Archive for May, 2007

New DVDs Donated to Humanities Library

Posted May 31st, 2007 by mit-admin
New DVD’s in Humanities Library
The Humanities Library collection of films has just received a new and much welcome infusion of DVDs. Stephen Brophy, formerly a staff member in the MIT Libraries, currently a TA in the Literature section and a tutor in Writing across the Curriculum, has generously donated over 90 DVD films. Come browse our shelves and check ‘em out. They circulate for one week.

Thank you, Stephen!

Recent CDs and books

Posted May 31st, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are a few of the 36 books and 103 CDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library since the beginning of May; they also appear in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS). The library collection contains approximately 16,700 CDs.

Click on an image to see its Barton library catalog record:

Books:
harrison

Miller, Leta E. Lou Harrison.
ML410.H2066.M54 2006
[book & audio CD]

signal

Signal processing methods
for music transcription /
Anssi Klapuri, Manuel Davy,
editors.
MT723.S55 2006

sabar

Tang, Patricia. Masters of the
sabar: Wolof griot percussionists
of Senegal.
ML3760.T365 2007
[b00k & audio CD]

currier

Currier, Sebastian. On the
verge: chamber music.
PhonCD C9365 chamu

blackbird

Eighth Blackbird (Musical group).
Strange imaginary animals.
PhonCD Ei44 stra

rogue

Rogue’s gallery: pirate ballads,
sea songs, & chanteys.
PhonCD F G3201.S43.R64

serly

Serly, Tibor. Six dance designs;
Concertino 3 x 3 ; Violin concerto.
PhonCD Se67 insmu

shostakovich

Shostakovich, DmitriÄ­ Dmitrievich.
The film music of Dmitri
Shostakovich. Volume 3.
PhonCD Sh82 mpmu a

skaggs

Skaggs, Ricky. Instrumentals.
PhonCD F G3701.C6.S535

Music CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

MIT student wins the Knovel University Challenge!

Posted May 29th, 2007 by Remlee Green

iPod picture 2

Jonathan Krones, an MIT undergraduate in Materials Science and Engineering, recently won an iPod in Knovel’s University Challenge! More than 900 students from 46 countries entered the contest. Pictured above are: Angie Locknar (Materials Science Librarian), Jonathan Krones (contest winner), Anna Gold (Head of the Engineering and Science Libraries), and Erja Kajosalo (Chemistry Librarian).

Although the contest is over, you can still use Knovel in your own research! Knovel offers fulltext access to many leading science and engineering reference works. Try it for yourself!

New permanent links to items in MIT’s Barton Catalog

Posted May 24th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

We now have “permalinks” in the MIT Libraries catalog: Barton. On the full record view for any title there is a “link to this item” URL at the top of the screen.

Example: http://library.mit.edu/item/001410545

Use this URL to make a link that won’t expire to any specific item in Barton.

permanent links in Barton

Shiver me timber!!! Treasure hunt, and The Bookmobile!!!

Posted May 23rd, 2007 by mit-admin
Humanities Library Treasure Map

Sail down to lobby 10 on Thursday May 24th, between 11am and 2pm, and explore the latest treasures from The Humanities Library Bookmobile. As usual, The Lewis Music Library will have a fine sample of CD’s to behold as well. And while there, grab yourself a treasure map, and use it to explore some of the "hidden" treasures in The Humanities Library Reading Room. If your skills are sharp, you’ll even have a chance to win a free prize…check out The Bookmobile for the details!!!

  • Where: Lobby 10
  • When: Thursday May 24th, 11am – 2pm
  • Cost: FREE!!!

Facsimiles of early music manuscripts

Posted May 22nd, 2007 by Christie Moore

Thanks to a memorial donation from Dr. Richard Breed ’73, the Lewis Music Library has been able to order facsimile editions of several important medieval and renaissance music manuscripts. These editions are of great value for teaching early music and music notation in general, and they are also beautiful in themselves. Here are some recent arrivals.

Click on an image to see its Barton library catalog record:

lute

Frühe Lautentabulaturen im Faksimile
= Early lute tabulatures in facsimile.
M140.F78 2003
[Special Collections]

squarcialupi

Il codice Squarcialupi: Ms. Mediceo Palatino
87, Biblioteca laurenziana di Firenze.
M2.S72 1992
[Special Collections]

vat_1411

Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, MS Urbinate
Latino 1411.
ML94.5.B53814 2006
[Special Collections]

hildegard

Hildegard, Saint. Lieder: Faksimile
Riesencodex (Hs. 2).
M2112.H44.S9 1998
[Special Collections]

basse

Basses danses dites de Marguerite d’Autriche.
GV1796.B28.B27 1987
[Special Collections]

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

New Open Access Journal in Linguistics, co-edited by MIT Professor Kai von Fintel, Launched May 2007

Posted May 17th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

New Open Access Journal in Linguistics
MIT Professor of Linguistics Kai von Fintel (pictured below) and his colleague David Beaver (Univ. of Texas at Austin) have announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed open access journal in linguistics, called Semantics & Pragmatics. The journal’s launch was announced at the annual meeting of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) on May 13, 2007, at the University of Connecticut. A call for papers is expected in September 2007, and the first articles are expected to appear in early 2008.

Prof. von Fintel with baseball

The goal of the new journal is to reach the widest possible audience as quickly as possible, while maintaining a formal peer-review process and allowing authors to maintain control over their own work. Semantics & Pragmatics will ask authors to allow the journal a non-exclusive right to publish, while leaving copyright ownership with the author.

The editors see Semantics & Pragmatics as offering the “next step in the scientific publishing revolution,” following the transition that has taken place in Linguistics, where the primary distribution channel for new research results is now preprint servers and authors’ web pages.

Business Plan
Some of the significant aspects of the business plan:

  • Start-up Funding: The editors are seeking institutional support for the start-up phase. The MIT Libraries will be providing partial funding for the first year through a modest grant.
  • Publishing Software: The editors plan to use open source software from Open Journal Systems from the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University.
  • Archiving: The journal plans to make arrangements for archiving through discussions with the Libraries’ Dspace team and is examining services for e-journal archiving such as Portico. They plan to offer an annual volume through a print-on-demand service for those who would like the print as an archival format.

Blogging the Start-up Process
Beaver and von Fintel will be blogging the entire start-up process, offering a unique inside view of the business of starting up an open access journal. To follow their progress, visit the editors’ blog.
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If you have questions about open access journals please visit the Libraries’ FAQ on open access or contact copyright-lib@mit.edu.

“Food for Thought” on Friday May 18th – feed your brain…and your stomach

Posted May 17th, 2007 by mit-admin
Food for Thought

Take a break from all your studying and come grab yourself a snack, compliments of the Hayden (Humanities and Science) Library. Ok, no burgers or pizza…but there will be cookies. Plenty of cookies. And beverages, too.

Here are the details:

  • Where: Hayden Library (14S-100) lobby
  • When: Friday May 18th, 2:15-3:45pm
  • Cost: FREE!!!

More new CDs and books

Posted May 16th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here is a selection from the 18 books and 59 CDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library so far this month; they will appear soon on Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS). Remember that Naxos CDs are also available for online listening (MIT certificates required). The library collection contains approximately 16,700 CDs and over 700 DVDs.

Click on a cover image to see its Barton library catalog record:

Books:

beyond

ML3916.T39 2007

 

byrd

ML410.B995.M33 2007

 

miles

ML419.D39.C66 2007

CDs:

adams

Adams, John. Complete piano music.
PhonCD Ad18 piamu

 

bataan

Bataan, Joe. Mr. New York and the East Side kids.
PhonCD F G3292.L3.B386

 

coal

Coal digging blues: songs of West Virginia miners.
PhonCD F G3890.C634

 

huang

Huang, Ruo. Chamber concerto cycle.
PhonCD H856 chamu

 

netrebko

Netrebko, Anna. Russian album.
PhonCD N384 rus

reijseger

Reijseger, Ernst. Requiem for a dying planet.
PhonCD R272 wild

Music CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

24-hour access to Hayden Library for finals week

Posted May 15th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

The Hayden Library (Humanities and Science Libraries) will be open 24 hours a day, from the last day of classes through the last day of the final exam period: Thursday, May 17 through Friday, May 25.

NOTE: Overnight access to the library is restricted to members of the MIT community.

Miss the Libraries’ IAPril classes? Session handouts are now available!

Posted May 15th, 2007 by Remlee Green

Did you want to attend an IAPril class, but couldn’t make it? Check out the handouts from the classes!


For further information, contact the Science Library.

New Statistical Consultant

Posted May 11th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

The Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) has hired a new Statistical Consultant. Nealia Khan joined HMDC this spring and is responsible for helping researchers to assess and implement techniques for analyzing data. Nealia holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Ms. Khan and the other Consultants are available to support MIT use of statistical software packages and can provide you with:

  • help getting started with statistical software programs, such as Stata, SAS, or SPSS
  • an introduction to basic statistical analyses
  • advice on setting up advanced statistical analyses
  • general statistical advice

To ask a question by email or arrange for an in-person appointment, contact the Harvard-MIT Data Center.

Books and CDs new in the Lewis Music Library

Posted May 9th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are a few books along with some of the 35 CDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library so far this month; they will appear soon on Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS). The library collection contains approximately 16,700 CDs and over 700 DVDs.

Click on a cover image to see its Barton library catalog record:

Books:

accordions

ML3477.7.L8.A26 2006

 

lang

ML410.L2475.K74 2007 [book & CD]

 

osumare

ML3918.R37.O88 2007

CDs:

ashley

Ashley, Robert. Foreign experiences.
PhonCD As358 nowfor

 

ge

Ge, Gan-Ru. Chinese rhapsody.
PhonCD G26 insmu

 

silk

Ma, Yo-Yo. Silk Road journeys: beyond the horizon.
PhonCD M11 silk be

riley

Riley, Terry. Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band all night flight.
PhonCD R455 pop

originals

United States Marine Band. Originals: unique works for winds.
PhonCD Un336 ori
 

vivaldi

Vivaldi, Antonio. Complete cello sonatas.
PhonCD V836 sovc
 

Music CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Humanities Library Poetry Month magnetic poem selection

Posted May 8th, 2007 by mit-admin
Benzine Magnet Poem

In April, The Humanities Library honored and celebrated National Poetry Month by inviting our patrons to use our magnet words in our Reading Room, under the West mezzanine, to compose poems. The above composition was, believe it our not, the most reproducible entry we received. That’s right…"BENZENE." One of our patrons created this cryptic magnet "poem," where each letter is made of a cluster of other words. Is there a relationship between the words that make up each letter, and the letter they make up, and/or the word "BENZENE?" You tell us. It’s admittedly a bit hard to read in the photo, so here it is spelled out:

"B" – There, Laughter, Distain, Math, Very, Atheist
"E" – Shall, Dream, Taboo, Good, Heart, Timbuktu
"N" – Cartoon, Deligate, None, Forever, Move, Beauty, Compare
"Z" – Over, Refrain, From, Kissed, Lovelier, Moon, Everything, Sure
"E" – Best, Death, Soul, Width, Voodoo, Heavier, Together
"N" – Chevrolet, Beautiful, Kalamazoo, When, Whether, Dynamite
"E" – Cliché, Kindred, Their, Psychiatrist, Appetite, Pentameter

So, is it a poem? It is, no doubt, mysterious, curious, and playful. And those qualities are at least some of the building blocks, so to speak, of all poetry. Agree? Disagree? Come by our library and use the magnets to compose an answer, or another poem.

Archives May exhibit on the physics of baseball

Posted May 7th, 2007 by Lois Beattie

Multiflash photo

The May Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections is about the physics of baseball, featuring a 1965 letter from Vannevar Bush to his MIT colleague Harold Edgerton in response to a batch of multiflash baseball pictures Edgerton had sent him. Included in the exhibit is a page from Edgerton’s notebook showing two of the photos of the type sent to Bush.

The papers of Bush and Edgerton are available for research in the Archives.

New DVD and CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted May 2nd, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here is a new DVD and some of the CDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library recently. The library received 117 CDs month in the month of April.
Click on a cover image to see its Barton library catalog record:

beowulfBeowulf.
PR1580.B34 2006 [DVD]
dharma
Adams, John. The Dharma at Big Sur; My father knew Charles Ives.
PhonCD Ad18 dharma
arditti

Arditti Quartet. Mexico.
PhonCD Ar28 mex

legend

Legend, John. Once again.
PhonCD P L523 once

macmillan
MacMillan, James. Scotch bestiary; Piano concerto no. 2.
PhonCD M228 sco

am_songs

Michaels, Patrice. American songs.
PhonCD M5825 ame

oistrakh

OÄ­strakh, David Fedorovich. Oistrakh, Rostropovich.
PhonCD Oi7 ros

space

Space Machine. Space machine 3.
1401278 precat

spooner

Spooner, Danny. When a man’s in love.
1393700 precat

Music CDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.