Archive for December, 2008

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP 2009 sessions!

Posted December 19th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

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, social science data, or patents?

Want to learn Japanese book-binding, 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 2009.

Angela Yen wins the Rock Band raffle!

Posted December 19th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Congratulations to Angela Yen who won the PEAK guitar controller at the Rock Band raffle on December 10th!

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Thanks to PEAK for donating the guitar! Check out the PEAK website for more information about PEAK guitar controllers.

And thank you to all the students and staff who participated.

MIT grad student wins Knovel University Challenge!

Posted December 18th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

Angie Locknar awards Amanda Giermann her iPod.

Amanda Giermann, an MIT graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering, recently won an iPod in Knovel’s University Challenge! More than 7000 students from 40 countries entered the contest. Pictured above are: Angie Locknar (Materials Science and Engineering Librarian) and Amanda Giermann.

Although the contest is over, you can still use Knovel in your own research! Knovel offers fulltext access to many leading science and engineering reference works. Try it for yourself!

Undergraduates: Gain Experience in Statistical Analysis at ICPSR

Posted December 11th, 2008 by Katherine McNeill

ICPSR Summer Internship Program

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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) now is accepting applications for its annual summer internship program for undergraduates that will take place from June 8-August 14, 2009.

  • 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 February 2, 2009.
  • Stipend given.

For more information, see ICPSR’s page on the program or contact Katherine McNeill, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at

ICPSR Undergraduate Research Paper Competitions

ICPSR is sponsoring two competitions to highlight the best undergraduate student research papers using quantitative data.

The objective is to encourage undergraduates to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and presented in written form.

  • 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 for each competition.  The winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000 (second place receives $750 and third place $500).
  • Deadline for submission is May 31, 2009.

For details on the competition, see ICPSR’s page on the competition or contact Katherine McNeill, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at

Hayden open 24 hours, Dec. 10-19 for Finals

Posted December 10th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

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Hayden Library — Humanities & Science — will stay open 24 hours a day during Finals

from Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 8am to Friday, Dec. 19th at 7pm.

Overnight hours are for the MIT community only.

Food for Thought, times two

Posted December 10th, 2008 by MIT Libraries
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Need a break from all your studies?  We’re providing two opportunities, on two different days and times, to chow down this year.  Here are the details:

First Food for Thought:

  • Where: Barker Library (10-500) lobby
  • When: Wednesday December 10th, 1-3pm
  • Cost: FREE!!!

Second Food for Thought:

  • Where: Hayden Library (14S-100) lobby
  • When: Thursday December 11th, 2:15-3:45pm
  • Cost: FREE!!!

The Bookmobile rolls in, and then you rock out!!!

Posted December 9th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

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Check out a great selection of books from the Humanities Library, with a special emphasis on gaming and music, at our next Bookmobile event Wednesday, December 10th.  There will also be a rocking sampling of cd’s from the Lewis Music Library.  Then bop your way up to the Barker Library Media Room for a special Rock Band gaming event!

Details (see previous blog posting for more Rock Band event details):

  • Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
  • Time: 11AM – 6PM (Bookmobile:  11-2, Rock Band Event: 3-6)
  • Where: Bookmobile in Lobby 10, Rock Band event in the Barker Library Media Room (10-500)
  • Cost: FREE!!!

Rock out with Rock Band at the MIT Libraries!!

Posted December 1st, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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On Wednesday, December 10, from 3 – 6pm, the Engineering and Humanities Libraries are holding a gaming event in the Media Room of the Barker Engineering Library (5th floor of building 10).

Celebrate the end of the semester with Rock Band, snacks and fun! No registration required.

A full-sized Peak Guitar that goes with Rock Band, Guitar Hero, PS2 and PS3 will be raffled off. See the Peak website for more information.

Rock out with the MIT Libraries!!

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

Ellen H. Richards Memorial Home Economics Calendar displayed by Archives in December.

Posted December 1st, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Cover of the calendarEllen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911) was the first woman to receive a degree from MIT (S.B. in chemistry in 1873). She was instrumental in establishing the Women’s Laboratory, which operated at MIT from 1876 to 1883, for the instruction of women in chemistry. From 1884 to her death, Richards was instructor in sanitary chemistry at MIT.

But beyond MIT, Richards was active in social services, leading efforts to improve the health and education of the general population. The Ellen H. Richards Memorial Home Economics Calendar, the Object of the Month of the Institute Archives and Special Collections, was created in recognition of her leadership role in the area of home economics.

Further information about Ellen Swallow Richards is available on the Archives web site and at the Institute Archives and Special Collections, 14N-118.