Archive for April, 2008

SHASS open house & special bookmobile Tues. 4/8 @ noon

Posted April 8th, 2008 by mit-admin

Come to the SHASS Open House, and meet members of the MIT Libraries community who provide support for SHASS. Subject specialists from the Dewey and Humanities Libraries will be on hand to tell you more about our online, and human, resources.

And, our Bookmobile will make special appearance, with a related collection of library materials on display…and to check out!!!

Today @ noon, in the Sala De Puerto Rico, 2nd floor of the Student Center.

Professor Irving Singer Lecture Now Available on MIT World

Posted April 4th, 2008 by Heather Denny

bergman-225.jpgOn Thursday, November 15th the MIT Humanities Library hosted Professor Irving Singer who spoke about his new book, Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher, just published by The MIT Press. A video of the event is now available on MIT World.

In this lecture, Singer discusses how Bergman used philosophical ideas “in an extended sense” — not by including philosophical discussions in his films, but through his masterful use of cinematic technique to examine the particularities of human experience. Singer also describes how Bergman wove aspects of his own life’s story into his films, in intense and vivid ways.

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.

This event was sponsored by authors@mit. For more information, call call 253-5249, or email authors@mit.edu. See the MIT Press Bookstore’s “Events” page for a list of upcoming events.

New Tool for Industry and Market Research: IBISWorld Reports

Posted April 4th, 2008 by Katherine McNeill

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Industry and market researchers at MIT now have access to IBISWorld Reports (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/ibisworld), a database spanning 700+ U.S. industries. Each IBIS report covers:

  • industry performance and conditions
  • market size
  • demand determinants
  • and other key variables

IBIS is searchable by keyword and is unique in grouping its reports by the NAICS industrial codes at five-digits. Note: while IBIS is among our more comprehensive sources for U.S. industries, Global Industry reports are not part of MIT’s subscription.

Lewis Music Library spring newsletter available

Posted April 3rd, 2008 by Christie Moore

flying envelopeThe spring 2008 issue of What’s the Score? the newsletter of the Lewis Music Library 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, projects, and new subscriptions — and don’t miss the ever-popular bad music jokes!

IAPril 2008: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Posted April 3rd, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero
Remlee Green, Mathew Willmott

Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshops. No advanced registration required. Light refreshments will be served at each session.

**NOTE that different events will be happening throughout the month of April and early May.**

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

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 12pm (noon)

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

New Podcast: Hal Abelson on Supporting Our Intellectual Commons

Posted April 2nd, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

hal.gifThe latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Professor Abelson has played key roles in fostering educational technology initiatives such MIT’s OpenCourseWare and DSpace. He has a broad interest in information technology and policy,  and developed and teaches the course “Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier.”  He was a founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Free Software Foundation, organizations that are devoted to strengthening our intellectual commons.

In the podcast, Professor Abelson reflects on the origins and impacts of these efforts, his reasons for remaining committed to more open access to research, and the concerns he has about the future.

Download the audio file. (22:53 minutes; 21 MB)


The other episodes in the podcast series are available on the scholarly publication website.To subscribe to the MIT Libraries’ Podcasts on Scholarly Publishing, paste this link into iTunes or another podcast reader: http://feeds.rapidfeeds.com/6772/

We encourage and welcome your feedback, which you may direct to copyright-lib@mit.edu.

Stock up at the MIT Libraries Booksale, Wednesday, April 30

Posted April 1st, 2008 by Ryan Gray

BooksaleWednesday, April 30, 2008

Time: 10:00a–3:00p

Location: 10-105

Stop by and browse titles in diverse subject areas including Aero/Astro, Art, Architecture, Engineering, Fiction, Math, Management, Music, Physics, & Political Science/Social Science.

Open to the MIT Community only.

Questions? Contact the Gifts Office at gifts-lib@mit.edu or x 3.5693

All proceeds benefit the Libraries’ Preservation Fund.

IAPril Information Workshops 2008

Posted April 1st, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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Learn how to find and use information more effectively in these hands-on workshops. No advanced registration required. Light refreshments will be served at each session.

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

WHEN: Fridays in April (and May), 12pm (noon)

April 11: Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero
Remlee Green, Mathew Willmott

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT.

April 18: Bioinformatics for Beginners
Amy Stout, Courtney Crummett

Class attendees will learn about the organization of key NCBI databases, understand the database record structure, and work with the BLAST search tool. The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to, or curious about bioinformatics research tools.

April 25: EndNote Basics
Peter Cohn, Anita Perkins

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

May 2: Citation Surfing: Using Databases to Track Article Citations
Michael M Noga

Have your ever used the Web of Science to find citations? Have you used Google Scholar? Perhaps you have used citation links in journal articles. This session will explore the different ways you can use citation searching to identify literature on a subject.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Archives’ April exhibit: Letter from Governor John A. Andrew to MIT’s founder, William Barton Rogers, March 9, 1861

Posted April 1st, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Page 1 of Andrew’s letterInterest was high in 1861 as the proposed Institute of Technology moved through the Massachusetts legislative process. But among those opposed was the secretary of the Board of Education. In March, Governor John A. Andrew invited William Barton Rogers to a meeting of the board to persuade them of its advantages for education and industry. “Be thou the advocate,” wrote Massachusetts Governor Andrew in a letter exhibited as the Object of the Month by the Institute Archives and Special Collections. The proposal was finally approved by the Massachusetts legislature, and on April 10, 1861, Governor Andrew signed the Act to Incorporate the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Celebrate MIT’s anniversary month, and the countdown to MIT’s sesquicentennial in 2011, by learning more about the Institute’s beginnings and William Barton Rogers, the extraordinary man whose vision made it happen. Rogers’s papers and many documents concerning MIT’s early years are available for research in the Institute Archives, 14N-118, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.