Archive for October, 2007

Vail Balloon Prints to be Digitized

Posted October 31st, 2007 by Heather Denny

balloon2small.jpgThanks to the generosity of Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. ’57, the MIT Libraries will begin a project to digitize its Vail Balloon Print Collection.  The prints are part of the Vail Collection, originally collected by George Dering, and purchased and given to the Institute in 1912 by Theodore Vail, former president of AT&T and member of the MIT Corporation.

Consisting of over 1200 items, the collection is replete with wonderful images providing visual documentation of man’s vision of flying vehicles and human flight.  Images range from the fanciful to depictions of real events, such as the balloon sent up by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783.  Broadsides, articles, and clippings recount the history of man’s efforts to fly over the last three centuries, relating or commenting on individual efforts – some celebratory and other detailing the fatal results of failures.

The digitization of this premiere collection of prints will allow the world to better access these treasures; it is also a critical first step in their long-term preservation.  The project will also serve as a model for future digitization projects within the Libraries.

Gift Supports Life Science Collections

Posted October 31st, 2007 by Heather Denny

drosophila_small1.jpgA $400,000 gift from the Clive W. Lacy and Mona M. Lacy Trusts was recently awarded to the Libraries to fund library collections in the life sciences. 

The gift will impact many areas of research at MIT’s biomedical research centers, as well as MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department.  New collections in the life sciences will help support vital research in the fields of developmental biology, stem cells, genetics, and genomics.

In the past the Clive W. Lacy and Mona M. Lacy Trusts has also provided essential funding for library reference collections.  The Lacy family’s connection to MIT includes several MIT alumni; Clive W. Lacy ’15, John W. Lacy ’42, Thomas B. Lacy ’48, and William R. Lacy ’43.

MIT GIS lab walk-in assistance hours extended

Posted October 30th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

The GIS Lab walk-in hours have been extended. A GIS specialist will now be available for walk-in assistance in the GIS Lab from 1-4pm Monday through Thursday. If you are not available during regular lab hours send your GIS questions to

The MIT GIS lab is located in Rotch Library (7-238).

MIT Geocoded 3

New Podcast: Professor Eric von Hippel on Openness, Innovation, and Scholarly Publishing

Posted October 30th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

The third episode in a new series of podcasts on various aspects of scholarly publishing & copyright is now available.

In the new episode, we hear from Professor Eric von Hippel, T Wilson Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation.

Professor von Hippel speaks about his experiment with making two of his books openly available on his website at no cost to the reader, and about the broader issue of how the economics of innovation are increasingly favoring open, unrestricted internet access, including in scholarly publishing.

Download the Audio File (8:33 minutes)

More information about Professor von Hippel’s experiment with making his books openly available on the web was offered in a previous story.

The other episodes in the podcast series are available on the scholarly publication website.

To subscribe to the MIT Libraries’ Podcasts on Scholarly Publishing, paste this link into iTunes or another podcast reader:

This is the first series of podcasts created by the Libraries specifically for this format. We encourage and welcome your feedback as the series evolves. If you have any feedback, please direct it to

Participate in a Survey of the Libraries’ Copying, Printing & Scanning Services

Posted October 26th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Old Skool Copying
The MIT Libraries want to learn about your copying, printing and scanning needs and how well we are meeting them. We are currently conducting a survey to learn how successfully these services are supporting your work at MIT.

If you would like to give us feedback on this topic, please take a minute to fill out the brief online survey or stop by any of the Libraries to fill out a paper copy of the survey before November 15th.

ArcGIS II – 10/26, 2-4pm

Posted October 24th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

NYC Landuse in 3D

Fall GIS Lab workshops

This class will introduce a variety of commonly used GIS tools, including learning to create and edit your own data, incorporate paper maps into a GIS (georeference), map tabular information (addresses and xy data – for example, from a GPS unit), change the projection of your data, calculate the straight line distance between points, create contour lines from a digital elevation model (DEM), and use ArcScene to visualize data in 3D. It is recommended for users to have done the Introduction to GIS exercise or have some previous experience with ArcGIS before attending this workshop.

Senate Approves Strengthened Open Access Mandate for NIH

Posted October 24th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

Last night the US Senate approved the Appropriations Bill that strengthens the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Public Access Policy,  requiring NIH-sponsored research to be made openly available on the internet without barriers to access.


The new language requires NIH-funded researchers to deposit copies of manuscripts into PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine’s openly accessible archive, where they will be made available within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.   (Existing language requests, rather than requires, this posting in PubMed Central, and has resulted in a deposit rate of less than 5% by investigators.)

The Senate’s action represents another key hurdle in the process of making publicly funded research publicly accessible.   Next, the language of the Senate bill (S.1710) has to be reconciled with similar language in a House Appropriations Bill.  This is expected to be worked out this fall.   The final consolidated bill will then have to pass the House and Senate before it goes to the President at the end of the year.

The Treasurer of the American Society for Cell Biology, Gary Ward, has responded to this Senate vote by saying that “We welcome the NIH policy being made mandatory, and thank Congress for backing this important step.  Free and timely public access to scientific literature is necessary to ensure that new discoveries are made as quickly as feasible. It’s the right thing to do, given that taxpayers funds this research.”  (The Alliance for Taxpayer Access’ press release offers the full context of this quote.)

More about the NIH Public Access Policy may be found on the Open Access Initiatives page of the Scholarly Publication Website.

Make off-campus access to online journals easier with the LibX toolbar!

Posted October 24th, 2007 by Remlee Green

LibX Toolbar

The MIT Libraries have customized an open-source, Firefox toolbar, called LibX, that makes accessing journal articles from off campus much easier. LibX also allows you to search the Barton catalog, Vera, Google Scholar, and the SFX FullText Finder quickly. For more information and to install LibX, check out the LibX – MIT edition guide, or watch a short video tutorial on how to use LibX to access resources from off-campus.

Already using the LibX toolbar for the MIT Libraries? You may have already noticed that there is a new version that provides minor upgrades in functionality. If Firefox hasn’t prompted you to update LibX, you can manually update LibX.

Questions or comments? Contact us!

More new arrivals in the Humanities Library

Posted October 24th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Check out some of these new titles, which have just recently graced our shelves.


The Year of Magical Thinking

A Play by Joan Didion Based on her Memoir

By Joan Didion


Poems from Guantanamo

The Detainees Speak

by Marc Falkoff

robert-e-lee.jpg Reading the Man

A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Years

by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Introduction to Regression Using Stata Workshop

Posted October 24th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Stata logo blueThis new hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to estimating the linear regression model using ordinary least squares in Stata. Topics covered include: multiple regression, dummy variables, interaction effects, hypothesis tests, and model diagnostics. In addition, instructors will explain the substantive interpretation of regression outputs. Taught by the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Consultant.

Prerequisites: General familiarity with Stata, including importing and managing datasets and data exploration. Familiarity with the linear regression model and ordinary least squares estimation. Students currently enrolled in a graduate-level introduction to statistics class that covers regression also are eligible.

When: Wednesday, November 7th, 12-2pm

Where: E53-220

Space is limited. To register, contact: Katherine McNeill-Harman,

Jazz icons DVDs received

Posted October 18th, 2007 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library just received the “Jazz Icons II” set listed below. These will appear soon in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS).

Click on a title to see its Barton catalog record:

Jazz Icons II

Dave Brubeck: live in ’64 & ’66
DVD J B828 live64

John Coltrane: live in ’60, ’61 & ’65
DVD J C722 live60

Duke Ellington: live in ’58
DVD J El56 live58

Dexter Gordon: live in ’63 & ’64
DVD J G654 live63

Charles Mingus: live in ’64
DVD J M663 live64

Wes Montgomery: live in ’65
DVD J M767 live65

Sarah Vaughan: live in ’58 & ’64
DVD J V465 live58

Bonus disc: jazz icons, series 2
DVD J J339 icon2

Music CDs and DVDs 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.

New titles in the Humanities Library

Posted October 18th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Check out some of these new titles, which have just recently graced our shelves.

To Dare and the Conquer

To Dare & to Conquer

Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations, from Achilles to Al Qaeda

By Derek Leebaert



The Electronic Front Porch

An Oral History of the Arrival of Modern Media in Rural Appalachia and the Melungeon Community

by Jacob J. Podber

other-colors-225.jpg Other Colors 

Essays and a Story

by Orphan Pamuk

Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences Considering Open Access For Their Work

Posted October 18th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

Stuart Shieber, Harvard professor of computer science, introduced a motion to the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 16 that would have the faculty uniformly grant a non-exclusive, limited license to Harvard to post their scholarly and research articles openly on the web.

The final version of the motion has not been completed, but if passed, research articles authored by members of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences would be made freely available on the web, without permission or payment barriers to the reader, effectively making Harvard faculty work “open access.”

While this proposal is not university-wide (it does not, for example, cover the professional schools such as the medical, law, or business schools), it would apply to the entire Harvard College faculty, including every discipline studied by undergraduates, as well as the graduate school of arts & sciences, and the school of engineering and applied sciences.

Professor Shieber has been working on this issue for at least two years.  He’s convinced that university-level action is needed to enhance open access to research, for while individual faculty can make a difference in negotiating their own publication contracts, institutional policies will simplify the copyright and pragmatic issues faced when each individual is responsible for making his or her work openly accessible.

To take effect, the motion will need to be discussed further by the faculty and voted upon by the full faculty.  Final details of the policy are not yet available, since it is still under discussion.

Related Efforts at MIT

Here at MIT, Professor of Geophysics Brian Evans has drafted a resolution under the auspices of the Faculty Committee on the Library System that addresses the same desire for open access to research that underlies the Harvard motion.  The draft resolution states that “Broad dissemination and rapid, free flow of information is essential to insuring vigorous intellectual debate and efficient progress in any academic field, humanistic, engineering or scientific; is a key ingredient in providing for informed public debate of critical social problems; and is an obligation for researchers receiving public funding” and it calls for MIT faculty to “support the general concept of open access, especially for publicly funded research, and recommend the use of the least restrictive copyright agreements, consistent with the academic and commercial intent under which the research was undertaken.”

Professor Evans spoke about the resolution at an IAP event in January 2007.   More information on open access is available on the scholarly publishing web site or by contacting

NCBI Bioinformatics Mini-Courses: November 8-9

Posted October 17th, 2007 by Remlee Green

NCBI logo

The MIT Libraries will sponsor a series of 4 NCBI bioinformatics mini-courses on, November 8-9, 2007 in the Hayden Library DIRC, 14N-132. Each course is 2.5 hours in length, including a lecture followed by a 1-hour hands-on session. There is no advance registration but space is limited. There are computers for 20 attendees, plus space for 10 attendees with their own laptops.

Contact Louisa Worthington Rogers with questions.

Thursday, November 8:

9:30am-12:00pm – Microbial Genomes Quickstart (New class!)

In this mini-course, you will learn how to access the microbial genome sequences and annotations, how to navigate through and download the gene and protein datasets, and will be introduced to the available genomic and comparative genomic analysis tools. The course will address practical discovery questions such as ‘Are there identifiable genes in microbial genomes that may be horizontally transferred?’ and ‘What are the differences between closely-related pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria?’

1:00pm-3:30pm – Mapviewer Quick Start

In this course, we will use the human genome Map Viewer. Used to view the NCBI assembly of the complete human genome, Map Viewer is a valuable tool for the identification and localization of genes that contribute to human disease. In this course, we will see how to view different human genome maps and make best use of them. We will learn to locate a human gene, download its sequence along with its upstream sequence (to analyze promoter regions), obtain exon-intron coordinates, find a possible splice variant and identify whether the variations in the gene are associated with a disease.

Friday, November 9:

9:30am-12:00pm – Structural Analysis Quick Start

This course covers how to visualize and annotate 3D protein structures using NCBI’s Cn3D, identify conserved domain(s) present in a protein, search for other proteins containing similar domain(s), explore a 3D modeling template for the query protein and find distant sequence homologs that may not be identified by BLAST.

1:00pm-3:30pm – Making Sense of DNA and Protein Sequences

In this mini-course, we will find a gene within a eukaryotic DNA sequence. We will then predict the function of the implied protein product by seeking sequence similarities to proteins of documented function using BLAST and other tools. Finally, we will find a 3D modeling template for this protein sequence using a Conserved Domain Database Search.

About the Instructors:

Medha Bhagwat and Steve Pechous are biologists on the User Services staff of the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Free access for all to ITU-T standards

Posted October 17th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

From the International Telecommunication Union:ITU Free Downloads“Standards produced by ITU — ITU-T Recommendations — are now available without charge. The announcement follows a highly successful trial conducted from January?October 2007, during which some two million ITU-T Recommendations were downloaded throughout the world.

The experiment’s aim was to “increase the visibility and easy availability of the output of ITU-T”. Offering standards for free is a significant step for the standards community as well as the wider information and communication technologies (ICT) industry. Now, anyone with Internet access will be able to download one of over 3000 ITU-T Recommendations that underpin most of the world’s ICT. The move further demonstrates ITU’s commitment to bridging the digital divide by extending the results of its work to the global community.”

Click for the full news story and/or complete listing of available documents.

Get the News Online

Posted October 17th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Need to find news articles for your research? Want to scan today’s headlines and top stories? The Libraries provide an array of sources that can help:

General News:

  • Browse current and recent editions of major papers with Factiva. Use the U.S. Newsstand to read today’s New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post, plus recent issues of Newsweek and other magazines. For more newspapers, select Business Newsstand (under Group Pages), which includes the Boston Globe and Financial Times.
  • LexisNexis Academic covers major U.S. and world publications, wire services and transcripts of broadcasts. Use the initial search screen to see recent major stories or use the News tab to select from a list of sources.

Television News: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is a huge collection of network TV news broadcasts. Users can search or browse by date.

Foreign Language News:

Environmental and Energy News: Greenwire has daily coverage of environmental and energy issues at the national and state level from sources in all types of media.

Ethnic News: Check Ethnic NewsWatch for articles from hundreds of newspapers and magazines of the ethnic, minority and native press.

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Mapping and Using US Census Data – 10/19, 2-4pm

Posted October 16th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

US Census Data

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Location: MIT GIS lab, Rotch Library (7-238)

The US Census holds an enormous amount of demographic information dating back to 1790. New and interesting relationships can often times be observed when looking at census data on a map. Come learn about what’s in the US Census and the tools available for mapping it.

Former MIT staffer Robin Lippincott reads from his new book

Posted October 16th, 2007 by MIT Libraries



Please join authors@mit in welcoming former MIT staffer Robin Lippincott back to MIT, as he reads from his 3rd novel, In the Meantime, just published by Toby press

Where:  The MIT Humanities Library Reading Room (14S-200)

When:  Tuesday October 16th, 6:00pm 

See the MIT Press Bookstore’s “Events” page for further details. 

MIT Libraries’ Puzzle Challenge

Posted October 15th, 2007 by Heather Denny


Monday, October 15 the Libraries will kick-off the MIT Libraries’ Puzzle Challenge.  The contest will feature a series of puzzles that can be solved using Libraries’ resources.  The puzzles will be released over the course of the Fall 2007 semester, appearing in the Tech, on kiosks in Lobby 7, and elsewhere around campus. MIT students can view the puzzle and submit their answers online at answers submitted by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPod Nano.

Retaining Copyrights to Increase Research Impact: Online Tutorial Now Available

Posted October 12th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

A new MIT Libraries’ tutorial “Scholarly Publication and Copyright: Retaining Rights & Increasing the Impact of Research” is now available online.

  • Part 1 focuses on how copyright law intersects with the publication process.

Download part 1 (5:38 min.)

  • Part 2 reviews why you might want to retain rights when you publish and how you can do so.

Download Part 2 (9:47 min.)

  • Part 3 provides information on increasing the impact of your research by making it available through open access channels.

Download Part 3 (8:55 min.)

Together, these three parts are intended to explain how copyright relates to publication agreements for research articles, and how authors can increase the impact of their work by negotiating to retain rights to post their articles on the web or reuse them in other ways.

This 3-part tutorial is also linked from the scholarly publishing website, where these themes are developed in more depth.

We welcome your comments and feedback, which can be directed to

Doris Lessing wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Posted October 11th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Doris Lessing

Renowned for her feminist novel “The Golden Notebook,” Ms. Lessing was described by the Swedish Academy as:

“that epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny.”

Check out any of the four dozen or so books by Doris Lessing, or the two dozen or so books about Doris Lessing in the Humanities Library. The book pictured above is Time Bites (call number PR6023.E833.T56 2005).

Recent CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted October 10th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some compact discs that have recently arrived in the Lewis Music Library; they also appear in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available as RSS). Naxos discs are also available online.

Click on an image to see its Barton catalog record:

Gubaidulina, Sofia Asgatovna.
Complete works for piano.
PhonCD G932.3 piamu
Guarnieri, Camargo. Piano
concertos nos. 1, 2 and 3.
PhonCD G932 cop1-3
Kamran Ince
Ince, Kamran. Symphonies
nos. 3 and 4.
PhonCD In194 orcmu
I’m From Barcelona
I’m from Barcelona (Musical
group). Let me introduce my
PhonCD P Im2 let
Murail, Tristan.
Winter fragments.
PhonCD M931 chamu
Together again
Together again: [legends
of Bulgarian wedding music].
PhonCD F G6890.T64

Music CDs and DVDs 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.

Cool Stuff @ The Humanities Library

Posted October 10th, 2007 by MIT Libraries


Manga Image 

Need a good read?  Want to watch a DVD, or listen to an audiobook?  The Humanities Library has fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, manga, travel guides, DVDs, and popular magazines to help you kick back and relax after your last problem set of the day.

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS, 10/12, 2-4pm

Posted October 10th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Learn to read the contour lines on a topographic map and how to use a digital elevation model to do hydrographic analysis.

Topo map

Collections of the Library Exhibit at Sydney Pacific through October

Posted October 10th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Andrew Shea, employee of Barker Engineering Library, has photographs currently on exhibit at Sydney Pacific through the end of October.
Shea photograph
In his own words, “I am a photographer who reframes familiar environments. I prefer to immerse myself in the caveats of common spaces and challenge myself to redefine them by layering their distinctive elements.

As I approach each space that I photograph, I consider its texture and expressiveness, what others would notice about the space and how it might be photorealistically represented. My goal is to create images that resuscitate the visual expressiveness of each space by combining the unique features that tell its story.

To do this I use old cameras that function as layering devices and compose images on top of each other in sequential order before advancing the film. These multiple exposures include two or more vital elements such as the bark of a tree, the architectural feature of a building, the contours of an expanse, or a face of someone in the environment. Though one element usually dominates the composition, together they create self-containing narratives that speak beyond any of their singular elements. In this way, each photo becomes a unique portrayal of its environment.”

View more of Andrew’s work on his website or email him with questions/comments.

Dewey Library Hosts Exhibit in Memory of E. Cary Brown

Posted October 9th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

In celebration of the written word of E. Cary Brown, former Head of the MIT Economics Department, Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences (E53-100) is hosting an exhibit of his selected writings from October 10th through October 22nd.

E. Cary Brown, a leading expert on fiscal policy and the economics of taxation, passed away in June of this year. He was a member of the Economics Department from 1947-1986 and its Head from 1965-1983.

The exhibit includes selections of Brown’s work, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and working papers. Highlighted are two of his most influential papers, “Business Income Taxation and Investment Incentives” and “Fiscal Policy in the `Thirties: A Reappraisal.” Come see this work alongside archival items documenting his time here at MIT.

For more information on Brown, see the memorial statement on the Economics Department web site.

Go with the flow: Studies in Fluid Mechanics video exhibit at Barker

Posted October 9th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Fluid Mechanics

Come visit the video art installation of revamped films from the 1960s, Studies in Fluid Mechanics. The videos will be on display from Tuesday, October 09 through Friday, October 12 in the Barker Engineering Library Reading Room.

These videos were created by nine MIT students, instructors and staff. Their task was to use some of the raw footage from Barker Engineering Libraries’ collection of fluid mechanics film loops to create their own video art. Though this may not seem too difficult, the process proved to be a complicated one as they simultaneously learned how to convert film footage into finished videos using sophisticated digital editing software to digitize and edit the film, all the while thinking about how to creatively resuscitate footage that is almost 50 years old.

The film footage in question (Barker Media Collection, call # QC145.2.F5) consists of recently discarded 8mm films from Barker Engineering Library. In total, 148 films were created between 1961 and 1967 by members of National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films, a group started by former MIT professor Ascher Shapiro in 1961. Ascher’s efforts revolutionized the teaching of fluid mechanics, and Barker Engineering Library continues to circulate these films as DVDs.

Comments and suggestions are welcome at the accompanying suggestion box, or email the Project Coordinator, Andrew Shea. More of Andrew’s work can be seen at his website.

Introduction to GIS – 10/5, 2-4pm

Posted October 4th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Learn about GIS, and the basics of using ArcGIS, a powerful desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) available at MIT. Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Recent books and scores in the Lewis Music Library

Posted October 4th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some recent books and music scores in the Lewis Music Library. The library’s collection contains over 15,000 books and over 35,000 scores.

Click on an image to see the Barton catalog record:

To the break of dawn
Cobb, William Jelani. To the
break of dawn: a freestyle on
the hip hop aesthetic.
ML3918.R37.C63 2007
Fashionable acts
Hall-Witt, Jennifer. Fashionable
acts: opera and elite culture in
London, 1780-1880.
ML3918.O64.H34 2007
Kennedy’s blues
Rijn, Guido van. Kennedy’s
blues: African-American blues
and gospel songs on JFK.
ML3521.R54 2007
Bernstein Riffs
Bernstein, Leonard. Riffs: from
Prelude, fugue and riffs: arr.
for clarinet in Bb and piano
with optional parts for
percussion and string bass.
Mu pts B458 pre ri ar
Classic songs from the Blue
Note jazz era, for you to play
/ [edited] by Jamey
MT68.A38 1992 v.38
Kronos collection: v.1.
M452.K76 2006 v.1, v.1 pts

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

New in Dewey Library: Large LCD Screen in Group Study Room

Posted October 2nd, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

LCD Screen

Come see Dewey Library’s newly-enhanced space for collaborative work: study room E53-216 now includes a 40-inch wall-mounted LCD monitor. Simply connect the LCD cable to your laptop to share what’s on your screen. The room holds 15-20 people and is perfect for meetings or group study.

As this is a new service in Dewey, we encourage your feedback. Please fill in the comment form to be found in the conference room or email Millicent Gaskell (, Head of Dewey Library.

Dewey Library offers a total of six rooms on the second floor dedicated to group study. Reserve any of them by using the sign-up sheets on the study room doors. See also other Group Study Spaces in the MIT Libraries.