Archive for October, 2011

Jay Keyser discusses “Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows”

Posted October 28th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Want to hear about the REAL MIT? Join us for an evening with Jay Keyser as he discusses his recent book Mens et Mania.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 PM
Where: 14N-118, Institute Archives & Special Collections

Samuel Jay Keyser is Professor Emeritus in MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and Special Assistant to the Chancellor. Since arriving at MIT in 1977 he has held positions with the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, the Center for Cognitive Science, the Provost, the Chancellor, and was the Housemaster at Senior House. In Mens et Mania Keyser shares experiences from his unique perspective and reflects on the culture and mystique of MIT.

Copies of Mens et Mania will be available for purchase and signing. Reception to follow.

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy: An Idea Spreads

Posted October 28th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

In the wake of the Harvard and MIT faculty open access policies, many other US universities have adopted similar policies, including the two most recently announced at Princeton and Bucknell.

In discussions leading up to the creation of their Open Access Policy the MIT faculty expressed a commitment not only to making MIT’s research more widely available, but also to encouraging such openness at other universities.

Since the faculty policy was put in place, MIT has had conversations about open access with many other universities. A partial list includes Cornell, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana University, Penn State, UMass Medical, University of Barcelona, University of Kansas,
University of Michigan, University of North Texas, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, Washington University, Wellesley, and Yale. MIT is also participating in the new Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI).

This news is being reported in celebration of the second anniversary of the Open Access Articles Collection, which houses papers under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, and International Open Access Week, which runs from October 24 through 28.


For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

“It’s Alive” Staged Reading #3: Elfriede Jelinek’s ‘Illness or Modern Women’

Posted October 27th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

VampireTuesday, Nov 8, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts
presents

Illness or Modern Women
by Elfriede Jelinek
Nobel Prize for Literature, 2004

Join us for a staged reading of Elfriede Jelinek’s play, read by Jay Scheib, Associate Professor of Music and Theater Arts, Tanya Selvaratnam, and MIT students.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

Downloads from MIT Open Access Articles Collection at 20,000 per Month

Posted October 27th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

By the end of September, 2011, papers from the MIT Open Access Articles Collection were being downloaded at a rate of 20,000 times per month.

The collection has seen nearly 250,000 downloads since its creation.

This news is being reported in celebration of the second anniversary of the Open Access Articles Collection,
which houses papers under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, and International Open Access Week, which runs from October 24 through 28.


For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy: 4000 Papers and Growing

Posted October 26th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

By the end of September, 2011, the Open Access Articles Collection, containing papers made available under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, included 4,155 papers:

The consistent growth demonstrates the faculty’s commitment to making their work available to the world.

This news is being reported in celebration of the second anniversary of the Open Access Articles Collection, which houses papers under the Policy, and International Open Access Week, which runs from October 24 through 28.


For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

New York City Tax Lot Data Now Available

Posted October 25th, 2011 by Lisa Sweeney

NYC Parcels

Detailed tax lot data for New York City from 2002 – 2011 is available through the MIT Geodata Repository.  Attributes include ownership information, building characteristics (number of floors, total units, year built, etc.), valuations for tax purposes, and more. Easily find available datasets by using borough names, like Manhattan, to search.

Worldwide Use of MIT Open Access Articles

Posted October 25th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

Recent data on use of the papers made available under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy shows that the faculty’s goal of making their research more broadly accessible is clearly being achieved: most countries around the world have downloaded papers made available under the Policy.

Eighty-five percent of the use is concentrated in 20 countries, but downloads in FY11 were requested from most countries in the world. For a collection that was just over 3,000 papers at the time, this wide impact is remarkable evidence of the Policy’s success in making MIT research more widely available.

This good news is being reported in celebration of the second anniversary of the Open Access Articles Collection, which contains the papers under the Policy, and International Open Access Week, which runs from October 24 through 28.


For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

New Video: MIT Faculty Speak About Their Open Access Policy

Posted October 24th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

In a new video, MIT faculty speak about the scholarly publishing environment and the goals and impact of the Open Access Policy they put in place in March 2009.

MIT Tech TV

The video includes appearances by Professors Hal Abelson, Eric von Hippel, Richard Holton, and JoAnne Yates.

We are releasing the video in celebration of International Open Access Week, and the second anniversary of the launch of the Open Access Articles Collection in Dspace@MIT, where articles are made available under the faculty policy.

For further information:
Other videos & podcasts
The MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

President of SSRN to Speak on “The Scholarly Communication Collider”

Posted October 21st, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

Gregg Gordon, President and CEO of The Social Science Research Network (SSRN), will offer a presentation at MIT during Open Access Week. All members of the MIT community are invited to attend his talk, “The Scholarly Communication Collider,” on Wednesday, October 26 from 11:30-12:30 in 3-270.

Using data from the SSRN and other sources, Gregg Gordon’s presentation will provide a brief history of how scholarly communications have changed in recent years; discuss the need for article level metrics to help identify what we don’t know we don’t know; and outline an approach for using online communities to produce innovative results.

Mr. Gordon will reflect on how searching and accessing the right content, in the right place at the right time, has become the primary issue in our era of overabundance of scholarly research, and on the need to increase the efficient use of scholarly content and provide user-focused search tools.

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a leading multi-disciplinary online repository of working and accepted paper research in the social sciences and the humanities. The SSRN eLibrary has delivered 46 million downloads and grown to over 346,000 documents and 164,000 authors.

ESRI Business Analyst available through MIT GIS Services

Posted October 19th, 2011 by Lisa Sweeney
Business Analyst

Business analyst data for Boston's Back Bay neighborhood

This package combines detailed data about business, consumer spending, demographics, segmentations, and major shopping centers with tools for analyzing geographically.

 

Find out more about the data types available and its capabilities.

Business Analyst Desktop is available in the MIT GIS Lab for teaching and research purposes. Business Analyst Online is also available for teaching in MIT classes. Contact gishelp@mit.edu with questions or if you would like access to Business Analyst Online for a class.

Window to My World 4 opening reception – Tuesday, 10/18

Posted October 17th, 2011 by Remlee Green

Photograph exhibition in Rotch Library
October 17 – December 28, 2011
Opening reception: October 18, 5:30-7:30 pm

“Window to My World” is a photograph competition that is held annually, and which is open to all those residing in Israel and the Galilee. The theme of this year’s competition is the winds of change in the Galilee. In recent years the region of Galilee has undergone many changes that find expression in all spheres: social, cultural, technological, and ecological, as well as in various projects and initiatives.

Participating in the competition this year were 63 Arab and Jewish photographers from a broad spectrum of ages and from all parts of the country. They used the medium of film as a tool for transmitting their own personal stories, their weltanschauung, and their individual points of view regarding the changes that are taking place in the Galilee and the influence of these changes on the landscape and the residents of this region. Through this exhibition one may glimpse a mosaic of cultures, traditions, world views, and a fascinating human panorama.

The three previous “Windows of My World” exhibitions were held in the Lady Roslyn Lyons Gallery in the ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering in Karmiel, and parts of these exhibitions were shown in Pittsburgh, USA in 2007.

The artists participating in this exhibition made use of the photograph as a non-verbal means of communication that bridges over the gaps between language and culture. The realistic dimension of this medium allows the observer to connect with the subject of the photograph and to understand it in depth.

The ORT Braude College which stands in the heart of the Galilee in Carmiel attributes great importance to the development of the Galilee by its encouragement and support for the changes occurring in the region in various spheres and has therefore chosen to give its patronage to this project.

The competition and exhibition were the result of the initiative and direction of Eppy Omiel-Pedida in cooperation with Shlomi Schvartsberg, curator and director of the gallery.
Window to My World web site

Exhibit at Rotch Library sponsored by MISTI MIT-Israel and MIT Hillel.

Libraries hire new Associate Director for Technology

Posted October 12th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Director of Libraries, Ann Wolpert, recently announced the appointment of Tito Sierra to the position of Associate Director for Technology in the MIT Libraries. In this senior position, Sierra will have broad responsibility for information technology across the Libraries, including assessing IT trends and innovations and maintaining important relationships with key players outside the Libraries.

Since 2004, Sierra has served in positions at the North Carolina State University Libraries, most recently as the Associate Head of the Digital Library Initiatives Department. His work focused on leading IT initiatives to advance NC State’s innovative presence for digital library services and content. Prior to his academic library experience, he worked for Amazon.com as a Senior Program Manager and Web Development Manager, and also at PlanetAll.com.

Sierra is an active presenter in academic research library IT, presenting at meetings of the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, and EDUCAUSE. In addition, Sierra has been active for several years in two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) programs focused on developing leaders among outstanding early-career librarians.

“Tito [Sierra]’s recognized work and expertise in the library IT domain will bring important and much needed leadership to the MIT Libraries’ IT strategy and cross-system coordination,” said Ann Wolpert. “We look forward to welcoming him to MIT.” Sierra will begin his appointment in January 2012.

Library events during Family Weekend, Oct.14–16

Posted October 7th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries welcome MIT families to campus during Family Weekend 2011!  We invite you to join us for these special library-sponsored events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011

 

10:00-10:45 a.m.: Lewis Music Library Open House

14E-109, Lewis Music Library
Visit the Lewis Music Library and find out why this is such a popular place on campus.  Renovated in 1996, this library features striking architecture and an impressive collection of music: 37,000 scores, 16,00 books, and 24,000 recording including classical, world, jazz, popular, folk, electronic, and film music.

3:00-4:15 p.m.: MIT 150: Inventional Wisdom in Video
3-133
Relax and enjoy some popcorn while viewing a collection of short videos celebrating and capturing MIT’s sesquicentennial.  The program will feature a documentary short on the evolving student experience at MIT, and a selection of MIT150 events including 300 student musicians performing at the Next Century Convocation.  Refreshments will be served.  Hosted by MIT Libraries/Academic Media Production Services

While you’re here please stop by any library location and say hello. Visit the original library reading room under the Dome in Barker Library, take in views of the river from Hayden Library, or learn about MIT history in the ‘Technology’ through Time exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Columbus Day Library Hours: Monday, October 10

Posted October 5th, 2011 by Grace Mlady

On Monday, October 10, 2011, the following libraries will open at noon (12pm):

All other library locations will be closed. Libraries resume regular hours on Tuesday, October 11.

Have questions? Ask Us!

 

“It’s Alive” Staged Reading #2: Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Posted October 5th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Thursday, Oct 13, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts
presents
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Join us for a staged reading of Edward Albee’s classic play, read by Anna Kohler and Michael Ouellettee of Theater Arts, and MIT students.

Next reading date in the “It’s Alive” series: Thursday, November 17

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

How are we doing? Let us know and you could win a prize!

Posted October 4th, 2011 by Heather Denny

You might win an iPad!

The MIT Libraries are asking for your valuable input. Faculty, students, research and teaching staff recently received an email asking you to take a survey. The survey will help us understand how well we currently meet your needs, and what areas we might be able to improve. Please take a moment to give us your two cents! The survey is completely voluntary and confidential and should only take 10-15 minutes of your time. For your efforts you’ll be entered into a lottery to win:

  • iPad or $500 TechCash (6 prizes awarded)
  • Kindle or Nook Touch, or $150 TechCash (20 prizes awarded)
  • iPod shuffle or $50 TechCash (50 prizes awarded)

Please use the link in the email you received, as it is unique to you. If you did not get an email or the link was missing, please send a note to library-survey@mit.edu.

Get updates on new DVDs at Hayden Library

Posted October 3rd, 2011 by Remlee Green

Hayden DVD collectionYou may already know that Hayden Library has a great DVD collection…  Good news for movie junkies – we’ve just added an RSS feed for Hayden Library DVDs, so that you can get RSS updates when we add DVDs to the collection.

Don’t know what RSS is?  You can still visit the page to see the list of new Hayden DVDs.  Or if you want to learn more about RSS, see our guide on RSS, Email, and Table of Contents alerts.