Archive for July, 2009

New Group Study Rooms at Dewey

Posted July 29th, 2009 by MIT Libraries

The renovation of Dewey Library has created many new group study rooms which now can be reserved using an electronic room reservation system. The rooms are:

  • E53-208 & 218 (large group rooms) : capacity 12 people in each room
  • E53-201 & 223 (medium group rooms) : capacity 10 people
  • E53-231, 237, 238, 296, and 298 (small group rooms) : capacity 2-6 people
Each room is equipped with a wall-mounted LCD screen with laptop connector cable, conference phone, and large white board. Whiteboard markers are available for loan at the Dewey information desk. A few additional group study rooms will become available on the 1st floor in September.
The rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 3 hours at a time and up to 30 days in advance. Rooms can only be used during library hours. To learn how to reserve a room and how to check room availability see .

Twitter feed for MIT TechTV

Posted July 28th, 2009 by Kris Brewer

is live in the Twitter stream ( Follow for quick updates, links to good videos and anything else that may be going on with MIT TechTV.

Lindgren Library Collections Relocated to Hayden Library

Posted July 24th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Photo © Liang-Wu Cai

The last day of service in the Lindgren Library (54-200) will be Friday, July 31, 2009. Lindgren’s collection of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences’ books, journals, and CDs will begin to move to Hayden Library (14S-100) Monday, August 3.  The relocated materials are expected to be in place and accessible by the end of the week. If any Lindgren materials are needed during the move, please contact Joe Hankins (3.9325, or Chris Sherratt (3-5648, The Hayden Service Desk staff (3.5671) can also be of assistance.

Final arrangements for the future locations of maps and theses formerly housed in Lindgren will be completed during the upcoming weeks. Contact information for Joe Hankins and Chris Sherratt will remain the same.

MIT Libraries Survey Data Available Online

Posted July 20th, 2009 by Melissa Feiden

In 2005 and 2008, the MIT Libraries undertook major surveys of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and research staff with the goal of gathering information about the Libraries’ services in order to improve them.  We’ve created a web site to share select data from our surveys, including:

  • survey instruments
  • overall results
  • actions taken since 2005 survey

Information included at this web site will evolve over time as analysis of current survey data continues and as future surveys are deployed.

For more information contact Steve Gass, Associate Director for Public Services, MIT Libraries.

Dewey Library will be closed Saturday, July 25

Posted July 20th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Dewey Library will be closed on Saturday, July 25, due to construction.

The library will resume regular hours on Sunday, July 26.

We apologize for any inconvenience. See our blog for regular updates regarding the Dewey renovation project.

From MIT to the moon–Celebrating Buzz Aldrin and the 40th anniversary of the moon landing

Posted July 17th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Monday, July 20th marks the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, when heroic MIT graduate Buzz Aldrin took his historic steps on the lunar surface.

Institute Archives’ records reveal that it was an accomplishment he had only dreamed about as a graduate student.  In the dedication of his PhD thesis, Aldrin wrote, “In the hopes that this work may in some way contribute to their exploration of space this is dedicated to the crew members of this country’s present and future manned space programs. If only I could join them in their exciting endeavors!”

See Aldrin’s thesis in the current Fascination of Flight exhibit in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery, or find it online in DSpace.

Access to Your Account Now Via Touchstone!

Posted July 9th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

As of July 7th, access to Your Account is now via MIT’s Touchstone service, rather than the old usernames and passwords.

Your Account allows you to view and renew what items you have checked out, make requests and more.

  • For MIT users, this means that you can now use your Kerberos username/password or MIT web certificates to securely log in.
  • For others with borrowing privileges who don’t have access to Kerberos/web certificates (BLC, P-card, partner/spouse, etc.), you will now access Your Account via a Touchstone Collaboration Account.

For more information, please see: Access to Your Account in Barton Using Touchstone

MIT TechTV is now officially part of the Libraries

Posted July 7th, 2009 by MIT Libraries

If you haven’t heard yet, MIT TechTV officially became part of the MIT Libraries on July 1st, 2009. With over 6.5 million videos viewed on the site since it’s inception in April of 2007, MIT TechTV allows you to reach out to the world with it’s Content Delivery Network serving your videos globally and efficiently.

With this transition, MIT TechTV continues to be a free resource for the Institute and the MIT community for video publishing, hosting and sharing. Keep those great videos coming! For more information on the site, see the About MIT TechTV page.

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: Accessing the Aero/Astro Collection

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Monday, July 6 and Monday, July 20, 12pm – 1pm

Find out where Aero/Astro materials are now located. This session will highlight the various Aero/Astro collections and how to access them.

Contact Barbara Williams with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Friday, July 10, 12pm – 1pm

Endnote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshops.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray


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

WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 1pm – 2pm

Learn about the organization of key NCBI databases, understand the database record structure, and work with the BLAST search tool.

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: GeneGo Training

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

GeneGo logo

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

WHEN: Wednesday, July 8, 9am – 12pm

Learn how to use this gene expression tool licensed by MIT Libraries. Bring data!

Contact Courtney Crummett with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops