Archive for December, 2007

New Podcast: Professor Kai von Fintel on the Launch of a New Open Access Journal in Linguistics

Posted December 21st, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

The fourth episode in a new series of podcasts on various aspects of scholarly publishing & copyright is now available.

In this episode, we hear from Professor Kai von Fintel, Professor of Linguistics at MIT, whose research areas are in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and the intersections among them.

Professor von Fintel discusses the launch of a new open access journal, Semantics and Pragmatics, with co-editor David Beaver of the University of Texas at Austin. The podcast was recorded at a critical moment in the journal’s history, a few weeks after its website was launched and opened for submissions, and a few months before the first papers are expected to appear there, in early 2008.

Download the Audio File (11:11 minutes; 10.3MB)

More information about Professor von Fintel’s open access journal is available at the Semantic and Pragmatics website, which includes a blog by the editors. A previous MIT Libraries’ blog story also contains more information.

The other episodes in the podcast series are available on the scholarly publication website.

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This is the first series of podcasts created by the Libraries specifically for this format. We encourage and welcome your feedback as the series evolves. If you have any feedback, please direct it to

DiscoveryGate – web access to Beilstein/Gmelin databases for chemical information!

Posted December 20th, 2007 by Remlee Green

DiscoveryGate logo

The MIT community now has access to Beilstein and Gmelin via a web-based interface called DiscoveryGate! These databases give you access to a large amount of chemical information on:

  • structures
  • properties
  • reactions
  • over 8 million organic compounds (Beilstein)
  • 1.4 million inorganic and organometallic compounds (Gmelin)

To install:

Mac users:

The installation is easy for Mac users – there is none! Simply go to DiscoveryGate, and search the databases.

PC users:

PC users will need to install software prior to using this new interface. See the installation instructions for guidance.

If you prefer using the MDL CrossFire Commander interface (PCs only), you may continue to do so, but you’ll need to change a setting in your host server name by December 31, 2007.

Interested in learning more about how to use DiscoveryGate? Some to the Libraries’ IAP event on Fri 1/11/08 10am-12pm, in 14N-132, taught by a DiscoveryGate expert from Elsevier.

Questions or comments about DiscoveryGate? Contact Erja Kajosalo.

New Schumann song CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted December 20th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Hyperion Schumann edition The Lewis Music Library recently ordered the Hyperion Schumann Edition, a series of beautiful and award-winning recordings of Robert Schumann songs performed by top singers accompanied by pianist Graham Johnson. The final volume of the series is not yet released, but most of the discs have been received and are ready to circulate.

Click on a call number link to see the Barton catalog record:

Schumann, Robert. The Hyperion Schumann edition: Complete songs = Sämtliche Lieder = Mélodies intégrales.
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.1 [Christine Schäfer, soprano; Graham Johnson, piano]
vol.2 on order [Simon Keenlyside, baritone; Graham Johnson, piano]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.3 [Juliane Banse, soprano; Graham Johnson, piano]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.4 [Stella Doufexis, mezzo-soprano; Oliver Widmer, baritone; Graham Johnson, piano; London Schubert Chorale, Stephen Layton, conductor (in the partsongs)]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.5 [Christopher Maltman, baritone; Graham Johnson, piano; with Polyphony, Stephen Layton, conductor]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.6 [Geraldine McGreevy, soprano; Stella Doufexis, alto; Adrian Thompson, tenor; Stephan Loges, baritone; Graham Johnson, piano; Stephen Hough, piano]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.7 [Dorothea Röschmann, soprano; Ian Bostridge, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano; Polyphony, Stephen Layton, conductor]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.8 [Mark Padmore, tenor; Christopher Maltman, Jonathan Lemalu, baritones; Graham Johnson, piano; with members of the Ex Cathedra Consort]
PhonCD Sch86 song f v.9 [Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, sopranos; Graham Johnson, piano]
1481647 precat (vol.10 of the series) [Kate Royal, Felicity Lott, Lydia Teuscher, sopranos; Ann Murray, Daniela Lehner, mezzo-sopranos; Stephan Loges, baritone; Christoph Bantzer, reciter; Graham Johnson, piano]

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.

After all the ups and downs: Barker internal elevator now running!

Posted December 18th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

People moverGotta cart full of books for the 8th floor???

Need to get to a meeting with an armful of snacks???

Fret no longer!! The elevator in the Barker Library is now up and running. Please feel free to take full advantage of its services.

Thank you to all students, faculty and staff for your patience during the long process.

Take a load off! Daydream in the “Dreaming Lounge” in Barker’s Reading Room

Posted December 17th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Ana Sofia Lopes Da Ponte, a graduate student in MIT’s Visual Arts program, has just installed the “Dreaming Lounge.” This interactive piece of art will be on exhibit through January 11.

In her own words, “I designed a daybed for Barker so that the users of the space can experiment with their physical relation with the space. The design of the Dreaming Lounge considers the situation of a researcher that is in a library setting daily. It offers him/her the possibility to continue the research activity while dreaming. Attached to the seat of the bed is a canopy that smoothly unfolds above the dreamer’s body. When the back of the seat is manually pulled down by the user, a canopy situated in the upper part of the daybed rises, protecting the user’s head from exterior elements such as sound and light of the space.”

Is that Santa’s sleigh??? No, even better…it’s the Bookmobile!!! – Tues. Dec. 18th

Posted December 17th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Bookmobile graphic

The Humanities Library will hold its next Bookmobile on Tues., Dec. 18th, from 11-2 in Lobby 10. Choose from books, DVDs, audiobooks and music, to keep you entertained during the long holiday break.

Come check us out!

Food for Thought on Thursday Dec. 13th – feed your brain and your stomach!!!

Posted December 12th, 2007 by MIT Libraries
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: Thursday December 13th, 2:15-3:45pm
  • Cost: FREE!!!

Humanities Library DVD and Video collection now in our Browsery area

Posted December 12th, 2007 by MIT Libraries


Our ever-expanding collection of classics and independent films are now more prominently located in our Browsery area.  Stop by the Humanities Library and check ‘em out.

Exhibit in Rotch Library – Lanai: Living in the Landscape

Posted December 11th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Lanai: Living in the Landscape, a photo book by graduate student Stephanie Hsu (M.Arch), will be on display in Rotch Library (Rm 7-238), from December 10, 2007 through January 13, 2008. Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Once the largest pineapple plantation in the world, the island of Lanai is now 98% privately owned, home to two Four Seasons resorts, and known as the most exclusive of the Hawaiian Islands. Revealing life on Lanai from the perspective of the local population, architecture graduate student Stephanie Hsu documents the island during its transition from a plantation to a world class vacation destination.

Happy birthday, William Barton Rogers!

Posted December 7th, 2007 by Lois Beattie

William Barton RogersMIT’s founder, William Barton Rogers, was born December 7, 1804. Rogers, was a noted geologist and educator who had a vision for a new educational model. He began to organize his plans for a “polytechnic” institute as early as the 1840s, and he pursued his ideas until MIT was finally founded in 1861.

Learn more about William Barton Rogers and the founding of MIT on the web site of the Institute Archives and Special Collections. You are also welcome to visit the Archives in 14N-118, Monday through Thursday, between 10 am and 4 pm.

Undergraduates: Use Data in Your Research and Win a Prize!

Posted December 5th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, is hosting two opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience in working with their data:

  1. The ICPSR Undergraduate Research Paper Competitions will highlight the best undergraduate student research papers that use data from ICPSR.
    * One competition covers any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive or any of its special topic archives. In the second competition, the paper must address issues relevant to underrepresented minorities in the United States and draw data from the Minority Data Resource Center.
    * Up to three cash prizes will be awarded. The winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000. Second place receives $750 and third place $500.
    * Deadline for submission is January 31, 2008.
  2. The ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program will take place June 9-August 15, 2008.
    * Gain experience using statistical programs such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS.
    * Learn data processing skills to prepare social science data for archiving and distribution.
    * Deadline for application is January 28, 2008.

For more information on either of these programs, contact Katherine McNeill-Harman, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at

Films on DVD in the Lewis Music Library

Posted December 4th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some classic films on DVD that can be borrowed from the Lewis Music Library. Most were originally purchased to support Film Music, 21M.284. They have been selected from the 925 DVDs in the library’s collection.

Click on an image to see the Barton catalog record:

Metropolis [originally
released in 1927]
PN1997.M436.A1 2002 [DVD]
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The day the earth stood
still [1951]
PN1997.D337.A1 2002 [DVD]
Close Encounters
Close encounters of
the third kind [1977]
PN1997.C56.A1 2002 [DVD]
Return to Oz
Return to Oz [1985]
PN1997.R586 1999 [DVD]
Tim Burton’s The nightmare
before Christmas [1993]
PN1997.N444 1998 [DVD]
War of the Worlds
War of the worlds [2005]
PN1997.2 .W37.A1 2005 [DVD]

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.

Archives’ December exhibit: MIT’s first Ph.D.’s, 1907

Posted December 3rd, 2007 by Lois Beattie

Robert Sosman, Morris Stewart, Raymond Haskell

The Object of the Month exhibit of the Institute Archives and Special Collections is about the three men who received MIT’s first Ph.D.’s, their supervisor, and the lab he founded in 1903—the Research Laboratory of Physical Chemistry. Left to right in the photograph are Robert B. Sosman, Morris A. Stewart, and Raymond Haskell.

Browse more highlights of MIT’s history on the Archives web site, or visit the reading room, Building 14N-118, Monday through Thursday, between 10 am and 4 pm.