Check out the complete listing of IAPril 2013 sessions

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

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

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

Course Reserves at the MIT Libraries – Register
Thu April 11, 10:00 – 11:00 am, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney,

Are you a new instructor or teaching assistant at MIT, or are you an administrative assistant who supports teaching faculty? Do you want to learn more about course reserves and their copyright policies?

The MIT Libraries can help you navigate reserves services for print and electronic materials, and we will provide an overview of fair use and copyright guidelines for course reserves. We will also cover the details about submitting required textbook information via the Semester Book Submission Form. Course reserves staff from around the MIT Libraries will be available to answer questions.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching FundamentalsRegister
Thu April 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver,

You won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, but 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.

Please register for this session.

EndNote BasicsRegister
Wed April 17, 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.

Commercialize Your Science and Engineering ResearchRegister
Tue April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver,

This session will introduce scientists and engineers to business information resources that will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas, how to find partners, and sources for financial support. 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.

The Information Is Out There…But Can You Find It? The Information Landscape in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Thu April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Amy Stout,

The class is open to all, but targeted at first-year EECS graduate students. It will cover:

  • The information landscape of EECS
  • Tools to make your work more efficient
  • Library services that you may not know about
  • How to find help when you need it

Manage Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, & ZoteroRegister
Thu April 25, 5:00 – 6:15 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn,

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, & Mendeley) 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. We’ll take a look at these 4 tools.

Please register for this session.

Collect Your Own Data with a GPSRegister
Tue April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact Person: Jennie Murack,

Will you be doing data collection over the summer or perhaps just some hiking? This workshop will teach you how to use a handheld GPS to collect geographic data and then download it into ArcMap software for analysis. We will go outside and collect points and routes and then go inside to view our data. GPS units are available to checkout from Rotch Library for use after the workshop.

Please register for this session.

Personal Content Management Tools – Register
Wed May 1, 12:00 – 1:00, 14N-132 (originally scheduled for 4/24, 12-1)
Contact: Peter Cohn,

Personal content management tools help you get organized so you can work more efficiently and save time. Some tools help you organize all sorts of information (notes, pdfs, documents, images etc. etc.) and work more efficiently. Others let you annotate, cite, and/or share your content. In this session we’ll show you tools for doing this while working solo or in a group.

Please register for this session.