Archive for October, 2005

Humanities Library audiobooks added to Lewis Music Library iPods

Posted October 31st, 2005 by Christie Moore

Excerpts from several of the Humanities Library audiobooks have been added to the music selections on the circulating iPods at the Lewis Music Library. In the playlist called “Humanities Audiobooks” are samples of books by authors from Graham Greene to J.K. Rowling, David Sedaris, and H.G. Wells.

Click here to see all the audiobook titles in Humanities. Or, go to Barton and choose Advanced Search; choose Format: Audio Books, Location: Humanities Library and search Subject Words: audiobooks

MIT students, faculty, or staff members may borrow an iPod overnight (due the next day at closing) for the purpose of listening to the more than 700 sample tracks. If a selection appeals to you, jot down the call number from the iPod and come into the Lewis Music Library at 14E-109 to borrow the CD or look for the audiobook in the Humanities Browsery in 14S-200. Compact discs circulate for 3 days with no renewals; audiobooks circulate for 4 weeks with no renewals.

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Piggy Bank: a Firefox extension from the MIT Libraries Digital Library Research Group

Posted October 24th, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Piggy Bank is an extension to the Firefox Web browser that turns it into a “Semantic Web browser”, letting you make use of existing information on the Web in more useful and flexible ways. For details, see the Piggy Bank web site. See also a recent article from Lecture Notes in Computer Science by David Huynh, Stefano Mazzocchi and David Karger: Piggy Bank: Experience the Semantic Web Inside Your Web Browser.

MIT Digital Library Research Group web site

Posted October 24th, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Interested in following what’s going on with the MIT Libraries’ research group? Check out the web site of the Digital Library Research Group for information on projects, such as CWSpace, DSRB, LEADIRS, and SIMILE. Primary concerns include building a DSpace open source community, as well as research on applications of the Semantic Web and the Data Grid to Digital Libraries and Data Curation.

Libraries add over 11,000 MIT theses to DSpace

Posted October 24th, 2005 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries have added over 11,000 electronic copies of MIT theses to DSpace— doubling the content of the digital archive and providing worldwide exposure to the work of MIT scholars. The MIT thesis collection is already one of the most widely-used collections of its kind and contains the theses of many well-known MIT alumni, including several Nobel Prize winners. In DSpace their work, and the valuable research of many others, will now be even more accessible from the Web.

To find theses in DSpace, go to: http://libraries.mit.edu/mit-theses. Current MIT students, faculty and staff are able to print PDF files of theses (certificates required). Non-MIT users have access to a readable copy and are given the option of purchasing printable files.

The 11,000 theses in DSpace represent a small portion of the over 100,000 theses found in the collection. The full collection of paper theses dating from 1868 can be found in the Institute Archives. More theses will be added to DSpace as they are scanned on demand or submitted electronically. Recent MIT graduates or students about to complete their degree may submit an electronic version of their theses directly to DSpace: http://web.mit.edu/etheses.

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Learn about Protein Sequence Analysis tools

Posted October 20th, 2005 by mit-admin

Learn how to find information in bioinformatics in this hands-on session. Attendees should have a basic familiarity with the life sciences but limited exposure to bioinformatics. The session will consist of a 1-hour lecture followed by a 1-hour hands-on exercise.

Presented by Charlie Whittaker, Research Scientist, MIT Center for Cancer Research.

Introduction to Protein Sequence Analysis
Thursday, November 17: 1-3pm
14N-132: Digital Instruction Resource Center

Learn how to obtain protein sequences from a variety of sources, perform multiple alignments, phylogenetic analysis and domain/motif analysis. In addition, instruction on obtaining and interpreting gene ontology annotations will be provided.

Advance registration is required. Please register by emailing elworthi@mit.edu.

Sponsored by the MIT Science Library.

Also recommended: Introduction to Genome Sequence Analysis – November 15, 1-3pm

Learn about Genome Sequence Analysis tools

Posted October 20th, 2005 by mit-admin

Learn how to find information in bioinformatics in this hands-on session. Attendees should have a basic familiarity with the life sciences but limited exposure to bioinformatics. The session will consist of a 1-hour lecture followed by a 1-hour hands-on exercise.

Presented by Charlie Whittaker, Research Scientist, MIT Center for Cancer Research.

Introduction to Genome Sequence Analysis
Tuesday, November 15: 1-3pm
14N-132: Digital Instruction Resource Center

Become familiar with accessing, visualizing and interpreting genomic data. The UCSC genome database and browser will be used to perform sequence, text and coordinate-based queries. View and interpret the results and download the data for use in other applications. In addition, an introduction to other useful genomics resources (Ensembl, NCBI and JGI) will be provided.

Advanced registration is required. Please register by emailing elworthi@mit.edu.

Sponsored by the MIT Science Library.

Also recommended: Introduction to Protein Sequence Analysis – November 17, 1-3pm

Learn about the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries

Posted October 19th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

Interested in finding information on the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries? Then check out our subject guide to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry Information. It covers topics such as:

  • company profiles
  • joint ventures
  • R&D
  • market statistics

And take a look at any of the Libraries’ other subject guides.

Find Career Guides to Foreign Countries in Business Source Premier

Posted October 14th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

Did you know that there are international career guides in Business Source Premier? Available for over 20 countries, guides include information on job-search resources, work permits, visas, professional organizations, application guidelines, interviewing, and financial considerations.

In Business Source Premier, enter the name of the country followed by “career guide” (e.g. “Brazil career guide”) in the field entitled SO Publication Name.

MLA Bibliography now in LION

Posted October 12th, 2005 by Jim Eggleston

We have a new version of the Modern Language Association International
Bibliography (MLAIB) provided through a new vendor
(http://libraries.mit.edu/get/mla). The content is the same but the
interface is different. The MLAIB is also now included in Literature
Online (LION). If you search for literary criticism in LION
(http://libraries.mit.edu/get lion), your results will include hits
from both the MLAIB and the Annual Bibliography of English Language
and Literature (ABELL).

Four Tables: Projects by Lira Nikolovska

Posted October 11th, 2005 by mit-admin

Stop by Rotch and see this exhibit by Lira Nikolovska, PhD candidate in the School of Architecture’s Design and Computation Program. This exhibit is on display through October 30. For more information on the artist click here.

Lewis Music Library fall newsletter now available

Posted October 7th, 2005 by Christie Moore

The MIT Lewis Music Library fall 2005 newsletter has just been issued. The web version is available online and print copies are on the front counter in the library (Bldg. 14E-109). Read about the library’s iPod project, other recent activities, and the ever-popular bad music jokes!

And check the latest Selected New Titles: Compact Discs on the web where you will also find audio clips from recent additions to the library’s CD collection.

Early English Books Online has grown

Posted October 5th, 2005 by Jim Eggleston

The Humanities Library has recently acquired access to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCIP) database. Our original version of EEBO ( http://libraries.mit.edu/get/eebo) provides complete page images of 125,000 works in all fields written between 1475 and 1700.
Our new version (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/eebotcp) provides fully searchable modernized transcriptions of a portion of those works. The two databases are linked so you can see the hits in both databases when you perform a search in either. Both databases were purchased with support from MIT’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Learn about finding chemical properties using Beilstein or Gmelin

Posted October 4th, 2005 by mit-admin

Celebrate National Chemistry Week, Oct 16-22, 2005, and its theme “Joy of Toys” by improving your knowledge of one of the major “toys” of chemical information!

Introduction to Beilstein & Gmelin
Wednesday October 19, 4 – 5pm

This session will introduce MDL Crossfire Commander software for searching Beilstein & Gmelin – databases of organic and inorganic compounds. The two databases, Beilstein (organic) and Gmelin (inorganic), collectively contain data on structures, reactions, facts and citations for more than 11 million organic, inorganic and organometallic compounds. Presented by Erja Kajosalo, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian. Advanced registration is required – the number of seats is limited.

RSVP: Erja Kajosalo (kajosalo@mit.edu) by Monday October 17.

Download MDL Crossfire today!

Also recommended: Introduction to SciFinder Scholar 2006

Learn about SciFinder Scholar 2006

Posted October 4th, 2005 by mit-admin

Celebrate National Chemistry Week, Oct 16-22, 2005, and its theme “Joy of Toys” by improving your knowledge of one of the major “toys” of chemical information!

Introduction to SciFinder Scholar 2006
Tuesday Oct 18, 11am – 12pm

Amy Christuk from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will introduce the many new features in SciFinder Scholar 2006 (available now for PCs – Mac version coming later this fall). She will show several searching techniques for finding chemical information using this comprehensive chemical literature database. Advanced registration is required – the number of seats is limited.

RSVP: Erja Kajosalo (kajosalo@mit.edu) by Monday October 17.

Download SciFinder Scholar 2006 today!

Also recommended: Introduction to Beilstein & Gmelin