Archive for January, 2009

Fiddle-dee-dee during IAP

Posted January 28th, 2009 by Christie Moore

leprechaun fiddlerThe second annual Fiddle-Dee-Dee traditional folk jam session will be held Thursday, January 29, from 2-4 pm in the Lewis Music Library.

Participants will bring their own folk instruments and play common session tunes from the library’s collection.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109. Audience members welcome; come join us!

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – Street Fight

Posted January 28th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday, January 30, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Click the image above to view a trailer for the film.

Street Fight (2005)

Follows the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between 32 year-old Cory Booker and four-term incumbent Sharpe James, the undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. Fought in Newark’s neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits the young challenger against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary, including harassment and police intimidation, to crush its opponents. (82 minutes)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – Manufactured Landscapes

Posted January 28th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 29, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Click the image above to view a trailer for the film.

Manufactured Landscapes (2007)

Follows photographer Edward Burtynsky, internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of nature transformed by industry, as he travels through China photographing the effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. (90 minutes)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

MIT Libraries Receive Audubon Lithographs

Posted January 23rd, 2009 by Heather Denny

Groundhog

The MIT Libraries were recently given 37 hand-colored lithographs from John James Audubon’sViviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The rare lithographs were generously donated by Mr. Ron Juster and family, in honor of Josh Juster, M. Eng. 2004. Several of the prints from the collection can be viewed in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery where they are on display as part of the Celebration of Gifts exhibit.

The prints embody one of the 19th century’s most artistically successful attempts to catalog, illustrate, and promote understanding of the natural world. Following the monumental success of his publication Birds of America, naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) attempted to produce accurate illustrations of every quadruped native to North America. In an effort to limit such a massive undertaking, he decided to include only viviparous animals (those that give birth to live young). The result was 150 paintings that are widely celebrated for both their scientific accuracy and their artistic beauty.

The Celebration of Gifts exhibit runs through February 19th in the Maihaugen Gallery, adjacent to the Institute Archives (14N-118). Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

IAP 2009: All Events for Week Ending Friday, January 30

Posted January 23rd, 2009 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30. A complete listing for all of IAP is also available.

Practically Genomic

Introduction to Google Maps API

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

QUOSA Information Manager Demo: Retrieve and Organize Article PDFs

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and other citation searching resources to discover articles

Compost with Worms…in Your Apartment!!

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Fiddle-dee-dee during IAP

Managing Research Data 101

EndNote Basics

IAP @ Humanities Library Film Series: Special Effects at the Movies

Finding & Using Historical Newspapers

Model Builder

Biotechnology Patent Fundamentals and Searching

Make your Paper File Cabinets Searchable: How to Manage Paper and Electronic Documents Effectively

RefWorks Basics

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

Overdue Fines Reduced

Posted January 22nd, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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In an effort to simplify and reduce overdue fees, the MIT Libraries have lowered many fine rates. All regular materials that circulate for 1, 3, 7, 14, and 30 days will be assessed fines at $0.50/day*. Fines have also been reduced from $3/hour to $2/hour for Course Reserves and hourly loans. Recalled materials will continue to be assessed fines at $2/day.

Another important policy change lowers the total amount of the fine for long overdue (30 days overdue) items. For materials assessed at a $0.50/day rate, fines will cap at $15. However, a borrower with 2 or more items that are long overdue will have their borrowing privileges blocked until the books are returned. Fines for Course Reserve items ($2/hour) will cap at $30 and borrowing privileges will be blocked. Recalled items ($2/day) will also cap at $30, but a person’s borrowing privileges will be blocked as soon as a recalled item becomes overdue.

For more information please visit our fines page.

* Does not include Lewis Music Library CD’s, DVD’s and iPods

IAP @ Humanities Library Film Series: Special Effects at the Movies

Posted January 22nd, 2009 by mit-admin

 

All screenings from 7:30 PM – 10 PM:

Anime, Technology, and Metropolis (Rintaro)
Tuesday, January 27
Brief discussion with Ian Condry.
4-231

3-D Digital Special Effects
Wednesday, January 28
Brief discussion with Violeta Ivanova.
4-237

Pre-1923 Experimental Short Films
Thursday, January 29
Brief discussion with event organizers.
4-231

Food will be provided at all events.  We invite you to tag and search our film collection at:

delicious.com/mitlibdvds

Username: mitlibdvds
Password: films2008

 

 

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – Helvetica

Posted January 22nd, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday, January 23, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Click the image above to view a trailer for the film.

Helvetica (2007)
A documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture, which looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. (80 minutes)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – Aboriginal Architecture, Living Architecture

Posted January 22nd, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series continues:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday, January 22, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Aboriginal architecture, living architecture (2005)

This film offers a fascinating in-depth look into the diversity of North American Native architecture. Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, this program provides a virtual tour of seven aboriginal communities– Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish, and Haida. (93 minutes)
This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

Access to JupiterResearch to Change

Posted January 20th, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

JupiterResearch, a market analyst group focusing on communication technologies and internet business, was recently acquired by Forrester Research.  Starting on January 17, 2009, our subscription to JupiterResearch reports will be delivered via Forrester’s web site.

MIT users will continue to access the full content of Jupiter reports using the same shortcut URL: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/jupiterNote: The Forrester reports and data will not be available to MIT users.

Please send questions or comments to ask-dewey@mit.edu.

Watch the Inauguration in Style in the Barker Media Room

Posted January 16th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Obama!

Come watch the 2009 Presidential Inauguration at the Barker Library!

We will be showing the ceremony in the Barker Media Room on Tuesday, January 20. Seating somewhat limited.

CANCELLED: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers

Posted January 16th, 2009 by mit-admin

The Humanities Library regrets that it will be unable to present the IAP session Finding and Using Historical Newspapers, originally scheduled for January 29th, due to unforeseen circumstances.  We are sorry to disappoint those who may have been looking forward to the event, and we apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – Choropampa: The Price Of Gold

Posted January 16th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series continues:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday, January 16, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Choropampa: The Price Of Gold (2002)

In June, 2000, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled from a truck hauling it from a goldmine in the Andes. The spill covered a 25-mile long area, contaminating the mountain village of Choropampa. The owners of the mine, the World Bank, and others claim that the problem was quickly resolved, but hundreds of people still suffer the ill effects. This video details the legal battles of the people of Choropampa. (75 mins.)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

IAP 2009: All Events for Week Ending Friday, January 23

Posted January 15th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 19 through Friday, January 23. A complete listing for all of IAP is also available.

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Introduction to GIS Using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Organic? All-natural? Grass-fed? What Does It All MEAN??

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Up With Information: Mechanical Engineering

Open Source and Free Mapping Tools

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

BIOBASE ExPlain Training

RefWorks Basics

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to GIS Using Free Software Tools and Data

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

EndNote Basics

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – The Future Of Mud

Posted January 15th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 15, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

The Future Of Mud (2007)

The Future of Mud is a tale of houses and lives in Djenne (2007) – Through the story of a mason in Djenne, this documentary examines an African tradition of mud architecture in Mali.

Canton, China and Calcutta, India (2005) – Explores the effects of international trade on the urban landscape of Canton, China, as it opens up to international trade and advances in Calcutta despite overpopulation and social inequalities

These films are a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

IAP @ the Humanities Library

Posted January 12th, 2009 by mit-admin

click on above image to download as an 8 1/2 x 11 pdf poster

The Humanities Library will be hosting three events this IAP:

Friday Jan. 16th:
Take a Break at the Bookmobile:
Check out a great selection of books from the Humanities Library, and CDs from the Lewis Music Library.
11am to 2pm
Lobby 10

Tuesday Jan. 27th, Wednesday Jan. 28th, Thursday Jan. 29th:
Special Effects at the Movies
Patsy Baudoin, Christine Hazlett, Jonathan Chapman, Katie Stanchak
We will view three films with historically innovative special effects.  Free food will be available.
7:30pm to 10pm
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s event will be held in 4-231.  Wednesday’s event will be held in 4-237.

Thurday Jan. 29th:
Finding and Using Historical Newspapers
Michelle Baildon
Whether for research or for fun, reading historical newspapers gives us a fascinating view of the past. This hands-on workshop will show you how to find and use newspapers (online and otherwise) going back as far as the 17th century. Focus will be on U.S. papers, though international papers will also be covered.
Thurs 1/29 – 11:30am to 12:30pm
DIRC (14N-132).
No advance sign-up.

IAP 2009: Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Posted January 12th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Traditional Japanese books are completely different from the books you normally encounter in the MIT Libraries. What better way to understand them than to make one yourself in the Wunsch Conservation Laboratory with the guidance of the skilled Preservation Services staff!
Japanese book binding
Participants will create a side-sewn soft-cover book using the techniques of traditional Japanese bookbinding. The workshop will include an overview of the history, materials, and techniques of the Japanese bookmaking tradition, which is markedly different from that used to create Western books. Each participant will complete one blank book covered in beautiful Japanese decorative paper.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 10am – 12pm

WHERE: 14-0513

**NOTE: This class is currently full!**

Contact Nick Szydlowski with any questions or to be added to the wait list.

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – The Greening Of Southie

Posted January 9th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Friday, January 9, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Click the image above to view a trailer for the film.

The Greening of Southie (2008)

Set in South Boston, The Greening of Southie is a documentary about Boston’s first
residential green building, and the workers asked to build it.(72 mins.)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

Archives greets the new year with “Beacon of Progress” exhibit

Posted January 8th, 2009 by Lois Beattie

Beacon of Progress
In 1900 the Paris Salon awarded its highest medal to MIT Professor Désiré Despradelle (Department of Architecture, 1893-1912) for his extravagant design for a proposed monument “dedicated to the glory of the American nation.” The January Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections describes Despradelle’s “Beacon of Progress” and the state of the Institute at the beginning of a new century.

The account of Despradelle’s design is taken from Technology Review, Vol. 2, No. 4, October 1900. A complete run of Technology Review is available in the reading room of the Institute Archives, 14N-118.

IAP 2009: All Events for Week Ending Friday, January 16

Posted January 8th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16. A complete listing for all of IAP is also available.

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Up With Information: Materials Science & Engineering

Japanese bookbinding

EndNote Basics

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

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Managing Research Data 101

Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Basics of Obtaining a Patent

RefWorks Basics

Introduction to SciFinder on the Web

Humanities and Music Library Bookmobile

Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2009: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted January 8th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Slinky patent
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.

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 20, 12 – 1:30pm
Thursday, January 22, 3 – 4:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

IAP 2009: Rotch Library Film Series – King Corn

Posted January 7th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 8, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Click the image above to view a trailer for the film.

King Corn: a film (2006)
Two college graduates plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil, with the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers, and powerful herbicides. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat– and how we farm. (92 minutes)

This film is a part of the Rotch Library DVD collection.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

IAP 2009: Personalized Data and Knowledge Management Series

Posted January 7th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Researchers and students at MIT enjoy access to vast amounts of information from a variety of sources and in a variety of formats. Finding, manipulating, organizing and managing the fire-hose quantity of content that comes across your desktop can be a challenge. While we can’t offer you a ‘magic bullet’ solution for this challenge, the MIT Libraries are sponsoring a series of IAP sessions that showcase tools, training and techniques that can help you both find sources for data and to become better custodians of your own content. These sessions are organized into sub-thematic groups and are offered throughout the month. Contact the individual session sponsors if you have any questions.

CITATION MANAGEMENT

DATA, DOCUMENT AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT

BIOINFORMATICS

Think on it!
GIS

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

Also browse the entire gamut of offerings by the MIT Libraries.

IAP 2009: Managing Research Data 101

Posted January 7th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Rainbow books
For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for

  • best practices for retention and archiving
  • effective directory structures and naming conventions
  • good file formats for long-term access
  • data security and backup options
  • metadata, tagging, and citation
  • other relevant issues

WHEN:
Thursday, January 15, 11am – 12pm
OR
Wednesday, January 28, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants, no pre-registration required.

Contact MacKenzie Smith with any questions.

IAP 2009: Organic? All-natural? Grass-fed? What Does It All MEAN??

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Cow close-up

Confused by the terms “organic,” “grass-fed,” “all-natural”??

If so, get some clarification with farmers Kim Denney (Chestnut Farms, Hardwick, MA) and Kate Stillman (Stillman Farms, New Braintree, MA).

Their hands-on expertise and witty story-telling will clarify any confusion you may have about economically and environmentally sustainable livestock and vegetable farming.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 21, 1 – 3pm

WHERE: 32-123

Co-sponsored by the Working Group Recycling Committee and the MIT Food Initiative.

Contact Ryan Gray with any questions.

IAP 2009: Compost with Worms…in Your Apartment!!

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Worm n apple

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 the City of Cambridge’s Recycling Director, Randi Mail. Randi will be joined by Ryan Gray, who with Randi’s expertise, learned to compost at home AND at work.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 28, 1 – 3pm

WHERE: 32-144

Please sign up by contacting Ryan Gray.

Co-sponsored by the Working Group Recycling Committee and the MIT Food Initiative.

IAP 2009: Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Get a job?

Looking for prospective employers?

Preparing for a job interview?

MIT Libraries can help!

First, we’ll learn how to target potential employers– established companies, start-up firms — by field of interest and by location. Then, we’ll use MIT Libraries’ resources to research potential employers and uncover information that can aid our career decisions and our interview preparations. This will be a hands-on workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible, as seating space exceeds the number of available PCs.

WHEN: Friday, January 23, 12:30 – 1:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Alex Caracuzzo with any questions.

IAP 2009: Biotechnology Patent Fundamentals and Searching

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Biotech patent logo
Come and hear attorney Sonia Guterman of Lawson & Weitzen discuss the distinctive aspects of patents that make them valuable, the role of patents in capital development, along with issues surrounding filing biotech patents. She will be assisted by Drew Lowery, who received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from MIT and is a member of Global Prior Art‘s Life Science Team. Drew will discuss and demonstrate alternative ways to search biotech patent art and their suitability. At the end of the talk attendees will have the opportunity to do hands on searching.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 29, 3 – 4:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

IAP 2009: Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Better cars!!!

Come and hear patent attorney Sam Pasternak of Choate, Hall and Stewart, and Jack Turner from the MIT Technology Licensing Office discuss the ins and outs of obtaining patents by members of the MIT community. This popular session covers a bit of patent history and a lot about current practices, processes, and issues surrounding obtaining a patent; the focus is on the process used at MIT. A portion of the session is devoted to questions and answers.

If you think you will ever invent something, you need to be here!!

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 3 – 4:30

WHERE: 1-190

Contact Carol Robinson with questions.

IAP 2009: Tips and Tricks for Keeping Up With Information: Mechanical Engineering

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Jaguar V8

Are you a Mechanical Engineering grad student getting started on your research? An undergrad doing a UROP in Course 2, or majoring in Course 2? Then this session is for you! Learn about finding, organizing, and keeping up with the literature in mechanical engineering and related fields. This is a hands-on session in a computer classroom, but feel free to bring your own laptop.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 21, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Angie Locknar with any questions.