Archive for May, 2009

A book that has REALLY circulated

Posted May 28th, 2009 by Lois Beattie

Atlantis ready for take-offWhen the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth on Sunday, few people knew it was carrying a volume owned by the MIT Libraries – our first book to orbit the Earth.

Astronaut and alumnus Mike Massimino (M.S. 1988, Mechanical Engineer 1990, Ph.D. 1992), through contact with MIT Professor Dava J. Newman, offered to “fly” a book from the Libraries’ collection. Because this NASA mission to repair the Hubble was scheduled to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope, the Libraries decided to send into space a numbered, limited-edition facsimile of Galileo’s landmark 1610 publication Siderius Nuncius, in which he announced his discovery of, among other things, four of Jupiter’s moons.

The MIT Libraries look forward to welcoming Dr. Massimino back for a visit in the fall. We also look forward to displaying our space-travelling Siderius Nuncius – known in English, appropriately enough, as The Starry Messenger.

What are the most popular journals at MIT?

Posted May 22nd, 2009 by Darcy Duke

Ever wondered what the most popular journals at MIT are? Here are the numbers!

We subscribe to thousands more – search Vera to find them all!

Journal Title

Article Downloads in 2008

Nature, Nature News




Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences –  PNAS


Journal of the American Chemical Society




Journal of Biological Chemistry


Journal of Neuroscience


Angewandte Chemie International Edition


Applied Physics Letters


Cancer Research


Physical Review Letters


Barker Library Closed on Commencement Day

Posted May 22nd, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Barker Library will be closed on Commencement Day, Friday, June 5th, due to previously scheduled events.

If you need access to Barker’s collections during this time, you may request delivery of materials to another MIT Library through the Libraries’ online catalog, Barton. To order delivery of materials that cannot be requested through Barton, or are already on hold at Barker, please call 617.253.5661 for assistance.

Reference services will be available in the Hayden Library (14S-100) or through our online service AskUs!. Barker Library staff will also be available by email or telephone throughout the day. Please refer to our online directory for contact information.

Barker will re-open for normal business hours on Saturday, June 6th.

Make Your Legacy Copies Now! June 30 Expiration Date

Posted May 20th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

As some of you may remember, in August of 2008 the Libraries switched from our old copy card system to a Tech Cash-based copy/scanning plan. At that time we offered people the option to roll over previously purchased copies to a plan we called “Legacy Copies.” Those who elected to take advantage of Legacy Copies were given a “Copy/Print Only” card with their rolled-over value.

Well, it’s time to get copying because the deadline for Legacy Copy use is fast approaching! Legacy Copies can only be used until June 30, 2009, after which time they will become invalid on all Library copy/scanning machines. All other copies that were purchased after August 1, 2008 for use with the new Tech Cash plan will still be valid. So if you’ve been waiting to get to the libraries and copy that favorite article of yours–or those 100 favorite articles–wait no longer. Now’s the time!

The complete Libraries FAQ for TechCash in the Libraries can be found here.

Please contact Document Services if you have questions about Legacy Copies.

Reading Room Renovations Continue: Closures this Summer

Posted May 18th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

The Reading Room of the Barker Library will be closed for our renovation project from Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 5. The Reading Room will re-open on Saturday, June 6.

All of Barker Library will be closed for Commencement Day, Friday, June 5 due to previously scheduled events.

Beginning on June 8, the Reading Room will close yet again and remain closed until mid-August as our renovation project continues. We look forward to introducing you to the newly improved space in the fall!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

Great New Study Space at Dewey!

Posted May 14th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Dewey study space
The second phase of Dewey’s renovation has completely transformed the lower level! Come stroll down the new staircase to study at one of the 30+ new carrels. Dual outlets at each carrel, abundant lighting, and adjustable seating make it prime study space. Check it out!

Tell us what you think either via email or by filling out a comment card at the library.

The final phase of the project, to renovate Dewey’s 1st floor, will begin in June and is scheduled for completion by September. Dewey will continue to be open for business as usual throughout the project.

See the ReDew site for more information.

ILB ILLiad System Outage

Posted May 14th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

ILLiad logo

WHAT? The Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) request system, ILLiad

WHEN? Thursday, May 28, 2009, 8:30am to 5pm

WHY? For planned annual system maintenance

What can’t I do during the outage?

  • Make new requests
  • Track the status of your requests online
  • Download PDF copies of articles
  • Request renewals

What can I do during the outage?

  • Inquire about the status of an ILB request by entering your question in the Ask ILB Form (MIT only)

Sorry for any inconvenience! Contact ILB directly for more information.

Hayden Open 24 hours, May 14-22 for Finals

Posted May 14th, 2009 by MIT Libraries

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

from Thursday May 14th at 8am to Friday, May 22nd at 7pm.

Overnight hours are for the MIT community only.

authors@mit presents: Nicholas Ashford, Friday May 15th, 2009

Posted May 13th, 2009 by MIT Libraries

Nicholas Ashford Book

Please join authors@mit and the Humanities Library as Nicholas Ashford speaks on his book Environmental Law, Policy and Economics:  Reclaiming the Environmental Agenda.  Professor Ashford will show how environmental law cases have led to important legal, economic, and scientific developments, and how use of the law can stimulate technological change and industrial transformation.

“Ashford and Caldart have produced an extraordinary book sweeping across the scientific complexity, legal underpinnings, economic logic, and policy challenges of environmental protection…this book offers an indispensable foundation for those seeking to understand society¹s approach to environmental challenges.”

—Daniel C. Esty, Yale Law School

“Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics” is published by the MIT Press.

Nicholas Ashford is Professor of Technology and Director of the Technology and Law Program at MIT.

The book is co-authored by Charles C. Caldart, Director of Litigation of the National Environmental Law Center and a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.

Where: MIT E51-145

When: Friday May 15th, 2009, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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.

Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation Join Together to Create DuraSpace Organization

Posted May 12th, 2009 by Heather Denny

The DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have announced today that they will join their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.

The joined organization, named “DuraSpace,” will sustain and grow its flagship repository platforms – Fedora and DSpace. DuraSpace will also expand its portfolio by offering new technologies and services that respond to the dynamic environment of the Web and to new requirements from existing and future users. DuraSpace will focus on supporting existing communities and will also engage a larger and more diverse group of stakeholders in support of its not-for-profit mission. Read full press release

DSpace was jointly developed in 2002 by Hewlett-Packard and the MIT Libraries. Today, there are more than 500 organizations worldwide using the software to manage, preserve, and share their scholarly output. MIT’s online institutional repository, DSpace at MIT, currently holds over 20,000 MIT theses and the digital works of 50 communities representing collections of MIT faculty, researchers, labs and centers.

Food for Thought study breaks — May 12 & 14

Posted May 11th, 2009 by MIT Libraries

Need a break from your studies?

Enjoy free drinks & snacks at our two Food for Thought events this week:

  • Barker Library (10-500) lobby, Tuesday May 12th, 2:30-4pm
  • Hayden Library (14S-100) lobby, Thursday May 14th, 2:30-4pm

Peak LE6 audio software in Lewis Music Library

Posted May 5th, 2009 by Christie Moore

Peak LE6

The Lewis Music Library now has a workstation with Peak LE6 audio software.

MIT community users can use this software to convert LP records or cassette tapes to digital format.

To use the workstation, show your current MIT ID at the service desk to get the password. First come, first served.

Thanks to the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund for making possible the purchase of this software!

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

Sibelius music software in Lewis Music Library

Posted May 5th, 2009 by Christie Moore

Sibelius 5

Sibelius 5 music notation software and a MIDI keyboard are now available in the Lewis Music Library. Students working on music class projects — or simply composing music on their own — and other members of the MIT community now have access to this software.

To use Sibelius, show your current MIT ID at the service desk to get the password. First come, first served.

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

MIT Commuications Forum Collection Now Digitized

Posted May 1st, 2009 by Heather Denny

Since 1983 the MIT Communications Forum has hosted cutting-edge discussions about the cultural, political, economic, and technological impact of communications, with special emphasis on emerging technologies.

Valuable summaries and transcripts from the Forum’s earlier years (1983-1995), documenting the words and impact of leading scholars, journalists, media producers and political figures, have now been digitized by the MIT Libraries and are available online at

More about “The Perceptual Form of the City” study in Archives’ May exhibit

Posted May 1st, 2009 by Lois Beattie

Map of central Boston used in studyThe May Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections illustrates some of the experiences of researchers in the five-year study of the city environment directed by MIT Professors Kevin Lynch and Gyorgy Kepes from 1954 to 1959. “The Perceptual Form of the City” project was the foundation of Lynch’s book The Image of the City, published in 1960. The part of the study featured in the exhibit involved field trips in Boston to ask directions of a diverse sample of people to get a sense of their perceptions of the city.

The complete documentation of the project is included in the papers of Kevin Lynch (MC 208) and includes research notes, working papers, interview transcripts, trip diaries, course notes used for teaching, and other materials. The collection is available for research at the Institute Archives and Special Collections, room 14N-118. Many of the images and documents have been digitized and are also available in DOME, the MIT Libraries’ digital repository.