Archive for November, 2007

Hayden open 24 hours, December 12-21: Finals

Posted November 30th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Hayden Library (the Humanities and Science Libraries) will stay open 24 hours a day during the final exam period, from Wednesday, December 12th at 8am to Friday, December 21st at 7pm.

Note: overnight hours are for the MIT community only.

Professor Cheng Addresses DRM Concerns in Latest MIT Faculty Newsletter

Posted November 30th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

Professor Wai Cheng writes about “The Pitfalls of Digital Rights Management” in the November/December issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter.

Professor Cheng, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), spoke out last spring against the limitations of digital rights management (DRM) technology being imposed on access to research published by the SAE through a web-based database of technical papers accessed at MIT through an MIT Libraries’ subscription.

He felt strongly enough about the implications of DRM that he delivered a presentation to the SAE’s Publication Board meeting in April 2007, making a case that the SAE should revoke the new DRM requirement. His presentation resulted in SAE’s immediate stay in implementation of DRM for universities, followed by the appointment of a task force to more fully examine the issue.

The outcome, as announced in an SAE press release this month, is that “As recommended by a special task force, the SAE International Publications Board voted Oct. 31 to eliminate the use of the ‘FileOpen’ plug-in on digital library products for … colleges, universities and other academic institutions.” This means that “In 2008 students and faculty will be able to use SAE International’s Digital Library of Technical Papers in academic settings without the former restrictions.”

Many thanks to Professor Cheng for his efforts to secure flexible access rights to SAE’s papers for MIT and other universities.

Please note that the MIT Libraries canceled web access to the SAE papers last year in response to the imposition of DRM. Information on current access to the papers is available at the Barker Library’s web site.

For more information on MIT faculty who are taking action to improve access to research, see the scholarly publication website.

Tapping into PubMed: Online video tutorial

Posted November 29th, 2007 by Remlee Green

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Become a better biomedical researcher! Watch a new video tutorial, and learn the basics of PubMed, the largest biomedical database in the world. Discover tips and tricks to finding biomedical information, and get the full text of articles using keyword searching and the limits feature.

Watch and learn at your own convenience! Check out the full list of video tutorials created by the MIT Libraries.

MIT Libraries launch third puzzle in Puzzle Challenge contest

Posted November 27th, 2007 by Heather Denny

puzzle-piece-and-amounts-uid.jpgThe MIT Libraries have launched the third puzzle in a series of puzzles that can be solved using Libraries’ resources. The puzzles have been 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 Correct answers submitted by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPod Nano. The deadline for entries for the third puzzle is Tuesday, December 11, 2007.

India GIS Data

Posted November 26th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney


The MIT Libraries have acquired Indian Census data to the Tahsil and Ward boundary level (the most detailed level released by the Indian government), as well as detailed city data for Hyderabad, Delhi, and Mumbai. With GIS data you can analyze the numeric information and visualize the data by creating your own maps. All data is available through the MIT Geodata Repository. The GIS Datasets for India webpage provides a more detailed listing of datasets.

More recent CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted November 26th, 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:

Alfvén, Hugo. Synnøve of
Solbakken; A country tale;
PhonCD Al29 orcmu
An audio documentation of
the compositions of Shri
Muttusvami Dikshitar from
the Sangita sampradaya
PhonCD F G7650.S815
Finzi, Gerald. Clarinet
concerto; Cello concerto.
PhonCD F499 cocl a
Virtuoso accordion
Luoma, Mikko. Virtuoso
PhonCD L9725 vir
Rasetti, Amédée. Trois
trios, op. 13.
PhonCD R185 trpflb
Zimmer, Hans. Film music
of Hans Zimmer.
PhonCD Z6495 mpmu

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.

Longer CD/DVD loan over Thanksgiving weekend

Posted November 19th, 2007 by Christie Moore

cornucopiaThe Lewis Music Library is offering a special longer loan period for CDs and DVDs over Thanksgiving Day weekend. Music compact discs and DVDs borrowed Tuesday or Wednesday, November 20-21 will be due Monday, 11/26/07 (by closing, 10pm). That’s almost a week, instead of the usual 3 days! Limit of 5, no renewals.

This special loan coincides with Tuesday’s Bookmobile which will be from 11 am-2 pm 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 on Saturday.

Thank Goodness for the Bookmobile – Tuesday November 20th, Lobby 10

Posted November 16th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

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The Humanities Library will hold its next Bookmobile on Tues., Nov. 20th, from 11-2 in Lobby 10. Choose from books, DVDs, audiobooks and music, to keep you entertained during the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Come check us out!

New comfortable spaces in the Humanities Library Reading Room

Posted November 14th, 2007 by MIT Libraries
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Looking for a comfortable space to study with a great view of the river? Consider the Humanities Library Reading Room. Check out what people have to say about it:

“Comfy chairs, quiet atmosphere”

“It has nice comfy chairs as well as literature books to distract you when you don’t want to hear about science.”

“I love the big open tables.”

And then there are the time-honored favorite reasons to hang out in the Humanities Library Reading Room:

“Because libraries are AWESOME!” and “Books = love.”

Lewis Music Library fall newsletter available

Posted November 14th, 2007 by Christie Moore

flying envelopeThe fall 2007 issue of the Lewis Music Library’s newsletter, What’s the Score? is now available. The web version has been posted online and print copies are on the front counter in the library (Bldg. 14E-109).

Read about library activities and projects, new subscriptions, and of course the ever-popular bad music jokes.

Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop for Graduate Students

Posted November 14th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

This hands-on workshop will help graduate studentspublishing-smart.jpg learn tools that measure journal quality, publisher copyright policies, and their significance to you as an author. Includes concise overviews of:

  • Measures of journal quality, including ISI impact factor and other indicators
  • Copyright law as related to journal publishing (transferring copyright)
  • Publisher copyright policies, including rights for posting your work on the web
  • Publishing options: open access channels, in both new and traditional journals, and other types of publishing

When: Friday November 16, 2007, 11am-12pm
Where: 14N-132
Presented by:
Ellen Duranceau
Sponsored by:
The GSC-ARC and the MIT Libraries

Vera Multi-Search (beta)

Posted November 13th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

Vera Multi-SearchToday we’re making available to the MIT community a beta release of a new version of Vera, called Vera Multi-Search. (MIT only)

This version of Vera adds the ability to simultaneously search several databases at once, such as Web of Science, Proquest Research Library, and Barton: MIT Libraries’ Catalog.

It’s designed to help you start your library research more quickly by showing you which databases have the most hits for your query and displaying the merged results, so that you don’t have to search each database separately.

The old Vera (which lists our all of our databases and e-journals) is still available to use during the beta period. We’re offering an early look at the new Vera while we’re still developing it, so that we can get feedback from the MIT community and conduct usability tests.

To volunteer to particpate in usability tests, or to send feedback and comments, email:

Diehard fans: Mark your calendars for the Spring Book Sale!

Posted November 13th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

Book Sale Spring 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Location: 10-105, Bush Room

Stop by and browse titles in diverse subject areas including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Fiction, History, Linguistics, Management, Music & Miscellaneous. Some materials are free!

Open to the MIT Community only

Questions? Contact the Gifts Office at or x 3.5693

All proceeds benefit the Libraries’ Preservation Fund.

Humanities Library drop-in sessions – stop in with your questions!

Posted November 9th, 2007 by MIT Libraries
sherlock1.jpg Looking for something? We’ll help you find it and answer any other question.
  • When: Wed. and Thurs. November 14th and 15th
  • Time: 4pm – 5pm
  • Where: DIRC (14S-132)  

Come one, come all!

Open Science & Scientific Publishing: Presentations & Discussion Nov. 13

Posted November 9th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the MIT Libraries, and the nonprofit organization ScienceCommons are co-sponsoring a discussion of open access and the progress of science:

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13; 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Kiva (Room 449) — Stata Center

With presentations by:
John Wilbanks (Vice President, Science Commons)

Anna Gold (Head, Engineering and Science Libraries, MIT)

and Moderated by Professor Hal Abelson (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT)

More on ScienceCommons

More on Open Access

If you have any questions about the event, please contact

Fall 2007 issue of BiblioTech hits newsstands

Posted November 8th, 2007 by Heather Denny


Read about MIT Libraries’ news in the latest issue of BiblioTech.  In this issue:

Get a PDF copy of BiblioTech or subscribe by emailing your name and address to

Exhibit in Rotch Library: Place, Sense, Time: The Summer 2007 Veneto Experience

Posted November 8th, 2007 by MIT Libraries

Place, Sense, Time: The Summer 2007 Veneto Experience
by Najiyah Edun, Shun Kanda, and Mio Uchida
October 22nd – November 16th, 2007, in Rotch Library

‘Space is real for it seems to affect my senses long before my reason. The materiality of my body both coincides with and struggles with the materiality of space. My body carries in itself spatial properties, and spatial determinations…unfolding against the projections of reason, against the absolute Truth’

-Bernard Tschumi

The exhibit aims to present the investigations, journeys and discoveries of eleven students in the Veneto Experience Program during the summer of 2007. The program is month-long architecture course that immerses students in the city of Venice and in the work of Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), focusing on the intricate and profound relationship between the life-work of Venetian architect and Venice, each embodied in the other.

The exhibit purports to express and embody the heightened visual, acoustic and tactile senses that are stirred by Venice and by Scarpa’s work. It aims to stimulate and enhance visitors’ awareness of their bodily movements in space, enabling people to uncover and rediscover how our body reacts to space and how space and the senses can promote an enhanced perception of the body.

Irving Singer speaks on Ingmar Bergman – Thursday Nov. 15th, 6pm

Posted November 7th, 2007 by MIT Libraries


Please join authors@mit in welcoming Professor Irving Singer, as he speaks on his new book, Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher, just published by The MIT Press.

Known for their repeating motifs and signature tropes, the films of Ingmar Bergman also contain extensive variation and development. In these reflections on Bergman’s artistry and thought, Irving Singer discerns distinctive themes in Bergman’s filmmaking, from first intimations in the early work to consummate resolutions in the later movies. Singer demonstrates that while Bergman’s output was not philosophy on celluloid, it attains an expressive and purely aesthetic truthfulness that can be considered philosophical in a broader sense.  

Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at MIT. He is the author of Reality Transformed: Film as Meaning and TechniqueThree Philosophical Filmmakers: Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir (both published by The MIT Press), and many other books. 

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

When: Thursday November 15th, 6:00pm

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. 

For more information, call call 253-5249, or email  See the MIT Press Bookstore’s “Events” page for a list of upcoming events.

Barker Library “Suggestion Box” now online!

Posted November 7th, 2007 by Ryan Gray


Starting in November, the Barker Engineering Library is taking a new approach to our “Suggestion Box.” Each month we will have a new topic that will be presented in our online suggestion form found at:

If you submit a suggestion and include your contact information, you’ll be entered into our monthly drawing for various gift certificates!

This month we want to hear what we can do for you!

  • What library services would you like to see Barker and/or the MIT Libraries offer?
  • Have you had these services somewhere else?
  • Are there services we have that you love? Any we could improve upon?
  • What else would you like to tell us?

Go to: and let us know what you think! Your suggestions make a difference!

Learn patent searching basics!

Posted November 5th, 2007 by Darcy Duke

Slinky patentLearn about what a patent is and how to search for them using the free search tools that are available on the web!

See also our other videos on how to use MIT Libraries services and resources: MIT Libraries Video Tutorials

MIT Libraries Puzzle Challenge–Second Puzzle Launched

Posted November 5th, 2007 by Heather Denny

puzzle-piece-and-amounts-uid.jpgThe MIT Libraries have launched the second puzzle in 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. The deadline for entries for the second puzzle is Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Congratulations to Mergen Nachin, winner of the first puzzle!

Dewey Library Closed Nov. 21-24 Due to Construction

Posted November 2nd, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Due to scheduled drilling activity in the Hermann building related to the Building E62 construction project, Dewey Library will be closed Wednesday, November 21st through Saturday, November 24th. Dewey will resume normal operating hours on Sunday, November 25th at 1pm.

Other MIT Libraries will be open reduced hours on November 21st and are scheduled to close on Nov. 22nd and 23rd due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. See the Complete MIT Libraries’ fall holiday hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns about access to Dewey’s resources or staff during this period, please contact Millicent Gaskell, Head Librarian, Dewey Library, at or 3-5619.

New CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted November 2nd, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some of the compact discs that have recently arrived in the Lewis Music Library; they will appear soon 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:

Bach, Johann Sebastian.
The Goldberg variations.
[Gould, 1955]
PhonCD B122 gold i
Brass Partout
Brass Partout. Black castles:
British music for brass.
PhonCD B736 black
Golijov, Osvaldo. Oceana;
Tenebrae; Lúa descolorida; etc.
PhonCD G581 sel a
Legally blonde
O’Keefe, Laurence. Legally
blonde: the musical: original
Broadway cast recording.
PhonCD Ok158 leg
Previn, André. Alone:
ballads for solo piano.
PhonCD J P929 alone
Singapore Symphony
Orchestra. Seascapes:
Debussy, Zhou, Bridge,
PhonCD Sin639 sea
Turtle Island Quartet. A love
supreme: the legacy of John
PhonCD J T869 love
Vanhal, Johann Baptist.
Flute quartets.
PhonCD V311 quafls8 x
Zorn, John. From silence
to sorcery.
PhonCD Z77 insmu

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.

Archives exhibits documents from the Harold Edgerton manuscript collection

Posted November 1st, 2007 by Lois Beattie

Sonar chartFor its November Object of the Month the Institute Archives and Special Collections displays a sonar chart and other records of Harold “Doc” Edgerton’s search for a Spanish Armada wreck of 1588 in Tobermory Bay, Scotland. Earning an Sc.D. in electrical engineering at MIT in 1931, Edgerton spent the rest of his life at the Institute as teacher, researcher, and head of the Stroboscopic Light Lab. His papers, which include documentation of his development of high-speed photography techniques and equipment for underwater exploration, are available for research in the Institute Archives, Building 14N-118.