Archive for August, 2008

New Faculty Book Delivery Pilot Project

Posted August 27th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Tenure-track, visiting and emeriti faculty can now take advantage of a new service. Flying book

Find a book you want in Barton, click on “Request item,” log into “Your Account” and select “office delivery” from the drop-down menu.

The book you requested will arrive at your office mailroom in 2-3 business days via campus mail.

For more information, please see our FAQ.

What we did on your summer vacation!!!

Posted August 25th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

road trip

Vera Multi-Search – Vera had a makeover!
The new Vera Multi-Search will still help you find electronic journals, databases, and e-books, and now it will also help you search for articles within journals, conference proceedings, etc.  See the FAQ page for more information.

New LibGuides
We’ve adopted a new system of creating guides to help you find information related to your research.

PDF delivery from the Library Storage Annex
Looking for a journal article, conference proceeding, technical report or book chapter that’s in the Library Storage Annex?  Use the “Request PDF” button in the Barton catalog record to get PDF delivery to your desktop.  This service is free to members of the MIT community with an Illiad account.

Manage Your Research Data More Effectively
The Libraries have a new resource to help you in managing research data that you produce. Check out the guide to Data Management and Publishing.

Printing, Copying and Scanning ImprovementsTechCash
Hayden, Barker, Dewey and Rotch Libraries are moving to TechCASH with new copiers and scanners. You’ll now be able to use TechCASH (MIT ID) to pay at copiers, print for free (MIT community only) through Athena printers, and make color scans that you can email or save to your USB drive. See the Printing FAQ and the TechCASH FAQ for more information.

And coming soon…
Look for an expanded Libraries presence in Stellar including a link to the MIT Libraries Quick Start!

Dewey Renovation Town Meeting: August 27th

Posted August 25th, 2008 by Katherine McNeill

Please join us at a Town Meeting about the Dewey Library renovation this Wednesday, August 27th at noon in E53-216. We will provide an overview of the project and hope to receive feedback from members of the MIT community on the plans.

You bring the comments and we’ll bring the pizza!

Orientation events a la MIT Libraries!!

Posted August 22nd, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Welcome to the MIT Libraries!TIM and friends

Orientation: Fall 2008

Undergraduate Students || Graduate Students || All Students

Attend these events to become familiar with what the Libraries have to offer – our staff, collections, services, and resources.


Academic Expo

  • What: An expo of MIT’s academic departments and programs. The Libraries will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
  • When: Wednesday, August 27, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.

Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social

  • What: Build your own ice cream sundae!
  • When: Thursday, August 28, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)

Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours

  • What: A walking tour of all the MIT Libraries, with special gifts for the first 10 attendees at each tour.
  • When: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 1:30 p.m; Thursday, August 28, 11:00 am;Thursday, August 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Meet in Lobby 7


Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 102

  • What: An introduction to the MIT Libraries services and resources.
  • When: Tuesday, August 26, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Where: 34-101

8th Annual New Graduate Student Reception

  • What: A reception for new graduate students, with beverages and light refreshments provided.
  • **NOTE**: Free, but tickets required. Pick up your ticket at the Graduate Student Council Information Booth.
  • When: Wednesday, August 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Where: Barker Library Dome (Building 10-500)


Health & Wellness Fair

  • What: Libraries’ staff will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
  • When: Friday, August 29, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center (or in La Sala Room if raining)

Dewey Library will be renovated in 2009!

Posted August 18th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Dewey microfilmThanks to funding from CRSP, Dewey Library will receive a much-needed renovation beginning at the end of December. In response to community feedback, we are updating Dewey to make it a more functional and attractive place for students, faculty and staff to study and conduct research in management and social sciences. The library will remain open throughout the renovation.

To learn more about the renovation and the various ways in which you can communicate with us about the project, please visit the ReDew: Renovating Dewey Library website. ReDew will be updated regularly as the project progresses so that everyone can know what’s happening.

Vera’s getting a major makeover in August!

Posted August 8th, 2008 by Darcy Duke

Vera is getting a makeover! In mid-August the old Vera interface will be retired and the new Vera Multi-Search will take its place. You can check out the new interface now: Vera Multi-Search

Screenshot of new Vera Multi-Search

The new Vera Multi-Search will still help you quickly find electronic journals, databases, and e-books, but now it will also help you search for articles and papers within journals, conference proceedings, etc.

It uses what’s known as a “federated search” to search databases from different publishers’ sites at once, including Web of Science, Proquest Research Library, our own library catalog, Barton, and more. It then merges the results and presents them to you in the Vera Multi-Search interface. When you click on a title, you are linked back to the publisher’s site that contains the full text of that article.

See our FAQ for more information and please let us know what you think!

Web version of SciFinder now available!

Posted August 8th, 2008 by Remlee Green

SciFinder logo

SciFinder is now also available on the web.  The traditional downloadable “client” version will continue to be available, but will be phased out over the next 6-10 months.

Follow the instructions to register for the web version.

The MIT Libraries subscription allows a total of eleven (11) simultaneous users between the web (one-time registration required) and the client versions.  Those 11 “seats” have been divided between the two versions.   If one version reports that all seats are taken, please try again later or try the other version.

For more information, see the SciFinder guide.  If you have any questions, contact the Chemistry Librarian, Erja Kajosalo.

New copiers now accepting TechCASH at MIT Libraries!

Posted August 6th, 2008 by Heather McCann

On August 1, new copiers were installed in Barker, Dewey, Hayden, and Rotch Libraries. Most of the older copiers have been removed, though one old copier remains in each of these libraries that still accepts the old Copy Cards. The new copiers will require TechCASH, Guest TechCASH, or new Copy/Print Only TechCASH cards for payment for copying and outside user printing.

MIT community: Copying will cost $.10 per page when paid for with TechCASH through an MIT ID.

MIT users without TechCASH can create TechCASH accounts at any time through the TechCASH web site. [note different address for the MIT community, with the “https” at the beginning ]

Guest TechCASH for MIT visitors: Copying and printing will cost $.15 per page with Guest TechCASH. Guest TechCASH can be used anywhere on campus where TechCASH is accepted, (e.g. La Verde’s, Forbes Coffee, etc. ) Value can be added to Guest TechCASH cards at any time with a credit card through the Guest TechCASH web site. [note different address from above, and that the URL begins with “http” rather than “https”]

Copy/Print Only TechCASH cards: Users with balances of greater than $10.00 (100 copies) can roll over copies from the existing (old) copy card system, Copies will be put on Copy/Print Only TechCASH cards. These cards are only valid in the MIT Libraries, and will expire June 30, 2009. Departments that want to purchase copies for a group to use will be issued Copy/Print Only TechCASH cards. Visit Document Services in the basement of Hayden Library for more information.

An old copier will be maintained in Barker, Dewey, Hayden, and Rotch until October 31, 2008. Anyone with an old copy card can continue to make copies with one of these older copiers until October 31.

Copier Locations:


Note: On August 1, 2008, TechCASH will become the preferred method of payment for photocopying in the MIT Libraries. If you have purchased a Copy/Print Card from the MIT Libraries prior to August 1, 2008, please consult the FAQ: Tech Cash in the MIT Libraires to find out what to do after this change.

The physics of baseball is the subject of Archives’ August exhibit

Posted August 1st, 2008 by Lois Beattie

Multiflash picture of girl hitting baseball

In July 1965 MIT Professor of Electrical Measurements Harold “Doc” Edgerton produced a batch of multiflash baseball photos and sent them to long-time colleague Vannevar Bush for comment. The Archives’ August Object of the Month exhibit includes Bush’s response, in which he records his thoughts about the physics of baseball, and a page from Edgerton’s notebook showing two of the baseball pictures (Bush’s letter and Edgerton’s notebook from the Harold E. Edgerton Papers – MC 25).

The papers of Bush (MC 78) as well as those of Edgerton are available for use in the Institute Archives and Special Collections, 14N-118.

Photograph © Harold E. Edgerton 1992 Trust