Archive for June, 2012

Check Out the Complete Listing of JulyAP 2012 Sessions

Posted June 29th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

EndNote Basics – Register
Mon July 9, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn,

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 register for this session.

Patent Searching Fundamentals – Register
Thurs July 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Howard Silver,

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for this session.

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists – Register
Tues July 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver,

It’s not Brain Surgery…it’s Market Research! This session will introduce scientists and engineers to information resources that cover biotechnology industries and markets. We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

Please register for this session.

GeneGo – Register
Tues July 17, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett,

Attend this session and learn how to use GeneGo’s MetaCore, a bioinformatics software tool licensed by the MIT Libraries. MetaCore provides a solution for using “omics” gene lists to generate and prioritize hypotheses. Learn how to work with different types of data (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and interaction data) and how to upload gene lists and expression data. Upload, batch upload, store, share and check data properties and signal distribution; extract functional relevance by determining the most enriched processes across several ontologies; emphasize the role of expression data in your analysis; visually predict experimental results, associate disease and possible drug targets; and compare data sets and work with experiment intersection.

Please register for this session.

Energy Information: Where to Go, What to Do – Register
Thurs July 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Angie Locknar,,  and Chris Sherratt,

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.

Please register for this event.

Managing Your References:  Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero – Register
Thurs July 19, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Remlee Green,

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 (EndNoteRefWorks & Zotero) 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 register for this session.

Research Data Management Q&A Session – Register
Mon July 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Amy Stout,

This session will focus on each participant’s individual data management needs. Bring us your data issues, questions and concerns and we will give you ideas on everything from storage to preservation to sharing your data with the world. The class is limited to 8 people.

Please register for this session.

RefWorks Basics
Tues July 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact:  Anita Perkins,

RefWorks is a web-based resource to help you organize references, create a bibliography, and easily cite references as you write your paper.  It allows you to create individual or group accounts.

MediaMobile hits the road

Posted June 18th, 2012 by Christie Moore


You may see the Lewis Music Library’s new MediaMobile roaming around campus soon!

The MediaMobile is a moveable cart that can travel across campus to highlight the MIT Libraries’ many online media materials. It has a large monitor and audio speakers to demo streaming audio and video products, full-text books, music scores, images, bibliographic databases, etc.

The MediaMobile will be available to MIT librarians so that online information in a variety of subjects can be shared with the MIT community.

The MediaMobile was funded by the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund. To see more experimental services at the MIT Libraries, check out the list of current Betas & Widgets.

Open access research in the news

Posted June 18th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

MIT researchers tackle big data

MIT will host an Intel-sponsored research center to look at ways of handling “big data,” collections of data so immense and complex they cannot be processed by tools that currently exist. The center will be led by Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Samuel Madden and adjunct professor Michael Stonebraker. In addition to the Intel center, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab launched a new industry-sponsored initiative called bigdata@CSAIL. As a part of the center and initiative, faculty and scientists at CSAIL will collaborate with corporate and university researchers beyond MIT to work on projects like analyzing biological data in search of more accurate diagnostic techniques or increasing the security and privacy of financial information.

Explore Professor Madden’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

It’s Back! BLC Online Borrowing Returns

Posted June 6th, 2012 by Cassandra Silvia

Have you used MIT’s WorldCat to request books from another library for delivery to MIT? If not, it’s time to check it out because the service is now even better.

Beginning today, you can borrow from both the Boston Library Consortium and the Borrow Direct partners using MIT’s WorldCat, giving you access to the collections of 24 east coast colleges and universities to meet your research needs and reading pleasure.

MIT’s WorldCat allows you to simultaneously search the library catalogs of MIT, Boston Library Consortium member libraries and Borrow Direct partner libraries, and then request the materials you want for pick up at your preferred MIT Library. If none of the member libraries own the item you need, WorldCat will connect you to MIT’s Interlibrary Borrowing service, and MIT Libraries’ staff will help find the item you want.

You may wonder how to pick the best borrowing option for you, given the variety of choices. A new Libraries’ webpage Get books, articles & more from MIT & non-MIT libraries will help you navigate the borrowing services available to the MIT community to get you what you need, when you need it without a lot of head scratching.

Still have questions? Check out our WorldCat FAQ for the finer details of the discovery interface and the available borrowing options.

Barker Library closed Friday, June 8

Posted June 6th, 2012 by Grace Mlady

Barker Engineering Library will be closed for Commencement Day, Friday, June 8.

All other MIT libraries will be open for regular summer hours. For a detailed list of library locations and hours, please see our summer hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!


View a live webcast of MIT Commencement Friday, June 8

Posted June 5th, 2012 by Heather Denny

photo: MIT TechTV

MIT’s 2012 Commencement will be webcast live by AMPS (Academic Media Production Services) with commentary provided by Institute Archivist Tom Rosko. Rosko will co-host the webcast of the 146th Commencement exercises with Matt McGann, Director of Admissions and member of the Class of 2000.

View the festivities live from anywhere around the world. Commencement exercises begin Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:00 am EST, followed by the Commencement ceremonies at 10:00 am EST. This year’s guest speaker will be Salman Khan ’98, founder of the Khan Academy.

Tune in and join us in congratulating the graduates!

Open access research in the news

Posted June 4th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

MIT researchers bid adieu to sticky condiments

It is a problem familiar to most of us: The last ounces of ketchup just won’t shake free from the bottle, so we throw it out, wasting food and money. In May, the architects of a solution won the audience choice award at MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. Scientists from the lab of mechanical engineering professor Kripa Varanasi invented a plant-based coating they call LiquiGlide, a slippery material that helps any condiment—from honey to mayonnaise—slide easily out of glass or plastic. “We’ve talked to various folks in the supply chain, from equipment makers to bottle makers to food companies, and they all love it and want it in their bottles,” Varanasi told the Boston Globe. Varanasi’s lab has also created surfaces and coatings that keep frost off planes and allow water to flow more efficiently through pipes.

Explore Professor Varanasi’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.