Archive for May, 2008

Virtual Browsery survey

Posted May 30th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

Do you ever use the Humanities Library’s Virtual Browsery? What about the RSS feed of new titles added to the Virtual Browsery? To maintain this service, we need to hear from you. Please email us your thoughts:

Thanks, and congratulations!!!

Posted May 30th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

The Humanities Library thanks Peter Lamb, Jamie Edwards and Dawn Song for their excellent work in our library….and we congratulate them for graduating!

ACM and ISI Web of Knowledge have new features!

Posted May 23rd, 2008 by Ryan Gray


ACM has introduced Author Profile pages with citation and usage statistics to the Digital Library.

The new features provide a snapshot of an individual author’s contributions to computing, and a basic measure of their influence on the field.

You will find these pages by clicking on any author or colleague from a Citation Page in the ACM Digital Library

ACM welcomes your comments and suggestions on the Author Profile pages. Your input will be used to shape the next set of developments to this new facility, so please forward your thoughts to

Check out Ray Kurzweil’s page, for example.


…an expert gateway to the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide.

This freely accessible Web site gives research professionals working in a variety of occupations an invaluable tool to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology in recent decades. reveals the face of research–the people behind the accomplishments in 21 broad subject categories in life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. These individuals are the most highly cited within each category for the period 1981-1999, and comprise less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers–truly an extraordinary accomplishment. will grow to include the top 250 preeminent individual researchers in each of 21 subject categories who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work–the intellectual debt acknowledged by their colleagues. The information for each researcher is as follows:

  • Biographical information: education, faculty and professional posts, memberships and/or offices, current research interests, and personal Web sites.
  • Full listing of publications: journal articles, book or book chapters, conference proceedings, web sites and other Internet resources
  • Bibliography enhanced by links to the full bibliographic information indexed in the ISI Web of Science

Memorial Day Weekend Bookmobile

Posted May 23rd, 2008 by MIT Libraries

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Come see, and check out, highlights from The Humanities Library‘s book and DVD collections, and The Lewis Music Library‘s music collections.


  • Date: Friday May23rd, 2008
  • Time: 10:30AM – 2:30PM
  • Where: Lobby 10
  • Cost: FREE!!!

Enjoy longer CD/DVD loans on summer weekends

Posted May 19th, 2008 by Christie Moore

Take advantage of a few extra days when you borrow music CDs, DVDs, and iPods over the summer! Since the Lewis Music Library will be closed Saturdays and Sundays beginning Memorial Day weekend, these items can be borrowed for a longer period of time over the weekend. This means:

  • 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.

Here are some new additions to the more than 18,000 CDs and nearly 1,000 DVDs in the library’s collection. Click on an image to see its Barton catalog record:

Marian Anderson
Anderson, Marian. Alto rhapsody
/ Brahms. Selected spirituals.
PhonCD An238 alt
Miles from India
Miles from India: a celebration
of the music of Miles Davis.
PhonCD J D295 milfr
Young Frankenstein
Wilder, Gene. Young Frankenstein:
the new Mel Brooks musical.
PhonCD B791 you sel
Chick Corea
Corea, Chick. The ultimate
adventure: live in Barcelona.
DVD J C8116 ult
Turnage Greek
Turnage, Mark-Anthony. Greek.
DVD T849 gre
Verdi, Giuseppe. Attila.
[Soloists, la Scala, Muti]
DVD V584 att a

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

Hayden open 24 hours, May 15-23 for Finals

Posted May 14th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

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Hayden Library Humanities & Science will stay open 24 hours a day during Finals

from Thursday, May 15th at 8am to Friday, May 23rd at 7pm.

Overnight hours are for the MIT community only.

Food for Thought on Thursday May 15th – feed your brain and your stomach!!!

Posted May 13th, 2008 by MIT Libraries
Food for Thought
Take a break from all your studying and come grab yourself a snack, compliments of the Hayden (Humanities and Science) Library. Sorry, no pizza or burgers, but plenty of cookies and beverages will available. Here are the details:

  • Where: Hayden Library (14S-100) lobby
  • When: Thursday May 15th, 3-4:30pm
  • Cost: FREE!!!

New “Quick Search Work Station” in Humanities Library

Posted May 13th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

Want to see if a copy of Junot Diaz’ new book is available? Can’t find the West Mezzanine? Come to our new “Quick Search Work Station,” just inside our main entrance. Easy access to The Humanities Library homepage, and Barton (our online catalog), is at your finger tips, and a new color-coded map of our library helps you find your way around.

Harvard Law School Faculty Vote Unanimously for Open Access

Posted May 9th, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

The faculty of the Harvard Law School has voted unanimously to make articles authored by faculty members available in an open online repository. This is the first law school to commit to open access for its authors’ work.

As reported in the Harvard Law School news, Dean of the Law School Elena Kagan explains the motivation of the vote as a “decision to embrace ‘open access'” that “means that people everywhere can benefit from the ideas generated here at the Law School.”

“The acceptance of open access ensures that our faculty’s world-class scholarship is accessible today and into the future,” reports John Palfrey, the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and Vice Dean of library and information resources, in the same news story.

This vote follows that of the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences, which adopted a similar mandate in February 2008, also by a unanimous vote.

For more information, see stories in:

Harvard Law School news

Peter Suber’s Open Access News

And, for summaries of what MIT faculty are saying and doing in relation to open access, see:

Podcasts with MIT Faculty on Scholarly Publishing and Open Access

MIT Faculty taking action for open access

New Podcast: Professor George Stiny on the “Copy” in Copyright

Posted May 6th, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with George Stiny, Professor of Computation in the Department of Architecture at MIT.


Professor Stiny explains the significance of copying in the design process from his unusual perspective – a perspective that blends art and design with calculating. Professor Stiny invented shape grammars – the idea of identifying and quantifying a set of rules that can generate an infinite range of designs, much the way rules of grammar in language can generate an infinite range of sentences. His work uses mathematics to capture the creative, generative language of shapes and design.

Download the audio file. (14:42 minutes; 13.5 MB)

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:

We encourage and welcome your feedback, which you may direct to

Rotch Library Exhibit: Paintings by Carol Schweigert

Posted May 5th, 2008 by MIT Libraries

Exhibit in Rotch Library – Urban Studies/Random Views

Urban Studies/Random Views, on view from May 5th to July 18th, is a collection of recent oil paintings by Carol Schweigert of Dewey Library.

The paintings were initially inspired by the dynamic views of the ongoing construction surrounding the Library. The focus expanded to include other views in Cambridge and Charlestown, reflecting the coexistence of the natural and the architectural.

These are traditional plein air paintings with an underlying graphic composition of more modern sensibilities.

A reception is planned for 4:00PM – 6:30PM, Friday, May 9, 2008 in Rotch Library, 7-238.

Bioinformatics Video Tutorials Now Available!

Posted May 2nd, 2008 by Remlee Green

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Check out the new bioinformatics video tutorials, developed by the MIT Engineering and Science Libraries and Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine. These tutorials aim to bring research help to your desktop.

The first installment of BITS covers the UCSC Genome Browser, which contains reference sequences and working draft assemblies for a large collection of genomes. The UCSC Genome Browser is developed and maintained by the Genome Bioinformatics Group, a cross-departmental team within the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at UCSC.

Watch these videos to learn more about the UCSC Genome Browser. Learn how to retrieve DNA sequence, display and configure the annotation tracks, identify gene intron-exon boundaries, and use the BLAT tool.

BIT 1.1: UCSC Genome Browser: Getting DNA Sequence (3:57)
BIT 1.2: UCSC Genome Browser: Using Annotation Tracks (5:47)
BIT 1.3: UCSC Genome Browser: Locating Intron-Exon Boundaries (4:56)
BIT 1.4: UCSC Genome Browser: Searching with BLAT (6:14)

Learn at your own convenience and your own pace.

Find the Bioinformatics Tutorial Series (BITS), and many other tutorials, on the video tutorials page.

Questions? Email

Archives’ May exhibit features 1933 Van de Graaff generator

Posted May 1st, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Van de Graaff generatorThis month the Institute Archives and Special Collections focuses on some of MIT’s early energy research. Robert J. Van de Graaff came to MIT in 1931, where he worked on the development of the high-voltage generator that bears his name. May’s Object of the Month describes the apparatus and includes photographs from the 1933 “Progress Report on the M.I.T. High-Voltage Generator at Round Hill.” The exhibit includes a link to a demonstration of the Van de Graaff generator by Professor Walter Lewin.

The Archives holds several collections that contain materials about the Van de Graaff generator: the Papers of Robert J. Van de Graaff (MC 45), the Records of the High Voltage Energy Corporation (MC 153), and the Records of the MIT President (AC 4). All are available for research, with 24 hours’ notice, in 14N-118, Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm.