Archive for December, 2012

Check out the complete listing of IAP 2013 sessions

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is offering over 60 different classes this IAP! Topics covered include:

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Some classes require preregistration. For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Culture, Arts, and Society

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Join the MIT Libraries for a series of classes on topics that range from bookbinding to multimedia sites to hidden treasures in the MIT Archives. Some classes require preregistration.

book spines

Photo: L. Barry Hetherington

Creative Bookbinding
Tue Jan 8, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14-0513
Wed Jan 9, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Andrew Haggarty, ahaggart@mit.edu

Reading Programming Code as a Cultural Object
Wed Jan 9, 4-5:00pm, 14E-311
Contact: Patsy Baudoin, patsy@mit.edu

Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT Libraries
Thu Jan 10, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mark Szarko, szarko@mit.edu

Weird Science: Finding the Unexpected in the Libraries’ Rare Book Collections
Fri Jan 11, 10:30am-12:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Audrey Pearson, pearsona@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 11, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: copyright-lib@mit.edu

Rare Books 101: Discover MIT’s Rare Book Collections – Cancelled
Fri Jan 18, 10:30-11:30am, 14N-118
Contact: Stephen Skuce, skuce@mit.edu

MIT Enters a Brave New World: A Snapshot of Life at MIT in the 1960s
Fri Jan 25, 2-3:30pm, 14N-118
Contact: Camille Torres, cttorres@mit.edu

Exploring the Institute Archives and Special Collections
Fri Feb 1, 1-2:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Nora Murphy, nmurphy@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Energy

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to energy over IAP! Some classes require preregistration.

Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Energy Sci/Tech Information: Where to Go, What to Do
Mon Jan 14, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

Energy Information: Industries and Statistics
Mon Jan 14, 4-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Energy Information: Maps and Data to use with GIS
Tue Jan 22, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Finding the Energy in E-Books!
Thu Jan 24, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: GIS

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to GIS over IAP! All classes require preregistration. For more information, please contact Jennie Murack.

River

Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Introduction to GIS
Tue Jan 15, 1pm-4:00pm, 14N-132
Wed Jan 23, 1pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Looking for Spatial Patterns in Your Data
Thu Jan 17, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to Use with GIS
Tue Jan 22, 3-4:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Spatial Autocorrelation
Thu Jan 24, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

Integrating Map APIs into Your Website and Using Google Fusion Tables
Fri Jan 25, 9:30am-12:30pm, 14N-132

GIS Level 2
Fri Jan 25, 1-4:00pm, 14N-132

Elevation and Hydrography Data
Mon Jan 28, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

App Inventor
Tue Jan 29, 10:00am-12:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Spatial Statistics: Regression
Tue Jan 29, 1-3:00pm, 14N-132

Putting Interactive Maps on the Web Using OpenLayers
Wed Jan 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

Python Programming in ArcGIS: An Introduction to Scripting for Geographic Analysis Systems
Thu Jan 31, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238
Fri Feb 1, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab in Rotch Library 7-238

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Statistical Software Workshops

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Looking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages during IAP? The following classes will be taught by Libraries’ staff and the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Trainer. All classes require preregistration.

books and mouseIntroduction to SAS
Thu Jan 17, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Introduction to Stata
Tue Jan 22, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Data Management in Stata
Thu Jan 24, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Regression in Stata
Thu Jan 24, 1-3:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Graphics in Stata
Fri Jan 25, 10:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Introduction to R
Thu Jan 31, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1-115, MIT only: Athena login required
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Managing Your Information

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Join us and let the MIT Libraries help you manage your research and personal information! Some classes require preregistration.

Data TunnelPanel Discussion on the Importance of Sharing, Managing and Preserving Research Data
Mon Jan 7, 11am-1:00pm, 4-149
Contact: Amy Stout, astout@mit.edu

Storing and Protecting Your Digital Docs
Tue Jan 15, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Personal Content Management Tools
Wed Jan 16, 12-1:00PM, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Research Data Management: 101
Tue Jan 22, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

Personal Records Management 101
Fri Jan 25, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Tagging and Finding Your Files
Mon Jan 28, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Versioning
Tue Jan 29, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Life Sciences

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to Gthe Life Sciences over IAP! All classes require preregistration.

Test TubeBioinformatics for Beginners
Fri Jan 11, 10-11:30am, 14N-132
Wed Jan 16, 3-4:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Get the Most from Your “omics” Analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Fri Jan 11, 3-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BrainNavigator: Hands-On Introduction and Demo
Thu Jan 17, 10:00am-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE Knowledge Library
Fri Jan 18, 1-2:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE’s Explain Analysis Tool
Fri Jan 18, 2:30-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

BIOBASE’s Human Gene Mutation Database
Fri Jan 18, 4-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Research
Wed Jan 23, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Wed Jan 30, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Learn to Use IPA during IAP
Thu Jan 31, 2-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Data Tools and File Management

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on data tools and file management over IAP! Some classes require preregistration.

Electronic GlobeOpen Data at MIT – A Conversation About the Tools, the Community, and the Potential
Open Data: Presentation & Discussion
Thu Jan 10, 1:30-3:00pm, 14N-132
Open Data: Hack-a-thon
Thu Jan 24, 3-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Sands Fish, sands@mit.edu

Digital Forensics for Archives 101
Fri Jan 18, 2-3:30pm, 14N-118
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center
Wed Jan 23, 10-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Personal Records Management 101
Fri Jan 25, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Tagging and Finding Your Files
Mon Jan 28, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Kari Smith, smithkr@mit.edu

Public Opinion Data Resources
Wed Jan 30, 10-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

h4ckademic jam session: best apps for managing your academic workflows
Thu Jan 31, 4-7:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Carol Kentner, carol_kentner@gse.harvard.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Research Funding, Citation, and Other Academic Tools

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes to help make your research easier! Join us for topics that range from how to get research funding to how to use citation management tools to SciFinder and Web of Science. Some classes require preregistration.

books and mouseGetting Started, Getting Funded: Obtaining Research Funding
Thu Jan 10, 10:00am-4:00pm, 14N-325
Thu Jan 31, 10:00am-4:00pm, 14N-325
Contact: Eloise Davis, elodavis@mit.edu

Citation Management ToolsMendeley Basics
Thu Jan 17, 4-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Citation Management Tools: Overview
Tue Jan 22, 12-1:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

Citation Management Tools: EndNote Basics
Thu Jan 24, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

Citation Management Tools: Zotero Basics
Thu Jan 31, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mathew Willmott, willmott@mit.edu

Unlocking the Secrets of the Company Databases
Thu Jan 10, 12-1:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Stahl, eestahl@mit.edu

SciFinder: Advanced Tips & Tricks for Finding Chemical Information
Fri Jan 18, 10-11:30am, 14N-132
Contact: Erja Kajosalo, kajosalo@mit.edu

Going beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles
Wed Jan 30, 12pm-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Michael Noga, mnoga@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

IAP 2013: Patents & Copyright

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Mark Szarko

The MIT Libraries is offering several classes on patents and copyright during IAP!

Some workshops require preregistration.

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Fair Use, Open Licensing, Copyright, and Identifying and Citing Images
Fri Jan 11, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: copyright-lib@mit.edu

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Wed Jan 16, 1-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Fri Jan 18, 12-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: copyright-lib@mit.edu

Fair Use & E-Reserves
Tue Jan 22, 2-3:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Roshni Gohil, rgohil@mit.edu

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Wed Jan 23, 2-3:30pm 4-231
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries on other topics, please see our Calendar of Events.

OA research in the news: The life of cheese

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

San Andreas cheese, a raw sheep's milk cheese made by Bellwether Farms in Sonoma County, California. Image courtesy of Heather Paxson

What makes a good cheese? It’s a complicated question, and one that cultural anthropologist Heather Paxson explores in her new book, The Life of Cheese. Paxson has written about (and eaten a lot of) cheese over the last decade, and in her research she’s met some of the new wave of American artisan cheesemakers, whose force has doubled since 2000. Paxson argues that handcraft cheese production is valuable in many ways: it creates “decent livelihoods, healthy ecologies, beautiful vistas, and, most immediately, good food.”

Explore Professor Paxson’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.

Scopus isn’t just for the Sciences

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Heather McCann

Have you tried Scopus, one of our citation databases in Vera?  Scopus’ main focus is in the sciences but it also includes strong coverage of the social sciences.  Use Scopus to look for journal articles, conference papers and other materials.  Once you find relevant articles Scopus can link you to other related articles in the database and show you other articles (published since 1996) that have cited the article you are looking at.

To focus your Scopus search in the social sciences literature click the Social Science and Humanities button on the search screen:

Start searching Scopus now.

 

Mark the date, save your data!

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Chris Sherratt

IAP panel discussion on the importance of sharing, managing and preserving research data

Monday, January 7, 2013,  11 am – 1 pm,  4-149

You are invited to join 5 researchers, information scientists and others in a lively discussion on the importance of sharing, managing and preserving research data.
Science in the 21st century is increasingly data-driven thanks to soaring computational power and sophisticated analysis techniques. Researchers gather, manipulate and interpret data in every imaginable way to build a foundation for new discoveries. The importance of preserving and making these research data accessible has become a highly charged topic of discussion. How will these data be stored, preserved and mined effectively and efficiently?

Panelists: Jeff Schiller, IS&T; Charlie Whittaker, Koch Institute; Stephen Ho, Lab for Manufacturing and Productivity; Micah Altman, MIT Libraries; Shawna Vogel, OSP

See you there!

Winter vacation hours begin Friday, December 21

Posted December 17th, 2012 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries winter vacation hours begin this Friday, December 21 and continue through Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), Rotch
Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Lewis Music
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Please note that all library locations will be closed the following dates for the Christmas and New Years’ holiday:

Saturday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 25
Saturday, December 29 – Tuesday, January 1

The 24-hour study facilities in Hayden and Dewey libraries will remain open as usual throughout this period. For a complete list of library hours, visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask us!

A Knovel gift for the holidays

Posted December 13th, 2012 by Chris Sherratt

As a graduate student in Chemical Engineering, MIT’s Patrick Heider is very familiar with variables of time and pressure. And as this year’s winner of the Knovel University Challenge, Patrick will use his new iPad to optimize these just in time for the holidays.

Each year Knovel invites engineering students worldwide to enter a competition designed to show the content and powerful search functions of this collection of sci/tech handbooks. One example is Patrick’s favorite feature, the Equation Plotter. “[This] … is a great way to quickly get property information without having to dig through the text to figure out the functional form used for a specific correlation,” he writes. Users can also input names of properties and ranges of data values to search for compounds that fit these bounds. At your fingertips is a digital library that, thanks to the MIT Libraries, will bring you specific answers as well as full texts to use in coursework or research.

The Libraries salutes you, Patrick!Knovel says, “Know more. Search less.”

We say, “Keep on searching!”

New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present

Posted December 12th, 2012 by Patsy Baudoin

Hundreds of films from all over the world!

Film SocialismeNew World Cinema includes full-length feature films as well as award-winning short films. Many are award-winning (collectively the films have won more than 1,000 awards). Films are indeed from all over the world and many different genres.  Happy Together by Wong Kar Wai, Tran Anh Hung’s The Scent of Green Papaya, and Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher are among the internationally known.

Lupe and Bruno

 

 

 

 

Finals week survival kit from the MIT Libraries

Posted December 6th, 2012 by Melissa Feiden

Need help getting through finals week?  We’ve got lots of things in our survival kit to help you:

  • Need a distraction? We’ve got fun stuff — manga, movie dvds, music cds, and more. Check out this myth-busting video to learn more.

Have any questions?  Ask Us!

OA research in the news: Sarma named “experimenter-in-chief”

Posted December 6th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

Award winning teacher and mechanical engineering professor Sanjay Sarma has been named MIT’s first Director of Digital Learning. His job will be to assess how edX and other online tools can be used on campus alongside traditional classroom teaching. In an email to the MIT community, President Rafael Reif noted that Sarma will “serve as experimenter-in-chief, assessing what is working best in MIT’s current educational model, what we could do more effectively and what kind of changes we should pursue.” Sarma, whose research includes RFID and computational geometry, won the MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT’s highest teaching honor, in 2008.

Explore Professor Sarma’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.

Down to the wire with Energywire!

Posted December 5th, 2012 by Chris Sherratt

Where do you turn for a reliable snapshot or update of what’s happening on Capitol Hill or elsewhere in the world of energy? The MIT Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of Energywire to the family of products purchased from E & E Publishing: Greenwire, Climatewire, E & E Daily, Land Letter and more. Energywire now joins this group to summarize Congressional and other energy sector news.

The stories and headlines in Energywire can be searched by keyword or delivered to you through its alerting service. The top story in one recent alert highlighted MIT’s research on methane emissions and natural gas. Updates on oil shale, energy in the Arctic, geopolitics, water and energy, and business developments are all popular topics, along with many others.

As it says at the bottom of each daily alert, “Get all of the stories in today’s Energywire!”

Find it here: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/ew

Collier, A.J. 167. Williams coal mine 90 miles below Nulato, on Yukon River.

Barker Library restoration continues

Posted December 3rd, 2012 by Cassandra Silvia


The reading room in Barker Library (under the Dome) is currently being restored to its original grandeur and in the process will reopen as a 24 hour study space for the MIT community.  Some of the Barker Library collections that have been housed in the area being restored on the 5th floor, including government documents, reference materials and unbound journal issues, will be relocated during the months of December and January.

Government Documents – a small collection of engineering-related documents and reports will be integrated with Hayden Library’s Government Documents collection.

Reference Collection – will be relocated to another space on the 5th floor of Barker Library.

Unbound journals – a small collection of 130 engineering titles will be moved to the first floor of Hayden Library, to be co-located with the unbound journal collections for the sciences. This move will provide a single on-campus location for print issues of journals in Science, Technology, and Medical (STM) areas. Most STM journals to which the Libraries subscribe are now available online.

We look forward to reopening this space in 2013, greatly expanding student options for secure, extended-hour study on campus.  Please Tell Us if you have any questions or concerns.

Finals Week Study Breaks

Posted December 3rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

Take a study break, have a snack, and de-stress!

photo by Christopher Maynor

Thursday, December 13, 2-3:30 PM
Hayden Library (14S) – Cookies with Canines

Monday, December 17, 2-3:30 PM
Rotch Library (7-238) – Study Break

Monday, December 17, 2-5 PM
Dewey Library (E53-100) – Study Break

Tuesday, December 18, 2-3:30 PM
Barker Library (10-500) – Study Break

 

 

Cookies and beverages will be served near the entrance to each library. Therapy dogs from Dog B.O.N.E.S. will make a special visit to Hayden Library for Cookies with Canines.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win a t-shirt at the study breaks!

 

Survey snapshot: Library research using mobile devices

Posted December 3rd, 2012 by Heather Denny

We asked how the MIT community uses mobile devices to access library resources and this is what we discovered….

…many MIT users want to use library resources on their smart phones and mobile devices. The good news is, we have an app for that! The MIT Mobile App and website offers the capability to:

  • renew library books,
  • search for library-owned books,
  • request library books, and more.

See our online guide to learn about all the mobile tools we offer for library research. And if you have a moment, tell us about your use of mobile devices.

Find out more about the 2011 MIT Libraries survey.