artist’s Statement.

Information courtesy of the List Visual Arts Center

Composer Don Byron March 13

Posted March 7th, 2013 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: Don Byron will talk about his new Concerto for Clarinet.

Don Byron (Photo: Dave Weiland)

Don Byron has written arrangements of Sondheim’s Broadway musicals and original scores for silent film, television, and dance companies. He has composed music for a variety of media, documentaries, big band, violin, piano and string quartets, etc.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

Noteworthy Connections opens in the Maihaugen Gallery

Posted February 21st, 2013 by Heather Denny

David M. Epstein conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra, 1965-1998, Photo: MIT Museum

A new exhibition exploring the extraordinary connection between the MIT mind and music has opened in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery.

Noteworthy Connections: Music in the MIT Libraries delves into the holdings of the Lewis Music Library and the Institute Archives and Special Collections, to reveal MIT’s diverse musical interests, the accomplishments of its talented students and faculty, and the rich history the Institute’s musical groups and clubs.

The exhibit will be on view in the gallery until December, 2013. Visit the gallery:

Monday-Thursday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Building 14N-130

Composer forum Feb. 14 and Feb. 26

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: 5 pm, Lewis Music Library Bldg. 14E-109
Reception follows. Free and open to the public.

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Elena Ruehr

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Elena Ruehr, Lecturer in Music at MIT, discusses her new CD, Averno, for chorus and orchestra, with poetry by American poets Louise Gluck, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickinson.
Visit: elenaruehr.org/

 

 

 

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Cindy Cox

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cindy Cox derives her “post-tonal” musical language from acoustics, innovations in technology, harmonic resonance, and poetic allusion. Her compositions synthesize old and new musical designs.
Visit: cacox.com

 

 

Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

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.

MIT professor and librarian collaborate on “10 PRINT”: Open access book explores computation, creativity and culture

Posted January 9th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

Using a home computer in the early 1980s meant knowing at least some programming to get it off and running. When you turned on your Commodore 64—which you may well have done; it was the best-selling single model of computer ever produced—a nearly-blank blue screen emerged. “READY,” it told you. A blinking cursor awaited your commands.

Many of us used prefab programs to play games or do word processing, but the tinkerers among us wrote their own code, long and short, to explore what computers could do. Take this one-liner in BASIC language that Associate Professor of Digital Media Nick Montfort found in a magazine from the era: 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. Run it on a Commodore 64 (or an emulator on your laptop today), and diagonal slashes fill the screen in a random way, building a pleasing maze that continues until interrupted.

Montfort posted 10 PRINT to an online Critical Code Studies conference in winter 2010. A lively discussion ensued among a dozen participants including MIT librarian Patsy Baudoin, who is liaison to the Media Lab and the Foreign Languages and Literatures department. Though the code is short and there’s not much known about its history, “it was obvious that there was plenty to say about it,” says Montfort. “However concise it was, it clearly connected computation to creativity, and to culture, in really intriguing ways.”

A few months after the conference, Montfort asked the 10 PRINT thread contributors to collaborate on a book exploring different aspects of culture—mazes in literature and religion, randomness and chance in games and art, the programming language BASIC, the Commodore 64 computer—through the lens of that one line of code.

The book, whose title is the code, was published in December by MIT Press. Besides Montfort and Baudoin, the authors include John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Casey Reas, Mark Sample and Noah Vawter. Though 10 PRINT is freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license, its first print run nearly sold out within a month. (This is another example of increased sales accompanying open access.) Royalties go to the Electronic Literature Organization, a nonprofit that promotes writing, reading, and teaching digital fiction and poetry.

Baudoin, the lone librarian of the group, has a PhD in comparative literature, which she says proved useful during the year-and-a-half collaboration. “I understood implicitly that exploring a concise line of computer code was like reading a short poem,” she says. “[As a graduate student] I wrote a 50-page paper on Catullus’s Odi et amo, a two-line Latin poem. In one sense, this line of code doesn’t appear to do a lot, but analyzed carefully, it speaks loudly.”

10 PRINT has a lot to say about a specific time. Though we can easily edit video, chat online, and play music on our laptops today, “when it comes to allowing people to directly access computation and to use that computing power for creative, expressive, and conceptual purposes, today’s computers, out of the box, are much worse” than those of 30 years ago, says Montfort. “I can type in and run the 10 PRINT program within 15 seconds of turning my Commodore 64 on. I can modify it and explore the program quite extensively within a minute. How long would it take you to produce any program like that after you started up your Windows 8 system?”

Montfort is quick to note that his interest in code like 10 PRINT is not nostalgia for a lost era; this, he says, trivializes important ideas in computer history. 10 PRINT itself is far from trivial, which is why Montfort, Baudoin and their coauthors found it a worthy book topic. “This type of program was written and run by millions in the 1980s on their way to a deeper understanding of computation,” he says.

Find 10 PRINT events under “Upcoming” at http://nickm.com.

See also: MIT News coverage of the book

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.

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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.

Mark the date, save your data!

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Chris Sherratt

IAP panel discussion on the importance of sharing, managing and preserving research data

Monday, January 7, 2013,  11 am – 1 pm,  4-149

You are invited to join 5 researchers, information scientists and others in a lively discussion on the importance of sharing, managing and preserving research data.
Science in the 21st century is increasingly data-driven thanks to soaring computational power and sophisticated analysis techniques. Researchers gather, manipulate and interpret data in every imaginable way to build a foundation for new discoveries. The importance of preserving and making these research data accessible has become a highly charged topic of discussion. How will these data be stored, preserved and mined effectively and efficiently?

Panelists: Jeff Schiller, IS&T; Charlie Whittaker, Koch Institute; Stephen Ho, Lab for Manufacturing and Productivity; Micah Altman, MIT Libraries; Shawna Vogel, OSP

See you there!

Get the most out of the World Bank eLibrary: webinar November 29

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Katherine McNeill

eLibrary logo

This session will provide a quick overview of the World Bank eLibrary and show you how to take advantage of its many time-saving tools for researchers.  It also will provide an update on the development of the new eLibrary website coming in 2013!

Webinar: November 29, 2012 from 10–11 AM EST

Presenters:
Devika Levy, Sales Manager, World Bank
Shana Wagger, Lead, World Bank eLibrary and eProduct Development

Registration is required to attend this event.

The World Bank eLibrary is the World Bank’s full-text collection of 8,000+ ebooks, flagship reports, journals, and other publications on social and economic development.

For more information about World Bank and other economics resources, check out our guide to economics resources and contact Katherine McNeill, Economics Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

Composer forum Nov. 5 and Nov. 15

Posted October 30th, 2012 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: 5 pm, Lewis Music Library Bldg. 14E-109
Reception follows. Free and open to the public.

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Peter Whincop

Monday November 5, 2012
Peter Whincop, Lecturer in Music at MIT, teaches Electronic Music Composition. He will provide an exposition of a few of his works involving text, or voice in a more abstract context, based on simple perceptual and algebraic precepts.

 

 

 

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Philippe Leroux

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Continuity and Gesture in the Music of Philippe Leroux

Philippe Leroux is an Associate Professor in composition at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. At the Paris Conservatory he studied with Ivo Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schäeffer and Guy Reibel; he also studied with Olivier Messiaen, Franco Donatoni, Betsy Jolas, Jean-Claude Eloy and Iannis Xénakis. His compositions, about sixty to date, include symphonic, vocal, electronic, acousmatic and chamber music. and have been commissioned and performed internationally. He has received many prizes and awards and has taught at IRCAM, McGill, Universite de Montreal and others.

Sponsored by the Music and Theater Arts Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New Proquest Congressional Interface and Upcoming Webinars

Posted October 22nd, 2012 by Katherine McNeill

Proquest Congressional logo

With so much discussion in the media about elections, how can you get primary source material on the activities of Congress? Try ProQuest Congressional, which has a new look!

Now integrated into a new interface, ProQuest Congressional’s new features include:

  • Basic Search, Advanced Search or Search By Number options
  • Faceted search results, which may be arranged by document type, committee, and agency
  • Unlimited result set, with the ability to limit search results by date, document type, and more
  • Type-ahead in search forms based on subject index, popular names list, and House and Senate committee names
  • Enhanced Bill Tracking Composite View and Member Profile Composite

But it still covers the same vital congressional publications as it did formerly as LexisNexis Congressional:

  • Full text of reports, bills, public laws, and legislative histories
  • Links to selected fulltext documents, committee prints, and congressional hearings testimony
  • Also contains information on members of Congress, campaign financial data, congressional voting records, and other information about the legislative process
  • 1789-present for indexing, mid-1980s-present for full text.

Access Proquest Congressional at: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/congress-u.

For more details, see the Proquest Congressional Information Site or attend one of the upcoming Proquest Congressional Webinars:

1. Using Legislative History to find legislative intent, Monday, November 5, 2012 3:00 pm, EST
Learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite and Legislative Insight to:

  • Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:
  • Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;
  • Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed

2. Congressional for Current Events, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:00 pm EST
From elections to the economy, the Arab Spring and global warming, sports concussions and fracking, Congress is the news and makes news. Join us to learn how to use the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online. Since Congress is interested in all public policy, social, and economic issues, the database is an effective source for general research in many academic disciplines, in addition to research related to specific legislative proposals and laws.

For more sources on Congress, see the Libraries’ Guide to Congressional Publications or Ask Us!

Composer Peter Whincop Monday, October 29

Posted October 22nd, 2012 by Christie Moore

Peter WhincopComposer forum series: Peter Whincop, MIT Lecturer in Music, teaching Electronic Music Composition. Whincop will provide an exposition of a few of his works involving text, or voice in a more abstract context, based on simple perceptual and algebraic precepts.

Date: Monday, October 29
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public

Rotch Art Exhibit: Synergy

Posted October 17th, 2012 by Patsy Baudoin

Synergy: An Experiment in Communicating Science through Art
Opening October 1, 2012 in Rotch Library

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Eight Boston and Cape Cod professional artists have been paired with MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists to render complex scientific concepts accessible to the viewer.  Both artists and scientists must dynamically translate across disciplines, yielding a heightened clarity for the broader impact of scientific research.  The outcome of these collaborations will be an exhibition at the Museum of Science, Boston, 2013 that invites the general public to explore oceanography through compelling art. In anticipation for this show, preliminary works by the artists and original artwork by the scientists are on display at the Rotch Gallery on MIT campus. Visit Rotch to get a sneak peek into the body of work arising from Synergy.

This program is made possible in part by the Grants Program of the Council for the Arts at MIT and the Graduate Student Life Grants.

Learn more about the exhibit.

Composer Roger Reynolds Wednesday, October 17

Posted October 16th, 2012 by Christie Moore
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Roger Reynolds (Photo: Malcom Crowthers)

Composer forum series: Roger Reynolds, Resource and Outcome. An illustrated presentation with performance (Gabriella Diaz, violinist).

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public

See more information.

Open Access Week Event: A Conversation With Peter Suber and Richard Holton

Posted October 11th, 2012 by Ellen Duranceau

Please join us for a lively discussion about open access and its importance for scholarship and research at MIT and beyond, with panelists Peter Suber, author of the recently released MIT Press book Open Access, and Richard Holton, MIT professor of
Philosophy and Chair of the MIT Faculty Open Access Working Group.

The panelists, both professors of Philosophy, will respond to questions from the audience and from moderator Ann Wolpert, Director of Libraries.

Richard Holton is Department Head and Professor of Philosophy at MIT. He wrote in the Faculty Newsletter about the importance of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and is chairing the new MIT Faculty Open Access Working Group, a subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on the Library System. His current work is primarily in moral psychology, ethics, and the philosophy of law.

Peter Suber, considered the key chronicler and de facto leader of the worldwide Open Access movement, is a Faculty Fellow at Harvard, Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. One reviewer called Suber’s book “very important” and said it was a “must read for all scholars and researchers who publish their own work or consult the peer-reviewed published work of others ––in other words, virtually all academics….”

The session will be held Wednesday, October 24, from 4-5 pm, in Room E25-111.

A reception sponsored by the MIT Libraries and MIT Press will follow.

This event is timed to coincide with Global Open Access Week, an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the need to remove barriers to accessing research.

“Magnetic Resonance” on display in the Maihaugen Gallery

Posted October 2nd, 2012 by Heather Denny

The fall exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery showcases a unique collection on view to the public for the very first time. Magnetic Resonance: Four Centuries of Science from the Vail Collection offers a look inside MIT’s Vail Collection—one of the world’s most important collections of books on magnetism, electricity, animal magnetism, and lighter-than-air travel.

The collection includes foundational texts in the history of science and technology, rare titles from the late 15th-19th centuries, works of popular science, and thousands of rare pamphlets and articles. It was given to MIT in 1912, by Theodore N. Vail, president of AT&T and a member of the MIT Corporation. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the Vail Collection’s arrival at the Institute and celebrates the generosity of Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. (MIT 1957), who supported a three-year project to unlock the potential of this stunning collection. Every title has been fully cataloged, essential conservation work has been performed, and the Vail Collection can now be shared with the world. Visit the gallery, attend an event, or explore the collection online.

Vail Exhibit EventsEXHIBIT EVENTS:

Behind the Scenes: Conserving and Exhibiting the Vail Collection

Wednesday, October 17, 1pm–2pm, Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) MIT’s book conservator, Nancy Schrock, discusses conservation treatment and  display of the Collection. The talk begins in the gallery and proceeds to the Wunsch Conservation Lab.

 

Witches, Magic, and Monsters: The Spooky Side of MIT’s Vail Collection

Friday, October 26, 3pm, Institute Archives (14N-118) A Halloween-inspired look at the creepier side of the Collection. Online registration required.

 

The Scientific Conversation and the Vail Collection: Gallery Talks & Tours

Thursday, November 8, 11am–noon, Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130)

Wednesday, November 28, 3pm–4pm, Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) Exhibit curator and rare books program manager, Stephen Skuce, leads a tour and talk about the exhibit.

 

MIT’s Vail Collection: From the Lodestone to the X-Ray

Friday, November 16, 10:30am, Institute Archives (14N-118) A presentation by rare books program manager, Stephen Skuce.

Election Data Resources from ICPSR: Webinars Tuesday and Wednesday

Posted October 1st, 2012 by Katherine McNeill

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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.