Archive for May, 2006

Summer loans for music CDs, DVDs, iPods

Posted May 26th, 2006 by Christie Moore

Take advantage of a few extra days when you borrow music CDs, DVDs, and iPods over the summer! Since the Lewis Music Library will be closed Saturdays and Sundays beginning Memorial Day weekend, these items can be borrowed for a longer period of time over the weekend. This means:

  • CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days, but if you borrow them on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, they are due the following Monday (by closing, 5 pm).
  • iPods circulate overnight, but during the summer an iPod borrowed on a Friday will be due on Monday.

The Lewis Music Library is located at 14E-109 and summer hours are Monday-Friday 11am – 5pm; Saturday-Sunday closed.

Organic Chemistry journal backfiles now available

Posted May 25th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries have purchased backfiles to Elsevier journals in the Organic Chemistry collection, including Tetrahedron titles. The titles and date ranges are:

Bioorganic Chemistry: 1971-1994
Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry: 1993-1994
Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters: 1991-1994
Carbohydrate Polymers: 1981-1994
Carbohydrate Research: 1965-1994
Chemistry & Biology: 1994
European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry: 1987-1994
Journal of Fluorine Chemistry: 1971-1994
Organic Geochemistry: 1980-1994
Phytochemistry: 1961-1994
Tetrahedron: 1957-1994
Tetrahedron Letters: 1959-1994
Tetrahedron: Asymmetry: 1990-1994
Tetrahedron Computer Methodology: 1988-1990

The backfiles and current issues of these journals can be accessed through Vera. The years of coverage indicated in Vera may not be accurate as we work to update the records, but you will have access to the backfiles once you go into the journal title.

More information on Elsevier Chemistry Backfiles

Books, music and movies for your Memorial Day weekend

Posted May 23rd, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

After the gardening, after the barbeque, relax with a good book. The Humanities and Music Libraries are pleased to announce an upcoming Bookmobile:

Thursday, May 25, 11-2 in the Stata Center (Building 32).

Check out books, DVDs, audiobooks and music.

Unwind with a Graphic Novel

Posted May 19th, 2006 by Jim Eggleston
fantastic four Oh you lucky kids! In my day, they were comic books and, like Rodney Dangerfield, they got “no respect.”
Now, as Graphic Novels, they appear on the reading lists of courses such as CMS.400 and 21H.102.
Though they have become respectable objects of academic inquiry, the Dark Knight and his ilk still make for good escapist reading.
So, take a break & check out the Graphic Novel collection in the Humanities Library. They are right near the Browsery and some comfortable seating.

Eat & Play with Toys! Study Break at Barker Engineering Library

Posted May 17th, 2006 by Stephanie Hartman

On Thursday, May 18th from 12-2pm, the Barker Engineering Library will be hosting – “Food for Thought”.

Take a break from studying for final exams and have a snack in the Barker Group Study Room on the 5th floor (straight across the Reading Room from the Service Desk).

We will also be featuring Zome toys. Building with toys is good relaxation for the brain.

Food and toys – the way life should be!

Food for Thought – Friday Study Break at Hayden

Posted May 17th, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

Come take a break from your studies and replenish your blood sugar level!
Where: Hayden Library – Lipschitz Courtyard
When: Friday, May 19, 2:00 – 3:30

Featuring beverages and home-baked as well as store-bought goodies.

Sponsored by the Humanities and Science Libraries

Encyclopedia of Energy available online

Posted May 15th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries are pleased to announce their new online subscription to the Encyclopedia of Energy. This broad, interdisciplinary work discusses the technical and social sides of all forms of energy. It includes a chronology of energy developments.

Bookmark this source at or use the print volumes in the Barker Library Reference Collection (TJ163.16.E539 2004)

Latin American hip-hop and pop CDs arrive in Lewis Music Library

Posted May 8th, 2006 by Christie Moore

The Latin American hip-hop, pop, and jazz CDs mentioned in the Lewis Music Library’s spring 2006 newsletter are arriving from the catalog department. The following CDs are ready to circulate:

More titles are listed in Barton: see subject headings such as Rap (Music) — Latin America; Rap (Music) — Brazil; Popular music — Brazil — 2001-2010; Jazz — Brazil; Sambas; and Reggaetón.

Come visit the Lewis Music Library at 14E-109 to borrow these or other discs. Music CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals).

University Challenge Video iPod Contest

Posted May 3rd, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Knovel is sponsoring a contest for students, and the prize is a 30 GB video Apple iPod! Take a short quiz using Knovel resources to solve the problems and you’ll be entered to win. Contest ends May 31st 2006!

Lewis Music Library spring 2006 newsletter available

Posted May 2nd, 2006 by Christie Moore

The spring 2006 issue of the MIT Lewis Music Library newsletter, “What’s the Score?” 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 recent activities and groan over the ever-popular bad music jokes! (How many French horn players does it take to change a lightbulb?)

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

IEA Energy Databases via SourceOECD

Posted May 1st, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Dewey Library has long had access to high quality energy data in print format from the International Energy Agency. Now, we are pleased to be able to support energy research at MIT by offering access to IEA data in electronic format via the SourceOECD platform. The IEA package consists of the following databases composed of a number of time series:

  • CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion
  • Coal Information
  • Electricity Information
  • Energy Prices and Taxes
  • Energy Technology R&D
  • Natural Gas Information
  • Oil Information
  • Renewables Information
  • World Energy Statistics and Balances

Series include production, consumption, prices, supply, and demand. Data can be downloaded in several different formats.

For answers to energy-related research questions, visit the Dewey Research Advisor.

NOTE: SourceOECD requires the use of Internet Explorer 6.

Archives’ May exhibit displays MIT’s lighter side, 1944-5

Posted May 1st, 2006 by Lois Beattie
The Institute Archives and Special Collections has chosen as its May Object of the Month exhibit “A Whimsical Map of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1944-5,” a humorous look at life at the Institute, drawn by Professor Frederick Morris, a faculty member in the Department of Geology from 1927 to 1962.Browse other exhibits for a taste of the serious as well as the light side of MIT documented in the collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.