Art + Architecture + Planning

Enter the Rotch Mystery Image Contest!

Posted February 25th, 2010 by mit-admin

CONTEST RULES:

The contest will run for 3 weeks. Each week a new clue in the form of puzzle pieces will be added. Entries may be submitted at any time and you may enter once per week.
If there is more than one correct entry, the winner will be selected by a drawing.
The answer to the puzzle can be found by searching the visual collections at Rotch Library: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/rotch/collections/visual-collections/.
The correct answer must include the artist’s name, title of the work, and where you located the image.
Entries may be made using this form submitted to the box in Rotch Library or in an email to rvc-all@mit.edu.

If you enter between:
FEB 22, 5pm — MARCH 1, 5pm = your CORRECT answer will be worth 3 entries
MARCH 1, 5:01pm–MARCH 8, 5pm = your CORRECT answer will be worth 2 entries
MARCH 8, 5:01pm — MARCH 15th, 5pm = your CORRECT answer will be worth 1 entry

Note: This contest is open to MIT undergraduate and graduate students only. All entries must be submitted by March 15 at 5 pm.

Industrial Landscapes of Trinidad – Photography exhibition

Posted February 9th, 2010 by mit-admin

Mention of the Caribbean usually conjures mental images of sun, sea and sand. Mention of Trinidad and Tobago may invoke images of carnival and steelpan. This exhibition presents photographs  of another side of the twin-island state – its industrial landscape, specifically, the areas developed by heavy industries in the oil and gas sectors.

On view at Rotch Library (7-238) now through February 25, 2010.

Photographer: Kristal Peters

Funded (in part) by a Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT, and MIT’s Caribbean Club.

For more information, click here.

Shortcuts to Your Favorite Library Databases!

Posted February 5th, 2010 by mit-admin

Have a favorite database and want to avoid searching Vera for it every time? Use the Get URL! Do a search in Vera by title and then just right click to add the link to your bookmarks. Now Proquest, Avery, PubMed and others are just a click away, whether you’re on campus or off!

Technology & Enlightenment in the Maihaugen Gallery

Posted February 2nd, 2010 by Heather Denny

A new exhibit opens in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery on Wednesday, February 3. Technology and Enlightenment: The Mechanical Arts in Diderot’s Encyclopédie explores one of the most important and controversial publications of the eighteenth century, Diderot’s Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

This massive work became infamous in its day as an enlightened attack on French and European religious dogmatism and monarchical inefficiency and injustice. Containing over 2,500 elaborately engraved plates, it documented the mechanical arts and technology, placing equal importance on the manual trades as the arts and sciences.

Curated by Jeffrey S. Ravel, MIT Associate Professor of History, and Kristel Smentek, MIT Assistant Professor of Art History, the exhibit features fascinating images chosen from the 32 original folio volumes owned by the MIT Libraries, as well as multimedia components illustrating the Encylopedie’s significance.  The exhibit is open to the public Mon.-Thurs. during gallery hours, and runs through July 2010.

Rotch Library Lunchtime Film Series – This week’s films

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Heather McCann

Join us in the Rotch Library conference room on Thursday and Friday from noon-2 for week 3 of the 3rd annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series. See our complete film schedule on the IAP calendar. Bring your lunch!

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The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?
Thursday, January 21st, noon-2 pm
Viewers learn about land use planning and the water needs of cities in the Southwest, and how climate change may impact water levels on vital sources such as Lake Powell, Hoover Dam’s Lake Mead, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River.

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A Snowmobile for George
Friday, January 22nd, noon-2 pm
Curious about why President Bush reversed regulations to phase out the two-stroke snowmobile, the filmmaker travels to look at other acts of de-regulation: political manipulation that caused the death of Klamath River salmon, suppressed water rules resulting in a range war between Wyoming ranchers and oil companies, and suppression of environmental regulations after 9-11 with health consequences for New York workers.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 25 – 29

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Introduction to R

Practically Genomic

Rotch Library Film Series

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

EndNote Basics

Managing Research Data 101

LabLife Tutorial

Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

GIS Model Builder for Programmers

Regression Using Stata

Demystifying Fair Use – An Interactive Workshop for Users of Copyrighted Content

Linked Data

Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to SAS

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Graphics in Stata

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 18 – 22

Posted January 13th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

EndNote Basics

Introduction to Stata

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

ModelBuilder for beginners

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Rotch Library Film Series

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

RefWorks Basics

Data Management in Stata

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

The International Music Score Library Project and the future of digital repositories

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 11 – 15

Posted January 8th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Rotch Library Film Series

Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Power Up with Maps! GIS and Energy Resources

Bioinformatics Software Tool: BIOBASE

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Managing Research Data 101

Course Reserves Overview

Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop on Journal Quality Measures and Publisher Copyright Policies

Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Using Wikipedia to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

EndNote Basics

Power-up!: Energy Industry Resources

BrainNavigator Demo: Interactive Atlas & 3D Brain Imaging Software

Writing and Formatting Your Thesis: Don’t Let WORD Get You Down

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Tips & Techniques for Searching for Images Online

Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Join the staff of Rotch Visual Collections for an hour devoted to exploring recent acquisitions – all of which are located in Dome, MIT’s digital repository.

Images to be shown and discussed include recent additions to the Aga Khan Visual Archive; images of modernist architecture in India by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn (donated to the Society of Architectural Historians SAHARA project); photographs from retired architecture professor Maurice Smith’s teaching collection; images of Boston, Chicago, and the Southwest seen from the air, taken by noted photographer Alex MacLean of Landslides Aerial Photography; Augustus Pugin’s etchings from his influential 1836 book of architectural criticism, “Contrasts, or a parallel between the noble edifices of the 14th and 15th edifices and similar buildings of the present day,” and historical maps.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: Rotch Library conference room, 7-238

Contact Jolene de Verges with any questions or see the RVC Research Guide for more details.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Who are the main bloggers in the Middle East?

How are they changing the culture of communication in the region?

Where are the blogs archived?

Come and hear this exciting presentation that shows the dynamics of change in the Middle East in blogsphere.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Rotch Library conference room, 7-238

This session is limited to 15 participants and advance sign-up is required. Please contact Omar Khalidi with questions or to sign up.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Tips & Techniques for Searching for Images Online

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Searching for visual content in online environments is often confusing even for those who are quite experienced with text-based searching. An effective search and discovery method for images requires that one become more visually literate. In fact, because of the current proliferation of images visual literacy has increased in importance during the 21st century.

This session will focus on strategies for finding images in image repositories. Tips will be offered to help you construct an effective search. Unidentified images will be projected and participants will analyze and “interpret” the images in order to understand how to retrieve them in the digital environment. Participants will have an opportunity to practice searching through challenging hands-on exercises.

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2:30 – 3:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Jolene de Verges with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Participants will join the Preservation Services team to create a side-sewn soft-cover book using the techniques of traditional Japanese bookbinding.

The workshop will include an overview of the history, materials, and techniques of the Japanese bookmaking tradition, which is markedly different from that used to create Western books. Each participant will complete one blank book covered in beautiful Japanese decorative paper.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 10am – 12pm

WHERE: 14-0513

NOTE: This session is currently FULL. Contact Nick Szydlowski with any questions or to add your name to the wait list.

IAP 2010: Offline Image Viewer for Presentations with Images

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Looking for an alternative to Powerpoint for presenting images? The Offline Image Viewer (OIV), developed by ARTstor, is an alternative tool for giving offline classroom presentations. OIV allows users to download much larger images from ARTstor or import local images, at up to 3200 pixels on the long side. There is public access to this software. Users may combine ARTstor images with their own content to create digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides. ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) enables instructors to give reliable classroom presentations using both high-resolution ARTstor images and local content without being connected to the Internet.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 12:30 – 1:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Jolene de Verges with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology.

Third Annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series starts January 7

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Heather McCann

Join us in the Rotch Library conference room Thursday and Friday from noon-2 as we kick off the 3rd annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series. See our complete film schedule on the IAP calendar.

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Brooklyn Matters
Thursday, January 7th, noon-2pm
Rotch Library, conference room

Brooklyn Matters is an insightful documentary that reveals the fuller truth about the Atlantic Yards proposal and highlights how a few powerful men are circumventing community participation and planning principles to try to push their own interests forward.

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Crips & Bloods: Made in America
Friday, January 8th, noon -2 pm
Rotch Library, conference room

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this documentary film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles, and offers insight as to how this ongoing tragedy may possibly be resolved.

Gain Experience in Statistical Analysis at ICPSR

Posted December 17th, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

ICPSR logo

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, now is accepting applications for its annual summer internship program and 2010 research paper competition.

ICPSR Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

ICPSR is accepting applications for its annual summer internship program for undergraduates which will take place from June 7-August 13, 2010.

  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS.
  • Learn data processing skills to prepare social science data for archiving and distribution.
  • Deadline for application: February 8, 2010.
  • Stipend given.

For more information, see ICPSR’s page on the program or contact Katherine McNeill, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu

ICPSR Research Paper Competitions

ICPSR is sponsoring three competitions to highlight the best student research papers (undergraduate and master’s) using quantitative data.  The objective is to encourage students to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and presented in written form.

  • Two competitions covers any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and are eligible to undergraduate and master’s students, respectively. The third competition solicits undergraduate papers addressing issues relevant to minorities in the United States, including immigrants, that utilize data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.
  • Up to three cash prizes will be awarded for each competition.  The winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000 (second place receives $750 and third place $500).
  • Deadline for submission is January 31, 2010.

For details, see ICPSR’s page on the competition or contact Katherine McNeill, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP 2010 sessions!

Posted December 11th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research?

Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks?

Need to find chemical information, social science data, or patents?

Want to kick back and enjoy a film festival, improve your bioinformatics search skills, or learn how to make your own videos for the Web?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2010.

New photography exhibit at Rotch Library – An Uncertain Moment

Posted December 2nd, 2009 by mit-admin

KosovoAn Uncertain Moment
Laura Rushfeldt
December 1, 2009 – January 8, 2010

Rotch Library (7-238)

This exhibition provides a photo chronicle of contemporary life in Kosovo. Kosovo’s political condition and its effect on the Kosovar people is complex, ambiguous, and fluid. At best, this effect can be grasped only through examples and snapshots that provide momentary understanding. The exhibition is an attempt is to provide a lens into contemporary Kosovo through the individuals the artist met and the stories they were willing to share with her. The collection of many small stories culminated in two larger ones, the lives of Medina, an 11-year old girl growing up in a suburb of Prishtina, and Sabahet, a student at Prishtina University. This volume chronicles their daily life, with the remnants and ripples of past conflict still visible and affecting them today.

Read all about it–inside the Fall issue of BiblioTech

Posted November 24th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Inside this issue:

  • Learn about new and improved places to study in Barker & Dewey Libraries
  • Connect with the Libraries on your mobile phone
  • Read about the Libraries’ book that traveled into space
  • Discover how a generous gift from an MIT alumnus is revealing a hidden collection in the Libraries
  • Learn how Rotch librarians are helping to archive and share thousands of digital architectural images
  • Follow the latest Libraries exhibits, events and more

Get a PDF copy of BiblioTech or subscribe by emailing  dev-lib@mit.edu.

“Power Supply” Exhibition–Opening Reception Oct.23

Posted October 19th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Power Supply: Energy Resources in the MIT Libraries is a new exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery that showcases “energy resources” in the Libraries that have supported and resulted from research and education throughout the Institute’s history. Included are books and articles from historical collections, examples of rich working collections, theses by MIT students, and video (below) highlighting MIT’s current efforts in energy research.

The MIT Community is invited to an opening reception on Friday, October 23, 1-3pm in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130). Check out the exhibit and enjoy refreshments with friends!

Learn Stata and R in Upcoming Workshops on Statistical Software

Posted October 16th, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

Looking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages?  The following classes will be taught by the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Consultant and start next week!  Note: there will be time at the end of each session for individual assistance, so feel free to bring your research questions.

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1. Introduction to Stata
Get an introduction to Stata, the statistical analysis software package commonly used at MIT. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets. Novices welcome!

When: Friday, October 23rd, 2-5pm

2. Data Management in Stata
Learn techniques for data management using Stata. Perform hands-on exercises and learn how to create cross-sectional, time-series, and panel datasets from several data files.  Topics include importing data into Stata, labeling data and variables, converting data from string to numeric format, appending and merging datasets, and collapsing and reshaping a dataset.  Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

When: Friday, November 6th, 3-5pm

3. Introduction to Regression Using Stata
This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to estimating the linear regression model using ordinary least squares in Stata. Topics for the class include multiple regression, dummy variables, interaction effects, hypothesis tests, and model diagnostics. Prerequisites include a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop), the linear regression model, and the ordinary least squares estimation.

When: Friday, November 13th, 3-5pm

4. Introduction to R
Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, and generate figures. Novices welcome!

When: Friday, December 11th, 1-4pm

Where: All workshops held in the Sloan Trading Room in the basement of E52: E52-010.

Space is limited. To register, contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu.

Can’t make these times? Attend these workshops at Harvard or view the slides on your own.

Brought to you by Social Science Data Services: http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/data/

Tomes & Domes Exhibition in Rotch Library

Posted October 9th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Tomes & Domes: Islamic Architecture Collections at Rotch Library opens on Thursday, October 15 in Rotch Library of Architecture & Planning (7-238).  The exhibit highlights items from the library’s extensive collection of materials related to architecture and planning in the Islamic world.  It features items used in The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) and includes photographs taken by MIT students supported by the AKPIA Travel Grant.  It was funded in part by Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, Office of Religious Life and the Council for the Arts at MIT.  The exhibit will run through November 25.

Learn About ICPSR with Live Webinars Oct. 5-9

Posted October 1st, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

ICPSR

Learn about ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research), the world’s largest archive of research data for the social sciences.  Next week (Oct 5-9, 2009), ICPSR will be broadcasting live free webinars to help you understand and utilize its many data resources.  Topics covered include:

  • Data on minority populations
  • Graphing quantitative data & Web 2.0 tools for visualization
  • Protecting respondent confidentiality
  • American Community Survey
  • American National Election Survey
  • Harmonized data sets
  • Documentation of research data
  • Quantitative literacy/Using data in teaching
  • Online analysis of data
  • And more!

Visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/or/ormeet/program/index.jsp to review the abstracts and slides and to register to attend the webinars.  Note: while these are presented in the context of the meeting of ICPSR Official Representatives, the webinars are free and open to the public; all members of the MIT community are encouraged to register and attend.

Can’t make the live webinars?  View them anytime at: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/or/ormeet/program/index.jsp.

For more information about ICPSR, contact MIT’s Official Representative, Katherine McNeill, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

Introducing Rotch Library’s New Web Site

Posted September 1st, 2009 by Heather McCann

We are happy to announce that Rotch Library has a new web site! http://libraries.mit.edu/rotch

screen shot of new Rotch home page One of our primary goals was to make the site more visually appealing, as well as more user-friendly.

Some new features:

  • a slideshow on the home page (powered by Slideshow Pro)
  • a list of exhibits with sample images
  • quick links to our Research Guides
  • a page describing the building and history of Rotch Library
  • incorporation of the previously separate RVC pages into this site

Technical notes:

  • The site is powered by WordPress. This makes it very easy for staff to update; allows us to use professional templates; and makes it easy to incorporate new plugins and features. Rotch joins Dewey Library, the Scholarly Communication web site, and our News Blog as the 4th of our sites to be powered by WordPress.
  • The news page is automatically updated by the RSS feed from our central libraries’ news blog.

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

EndNote logoWHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 10, 12pm – 1pm

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 workshops.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops

Hayden Open 24 hours, May 14-22 for Finals

Posted May 14th, 2009 by mit-admin

Hayden Library — Humanities & Science — will stay open 24 hours a day during Finals

from Thursday May 14th at 8am to Friday, May 22nd at 7pm.

Overnight hours are for the MIT community only.

“Perceptual Form of the City” Study Now Digitized

Posted April 28th, 2009 by Heather Denny

A study conducted by Kevin Lynch and Gygory Kepes in Boston, MA from 1954-1959 was the foundation for Lynch’s theories on city planning. The MIT Libraries have digitized many of the study’s 2,000 photos and 1,200 pages of text, making the materials available online.

The Perceptual Form of the City study addressed the legibility and imageability of the American city in terms of the individual’s perception of the urban landscape. The study focused on the cities of Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Records include field notes, interview transcripts, collected data, correspondence regarding the progress of the project, and hand drawn maps. See: http://libraries.mit.edu/lynch for additional information and to view a slideshow of photos from the collection.

The Bookmobile – brought to you by the letter “S”

Posted March 17th, 2009 by mit-admin

No, Cookie Monster, not “Cookie Mobile”…Bookmobile, with our usual assortment of great books and CDs from the Humanities Library and the Lewis Music Library. But, since we are being sponsored by the letter “S,” there may be something there for you. Read on:

  • “S” is for “SERENDIPITY” and “SCIENCE LIBRARY”

We will have a selection of books from the Science Library’s new “Serendipity” Collection.

  • “S” is for “SPRING BREAK” and “SPECIAL LOAN” for CDs and DVDs

The Lewis Music Library is offering a special, longer loan period for CDs and DVDs over spring break 2009. Music compact discs and DVDs borrowed Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27 will be due Monday, March 30 (by closing, 10pm). That’s more than a week, instead of the usual 3 days! Limit of 5, no renewals.

  • “S” is for “SURVEY” and “SNACK!”

Fill out a survey, get a snack (who knows…maybe a cookie).

So come check us out in Lobby 10 this Friday, March 20th, between 11AM and 2PM.

African American improvisational quilts: an introduction – 3/15

Posted March 10th, 2009 by mit-admin
click on images to view larger pdf

Quilt collector Heather Korostoff Murray introduces us to African-American improvisational quilts: the unique qualities of these extraordinary textiles, their possible African connections, and the stories behind their creators. The exhibit will feature twenty-five quilts from her collection, illustrating the key characteristics of the genre. Her slides come from quilt scholar and curator Eli Leon’s extensive collection. Leon has generously provided the slides to edify Murray’s audience about this special province of African-American quilt making. Murray’s talk will focus on the lives and work of eight significant African-American improvisational quilt makers, including striking examples from Leon’s collection.

Murray’s interests include the quilt makers themselves – their stories, inspirations and astonishing talents. Her talk incorporates the technical side of the quilts, as well as anecdotes of their inspiration.

Heather Korostoff Murray, Bio
Heather Korostoff Murray, a native Philadelphian and long-time admirer of traditional Bucks County quilts, stumbled upon her first African-American improvisational quilt while exploring online. This experience launched a passion for the genre that has quickly led to a considerable collection, and a desire to learn more about these spectacular textiles and their makers. She finds these distinctive quilts to have an almost palpable depth and melodic eloquence.

Sponsored by the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, MIT Humanities Library and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

GIS workshops – Spring 2009

Posted February 16th, 2009 by Lisa Sweeney

MIT GIS Services will be offering a series of workshops to introduce the MIT community to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). All sessions will be held in the MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238. These workshops are restricted to the MIT community and will require an active kerberos account. No registration required – seats are available on a first come basis. MIT GIS Services are cooperatively supported by the MIT Libraries, OEIT, and IS&T.
MIT geocoded

  • Introduction to GIS using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and QGIS (FOSS)
    Friday, February 20, 2-4 pm
  • Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
    Friday, February 27, 2-4 pm
  • Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS
    Friday, March 6, 2-4 pm
  • Model Builder and Python
    Friday, March 13, 2-4 pm

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – Street Fight

Posted January 28th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday, January 30, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Click the image above to view a trailer for the film.

Street Fight (2005)

Follows the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between 32 year-old Cory Booker and four-term incumbent Sharpe James, the undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. Fought in Newark’s neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits the young challenger against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary, including harassment and police intimidation, to crush its opponents. (82 minutes)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.