Archive for August, 2007

MIT Faculty: Designate a Borrower

Posted August 30th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Do you have others that help in your research? Need to enable someone else to borrow books on your behalf?

MIT Faculty: for your convenience, the Libraries offer designated borrower privileges. Authorized persons can check out materials from the Libraries for your use. To arrange this service, see our designated borrower form.

“Your Account” Self Service Improvement

Posted August 29th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

The MIT Libraries are launching an improved feature in Your Account that will provide faculty, students, and staff with quicker access to regular books that are currently on loan. Starting Wednesday, September 5th, when you place a request for a book on loan using Your Account, the current due date will be shortened and you will have faster access to the book you request.
Previously a request would not be placed on hold until the book was returned on the original due date. The person who had the book was not aware that it was requested by someone else, and the book might not be available to the next person for many weeks or even months. The new system is designed to provide the requested item within a week, when the current user has had the item for a week or more. A two-week loan is guaranteed unless a book is needed for reserves.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Steve Gass, the Associate Director for Public Services for the MIT Libraries.

Last weekend for summer CD, DVD loans

Posted August 29th, 2007 by Christie Moore

There is only one more weekend to take advantage of extra days when you borrow music CDs, DVDs, or an iPod! Since the Lewis Music Library is still on summer hours and will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day (Monday), you can get extra time to enjoy some great music:


  • Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5), but if you borrow them Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week they’ll be due on Tuesday, September 4 (Registration Day).
  • iPods circulate overnight, but for one more weekend an iPod borrowed this Friday, August 31 will be due on Tuesday, September4.
  • The iPods contain sample tracks taken from recent CDs in the library’s collection, which numbers over 17,000 CDs of classical, jazz, world, and popular music and more than 850 DVDs.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and summer hours are M-F, 11am-5pm. Semester hours will resume the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 5.

New CD boxed sets in Lewis Music Library

Posted August 24th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are two more CD boxed sets recently received in the Lewis Music Library; they will be listed soon in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available as RSS).

Click on an image to see the Barton catalog record.

Hayden Masses Haydn, Joseph. The complete mass edition. [Hickox]
PhonCD H324 mas a (8 discs)
Tirimo Mozart Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Complete fantasies, variations, minuets, rondos, dances, et al. [Tirimo]
1465028 v.1-5 precat (7discs)

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

Orientation 2007 events at the MIT Libraries through Friday, August 31

Posted August 22nd, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Calling all incoming graduate and undergraduate students! Do you like ice cream? Feeling a little nervous about your upcoming course load? Want to have a little fun before the term begins? The staff at the MIT Libraries is hosting a wide variety of events to welcome you to MIT. Join us to discover what the Libraries have to offer — our staff, collections, services, and resources – and find out what we can do to make your life at MIT easier!

TIM at Library

Events for undergraduate students:

  • Academic Expo: Wednesday, August 29, 3:00 – 4:30pm
  • Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social: Thursday, August 30, 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours: Thursday, August 30, 11:00am and Saturday, September 1, 2:00pm
  • International Undergraduate Orientation: Wednesday, August 22, 11:00am – 12:00pm

TIM at Computer

Events for Graduate Students:

  • 8th Annual New Graduate Student Reception: Wednesday, August 29, 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 102: Tuesday, August 28, 2:00 – 2:30pm
  • International Graduate Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 29, 9:00 – 10:00am

TIM reading

Events for all students:

  • Health & Wellness Fair: Friday, August 31, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

For locations and more information, see: MIT Libraries Orientation 2007.

Dewey Library Launches New Home Page

Posted August 17th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Dewey Library home pageDewey Library has launched a new home page that makes it easy for you to find the resources you need for your research. New features include:

  • a tabbed browsing system
  • direct links to specialized research guides, tutorials, and search tools in management and the social sciences
  • a page highlighting new titles added to our collection

Check it out at its same URL:

Liszt free arrangements & transcriptions piano scores

Posted August 17th, 2007 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library has just received circulating copies of the Franz Liszt piano works, series I, published by Editio Musica Budapest. Each volume is cataloged separately in Barton with full contents listed. The first 12 volumes are back from the bindery and are ready for use; look on the library’s New Books & Scores table. They will appear soon in “Recent Additions to the Collection” (also available via RSS).

Liszt free arrangements

  • Freie Bearbeitungen = Free arrarangements
    Mu pts L699 piamu d v.1-15
  • Transkriptionen = Transcriptions
    Mu pts L699 piamu d v.16-24
  • Technische Studien = Technical studies
    Mu pts L699 piamu d suppl. v.1-3

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

Dewey Library Gets a “Space-Lift”

Posted August 15th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Come to the Dewey Library for Management & Social Sciences and check out our new look.

Dewey service desk Dewey Journal Display Lounge Dewey LAN

  • our comfortable, well-lit Journal Display lounge is the ideal spot to relax and look through titles from the American Economic Review to U.S. News & World Report, or get your daily dose of the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times
  • our newly-refinished cherry carrels and tables are the perfect place to work on the next chapter of your dissertation
  • stop by our new PC cluster and do some market research
  • explore our newly-expanded Impulse Borrowing Display, chock-full of the latest titles selected by Dewey librarians
  • enjoy our new original artwork

From our renovated entrance and book drop to our new computer chairs, we think you’ll like what we’ve done with the place!

See also our story on the new Dewey Library home page.

Faculty/Staff: Request your Course Reserves for the Fall!

Posted August 14th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Need to put items on Reserve for your course? The Libraries have two easy ways to make course materials available to students:

As always, you are welcome to drop off course reserve lists in person. See which library handles my Course Reserves?

For detailed information about reserves in specific libraries, contact the library serving your subject area.

New Resources for Biomedical Industry and Market Analysis

Posted August 8th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

MIT Libraries are pleased to offer electronic access to In Vivo and Start-Up from Windhover Information, a premier provider of biomedical industry intelligence and analysis.

  • In Vivo provides in-depth examination of dealmaking, marketing, R&D, and regulatory and finance strategies in the biopharma, med-tech, diagnostics and hospital supply industries.
  • Start-Up profiles emerging medical ventures and new product companies; identifies new technology areas; and reviews funding, investment trends and technology transfer.

Windhover logos

Both publications can be browsed and cross-searched in the Windhover Archives, either through Vera or its shortcut URL: For questions or comments, contact Maggie Bartley at

ChemDraw software re-registration

Posted August 7th, 2007 by Remlee Green

The MIT Libraries, with financial support from the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering, has continued the subscription of ChemDraw software to make it available for the MIT community.

If you already have ChemOffice, including ChemDraw, installed on your computer:

As of today, you will be asked to re-register. Fill out the re-registration form and you can re-activate either on the web or by email. If you do not have your serial number easily available, sign into the CambridgeSoft membership web site. Your user name is your MIT email address, and if you have forgotten your password, use the web site help for resetting your password. Once you have signed in, click on “My downloads” on the right side of the screen, and you will see your serial number.

After re-activation, you will receive an email from CambridgeSoft confirming the renewal and instructions to re-install the software. Re-installation is not necessary to do right away, since there are no major upgrades on the software, but you probably will want to do it at some point. (You will have to reboot the computer the changes to take an effect.)

Are you a Mac user?  See the Libraries’ ChemDraw guide for Mac re-registration.

If you do not have ChemDraw installed on your computer:

Visit the Libraries’ ChemDraw guide for for more information and for installation instructions.

Still have questions?

Ask the Chemistry Librarian, Erja Kajosalo.

chemdraw screenshot

Beethoven CDs are coming!

Posted August 6th, 2007 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library recently purchased the Beethoven Complete Edition 87-CD set published in Germany by Cascade Medienproduktions. The first volumes are here and the others will follow shortly. Features of the set:

Beethoven Complete Edition

  • Of the 784 works in the set, 111 were especially recorded for this edition.
  • Each CD is being cataloged separately, so to find them in Barton you can search for author=Beethoven and publisher=Cascade; or do a call number browse beginning with PhonCD B393 W.
  • The publisher has a web page about the set which includes a brief contents listing for each disc.

The Lewis Music Library is in Bldg. 14E-109 and summer hours are M-F, 11am-5pm.

JulyAP Workshop: Introduction to Company & Industry Research for Engineers & Scientists

Posted August 3rd, 2007 by Ryan Gray

WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, August 10, noon – 1pm

You may be a skilled investigator on the topic of science or engineering, but what do you know about business research?

This session will introduce you to library-supported databases that cover company and industry information. We will use hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for researching two key components of a business plan: competitors and industry trends.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.


Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2007 information workshops

Need to find information on properties?

Posted August 1st, 2007 by Remlee Green

Finding data on material and chemical properties is almost never easy, but we’ve tried to make it simpler for you… Check out the new library guide on finding Properties of Materials and Chemicals!

Resources for finding properties are divided by type of materials and chemicals, like ceramic, thermodynamic, organic, and polymer, so that you can get a quick start in your research.

Have more questions on finding properties data? Contact Erja Kajosalo, the Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, or Angie Locknar, the Librarian for Materials Science.

Photo credit:  Sample courtesy of Priv.-Doz. Dr. Bernhard Kaiser, HU Berlin, Germany

1988 flight of Daedalus is subject of Archives exhibit

Posted August 1st, 2007 by Lois Beattie

The Daedalus in flight
In the 1980s MIT students and faculty members embarked on an exploration of human-powered flight. The August Object of the Month exhibit of the Institute Archives and Special Collections describes the project that produced the Daedalus, in which Kanellos Kanellopoulos made the record-breaking flight from Crete to Santorin in 1988. The records of Project Daedalus are available for research in the Archives reading room, Building 14N-118.