Archive for July, 2008

JulyAP 2008 Workshop: Introduction to Company & Industry Research for Engineers & Scientists

Posted July 29th, 2008 by Ryan Gray


WHERE: 14N-132, DIRC

WHEN: Friday, August 8, 12noon – 1pm

You may be a skilled investigator on the topic of science or engineering, but what do you know about business research? This session will introduce you to library-supported databases that cover company and industry information. We will use hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for researching two key components of a business plan: competitors and industry trends.

Contact Stephanie Hartman with any questions.

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DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons Form Working Collaboration

Posted July 29th, 2008 by Heather Denny

DSpace logoToday two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, the DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons, announced plans to combine strengths to work on joint initiatives that will more closely align their organizations’ goals and better serve both open source repository communities in the coming months.

This advance comes as institutions such as universities, libraries, museums and research laboratories worldwide are focused on utilizing open source software solutions for the dissemination and preservation of scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage digital content into the future. Making books, articles, films, music, large and small data sets, scholarly works, multi-media, learning objects and mash-ups from all parts of the globe discoverable and accessible is at the core of the DSpace and Fedora collaboration.Fedora Commons logo

The collaboration is expected to benefit over 500 organizations from around the world who are currently using either DSpace (examples include MIT, Rice University, Texas Digital Library and University of Toronto) or Fedora (examples include the National Library of France, New York Public Library, Encyclopedia of Chicago and eSciDoc) open source software to create repositories for a wide variety of purposes. Read more…

JulyAP 2008 Workshop: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted July 25th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Slinky! Fun for a girl or a boy!WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, August 1, 12:30 – 1:30pm

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

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

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

See for more information. Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

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Alternate Entrance to Dewey in Effect

Posted July 25th, 2008 by Katherine McNeill

Due to the ongoing demolition of the plaza in front of E53, an alternate entrance into the building and Dewey Library is in effect.

To enter the building:

  • Take the temporary ramp from Wadsworth Street (to the right of the plaza) down to the garage level.
  • Follow the signs which point you to the left towards the basement door to enter E53.
  • From there, take either the elevator or the stairs to the 1st floor lobby of E53, where you can enter Dewey Library.

This detour will be in effect until sometime in the fall.

New Podcast: Professor Dan Ariely on his book “Predictably Irrational” and Scholarly Publishing

Posted July 22nd, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with Dan Ariely, who was Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Behavioral Economics here at MIT, until very recently, when he moved to Duke University, where he is now James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics.

Professor Ariely recently published the best-selling book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions, in which he undermines any notion we might have that humans make “rational” decisions. His book reports on his research showing that emotions, context, social norms, and related factors drive our decisions – and that we are irrational in predictable ways.

In the podcast, Professor Ariely speaks with us about how market and social norms intersect with authors’ decision-making in an evolving system of scholarly communication and publishing. He discusses reward systems, the importance of building an accessible community of knowledge, and the need to lower barriers for information sharing.

Download the audio file. (20:02 minutes)

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

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JulyAP 2008 Workshop: Publishing Smart: Journal Quality Measures & Publisher Copyright Policies

Posted July 18th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Friday, July 25, noon – 1pm

Geared for graduate students, this workshop addresses what copyright means to you as an author, how you can assess a publisher’s copyright policies, and how you can use web-based tools that assess journal quality. Open access publishing models and the use of the MIT amendment to alter standard publisher agreements will also be discussed.

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

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact for more information.

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Stanford School of Education Faculty Vote for Opening Access to Their Work

Posted July 17th, 2008 by Ellen Duranceau

The faculty of the Stanford University School of Education voted unanimously “in support of greater openness in scholarly and educational endeavors,” by adopting a policy June 10 that will require all of the faculty’s scholarly articles to be available openly on the web.

This move is the first by a School of Education, and follows similar policies, aslo adopted by unanimous votes, by the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences (February) and the Harvard Law School (April).

The policy will give Stanford University a license to post the Education School faculty’s articles online at no cost to readers; as with the Harvard policies, waivers may be requested and will be granted.

The policy emerges “in recognition of [Stanford University School of Education’s] responsibility to make its research and scholarship as widely and publicly available as possible” and commits the faculty to “taking advantage of new technologies to increase access to its work among scholars worldwide, educators, policymakers, and the public.”

More information:

The full text of the motion is available in Peter Suber’s blog story about the vote.

Information about what MIT Faculty are doing in support of more open access to their research outputs is available at the Scholarly Publication website.

Dewey Library to be Closed Saturday July 19th

Posted July 16th, 2008 by Katherine McNeill


For the safety of the MIT community, the Dewey Library will be closed on Saturday, July 19th. The temporary entrance to E53 will be closed due to demolition work on the Sloan Plaza.

Dewey will be open as usual on Sunday the 20th from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.. We apologize for any inconvenience.

ChemBioDraw drawing tool remains available!

Posted July 11th, 2008 by Remlee Green

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We have ChemBioDraw for another year! The MIT Libraries continue to make this premier chemistry and biology drawing tool available to the entire MIT community thanks, partly, to the generous financial support from the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering Departments, and Broad Institute.

Find out more about ChemBioDraw:

Questions? Email Erja Kajosalo, the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Librarian.

Barker Engineering Library Reorganization

Posted July 11th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

cutie-pieThe Barker Engineering Library is reorganizing its collections this summer to create room for the growth of book collections and to provide better access to materials.

In recent years, the Engineering and Science Libraries have greatly increased their electronic journal subscriptions. As a result of increased digital access, many of the print equivalents were moved to the Library Storage Annex (LSA). The space gained as a result of the collection move will allow Barker to rearrange collections, creating room for long-term growth.

Additionally, Barker’s journal collection will no longer be organized alphabetically by title. Instead, the collection has been given call numbers, which now appear in Barton, the Libraries’ online catalog. The new classification will make it easier to find the volume you need on the shelf.

The journal collection is currently being moved to its new location on the 8th floor, in its new call number order. If you have any questions during the reorganization, please ask for assistance at the service desk.

JulyAP 2008 Workshop: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Posted July 11th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Friday, July 18, noon – 1pm

Class attendees will learn about the organization of key NCBI databases, understand the database record structure, and work with the BLAST search tool. The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to, or curious about bioinformatics research tools.

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

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

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JulyAP 2008 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Posted July 7th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Friday, July 11, 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.

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Archives July exhibit: What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Diary of Robert H. Richards, 1873

Posted July 1st, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Page from diaryThe Institute Archives and Special Collections is exhibiting for its Object of the Month excerpts from a diary kept by MIT Professor of Mining Engineering Robert Richards in the summer of 1873. Professor Richards, Professor John Ordway, and a group of nine undergraduates spent their vacation visiting mining camps in northern New England and the Adirondacks–an excursion that was a requirement for mining students at MIT at that time. Professor Richards’s diary includes notes about courses he was teaching, student assignments at mine sites, and sketches of machinery.

Two years after this 1873 diary, Robert Richards married Ellen Swallow, the first female graduate of MIT (S.B. 1873), and the diary includes a few entries about this personal side of his life. Among the papers of Robert Hallowell Richards (MC 116) are other diaries, course materials, and photographs, which are available for research in the Archives, 14N-118, Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm.