Archive for November, 2007
Professor Wai Cheng writes about “The Pitfalls of Digital Rights Management” in the November/December issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter.
Professor Cheng, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), spoke out last spring against the limitations of digital rights management (DRM) technology being imposed on access to research published by the SAE through a web-based database of technical papers accessed at MIT through an MIT Libraries’ subscription.
He felt strongly enough about the implications of DRM that he delivered a presentation to the SAE’s Publication Board meeting in April 2007, making a case that the SAE should revoke the new DRM requirement. His presentation resulted in SAE’s immediate stay in implementation of DRM for universities, followed by the appointment of a task force to more fully examine the issue.
The outcome, as announced in an SAE press release this month, is that “As recommended by a special task force, the SAE International Publications Board voted Oct. 31 to eliminate the use of the ‘FileOpen’ plug-in on digital library products for … colleges, universities and other academic institutions.” This means that “In 2008 students and faculty will be able to use SAE International’s Digital Library of Technical Papers in academic settings without the former restrictions.”
Many thanks to Professor Cheng for his efforts to secure flexible access rights to SAE’s papers for MIT and other universities.
Please note that the MIT Libraries canceled web access to the SAE papers last year in response to the imposition of DRM. Information on current access to the papers is available at the Barker Library’s web site.
For more information on MIT faculty who are taking action to improve access to research, see the scholarly publication website.
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The MIT Libraries have launched the third puzzle in a series of puzzles that can be solved using Libraries’ resources. The puzzles have been released over the course of the Fall 2007 semester, appearing in the Tech, on kiosks in Lobby 7, and elsewhere around campus. MIT students can view the puzzle and submit their answers online at http://libraries.mit.edu/puzzle. Correct answers submitted by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPod Nano. The deadline for entries for the third puzzle is Tuesday, December 11, 2007.
The MIT Libraries have acquired Indian Census data to the Tahsil and Ward boundary level (the most detailed level released by the Indian government), as well as detailed city data for Hyderabad, Delhi, and Mumbai. With GIS data you can analyze the numeric information and visualize the data by creating your own maps. All data is available through the MIT Geodata Repository. The GIS Datasets for India webpage provides a more detailed listing of datasets.
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:
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.
The Lewis Music Library is offering a special longer loan period for CDs and DVDs over Thanksgiving Day weekend. Music compact discs and DVDs borrowed Tuesday or Wednesday, November 20-21 will be due Monday, 11/26/07 (by closing, 10pm). That’s almost a week, instead of the usual 3 days! Limit of 5, no renewals.
This special loan coincides with Tuesday’s Bookmobile which will be from 11 am-2 pm in Lobby 10.
The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109. Holiday hours are Tuesday, 8:30am-10pm; Wednesday, 8:30am-5pm; closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday; regular hours resume on Saturday.
The Humanities Library will hold its next Bookmobile on Tues., Nov. 20th, from 11-2 in Lobby 10. Choose from books, DVDs, audiobooks and music, to keep you entertained during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Come check us out!
Looking for a comfortable space to study with a great view of the river? Consider the Humanities Library Reading Room. Check out what people have to say about it:
“Comfy chairs, quiet atmosphere”
“It has nice comfy chairs as well as literature books to distract you when you don’t want to hear about science.”
“I love the big open tables.”
And then there are the time-honored favorite reasons to hang out in the Humanities Library Reading Room:
“Because libraries are AWESOME!” and “Books = love.”
The fall 2007 issue of the Lewis Music Library’s newsletter, What’s the Score? is now available. The web version has been posted online and print copies are on the front counter in the library (Bldg. 14E-109).
Read about library activities and projects, new subscriptions, and of course the ever-popular bad music jokes.
- Measures of journal quality, including ISI impact factor and other indicators
- Copyright law as related to journal publishing (transferring copyright)
- Publisher copyright policies, including rights for posting your work on the web
- Publishing options: open access channels, in both new and traditional journals, and other types of publishing
Today we’re making available to the MIT community a beta release of a new version of Vera, called Vera Multi-Search.
http://libraries.mit.edu/vera-beta (MIT only)
It’s designed to help you start your library research more quickly by showing you which databases have the most hits for your query and displaying the merged results, so that you don’t have to search each database separately.
The old Vera (which lists our all of our databases and e-journals) is still available to use during the beta period. We’re offering an early look at the new Vera while we’re still developing it, so that we can get feedback from the MIT community and conduct usability tests.
To volunteer to particpate in usability tests, or to send feedback and comments, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: 10-105, Bush Room
Stop by and browse titles in diverse subject areas including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Fiction, History, Linguistics, Management, Music & Miscellaneous. Some materials are free!
Open to the MIT Community only
Questions? Contact the Gifts Office at email@example.com or x 3.5693
All proceeds benefit the Libraries’ Preservation Fund.
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the MIT Libraries, and the nonprofit organization ScienceCommons are co-sponsoring a discussion of open access and the progress of science:
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13; 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Kiva (Room 449) — Stata Center
With presentations by:
John Wilbanks (Vice President, Science Commons)
Anna Gold (Head, Engineering and Science Libraries, MIT)
and Moderated by Professor Hal Abelson (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT)
If you have any questions about the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read about MIT Libraries’ news in the latest issue of BiblioTech. In this issue:
- From the Director–a column by Ann Wolpert, Director of Libraries
- New Technologies–an article about the Libraries’ beta projects
- From the Archives–a column by Tom Rosko, Head of the Institute Archives & Special Collections
- Supporting the Libraries–news about recent gifts to the Libraries
- DSpace Community Grows–an article about the newly formed DSpace Foundation
- Saving Endangered Languages–an article about preserving the work of late MIT linguistics professor Kenneth Hale
Place, Sense, Time: The Summer 2007 Veneto Experience
by Najiyah Edun, Shun Kanda, and Mio Uchida
October 22nd – November 16th, 2007, in Rotch Library
‘Space is real for it seems to affect my senses long before my reason. The materiality of my body both coincides with and struggles with the materiality of space. My body carries in itself spatial properties, and spatial determinations…unfolding against the projections of reason, against the absolute Truth’
The exhibit aims to present the investigations, journeys and discoveries of eleven students in the Veneto Experience Program during the summer of 2007. The program is month-long architecture course that immerses students in the city of Venice and in the work of Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), focusing on the intricate and profound relationship between the life-work of Venetian architect and Venice, each embodied in the other.
The exhibit purports to express and embody the heightened visual, acoustic and tactile senses that are stirred by Venice and by Scarpa’s work. It aims to stimulate and enhance visitors’ awareness of their bodily movements in space, enabling people to uncover and rediscover how our body reacts to space and how space and the senses can promote an enhanced perception of the body.
Known for their repeating motifs and signature tropes, the films of Ingmar Bergman also contain extensive variation and development. In these reflections on Bergman’s artistry and thought, Irving Singer discerns distinctive themes in Bergman’s filmmaking, from first intimations in the early work to consummate resolutions in the later movies. Singer demonstrates that while Bergman’s output was not philosophy on celluloid, it attains an expressive and purely aesthetic truthfulness that can be considered philosophical in a broader sense.
Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at MIT. He is the author of Reality Transformed: Film as Meaning and Technique, Three Philosophical Filmmakers: Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir (both published by The MIT Press), and many other books.
Where: The MIT Humanities Library Reading Room (14S-200)
When: Thursday November 15th, 6:00pm
The event is free and wheelchair accessible.
Starting in November, the Barker Engineering Library is taking a new approach to our “Suggestion Box.” Each month we will have a new topic that will be presented in our online suggestion form found at: http://libraries.mit.edu/barker/suggestions/index.html
If you submit a suggestion and include your contact information, you’ll be entered into our monthly drawing for various gift certificates!
This month we want to hear what we can do for you!
- What library services would you like to see Barker and/or the MIT Libraries offer?
- Have you had these services somewhere else?
- Are there services we have that you love? Any we could improve upon?
- What else would you like to tell us?
Go to: http://libraries.mit.edu/barker/suggestions/index.html and let us know what you think! Your suggestions make a difference!
Learn about what a patent is and how to search for them using the free search tools that are available on the web!
- An introduction: Why search for patents? What is a patent? (5:30)
- What does a patent look like? (2:25)
- How to search for patents (7:50)
- Which search tool should I use? Why shouldn’t I just use Google? (5:36)
See also our other videos on how to use MIT Libraries services and resources: MIT Libraries Video Tutorials