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Latest Addition to New Study Space in Hayden Basement: Wireless Access

Posted March 31st, 2010 by mit-admin

The Libraries are pleased to announce that wireless access is now available in the Maps Area of the Hayden Basement.

With comfortable seating and plenty of flat table space, users can find geological maps, topographic maps of their hometown, or browse world maps and atlases to take them away, all while connected to the internet that serves up GIS, Google Earth and so much more.

Grab a map, bring a laptop, and check it out.

Check out the MIT Libraries Maps Research Guide or email us with any map-related questions.

IAPril 2010: Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History

Posted March 25th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: Institute Archives, 14N-118

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program?

Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Contact Nora Murphy with any questions.

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAPril 2010 Sessions

Posted March 16th, 2010 by mit-admin

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132, with the exception of the Institute Archives session on April 9, which will take place in 14N-118.

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

Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History
Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm
14N-118, Institute Archives

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program? Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Managing Research Data 101
Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for:

  • best practices for retention and archiving
  • effective directory structures and naming conventions
  • good file formats for long-term access
  • data security and backup options
  • metadata, tagging, and citation
  • other relevant issues

Managing Your References: Overview of Endnote, RefWorks and Zotero
Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero) 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. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please pre-register for this session.

Ga-Ga for Google
Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

Take the popular search engine to a new level. Learn basic searching as well as tips and tricks that will make you truly love Google.

Research Techniques for Writers and Editors
Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

Learn how to use the Libraries’ resources and databases to research your own articles or find past articles written about MIT. This workshop will show you how to connect from your desktop to a wealth of online resources licensed to MIT, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, Proquest, historic newspaper databases and more. The experts at the Libraries will show you best techniques. This workshop is tailored to MIT communications professionals, or those with an interest in journalism and science writing.

EndNote Basics
Friday, April 16, 12 – 1pm

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 pre-register for this session.

EndNote Web
Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Zotero Basics
Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm

Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files. With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice. Make a searchable PDF library, and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections. In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy. Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please pre-register for this session.

Please contact Anita Perkins with questions about any of the IAPril 2010 sessions.

Over 19,000 Electronic Books From Springer Added to the MIT Libraries Collections

Posted March 16th, 2010 by mit-admin


The MIT Libraries have purchased over 19,000 Springer eBooks published from 2005 through 2010 with coverage of every scientific discipline, as well as some coverage of architecture, humanities and many of the social sciences. Several heavily-used book series and reference works are included; among them are: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Lecture Notes in Physics, NATO Science for Peace and Security, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Topics of Current Chemistry, Springer Handbook of Robotics, Handbook of Materials Modeling, and Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology.

The Libraries selected Springer eBooks for its first major system-wide electronic book service because of Springer’s favorable licensing and business terms that will directly benefit MIT users, including broad academic use rights, perpetual ownership, unlimited concurrent users, and participation in Portico, a third party archive. In addition, each book chapter is available as a PDF file without digital rights management (DRM). This means they can be downloaded, printed, and transferred to a PDA or Kindle.

Springer also offers “MyCopy”, a service where the members of the MIT community can order their own personal copy of many of these books by using the print-on-demand option at a significantly discounted price of $24.95 for books up to 800 pages.

Links to these ebooks are beginning to appear in Barton, our library catalog. You can also search or browse them directly or from off-campus.

STAT!Ref – Full text medical resources at your fingertips!

Posted March 3rd, 2010 by Remlee Green

STAT!Ref includes online medical books that contain everything from consumer health and trauma surgery to cardiovascular diseases and neuroanatomy. Find answers about diagnosis, treatments, and drug interactions – STAT!

MIT has access to the following STAT!Ref e-books:

STAT!Ref allows only one MIT user at a time, so if you can’t get in, try again in a few minutes.

Interested in e-books in other fields?  Try our E-books guide.

For more information, contact Courtney Crummett, Bioinformatics and Biosciences Librarian.

Shortcuts to Your Favorite Library Databases!

Posted February 5th, 2010 by mit-admin

Have a favorite database and want to avoid searching Vera for it every time? Use the Get URL! Do a search in Vera by title and then just right click to add the link to your bookmarks. Now Proquest, Avery, PubMed and others are just a click away, whether you’re on campus or off!

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 25 – 29

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Introduction to R

Practically Genomic

Rotch Library Film Series

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

EndNote Basics

Managing Research Data 101

LabLife Tutorial

Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

GIS Model Builder for Programmers

Regression Using Stata

Demystifying Fair Use – An Interactive Workshop for Users of Copyrighted Content

Linked Data

Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to SAS

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Graphics in Stata

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 18 – 22

Posted January 13th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

EndNote Basics

Introduction to Stata

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

ModelBuilder for beginners

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Rotch Library Film Series

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

RefWorks Basics

Data Management in Stata

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

The International Music Score Library Project and the future of digital repositories

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 11 – 15

Posted January 8th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Rotch Library Film Series

Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Power Up with Maps! GIS and Energy Resources

Bioinformatics Software Tool: BIOBASE

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Managing Research Data 101

Course Reserves Overview

Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop on Journal Quality Measures and Publisher Copyright Policies

Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Using Wikipedia to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

EndNote Basics

Power-up!: Energy Industry Resources

BrainNavigator Demo: Interactive Atlas & 3D Brain Imaging Software

Writing and Formatting Your Thesis: Don’t Let WORD Get You Down

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Tips & Techniques for Searching for Images Online

Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: Using Wikipedia to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

The purpose of this session is to provide an understanding of how Wikipedia can be used to create meaningful learning experiences.

As a result of participating in this activity, participants will understand why it is important for academia to contribute to this body of literature, and how to add a reference to a Wikipedia article.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 10 – 11:15am

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Barbara Williams with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

With so many tools on the web, how do you find the really good ones to help with your work?

In this session, we’ll show a variety of online and mobile tools to help you keep current on the latest research in your field, manage your references, and share information easily with colleagues at MIT and around the world. Tools highlighted will include RSS feeds, Mendeley, WebNotes, Scivee, PubGet, and QUOSA.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Remlee Green with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: LabLife Tutorial

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

LabLife provides free lab management software to biologists.

Learn how LabLife can help you organize your lab materials, coordinate lab ordering, analyze DNA sequences, and more! Also, meet the MIT alums behind the software.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 12:30 – 1:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20 participants.

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Practically Genomic

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Genomics, microarrays, and massively parallel applications such as next generation sequencing have made biology research a highly quantitative field. As a result, many biologists face the challenge of mastering computers and computational methods. Our sessions are designed to begin the process.

We will provide an overview of some of the bioinformatics tools and methods mandated by modern biological research. Practical examples will be used to introduce powerful aspects of the Unix operating system, Perl, R, Excel and MySQL. We will also instruct attendees on the usage of bioinformatics tools for genomics, phylogenetics and microarray data analysis. Topics to be covered include the UCSC genome browser, GALAXY, Argo, GenePattern, Bioconductor, ClustalX, and a variety of functional annotation methods.

NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are requested to attend all sessions. Please see this page to prepare for the sessions (links, presentations, data, downloads, etc.).

WHEN: Monday, January 25, Wednesday, January 27, and Friday, January 29, 11am – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Charlie Whittaker or Courtney Crummett with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

IAP 2010: Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

You may be a skilled investigator on the topic of science or engineering, but what do you know about business research? This session will introduce you to library-supported databases that cover company and industry information. We will use hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for researching two key components of a business plan: competitors and industry trends.

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Stephanie Hartman with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Learn about new tools to support your research, collaboration, and personal knowledge management. Three developers will demonstrate their applications.

QUOSA Information Manager can help streamline your literature management. Search for articles and retrieve one or many PDFs in a single step from PubMed, Web-of-Knowledge, and other databases. Organize and manage your existing article PDF collections, and share them with your group in real time.

WebNotes Academic is the world’s first research tool that allows you to annotate PDF documents and web pages, all seamlessly while online.

ResearchGATE is a scientific network that connects researchers. Find research partners, collaborate with scientists and explore journal articles.

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: 2-105

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, 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 through free resources available on the web.

No pre-registration, but space is limited so come early!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 5 – 6pm & Thursday, January 21, 12 – 1pm (duplicate session)

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Using NCBI's BLAST

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Want to know more about how BLAST works and how to use it more effectively in your research? Then this class is for you! This class will follow up on Bioinformatics for Beginners and lead into Advanced Bioinformatics, although attendance at the other sessions is not necessary.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 11 – 12am

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Courtney Crummett with questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

What’s an RSS feed? How can I use it to keep up with new information in my field? We’ll show you how RSS and other current awareness tools can help you stay up to date!

This will be a hands-on session on Windows PCs. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop.

WHEN: Friday, January 16, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Course Reserves Overview

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Are you new to teaching or TAing at MIT, or are you an Admin Assistant who supports teaching faculty? Or do you just want to learn more about course reserves and copyright?

The MIT Libraries can help! We’ll help you navigate through the ins and outs of print and electronic courses reserves, and provide an overview of “fair use” and other copyright restrictions for course materials. We’ll also cover details about submitting required textbook information so that it can be displayed for students in Stellar.

Reserves staff from around the MIT Libraries will be available to answer questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 11am – 12pm

WHERE: Rotch Library, 7-134A

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please sign-up to help us gauge attendance.

Contact Roshni Gohil with any questions.

IAP 2010: Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


A couple hours in the Library can save you a couple of weeks in the lab. Don’t waste your time reinventing the gelatin sponge-choriallantoic membrane assay. Improve your efficiency by learning strategies for finding published research protocols and methods. This session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent introduction to resources that support bioscience bench research.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Come and hear Jack Turner, Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office and patent attorney Sam Pasternak, recently of Choate, Hall and Stewart and now at the TLO, discuss the ins and outs of obtaining patents.

This popular session covers a bit of patent history and a lot about current practices, processes, and issues surrounding obtaining a patent; the focus is on the process used at MIT for ideas/inventions developed by the MIT community. A portion of the session is devoted to questions and answers. If you think you will ever invent something, you need to be here.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 2 – 3:30pm

WHERE: 3-133

Contact Carol Robinson with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Managing Research Data 101

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for
• best practices for retention and archiving
• effective directory structures and naming conventions
• good file formats for long-term access
• data security and backup options
• metadata, tagging, and citation
• other relevant issues

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 11am – 12pm or Tuesday, January 26, 10 – 11am (duplicate session)

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20 participants.

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages 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. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT. We will include a discussion comparing and contrasting the three softwares, and we will introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

WHEN: Monday, January 11, 5 – 6pm & Thursday, January 28, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. 20 computers are available; you are welcome to bring a laptop.

Contact Mathew Willmott with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Bioinformatics Software Tool: BIOBASE

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Learn how to use the BIOBASE Knowledge Library (BKL) and Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) bioinformatics tools licensed by MIT Libraries. Interested in systems biology, biomarkers, drug target discovery, and high-throughput data analysis? Learn to use HGMD, a comprehensive database on human germ-line mutations associated with disease, to determine whether a newly identified gene lesion is novel, search for an overview of known mutations within a given gene, or search for a particular type of gene mutation within a specific chromosomal location.

WHEN: Monday, January 11, 2 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Courtney Crummett with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Information on energy is everywhere! How do you find the scientific and technical information you need and keep on the cutting edge of what is published? Attend this hands-on session to find out.

WHEN: Monday, January 11, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

Contact Angie Locknar with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions and MITEI’s Energy Futures Week activities.

This session is co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.

IAP 2010: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez family of databases is the foundation of knowledge for molecular level bioscience research. Class attendees will learn about the organization of key NCBI databases, understand the database record structure, and work with the BLAST search tool.

The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to, or curious about bioinformatics research tools.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 11am – 12pm & Tuesday, January 12, 3 – 4pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Erja Kajosalo with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: SciFinder on the Web

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

If you are a researcher in chemistry, or chemistry related subjects like chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science, biological sciences, etc., then you should know about SciFinder, the most comprehensive chemical information database.

This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of SciFinder on the web!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Erja Kajosalo with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP 2010 sessions!

Posted December 11th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research?

Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks?

Need to find chemical information, social science data, or patents?

Want to kick back and enjoy a film festival, improve your bioinformatics search skills, or learn how to make your own videos for the Web?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2010.

Read all about it–inside the Fall issue of BiblioTech

Posted November 24th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Inside this issue:

  • Learn about new and improved places to study in Barker & Dewey Libraries
  • Connect with the Libraries on your mobile phone
  • Read about the Libraries’ book that traveled into space
  • Discover how a generous gift from an MIT alumnus is revealing a hidden collection in the Libraries
  • Learn how Rotch librarians are helping to archive and share thousands of digital architectural images
  • Follow the latest Libraries exhibits, events and more

Get a PDF copy of BiblioTech or subscribe by emailing  dev-lib@mit.edu.

Astronaut Mike Massimino talks about Hubble mission, and returns a book to the Libraries

Posted November 19th, 2009 by Heather Denny

“Riding the space shuttle is like strapping yourself to a gigantic beast….you go from 0 to 17,500 miles per hour in eight and a half minutes,” MIT alumnus, Astronaut Mike Massimino said in a talk at MIT last month.

After nearly 3 years of training, in May 2009 Massimino rocketed 5.3 million miles into space on a mission to repair NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.  The veteran astronaut spoke about the extensive preparation for the journey, as well as the risks and thrills that were a part of the historic final trip to Hubble.

He also returned an item to MIT that he took into space with him—a book loaned from the MIT Libraries’ collections.  The book, a limited edition facsimile of Galileo’s landmark publication Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger), was chosen to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s astronomical research, the first recorded planetary observations using a telescope.  It is on display through December 2009 in the Science Library (14S-134).

Astronaut Massimino’s talk was sponsored by the MIT Libraries, the Technology and Policy Program (TPP)/ Engineering Systems Division (ESD), and Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.