Observe: MIT Libraries Pt. 2

I continued working for the Annex Manics into graduation and graduate school. (Hayden’s hours were a bit too restrictive for me for graduate school). I wanted to work over the summer, but unexpectedly got a job at the Toyota Research Institute so that put a kibosh on it.

Cool Call Numbers (Library of Congress system):

  • CC165 – Archaeology
  • PN212 – Narrative theory
  • PN1997.O – Screenplays
  • PN1997.77 – Analysis of popular TV shows

Interesting Print Magazines:

  • In Theory Only – a surprisingly very cool music journal. There are music crossword puzzles, music trivia games and a shout-out to the first ever electronic music conference (naturally, happening at MIT). The internet tells me that this journal is noteworthy as one of the first grad-student-produced journals in the US.
  • Japan Quarterly – See 5/18
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television – ayyyyyyy
  • Lakota Country TimesNavajo Times – I’m really surprised that MIT gets these because they are very reservation-specific, local newspapers. I guess I’m pretty glad though if this helps the newspaper stay in business. The Lakota one unsurprisingly has a lot of articles about DAPL
  • Meanjin – writing on a variety of topics, but the print version is super interesting and strange
  • Otaku USA – I have no idea why we get this, but yet, here we are.
  • Sing Out – folk song magazine. Booklet / handout style with a lot of songs within it

4/14

  • W. reserved some stuff on science history

4/18

  • Scanned a math journal for C.

4/20

  • Someone outside MIT is doing research on photography in advertising – had to do a lot of scans for them.

4/21

  • I had to check in “Best of Best: American Erotica 2008” from Document Services / Preservation
  • Saw holds for S. (naturally about physics) and A. (something about identity politics)
  • W. still hasn’t picked up her holds

4/25

4/27

  • Scanned article for my old 24.900 prof about linguistic cycles
  • Unsurprisingly scanned poetry for N.

4/28

  • GOT LORENZO SADUN’S BOOK FOR SOMEONE IN COLUMBIA!!!
  • Scanned book about cultural poetics for M. Later found out that this was the same author as the one who spoke at the affect theory symposium
  • Scanned the exact same book for a student and a faculty member of EAPS. It was the same book from different libraries and they requested different pages, but it was the exact same article about spinodal decomposition

5/4

5/5

  • Things that are not the same: “Queers in Space” vs. “Queers in Space”
  • Scanned book chapter about continum physics for my old 2.001 prof

5/9

  • Scanned some stuff on information theory for Y.
  • Scanned some child psychology stuff for M.
  • Got Lucy Yang some extra business for her company as one of my coworkers really likes Pokemon Go 😀

5/11

5/12

  • One of the Hayden computers got hacked with the really big ransomware virus o_o
  • One of the Hayden staff told me how her former Spanish teacher was competing on the Jeopardy Teacher’s Tournament. Funny how that works out
  • I learned how to barcode journals and add them to the catalogue. Unfortunately, I had to leave early because of the camping trip, but it was super cool to gain more skills

5/16

  • Busy day at the Annex today. After several days of barely having enough to scan, this time I had to pick up and scan nearly 20 books at a time
  • Scanned article for previous 6.003 TA on transmission electron microscopy

5/18

  • Yet another cool paper – “Anthropologist in the bleachers – cheering a japanese baseball team” – William Kelly. James had recently gone to a Japanese baseball game which was part of the reason I was really into it
  • The journal that this paper was in, “Japan Quarterly”, was actually really cool in general. In this issue, there was a discussion of foxes in culture, the rise of jpop, two Murakamis and their American influence, Lee Harvey Oswald’s Japan tour, and Pachinko (including couples couches)

5/19

  • The ransomware computer now has Windows 10 on it

5/25

  • Found possibly the dumbest sociology article that I’ve ever seen. Picture here, fulltext here

5/26

  • I’m scanning a million articles for one architecture grad student
  • M. requested an old Atlantic article. I’ve never seen it in print before, since I’m just so used to reading articles online

5/29

  • omg how is this architecture student STILL requesting stuff

9/25

  • I am now in charge of unloading the depository books and sorting them

10/11

  • O. checks out a whole bunch of books about Coleridge as philosopher
  • E. checks out something about math constants
  • Scan for B.!!!!! “Shadow specter shards – making history in avant garde films”

10/23

  • The 1956 conference proceedings for this earthquake conference feature handwritten equations.
  • Scanned Strang’s 18.085 textbook for computational science and engineering. One of the pset problems was “Here are some famous names in linear algebra. They are all dead. Write a sentence about what each is famous for”

10/25

  • For some reason, there’s a copy of House of Leaves in the off-campus depository?
  • T. checking out some Russian lit
  • First time I’ve scanned for CMS. It’s “Alief and Belief” – Tamar Gendier

10/30

  • The Annex was all dressed up for the library wide Halloween party. Gave me a spook when I came to visit
  • I got 2nd place in Halloween quote quiz with 9 out of 15 (old Hayden boss was 1, a lot of people had 8)

11/6

More interesting articles

11/13

  • I had to scan an article titled “The impact of the Rodney King incident on citizen attitudes towards police”. The journal for the article was already on the shelf and 2 other patrons requested it. Still amusing to me how the library system has no memoization.

11/15

  • Someone checked out a record version of “Waiting for Godot”. Didn’t even know they made those.
  • Checked out a book for E.

12/4

12/11

  • Scanned for C.
  • 2 people requested scans from “The Color Curtain: A Report on the Bandung Conference”
  • Scanned from “Philosophical Magazine” which actually turned out to be about chemistry

2/13

  • Scanned for F.
  • H. wanted a scan of a (really long) interview with William Gibson (the Neuromancer dude)
  • A SINGLE ARCHITECTURE STUDENT CHECKED OUT LIKE 15 DIFFERENT LARGE JOURNAL VOLUMES GENERICALLY ABOUT COMPUTING – WHY ARE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS LIKE THIS

2/27

  • Most interesting scan yet -a book completely in Arabic, including the page numbers. I had to look up Arabic numerals and also realized that I had to flip through the pages backwards (right to left) because of reading direction
  • Checked out “Inside the Monster: Essays on US Imperialism” by Jose Marti
  • Checked out “Endurance: A Polar Adventure”
  • L. got “What is Communist Anarchism?”
  • More M. scans

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