Archive for January, 2010

IAP 2010: Using NCBI's BLAST

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Want to know more about how BLAST works and how to use it more effectively in your research? Then this class is for you! This class will follow up on Bioinformatics for Beginners and lead into Advanced Bioinformatics, although attendance at the other sessions is not necessary.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 11 – 12am

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Courtney Crummett with questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

What’s an RSS feed? How can I use it to keep up with new information in my field? We’ll show you how RSS and other current awareness tools can help you stay up to date!

This will be a hands-on session on Windows PCs. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop.

WHEN: Friday, January 16, 12 – 1pm

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.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Tips & Techniques for Searching for Images Online

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Searching for visual content in online environments is often confusing even for those who are quite experienced with text-based searching. An effective search and discovery method for images requires that one become more visually literate. In fact, because of the current proliferation of images visual literacy has increased in importance during the 21st century.

This session will focus on strategies for finding images in image repositories. Tips will be offered to help you construct an effective search. Unidentified images will be projected and participants will analyze and “interpret” the images in order to understand how to retrieve them in the digital environment. Participants will have an opportunity to practice searching through challenging hands-on exercises.

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2:30 – 3:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Jolene de Verges with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Posted January 6th, 2010 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 the structure of data files, finding and downloading datasets, and understanding data documentation.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required. Registration due by January 11. This session is limited to 20 participants.

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 1 – 2:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Kate McNeill with any questions and/or to register.

Check out other Social Science Data Services IAP sessions as well as the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Web video is suddenly everywhere. From YouTube to MIT’s own MIT TechTV, it seems like everyone is creating and posting video on the Internet. Now you can join the club. In this seminar, you’ll learn the basics of video production, digital video editing and how to post your finished piece on sites such as MIT TechTV. No experience necessary. A laptop loaded with some kind of digital editing software (Apple iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Windows MovieMaker, etc.) is nice but not required.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are welcome at individual sessions or the entire series.

All sessions will be held in the DIRC, 14N-132.

A Focus on Shooting and Lighting
In this session, we will be covering the basics of shooting & lighting.
Friday, January 8, 1 – 2pm

A Focus on Audio
In this session, we will be covering the basics of audio and microphones.
Thursday, January 14, 11am – 12pm

A Focus on Digital Video Editing
In this session, we will be covering the basics of digital video editing.
Friday, January 22, 10 – 11am

A Focus on Compression and Posting to the Web
In this session, we will be covering the basics of compression and on how to compress and post your video on the web.
Thursday, January 28, 10:30 – 11:30am

Contact Kris Brewer with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

These sessions are co-sponsored by Academic Media Production Services (AMPS).

IAP 2010: Course Reserves Overview

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Are you new to teaching or TAing at MIT, or are you an Admin Assistant who supports teaching faculty? Or do you just want to learn more about course reserves and copyright?

The MIT Libraries can help! We’ll help you navigate through the ins and outs of print and electronic courses reserves, and provide an overview of “fair use” and other copyright restrictions for course materials. We’ll also cover details about submitting required textbook information so that it can be displayed for students in Stellar.

Reserves staff from around the MIT Libraries will be available to answer questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 11am – 12pm

WHERE: Rotch Library, 7-134A

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please sign-up to help us gauge attendance.

Contact Roshni Gohil with any questions.

IAP 2010: Writing and Formatting Your Thesis: Don't Let WORD Get You Down

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Are you writing your thesis this year? This one-hour interactive tutorial led by a recent PhD graduate will illustrate some simple shortcuts you can take in Microsoft Word to make thesis formatting a breeze (automatically generating/updating table of contents, applying consistent formatting throughout the document, etc.), saving you many precious hours.

There are 20 PCs available on a first-come, first-serve basis or you can bring your own laptop.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Lourdes Aleman with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Biology department.

IAP 2010: BrainNavigator Demo: Interactive Atlas & 3D Brain Imaging Software

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Join us for a hands-on demo of BrainNavigator, a new product sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Navigating brain structures is complex—especially in small subjects like rats and mice. It’s easy to get lost as you view structures, make injections and analyze research. BrainNavigator is a collaboration between Elsevier and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and it helps you locate the positions of structures within the brain, making visualization and understanding the brain easier.

Learn to use BrainNavigator to:
• Browse and compare diagrams
• View high-resolution images at the cellular level
• Compare rat and mouse brains using a unified nomenclature
• Compare BrainNavigator information with your own content

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Remlee Green with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department.

IAP 2010: Power-up!: Energy Industry Resources

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Interested in researching or working in the field of energy? Want to find out how your energy project fits into the landscape of various industries? This session will give you the skills to research the business and statistical information on energy to find industry overviews, market research, news and data.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Katherine McNeill with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: EndNote Basics

Posted January 5th, 2010 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: Wednesday, January 13, 12 – 1pm, Tuesday, January 19, 5 – 6pm, or Monday, January 25, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Participants will join the Preservation Services team to 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 20, 10am – 12pm

WHERE: 14-0513

NOTE: This session is currently FULL. Contact Nick Szydlowski with any questions or to add your name to the wait list.

IAP 2010: Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


A couple hours in the Library can save you a couple of weeks in the lab. Don’t waste your time reinventing the gelatin sponge-choriallantoic membrane assay. Improve your efficiency by learning strategies for finding published research protocols and methods. This session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent introduction to resources that support bioscience bench research.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Come and hear Jack Turner, Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office and patent attorney Sam Pasternak, recently of Choate, Hall and Stewart and now at the TLO, discuss the ins and outs of obtaining patents.

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 for ideas/inventions developed by the MIT community. 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: Tuesday, January 12, 2 – 3:30pm

WHERE: 3-133

Contact Carol Robinson with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop on Journal Quality Measures and Publisher Copyright Policies

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Intended for graduated students or other interested MIT authors, addresses what copyright means to you as an author, how you can assess a publisher’s copyright policies, and how you can use web-based tools that assess journal quality. Open access publishing models, the new MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, and the use of the MIT amendment to alter standard publisher agreements will also be discussed.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact copyright-lib@mit.edu for more information.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Managing Research Data 101

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


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: Tuesday, January 12, 11am – 12pm or Tuesday, January 26, 10 – 11am (duplicate session)

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Posted January 5th, 2010 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: Monday, January 11, 5 – 6pm & Thursday, January 28, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. 20 computers are available; you are welcome to bring a laptop.

Contact Mathew Willmott with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Bioinformatics Software Tool: BIOBASE

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Learn how to use the BIOBASE Knowledge Library (BKL) and Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) bioinformatics tools licensed by MIT Libraries. Interested in systems biology, biomarkers, drug target discovery, and high-throughput data analysis? Learn to use HGMD, a comprehensive database on human germ-line mutations associated with disease, to determine whether a newly identified gene lesion is novel, search for an overview of known mutations within a given gene, or search for a particular type of gene mutation within a specific chromosomal location.

WHEN: Monday, January 11, 2 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Courtney Crummett with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

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: Monday, January 11, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Angie Locknar with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions and MITEI’s Energy Futures Week activities.

This session is co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.

IAP 2010: Offline Image Viewer for Presentations with Images

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Looking for an alternative to Powerpoint for presenting images? The Offline Image Viewer (OIV), developed by ARTstor, is an alternative tool for giving offline classroom presentations. OIV allows users to download much larger images from ARTstor or import local images, at up to 3200 pixels on the long side. There is public access to this software. Users may combine ARTstor images with their own content to create digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides. ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) enables instructors to give reliable classroom presentations using both high-resolution ARTstor images and local content without being connected to the Internet.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 12:30 – 1:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Jolene de Verges with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology.

IAP 2010: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez family of databases is the foundation of knowledge for molecular level bioscience research. 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.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 11am – 12pm & Tuesday, January 12, 3 – 4pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Erja Kajosalo with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: SciFinder on the Web

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

If you are a researcher in chemistry, or chemistry related subjects like chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science, biological sciences, etc., then you should know about SciFinder, the most comprehensive chemical information database.

This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of SciFinder on the web!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

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

Contact Erja Kajosalo with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

Third Annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series starts January 7

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Heather McCann

Join us in the Rotch Library conference room Thursday and Friday from noon-2 as we kick off the 3rd annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series. See our complete film schedule on the IAP calendar.

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Brooklyn Matters
Thursday, January 7th, noon-2pm
Rotch Library, conference room

Brooklyn Matters is an insightful documentary that reveals the fuller truth about the Atlantic Yards proposal and highlights how a few powerful men are circumventing community participation and planning principles to try to push their own interests forward.

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Crips & Bloods: Made in America
Friday, January 8th, noon -2 pm
Rotch Library, conference room

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this documentary film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles, and offers insight as to how this ongoing tragedy may possibly be resolved.