Archive for April, 2011

FalconCast: AMPS broadcasts live video of falcons nesting at MIT

Posted April 29th, 2011 by mit-admin

Staff at MIT’s Whitehead Institute recently discovered a falcon’s nest at their facility and partnered with AMPS (Academic Media Production Services) to set up a camera to capture live video of the nest.  The nest contains four eggs waiting to hatch.  AMPS plans to stream the video until the chicks hatch and leave the nest.  Watch FalconCast live.

Barker Library Open Early Saturday, April 30th

Posted April 29th, 2011 by mit-admin

Great Dome Reading RoomBarker Library will open at 11am tomorrow, Saturday April 30th for the Under the Dome event. The early opening will give MIT community members and our visitors the opportunity to enjoy the great dome throughout the event. See our previous news blog post to learn more about the day’s activities

We look forward to seeing you!

Libraries' Hours for Summer 2011

Posted April 28th, 2011 by Cassandra Silvia

The MIT Libraries are pleased to announce that additional funding provided by the Provost will result in partial restoration of summer hours in 2011. This restored funding will enable the Libraries to offer additional weekend hours and remain open during the 4th of July week; both high priorities of the MIT Community.

Summer hours start May 21st

See the Libraries’ hours page for more details

Image by Janela de Imagens

Libraries’ Hours for Summer 2011

Posted April 28th, 2011 by mit-admin

The MIT Libraries are pleased to announce that additional funding provided by the Provost will result in partial restoration of summer hours in 2011. This restored funding will enable the Libraries to offer additional weekend hours and remain open during the 4th of July week; both high priorities of the MIT Community.

Summer hours start May 21st

See the Libraries’ hours page for more details

Image by Janela de Imagens

Preserve your digital photos and documents

Posted April 28th, 2011 by mit-admin

Preservation Week Banner

As part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting a webcast today, April 28, 2011:

April 28: Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories, with Bill LeFurgy of the Library of Congress
Digital photos, electronic documents, and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable.   Hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.  Full description

The webcast starts at 2:00 PM in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.  This event is free and open to the public.

DSpace@MIT in the MIT Faculty Newsletter

Posted April 27th, 2011 by mit-admin

DSpace@MIT is featured in the latest issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter.  Director of Libraries, Ann Wolpert, shares the latest facts and figures about MIT’s growing digital repository.

Did you know that collections in DSpace@MIT are accessed from nearly every country in the world at an average rate of over 30,000 downloads a day?  In 2010 alone there were 11.2 million total downloads.  Read the article About DSpace@MIT.

Sonorous Currents, live electronic music: May 4, 4 pm

Posted April 27th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Come hear a performance of new music for live electronics with laptops, iPhones, circuits, and other sonological mechanisms in the Lewis Music Library from 4:00-5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Students from Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher T. Ariza’s Music and Technology class will share their compositions.

Wednesday, May 4, 4 – 5 pm
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Accidents Happen: What to do if your family treasures get wet

Posted April 26th, 2011 by Nick Szydlowski

Preservation Week Banner

As part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting a webcast today, April 26, 2011:

Accidents Happen: Protecting and Saving Family Treasures, with Nancy E. Kraft of the University of Iowa Libraries
Are your family treasures stored safely in your home or elsewhere?  How do you save your photos when they’ve been submerged in flood water?  What do you do if your books smell mildewy?  What if your basement floods or worse? Attend this session to learn answers to these questions and more.  Full description

The webcast starts at 2:00 PM in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.  This event is free and open to the public.

Come see what's "Under the Dome" Saturday, April 30, 11am-4pm

Posted April 25th, 2011 by Heather Denny


Under the Dome
is a day-long, campus-wide open house on Saturday, April 30.  On this day the public is invited to explore MIT as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.  MIT’s libraries and the Maihaugen Gallery will be open to visitors and will offer several workshops:

‘Technology’ Through Time: 150 Years of MIT History
Exhibition
Maihaugen Gallery (14N-118)
Open 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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 also features 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.  ­­

Preserving Your Family’s History
Workshop
Meet at the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-118)
Sessions hourly.  Last tour meets at 3 p.m.

Visit the Wunsch Conservation Lab where the MIT Libraries preserve their collections using modern science and traditional craft.  The MIT Libraries’ conservator and preservation librarian will explain how to care for your family papers, photographs, home videos, and digital media. Hand-outs with basic information and sources of archival supplies will be available. Sessions will last 45 minutes. Tours are limited to 20 people and will begin every hour on the hour.

Digital mapping tools introduced by MIT GIS Services
Workshop
DIRC (14N-132)
Sessions at 11 a.m. and noon

Learn about creating maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and collecting data in your community with a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. A GIS provides tools for analyzing scientific and cultural data, as well as data collected by individuals (like you).  Session will include demonstration and a chance for everyone to collect data outside and create their own maps.

Apps4Academics
Workshop
DIRC (14N-132)
Sessions at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In this show and tell, we will recommend the best iPhone/iPad apps and mobile websites for your academic life. We’ll talk about apps for productivity, library research, note-taking, e-reading, PDF-reading and annotating, sketching, and more. Some apps we’ll demo include Evernote, Instapaper, Dropbox, GoodReader, Papers, and WorldCat Mobile. See our companion web site: libguides.mit.edu/apps

Come see what’s “Under the Dome” Saturday, April 30, 11am-4pm

Posted April 25th, 2011 by Heather Denny


Under the Dome
is a day-long, campus-wide open house on Saturday, April 30.  On this day the public is invited to explore MIT as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.  MIT’s libraries and the Maihaugen Gallery will be open to visitors and will offer several workshops:

‘Technology’ Through Time: 150 Years of MIT History
Exhibition
Maihaugen Gallery (14N-118)
Open 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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 also features 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.  ­­

Preserving Your Family’s History
Workshop
Meet at the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-118)
Sessions hourly.  Last tour meets at 3 p.m.

Visit the Wunsch Conservation Lab where the MIT Libraries preserve their collections using modern science and traditional craft.  The MIT Libraries’ conservator and preservation librarian will explain how to care for your family papers, photographs, home videos, and digital media. Hand-outs with basic information and sources of archival supplies will be available. Sessions will last 45 minutes. Tours are limited to 20 people and will begin every hour on the hour.

Digital mapping tools introduced by MIT GIS Services
Workshop
DIRC (14N-132)
Sessions at 11 a.m. and noon

Learn about creating maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and collecting data in your community with a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. A GIS provides tools for analyzing scientific and cultural data, as well as data collected by individuals (like you).  Session will include demonstration and a chance for everyone to collect data outside and create their own maps.

Apps4Academics
Workshop
DIRC (14N-132)
Sessions at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In this show and tell, we will recommend the best iPhone/iPad apps and mobile websites for your academic life. We’ll talk about apps for productivity, library research, note-taking, e-reading, PDF-reading and annotating, sketching, and more. Some apps we’ll demo include Evernote, Instapaper, Dropbox, GoodReader, Papers, and WorldCat Mobile. See our companion web site: libguides.mit.edu/apps

Browse the newest music CDs and DVDs!

Posted April 22nd, 2011 by Christie Moore

cdrack

Now you can browse the Lewis Music Library’s newest CDs and DVDs! A display rack in the reading room holds 40 of the most recently received discs. Bring your choices up to the service desk to check them out.

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

See lists of the newest music books, scores, CDs, and DVDs: Recent Additions to the Collections

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Digital library partnership gives MIT access to additional online resources

Posted April 20th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries have recently joined HathiTrust, a partnership of over fifty academic libraries that share the ambitious goal of building a comprehensive digital library of their shared collections.

Started in 2008, the HathiTrust digital library currently contains over 8.5 million digitized volumes representing the collections of partner institutions. HathiTrust’s collections include both copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as partner institutions.  Founded by twelve universities from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system and the University of Virginia, the partnership has now grown to include fifty-five institutions.  MIT and Harvard are two of the most recent universities to join.

Through the HathiTrust website, the public can search the full-text of 8.4 million digitized volumes, and get full online access to 2.2 million volumes that are in the public domain.  With the MIT Libraries membership, the MIT community will have the added benefit of being able to download full volumes of public domain works in PDF format, and also build and share collections using the Collection Builder feature.  Access will be provided to MIT users, with authentication through Touchstone, later this year.

Joining HathiTrust is one of several steps the MIT Libraries have recently taken to expand access for MIT faculty and students to print or digitized resources beyond the holdings of MIT.  In January, the Libraries announced their membership in Borrow Direct, a partnership with Ivy Plus libraries that gives the MIT community access to nearly 50 million print items. In February, MIT and Harvard libraries jointly announced an expanded alliance to explore collaborations for sharing library materials, advancing digital preservation collections practice, and developing future off-site storage facilities and services.

“In today’s interdisciplinary learning environment, it’s essential for our faculty, students and researchers to have access to an even wider array of information resources than ever before.  By collaborating with other outstanding research libraries, we can offer the resources necessary to support the cutting edge research and education that is MIT’s hallmark,” said MIT Director of Libraries, Ann Wolpert.

Wolpert added that it is important for universities to take a leading role in shaping digital libraries. “Libraries have been stewards of the scholarly record for centuries,” she said.  “We’re committed to the long haul.”

The MIT Libraries are actively involved in open access initiatives that support MIT’s mission to make scholarly knowledge openly available to the world.  Partnering with HathiTrust, an organization committed to collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge, is in line with the Libraries principles of supporting the long-term curation of the cultural record, and furthering global scholarship and research.

GIS courses available online through ESRI Virtual Campus

Posted April 19th, 2011 by Lisa Sweeney

Want to learn about GIS online, on your own time? The MIT community has access to many virtual campus courses from ESRI. Courses can help students learn many skills including: using ArcGIS, working in 3D, raster analysis, programming with Python, and creating mobile GIS applications. The virtual campus addresses a variety of topics including getting started with the basics of GIS and working with HAZUS – using GIS technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters.

The MIT community can sign up for ESRI virtual campus courses for free by emailing gishelp@mit.edu. For a listing of available courses visit the MIT GIS Services website: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/esrivc.html

For updates about GIS related events, new GIS data and software, and more subscribe to mitgis@mit.edu by visiting: http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/mitgis

Preservation Week: Learn to save your family's treasures

Posted April 19th, 2011 by Nick Szydlowski

Preservation Week Banner

As part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting two webcasts that will show you how to care for your treasured family keepsakes and digital documents and photos.

Both webcasts start at 2:00 PM and take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.  These events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 26: Accidents Happen: Protecting and Saving Family Treasures, with Nancy E. Kraft of the University of Iowa Libraries
Practical tips and tools for mitigating hazards, dealing with mold, and salvaging keepsakes.  Full description

Thursday, April 28: Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories, with Bill LeFurgy of the Library of Congress
Practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.  Full description

Preservation Week: Learn to save your family’s treasures

Posted April 19th, 2011 by Nick Szydlowski

Preservation Week Banner

As part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting two webcasts that will show you how to care for your treasured family keepsakes and digital documents and photos.

Both webcasts start at 2:00 PM and take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.  These events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 26: Accidents Happen: Protecting and Saving Family Treasures, with Nancy E. Kraft of the University of Iowa Libraries
Practical tips and tools for mitigating hazards, dealing with mold, and salvaging keepsakes.  Full description

Thursday, April 28: Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories, with Bill LeFurgy of the Library of Congress
Practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.  Full description

Patriots' Day Library Hours: Monday, April 18

Posted April 15th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

Paul Revere and Old North ChurchOn Monday, April 18, 2011, the following libraries will open at noon (12pm):

All other library locations will be closed.  Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 19.

Have questions?  Ask Us!

Good luck, Boston Marathoners!

Patriots’ Day Library Hours: Monday, April 18

Posted April 15th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

Paul Revere and Old North ChurchOn Monday, April 18, 2011, the following libraries will open at noon (12pm):

All other library locations will be closed.  Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 19.

Have questions?  Ask Us!

Good luck, Boston Marathoners!

New CD: Musical London c.1700: from Purcell to Handel

Posted April 12th, 2011 by Christie Moore

A beautiful CD of 18th-century music from England was recently received by the Lewis Music Library:

musical london

PhonCD H988 mus

Click on the image to see the Barton catalog record.

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Online Access to the New York Times

Posted April 11th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about access to the New York Times through the MIT Libraries since the Times implemented digital subscriptions for their online content.   Unfortunately, NYTimes.com does not yet offer institutional subscriptions for libraries.  But if you’ve already used up your maximum 20 NYTimes.com articles per month, you can still access current New York Times articles through two library databases:

Note that these links do not take you directly to the Times.

  • In Factiva, you can use the Newsstand for articles published in the last 2 weeks, including today’s edition.   (The Newsstand is the screen you see upon logging in to Factiva.  It provides easy access to recent articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications.)  Use Search Builder to find earlier articles.
  • In LexisNexis, click on “Sources,” type “New York Times” into the search box, and click “Find Sources” to limit your search to the Times.

For older articles, you can search the New York Times Historical Archive (1851-present, but excluding the last 3 years):  http://libraries.mit.edu/get/nythist

Keep in mind that you can always look up The New York Times in Vera.   On the results page, you’ll see links to Factiva and LexisNexis Academic.

If you find Factiva and LexisNexis inconvenient to browse, consider browsing the New York Times website to identify articles you want to read, and then use one of these databases to look up the articles by title.

Learn Quantitative Methods at ICPSR

Posted April 7th, 2011 by Katherine McNeill

Need to expand your skills in statistical methods and quantitative analysis? Attend the ICPSR Summer Program! Each year, ICPSR provides a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Registration is now open for the 2011 session.  Note: while most courses take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, some do take place at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

For a listing of course offerings and application information, see the ICPSR Summer Program web site.  For further information, contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.