Created in conjunction with the symposium Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book which took place on May 4, Rotch’s Bookish exhibit explores the means and methods through which artist books challenge the book as traditionally conceived. By their selective, intentional performance and denial of normative aspects of book design, these artist-conceived objects negate such norms while sustaining their worth and continued relevance.
Art + Architecture + Planning
Researching development economics? Note many changes on the our resources from the World Bank:
World Bank e-Library: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/elib – updated search engine and new open access repository
Provides electronic access to over 7,000 books, reports, journals, and working papers published by the bank, many going back as far as the 1970s.
World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/wdi – new interface
These two databases are now combined in a new interface with more functions for selecting and displaying data, performing customized queries, downloading data, and creating charts and maps. Provides statistical time-series data on development and the global economy for countries worldwide. Includes a wide range of basic statistics, including social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. 1960 to present.
Also in the new World dataBank Suite: – new interface
- Africa Development Indicators: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/adi
Time series data for over 50 countries. Includes social, economic, financial, infrastructure, governance, partnership, and environmental indicators. 1960 to present.
World Bank Open Data Web Site: http://data.worldbank.org/
In a recent initiative, the Bank has created a new infrastructure for improving public access to its data. Their Open Data site provides many new tools for accessing and visualizing their data, including:
- Data visualizations and a mapping platform
- Accessing World Bank Open Data in Stata
- Microdata Catalog (data available upon application)
- And much more
Library Catalog: Lastly, keep in mind that you can search for materials by the World Bank in the Libraries’ Barton Catalog by specifying it as the publisher in the Advanced Search.
A favorite study spot is open for the season. Tables, chairs, and shade umbrellas have returned to the Lipchitz Courtyard in Building 14 (adjacent to Hayden Library). Enjoy the flowers in bloom, pull up a chair and read a book, or take in the artwork from MIT’s Public Art Collection. The courtyard contains three sculptures by 20th century Cubist artist Jacques Lipchitz.
When: Thu April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
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.
New website provides access to treasures in the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation CollectionPosted February 13th, 2012 by Melissa Feiden
In conjunction with the Maihaugen Gallery exhibit opening of Glass at MIT: Beauty and Utility, the MIT Libraries have launched a new Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection website.
The website includes a slideshow and sampling of images from collection artwork, including stained glass panels and paper designs. A history page provides insight into Connick as an artist, his studio, and how the collection came to MIT. Additionally, it covers the contents of the collection and processing projects such as digitization and conservation.
Soon, researchers will be able to use the website to access digital images in the collection and to search a database of collection job files containing information on Connick windows around the country.
Date: Friday, February 10, 2-4pm
Location: Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130)
A new exhibition in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery explores glassmaking as revealed in glassware from MIT laboratories, blown glass from the MIT Glass Lab, and stunning stained glass windows from the Libraries’ Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection. Tools, early photographs, and selections from rare books demonstrate the combination of artistry and engineering that goes into the creation of glass.
This event is free and open to the community.
Please join us for a presentation by Sayeed Choudhury on the development of research data management services provided to the Johns Hopkins University research community by the Sheridan Libraries (http://dmp.data.jhu.edu/). This presentation is being hosted by the MIT Libraries’ Research Data Management Team, which provides support for managing research data created at MIT (http://libraries.mit.edu/data-management).
Date: Monday, Nov. 7th
Bio: G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the awards through NSF’s DataNet program. He has oversight for the digital library activities and services provided by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University.
Detailed tax lot data for New York City from 2002 – 2011 is available through the MIT Geodata Repository. Attributes include ownership information, building characteristics (number of floors, total units, year built, etc.), valuations for tax purposes, and more. Easily find available datasets by using borough names, like Manhattan, to search.
This package combines detailed data about business, consumer spending, demographics, segmentations, and major shopping centers with tools for analyzing geographically.
Business Analyst Desktop is available in the MIT GIS Lab for teaching and research purposes. Business Analyst Online is also available for teaching in MIT classes. Contact email@example.com with questions or if you would like access to Business Analyst Online for a class.
- Have a smart phone? Now you can go to the MIT Mobile Web to search for and request books and more.
- Find out how to use and cite images (and other content) with a new guide on copyright & fair use.
- Need help managing your data? Get assistance, attend workshops, or schedule an individual consultation on the guide for finding and managing data.
- Download new ESRI ArcGIS 10 software and improved MIT Geodata Search Tool for ArcGIS. Find GIS lab hours, workshops and more.
Library hours & study space
- The Hayden Library group study room (14E-311) is now equipped with a touch-screen reservation system and new video conferencing equipment.
- Study under the Dome: new group study rooms on the 8th Floor of Barker Library open soon.
- Longer hours have returned! See hours for all library locations.
- Get answers to all your questions about borrowing with helpful new FAQs: Circulation FAQ and Course Reserves FAQ.
- Questions? Ideas or Comments?
- We’re offering a wide variety of events throughout the fall. Find out about scheduled readings, talks, workshops, exhibits and more.
View the What we did on your summer vacation flyer (pdf).
Come learn about creating maps and doing geographic analysis!
- Introduction to GIS – Friday, Sept. 23, 1-3:30 pm or Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4-5:30 pm. This session will introduce students to open source and proprietary GIS options.
- Introduction to GIS for Architecture – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 12:30-2 pm
- Discovering and Using US Census Data – Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1-3:30 pm
- Exploring Spatial Patterns using ArcMap – Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1-3:30 pm
- Introduction to Spatial Statistics Tools and Analysis in ArcMap – Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1-3:30 pm
- Introduction to Regression Analysis in ArcMap – Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1-3:30 pm
Finding books at Rotch is now easier thanks to the combined efforts of staff and students in the Information Delivery & Library Access department. For the past four months, the team of staff and students has been working in the stacks measuring and adjusting shelves, shifting the entire collection for maximum utility and replacing the end panel call number signs. Navigating the complex Rotch space is now simpler with clear collection, floor and study space signage in addition to the updated directory. Come check it out!
The latest version of the ESRI GIS software (including ArcGIS/ArcMap) and ESRI Data and Maps are now available to the MIT community via download from: http://ist.mit.edu/services/software/esri/10
Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make maps and analyze spatial information. Learn more about using GIS for your teaching at research at MIT GIS Services.
The MIT Libraries have recently joined HathiTrust, a partnership of over fifty academic libraries that share the ambitious goal of building a comprehensive digital library of their shared collections.
Started in 2008, the HathiTrust digital library currently contains over 8.5 million digitized volumes representing the collections of partner institutions. HathiTrust’s collections include both copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as partner institutions. Founded by twelve universities from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system and the University of Virginia, the partnership has now grown to include fifty-five institutions. MIT and Harvard are two of the most recent universities to join.
Through the HathiTrust website, the public can search the full-text of 8.4 million digitized volumes, and get full online access to 2.2 million volumes that are in the public domain. With the MIT Libraries membership, the MIT community will have the added benefit of being able to download full volumes of public domain works in PDF format, and also build and share collections using the Collection Builder feature. Access will be provided to MIT users, with authentication through Touchstone, later this year.
Joining HathiTrust is one of several steps the MIT Libraries have recently taken to expand access for MIT faculty and students to print or digitized resources beyond the holdings of MIT. In January, the Libraries announced their membership in Borrow Direct, a partnership with Ivy Plus libraries that gives the MIT community access to nearly 50 million print items. In February, MIT and Harvard libraries jointly announced an expanded alliance to explore collaborations for sharing library materials, advancing digital preservation collections practice, and developing future off-site storage facilities and services.
“In today’s interdisciplinary learning environment, it’s essential for our faculty, students and researchers to have access to an even wider array of information resources than ever before. By collaborating with other outstanding research libraries, we can offer the resources necessary to support the cutting edge research and education that is MIT’s hallmark,” said MIT Director of Libraries, Ann Wolpert.
Wolpert added that it is important for universities to take a leading role in shaping digital libraries. “Libraries have been stewards of the scholarly record for centuries,” she said. “We’re committed to the long haul.”
The MIT Libraries are actively involved in open access initiatives that support MIT’s mission to make scholarly knowledge openly available to the world. Partnering with HathiTrust, an organization committed to collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge, is in line with the Libraries principles of supporting the long-term curation of the cultural record, and furthering global scholarship and research.
Want to learn about GIS online, on your own time? The MIT community has access to many virtual campus courses from ESRI. Courses can help students learn many skills including: using ArcGIS, working in 3D, raster analysis, programming with Python, and creating mobile GIS applications. The virtual campus addresses a variety of topics including getting started with the basics of GIS and working with HAZUS – using GIS technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters.
The MIT community can sign up for ESRI virtual campus courses for free by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of available courses visit the MIT GIS Services website: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/esrivc.html
For updates about GIS related events, new GIS data and software, and more subscribe to email@example.com by visiting: http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/mitgis
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 2011 session. Note: while most courses take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, some do take place at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
For a listing of course offerings and application information, see the ICPSR Summer Program web site. For further information, contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry Ellenzweig: Works on Paper, 1955-2010
Opening reception: March 11, 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm
On view: March 4-31, 2011, Rotch Library (7-238)
Harry Ellenzweig, the founding principal of the Cambridge-based firm Ellenzweig, has practiced architecture for almost 50 years. His work has focused on innovative designs for major academic institutions, as well as a wide range of projects for research, medical and corporate clients. His most recent building is the just-completed David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research here at MIT. In addition, Mr. Ellenzweig is an artist, and has been painting since youth. His work is included in several museums and many private collections in the United States. He has described his graphic works as reflecting “a vision informed by the architect’s eye, a passion for forms found in nature and images of cities – the shared heritage merging with an imagined and abstracted urban landscape.”
New agreement reflects physical proximity, cross-registration, joint programs, and research affinities
The Provosts of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have charged their respective library systems to explore expanded collaborations for sharing library materials, advancing digital preservation and collection, and developing future off-site storage facilities.
Both institutions have identified increased collaboration between and among their complementary libraries as an essential element in developing the research library of the 21st century. While an ambitious level of collaboration is anticipated, each library system will remain engaged with and guided by the respective missions and priorities of each university. While enhanced collaboration may serve to reduce prospective costs, the focus of the collaboration is on the future of 21st-century library services, technologies, and collections.
“No single library system can expect to meet the full intellectual needs of the academic and research communities of MIT and Harvard,” stated Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman. “A wide-ranging exploration of all opportunities for collaboration is of great interest to both institutions.”
Both formal and informal relationships already exist between the MIT and Harvard libraries. MIT has shared in the use of the Harvard Depository since its inception in 1985. A 1995 agreement between Harvard College Library (HCL) and MIT brought reciprocal borrowing privileges to faculty, researchers, and graduate students in both institutions. An April 2010 pilot program extended those privileges to undergraduate students.
While traditional library materials have been the focus of prior agreements, digital materials are at the forefront of the new alliance.
“The increasing primacy of digital materials brings its own urgency to our collaboration, ” observed MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif. “As new models of online information delivery emerge, Harvard and MIT can support joint programs for open-access as well as joint acquisition and licensing approaches that are appropriate for education and academic research.”
Under the agreement, the two libraries will develop a four-tiered action plan by the end of 2011. The four tiers are:
Reciprocal access to circulating collections
By developing linked access between Harvard and MIT library catalogs and implementing reciprocal privileges that extend to Harvard’s graduate and professional school libraries, library patrons can anticipate full access to 20 million volumes that users will experience as a single collection.
Enhancing digital preservation and collection practices
MIT and Harvard have earned leadership roles through their open access programs and repositories and through their respective approaches to digital preservation. High priority areas for collaborative growth include digital archives of faculty papers and web-based publications.
Developing wider access to electronic information
Questions of electronic serials pricing, and the costs of building digital information management and delivery systems, point to opportunities for Harvard and MIT to investigate new models for licensing agreements, as well as alternative, open access forms of publication that reflect each institution’s commitment to the dissemination of new knowledge.
Envisioning joint off-site storage facilities for the future
Harvard and MIT have shared the Harvard Depository for high-density, non-browsable, off-site storage since 1985. Together, the two universities could effectively anticipate both a new service model and an additional facility for off-site storage.
“We’ve enjoyed a collaborative working relationship with Harvard’s libraries for many years,” said Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries. “This new agreement builds on our successes and underscores the commitment we share to provide our communities with the best and broadest range of resources possible, and to be at the forefront of advancing the digital preservation of scholarly work.”
“In several ways, the libraries of Harvard and MIT are already united by proximity and affinity,” said Helen Shenton, Executive Director of the Harvard Library. “Our new agreement supports the distinct priorities of two very singular universities. At the same time, it challenges us to collaborate on a sustainable information ecosystem for the 21st century.”
Because JSTOR has recently reported excessive, systematic downloading of articles at MIT, we need to add a new layer of access control. This is the only way to prevent recurrence of the abuse and therefore the only way to ensure ongoing access to this valuable resource for the MIT Community.
How this affects your access:
- Whether you are on- or off-campus, you must use either the shortcut URL for JSTOR (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/jstor) or use the JSTOR link in Vera in order to be recognized as a subscriber.
- Your current MIT status will be verified as you are passed through to the JSTOR site.
- This change will take effect by Wednesday, January 12, and as early as Monday, January 10.
If you find you have any problem with access, please email email@example.com.
The incidents that prompted this change involved the use of a robot, which is prohibited by JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use . Additionally, these incidents violated MITnet Rules of Use. Continued access to JSTOR and other resources is dependent on the MIT Community complying with these policies.
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