OA research in the news: Longtime anthropologist retires from MIT

Posted December 18th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn
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Jean Jackson

Jean Jackson, one of the earliest members of MIT’s Anthropology program and a founding member of the Women’s and Gender Studies program (formerly Women’s Studies), will retire this spring after 42 years as a faculty member. Jackson has done fieldwork in Mexico, Guatemala, and, for more than 45 years, Columbia. She’s written about kinship and marriage, anthropological linguistics, missionaries, and Columbia’s indigenous rights movement, among other topics. She’s now working on a book about the last two decades of her fieldwork, chronicling changes in indigenous activism in Colombia.

Over the years, Jackson has helped build a tight-knit community with her Anthropology colleagues. “She thinks ethically and acts ethically at every scale, from the global geopolitical to the very interpersonal politics of the department. She communicates through action that we’re all in it together,” Anthropology program head Stefan Helmreich told the MIT News. One of Jackson’s points of pride: “Everyone we have hired has received tenure.”

Explore Professor Jackson’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.

Winter vacation hours begin Saturday, December 20

Posted December 16th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries winter vacation hours begin this Saturday, December 20 and continue through Sunday, January 4, 2015.snowflake-554635_640

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

*These library locations will close early at 5pm on December 24th and the 31st. 

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

All library locations will be closed the following dates:

Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28
Thursday, January 1 – Saturday, January 3, 2015

The 24-hour study facilities in Barker, Dewey, and Hayden Libraries will remain open as usual throughout winter vacation. For a complete list of location hours, visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask us.

OA research in the news: Adventures in product design

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

12_10s-2_finalThis week, dozens of MIT undergraduates showed off their work in a semester-end presentation for Product Engineering Processes, a class led by professor of mechanical engineering and engineering systems David Wallace. The theme of this year’s course was “Adventure,” and the eight teams built prototypes of devices for skiers, cyclists, skateboarders, musicians, parents, and amputees. Though the audience at Kresge Auditorium scored each presentation, Wallace said the main point of the evaluations was to help students improve their designs. “It’s not a competition; this is a learning adventure,” he said.

Explore Professor Wallace’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.

Stress relief for exams — of the furry kind

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

This Thursday, December 11, therapy dogs from Dog B.O.N.E.S. will make a special visit to Hayden Library (building 14) for “Cookies with Canines.”

Photo by Christopher Maynor

Photo by Christopher Maynor

A terrific group of dogs will be stationed near the entrance to Hayden Library, waiting to meet you. Cookies and beverages will be served.

We hope to see you:

Thursday, December 11, 2-3:30

Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win an MIT Libraries Tim t-shirt during the event.

IAP 2015 offerings from the MIT Libraries

Posted December 8th, 2014 by mit-admin
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The MIT Libraries are offering a ton of classes this IAP, probably having something for just about everyone! Some classes require advance registration, and most fill up quickly. Classes are being offered on a variety of topics, including:

For a complete list of individual classes offered by the Libraries, please see our calendar of events or the IAP calendar.

IAP 2015: Statistical Software Workshops

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

data tunnelLooking 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. For more information, please contact Jennie Murack. All classes require advance registration.

An Overview of Statistical Software
Wed Jan 14, 10:00-11:00am, 1-115

Introduction to R
Wed Jan 14, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Tue Jan 20, 9:30am-12:30pm, 1-115

R Programming
Fri Jan 16, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115
Wed Jan 21, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Introduction to R Graphics
Thu Jan 22, 9:30am-12:30pm, 1-115

R Regression Models
Fri Jan 23, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Introduction to Stata
Mon Jan 26, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Data Management in Stata
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-4:00pm, 1-115

Regression and Graphing in Stata
Fri Jan 30, 1:00-5:00pm, 1-115

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Research Funding and Publishing Opportunities

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

stacksThinking about publishing? Looking for funding for your research? The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes this IAP to help! Some classes require advance registration.

Getting Started, Getting Funded: Obtaining Research Funding
Thu Jan 8, 1:00-5:00pm, E17-133
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiror@mit.edu

An Introduction to Independent Publishing
Wed Jan 14, 1:00-2:15pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katharine Dunn, khdunn@mit.edu

Research Funder Open Access Requirements from DOE and Other Federal Agencies
Thu Jan 15, 1:00-2:00, 1-150
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Alternative Careers Series for Grad Students: Careers in Publishing
Fri Jan 16, 2:30-3:30pm, 3-270
Contact: Katharine Dunn, khdunn@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

From Submission to Publication: What Authors Need to Know About the Journal and Book Publishing Process
Thu Jan 29, 3:00-4:30pm, 4-145
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Patents and Copyright

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

MagazinesThis IAP, the MIT Libraries is offering several classes on patents and copyright. Some classes require advance registration.

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing
Wed Jan 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Jan 22, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Mon Jan 26, 3:00-4:30pm, 4-163
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Life Sciences

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

microscopeThe MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes related to the life sciences this IAP. Some classes require registration.

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Tue Jan 13, 10:00-11:30am, 14N-132
Wed Jan 15, 3:30-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
Thu Jan 15, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Research
Thu Jan 15, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Thu Jan 15, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Learn to Use IPA during IAP
Tue Jan 27, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Get the Most from Your “omics” Analysis: GeneGo MetaCore Software Training
Wed Jan 21, 3:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

How to Get the Most from the Koch Institute Bioinformatics Support and Computational Resources
Fri Jan 30, 9:00-11:00am, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Remembering Our Roots: Agricultural Info @ MIT Libraries
Fri Jan 30, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Chris Sherratt, gcsherra@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko
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Photo Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on GIS this IAP! For more information, please contact Jennie Murack. All classes require registration.

Introduction to GIS
Mon Jan 12, 1:00-4:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 20, 1-4:00pm, 14N-132

Python Programming in ArcGIS: An Introduction to Scripting for Geographic Analysis Systems
Session 1: Wed Jan 14, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab (7-238)
Session 2: Thu Jan 15, 9:30am-12:30pm, GIS Lab (7-238)

Webmapping: ArcGIS Online
Thu Jan 15, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Webmapping: Google Maps
Wed Jan 21, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Spatial Statistics: Spatial Autocorrelation
Thu Jan 22, 1:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

GIS Level 2
Fri Jan 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to Use with GIS
Mon Jan 26, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132

Resources for Free and Open GIS Data
Mon Jan 26, 2:00-3:00pm, 14N-132

Using Network Analyst in ArcMap
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-3:00pm, GIS Lab (7-238)

Webmapping: CartoDB
Tue Jan 27, 3:00-4:00pm, 14N-132

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Get Organized: Managing Your Files, Citations, and Data

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

Data TunnelHaving trouble organizing some of your stuff? The Libraries are offering a series of classes this IAP to help! Some classes require advance registration.

Digitization@MIT
Thu Jan 8, 1:00-2:00pm, 4-261
Contact: Kimberly Kennedy, kennedyk@mit.edu

Research Data Management: 101
Mon Jan 12, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Strategies for Data Sharing and Storage
Wed Jan 14, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Helen Bailey, hbailey@mit.edu

Refining and Visualizing Information – Breaking Free of the Basics
Session 1: Mon Jan 12, 10:30am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Session 2: Fri Jan 16, 10:30am-12:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Helen Bailey, hbailey@mit.edu

Research Data Management: Using Metadata to Find, Interpret and Share Your Data
Wed Jan 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Christine Malinowski, cmalin@mit.edu

Research Data Management: File Organization
Thu Jan 22, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Manage your PDFs and Citations: Zotero and Mendeley
Fri Jan 23, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Mon Jan 26, 11:00am-12:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Take Charge of Your Stuff: Personal Content Management Tools
Tue Jan 20, 5:00-6:00pm, 14N-132
Wed Jan 21, 5:00-6:00pm, online
Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Finding Information: Search Tools and Strategies

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

 

dataThe MIT Libraries are offering a whole series of classes to help you locate various types of information, from large data sets to companies you might want to work for. Some classes require advance registration.

Unlocking the Secrets to Company Databases
Wed Jan 14, 2:00-3:00pm, 4-257
Contact: MIT Global Education & Career Development, gecd@mit.edu

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Thu Jan 15, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Courtney Crummett, crummett@mit.edu

Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
Fri Jan 16, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132
Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Jan 22, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 27, 4:00-5:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anne Graham, grahama@mit.edu

Finding Research Datasets
Thu Jan 22, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

APIs for Scholarly Resources
Tue Jan 27, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Mark Clemente, clemente@mit.edu

Public Opinion Data Resources
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu

Overview of Citation Analysis
Wed Jan 28, 10:00am-12:00pm, E17-128
Contact: Randi Shapiro, shapiro@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

IAP 2015: Culture, Arts, and Society

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

beaverThe MIT Libraries are offering a diverse range of classes touching on various aspects of culture, art, and society. Check the registration calendar to see which classes require advance sign-up.

Creative Bookbinding
Tue Jan 6, 10:00am-1:00pm, 14-0513
Wed Jan 7, 10:00am-1:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Rebecca Meyer, meyerrl@mit.edu

Rare Book Speed Dating
Fri Jan 9, 10:30-11:00am, 14N-118
Fri Jan 9, 11:15-11:45am, 14N-118
Contact: Stephen Skuce, skuce@mit.edu

A Conversation about Digital Humanities: What’s It All About?
Wed Jan 14, 3:00-4:30pm, 14N-132
Contact: Patsy Baudoin, patsy@mit.edu

Exploring with Norbert Weiner: Father of Cybernetics and Student of Life
Fri Jan 16, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Nora Murphy, nmurphy@mit.edu

Using Images in Your Work: A Look at Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing
Wed Jan 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 14N-132
Contact: Ellen Duranceau, efinnie@mit.edu

Chamber Music Discovery and Sight-Reading
Thu Jan 22, 6:00-8:00pm, 14E-109
Wed Jan 28, 6:00-8:00pm, 14E-109
Contact: Forrest Larson, twiggy@mit.edu

From the Archives to Wikipedia
Fri Jan 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
Contact: Greta Suiter, gsuiter@mit.edu

Historic Letterlocking: The Art and Security of Letter Writing
Tue Jan 27, 1:00-4:00pm, 14N-0513
Wed Jan 28, 10:00am-1:00pm, 14-0513
Contact: Jana Dambrogio, jld@mit.edu

Gallery tour of “Wired – A World Transformed by the Telegraph”
Wed Jan 28, 2:00-2:45pm, 14N-130
Contact: Stephen Skuce, skuce@mit.edu

Mining the Institute Archives and Special Collections: Something for Everyone
Fri Jan 30, 12:00-1:00pm, 14N-118
Contact: Nora Murphy, nmurphy@mit.edu

For a complete list of all the classes offered by the Libraries this IAP, please see our calendar of events.

Last Open Mic of the semester Friday, December 5

Posted December 3rd, 2014 by Christie Moore

pianoLibrary music! First Friday of December = the last open mic of the semester. Here’s your chance to play our piano or your own instrument. Free audience supplied for all performers!

Date: Friday, December 5
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm
Refreshments provided.

Webinar on film preservation – December 2

Posted December 2nd, 2014 by willer

liblogo.black-1Please join Curation and Preservation Services for the final event in our “Caring for AV” webinar series. These webinars are offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and will be shown for free in 14N-132 (DIRC).

The webinars are open to any member of the MIT community. Registration is requested but not required. Please register through LibCal (link below).

Caring for Motion Picture Collections
2-4 pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014
14N-132 (DIRC)
Presenter: Andy Uhrich, Film Archivist, Indiana University Libraries
Register

This beginner-to-intermediate webinar is intended for those new to the subject as well as those seeking to refresh their knowledge.

This webinar will introduce:

  • Identification
  • Storage
  • Care
  • History of film
  • Film characteristics
  • Preservation reformatting
  • Providing access to analog and digital forms

Come get furry on Friday at Hayden Library

Posted December 1st, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

December 5 is a Furry First Friday!dog bones furry first fridays picture of four dogs

This fall we’ve expanded our popular therapy dog program. On the first Friday of each month you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with one of our furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.

Dogs and their human handlers will be available this Friday December 5 from 2-4 pm for the final event of the fall term.

“Furry First Fridays” builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently. Our first furry Fridays in October and November were a big success.

Take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress!

All are welcome; no registration required.

And: Come to our “Cookies with Canines” exam-time event which will be held Thursday December 11 from 2-3:30.

Finals week survival kit from the MIT Libraries

Posted December 1st, 2014 by mit-admin

Finals week survivalNeed help getting through finals? Check out our finals week survival kit.

If you have any questions, feel free to Ask Us!

OA research in the news: Waves as scientific & cultural things

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

MorganLecture2014This fall, MIT anthropologist Stefan Helmreich gave the prestigious Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture at the University of Rochester. Helmreich, whose 2009 award-winning book Alien Ocean describes marine biologists studying deep-sea microbes, spoke about waves—in the water and elsewhere—and how scientists and others use the notion of a “wave” to describe many disparate phenomena.

“How do cardiologists tracking waves of electrical potential in the heart draw inspiration from research in physics? How has the image of the wave migrated into social theory, making it possible to speak of waves of opinion, of revolution, of immigration, of innovation? The cultural work of analogy in the sciences — natural and social both — fascinates me,” Helmreich told the MIT News last week.

Explore Professor Helmreich’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.

What do students want in a library? Here’s what they told us:

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Heather Denny

studentFeedbackIf you were to design the perfect library, what would it look like? MIT students shared their ideas about library spaces in two sessions held last month. Over fifty students representing both grads and undergrads attended the meetings to discuss upcoming renovations planned for Hayden Library and other library spaces.

The students talked with architects from the firm Shepley Bulfinch, MIT campus planners, and library staff. They also viewed slides of other libraries and learning spaces to get the conversation started.

“The open and enthusiastic exchange of ideas from the students about the Libraries at MIT was inspiring and informative,” said Jennifer Marshall, MIT Senior Campus Planner.

Here’s a short summary of the students’ ideas:

Library spaces should support a variety of activities, such as:

  • Work and study spaces for individuals, small groups, and large groups
  • Group study rooms, available 24/7
  • Spaces to learn and create
  • Semi-social, quasi-public places to work and socialize while not disturbing others (with different zones for different noise levels)
  • Places to reflect and take a break
  • A café with coffee and snacks
  • Places to enjoy art, exhibits, and collections

The library environment should be inviting and comfortable:

  • It should be easy to find things and navigate through Hayden
  • Study spaces should be well lit and inviting
  • The great views in Hayden could be enhanced by “bringing the outside in and inside out”
  • There should be a mix of seating–seats at big tables and carrels for working, as well as soft comfy seating for relaxing
  • Furniture should be comfortable and easily movable to reconfigure spaces for multiple uses

Library spaces should support technology with:

  • The ability to integrate one’s own technology throughout the Library
  • Full technical, multi-media services and support
  • Media creation tools such as design software, video and recording capabilities, and color printers

See the full list of ideas.

The students’ feedback will help to shape many aspects of the renovation plans. By early next year more detailed concepts, cost estimates, and phasing will be proposed and submitted to MIT’s Building Committee for review.

To follow the progress of the renovation plans, and add your ideas to the discussion go to the website: Planning the future of library spaces at MIT.

Libraries closed over Thanksgiving holiday

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Grace Mlady

pie-72274_640All library locations will close early on Wednesday, November 26 and will remain closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

Details are as follows:

  • Hours for Wednesday, November 26: All library locations will close at 5:00 PM (with the exception of the Institute Archives & Special Collections, which will close at 4:00 PM).
  • All library locations will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.
  • All libraries resume regular hours on Saturday, November 29.

The Libraries web site, BartonPlus, 24/7 spaces, and access to electronic licensed resources will continue to be available during the holiday closing. For a complete list of library locations and hours, please visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us.

Chris Bourg named director of MIT Libraries

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Heather Denny
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Chris Bourg (Photo by: Wayne Vanderkull)

Longtime libraries administrator at Stanford tapped to lead MIT’s libraries and the MIT Press.

Chris Bourg has been named as the new director of the MIT Libraries, effective in February. Provost Martin Schmidt announced her appointment today in an email to the MIT community.

Bourg comes to MIT from Stanford University, where she is currently associate university librarian for public services. At Stanford, Bourg oversees the largest division of the Stanford University Libraries, with six branches and a collection of more than 4 million volumes.

Bourg “has a deep appreciation for the critical role of scholarly communication in a research university environment, and how this communication links to education and service to the community,” Schmidt wrote in his email to the community. “She also has considerable experience with leveraging the capabilities of digital technologies in order to enhance library services.”

Bourg joins the MIT Libraries and MIT Press at a pivotal time, and will play an important role in guiding the redesign and renovation of library spaces. She will also lead the exploration of the Libraries’ role in new modes of learning and global engagement, and advance MIT’s commitment and influence in the area of scholarly communication and open access.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Chris as she undertakes the leadership of the MIT Libraries, particularly at a time when the nature of library services is evolving to accommodate a variety of needs related to research and education,” Schmidt wrote. “I know you will join me in welcoming her to the MIT community.”

As a senior officer with oversight responsibility for the MIT Press, Bourg will also provide strategic guidance to the Press, expanding international engagement and managing its evolving business models. The MIT Press is one of the largest university presses in the world; it publishes journals, scholarly books, trade books, textbooks, and reference works in print and digital formats in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Bourg’s appointment follows a nationwide search that began after the death of the Libraries’ previous director of 17 years, Ann Wolpert, in October 2013.

“I have long admired MIT’s commitment to openness, inclusion, and innovation,” Bourg says. “It is an honor to join a community of faculty, staff, and students with a global reputation for excellence, integrity, and service. I look forward to engaging in conversations across the MIT community about the future of library spaces, services, and resources. Together, with the talented staff of the libraries and the MIT Press, we have the opportunity to build on MIT’s legacy and to be a leader in creating new models for scholarly communication and research libraries. I am eager to get started.”

Read the full story on MIT News.

Wunsch Lab intern blogs about working with the Peterson Telegraphy Collection

Posted November 20th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

By guest contributor, Leslie To

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During my time as an intern working on MIT’s Peterson Telegraphy Collection, I got to look at a lot of interesting books and papers. Some of my favorite documents were old telegrams. It was so interesting to be able to look back and see what people had written. The telegram forms themselves were also fun to examine because of the imagery and the wide variety of fonts used. Some of the forms seemed to use a different font for each line. I especially liked the branch-like font on the National Telegraph form.

Wired: A World Transformed by the Telegraph, the current exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) features more than 60 artifacts from the Peterson Telegraphy Collection. Several interns helped to clean and provide custom housings for the telegrams, images, books, video, and ephemera included in the 60 cubic feet of records.

Visit the Maihaugen Gallery Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The exhibit runs through mid June 2015.

Locked letters and instructional videos created at MIT featured in an exhibit at The Hague

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Heather Denny

Letterlocking collageLocked letters from the 17th century have been brought to life in videos, and as reconstructed replicas, as part of the exhibition Courtly Rivals in the Hague: Elizabeth Stuart and Amalia von Solms in the Historical Museum of The Hague. MIT Libraries’ conservator, Jana Dambrogio was consulted on the exhibit for her expertise in the art and science of letterlocking.

Working with MIT colleagues, Brian Chan, from the MIT Hobby Shop, Artist in Residence Martin Demaine, producer Joe McMaster with Academic Media Production Services, and Ayako Letizia, Curation and Preservation Services conservation assistant, Dambrogio filmed six videos – four demonstrate how letters were folded and secured shut to be “locked” as a form of secure correspondence in the 17th century, while two others demonstrate how ink and coded messages were used. Watch the videos.

“We are fortunate and thankful to have at MIT two paper-folding experts who collaborated with us on this project,” Dambrogio said. Chan portrays secretary Constantijn Huygens in the video that recreates the tiniest spy letter known to exist. Demaine, as Secretary Sir Francis Nethersole, scribes a letter for Queen Elizabeth to sign using a complicated built-in paper lock to secure the letter shut.

“We hope the videos help to show how these writing and security technologies once functioned in the past, and how they connect to a larger information security tradition spanning 10,000 years in cultures throughout the world,” she said.

The exhibition, Courtly Rivals, based on Dr. Nadine Akkerman’s publication by the same name, explores the tense relationship between two of the most influential women in the Dutch Republic during the 17th century – Elizabeth Stuart, sometime Queen of Bohemia and her former lady-in-waiting Amalia von Solms, who became Princess of Orange in 1625. Both vividly asserted their courtly and political identity by writing letters. Elizabeth’s corpus of over 2,000 letters shows she was an astute politician, with a vast network of kings, queens, generals, ministers, church leaders, courtiers, and spies. Amalia’s correspondence has just come to light, but it appears she was no different. Both ladies, their secretaries, and their correspondents resorted to intricate methods to lock their letters shut.

One hundred replica locked letters made at MIT were given to attendees at the Hague’s première of the exhibition. The videos and the replicas made by Dambrogio will be featured along side original letters in the exhibition.

Finals week study breaks, December 11-17

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Heather Denny

StudybreakDog2webDuring finals week, take a study break…have a snack, pet a dog, and de-stress!

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

Cookies with Canines

Thursday, December 11, 2-3:30, Hayden Library (14S)

Study Breaks

Thursday, December 11, 2-3:30 pm, Dewey Library (E53-100)

Tuesday, December 16, 2-3:30 pm, Rotch Library (7-238)

Wednesday, December 17, 2-3:30 pm, Barker Library (10-500)

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for chances to win an MIT Libraries Tim t-shirt during the study breaks!

Publish open access in chemistry society journals at no charge

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

Three chemistry societies have new open access options for MIT authors that allow for open access publication without any fee.

  • American Chemical Society/ACS: ACS’s open access strategy includes:
    • ACS Author Rewards, through which corresponding authors can apply credits gained by publishing articles with ACS towards open access fees, allowing authors to publish some articles open access at no cost.

    To take advantage of this free open access option:  Look for an email after acceptance of your article, with a link into the ACS ecommerce system and an order for making that article open access; enter the ACS Author Rewards promotional codes you have received in the “Discount” section. Or, if you cannot find that link, access your ACS ChemWorx account and look for the ACS AuthorChoice app, where you can enter the article’s DOI.

    • A new open access multidisciplinary journal, ACS Central Science, will launch in January 2015.

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    To take advantage of this free open access option:   Submit your manuscript to ACS Central Science any time starting with December 2014.  There are no author fees for open access publication in this new journal.

    Also: ACS offers ACS Author Choice, a paid open access option, which is not free unless you use author rewards (see above), but which includes a 25% discount on open access fees for MIT authors because of MIT Libraries’ subscriptions.

  • Electrochemical Society/ECS:  As of early this year, all four of the ECS journals have an open access option. This option is currently free for MIT authors. 

    To take advantage of this free open access option: When submitting an article, the manuscript submission system will ask two questions:

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    • Do you want to publish as Open Access —the author should say ‘yes’
    • Do you have article credits to apply for the open access option – the author should indicate that they have credits because their institution, MIT, subscribes.

    These steps will ensure your article is published open access.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry/RSC: RSC is offering a new open access repository – the Chemical Sciences Article Repository, and two free open access journal options:
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     To take advantage of this free open access option:  request a voucher from the MIT Libraries.  A limited number of vouchers can be applied retrospectively to 2013 and 2014 articles, as well as to current articles.

    •  The RSC’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, will switch to open access as of 2015. There will be no author fees for at least two years.

     To take advantage of this free open access option:   Submit your manuscript to Chemical Science in 2015 or 2016.

     

    Ellen Finnie Duranceau / Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright & Licensing / MIT Libraries / x38483

    Event: Building Global Economic Prosperity

    Posted November 10th, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

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    Building Global Economic Prosperity: Who Profits, Who Pays, Who Protests

    Discussion featuring:

    • Dr. Daron Acemoglu: MIT Economics Professor & Author of the Bestseller “Why Nations Fail”
    • Jean-Luc Schneider: Deputy Director, Policy Studies, Economics Dept., OECD Headquarters, Paris

    A question-and-response session follows the program.

    When: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 5:30pm
    Where: Wong Auditorium – E51-115 (Tang Center)

    For more information, contact the MIT OECD Student Ambassador, Caroline Shinkle, at cshinkle@mit.edu.

    Chemistry in the Open: MIT Professor Kit Cummins and three societies make the case for open access

    Posted November 7th, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

    Leaders from three chemistry societies came to MIT during International Open Access Week to speak about their open access options for authors and their plans to provide more open access to the articles they publish. The panel, moderated by Steve Gass, Interim Director of Libraries, included Professor of Chemistry Christopher (Kit) Cummins, as well as representatives from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

    MIT Professor Kit Cummins’ comments underlined the problem authors want solved: “I would like my papers to be available to anyone who stumbles across them and wants to read them.” Cummins spoke compellingly of readers locked out, such as the “science teacher, the founder of a start-up – uses you hadn’t envisioned, that are enabled by open access.”

    “The vast majority of my papers are locked behind paywalls,” said Cummins. “My heart just bleeds for those papers.” He doesn’t think he’ll ever have the funds to unlock the papers, even though the results they contain will be “equally valid 100 years from now.”

    Pictured above, L to R from top: Professor Christopher Cummins; Jennifer Griffiths, RSC; Mary Yess, ECS; Kevin Davies, ACS

    Pictured above, L to R from top: Professor Christopher Cummins; Jennifer Griffiths, RSC; Mary Yess, ECS; Kevin Davies, ACS

    Fortunately, “the societies are doing a good job of figuring out how to offer open access,” he said. The society representatives, in what the moderator Steve Gass jokingly called a “speed dating” format, explained just what they are doing about offering open access in this evolving arena.

    Mary Yess, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Content Officer & Publisher at the ECS, reported that in May 2013, the ECS committed to an open access plan that addresses the ECS’ concern that open access not simply “shift the burden” from page charges to open access article processing fees.

      *As of early this year, all four of their journals have an open access option. This option is currently free for MIT authors.
      *ECS has pledged to be free of all author fees and subscription fees within a decade.

    Jennifer Griffiths, Editorial Development Manager for North America at the RSC, emphasized that the RSC offers open access options for authors through RSC journals, but also through a new open access repository – the Chemical Sciences Article Repository — which houses manuscripts from RSC and other publishers, and data as well. Griffiths described other details of the open access program, including:

      *Offering the “gold for gold” vouchers program where authors whose campus libraries have purchased the full RSC journals package – as at MIT—can request a voucher that will allow for open access publication of their article free of charge.
      *Switching their flagship journal, Chemical Science, to open access as of 2015, a move that was supported by Professor Cummins in his role as Associate Editor for the journal. There will be no author fees for at least two years.

    Kevin Davies, VP of business development at the American Chemical Society, reflected wryly that the ACS is not exactly known as being one of the “leading evangelists in open access,” in part because they have not heard their authors clamoring for it, but noted that the success of the open access model has become clear, manifested in the dramatic growth of journals such as PLoS One. As a society publisher, Davies said the ACS felt a responsibility to the chemistry community to offer the appropriate menu of publishing models sought by authors and/or necessitated by funders’ mandates.
    The ACS’s current open access strategy includes “four pillars”:

      *A new multidisciplinary journal, ACS Central Science, edited by HHMI and UC Berkeley chemical biologist Carolyn Bertozzi, which will launch in January 2015 and “aim high.”
      *ACS Author Rewards, through which corresponding authors can apply credits gained by publishing articles with ACS towards open access fees.
      *ACS Author Choice, a paid open access option.
      *ACS Editor’s Choice, through which one article per day, chosen by editors, is made openly available at the ACS site.

    The audience probed about peer review mechanisms, drawn to the modified model offered by PLoS One – which Davies described as comparable to an ice skating competition where everyone agrees to skip evaluating “artistic impression” and just focus on the “technical merit” — whether the skater has “landed the jump.”

    Others asked whether “open access goes far enough,” wondering about open access to original data and the complete methods section, so the work can be reproduced. Government mandates are beginning to require open access to the data, but as Griffiths of the RSC pointed out, open access to data is a “much more difficult problem” than for publications. Cummins noted that Xray crystallography data is submitted to a particular database that has evolved increased standardization of data formats, improving access as well as fraud detection. Journals are now also supporting access to data by allowing authors to submit a supporting information document with spectra included. ACS affirmed that they make all such documents open access; ECS allows posting of these materials.

    Cummins reflected that “we are in a transitional period in scientific publishing,” while Mary Yess of the ECS reinforced the same point, saying that “the models of scientific communication and publication—which have served us so well for so long—are no longer fully meeting the spirit of our mission, may not be financially viable, and are hurting the dissemination of the results of scientific research.”

    During this lively session, the panelists agreed that the time has come to provide more open access to chemistry, and that the societies have a special role to play in this shift. As Griffiths said about the RSC open access options, “We are doing this because we are a society.” From the author perspective, Cummins cut to the chase: “I want my work to be read by anybody.”

    For more information about the open access options described here, contact:
    Ellen Finnie Duranceau / Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, & Licensing, MIT Libraries / x38483 or
    Erja Kajosalo, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian, x39795.

    Sing, play, or listen at Open Mic: Music Library opens its doors to performers

    Posted November 6th, 2014 by Heather Denny

    pianoBy correspondent, David Rolnick, graduate student in Mathematics

    This Friday at noon, the Lewis Music Library will continue its tradition of Open Mic, somewhere between a concert and a karaoke night. From noon to 1 pm, the MIT community is invited to sing a song, play a piece, or just listen and enjoy the show. Performers range from novices to professionals, and play in every style. It will be music, by us, for us, for an hour. And cookies.

    “We have songwriters who come in, performing their own compositions,” said Peter Munstedt, Music Librarian. “Also classical music, jazz, Indian music – it’s a range.” The instruments also vary – although voice, piano, and guitar seem to be fairly popular. A piano is provided; otherwise, performers should bring their own instruments.

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    Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

    When it’s not hosting Open Mic, the Lewis Music Library is one of the most quiet and serene study spaces on campus. Opened in 1996, the library looks new with its abundance of light and hardwood-glass décor. Study tables overlook a courtyard through huge windows, and students can often be discovered nestled with books in the famously comfortable seating.

    The library possesses an astounding wealth of material that rivals that of many music conservatories. Within the shelves are packed some 40,000 scores and anthologies, 18,000 books on music, 25,000 CDs, and 1,500 DVDs. The 10,000 record albums are kept in storage. “If anyone’s looking for anything, we will find it for them,” said Munstedt. The library’s computers have composition software and there are study spaces for groups to listen to recordings and watch films. Visiting scholars and composers regularly give lectures at Lewis; see a complete list of events.

    The library began its Open Mic project last spring. With the array of formal concerts and recitals at MIT, there is now a place for low-key music sharing. “It’s all over the map,” Munstedt described. “We have some professional-level people come in, some people who are just learning the instrument. It’s very informal, and it’s a very supportive group. If you’re just starting out, and if you want an audience, we’ll support you.”

    Updates to Genomic Resources at NCBI

    Posted November 5th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

    NCBINCBI is coming back to MIT! Come hear about recent updates to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources and tools. Discussion topics include datasets available in and tools relevant to MedGen/GTR/ClinVar, GEO, dbSNP/dbVar, SRA/dbGaP and reference genomes and assemblies, as well as strategies for easy submission to these databases.  The purpose of this seminar is to inform and solicit user feedback. Bring your NCBI “wish-list” and questions you have about using NCBI resources and tools in your research. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Registration encouraged. Questions? Contact Courtney Crummett, the Biosciences Librarian at MIT Libraries.

    Veterans Day hours: Tuesday, November 11

    Posted November 5th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

    On Tuesday, November 11, the following libraries will open at noon (12pm):flags-316407_640

    All other library locations will be closed. Libraries resume regular hours on Wednesday, November 12.

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