Archive for February, 2006

1960 Andrew Wyeth show featured in March Archives exhibit

Posted February 28th, 2006 by Lois Beattie

In the fall of 1960 MIT mounted an exhibition of forty works by Andrew Wyeth in the Hayden Gallery. March’s Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections displays a letter from Wyeth to MIT’s first lady, Catherine Stratton, setting forth his reasons for declining an invitation to an opening cocktail party. The letter is from the Catherine Nelson Stratton Papers, which include her “Social Book,” records of entertainment at the President’s House while Julius Stratton was president of MIT.

Learn more about the Archives’ collections and MIT’s history by browsing previous exhibits.

New! Dewey Research Advisor: Business and Economics Q&A (BETA)

Posted February 24th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

The Dewey Research Advisor Beta is a new online database developed by Dewey Library that provides starting points for specific research questions in the fields of business & management and economics.

Find answers to questions like:

  • Where can I find annual reports for US companies?
  • Where can I find forecasts for a country?
  • How do I find data on futures, options, spot rates, and commodities?

Try browsing the database or search for a keyword on your topic. Note that this tool is in beta version, so please send your feedback to As always, Dewey librarians are here to help, so feel free to Ask Us!

Try Self-Checkout at Dewey…Win a $25 Gift Certificate

Posted February 24th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

You could win a $25 gift certificate…just for checking out books at the Dewey Library! Now through April 30th, you can register to win every time you use the new self-checkout machine at Dewey. Just fill out the bottom of your self-check receipt and drop it in the box. A winner will be drawn each week and notified by e-mail.

Good Luck!

Music for surviving in a bunker/on a desert island

Posted February 16th, 2006 by Christie Moore

Writer Mike Zwerin recently published some lists in the The International Herald Tribune of recommended jazz and rock music to take with you into the bunker when King Kong has destroyed your city. (In the past these were called desert island records.) The Lewis Music Library already had several of the suggested titles, which ranged from Paul Simon’s Graceland to the Modern Jazz Quartet. More were ordered, and here are some that have recently arrived:

Valentine’s Day theremin concert in Lewis Music Library

Posted February 13th, 2006 by Christie Moore

Join us at noon on Valentine’s Day in the Lewis Music Library for a 1-hour theremin and piano concert called “Waves of Pleasure.” Popular romantic songs will be performed by MIT Music and Theater Arts faculty Brian Robison and Charles Shadle, and audience members will be invited to try playing the theremin themselves. (See the MIT Office of the Arts announcement and description of this unique early electronic instrument.)

Lewis Music Library, 14E-109, noon-1pm on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2006
(no food or beverages in the library, please)

Brian Robison

Metadata Open House

Posted February 9th, 2006 by Heather Denny

Time: Tuesday, February 14th at 2:00pm

Location: Information Intersection, Stata Center Lobby

If you’re working on a digital project, it’s important that your research results be electronically preserved and shared. A metadata plan that organizes and describes your research can help satisfy grant requirements and secure funding.

To learn more about how MIT Libraries’ Metadata Services team can provide cost-effective metadata consulting, design, production, documentation and training assistance, stop by the Metadata Services Open House.

For more information go to or contact:
Metadata Specialist, Rob Wolfe

Frost & Sullivan Reports are Here!

Posted February 9th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

Frost & Sullivan global market research reports are now available to the MIT community. These full-text reports contain competitive and strategic analyses, market share data, and forecasts of technical trends in markets such as:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Chemicals, Materials, & Foods
  • Communication & IT
  • Consumer Products
  • Electronics
  • Environment & Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Automation
  • Transportation

Note: An MIT certificate MUST be installed on your computer in order to access Frost & Sullivan. Our agreement with Frost & Sullivan permits viewing and printing of report pages for academic, non-commercial purposes only, and does not include access to Stratecast Partners publications.

Theremin concert on Valentine’s Day

Posted February 6th, 2006 by Christie Moore
Léon Theremin playing an early theremin Mark your calendars! The Lewis Music Library (14E-109) will host a theremin and piano concert called “Waves of Pleasure” from noon to 1 pm on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Brian Robison and Charles Shadle of the MIT Music Section will play love songs and then invite audience participation. The Theremin is one of the earliest electronic instruments: for more information see Prof. Robison’s description.

Borrowing from other libraries made easier with new web system

Posted February 6th, 2006 by Heather Denny

Starting February 6, 2006 members of the MIT community will be able to request books, articles, and other materials from academic libraries worldwide through a new web-based system.

The new system, known as ILLiad, will allow MIT users to access materials from other libraries outside of MIT in support of their MIT-related work and research. Locally this includes access to the libraries of the Boston Library Consortium, as well as Harvard Libraries.

Users will be able to:
• track and manage requests any time through the ILLiad web browser
• download articles requested in PDF format
• view a history of completed requests
• renew books borrowed from other libraries

To begin, simply register with ILLiad to make your initial request. Go to: Enter your contact information, select an ILLiad user name and a password and your preferred delivery location for pickup.

Borrowed materials may be picked up at Dewey Library or Hayden Library. Other MIT pickup locations will be added later in the semester. Location preference can be changed by updating your ILLiad user information at any time. Borrowed materials may be returned to any MIT Libraries location.

After registering, borrowing requests may be made by accessing the ILLiad web pages, or through searching First Search databases by clicking on the SFX button.

When an item does not appear to be owned by MIT in a First Search database (ABI/Inform, or EconLit) look for the “Interlibrary Borrowing: Request items not owned by MIT via ILLiad” link in the SFX menu. Clicking this link will bring you to the ILLiad web pages. You will be asked for your ILLiad user name and password. After you enter this information, the citation information for the item will be automatically entered into the ILLiad request form.

See also: Interlibrary Borrowing (link, ILLiad @ MIT (link:

Retain rights to your publications! MIT’s Amendment to Publication Agreement

Posted February 3rd, 2006 by Darcy Duke

MIT’s Amendment to Publication Agreement [MSWord] [PDF]

Developed at MIT, this amendment is a tool authors can use to retain rights when assigning copyright to a publisher. It will enable authors to continue using their publications in their academic work at MIT, to deposit them into the MIT Libraries’ DSpace repository, and to deposit any NIH-funded manuscripts on the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central database.

For more information, contact:

Carol Fleishauer,, 617.253.5962
Associate Director for Collection Services

To find out more about critical issues in scholarly communication, see: Scholarly Communication in Crisis: Why You Should Care

Scholarly Communication in Crisis

ICPSR Summer Internship Program: Now Accepting Applications

Posted February 3rd, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for its annual summer internship program for 2006.

Summer Interns will gain experience:

  • using statistical programs to check data for content and accuracy,
  • preparing data for permanent archiving and distribution for secondary analysis,
  • preserving respondent anonymity, and
  • composing descriptions of data collections.

For more information, see the ICPSR announcement. Application deadline: February 24, 2006.

Humanities Library welcomes Michelle Baildon

Posted February 3rd, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

The staff of the Humanities Library are happy to announce the appointment of Michelle
Baildon to the position of History, History of Science and Technology,
Philosophy and Anthropology Librarian in the Humanities Library.
Michelle comes to us from Boston College, where, most recently, she
was the Liaison and Bibliographer for History and Political Science.
Michelle has a BA from Harvard University in History and Science and
a Masters from Yale University in American Studies along with her
Simmons MLIS degree.

During her time at Boston College, Michelle was the Scholarly
Communications Librarian, participating in the bringing up of their
institutional repository. She also has been active in increasing the
library participation in instruction at BC, in addition to her liaison
and collection development activities. Michelle is very active in
ALA, including current committee appointments in ACRL (Association of
College and Research Libraries), RUSA (Reference and User Services
Association), NMRT( New Members Round Table), and APALA (Asian/
Pacific Librarians Association).

The Humanities staff is eager to start collaborating with our new
colleague. Please join us in welcoming her to the MIT Libraries. Her
first day of work will be February 6; her e-mail
will be, her phone number will be 253-9352 and her
office will be 14S-222.

Library Etiquette at MIT’s Charm School

Posted February 2nd, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Working towards a degree in Charm? Then be sure to stop by the Libraries booth from 12-3pm on Friday Feb 3 in the Stratton Student Center. Students will participate in an Information Seeking Contest, earn a credit for their Charm degree, and receive an additional prize!

More information on the 13th Annual Charm School.

SciFinder Scholar – older versions no longer supported

Posted February 2nd, 2006 by MIT Libraries

As of March 31, 2006 older versions of SciFinder Scholar will no longer be supported. This includes any versions prior to version 2004.2 and version 2006.

To upgrade to the latest version of SciFinder Scholar, visit
You must have MIT certificates to install SciFinder Scholar.

Questions? Contact Erja Kajosalo,, Chemistry Librarian.