Archive for October, 2007

Doris Lessing wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Posted October 11th, 2007 by mit-admin

Doris Lessing

Renowned for her feminist novel “The Golden Notebook,” Ms. Lessing was described by the Swedish Academy as:

“that epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny.”

Check out any of the four dozen or so books by Doris Lessing, or the two dozen or so books about Doris Lessing in the Humanities Library. The book pictured above is Time Bites (call number PR6023.E833.T56 2005).

Recent CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted October 10th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some compact discs that have recently arrived in the Lewis Music Library; they also appear in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available as RSS). Naxos discs are also available online.

Click on an image to see its Barton catalog record:

Gubaidulina, Sofia Asgatovna.
Complete works for piano.
PhonCD G932.3 piamu
Guarnieri, Camargo. Piano
concertos nos. 1, 2 and 3.
PhonCD G932 cop1-3
Kamran Ince
Ince, Kamran. Symphonies
nos. 3 and 4.
PhonCD In194 orcmu
I’m From Barcelona
I’m from Barcelona (Musical
group). Let me introduce my
PhonCD P Im2 let
Murail, Tristan.
Winter fragments.
PhonCD M931 chamu
Together again
Together again: [legends
of Bulgarian wedding music].
PhonCD F G6890.T64

Music CDs and DVDs 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.

Cool Stuff @ The Humanities Library

Posted October 10th, 2007 by mit-admin


Manga Image 

Need a good read?  Want to watch a DVD, or listen to an audiobook?  The Humanities Library has fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, manga, travel guides, DVDs, and popular magazines to help you kick back and relax after your last problem set of the day.

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS, 10/12, 2-4pm

Posted October 10th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Learn to read the contour lines on a topographic map and how to use a digital elevation model to do hydrographic analysis.

Topo map

Collections of the Library Exhibit at Sydney Pacific through October

Posted October 10th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Andrew Shea, employee of Barker Engineering Library, has photographs currently on exhibit at Sydney Pacific through the end of October.
Shea photograph
In his own words, “I am a photographer who reframes familiar environments. I prefer to immerse myself in the caveats of common spaces and challenge myself to redefine them by layering their distinctive elements.

As I approach each space that I photograph, I consider its texture and expressiveness, what others would notice about the space and how it might be photorealistically represented. My goal is to create images that resuscitate the visual expressiveness of each space by combining the unique features that tell its story.

To do this I use old cameras that function as layering devices and compose images on top of each other in sequential order before advancing the film. These multiple exposures include two or more vital elements such as the bark of a tree, the architectural feature of a building, the contours of an expanse, or a face of someone in the environment. Though one element usually dominates the composition, together they create self-containing narratives that speak beyond any of their singular elements. In this way, each photo becomes a unique portrayal of its environment.”

View more of Andrew’s work on his website or email him with questions/comments.

Dewey Library Hosts Exhibit in Memory of E. Cary Brown

Posted October 9th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

In celebration of the written word of E. Cary Brown, former Head of the MIT Economics Department, Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences (E53-100) is hosting an exhibit of his selected writings from October 10th through October 22nd.

E. Cary Brown, a leading expert on fiscal policy and the economics of taxation, passed away in June of this year. He was a member of the Economics Department from 1947-1986 and its Head from 1965-1983.

The exhibit includes selections of Brown’s work, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and working papers. Highlighted are two of his most influential papers, “Business Income Taxation and Investment Incentives” and “Fiscal Policy in the `Thirties: A Reappraisal.” Come see this work alongside archival items documenting his time here at MIT.

For more information on Brown, see the memorial statement on the Economics Department web site.

Go with the flow: Studies in Fluid Mechanics video exhibit at Barker

Posted October 9th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Fluid Mechanics

Come visit the video art installation of revamped films from the 1960s, Studies in Fluid Mechanics. The videos will be on display from Tuesday, October 09 through Friday, October 12 in the Barker Engineering Library Reading Room.

These videos were created by nine MIT students, instructors and staff. Their task was to use some of the raw footage from Barker Engineering Libraries’ collection of fluid mechanics film loops to create their own video art. Though this may not seem too difficult, the process proved to be a complicated one as they simultaneously learned how to convert film footage into finished videos using sophisticated digital editing software to digitize and edit the film, all the while thinking about how to creatively resuscitate footage that is almost 50 years old.

The film footage in question (Barker Media Collection, call # QC145.2.F5) consists of recently discarded 8mm films from Barker Engineering Library. In total, 148 films were created between 1961 and 1967 by members of National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films, a group started by former MIT professor Ascher Shapiro in 1961. Ascher’s efforts revolutionized the teaching of fluid mechanics, and Barker Engineering Library continues to circulate these films as DVDs.

Comments and suggestions are welcome at the accompanying suggestion box, or email the Project Coordinator, Andrew Shea. More of Andrew’s work can be seen at his website.

Introduction to GIS – 10/5, 2-4pm

Posted October 4th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Learn about GIS, and the basics of using ArcGIS, a powerful desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) available at MIT. Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Recent books and scores in the Lewis Music Library

Posted October 4th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some recent books and music scores in the Lewis Music Library. The library’s collection contains over 15,000 books and over 35,000 scores.

Click on an image to see the Barton catalog record:

To the break of dawn
Cobb, William Jelani. To the
break of dawn: a freestyle on
the hip hop aesthetic.
ML3918.R37.C63 2007
Fashionable acts
Hall-Witt, Jennifer. Fashionable
acts: opera and elite culture in
London, 1780-1880.
ML3918.O64.H34 2007
Kennedy’s blues
Rijn, Guido van. Kennedy’s
blues: African-American blues
and gospel songs on JFK.
ML3521.R54 2007
Bernstein Riffs
Bernstein, Leonard. Riffs: from
Prelude, fugue and riffs: arr.
for clarinet in Bb and piano
with optional parts for
percussion and string bass.
Mu pts B458 pre ri ar
Classic songs from the Blue
Note jazz era, for you to play
/ [edited] by Jamey
MT68.A38 1992 v.38
Kronos collection: v.1.
M452.K76 2006 v.1, v.1 pts

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

New in Dewey Library: Large LCD Screen in Group Study Room

Posted October 2nd, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

LCD Screen

Come see Dewey Library’s newly-enhanced space for collaborative work: study room E53-216 now includes a 40-inch wall-mounted LCD monitor. Simply connect the LCD cable to your laptop to share what’s on your screen. The room holds 15-20 people and is perfect for meetings or group study.

As this is a new service in Dewey, we encourage your feedback. Please fill in the comment form to be found in the conference room or email Millicent Gaskell (, Head of Dewey Library.

Dewey Library offers a total of six rooms on the second floor dedicated to group study. Reserve any of them by using the sign-up sheets on the study room doors. See also other Group Study Spaces in the MIT Libraries.

Archives spotlights the role of MIT’s James R. Killian in the US response to Sputnik, 1957

Posted October 1st, 2007 by Lois Beattie

Sputnik 1 mockupThe 50th anniversary of Sputnik is observed in the October Object of the Month exhibit of the Institute Archives & Special Collections. After the surprise launch of Sputnik by the USSR in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed MIT’s James R. Killian the first Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Killian chaired the President’s Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), which was instrumental in initiating national curriculum reforms in science and technology and in establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Sputnik 1 mockup – NASA image

Longer CD/DVD loan over Columbus Day weekend

Posted October 1st, 2007 by Christie Moore

shipsThe Lewis Music Library is offering a special loan period for CDs and DVDs over Columbus Day weekend. Music compact discs and DVDs borrowed Friday-Sunday, October 5-7 will be due Wednesday, 10/10/07 (by closing, 10pm). Limit of 5, no renewals.

This special offer coincides with Friday’s Bookmobile which will be from 11 am-2 pm in Lobby 10.

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