Archive for June, 2007

Senate Approves Open Access Mandate for NIH: Recommends Change to Existing NIH Policy

Posted June 29th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

The Alliance for Taxpayer access announced yesterday that the Senate Appropriations Committee has agreed to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to require that research it funds be made directly available on the Internet without barriers to access. Articles would have to made available no later than 12 months after publication, through the National Library of Medicine’s freely accessible online archive PubMed Central.

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Existing Policy

If this new policy were to go into effect, it would change the existing 2005 NIH Public Access Policy, in which submission of articles to PubMed Central is requested, but not required. The voluntary policy has not resulted in significant submissions; fewer than 5% of eligible manuscripts have been deposited.

Steps Needed to Take Effect

The new policy faces several steps before it would take effect. It would need approval by the Senate (in the FY08 Senate Appropriations Bill), approval of a similar bill by the House, reconciliation of these two bills, and then the signature of the President.

More Information

More information on this recent Senate approval is available from the ATA press release.

More information about open access goals and efforts is available from the scholarly publishing website, or by contacting

EndNote Basics – JulyAP 2007 Information Workshop

Posted June 28th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

EndNote Basics

endnote logo resized

WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 6, noon – 1pm

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts. It can also help you organize and manage your PDF files. This session will be a hands-on practicum. Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, PubMed and other sources of published literature. You will learn how to search and manipulate databases, and to generate a manuscript and bibliography.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2007 information workshops

Virtual reference site available in the social bookmarking system:

Posted June 27th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

To integrate our resources with the social bookmarking system “”, we have recreated our Virtual Reference site there. users can easily add us to their network to keep up with new resources being added to the site. An RSS feed is provided for for users who wish to subscribe.

The Virtual Reference Collection page on our site is being enhanced as well: We are using a tool called “FeedDigest” to send the links from our account via RSS into our web page. This makes it easier for the librarians authoring the page to keep it up to date. They simply enter new links into the account, and FeedDigest provides the glue that makes them also appear on our web page.

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MIT Libraries screencast tutorials available in MIT’s TechTV

Posted June 27th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

Video tutorials for instruction on topics such as database searching and evaluating information are being created, and more will come.

A beta of this project was conducted in the Fall of 2006 with tutorials for students in the class 3.091/3.093. Feedback from those students will help us as we create more tutorials.

Watch our space in MIT’s TechTV for future video content. (MIT’s TechTV is itself a beta!)


Bookdrop in Lobby 10 now open 24 hours!

Posted June 26th, 2007 by Ryan Gray
bookdrop open Patrons can now return materials from any MIT Library any time. As usual, to avoid fines, please return reserve materials to the library where you checked them out.

Music LP records stored

Posted June 26th, 2007 by Christie Moore

LP recordsIn order to make space for CDs and DVDs, the Lewis Music Library has sent the remaining LP records to the Library Storage Annex. These more than 9,500 records will join the 2,500 already there.

To obtain an LP, find the item in the Barton library catalog and use the link “Request this from the Library Storage Annex.” Choose pickup location “Lewis Music Library.” Most requests made before noon will be available after 3 pm the same day (Monday-Friday only); requests made after noon will be available after 3 pm the next day.

Expanded Access to Economic and Financial Data via Global Insight

Posted June 22nd, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Additional web access now is available to Global Insight (GI), a comprehensive source for historic economic and financial data, spanning over 200 countries and 170 industries. In addition to the existing access to Global Insight data via WRDS, MIT affiliates now may also access the database directly from the GI webpage at

This new interface provides access to datasets on economies and financial markets worldwide, plus new links to news and analysis. Available data include OECD Main Economic Indicators; IMF International Financial Statistics and Balance of Payments Statistics; and various other data from national banks on topics such as foreign debt, exchange rates, money supply, and employment, among others.

Access Global Insight via:

Note: Microsoft Explorer 6 or greater is required to access Global Insight Web.

Announcing Student Video Contest: Removing Barriers to Free Exchange of Information

Posted June 22nd, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

SPARC  (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) announced yesterday that they are hosting the first “SPARC Discovery Awards.”Â

Contestants are “asked to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively show the benefits of bringing down barriers to the free exchange of information.”  Â

The contest was inspired by these words from George Bernard Shaw: “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

More on: Contest details

More on: the benefits of open sharing of ideas and research

Or: contact

Hit the open road with Open Access

Posted June 21st, 2007 by Ryan Gray
Hit the open road with Open Access

What’s the big deal about open access anyway?

If I’m writing an article, what rights should I keep?

Where can I find out more?

Check out to find out what’s happening nationally and beyond, and to find out how to retain your rights and increase the impact of your research.

Look for these posters showing current Open Access Models at the Engineering and Science Libraries (Barker, Hayden, Lindgren and Aero/Astro).

Barker Hayden Lindgren Aero/Astro

Video available of Wikipedia class

Posted June 20th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

WikipediaA video is now available of an interesting class that took place in January during IAP.

The event, “Why Not Wikipedia, and when?” was run by Chris Capozzola, Amy Stout, and Brian Keegan. Panelists discussed pros and cons, experiences as Wikipedia users and contributers, Wikipedia in the classroom, and implications for research. For more information, see the class description.

Download the quicktime video. (1.5 hours, 623.7 Mb)

Gift CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted June 19th, 2007 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library recently accepted a gift of over 100 CDs from Michèle Oshima, Director of Student and Artist-in-Residence Programs of the MIT Office of the Arts. They include recent classical, jazz, popular and world music discs. Some examples are below.

Click on an image to see the Barton catalog record:

CSS (Musical group).
Cansei de ser sexy.
PhonCD F G5400.C773
Feldman, Mark.
What exit.
PhonCD J F333 what
Mountain Goats
Mountain Goats (Musical
group). Get lonely.
PhonCD P M864 ge
Oliveros, Pauline.
The roots of the moment.
PhonCD Ol4 root
Perkins, Dudley.
PhonCD P P419 exp
Roots Tonic
Roots Tonic (Musical group).
Roots Tonic meets Bill Laswell.
PhonCD P R6793 bill
Röyksopp (Musical group).
Röyksopp’s night out: live EP.
PhonCD P R815 night
Alice Smith
Smith, Alice, musician.
For lovers, dreamers & me.
PhonCD P Sm515 for
Solal, Martial.
Rue de Seine.
PhonCD J So415 rue

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

FACADE project aims to “future-proof” digital architectural files

Posted June 14th, 2007 by Heather Denny

MIT’s Stata Center, Photo by Andy Ryan

Photo of MIT’s Stata Center by Andy Ryan

A $724,415 grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has been awarded to the MIT Libraries to address the challenge of preserving digital Computer-Aided Design (CAD) files.

CAD has revolutionized the architectural industry, giving architects the ability to create astounding three-dimensional models.  However CAD models exist only in proprietary digital formats that are ever-changing and short-lived, making them difficult to preserve and manage over time.  Using the designs of renowned architect Frank Gehry and his work on MIT’s Stata Center as a test bed, the FACADE (Future-proofing Architectural Computer-Aided Design) project will study CAD architectural documents and create preservation strategies to stem their potential loss.

Over the next two years the MIT Libraries’ Digital Libraries Research Group (DLRG) will work with MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning to research the primary software products (such as CATIA®, AutoCAD® and Microstation®) that produce architectural CAD models. With the guidance of former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning Bill Mitchell, the researchers will examine the role of CAD files in the life cycle of modern architecture and building construction including the entire digital and paper trail from early designs and sketches to internal communications regarding onsite revisions. They will seek strategies for long-term preservation of this material and also investigate the optimal use of digital preservation archives, such as the DSpace digital repository system, to provide open-source solutions.

Read the full article in BiblioTech (pages 8-9)
Visit the FACADE project web page

More new CDs and books

Posted June 12th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are a few of the books and CDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library over the past couple of weeks; they will also appear in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS). The library collection contains approximately 16,700 CDs and over 700 DVDs. Naxos discs are also available online (MIT certificates needed).

Click on an image to see its Barton library catalog record:

Everett, Yayoi Uno. The music
of Louis Andriessen.
ML410.A6326.E94 2006
Guillaume, Philippe. Music
and acoustics: from
instrument to computer.
ML3805.G8513 2006
Winders, James A. Paris
Africain: rhythms of the
African diaspora.
ML270.8.P2.W56 2006
Lang Lang
Beethoven, Ludwig van.
Piano concertos nos.
1 & 4.
PhonCD B393 cop1 b
Cinquecento (Musical group:
Vienna). Music for the court
of Maximilian II.
PhonCD C492 muco
Coleman, Ornette. Sound
PhonCD J C677 sougr
Harbison, John. Piano trio
no. 2.
PhonCD H213 chamu a
Get on Board
Harris, Kim. Get on board! :
Underground Railroad & civil
rights freedom songs, v. 2.
PhonCD F G3701.A3.H374
Sweet Virginia
No Speed Limit (Musical
group). Sweet Virginia.
PhonCD F G3701.C6.N677
The Lewis Music Library is located in 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: Recent MIT Press Book Explores Open Access to Scholarship and Research

Posted June 7th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

understanding knowledge larte
A recent collection from MIT Press offers perspectives on the ways knowledge acts as a shared socio-ecological system — or commons — and suggests how authors can participate in that commons to disseminate research as swiftly, broadly, and inexpensively as possible.

Among the perspectives:

  • James Boyle (professor of law, Duke University) works to identify the potential impact of “free, decentralized access to most cultural and scientific material.” He argues that “the traditions of the academy, of scholarship…dictate that openness in both content and structure should be our baseline, deviations from which require justification.”
  • Peter Suber (professor of philosophy, Earlham College, and director of the Open Access Project at Public Knowledge) makes a case for “creating an intellectual commons through open access,” focusing OA efforts on research literature that does not generate royalties, and is shared through a digital commons system that is “nonrivalrous” – one that is not diminished or depleted by use. He discusses the central role of authors in achieving an OA commons, and how to sufficiently support authors to promote its development.
  • Charles Schweik (professor of natural resources and public policy, UMass, Amherst) provides a history of open source software “as a framework for establishing a commons in science.” He places his discussion in the context of a long history of “open science,” a history that began in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In his chapter, Peter Suber summarizes why the idea of a knowledge commons matters to the academy. OA is “about accelerating research and saving money,” but it “is also about freedom from needless barriers, fairness to taxpayers, returning control of scholarship to scholars, de-enclosing a commons, and serving the underserved.”

As an MIT author, if you have questions about maximizing the reach and influence of your work by participating in this knowledge commons, visit the scholarly publishing website, or contact

If you would like to read the book:

Borrow from the MIT Libraries

Buy from MIT Press

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If you would like to read more about the concept of the commons (including a separate thread on the commons in academia, which includes comments about this book) see the “creativity and knowledge” section of the blog OnTheCommons.

Rotch Library to feature photographs of Italy

Posted June 5th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Treading on History: Photographs of Contemporary Italy
Mary Pat McNally
June 1, 2007 – June 30, 2007
located at Rotch Library,
which is open Monday – Thursday 9AM – 7PM and Friday 9AM – 6PM.

doorway in Italy

When photographer Mary Pat McNally first ventured to Italy in 1999, she was impressed by the marks of modern culture on the historic cities and eternal landscapes. Sometimes it was graffiti on an ancient wall; sometimes a motor boat waiting in a Venetian canal.

“It intrigued me the way life goes on in Italy amid the splendor of the past,” McNally explained. “You will see people going about their daily lives in the shadows of great cathedrals, and hanging out their laundry between buildings that date back to the Middle Ages or earlier. Sometimes the residents of a thousand year old town appear blind to the fact that they are treading on history.”

That first trip led to many more. A selection of her photographs, taken over the course of several journeys to Italy, will be on display during the month of June in the Rotch Library, located on the MIT campus. McNally earned a diploma in photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College, and is currently working as a graphic designer at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

Music at MIT oral history CDs

Posted June 1st, 2007 by Christie Moore

The Music at MIT Oral History Project was established by the Lewis Music Library in 1999 to document the history of music at MIT; a recent grant from Lionel Kinney ’53 will allow the program to expand. Library assistant Forrest Larson has conducted several interviews each year and some are now available on compact disc.

Click on a name to see the Barton library catalog record:


  • Jeanne Bamberger. Interview no. 1, May 27, 2005; Interview no. 2, June 7, 2005.
    ML385.M86.B36 2006 v.1-2
  • John Corley. Interview no. 1, August 19, 1999; Interview no. 2, September 3, 1999; Interview no. 3, December 10, 1999.
    ML385.M86.C67 2006 v.1-3
  • Cherry Emerson. Interview no. 1, November 28, 2000; Interview no. 2, November 30, 2000.
    ML385.M86.E46 2006 v.1-2
  • Stephen Erdely. Interview no. 1, March 24, 1999; Interview no. 2, August 4, 1999.
    ML385.M86.E74 2006 v.1-2
  • Herb Pomeroy. Interview no. 1, December 14, 1999; Interview no. 2, April 5, 2000; Interview no. 3, April 26, 2000.
    ML385.M86.P66 2006 v.1-3
  • Claudia Von Canon. Interview no. 1, October 3, 2001; Interview no. 2, October 9, 2001.
    ML385.M86.V66 2006 v.1-2

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

CD, DVD, iPod loans over summer weekends

Posted June 1st, 2007 by Christie Moore

Want a few extra days this summer when you borrow music CDs, DVDs, and iPods? Since the Lewis Music Library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays over the summer, these items can be borrowed for a longer period of time over the weekends:


  • CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days, but if you borrow them on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, they are due the following Monday (by closing, 5 pm).
  • iPods circulate overnight, but during the summer an iPod borrowed on a Friday will be due on Monday.

The Lewis Music Library is located at 14E-109 and summer hours are M-F, 11am-5pm.

Archives’ June exhibit showcases 1878-79 “Log of the Dorian”

Posted June 1st, 2007 by Lois Beattie

London cartoonThe MIT Archives’ June Object of the Month is Francis H. Bacon’s “Log of the Dorian,” being, in Bacon’s words, ” the Account of a Voyage in a small Boat in the Year 1878-79 from England to the Mediterranean by way of Belgium and Holland, and up the Rhine to the Danube, down to the Black Sea and through the Aegean to Athens, with Sketches made by Himself.”

Bacon’s handwritten journal, containing his watercolors, sketches, and other illustrations, is available for research in the Institute Archives and Special Collections, Building 14N-118.