Archive for November, 2006

Hoover’s Online Access Reinstated: Contract Terms Revised to Meet MIT’s Needs

Posted November 30th, 2006 by Ellen Duranceau

In October, the Libraries reported that Hoover’s Online, a popular database of company information, had been canceled as a result of a new contract requirement from Hoovers that we could not accept.

Why We Canceled: Unacceptable Terms

The contract, required to renew our subscription, stipulated that MIT would be financially responsible for any activity Hoovers deemed — or even suspected — was fraudulent, putting MIT at financial risk and setting an unacceptable precedent. We had never before dropped a product because we were unable to come to agreement with a provider, but believed that our action would safeguard our ability to offer a range of content in all disciplines, on reasonable terms, to the MIT community in the future.

A New & Improved Contract

Our decision has proven both educational and productive. Following the MIT Libraries’ cancellation, Hoovers’ higher management reconsidered its position and wanted to work with the MIT Libraries to create acceptable terms. They removed the language making MIT responsible for suspected fraudulent use, and incorporated a reasonable protocol for handling such incidents into the contract.

Access Restored

We are delighted to inform the MIT community that access to Hoover’s Online was restored under this new contract on November 29.

Thank You

We would like to thank the individuals who took the time to share their thoughts with us about our initial decision, and particularly for the support people expressed despite the inconvenience they were caused. We received encouragement from individuals at MIT, but also from other universities, many of whom had been caught in the same dilemma. We were pleased that Hoovers’ management was willing to work towards a model that accommodates academic institutions. In addition to restored access at MIT, one of the positive outcomes of this process we can hope for is that other universities will be offered the same revised terms.

We welcome continued dialog about this particular case, or any issue regarding access to digital content at MIT. Comments may be directed to

MIT Press Publishes First Open Access Journal

Posted November 21st, 2006 by Ellen Duranceau

On October 25, the MIT Press announced that it is publishing its first Open Access journal: Information Technologies and International Development (ITID) .

Laura Esterly, Journals Marketing Manager, summarized this significant development: “Now you can retrieve peer-reviewed full text PDF articles from the journal’s website free of charge, from any location with internet access.”

Convergence of Content, Mission, and Access Model

ITID’s focus on the intersection of information and communication technologies with international development offers a particular congruence with the open access approach. Although the open access model was not considered for the journal initially when launched in 2003, according to Rebecca McLeod, Journals Manager for the MIT Press, “the idea began to develop and take shape soon after the first volume was published. The journal’s core mission – to create a global network for the discussion of critical issues of information and communication technologies and international development – made it an ideal candidate for open access.”

This idea gained urgency, McLeod notes, when the Press realized that even after they established a special discounted rate for low-income developing countries, “it wasn’t low enough to attract the number of readers and authors outside the developed world that the Press and its editors had anticipated when the journal was first launched.”

Sponsorship as a Business Model to Support Open Access

When considering how to move Information Technologies and International Development from a subscription-based journal to an open access journal, The MIT Press saw few options other than sponsorship. Some open access titles are supported by fees requested when an author submits an article, which are often paid by research grants or the author’s institution. But according to McLeod, this model was not workable for ITID, for “the same global audience that made ITID perfect for open access also made it impossible to support the journal through funding from author fees.” Too many of their potential authors would have found fees a barrier to publication.

Once the MIT Press decided to work with a sponsorship model, they solicited funds from foundations and corporations. “The funding from Microsoft was the first to materialize,” notes McLeod. Microsoft’s sponsorship will support the publication of volume 3.

Increasing Visibility, Readership, and Submissions Through Open Access

For now, ITID will remain MIT Press’ only open access journal. As an open access title, “ITID’s content, mission, contributors, and readers will all be well supported by its free online availability,” according to MIT Press Director Ellen Faran. This will allow the journal to increase visibility, readership, and submissions, meeting the editors’ goal of “solicit[ing] the participation of individuals who might benefit from the research and proposals put forth by scholars, researchers, and practitioners around the globe, independent of location or financial means.”

For more information on open access publication, see the MIT Libraries’ Frequently Asked Questions: Open Access,
or contact

Longer music CD/DVD loan over Thanksgiving weekend!

Posted November 21st, 2006 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library is offering a special loan period for CDs and DVDs over Thanksgiving weekend. Compact discs or DVDs borrowed Tuesday, Nov. 21 or Wednesday, Nov. 22 will be due Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 (by closing, 10pm). Limit of 5, no renewals.

This special offer coincides with the bookmobile from 11am-2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Lobby 10.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109. Holiday hours are Tuesday, 8:30am-10pm; Wednesday, 8:30am-5pm; closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday; regular hours resume Saturday.

Borrow books, music and movies at the Bookmobile Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 11-2 in Lobby 10

Posted November 21st, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

The Thanksgiving holiday prompts the Humanities and Lewis Music Libraries Bookmobile to hit the road. Come to Lobby 10 to check out your Thanksgiving entertainment. Special loan period for the Holiday: CDs & DVDs from the Lewis Music Library checked out Tuesday or Wednesday will be due Monday, Nov. 27th.

Tango Club donates CDs to the Lewis Music Library

Posted November 20th, 2006 by Christie Moore

The MIT Tango Club recently made a donation of 89 compact discs to the Lewis Music Library. The gift includes historic performances by artists such as Rodolfo Biagi, Miguel Calo, Francisco Canaro, Angel D’Agostino, Juan d’Arienzo, Carlos di Sarli, Edgardo Donato, Osvaldo Fresedo, Pedro Laurenz, Ricardo Tanturi, and Orquesta Tipica Victor.

The first discs are on the shelves and ready to circulate. To find them, go to Barton advanced search, set “Formats/Types:” to CDs, and search for the subject Tangos.

Other subjects you can explore:
Popular music — Argentina.
Popular music — Argentina — 1921-1930.
Popular music — Argentina — 1931-1940.
Popular music — Argentina — 1941-1950.
Popular music — Argentina — 2001-2010.
Underground dance music.

Music compact discs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5, no renewals). The library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Check out our new beta! The Humanities Virtual Browsery is now a blog

Posted November 16th, 2006 by Darcy Duke

book coverTry out our newest library beta: the Humanities Virtual Browsery has been revamped as a blog.

Browse new books online (just like the old Virtual Browsery), but take advantage of these new features:

  • an RSS feed
  • the ability to comment on books, and discuss them with the rest of the MIT community
  • links to informative book reviews
  • information about the availability of the book in the Humanities Library
  • links to other books by the same author

Check out our other Library Betas!

Winner of iPod nano raffle from Lewis Music Library celebration

Posted November 16th, 2006 by Christie Moore

The winner of the Lewis Music Library’s iPod nano raffle was Evan Lampe (’10). Congratulations, Evan!

More than half of the 95 entries included comments about the library. Here are some samples:

  • I love the music library! I come here all the time.
  • Great for studying & listening to music!
  • My favorite place to study!
  • It is awesome!!
  • It rocks!

The raffle was part of the celebration held Wednesday afternoon, November 15 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Lewis Music Library’s 1996 renovation. The well-attended event featured refreshments, music, and comments by Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries. The John Harbison canon Veni Creator Spiritus on the library’s mezzanine railing was sung by tenor William Cutter (Director of Choral Programs & Lecturer in Music) and baritone Daniel Cunningham (’07). A performance of Early Hungarian Dances of the 17th Century by Ferenc Farkas was given by Lori Huberman (’07), flute; Paul Ragaller (G), oboe; Daryush Mehta (G), clarinet; Ian Smith (’07), French horn; and Jeff Easley (’08), bassoon.

The library’s web site has lists of the Top Ten most-circulated CDs (pdf) and scores (pdf) from the past ten years.

MIT Libraries booksale, Thursday 11/30, 10-3

Posted November 15th, 2006 by Darcy Duke
MIT Libraries booksale

Books on a variety of subjects will be available.

Thursday, November 30th, 10-3

Bush Room 10-105

Questions? or x3-5693

All proceeds benefit the Libraries’ Preservation Fund.


authors@mit presents Diana Henderson on 11/14 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm

Posted November 9th, 2006 by Jim Eggleston
Please join us as MIT’s Diana Henderson discusses her new book,
“Collaborations with the Past.” By concentrating on rich yet problematic
instances of Shakespeare’s reanimation in such quintessentially modern forms
as the novel and film, from Sir Walter Scott’s “Kenilworth” to Kenneth
Branagh’s “Henry V”, Diana Henderson sketches a complex history of the
pleasures and difficulties that ensue when Shakespeare and modern artists

Location: MIT 32-155, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Time: November 14 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm

This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Diana Henderson’s Collaborations with the past

Cornell University Press, 2006

Diana E. Henderson is Professor of Literature at MIT. She is the author of
“Passion Made Public: Elizabethan Lyric, Gender, and Performance” and the
editor of “A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen.”

This event is sponsored by authors@mit, a lecture series cosponsored by MIT
and The MIT Press Bookstore.

For more information call 253-5249, email, or check:

Lewis Music Library anniversary celebration Wednesday, Nov.15

Posted November 7th, 2006 by Christie Moore

Don’t miss the Lewis Music Library’s 10th birthday party!

The 10th anniversary celebration of the Lewis Music Library’s renovation will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2006, from 2-4 pm.

MIT community members and friends will gather in the Lewis Music Library (Bldg. 14E-109) for refreshments, music, remarks by MIT Libraries Director Ann Wolpert, and a raffle for an iPod nano.

Research Historical Election News Coverage

Posted November 2nd, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

Can’t get enough media coverage this election season? MIT Libraries has a membership in the Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University, the world’s most available, extensive and complete archive of U.S. television news.

The Vanderbilt Television Archive provides online access to an archive of CNN’s coverage of campaign events since 1995. Election night coverage, debates, press conferences, speeches, CNN evening news broadcasts, and many other programs are available in streaming video.

Additionally, the Vanderbilt Television Archive provides an index to coverage of the broadcasts of other networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) since 1968, including an extensive archive of ABC’s Nightline. Tapes of these broadcasts can be borrowed for a fee from Vanderbilt’s Archives.

Access the Archive via Vera or its shortcut URL,

BIOBASE databases now available in VERA

Posted November 1st, 2006 by Remlee Green


The BIOBASE Proteome, TransFac and TransPath databases are now available in VERA.

The BIOBASE Knowledge Library with integrated analysis tools spans gene regulation to fully annotated genomes via signal transmission. The library includes many industry standards such as TRANSFAC, TRANSPATH, YPD, HumanPSD and others.

The purchase of these databases was a collaboration among the MIT Libraries, the Biology Department, the Cancer Center, Whitehead Institute and the Broad Institute.

If you have questions or problems, please contact Louisa Worthington Rogers at

Archives exhibits 19th century patent records in November

Posted November 1st, 2006 by Lois Beattie
Howe sewing machine drawingShown here is a portion of a drawing of the sewing machine’s parts. For November the Institute Archives and Special Collections features as its Object of the Month patent records of Blatchford, Seward & Griswold, a law firm that represented many of the nineteenth century’s most illustrious inventors, among them Samuel F. B. Morse (regarding unlicensed telegraph lines), Charles Goodyear (regarding patent extension of a rubber manufacturing process), and Elias Howe, Jr. (regarding patent extension for the sewing machine). Several items concerning Howe’s sewing machine are included in the exhibit.