Archive for January, 2008

IAP Book Discussion: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Thursday January 24th

Posted January 9th, 2008 by mit-admin


Join The Humanities Library for a discussion of the book that has literary circles buzzing. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Associate Professor in Writing and Humanistic Studies Junot Díaz, has been included on several year-end “best of” lists for fiction published in 2007. The discussion will be moderated by librarian Mark Szarko.

  • When: Thursday January 24, 11am-12:00pm
  • Where: 14N-417
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Mark Szarko (617-258-8022, to register, and for further details

The first 8 registrants will receive a free copy of the novel!

New Model Proposed for Funding Particle Physics Journals

Posted January 9th, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

“The next big experiment in particle physics won’t need an accelerator, detector, or other big machine,” says Glennda Chui in the latest issue of Symmetry: Dimensions of Particle Physics. “It doesn’t even involve subatomic particles…instead, it will test a new way to circulate the theories, methods, and experimental results that are the lifeblood of science.”


She’s referring to the SCOAP3project, an innovative new model for funding high energy physics journals. SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, has proposed a mechanism for particle physics to pay for its own publishing costs and make articles in the field openly available to the world without cost to the reader. Rather than rely on typical journal subscriptions, which allow access only to individuals and institutions who pay, in the SCOAP3 model, universities, labs, and funding agencies involved in producing the literature of particle physics pay into a consortium (SCOAP3). The consortium then pays publishers to publish their journals openly on the web.

The heart of the model involves converting the payment structure for the key journals in particle physics, which together publish 83 percent of the particle physics articles that are posted to arXiv, the popular and successful preprint server. These include Physical Review D, Physics Letters B, Nuclear Physics B, Journal of High Energy Physics, and European Physical Journal C, as well as the articles in Physical Review Letters that pertain to high energy physics.

As SCOAP3 explains it, “SCOAP3 will, for the first time, link quality and price, stimulating competition and enabling considerable medium- and long-term savings.” They envision that “each SCOAP3 partner will finance its contribution by canceling journal subscriptions” and that “each country will contribute according to its share of high energy physics publishing.”

SCOAP3 is a consortium made up of high energy physics funding agencies, high energy physics laboratories, and national and international libraries and library consortia.The consortium includes, among many other organizations: CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research; France’s Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules; Germany’s Max-Planck-Gesellschaft; Greece’s Assembly of Greek universities, and the Swedish National Library. As of this writing, two universities in the United States (through their libraries) have pledged their willingness to support open access through the SCOAP3 consortium: University of California, Berkeley, and Northwestern University.

More information about the goals and methods of SCOAP3 is available at their website.

If you would like to share your thoughts about this funding model, please contact

Fiddle-dee-dee during IAP!

Posted January 8th, 2008 by Christie Moore

leprechaun fiddler Musicians and audience members needed for the first-ever fiddle jam session of traditional music! The event will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 2-4 pm in the Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.

Do you play fiddle, flute, whistle, pipes, harp, accordion, banjo, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bodhrán, or harmonica? Do you sing?

Come join with other MIT musicians playing traditional music from the library’s collection.

Listeners also needed!

Musicians are asked to sign up by January 10th (limited to 12 musician participants). Contact Cate Gallivan, 14E-109, (617) 253-7389,

Films in Rotch Library, for IAP

Posted January 7th, 2008 by mit-admin

IAP Rotch Library Film Series:

  • WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, January 7, 2008 through February 1, 2008
  •  WHERE: showing in 7-134A (Rotch Library conference room; enter via 7-238)
  • Hosted by Ann Whiteside, Jolene deVerges, Jennifer Friedman, and Heather McCann

Did you know that Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning maintains an impressive DVD collection, with new titles added regularly? Join the library staff as we explore the scope of the collection. Each week of IAP, we will highlight a different theme in the collection, including video art, architecture and urban development & planning. Brief, informal discussion will follow each each day’s films.

Rotch Library Film Series, Week 1

The Rotch Library is proud to present the IAP Film Series, held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the month of January. The week of January 7 is Video Art Week!

Films will be shown in the Rotch Library Conference Room starting at 11:30AM and ending no later than 2PM. The schedule for the upcoming week will be:

Monday, January 7

  • Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart
  • William Kentridge: Art from Ashes

Wednesday, January 9

  • Expressing the Inexpressible: Shirin Neshat
  • The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle”

Friday, January 11

  • HC Gilje: Cityscapes
  • Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses

The week of January 14 is Urban Planning Week!

Please forward this information to interested parties!

If you have any questions, please contact Heather McCann at (617) 253-7098 / OR Jennifer Friedman (617) 258-5595 /

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP events!

Posted January 3rd, 2008 by Ryan Gray

DIRC session

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, energy information, social science data, or patents?

Want to learn how to marble paper, improve your photography, or how to compost with worms?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2008.

NIH Research to be Publicly Available Online

Posted January 2nd, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed a spending bill that requires the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to mandate open online access to all research it funds.

nihlogo.gif This is the first mandate for a major public funding agency in the US that requires research to be openly available; it changes the 2005 NIH Public Access Policy, which requested, but did not require, open access to NIH-funded research.

The new language stipulates that investigators funded by the NIH submit their peer-reviewed manuscripts to the National Library of Medicine’s open access repository PubMed Central when the manuscript is accepted for publication.  The manuscript would then become openly available via PubMed Central within 12 months of publication in a journal.  The policy will be implemented “in a manner consistent with copyright law.”

The mandate will apply to a vast amount of research. Aside from classified military research, the NIH is the world’s largest funder of scientific research, with a 2007 budget of $28 billion. According to open access commentator Peter Suber, NIH research funds “65,000 peer-reviewed articles every year or 178 every day.”  At MIT, NIH funds account for about one-third of the research dollars awarded annually.

More information on the mandate is available from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access and from Peter Suber.

If MIT authors have questions, please contact

Watercolors by Eleanor Manning O’Connor subject of Archives January exhibit

Posted January 2nd, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Watercolor by Eleanor Manning O’ConnorThe January Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections highlights watercolors painted by Eleanor Manning O’Connor ( Architecture, MIT, 1909). The watercolors are from the Archives’ collection of the Records of Howe, Manning & Almy, an architectural firm started by Lois Lilley Howe (MIT, 1890) and later joined by O’Connor and a third MIT alumna, Mary Almy. The collection includes reports, paintings, drawings, blueprints, photographs, diaries, notes, and correspondence illuminating the lives and work of the three MIT alumnae. The materials are available for research in Room 14N-118, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with 24 hours’ advance notice.