Art + Architecture + Planning
“Quill and Pixel: Chansonniers and their Modern Readers”
A lecture by Dr. Jane Alden, Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University
Where: MIT Lewis Music Library, 14E-109
When: Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:00 pm
Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts were often beautiful, exceptionally crafted, and extraordinarily expensive items, and the modern facsimiles that seek to reproduce the originals can have the same qualities and drawbacks. By contrast, the Internet has brought images of many of these amazing artifacts to a wide audience at no cost. Yet the expensive, physical publications are still in wide demand by collectors and libraries. Dr. Jane Alden, Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, will discuss this seeming paradox in her lecture, “Quill and Pixel: Chansonniers and their Modern Readers.” Dr. Alden will discuss ways in which today’s technology has changed our relationship to original manuscripts (especially 15th-century French songbooks) and what role published facsimiles may play in the future.
This event is free and open to the public.
On view: November 1, 2010-January 28, 2011
Reception: November 4, 2010, 5:30pm-7pm
The current exhibit at Rotch Library showcases the work conducted by Voices Beyond Walls, a non-profit media initiative supporting creative expression and human rights advocacy among impoverished youth, co-founded by Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D., a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.
Voices Beyond Walls spent time in community centers in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza to produce the photography and films showcased in the exhibit.
Re-imagining Gaza (2010) provides perspectives from Palestinian youth in Gaza City, the Jabaliya refugee camp, and the Gaza buffer zone, re-imagining their lives despite the ongoing blockade and recent war in the Gaza Strip.
Youth Visions of Jerusalem (2009) shows how Palestinian children develop spatial representations and creative media narratives in the contested spaces of the Old City and Shu’fat refugee camp, both a part of the divided city of Jerusalem today.
The exhibit was designed by Jegan Vincent de Paul, a Research Fellow in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. It is supported by the Council for the Arts at MIT and an ACT Director’s Discretionary Grant.
Rotch Library Exhibition – October 4–29, 2010
Reception: October 15, 4–6pm.
Water Works features paintings by Carol Schweigert from Dewey Library’s Access Services. Schweigert’s passion is for painting from direct observation in both oil and gouache, indoors and out. MIT and scenes on the Charles River are common themes she has explored. Four MIT dome studies painted by Schweigert hang in Dewey Library and were the subject of an article in the May 3, 2010 issue of News@MITSloan. This exhibit offers the opportunity to see more of Schweigert’s paintings and sketches.
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 Trainer starting this week. Note: pre-registration required; also, there will be time at the end of each session for individual assistance, so feel free to bring your research questions.
Where: All workshops held in 1-115.
1. Introduction to Stata
This workshop is designed for individuals who have little or no experience using Stata software. 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.
When: Thursday, September 30th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online
2. Data Management 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. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).
When: Thursday, October 14th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online
3. 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 covered include: univariate and multiple regression, dummy variables, interaction effects, hypothesis tests, assumption testing, and strategies for organizing model testing. Prerequisites: General familiarity with Stata, including importing and managing datasets and data exploration (such as taking the Intro. workshop); knowledge of the linear regression model and ordinary least squares estimation.
When: Monday, October 25th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online
4. Graphics in Stata
Graphs are a powerful and memorable means of communicating quantitative information. This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to graphics in Stata. Topics for the class include graphing principles, descriptive graphs, and post-estimation graphs. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).
When: Thursday, November 4th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online
5. Introduction to SAS
This course is intended for individuals with little to no experience using SAS, a powerful statistical software package available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, explore SAS’s many features and learn how to import and manage your data in SAS. Novices welcome!
When: Monday, November 15th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online
6. 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: Monday, December 6th, 1-4pm; Space is limited: pre-register online
Can’t make these times? MIT affiliates can alternatively attend these workshops at Harvard.
Questions? Contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services and Economics Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Sept.20 at 3pm in Killian Hall (14W-111)
Join us for a lively discussion and Q&A with Gioia De Cari from “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp though MIT’s Male Math Maze,” an autobiographical solo show in which she reflects with wit and wisdom on her experience at MIT, the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in science. The discussion will be followed by refreshments and a chance to win tickets to “Truth Values!”
This event is sponsored by the MIT Libraries in conjunction with “Tell her to go to it” an exhibit on women’s experiences at MIT. For more information about the exhibit see the gallery website, or contact email@example.com.
When: Wednesday, September 29, 12:30-2pm
Where: DIRC (14N-132) (20 computers)
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/gisintro4arch
Learn about what you can do with GIS, common sources of GIS data, how to make your own GIS data, and gain hands-on experience using tools to create basic maps, export to CAD, Google Earth, or image formats, and work in 3D.
More information is available at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/archintro.html
Learn how to manage your articles and cite your references more effectively in these hands-on workshops. Register now for October.
All workshops will take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.
Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero
WHEN: Wednesday, October 6, 5 – 6pm
Citation management software is an important tool in today’s academic world. These software packages 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 product should you use, and how do you get started?
This session will focus on Endnote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for citation software at MIT. We will compare the three and introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 13, 5 – 6pm
EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package that allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn how to use Endnote to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 20, 5 – 6pm
RefWorks is a web-based resource to help you organize references, create a bibliography, and easily cite references as you write your paper. It allows you to create individual or group accounts.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 27, 5 – 6pm
Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox 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.
Sustainable Neighborhoods Through Inclusiveness, Community & Environment Case Study: Shenzhen, ChinaPosted September 14th, 2010 by Heather Denny
Rotch Library Exhibition – September 13-October 1, 2010
Reception: Sept. 20, 5:30-7pm.
Since 2005, Vanke Corporation has sponsored research seminars, studios, and workshops at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the topic of sustainable residential development. This exhibit synthesizes the four years of ideas, discussion, drawings, and writings produced by the students involved. The issues explored were: resource efficiency, the natural environment, community facilities and mobility.
This exhibit is bilingual, in Chinese and English.
Welcome to the MIT Libraries! We look forward to meeting you. Join us for an event and learn what the Libraries have to offer.
Orientation: Fall 2010
What: An expo of MIT’s academic departments and programs. The Libraries will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Wednesday, September 1, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.
Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social
What: Build your own ice cream sundae!
When: Thursday, September 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)
Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours
What: A walking tour of all the MIT Libraries, with special gifts for the first 10 attendees at each tour.
When: Saturday, August 28, 1:30 p.m, Thursday, September 2, 11 am and *Thursday, September 2, 2 pm
*this tour also stops for ice cream outside the Hayden Library, courtesy of the MIT Libraries
Where: Meet in Lobby 7
Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 102
What: An introduction to the MIT Libraries services and resources.
When: Tuesday, August 31, 3:30 – 3:50 pm
11th Annual New Graduate Student Reception
What: A reception for new graduate students, with beverages and light
NOTE: Tickets may be purchased for $5 at the Graduate Student Council Information Booth.
When: Wednesday, September 1, 5 – 7 pm
Where: Barker Library Dome (Building 10-500)
Health & Wellness Fair
What: Libraries’ staff will be ready to answer your questions and offer
information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Friday, September 3, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center
The Lipchitz Courtyard within Building 14 (adjacent to Hayden Library) is a hidden gem—a quiet, leafy retreat where you can find a sunny or shady spot to pull up a chair and read a book, or enjoy artwork from MIT’s Public Art Collection. The courtyard contains three sculptures by 20th century Cubist artist Jacques Lipchitz.
This summer the flower beds and planters in the courtyard have been replanted and new patio umbrellas installed, thanks to the generosity of an MIT alumnus who’s interested in keeping the courtyard an inviting and well-used community space. Now it’s even more of an oasis. Come check it out!
Library locations closed over the July 4th holiday and remaining week (Fri., July 2nd-Sat., July 10th)Posted June 14th, 2010 by Heather Denny
All MIT Libraries’ locations, with the exception of the 24-hour study facilities in Hayden and Dewey Libraries, will be closed Friday, July 2 through Saturday, July 10, as a cost saving measure to meet Institute budget reductions.
During this period the Libraries’ website, Barton, Vera, and access to electronic licensed resources will be available. However, most library staff will be on furlough and will not be available to offer assistance. A small number of staff will be on-call to address any reported system outages; reasonable attempts will be made to bring systems back online as soon as possible.
While it will continue to be possible to make online requests for some MIT Libraries’ services or materials, these requests will not be acted upon until the Libraries reopen. Due dates for materials on loan have been adjusted to reflect this closure – no items will be due during this period and fines will not accrue. We apologize for any inconvenience.
from Thursday, May 13 to Friday, May 21:
weekdays, 8am-2pm and Saturday & Sunday, May 15 & 16, 10am-2pm.
Extended hours are for the MIT community only.
Hayden will close Friday, May 21 at 7pm. Summer hours begin May 22.
Speaker: Kristel Smentek, Assistant Professor of Art History
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 12, Noon-1pm
Location: Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130)
Kristel Smentek, Assistant Professor of Art History and co-curator of the exhibition Technology and Enlightenment, leads an informal tour and discussion of how work is pictured in Diderot’s Encyclopédie.
This event is part of a series of events associated with Technology and Enlightenment, an exhibition in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) that 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.
The MIT Libraries’ Summer Hours will begin on Saturday, May 22, 2010.
Barker, Dewey, and Hayden (Humanities & Science) Libraries:
Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm,
Saturday closed, Sunday 1 – 6pm
Same hours as above except Sunday closed
Lewis Music Library:
Monday-Friday 11am – 5pm,
For a complete list of locations and hours see the Libraries’ website.
Please note all libraries will be closed Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31) and for a week during the Independence Day holiday (July 2-9).
WHEN: Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm
Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you to 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 pre-register for this session.
Contact Remlee Green with any questions.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm
EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.
Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.
WHEN: Friday, April 16, 12 – 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 workshop.
Please pre-register for this session.
Contact Howard Silver with any questions.
The Lewis Music Library (14E-109) will host a performance and discussion of music related to the current Libraries’ exhibition, Technology and Enlightenment, on Wednesday, April 14th at 2pm. The event will feature Teresa Neff, Lecturer in Music.
This event is part of a series of events associated with the exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) that 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.
Building on an existing collaboration between the MIT Libraries and Harvard College Library (HCL), undergraduate students at Harvard and MIT may participate in a pilot program which, for the first time, enables reciprocal borrowing privileges for undergraduates at the two institutions.
As of April 5, 2010 Harvard undergraduates will have borrowing privileges at MIT Libraries and MIT students will enjoy similar privileges at participating Harvard libraries. The program, which will be evaluated after 14 months, offers undergraduates from both institutions access to the complementary circulating collections of each institution’s libraries.
MIT undergraduate students may apply online for an HCL Special Borrower card. Once confirmed, students may obtain a photo ID from the Widener Library Privileges Desk. The card gives the bearer borrowing privileges at participating HCL libraries including:
MIT graduate students and faculty have existing borrowing privileges at HCL libraries and may also apply for cards online.