Archive for September, 2009

American Economic Association in Full Cooperation with MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted September 30th, 2009 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Faculty established a new policy on March 18, 2009 that makes their scholarly articles openly available on the web.   The Libraries have been working with the Faculty Committee on the Library System to make this process as convenient as possible for the faculty, as called for in the policy.

One key effort has been to work with publishers to ensure that MIT papers will be handled smoothly under the policy, and we are pleased to announce that the American Economic Association (AEA) has confirmed its cooperation.  MIT authors do not need to prepare an amendment to the AEA publication agreement or take any other special action in order to publish with the AEA under the MIT policy.

We anticipate that this will be the first in a series of announcements about publishers cooperating with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.   To track publisher responses, we are offering a new web page.  More publishers will be added to the page as information becomes available, and questions about  publishers not yet on the page may be sent to

To submit a paper under the policy, please send the final submitted manuscript, post peer-review, but prior to publisher’s formatting,  as an email attachment to

For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Publisher Policies

Go mobile with the MIT Libraries

Posted September 16th, 2009 by Remlee Green

Many of the services featured on the MIT Libraries’ web site are available from a mobile phone on the MIT Mobile Web.

To get to the MIT Libraries’ mobile site, visit from your mobile device’s web browser.

The site is currently optimized for iPhones.  In the future, we plan to create versions optimized for other mobile phones.

From the Libraries’ mobile site, you can:

  • View hours & locations for each library
  • Ask questions and request a meeting with the librarian for your subject
  • Read news from the MIT Libraries on our blog

Read more about the mobile web site.

What else would you like to see on the mobile web site? Give us your ideas!

Special thanks to Andrew Yu and the MIT Mobile Web team for their help in developing the MIT Libraries’ mobile web site.

MIT Announces Support for Open-Access Publishing Equity

Posted September 15th, 2009 by Ellen Duranceau

MIT joined four other universities in launching a new “Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity” on Monday September 15, 2009.    The goal of the compact, according to its author,  is to allow “the two journal publishing systems to compete on a more level playing field” by providing  “equitable support for the processing-fee business model for open-access journals.”

To support this goal, the five universities have pledged to support fees for open access publication.  Specifically, the universities commit to “the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by [their] faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds.”

MIT Provost Rafael Reif reflected on the significance of the compact:  “The dissemination of research findings to the public is not merely the right of research universities: it is their obligation.   Open-access publishing promises to put more research in more hands and in more places around the world.   This is a good enough reason for universities to embrace the guiding principles of this compact.”

In addition to MIT, the other initial signatories are Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley.   Other universities are encouraged to join at the compact web site.

More information:MIT news story

Compact web site

Inside Higher Ed

PLoS article by Compact author and Harvard professor Stuart Shieber

If you have any questions about this or the recent MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, please contact

Music Study Tables and Software

Posted September 14th, 2009 by Christie Moore

There are now more reasons to come study in the Lewis Music Library! This summer some of the listening carrels on the mezzanine were removed to make room for four large study tables. The Music and Theater Arts Section has provided two iMac computers with music software — they have Finale notation software now, and more music software will follow. Use is restricted to the MIT community; show your ID at the service desk to get the password.

The tables were provided by the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund. There are also computers with Peak LE6 audio software on the mezzanine and Sibelius music software on the main floor. The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg.14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Open House Events in Barker & Dewey Libraries

Posted September 8th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Renovations in Barker and Dewey Libraries have created great new spaces to study!  The MIT Community is invited to Open House events at each library.  Please come visit and celebrate with us!

Barker Library Open House
Where: Barker Engineering Library (10-500)
Reading Room (under the Dome)
When: Wednesday, September 16, 4-6pm
Remarks at 4:30pm, Refreshments served

The old “journal racks” in the Barker Reading Room have been removed to open up the space and give way to a more flexible design.  New area rugs, fresh paint, refinished furniture and improved lighting make this iconic space more inviting for quiet study.

Dewey Library Open House
Where: Dewey Library (E53-100), First Floor
When: Thursday, September 17, 4-6pm
Remarks at 4:30pm, Refreshments served

The new, improved Dewey Library offers a secure 24-7 study space, an area designated for quiet study, and numerous power-enabled study carrels. There are 12 brand-new group study rooms, each with LCD screen and white board, which can be reserved online. The brighter, more open space also features many ecologically-friendly touches, such as cork floor tiles and energy-efficient lighting.

Book Sales Suspended

Posted September 8th, 2009 by Marion Leeds Carroll
The MIT Libraries will no longer be hosting book sales due to changes in our Gifts Program.  We’d like to thank all former patrons for your support.

If you are interested in learning of other ways to support the Libraries please see the MIT Libraries Giving web site.


Video Conferencing Now Available in the Barker Library

Posted September 3rd, 2009 by Darcy Duke

Video conferencing is now available in the Barker Library Media Suite!

Need to meet with someone who is off-campus for the day, or perhaps on the other side of the world?

Barker library is now equipped with an H.323 compatible (IP video-conferencing) system – this system can only be used with other H.323 systems (no Skype, etc.).

The Barker Media Suite is available anytime the library is open, but MIT community members may make reservations by contacting the Barker Library Service Desk.

Other resources and capabilities in the Barker Media Suite:

  • DVDs and videos: view items from Barker’s collection of engineering-related DVDs and videos
  • Viewing area: use for small group viewings of web-accessible seminars, lectures, and other video material available through MIT World, OCW, and non-MIT sites
  • Presentation space: hook your laptop up to the 48″ plasma screen for small group presentations (or use the instruction computer attached to the lecturn)

More information about the Barker Media Suite.

Web of Science Improvements

Posted September 1st, 2009 by Remlee Green

Good news…  One of MIT’s favorite databases just got better!

The MIT Libraries have recently purchased more access to Web of Science, increasing coverage by 73 years.  You’ll now be able to search:

  • Science Citation Index: 1900 – present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index: 1956 – present
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index: 1975 – present

In addition to searching for articles, Web of Science is especially useful for finding out who has cited a particular article with the “Cited Reference Search.”  To see an example, within Web of Science, choose the “Cited Reference Search,” and type “Einstein, A*” in the author field.  You can quickly identify Einstein’s key papers among the results.

Not only can you get more citation information for articles, but it gets even better – we currently have an extended trial to get citation information for conference literature.

The trial includes published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of disciplines. Track emerging ideas and new research in a specific field by viewing citation information for proceedings.  Both sections of the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (Science, and Social Sciences & Humanities) are available from 1990 to the present.

We want to know what you think. To give feedback on the conference proceedings or for more information, e-mail

Apply online for Harvard College Library privileges

Posted September 1st, 2009 by Remlee Green

MIT faculty, graduate students, and research staff may now apply online to get borrowing privileges to many libraries at Harvard!  To apply, fill out the Special Borrower Card Application.  Borrow at Harvard Libraries including Widener, Cabot, Fine Arts, Loeb Music, and Tozzer, and more.

Find out more information about access to Harvard and other non-MIT Libraries.

Also available: apply online for privileges at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine.

If you qualify, a pdf of your approved form will be sent as soon as possible, and no later than 5:00 pm the next business day.  If you need immediate access to a Harvard Library, bring your MIT ID to the service desk at Barker, Dewey, Hayden, or Rotch Libraries, and fill out the appropriate forms at the desk.

Introducing Rotch Library’s New Web Site

Posted September 1st, 2009 by Heather McCann

We are happy to announce that Rotch Library has a new web site!

screen shot of new Rotch home page One of our primary goals was to make the site more visually appealing, as well as more user-friendly.

Some new features:

  • a slideshow on the home page (powered by Slideshow Pro)
  • a list of exhibits with sample images
  • quick links to our Research Guides
  • a page describing the building and history of Rotch Library
  • incorporation of the previously separate RVC pages into this site

Technical notes:

  • The site is powered by WordPress. This makes it very easy for staff to update; allows us to use professional templates; and makes it easy to incorporate new plugins and features. Rotch joins Dewey Library, the Scholarly Communication web site, and our News Blog as the 4th of our sites to be powered by WordPress.
  • The news page is automatically updated by the RSS feed from our central libraries’ news blog.