Archive for April, 2010

New Video Production Studio Opens in Building 24

Posted April 30th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Photos by Kris Brewer

In a dark, soundproof room, lights and a camera are focused on MIT President Emeritus Paul Gray as he graciously accepts the IEEE Founders Medal.  He’s taping an acceptance speech that will be shown in June at an IEEE conference in Montreal that he won’t be able to attend in person.  The studio could be in any major television newsroom, but it’s right here on the MIT campus.

The video of Gray is the inaugural recording in the new MIT studio, located in Building 24.  The studio, 2 years in the making, replaces an older recording space in Building 9.  The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with high definition cameras, a controlled environment for light and sound, and “Medialink” technology to provide news media with convenient and immediate access to MIT newsmakers.

“With the flip of a switch we can be connected to any major news organization via fiber optic network,” says Larry Gallagher, Director of Video Production and Digital Technologies for AMPS (Academic Media Production Services), a part of the MIT Libraries.

Requests for interviews with MIT faculty and researchers come often from MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg and other national and international news organizations.  Craig Milanesi, AMPS Production Manager, estimates that they tape 3 to 5 television appearances a month, and also record 3 to 5 radio interviews a week with outlets such as NPR and BBC.  He anticipates that number will grow once the studio is in full production this fall.

“Having this facility and service on campus is extremely convenient for faculty and research staff who are sought after by news organizations for their expertise.  We’re glad to be able to facilitate this kind of exposure for MIT experts to reach a broad audience,” Gallagher says.

In addition to media requests, the studio will also be used for video in support of MIT events and teaching.  Paul Gray, who was an early advocate of using video in teaching, recorded a series of tutorials for course 6.002 with AMPS several years ago, and is now involved in the Infinite History Project which is capturing first-person video interviews with key MIT figures for MIT’s 150th anniversary.

“Without the studio we would have had to rent studio time elsewhere.  I’m delighted that we have this space,” Gray says.

An open house in the studio is planned for fall 2010.  To learn more about the studio and AMPS video production capabilities, see the AMPS website, or contact

ASME Conference Proceedings Now Available Online

Posted April 27th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries are pleased to announce access to the ASME Digital Library. This package includes all 24 of ASME’s Transactions Journals plus Applied Mechanics Reviews, and more than 100 ASME annual conference proceedings. Conference papers are available from 2008-present.

If you have already been accessing the ASME journals, you should not notice a change. These titles are accessible by title in Vera or Barton or through the ASME Digital Library.

Contact Angie Locknar with questions.

IAPril 2010: Zotero Basics

Posted April 21st, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm

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

Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files. With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice. Make a searchable PDF library, and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections. In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy. Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Remlee Green with any questions.

IAPril 2010: EndNote Web

Posted April 16th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

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

EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

8th annual Prokopoff violin music concert

Posted April 15th, 2010 by Christie Moore

The 8th annual Prokopoff violin music concert will be held in the Lewis Music Library at noon on Friday, April 23, 2010. MIT students will perform music chosen from the more than 2,000 violin scores given to the library in 2001 by Stephen Prokopoff’s widow Lois Craig, former Associate Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.

Donations will be accepted for the MIT Haiti Relief Fund and the MIT Chile Relief Fund. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 23, 12 noon – 1 pm
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Last Bookmobile of the academic year!

Posted April 13th, 2010 by Marion Leeds Carroll

Friday, April 16, 2010 from 11-2 in  Lobby 10


Browse books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks from the collections of the Humanities and Music Libraries.

Choose some leisure reading, watching, or listening for the long weekend!

Come check us out!

Humanities Library, 14S-200
Lewis Music Library, 14E-109

Five More Publishers Cooperating With MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted April 12th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

Five more publishers have confirmed that they are cooperating with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy. These include:

IAPril 2010: EndNote Basics

Posted April 9th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 12 – 1pm

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

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Forrester Research Database Now Available

Posted April 8th, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

MIT Libraries is pleased to make Forrester Research available to MIT students and faculty.   Forrester is a nationally recognized research and consulting firm specializing in internet and communications technologies, consumer behavior, marketing and business strategy.   The Forrester database will also provide access to content generated by analysts from the former JupiterResearch, which was acquired by Forrester in 2009.

Students interested in information technology assessment, applications development and trend analysis will find Forrester an important resource for their work.  Forrester Research may be accessed through Vera at the Libraries web site or by the shortcut url

Music in the Enlightenment-April 14th in the Lewis Music Library

Posted April 6th, 2010 by Heather Denny

The Lewis Music Library (14E-109) will host a performance and discussion of music related to the current Libraries’ exhibition, Technology and Enlightenment, on Wednesday, April 14th at 2pm.  The event will feature Teresa Neff, Lecturer in Music.

This event is part of a series of events associated with the exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) that explores one of the most important and controversial publications of the eighteenth century, Diderot’s Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

All spring exhibit events

Make iPhone article access easier with a bookmarklet

Posted April 5th, 2010 by Remlee Green

If you’ve ever tried to browse articles on an iPhone, you’ve probably gotten stopped with an error message about insufficient permissions.  There’s an easy way around that!

If the content is available through the MIT Libraries, using an iPhone bookmarklet will allow you to reload the page easily and get you to the article you need. To add the bookmarklet to your iPhone, see instructions for Inserting the Proxy String with an iPhone Bookmarklet.  As long as the MIT Libraries have paid for the content, you’ll be able to log in through Touchstone and get to the information you need.

Questions?  Ask Us!

Harvard Borrowing Privileges for MIT Undergraduates

Posted April 5th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Building on an existing collaboration between the MIT Libraries and Harvard College Library (HCL), undergraduate students at Harvard and MIT may participate in a pilot program which, for the first time, enables reciprocal borrowing privileges for undergraduates at the two institutions.

As of April 5, 2010 Harvard undergraduates will have borrowing privileges at MIT Libraries and MIT students will enjoy similar privileges at participating Harvard libraries.  The program, which will be evaluated after 14 months, offers undergraduates from both institutions access to the complementary circulating collections of each institution’s libraries.

MIT undergraduate students may apply online for an HCL Special Borrower card.  Once confirmed, students may obtain a photo ID from the Widener Library Privileges Desk.  The card gives the bearer borrowing privileges at participating HCL libraries including:

MIT graduate students and faculty have existing borrowing privileges at HCL libraries and may also apply for cards online.

More information about Harvard borrowing privileges.

Water Walkers: Portraits of Ghana’s Street Vendors

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by MIT Libraries

Photographs by Melissa Haeffner
Now on view at Rotch Library (7-238) Photo of water walker

April 1 – 30, 2010

Urbanization of water is a fact of life in developing countries where growing cities require alternative flows of water to meet demand. And yet, so little of the literature has previously considered the role of young vendors in water distribution in developing countries. This exhibition of photographs compliments a book of the same title, written from 100 interviews with street vendors, mostly young ladies, who are active participants in moving water around developing cities.

Through digital storytelling, Haeffner presents the daily experience of water vendors as they negotiate their way through spatial dimensions of traffic and market, home and school. Although these portraits are often of individuals, collectively, they represent the broader community of a new generation of young adults growing up on the rapidly urbanizing streets in the developing world. Haeffner hopes to contribute to the current discourse in sustainable development by adding the social context to this primarily technical project of water distribution to urban populations.

This project was funded in part by a Director’s Grant from the Council of Arts and the Program on Human Rights and Justice, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, visit and Pure Home Water.

IAPril 2010: Research Techniques for Writers and Editors

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

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

Learn how to use the Libraries’ resources and databases to research your own articles or find past articles written about MIT. This workshop will show you how to connect from your desktop to a wealth of online resources licensed to MIT, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, Proquest, historic newspaper databases and more. The experts at the Libraries will show you best techniques. This workshop is tailored to MIT communications professionals, or those with an interest in journalism and science writing.

Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Ga-Ga for Google

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

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

Take the popular search engine to a new level. Learn basic searching as well as tips and tricks that will make you truly love Google.

Contact Georgiana McReynolds with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

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

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?

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Mat Willmott with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Managing Research Data 101

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

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

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

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.