Archive for January, 2011

'Technology' Through Time: 150 Years of MIT History – Opening Reception

Posted January 31st, 2011 by Heather Denny

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb.4, 1:00p–3:00p

Location: 14N-130, Maihaugen Gallery

This multimedia exhibition showcases in words, documents, photos, video and sound, the broad and varied history of MIT. View original MIT documents and historically significant materials that played a role in making MIT the unique place it is today. The exhibit will also feature items from the MIT Museum’s 150 Exhibition, as well as video stories of those who have shaped – and been shaped by – MIT.

Music and refreshments provided.  Free and open to the MIT community.

Web site: http://libraries.mit.edu/maihaugen/index.html

‘Technology’ Through Time: 150 Years of MIT History – Opening Reception

Posted January 31st, 2011 by Heather Denny

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb.4, 1:00p–3:00p

Location: 14N-130, Maihaugen Gallery

This multimedia exhibition showcases in words, documents, photos, video and sound, the broad and varied history of MIT. View original MIT documents and historically significant materials that played a role in making MIT the unique place it is today. The exhibit will also feature items from the MIT Museum’s 150 Exhibition, as well as video stories of those who have shaped – and been shaped by – MIT.

Music and refreshments provided.  Free and open to the MIT community.

Web site: http://libraries.mit.edu/maihaugen/index.html

MIT Libraries Joins Borrow Direct Library Partnership

Posted January 24th, 2011 by Heather Denny

New agreement will give the MIT community access to nearly 50 million items from participating Ivy League libraries

The MIT libraries have joined the libraries of Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Yale University and Harvard University in the Borrow Direct Library Partnership.

Borrow Direct, an expedited delivery system for sharing books between participating libraries, allows faculty, students and staff of member institutions to request circulating materials directly from the library where they are held.  Requested materials are delivered to the borrowing patron’s library usually within several business days.  Approximately 1 million items have been shared across the partnership since it was initiated in 1999.  MIT and Harvard are the latest members to join Borrow Direct and will begin participating in the service in 2011.

“The strength of the combined collections of the outstanding libraries represented in Borrow Direct will be a tremendous asset to our community and to library users across the cooperative,” Ann Wolpert, MIT’s Director of Libraries said. “We are pleased to be able to join our peers in contributing to the significant depth of this valuable service.”

The new agreement expands upon already existing borrowing programs in which the MIT Libraries participate, including the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), a cooperative of academic and research libraries in the greater Boston area that gives MIT access to and on-site use of more than a dozen university libraries in the region.

Last April, the MIT Libraries also expanded reciprocal borrowing with Harvard College Library in a pilot program that extended borrowing privileges, already given to graduate students and faculty, to undergraduate students at both institutions.

More information about using Borrow Direct will be available as the MIT Libraries implement the service and add it to the many online services accessible through the Libraries’ website: libraries.mit.edu

Final Week – Rotch Library Lunchtime Film Series 2011

Posted January 24th, 2011 by Heather McCann

Join us in the Rotch Library conference room on Thursday, January 27th, and Friday, January 28th, from noon-1:30 for the final week of the 4th annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series. See our complete film schedule on the IAP calendar.

Bring your lunch! We’ll provide the entertainment.

Re-Imagining Gaza (2010 – 60 min)
Thursday January 27, 12-1:30pm
Re-imagining Gaza (2010) peers into rarely seen perspectives captured through photography and films produced with Palestinian youth in Gaza City, the Jabaliya refugee camp, and the Gaza buffer zone, re-imagining their lives despite the ongoing blockade and recent war in the Gaza Strip.

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Deconstructivist Architects
Friday, January 28, 12-1:30pm
Interviews with architects designing deconstructivist architectural projects, a new international design movement that is now challenging post-modernism and transforming modernism. Architects from London to Los Angeles are developing intense and purposefully ’accidental’ works that are not about beautiful composition, symmetry or regular rhythmic order, but about the erosion of what might be called architectural certainty

Take a 150-year journey through the MIT Libraries’ collections

Posted January 24th, 2011 by Lois Beattie

Lives of the EngineersHow did the public perceive engineers when MIT was chartered in 1861? What sort of books did MIT founder William Barton Rogers keep in his personal library? What would the Mass. Avenue bridge look like as a war memorial? Which MIT graduate wrote a hugely popular children’s book?

Find out all this and more with 150 Years in the Stacks. Join us on a chronological journey through MIT’s extensive (and unusual) library collections. Every day for 150 days, you’ll see a different publication, one from each year of MIT’s existence.

150 years, 150 days, 150 books: you never know what to expect.

Visit the 150 Years in the Stacks blog or find out more about the project.

IAP 2011: All Sessions for Week of January 24 – 28

Posted January 21st, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 28:

Introduction to Stata (Statistical Software)
Mon, Jan 24, 9:00-12:00pm, 1-115, Register

Virtual Cities of the Future and the Past
Mon, Jan 24, 11:00-12:00pm, 14N-132

Practically Genomic
Mon, Jan 24, 11:00-1:00pm, 14N-132

Introduction to R (Statistical Software)
Mon, Jan 24, 12:30-3:30pm, 1-115, Register

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS
Mon, Jan 24, 2:00-4:00pm, 14N-132

RefWorks Basics
Mon, Jan 24, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Biotech business information – for engineers and scientists
Tues, Jan 25, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero
Tues, Jan 25, 12:00-1:15pm, 14N-132, Register

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS
Tues, Jan 25, 2:00-4:00pm, 14N-132

Data Management in Stata
Wed, Jan 26, 9:00-12:00pm, 1-115, Register

Graphics in Stata
Wed, Jan 26, 12:30-2:30pm, 1-115, Register

Demystifying Fair Use – an interactive workshop for users of copyrighted content
Wed, Jan 26, 1:00-2:15pm, 4-145

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS
Wed, Jan 26, 2:00-4:00pm, 14N-132

EndNote Basics
Wed, Jan 26, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Practically Genomic
Wed, Jan 26, 11:00-1:00pm, 14N-132

Rotch Library Film Series:  Re-Imagining Gaza
Thu, Jan 27, 12:00-2:00pm, 7-238 (Rotch Library)

ModelBuilder for beginners
Thu, Jan 27, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Citation Tools Quick Tour: Quosa, Mendeley, Papers, and JabRef
Thu, Jan 27, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Going beyond Google Scholar: using the Web of Science and other citation searching resources to discover articles
Thu, Jan 27, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Thu, Jan 27, 12:00-1:30pm, 3-133

Regression Using Stata
Fri, Jan 28, 9:00-12:00pm, 1-115, Register

Python Programming for GIS
Fri, Jan 28, 9:00-12:00pm, 7-238

MIT History Uncovered
Fri, Jan 28, 10:30am-12:00pm, 14N-118

Practically Genomic
Fri, Jan 28, 11:00-1:00pm, 14N-132

Rotch Library Film Series:  Deconstructivist Architects
Fri, Jan 28, 12:00-2:00pm, 7-238 (Rotch Library)

Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop on Journal Quality Measures and Publisher Copyright Policies
Fri, Jan 28, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

They Danced to This? French Harpsichord Music
Fri, Jan 28, 12:00-1:00pm, Lewis Music Library

Integrating Map APIs into your website: Google Maps, OpenStreetMap
Fri, Jan 28, 3:00-5:00pm, 14N-132

BrainNavigator: Hands-On Introduction and Demo
Mon, Jan 31, 1:15-2:15pm, 14N-132, Register

See student.mit.edu/iap/nslib.html for more details, including contact and sign-up information.

Harpsichord lecture/recital Jan.28: They Danced to This?

Posted January 19th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Music lecturers Jean Rife and Teresa Neff will present a lecture/recital, They Danced to This? French Harpsichord Music on Friday, January 28, 2011 from noon-1pm in the Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.

Jean Rife

Photo©Susan Wilson, www.susanwilsonphoto.com

Jean Rife, lecturer in Music and Theater Arts at MIT, will perform harpsichord suites by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Teresa Neff, lecturer in Music and Theater Arts at MIT, Research Fellow for the Handel and Haydn Society and faculty at Boston Conservatory, will provide commentary on the music.

Location: Lewis Music Library, 14E-109

More information: 617-253-5636

Free and open to the public

Rotch Library Lunchtime Film Series 2011 – This week's film

Posted January 18th, 2011 by Heather McCann

Join us in the Rotch Library conference room on Friday, January 21, from noon-1:30 for week three of the 4th annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series. See our complete film schedule on the IAP calendar.

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Youth Visions of Jerusalem: Short Films and Photography by Palestinian Youth, produced by Voices Behind Walls (2009 -55 min.)
Friday, January 21st, noon-1:30 pm
Youth Visions of Jerusalem shows how Palestinian children develop spatial representations and creative media narratives in the contested spaces of the Old City and Shu’fat refugee camp, both a part of the divided city of Jerusalem today.

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This week – Special Guest!

The filmmaker for Youth Visions of Jerusalem, Nitin Sawhney,  will be joining us for the screening on Friday.  Nitin Sawhney is a fellow in MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media.  His ongoing research and teaching engages the critical role of the arts and technology interventions in contested spaces and conditions of conflict and crisis.  http://civic.mit.edu/blog/nitin

Rotch Library Lunchtime Film Series 2011 – This week’s film

Posted January 18th, 2011 by Heather McCann

Join us in the Rotch Library conference room on Friday, January 21, from noon-1:30 for week three of the 4th annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series. See our complete film schedule on the IAP calendar.

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Youth Visions of Jerusalem: Short Films and Photography by Palestinian Youth, produced by Voices Behind Walls (2009 -55 min.)
Friday, January 21st, noon-1:30 pm
Youth Visions of Jerusalem shows how Palestinian children develop spatial representations and creative media narratives in the contested spaces of the Old City and Shu’fat refugee camp, both a part of the divided city of Jerusalem today.

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This week – Special Guest!

The filmmaker for Youth Visions of Jerusalem, Nitin Sawhney,  will be joining us for the screening on Friday.  Nitin Sawhney is a fellow in MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media.  His ongoing research and teaching engages the critical role of the arts and technology interventions in contested spaces and conditions of conflict and crisis.  http://civic.mit.edu/blog/nitin

IAP 2011: All Sessions for Week of January 18 – 21

Posted January 14th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21:

Big Docs in Word: Tips and Tricks to Format your Thesis
Tues, Jan 18, 10:30-12:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Building an EndNote Library
Tues, Jan 18, 1:00-2:30pm, 14N-132 Register

What’s new in ESRI ArcGIS 10 Desktop
Tues, Jan 18, 2:00-3:00pm, 4-153

Using EndNote’s Cite While You Write
Tues, Jan 18, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-132, Register

Introduction to GIS
Wed, Jan 19, 10:00-12:00pm, 14N-132

Apps4Academics: iPhone/iPad apps & mobile web sites for your Academic Life
Wed, Jan 19, 1:00-2:30pm, E25-401, Register

BIOBASE Training
Wed, Jan 19, 2:00-4:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero
Wed, Jan 19, 5:00-6:15pm, 14N-132, Register

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Wed, Jan 19, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132, Register

You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me
Wed, Jan 19, 1:00-3:00pm, E15 – Bartos Theatre

Discovering and Using US Census Data
Thu, Jan 20, 10:00-12:00pm, 14N-132

Make Your Own Decorative Paste Paper
Thu, Jan 20, 10:00-12:00pm, 14-0513, Register

Going beyond Google Scholar: using the Web of Science and other citation searching resources to discover articles
Thu, Jan 20, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132

Getting started with Google Maps API and Google Fusion Tables
Thu Jan 20, 12-03:00pm, TBD, Bring your own laptop

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS
Thu, Jan 20, 3:00-5:00pm, 14N-132

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu, Jan 20, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Advanced Tips & Tricks for Chemists: Structure and Reaction Searching with SciFinder Web
Fri, Jan 21, 10:00-12:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Rotch Library Film Series:  Youth Visions of Jerusalem: Short Films and Photography by Palestinian Youth, produced by Voices Behind Walls
Fri, Jan 14, 12:00-2:00 pm, Rotch Library (7-238)

EndNote Basics
Fri, Jan 21, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Get the most from your “omics” analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Fri, Jan 21, 3:00-5:00pm, 14N-132, Register

See student.mit.edu/iap/nslib.html for more details, including contact and sign-up information.

Performance artist Michael Fowlin on prejudice and diversity – Jan.19

Posted January 13th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Please join us for an entertaining and thought-provoking one-man show entitled “You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me.”  Performance artist Michael Fowlin will slip in and out of numerous diverse characters in order to share their stories–sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking–about prejudice and judgment.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Fowlin at a reception following the event.

You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me
Wednesday, January 19th
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
E15 – Bartos Theatre
Reception will follow in atrium

This event is sponsored by the Libraries Committee on the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion and MIT’s Staff Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

MIT Press Supports the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted January 13th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Press, publisher of more than 30 scholarly journals, has confirmed that it fully supports the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

“We are pleased to support this MIT faculty initiative and we appreciate the role of the MIT Libraries in making it happen,” said Ellen W. Faran, MIT Press Director. Many of the MIT Press journals are published on behalf of other organizations such as scholarly societies and universities, so the Press needed to gain the cooperation of 12 different entities to ensure that its entire journals program was aligned with the Policy.

The Press also needed to revise its standard author agreements for each journal. MIT faculty authors may now check a box indicating their affiliation which flags their article as subject to the Policy. The Press has posted a separate policy for MIT faculty authors which affirms that they may post their articles on their personal websites or in their institutional repository as soon as the final published version is available. This represents an exception to the MIT Press policy which requires standard embargo periods of 3 to 12 months after publication.


The Press is providing significant support for MIT authors by allowing MIT to copy MIT-authored articles from the Press’ website for posting in MIT’s repository. This means that authors do not need to submit their manuscripts in order for them to appear in DSpace@MIT.

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To review other confirmed publisher responses to the Policy, please see: Publishers and the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy. Publishers are being added to this web page as information becomes available.

Please send any questions about publishers not yet on the page to copyright-lib@mit.edu.

For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Details on working with the policy

Update on Weather-Related Library Hours

Posted January 12th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

The Music library is now closed for the rest of the day, Wednesday, January 12.  Dewey, Hayden and Rotch libraries will close at 4pm today.

Winter Storm Results in Limited Library Openings Wednesday

Posted January 12th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden
MIT winter scene

photo by: Tom Pixton

Although the winter storm has forced an Institute closing for non-essential staff, the following MIT Libraries are open as of 10:00am: Dewey, Hayden, Lewis Music and Rotch.  These libraries will provide limited on-site services — there will be no campus delivery between library units today.

The libraries will likely close early to allow for staff to travel home safely.  We will update our news blog throughout the day with information relating to closing time for these four libraries.

If you have any questions, please Ask Us!

Changing Access to JSTOR

Posted January 10th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

Because JSTOR has recently reported excessive, systematic downloading of articles at MIT, we need to add a new layer of access control. This is the only way to prevent recurrence of the abuse and therefore the only way to ensure ongoing access to this valuable resource for the MIT Community.

How this affects your access:

  • Whether you are on- or off-campus, you must use either the shortcut URL for JSTOR (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/jstor) or use the JSTOR link in Vera in order to be recognized as a subscriber.
  • Your current MIT status will be verified as you are passed through to the JSTOR site.
  • This change will take effect by Wednesday, January 12, and as early as Monday, January 10.

If you find you have any problem with access, please email econtrol-lib@mit.edu.

The incidents that prompted this change involved the use of a robot, which is prohibited by JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use . Additionally, these incidents violated MITnet Rules of Use. Continued access to JSTOR and other resources is dependent on the MIT Community complying with these policies.

Thank you,
Steve Gass
Associate Director for Research & Instructional Services
MIT Libraries

IAP 2011: All Sessions for Week of January 10 – 14

Posted January 10th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 10 through Friday, January 14:

Energy Information: Where to go, what to do
Mon, Jan 10, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Tues, Jan 11, 10:30-12:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Energy Information: Maps and data to use with GIS
Tues, Jan 11, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Energy Information: Industries and Statistics
Tues, Jan 11, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Managing Research Data 101
Tues, Jan 11, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Access to energy research articles: publisher policies & MIT output
Tues, Jan 11, 3:00-4:00pm, 56-154

Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero
Tues, Jan 11, 5:00-6:15pm, 14N-132, Register

BrainNavigator: Hands-On Introduction and Demo
Wed, Jan 12, 1:15-2:15pm, 14N-132, Register

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Wed, Jan 12, 3:00-4:30pm, 4-231

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Wed, Jan 12, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-132, Register

EndNote Basics
Wed, Jan 12, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center
Thurs, Jan 13, 10:00-11:30am, 14N-132, Register

Learn to use IPA during IAP
Thurs, Jan 13, 2:00-5:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Zotero Basics
Thurs, Jan 13, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Searching for Scientific Information with SciFinder Web
Fri, Jan 14, 10:00-12:00pm, 14N-132, Register

Rotch Library Film Series: Helvetica
Fri, Jan 14, 12:00-2:00 pm, Rotch Library (7-238)

Managing Research Data 101
Fri, Jan 14, 12:30-1:30pm, 14N-132, Register

Introduction to GIS
Fri, Jan 14, 2:00-4:00pm, 14N-132, Register

See student.mit.edu/iap/nslib.html for more details, including contact and sign-up information.

Celebrating 150 Years of MIT History

Posted January 6th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries are celebrating MIT150!   Over the next 150 days stay tuned as we open the vaults of the Institute Archives & Special Collections and share an insider’s look into MIT’s unique history.  Here are a few of the many things to check out:

  • Timeline:
    An interactive timeline with images, sound, video, and in-depth information from the MIT Archives allows users to delve into MIT’s rich academic, social, and cultural history.  Learn an interesting fact each day.
  • 150 Years in the Stacks:
    A chronological journey through MIT’s extensive (and unusual) library collections, Every day for 150 days, discover a different publication, one from each year of MIT’s existence. Follow this virtual tour through open stacks and off-site storage areas, into closed-stack rare collections and the vault.  Follow daily on the blog or the Libraries’ Twitter feed.
  • ‘Technology’ Through Time: 150 Years of MIT History Exhibition
    Opening February 4, 2011 in the Maihaugen Gallery, this multimedia exhibition will showcase in words, documents, photos, video and sound, the broad and varied history of MIT.  View original MIT documents and historically significant materials that played a role in making MIT the place it is today.  The exhibit will also feature items from the MIT Museum’s 150 Exhibition, as well as Infinite Histories, video stories of those who have shaped–and been shaped by–MIT.

IAP 2011: All Sessions for Week of January 3 – 7

Posted January 4th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 7:

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research
Thur, Jan 6, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132 Register

Rotch Library Film Series:  The Future of Food
Thurs, Jan 6, 12:00-2:00pm, Rotch Library (7-238)

Introduction to SAS (Statistical Software)
Fri, Jan 7, 10:00-1:00pm, 1-115 Register

Rotch Library Film Series:  Crips & Bloods: Made in America
Fri, Jan 6, 12:00-2:00, Rotch Library (7-238)

See student.mit.edu/iap/nslib.html for more details, including contact and sign-up information.

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Fourth Annual Rotch Library IAP Film Series starts January 6th

Posted January 3rd, 2011 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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The Future of Food
Thursday, January 6th, noon-2:00pm
Rotch Library (7-238)
The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.

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Crips & Bloods: Made in America
Friday, January 7th, noon -2 pm
Rotch Library (7-238)

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.