Archive for September, 2006

Doing Statistical Analysis? Consulting and Workshops Available

Posted September 26th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

Consulting: Interested in one-on-one help with statistical analysis and software? The Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Consultant can help you via email or an in-person consultation. Contact her via our email form .

Workshops: Interested in learning statistical analysis software? Get an introduction to Stata, the package used in many departments at MIT. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets. Taught by the HMDC Statistical Consultant. Novices welcome!

When: three repeat sessions, attend any one of the following:

  • Wednesday, October 4th, 5-6:30pm;
  • Thursday, October 19th, 12-1:30pm; or
  • Friday, November 3rd, 12-1:30pm

Where: E53-220, Dewey Library

To register, contact: Katherine McNeill-Harman,

New Media Suite in Barker Library

Posted September 26th, 2006 by Heather Denny

Beginning this fall, members of the MIT Community will be able to use a new media suite in Barker Library for viewing visual media, and conducting group meetings, instruction sessions and presentations. The suite, on the fifth floor of Building 10, is equipped with a 48”plasma screen, a DVD/VCR player, laptop and computer station connections, and it’s also web and cable-accessible. It’s ideal for viewing selections from Barker’s collection of over 200 engineering-related DVDs and videos. The room can be reserved for groups of up to 15 people by calling the Barker Service Desk at 253-5661 or sending email to Barker Library will host an open house in the suite on Thursday, October 12 from 4 to 6p.m.

Mapping with Geographic Information Systems

Posted September 21st, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Demographics in Massachusetts, land use in New York City, the rapid population expansion in China, reconstructing sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean over the last 10,000 years, collection and representation of GIS data to aid household water treatment and safe storage technology implementation in the Northern Region of Ghana: this exhibit displays some of the different projects created in the MIT GIS Lab. Geographic Information Systems enable one to combine layers of geographic information in a dynamic digital environment for analyzing and visualizing information. To learn more about GIS at MIT visit the MIT GIS Lab website or come visit us in Rotch Library (7-238).

Web server back online

Posted September 20th, 2006 by Nicole Hennig

The libraries web server ( is now back online.

Temporary web server outage

Posted September 20th, 2006 by Nicole Hennig

Due to a network problem, the MIT Libraries web server ( is temporarily down. We hope to restore it as soon as possible.

In the meantime you can still access our catalog, Barton, at the following URL:
and our database of e-journals and databases, Vera at this URL:

And this new blog is of course still available:

More Market Research Available via GMID

Posted September 14th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

The MIT community now has full access to Euromonitor’s Global Market Information Database (GMID), a comprehensive source of international market research and statistics on countries, consumers, and industries. GMID reports provide data and analysis for:

  • researching new consumer markets for products and services
  • analyzing the growth potential of specific industry sectors
  • benchmarking companies against their competitors

Our upgrade includes access to over 4,000 market research reports. GMID also provides consumer lifestyle statistics and market size data for over 300 consumer products across 71 countries, with particularly strong coverage of the retail sector.

Access GMID via Vera or its shortcut URL,

An evening with Chris Abani: Monday, Sept. 18

Posted September 12th, 2006 by Christie Moore

Nigerian writer and activist Chris Abani will visit MIT as an artist-in-residence Sept. 18-22. The Lewis Music Library will host an evening in which the author will read from his poetry and fiction as well as play his saxophone. The event will take place from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday.

Read about Abani in the press release from the MIT Office of the Arts.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and the event is free and open to the public.

Fall 2006 GIS workshops

Posted September 7th, 2006 by Lisa Sweeney

Come learn about doing spatial analysis and creating your own digital maps using GIS software and a variety of data held at MIT including aerial photography, census and topographic data. The MIT GIS Lab will be offering the following workshops this Fall, to help people get started using Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

* Introduction to ArcGIS
* Working with US Census Data in a GIS
* Where does water flow? – How to read topographic maps and work with Digital Elevation Models

All sessions will be held in the MIT GIS Lab (7-238). Times and more information are available at:

“Can men live without war?” Post your comments!

Posted September 6th, 2006 by Remlee Green

In 1956, MIT’s Vannevar Bush predicted that “the end of all war is now definitely in sight for the first time in human history.” The Information Intersection in the Stata Center currently features a poster that highlights Dr. Bush’s question, “Can men live without war?” We revisit his essay on its 50th anniversary and ask you, the MIT community, to post your comments. You can find the essay in the Atlantic Monthly at call number AP.A881 in the basement of the Humanities Library (v.197, Feb. 1956).

New CD set received in Lewis Music Library

Posted September 5th, 2006 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library has recently acquired a 66-disc CD set containing more than 1,000 German Lieder, including some previously unreleased recordings. The unifying theme of the set is the accompanist, Michael Raucheisen (1899-1984), “one of the most admired song accompanists of the twentieth century.”

  • Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Leo Blech, Johannes Brahms, Peter Corneluis, Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Carl Loewe, Heinrich Marschner, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Wolfgang Amadeus, Mozart, Otto Nicolai, Hans Pfitzner, Max Reger, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, Richard Trunk, Carl Maria von Weber, Hugo Wolf, Hermann Zilcher, and others.
  • Singers: Herbert Alsen, Peter Anders, Erna Berger, Rudolf Bokelmann, Kurt Böhme, Anton Dermota, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender, Lorenz Fehenberger, Josef Greindl, Elisabeth Höngen, Karl Erb, Margarete Klose, Frida Leider, Emmi Leisner, Tiana Lemnitz, Walther Ludwig, Hanns-Heinz Nissen, Julius Patzak, Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Rethberg, Helge Rosvaenge, Erna Sack, Franz Völker, Elisabeth Scwarzkopf, Heinrich Schlusnus, and others.
  • Call numbers: 1366474 precat (CDs 1-2), 1377986 precat (CDs 3-4), 1378265 precat (CDs 5-6), 1378266 precat (CDs 7-8), 1379282 precat (CDs 9-10), 1379284 precat (CDs 11-12), 1379438 precat (CDs 13-14), 1379465 precat (CDs 15-16), 1379648 precat (CDs 17-18), 1379649 precat (CDs 19-20), 1379724 precat (CDs 21-22), 1379725 precat (CDs 23-24), 1379799 precat (CDs 25-26), 1379800 precat (CDs 27-28), 1380117 precat (CDs 29-30), 1380118 precat (CDs 31-32), 1380393 precat (CDs 33-34), 1380394 precat (CDs 35-36), 1380851 precat (CDs 37-38), 1380119 precat (CDs 39-40), 1380142 precat (CDs 41-42), 1380852 precat (CDs 43-44), 1380874 precat (CDs 45-46), 1380875 precat (CDs 47-48), 1380996 precat (CDs 49-50), 1381245 precat (CDs 51-52), 1381254 precat (CDs 53-54), 1381256 precat (CDs 55-56), 1381472 precat (CDs 57-58), 1381734 precat (CDs 59-60), 1381911 precat (CDs 61-62), 1381912 precat (CDs 63-64), 1382322 precat (CDs 65-66)

Compact discs circulate for 3 days from the Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109. The library’s semester hours begin on Wednesday, September 6th: Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-10pm; Friday, 8:30am-6pm; Saturday, 1pm-6pm; Sunday, 1pm-10pm.