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Thanks, MIT music, for your dulcet tones.

Posted January 17th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

This week was an all-things-MIT-Music for the conservation lab. We de-installed the “Noteworthy Connections” exhibition in the Maihaugen Gallery  featuring the music treasures from the Lewis Music Library and the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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MIT’s Chorallaries, an a cappella music group, provides cheerful music to listen to while we make protective enclosures for some of the illuminated music manuscripts folios that will be used for teaching next semester. We are curious to discover more “whistle-while-you-work” music created by MIT faculty, staff, and students.

MLK, Jr. Day hours this Monday, January 20

Posted January 15th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

American FlagOn Monday, January 20, 2014, the following libraries will be open as follows:

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), and Rotch:


Lewis Music:


All other library locations will be closed; all locations will resume IAP hours on Tuesday, January 21.

Have questions? Ask Us!

IAP 2014: Energy

Posted January 10th, 2014 by Heather McCann

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on related to Energy this IAP. Some classes require registration.

Image courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Image courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Energy Sci/Tech Information: Where to Go, What to Do 
Tuesday, Jan 14, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to use with GIS 
Thursday, Jan 16, 1:00pm -2:30pm, 14N-132

Hydrology Tools with GIS
Thursday, Jan 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N132

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

Open mic in the Lewis Music Library

Posted January 9th, 2014 by Christie Moore

Piano obtained through the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund

Library music! Open mic in the Lewis Music Library, a chance to try out the new piano. Come jam, perform, or just listen. Everyone welcome. Bring your own music or use the library’s (we’ve got lots!).

Two dates: Friday, January 10, and Friday, January 24, 2014
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm

Refreshments provided


MIT Libraries closed Friday, January 3, due to Institute closure

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Melissa Feiden

attentionDue to the Institute closure, the MIT Libraries will be closed Friday, January 3, 2014.  The Libraries 24×7 study spaces will continue to be available, along with most of the MIT Libraries electronic resources.  Library business and winter break library hours will resume after the Institute closure is over. Please refer to MIT Emergency Information for further updates.

IAP hours begin Monday, January 6

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Grace Mlady

EducationThe MIT Libraries IAP hours begin this Monday, January 6 and continue through Sunday, January 26. Hours are as follows:

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science) and Rotch
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-7pm

Lewis Music
Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm

The 24-hour study facilities in Barker, Dewey and Hayden libraries will remain open during IAP. For a complete list of library hours, visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Borrow Direct unavailable Monday, December 30th, 8am-12pm

Posted December 27th, 2013 by Melissa Feiden

BorrowDirectPartnerLogoPlease be aware that due to a scheduled software upgrade, BorrowDirect will be unavailable Monday, December 30, 2013, from 8:00am – 12:00pm EST.

During this outage, you will not be able to place new BorrowDirect requests. After the upgrade is completed, BorrowDirect requesting via MIT’s WorldCat should be operational. Boston Library Consortium (BLC) requesting will be available through MIT’s WorldCat as usual during this time.

Have any questions?  Ask us!

Winter vacation hours begin Saturday, December 21

Posted December 16th, 2013 by Grace Mlady

MP900309672The MIT Libraries winter vacation hours begin this Saturday, December 21 and continue through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

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

Lewis Music*
Monday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday: 9am-12pm

*Lewis Music Library will be closed December 21-22, 25-29 and January 1-5.

All library locations will be closed the following dates for the Christmas and New Years’ holiday:

Wednesday, December 25 – Thursday, December 26
Wednesday, January 1 – Thursday, January 2

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!

24 Hour Study in the Libraries

Posted December 11th, 2013 by Cassandra Silvia

BarkerDomeVerticalLooking for a spot to hunker down as you prepare for finals? The Libraries may have just the spot you need.

Though most of our Libraries close for regular business between 11PM & midnight, you may continue to use some of the study spaces 24 hours. Barker, Dewey and Hayden Libraries offer MIT card access to study spaces with 140+ seats overall, providing a variety of options for independent and group work. Barker and Hayden also provide access to Athena computing and printing and you will find food vending options nearby.

If you have any questions, feel free to Ask Us! Good luck with finals!

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAP 2014 Sessions

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

The MIT Libraries probably has what you need this IAP, offering over 70 different classes! Topics covered include:

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

Webinar: Measure change over time with the American Community Survey

Posted December 6th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill


Want to research change over time in social and economic trends for states and local areas across the U.S.?  Use the American Community Survey!

American Community Survey data are released in annual or multiyear estimates (depending upon geographic area) and measure citizens’ experiences in a wide range of social and economic issues.  However, assessing trends over time can be challenging when working with ACS multiyear estimates, so get tips in an upcoming Census webinar: Using the ACS to Measure Trends Over Time.

In this webinar, demographers, planners, and researchers will provide guidance for measuring trends with ACS data.

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2013, 1–2 p.m. (EST)

Space is limited. Register.

Use data in your research and win a prize! Gain experience in data analysis via an internship!

Posted December 3rd, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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ICPSR Research Paper Competition

Using data from the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) data archive for one of your classes?  Submit your paper to the ICPSR Research Paper Competition and get a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!

ICPSR sponsors the competition to highlight the best research papers using quantitative data from the ICPSR archive.  Special prizes are given for using data in their minority, fertility, or HIV data collections.  Note: Some competitions are limited to undergraduate or master’s students.

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2014.

For details on the competition and for help finding data in the ICPSR archive, see ICPSR’s page on the competition or contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at

ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

ICPSR now is accepting applications for its 2014 summer internship program for undergraduates, an NSF-funded program.

  • Explore a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of a conference-ready poster on your research findings
  • Work in small groups and with faculty mentors
  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS
  • Stipend given

For an example, see a video of a past ICPSR intern presenting on his research project.

Applications are now being taken through an on-line application form. Two letters of recommendation are required, and can also be sent over the Web.

Deadline for application: January 31, 2014.

For more information, see ICPSR’s page on the program or contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at

Spam alert: Ignore emails asking for your library account

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Heather Denny

attentionPlease be advised that some library users are receiving emails with the subject line “Reactivate library account.” These emails are spam and are not from the MIT Libraries.

The email asks you to reactivate your account by going to a Login Page, and is signed with a fake librarian name and contact information. Please ignore all emails asking for your library account information.

Users with “Your Account” can securely login to their library accounts through Touchstone. If you have any questions about how to use Your Account please see our Circulation FAQ page.

Get help with statistical software packages, statistics, and research technology

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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Do you use statistical software packages, such as R, Stata, SAS, or SPSS?  Want to be more effective with statistical analysis, research technology, or social science research methods? No need to struggle with these issues on your own!

MIT has two new resources that can help:

1. Guide to Statistical Software

  • Learn how to access statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SAS) at MIT
  • Find resources for learning and using these software packages

2. Research Technology Consulting

This service is available to help you individually with:

  • Learning or troubleshooting statistical software packages such as R, Stata, or SAS
  • Data analysis support and programming advice
  • Statistical methodology questions
  • For social science research projects:
    • Research project planning and guidance
    • Use of research technology (e.g., screen scraping, social network analysis, and more)

To make an appointment or ask for tips on a project:

This service, based at Harvard, is provided by the Harvard-MIT Data Center and available to the MIT community as a pilot.

Learn Statistical Software in Workshops
In addition, attend one of the upcoming workshops on statistical software.

The Harvard-MIT Data Center also provides: a data repository, research computing environment, and a specialized computer lab.

For questions about these services, contact Jennie Murack, Statistics Specialist, or Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian.

Finals week survival kit from the MIT Libraries

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Melissa Feiden

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: Hard math for grade schoolers

Posted November 25th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn

Hard math for elementary schoolAfter a couple of years of coaching his daughter’s middle-school math team, MIT economist Glenn Ellison compiled his notes into a self-published book, Hard Math for Middle School. The book was intended for members of the math league his daughter participated in, but in the five years since it was published it has sold thousands of copies nationwide. Now (at the urging of his youngest daughter), Ellison has released a second book for third- to sixth-graders looking for a challenge beyond what they learn in the classroom. The goal is to keep math interesting for advanced students. “What would be great is if in 10 to 12 years my MIT students come up to me and say ‘I used your book when I was in fifth grade,’” says Ellison. “That would be really awesome.”

Ellison’s research has previously been inspired by his daughters: In 2010 he published a paper exploring the gender gap at high school math competitions.

Explore Professor Ellison’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.

Finals week study breaks, December 12–17

Posted November 22nd, 2013 by Heather Denny
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Students visit with therapy dog Thabo, photo by Ellen Duranceau

During 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.

Thursday, December 12, 2–3:30 pm
Hayden Library (14S) – Cookies with Canines

Friday, December 13, 2–3:30 pm
Rotch Library (7-238) – Study Break

Friday, December 13, 2–4 pm
Dewey Library (E53-100) – Study Break

Tuesday December 17, 2–3:30 pm
Barker Library (10-500) – Study Break

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


Libraries closed over Thanksgiving holiday

Posted November 21st, 2013 by Grace Mlady

All library locations will close early on Wednesday, November 27 and will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.  MP900309568

Details are as follows:

  • Hours for Wednesday, Nov. 27: All library locations will close at 5:00pm (with the exception of the Institute Archives & Special Collections, which will close at 4:00pm).
  • All library locations will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
  • All libraries resume regular hours on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Visit our hours page for a complete list of library locations and hours.

The MIT Libraries web site, BartonPlus, 24/7 spaces, and access to electronic licensed resources will continue to be available during the holiday closing.

Have questions? Ask Us!

IMF publications now available online

Posted November 20th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill


Study international economics or finance?  Use publications from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)?  MIT now has access to all IMF publications online through the IMF e-Library.  Access publications, sometimes as far back as 1951, including:

  • books and analytical papers
  • periodicals and reports

IMF publications cover a range of topics, including macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade, aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction, and much more.

Access the eLibrary at or via our research guide to economics.

Looking for statistical data from the IMF?  In addition to what you can get on the Data and Statistics section of the IMF web site, MIT subscribes to:


New web page shares stories from open access article readers

Posted November 18th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

Since July 2012, we have been soliciting comments from readers of articles in the Open Access Articles Collection, where MIT faculty papers are openly accessible under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Now, a new web page digests these readers’ comments.

Most of the comments have not been released before, including these from grateful readers around the world:

“I am an associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico … We have scarce library resources, so it is difficult for me and my students to do research. ….Thanks for making [this article] available.” — Faculty, Puerto Rico

“I work in a small but growing humanities department in the Baltic, with limited institutional resources.Your implementation of open access enables me to design curriculums that include publications by MIT staff that we would otherwise not have access to: enhancing the learning experience of our students, introducing them to the work of scholars on the cutting edge… ” –Faculty, Estonia

“In countries like Bangladesh getting access to [paid] sites…is difficult on many levels, so open access definitely helps students…” –Student, Bangladesh

“Thanks to MIT Open Access, I was able to read a high-quality document on a subject in which there has been very little research. I discovered that I’m not alone in my research interests, however esoteric some it may seem. I found a very insightful article that took me to a new level of inspiration. I look forward to making my own contributions.” – Student, US

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“I am a retired engineer doing independent research and teaching courses on airborne radar to engineers…Having open access to articles such as this is extremely important.” – Retired engineer, US

“I am an independent researcher, with no current academic affiliation. I am writing a book which involves researching topological quantum neural computing. Open access made this article easily available to me. … Thank you for making science freely available to all!” – Scientific journalist, US

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“When doing research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, I could see but not access many of the germane papers through my high school access. Luckily, googling the paper I needed … revealed to me that MIT allowed me to read the paper for free. Thanks, MIT Faculty!”
– Student, Jamaica

We extend a special thanks to those readers, like these, who have taken the time to share their stories. To read more of their comments, go to the Readers Share Their Stories page.

To share your own comment as a reader of Open Access Articles, use the comment form.

For more information:
Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing