Archive for January, 2007

Archives’ February exhibit highlights MIT and the Apollo Program

Posted January 31st, 2007 by Lois Beattie

Photo of moon from space

The February Object of the Month exhibit of the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections includes a letter written in 1961 by Charles Stark Draper, Director of MIT’s Instrumentation Lab (now the Draper Lab), to NASA volunteering as a crew member on the Apollo mission to the moon.

The Object of the Month is also displayed in an exhibit case across from the Archives, Room 14N-118.

Lewis Music Library receives $250,000 to fund oral history project

Posted January 31st, 2007 by Heather Denny

The Lewis Music Library recently received a $250,000 gift from Lionel Kinney (1953) to support the Music at MIT Oral History Project. The project was started by the library in 1999 to document the history of music at MIT through recorded audio interviews with current and retired MIT music faculty, staff, former students, and visiting artists.


For over 100 years, music has been a vibrant part of MIT’s culture. Kinney’s gift will help ensure this legacy is preserved for the historical record by providing the funding needed to conduct in-depth interviews with five individuals per year for the next five years. It will also allow the library to identify key interview subjects and obtain information about MIT’s music history that has not been documented in other sources.

As interviews are completed, they will be available for listening in the library. Written transcripts will also be available. For more information about the project and to see a list of recorded interviews, go to

New software from MIT’s Project Simile for creating rich visualizations on web pages: Exhibit

Posted January 31st, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

Exhibit is a lightweight structured data publishing framework that lets you create web pages with support for sorting, filtering, and rich visualizations by writing only HTML and optionally some CSS and Javascript code.

It’s like Google Maps and Timeline, but for structured data normally published through database-backed web sites. Exhibit essentially removes the need for a database or a server side web application. Its Javascript-based engine makes it easy for everyone who has a little bit of knowledge of HTML and small data sets to share them with the world and let people easily interact with them.

See the Exhibit page on Project Simile’s web site for more information.

Browser extensions and toolbars for library research

Posted January 26th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

A new page on our web site gives information on some useful Firefox extensions for library research. Learn about LibX, smart keywords, BookBurro, Zotero, and how to add search engines to the Firefox toolbar. See Browser Extensions and Toolbars for Library Research. Additional information is available in the course outline for our recent IAP class: Library toolbars, extensions and web apps: little tools with big impact.

Wiki of public domain classical music scores

Posted January 25th, 2007 by Christie Moore

imslpThe Lewis Music Library home page now links to an exciting web source of public domain classical music scores. The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) operates a wiki virtual library of music scores that are in the public domain, plus scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge. Participants have contributed 1,734 works (3,292 files) in pdf format. Complete works of composers such as J.S. Bach are being scanned. IMSLP is hosted from Toronta, Canada and follows Canadian copyright laws.

Browse scores by:

  • Composer’s name
  • Composer’s time period
  • Work’s type/genre
  • Work’s time period

A current projects page contains a User Scanning Queue where contributors can list scores they are scanning (or planning to scan), to avoid duplication. Visit the site by using the link above or from the Lewis Music Library home page.

MIT GIS Lab Open House – Jan. 26, 3-5 pm

Posted January 25th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Where: MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238

Play with virtual globes like
Google Earth &
World Wind

Explore powerful geographic information systems (GIS), such as
ArcGIS and
PCI Geomatica

Investigate tools for mapping US Census and Demographic information such as
Census Tool on the MIT Geodata Repository

Come meet the GIS staff from the MIT Libraries and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education over refreshments.

DRAM: new audio online database

Posted January 23rd, 2007 by Christie Moore

dram logoThe Lewis Music Library has begun a subscription to DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music). This scholarly resource of recordings by American composers and artists includes CD quality audio, liner notes and essays from the New World, Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI), and other important labels. Currently, there are over 1,200 CDs (7,500 compositions) in DRAM.

See the DRAM site for information about needed plugins and other technical requirements.

DRAM is available on campus by IP address and off campus by MIT certificates. Enter from the spotlight on the Lewis Music Library home page or through Vera.

Bookmarkable URL:

Geographic Information System (GIS) workshops – all week!

Posted January 22nd, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and all the things you can map with it! Workshop descriptions available at:

Monday, Jan. 22, 2006 10:00-12:00, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238) (6 computers available)
Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 2:00-4:00pm, Location: 37-312 (20 computers available)

Tuesday, Jan. 23 10:00-12:00, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Working with Digital Elevation Models
Tuesday, Jan. 23 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
Wednesday, Jan. 24 10:00-12, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Working with US Census Data in a GIS
Wednesday, Jan. 24 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Using Network Analyst
Thursday, Jan. 25 10:00-12, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Model Builder
Thursday, Jan. 25 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

TODAY! Library toolbars, extensions and web apps: little tools with big impact

Posted January 22nd, 2007 by Darcy Duke

Mon Jan 22, 04-05:00pm, E25-117

Tired of hopping between Google Scholar, Amazon, and library catalogs and databases? Can’t find that great article you meant to read later? Need better ways of sharing scholarly resources within your group?

Come hear about some new web tools that may help you work more efficiently. Learn to organize and share your references, catalog your personal book collections online, and search seamlessly between library resources and other web sites.

We will demo: LibraryThing,, CiteULike, library-relevant Firefox extensions, and more. See our course web page for more info.
Contact: Nicole Hennig, E25-131, x3-9367,

MIT Libraries welcomes Academic Media Production Services (AMPS)

Posted January 22nd, 2007 by Heather Denny

As part of a recent reorganization of academic computing services at MIT, Academic Media Production Services (AMPS) has merged with the MIT Libraries. Effective January 1, 2007, the merger—which includes all of AMPS with the exception of the Stellar team—adds multimedia production, videoconferencing, webcasting and distance education services to the Libraries existing suite of information services that support educational technology at MIT.

According to Provost Rafael Reif, the restructuring will help expand efforts to provide faculty and students with “one-stop-shopping” in their use of educational technology services.

thumbs up

Under the reorganization the AMPS staff of 21 will remain in their current positions and offices, most of which are located at NE48. The group will initially report directly to Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries.

“I am pleased to welcome the respected members of AMPS to our organization. It’s vital for today’s academic libraries to be conversant in all forms of media and to offer innovative, seamlessly integrated services to MIT faculty and students. The synergies and opportunities presented to both AMPS and the Libraries through this reorganization hold great promise for us all,” said Ann Wolpert.

Other changes implemented by the reorganization include transitioning the Educational Consulting and Software Development group in Academic Computing to the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Stellar team to IS&T.

IAP EVENT — Copyright Unlocked: Managing Copyright to Advance Research and Teaching at MIT

Posted January 22nd, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau
The Libraries are sponsoring an IAP session focusing on copyright and research impact that is designed to help MIT authors fully realize the potential of their work in the world.The session will address what authors at MIT need to know about copyright, and why it is important to retain some rights when publishing. It examines how MIT authors can take actions that will serve the advancement of science and technology by maximizing the full potential of research to be shared and reused.

Topics will include:

• What MIT authors need to know about copyright
• Actions MIT authors can take to maximize the impact of their research
• What “open access” is, why it is good for research, and why it matters at MIT
• Faculty viewpoint on open access
• Research funding organizations’ policies on access to research
• Government initiatives on access to research

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions of the speakers:
Claude Canizares: Associate Provost
Brian Evans: EAPS Professor of Geophysics
Thinh Nguyen: Science Commons Counsel
Ann Hammersla: MIT Intellectual Property Counsel
Ann Wolpert: Director, MIT Libraries
Ellen Duranceau: MIT Libraries Scholarly Publishing and Licensing Consultant

The session will be held on Thursday January 25th, 1-3 pm, in 32-155.

If you have any questions about the session, please contact:
Carol Robinson / / x37749

To learn more about this topic, please visit or contact

“Library Music” IAP workshop today at 2pm

Posted January 19th, 2007 by Christie Moore

chandelierLibrary Music: Silence Into Sound, an exciting installation of immersive sonic experiences, will offer a demonstration/workshop today from 2-5 pm in the MIT Lewis Music Library (Building 14E-109).

Students from the MIT Media Lab will explain their ideas and technologies, the Lewis Music Library staff will share some of the library’s hidden treasures, and refreshments will be served.

See this Media Lab page for more information about the installations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make noise in the Lewis Music Library!!

Talking jazz: oral history CDs in Lewis Music Library

Posted January 12th, 2007 by Christie Moore

An exciting new set of jazz oral history interviews on compact disc has arrived in the Lewis Music Library. “Talking Jazz” contains 60 conversations that musician/author/journalist Ben Sidran held with leading jazz musicians. These interviews were broadcast on National Public Radio in the 1980s.

Talking jazz: an oral history / by Ben Sidran. ML394.S532 2006 [CD] v.1-24 & booklet


  • CDs 1-3: Trumpet: Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Cherry, Red Rodney, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis.
  • CDs 4-8: Saxophone: Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Frank Morgan, Charlie Rouse, David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Steve Lacy, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Grover Washington, Paquito D’Rivera, Pepper Adams, Archie Shepp.
  • CDs 9-13: Piano: Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Charles Brown, Jay McShann, Dr. John, Horace Silver, Les McCann, Joe Sample, Don Pullen, Barry Harris, Michel Petrucciani.
  • CDs 14-15: Drums: Art Blakey, Max Roach, Mel Lewis, Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Steve Gadd.
  • CD 16: Bass: Richard Davis, Marcus Miller.
  • CDs 17-19: Voice: Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Bobby McFerrin, Ken Nordine, Dave Frishberg, Donald Fagen, Mose Allison.
  • CD 20s 20-21: Guitar: George Benson, John Scofield, Steve Khan, Larry Coryell & Emily Remler, Kevin Eubanks.
  • CD 22: Arrangers: Gil Evans, Carla Bley, Clare Fischer.
  • CD 23: The Biz: Max Gordon, Rudy Van Gelder.
  • CD 24: The Author: Ben Sidran interviewed by Craig Werner.

CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and IAP hours are Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm.

New Simon Rattle DVDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted January 12th, 2007 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library now has all 7 volumes of the DVDs series “Leaving home: orchestral music in the 20th century: a conducted tour by Sir Simon Rattle.”


  • 1, Dancing on a volcano: Wagner, Schönberg, Mahler, Strauss, Webern, Berg.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.1 [DVD]
  • 2, Rhythm: Stravinsky, Varèse, Ligeti, Reich, Boulez, Messiaen, Mahler, Nancarrow.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.2 [DVD]
  • 3, Colour: Debussy, Stravinsky, Boulez , Messiaen, Takemitsu, Ravel.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.3 [DVD]
  • 4, Three journeys through dark landscapes: Bartók, Shostakovich, LutosÅ‚awski.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.4 [DVD]
  • 5, The American way: Gershwin, Ives, Cage, Carter, Feldman, Copland, Adams, Weill, Riley, Bernstein.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.5 [DVD]
  • 6, After the wake: Strauss, Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, Stockhausen, Britten, Stravinsky.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.6 [DVD]
  • 7, Threads: Berio, Henze, Kurtág, Birtwistle, Turnage, Knussen, Gubaidulina.
    MT125.L43 2005 v.7 [DVD]

DVDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and IAP hours are Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm.

Impulse Borrowing at Dewey Library

Posted January 11th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Interested in expanding your knowledge of management and social science topics during IAP? Then check out the newly-expanded Dewey Library Impulse Borrowing Display. This collection displays not only new titles but also classic texts in the field. Browse a wide range of subjects including business, economics, human rights, politics, health care, biotechnology, sociology and more! Pay us a visit in E53-100.

Join us for a movie and snacks! Wednesdays, 12-1:30 during IAP

Posted January 9th, 2007 by Remlee Green

world on finger

Worldly Wednesdays: MIT World films in the MIT Libraries

IAP Film Series on Innovation and Invention

Join us for a movie and snacks! Each week during IAP, a different film from MIT World on the theme of innovation and invention will be shown in the Barker Engineering Library Media Suite (room 10-500).

When: Every Wednesday in IAP 2007, 12-1:30pm

Film Schedule:


    Eric von Hippel – “Democratizing Innovation”
    Professor of Management and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, MIT Sloan School of Management


    Steve Wozniak – “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It”
    Co-Founder, Apple Computer
    Founder, Chairman and CEO of Wheels of Zeus (wOz)


    Peter H. Diamandis – “From Space to Energy: Changing the World. For Good.”
    Chairman and CEO
    The X Prize Foundation


    Timothy Brown – “Innovation Through Design Thinking”

Light refreshments will be provided. Limited to 20 viewers.

For a full description, see the Worldly Wednesday events page.

Find books, DVDs, audiobooks and music to relax with or learn from during your break.

Posted January 9th, 2007 by Jim Eggleston


The Humanities and Lewis Music Libraries will host two Bookmobile events during IAP. We’ll load some of our rolling stock with samples of our books, CDs and DVDs and take the show on the road! Please stop by and check us out. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. And, as we say in library-land, if we don’t know the answer, we’ll look it up.
The IAP bookmobiles will visit Lobby 10 on Fri., Jan. 12, 11-2 and Fri., Jan. 26, 11-2.

“Steinway Legends” CD set received

Posted January 9th, 2007 by Christie Moore

A new 20-CD set called “Steinway Legends” has just arrived in the Lewis Music Library. The set features outstanding recordings by some of the most significant pianists of the 20th century. Each volume contains 2 CDs and a booklet:

CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and IAP hours are Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm.

“Library music” IAP installation begins Jan.16

Posted January 4th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Ten interactive music installations created by MIT Media Lab grad students will be installed in the Lewis Music Library beginning at 2 pm on Tuesday, January 16. Curated by Professor Tod Machover, “Library Music” explores the relationship between space, movement, touch and sound and ranges from musical stairs to tactile rainfall to a sonorous, robotic chandelier.

  • Installations will be open to the public Tuesday-Thursday, Jan.16-18, from 2-5 pm
  • Workshop-demonstration Friday, Jan.19, from 3-5 pm; refreshments
  • Contact: Ariane Martins, E15-443, x3-1613,
  • Cosponsors: Libraries; Media Arts & Sciences

The Lewis Music Library is located at 14E-109. IAP hours begin on Jan.8 and are Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday-Sunday 1 – 5pm.

Announcing the “Complete Work of Charles Darwin” on VERA!

Posted January 2nd, 2007 by Remlee Green

Darwin with laptop

The world’s largest collection of Darwin’s writings now appears on the website “The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online,” available through VERA. This site currently offers more than 50,000 pages of searchable text, 40,000 images of publications and transcribed manuscripts, and audio mp3 files of selected texts. In 2009, to celebrate the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of the Species, there are plans to add more more editions, translations, introductions, notes, and thousands of manuscripts.

The project is hosted by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Much of the text is appearing online for the first time, including the first edition of the Journal of Researches (1839) (or Voyage of the Beagle), The descent of Man (1871), and The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1838-43).