Archive for January, 2008

IAP 2008: EndNote Basics

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references.

Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, PubMed, & other sources of published literature. Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts. It can also help you organize and manage your PDF files.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 5 – 6 pm
Wednesday, January 23, 5 – 6 pm
Wednesday, January 30, 12 – 1 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

IAP 2008: Composting at Home: with Worms!

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Happy worm!
Are you an apartment dweller wishing for some backyard space to compost? Don’t worry, you can compost indoors and start any time of the year! In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn how to use worms to turn your garbage into “black” gold from Cambridge’s Recycling Director, Randi Mail. For the past couple years, Randi has composted food scraps in two 10-gallon plastic containers, making rich soil for her houseplants.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2 – 4 pm

WHERE: 33-116

for further information. Contact Ryan Gray with any questions.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 30 participants.

Cosponsored by the Working Group on Support Staff Issues Recycling Group.

IAP 2008: RefWorks Basics

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray


RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help you to organize references and create a bibliography. RefWorks allows you to search, retrieve relevant citations, and build your bibliography. It allows users to create individual or group accounts, and makes it easy to write papers, or post your results to web pages.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 4 – 5 pm
Tuesday, January 22, 4 – 5 pm
Thursday, January 31, 4 – 5 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

IAP 2008: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Wednesday, January 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, January 22, 12 – 1 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

See for more information. Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

IAP 2008: Online search clinic for chemicals and drugs in PubMed

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Searching for molecules is possible in PubMed! Come to this session to learn how to find articles about chemicals, drugs and other substances in PubMed by using subject headings and other advanced techniques. We will also demo the NCBI PubChem Substance database that allows you to search by common name, systematic name, molecular weight and more.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 12 – 1:30 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 30 participants.

Contact Louisa Worthington Rogers with questions.

IAP 2008: Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray


Need data to answer a research question? Interested in analyzing raw datasets with micro-level records about individual respondents? This hands-on workshop will familiarize you with the resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Harvard-MIT Data Center, which provide access to datasets in the social sciences and related fields. Topics will include finding and downloading datasets and understanding data documentation.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2 – 3:30 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

See for more information.

Advance sign up is required and participation is limited to 20 people. Please sign up by January 14 by contacting Katherine McNeill-Harman.

IAP 2008: Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Lights on!

Information on energy is everywhere! How do you find the scientific and technical information you need and keep on the cutting edge of what is published? Attend this hands-on session to find out.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 4 – 5 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Angie Locknar with any questions.

IAP 2008: Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started? This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT. We will include a discussion comparing and contrasting the three softwares, and we will introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 12 – 1 pm
Thursday, January 24, 12 – 1 pm
Monday, January 28, 5 – 6 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

20 computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops.

Contact Remlee Green with any questions.


IAP 2008: Make a Difference! Use Your Skills and Interests to Help Developing Countries

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray


When you read or hear news about developing countries do you feel inspired to make a difference? Come hear how one MIT staff member, and native Honduran, organized volunteer groups and shipped donations of educational material, computer equipment, and medical equipment to Honduras and other Central American countries. Learn about her latest experience working in Honduras, and how you can get involved!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

WHERE: Barker Library, Media Room, 10-500

Dessert and drinks provided. Enrollment limited to 15 participants.

Contact Olimpia Estela Caceres-Brown with further questions.

IAP 2008: Introduction to Company & Industry Research for Engineers & Scientists

Posted January 13th, 2008 by Ryan Gray


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.

WHEN: Monday, January 14, 4 – 5:15 pm

WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment is limited to a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 25 participants.

Contact Stephanie Hartman with any questions.

IAP Book Discussion: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Thursday January 24th

Posted January 9th, 2008 by MIT Libraries


Join The Humanities Library for a discussion of the book that has literary circles buzzing. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Associate Professor in Writing and Humanistic Studies Junot Díaz, has been included on several year-end “best of” lists for fiction published in 2007. The discussion will be moderated by librarian Mark Szarko.

  • When: Thursday January 24, 11am-12:00pm
  • Where: 14N-417
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Mark Szarko (617-258-8022, to register, and for further details

The first 8 registrants will receive a free copy of the novel!

New Model Proposed for Funding Particle Physics Journals

Posted January 9th, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

“The next big experiment in particle physics won’t need an accelerator, detector, or other big machine,” says Glennda Chui in the latest issue of Symmetry: Dimensions of Particle Physics. “It doesn’t even involve subatomic particles…instead, it will test a new way to circulate the theories, methods, and experimental results that are the lifeblood of science.”


She’s referring to the SCOAP3project, an innovative new model for funding high energy physics journals. SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, has proposed a mechanism for particle physics to pay for its own publishing costs and make articles in the field openly available to the world without cost to the reader. Rather than rely on typical journal subscriptions, which allow access only to individuals and institutions who pay, in the SCOAP3 model, universities, labs, and funding agencies involved in producing the literature of particle physics pay into a consortium (SCOAP3). The consortium then pays publishers to publish their journals openly on the web.

The heart of the model involves converting the payment structure for the key journals in particle physics, which together publish 83 percent of the particle physics articles that are posted to arXiv, the popular and successful preprint server. These include Physical Review D, Physics Letters B, Nuclear Physics B, Journal of High Energy Physics, and European Physical Journal C, as well as the articles in Physical Review Letters that pertain to high energy physics.

As SCOAP3 explains it, “SCOAP3 will, for the first time, link quality and price, stimulating competition and enabling considerable medium- and long-term savings.” They envision that “each SCOAP3 partner will finance its contribution by canceling journal subscriptions” and that “each country will contribute according to its share of high energy physics publishing.”

SCOAP3 is a consortium made up of high energy physics funding agencies, high energy physics laboratories, and national and international libraries and library consortia.The consortium includes, among many other organizations: CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research; France’s Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules; Germany’s Max-Planck-Gesellschaft; Greece’s Assembly of Greek universities, and the Swedish National Library. As of this writing, two universities in the United States (through their libraries) have pledged their willingness to support open access through the SCOAP3 consortium: University of California, Berkeley, and Northwestern University.

More information about the goals and methods of SCOAP3 is available at their website.

If you would like to share your thoughts about this funding model, please contact

Fiddle-dee-dee during IAP!

Posted January 8th, 2008 by Christie Moore

leprechaun fiddler Musicians and audience members needed for the first-ever fiddle jam session of traditional music! The event will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 2-4 pm in the Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.

Do you play fiddle, flute, whistle, pipes, harp, accordion, banjo, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bodhrán, or harmonica? Do you sing?

Come join with other MIT musicians playing traditional music from the library’s collection.

Listeners also needed!

Musicians are asked to sign up by January 10th (limited to 12 musician participants). Contact Cate Gallivan, 14E-109, (617) 253-7389,

Films in Rotch Library, for IAP

Posted January 7th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

IAP Rotch Library Film Series:

  • WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, January 7, 2008 through February 1, 2008
  •  WHERE: showing in 7-134A (Rotch Library conference room; enter via 7-238)
  • Hosted by Ann Whiteside, Jolene deVerges, Jennifer Friedman, and Heather McCann

Did you know that Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning maintains an impressive DVD collection, with new titles added regularly? Join the library staff as we explore the scope of the collection. Each week of IAP, we will highlight a different theme in the collection, including video art, architecture and urban development & planning. Brief, informal discussion will follow each each day’s films.

Rotch Library Film Series, Week 1

The Rotch Library is proud to present the IAP Film Series, held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the month of January. The week of January 7 is Video Art Week!

Films will be shown in the Rotch Library Conference Room starting at 11:30AM and ending no later than 2PM. The schedule for the upcoming week will be:

Monday, January 7

  • Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart
  • William Kentridge: Art from Ashes

Wednesday, January 9

  • Expressing the Inexpressible: Shirin Neshat
  • The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle”

Friday, January 11

  • HC Gilje: Cityscapes
  • Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses

The week of January 14 is Urban Planning Week!

Please forward this information to interested parties!

If you have any questions, please contact Heather McCann at (617) 253-7098 / OR Jennifer Friedman (617) 258-5595 /

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP events!

Posted January 3rd, 2008 by Ryan Gray

DIRC session

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research?

Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks?

Need to find chemical information, energy information, social science data, or patents?

Want to learn how to marble paper, improve your photography, or how to compost with worms?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2008.

NIH Research to be Publicly Available Online

Posted January 2nd, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed a spending bill that requires the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to mandate open online access to all research it funds.

nihlogo.gif This is the first mandate for a major public funding agency in the US that requires research to be openly available; it changes the 2005 NIH Public Access Policy, which requested, but did not require, open access to NIH-funded research.

The new language stipulates that investigators funded by the NIH submit their peer-reviewed manuscripts to the National Library of Medicine’s open access repository PubMed Central when the manuscript is accepted for publication.  The manuscript would then become openly available via PubMed Central within 12 months of publication in a journal.  The policy will be implemented “in a manner consistent with copyright law.”

The mandate will apply to a vast amount of research. Aside from classified military research, the NIH is the world’s largest funder of scientific research, with a 2007 budget of $28 billion. According to open access commentator Peter Suber, NIH research funds “65,000 peer-reviewed articles every year or 178 every day.”  At MIT, NIH funds account for about one-third of the research dollars awarded annually.

More information on the mandate is available from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access and from Peter Suber.

If MIT authors have questions, please contact

Watercolors by Eleanor Manning O’Connor subject of Archives January exhibit

Posted January 2nd, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Watercolor by Eleanor Manning O’ConnorThe January Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections highlights watercolors painted by Eleanor Manning O’Connor ( Architecture, MIT, 1909). The watercolors are from the Archives’ collection of the Records of Howe, Manning & Almy, an architectural firm started by Lois Lilley Howe (MIT, 1890) and later joined by O’Connor and a third MIT alumna, Mary Almy. The collection includes reports, paintings, drawings, blueprints, photographs, diaries, notes, and correspondence illuminating the lives and work of the three MIT alumnae. The materials are available for research in Room 14N-118, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with 24 hours’ advance notice.