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OA research in the news: Kastner to be nominated to DOE

Posted December 11th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn
Marc Kastner

Marc Kastner

Last month, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Marc Kastner, dean of MIT’s School of Science, to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The office is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States; its 2013 budget is $4.9 billion. Kastner, who works in condensed matter physics, has led the School of Science since 2007. “A brilliant physicist and highly effective manager, Marc Kastner is ideally suited to manage DOE’s basic science portfolio and its network of national labs,” said MIT President Rafael Reif. “He argues eloquently for the value of basic science but has worked with equal enthusiasm to help MIT faculty transform emerging ideas into important real-world technologies. He knows the challenges of building a sustainable energy future, and I can think of no one better to help the U.S. seize the opportunities, as well.”

Explore Professor Kastner’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

IAP 2014: Life Sciences

Posted December 10th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAP 2014 Sessions

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

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

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

IAP 2014: GIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAP 2014: Statistical Software Workshops

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Looking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages during IAP? The following classes will be taught by Libraries’ staff and the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Trainer. For more information, please contact Jennie Murack. All classes require registration.stats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAP 2014: Research Funding and Other Academic Tools

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes to help make your research easier! Join us for topics that range from 3D printing to how find research funding to using Evernote. Some require registration.stacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAP 2014: Patents and Copyright

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

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

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 10, 1:00pm-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAP 2014: Mapping

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAP 2014: Managing and Citing Your Information

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Looking for some tips on managing and citing your research? The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes over IAP to help. Some classes require registration.Data Tunnel

EndNote Basics
Wed Jan 8, 5:00pm-6:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

Research Data Management: 101
Fri Jan 9, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero
Tue Jan 14, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Take Charge of Your Stuff: Personal Content Management Tools
Wed Jan 15, 12:00pm-1:00PM, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Zotero Basics
Tue Jan 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Organization
Wed Jan 22, 10:00am-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Mendeley Basics
Thu Jan 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

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

IAP 2014: Data Tools and File Management

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on data tools and file management this IAP. Some classes require registration.data

Managing Confidential Data
Wed Jan 15, 10:00am-1:00pm, 66-148
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

Public Opinion Data Resources
Thu Jan 16, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Finding Research Datasets
Thu Jan 23, 9:30am-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

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

 

IAP 2014: Culture, Arts, and Society

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Join the MIT Libraries for a series of classes on topics that range from letterlocking to the music of the Arab Spring. Some classes require registration.Beaver

Creative Bookbinding 2014
Tue Jan 7, 10:00am-12:30pm, 14-0513
Wed Jan 8, 10:00am-12:30pm, 14-0513
Contact: Kate Beattie, knb@mit.edu

Rare Book Speed Dating
Fri Jan 10, 10:30am-11:00am, 14N-118
Fri Jan 10, 11:15am-11:45am, 14N-118
Contact: Audrey Pearson, pearsona@mit.edu

Library Music! Open Mic in the Lewis Music Library
Fri Jan 10, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14E-109
Fri Jan 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 14E-109
Contact: Peter Munstedt, pmunsted@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 10, 1:00pm-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

A Conversation with Ta’Nehisi Coates about Reading, Writing, and Libraries
Mon Jan 13, 11:00am-12pm, 14E-304
Contact: Patsy Baudoin, patsy@mit.edu

Leave It to the Beavers: A Snapshot of Life at MIT in the 1950s
Fri Jan 24, 2:00pm-3:30pm, 14N-118
Contact: Camille Torres Hoven, cttorres@mit.edu

Historic Letterlocking: The Art and Security of Letterwriting
Tue Jan 28, 10:00am-3:00pm, 14-0513
Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am-3:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Jana Dambrogio, jld@mit.edu

Rap, Rai, Rock, and Revolution: The Role of Music in the “Arab Spring”
Tue Jan 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm, 3-133
Contact: Michael Toler, mtoler@mit.edu

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

Webinar: Measure change over time with the American Community Survey

Posted December 6th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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Want to research change over time in social and economic trends for states and local areas across the U.S.?  Use the American Community Survey!

American Community Survey data are released in annual or multiyear estimates (depending upon geographic area) and measure citizens’ experiences in a wide range of social and economic issues.  However, assessing trends over time can be challenging when working with ACS multiyear estimates, so get tips in an upcoming Census webinar: Using the ACS to Measure Trends Over Time.

In this webinar, demographers, planners, and researchers will provide guidance for measuring trends with ACS data.

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2013, 1–2 p.m. (EST)

Space is limited. Register.

Use data in your research and win a prize! Gain experience in data analysis via an internship!

Posted December 3rd, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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ICPSR Research Paper Competition

Using data from the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) data archive for one of your classes?  Submit your paper to the ICPSR Research Paper Competition and get a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!

ICPSR sponsors the competition to highlight the best research papers using quantitative data from the ICPSR archive.  Special prizes are given for using data in their minority, fertility, or HIV data collections.  Note: Some competitions are limited to undergraduate or master’s students.

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2014.

For details on the competition and for help finding data in the ICPSR archive, see ICPSR’s page on the competition or contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

ICPSR now is accepting applications for its 2014 summer internship program for undergraduates, an NSF-funded program.

  • Explore a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of a conference-ready poster on your research findings
  • Work in small groups and with faculty mentors
  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS
  • Stipend given

For an example, see a video of a past ICPSR intern presenting on his research project.

Applications are now being taken through an on-line application form. Two letters of recommendation are required, and can also be sent over the Web.

Deadline for application: January 31, 2014.

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

Spam alert: Ignore emails asking for your library account

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Heather Denny

attentionPlease be advised that some library users are receiving emails with the subject line “Reactivate library account.” These emails are spam and are not from the MIT Libraries.

The email asks you to reactivate your account by going to a Login Page, and is signed with a fake librarian name and contact information. Please ignore all emails asking for your library account information.

Users with “Your Account” can securely login to their library accounts through Touchstone. If you have any questions about how to use Your Account please see our Circulation FAQ page.

Get help with statistical software packages, statistics, and research technology

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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Do you use statistical software packages, such as R, Stata, SAS, or SPSS?  Want to be more effective with statistical analysis, research technology, or social science research methods? No need to struggle with these issues on your own!

MIT has two new resources that can help:

1. Guide to Statistical Software

  • Learn how to access statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SAS) at MIT
  • Find resources for learning and using these software packages

2. Research Technology Consulting

This service is available to help you individually with:

  • Learning or troubleshooting statistical software packages such as R, Stata, or SAS
  • Data analysis support and programming advice
  • Statistical methodology questions
  • For social science research projects:
    • Research project planning and guidance
    • Use of research technology (e.g., screen scraping, social network analysis, and more)

To make an appointment or ask for tips on a project:

This service, based at Harvard, is provided by the Harvard-MIT Data Center and available to the MIT community as a pilot.

Learn Statistical Software in Workshops
In addition, attend one of the upcoming workshops on statistical software.

The Harvard-MIT Data Center also provides: a data repository, research computing environment, and a specialized computer lab.

For questions about these services, contact Jennie Murack, Statistics Specialist, or Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian.

OA research in the news: Hard math for grade schoolers

Posted November 25th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn

Hard math for elementary schoolAfter a couple of years of coaching his daughter’s middle-school math team, MIT economist Glenn Ellison compiled his notes into a self-published book, Hard Math for Middle School. The book was intended for members of the math league his daughter participated in, but in the five years since it was published it has sold thousands of copies nationwide. Now (at the urging of his youngest daughter), Ellison has released a second book for third- to sixth-graders looking for a challenge beyond what they learn in the classroom. The goal is to keep math interesting for advanced students. “What would be great is if in 10 to 12 years my MIT students come up to me and say ‘I used your book when I was in fifth grade,’” says Ellison. “That would be really awesome.”

Ellison’s research has previously been inspired by his daughters: In 2010 he published a paper exploring the gender gap at high school math competitions.

Explore Professor Ellison’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

Finals week study breaks, December 12–17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IMF publications now available online

Posted November 20th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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Study international economics or finance?  Use publications from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)?  MIT now has access to all IMF publications online through the IMF e-Library.  Access publications, sometimes as far back as 1951, including:

  • books and analytical papers
  • periodicals and reports

IMF publications cover a range of topics, including macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade, aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction, and much more.

Access the eLibrary at http://libraries.mit.edu/get/imf or via our research guide to economics.

Looking for statistical data from the IMF?  In addition to what you can get on the Data and Statistics section of the IMF web site, MIT subscribes to:

 

Composer Peter Child – Wednesday, November 20

Posted November 15th, 2013 by Christie Moore
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Peter Child

Peter Child,  Professor in Music and Theater Arts, in a talk about his recent music with live performances by Vineet Gopal (’13), flute; Miriam Nussbaum (G), flute; Elaine Kwon (Lecturer, Music and Theater Arts), piano, and Peter Child, piano.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 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.

OA research in the news: New way to monitor induced-coma patients

Posted November 14th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn
Emery N. Brown

Emery N. Brown

Brain injury patients are sometimes deliberately placed in a coma with anesthesia drugs to allow swelling to go down and their brains to heal. Comas can last for days, during which patients’ brain activity must be regularly monitored to ensure the right level of sedation. The constant checking is “totally inefficient,” says Emery Brown, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a professor in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Brown and his colleagues at MGH have developed a “brain-machine interface” that automatically monitors brain activity and adjusts drug dosages accordingly. They’ve tested the system on rats and are now planning human trials.

Explore Professor Brown’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.