Archive for March, 2010

Paul Samuelson and Economics: Memorial Exhibit at Dewey Library

Posted March 31st, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

Paul Samuelson and Economics: Evolution of a Classic
A Memorial Exhibit: April 1 – May 6, 2010
Dewey Library (E53-100)

Good questions outrank easy answers.” Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson

Please join us for a memorial exhibit in honor of Institute Professor Emeritus Paul A. Samuelson, April 1 – May 6, 2010.

Samuelson was a defining figure of twentieth-century economics who both transformed many of the fundamentals of the discipline and shaped the department here at MIT.  He is widely recognized for increasing the rigor and use of mathematics in the discipline and for introducing Keynesian economics to a wider audience.  He received numerous awards over his lifetime, including the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics in 1970; and the National Medal of Science in 1996; and in 1947 the John Bates Clark Medal, the American Economic Association’s award for the best American economist under the age of 40.

Hosted by Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences, the exhibit highlights the development of Samuelson’s influential textbook, Economics, the best-selling economics textbook of all time.   Over its nineteen editions, it has sold nearly four million copies and been translated into 40 languages.

The exhibit features books, archival documents, and photographs from the collections of Dewey Library; the Institute Archives; the MIT Museum; and Samuelson’s personal collection, courtesy of the Department of Economics.  Items include:

  • excerpts of editions of Economics containing Samuelson’s hand-written edits,
  • letters between Samuelson and past leaders of MIT concerning the textbook,
  • foreign-language translations of Economics,
  • photographs and archival documents commemorating his life and work,
  • and more.

Note: This exhibit is being held in coordination the upcoming memorial service for Paul A. Samuelson.

For more information contact: Katherine McNeill, Economics Librarian, 617-253-0787,

iPhone app: Scan barcodes & request books with pic2shop

Posted March 31st, 2010 by Remlee Green

Have you ever been in a bookstore and wondered if you could avoid buying a book by checking it out at the library?  Book prices can be pretty steep, and borrowing books from the library is a great way to save a few bucks.

With the pic2shop iPhone app, there’s an easy way to find out if the MIT Libraries own a book.  You can even request it for library pick-up from your iPhone.  Here’s how:

  • Download the free pic2shop iPhone app from the Apple store
  • Scan the barcode of a book with your iPhone’s camera (at a bookstore, friend’s house, wherever!)
  • Click the “See local libraries” button.  If the book is owned by the MIT Libraries, it will show up in the list.
  • Click the arrow in the listing for MIT, and you’ll be routed to the Barton catalog where you can click the availability links to see if it’s on the shelf or request it through Your Account.

No worries, if MIT doesn’t own the book and you need it for MIT research purposes, you can still request it through Interlibrary Borrowing!  pic2shop will save a list of everything you’ve scanned, so you can email yourself or request the book later.

(This app is not yet available for iPod Touch, but check the pic2shop website for updates.)

Latest Addition to New Study Space in Hayden Basement: Wireless Access

Posted March 31st, 2010 by MIT Libraries

The Libraries are pleased to announce that wireless access is now available in the Maps Area of the Hayden Basement.

With comfortable seating and plenty of flat table space, users can find geological maps, topographic maps of their hometown, or browse world maps and atlases to take them away, all while connected to the internet that serves up GIS, Google Earth and so much more.

Grab a map, bring a laptop, and check it out.

Check out the MIT Libraries Maps Research Guide or email us with any map-related questions.

IAPril 2010: Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History

Posted March 25th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

WHEN: Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: Institute Archives, 14N-118

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program?

Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Contact Nora Murphy with any questions.

Economic Census – Half Day Conference at MIT – March 25

Posted March 18th, 2010 by Lisa Sweeney

Economic Census

The U.S. Census Bureau and MIT Libraries invite you to a half-day, no-cost conference about the Economic Census and related programs. New Economic Census data are available once every five years, and include detailed statistics for industries, and information about sales ($ receipts) by industry, by city, and by town geography.

Date: March 25, 2010
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: MIT, Bush Room, 10-105

Register and find more information at:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy — One Year Later

Posted March 18th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

A year after MIT faculty adopted a Policy to open access to their scholarly articles, many publishers of scholarly journals have confirmed support of their efforts, and over 850 articles have been added to the MIT Open Access Articles collection in the Libraries’ digital repository, DSpace@MIT, where they are freely available on the Web.

Publishers who are fully supporting the MIT Policy include:


• American Economic Association
• American Institute of Physics
• American Mathematical Society
• American Meteorological Society
• American Physical Society
• American Vacuum Society
• Beilstein-Institut
• BioMed Central
• Hindawi Publishing
• The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
• The Optical Society of America (OSA)
• Public Library of Science (PLoS)
• Rockefeller University Press
• Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
• University of California Press

Many of these publishers allow the MIT Libraries to capture copies of the final published PDF for deposit, so that authors do not need to take any action in order to have their articles openly accessible.

“We are learning that many other publishers are also friendly to the policy as we continue our conversations, and we expect this list to grow over time,” said Ellen Duranceau, MIT Libraries’ Program Manager for Scholarly Publishing and Licensing. “We want to thank all of the publishers who have cooperated with us thus far, and we look forward to collaborating with others as we move forward.”

The MIT Libraries, with the guidance of the Faculty Committee on the Library System, continue to work with MIT Faculty to help further the Policy’s goal of broadening access to MIT’s research and scholarship.

The Libraries welcome additional submissions from faculty to, or through the web form.

For more information, see Working with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Longer CD/DVD loans over spring break

Posted March 17th, 2010 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library is offering a special longer loan period for CDs and DVDs over spring break 2010. Music compact discs and DVDs borrowed Thursday, 3/18/10 through Friday, 3/26/10 will be due Monday, 3/29/10 (by closing, 10 pm). That’s more than a week, instead of the usual 3 days! Limit of 5, no renewals.

This longer loan period coincides with the Humanities & Music bookmobile on March 18 from 11am-2pm in Lobby 10.

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

MIT Libraries Bookmobile on Thursday, March 18, 11-2, Lobby 10

Posted March 16th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

Browse books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks from the collections of the Humanities and Music Libraries.

Enjoy some leisure reading, watching, and listening during your spring break.

Come check us out!

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAPril 2010 Sessions

Posted March 16th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132, with the exception of the Institute Archives session on April 9, which will take place in 14N-118.

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History
Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm
14N-118, Institute Archives

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program? Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Managing Research Data 101
Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for:

  • best practices for retention and archiving
  • effective directory structures and naming conventions
  • good file formats for long-term access
  • data security and backup options
  • metadata, tagging, and citation
  • other relevant issues

Managing Your References: Overview of Endnote, RefWorks and Zotero
Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please pre-register for this session.

Ga-Ga for Google
Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

Take the popular search engine to a new level. Learn basic searching as well as tips and tricks that will make you truly love Google.

Research Techniques for Writers and Editors
Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

Learn how to use the Libraries’ resources and databases to research your own articles or find past articles written about MIT. This workshop will show you how to connect from your desktop to a wealth of online resources licensed to MIT, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, Proquest, historic newspaper databases and more. The experts at the Libraries will show you best techniques. This workshop is tailored to MIT communications professionals, or those with an interest in journalism and science writing.

EndNote Basics
Friday, April 16, 12 – 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 workshop.

Please pre-register for this session.

EndNote Web
Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Zotero Basics
Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm

Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files. With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice. Make a searchable PDF library, and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections. In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy. Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please pre-register for this session.

Please contact Anita Perkins with questions about any of the IAPril 2010 sessions.

Over 19,000 Electronic Books From Springer Added to the MIT Libraries Collections

Posted March 16th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries have purchased over 19,000 Springer eBooks published from 2005 through 2010 with coverage of every scientific discipline, as well as some coverage of architecture, humanities and many of the social sciences. Several heavily-used book series and reference works are included; among them are: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Lecture Notes in Physics, NATO Science for Peace and Security, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Topics of Current Chemistry, Springer Handbook of Robotics, Handbook of Materials Modeling, and Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology.

The Libraries selected Springer eBooks for its first major system-wide electronic book service because of Springer’s favorable licensing and business terms that will directly benefit MIT users, including broad academic use rights, perpetual ownership, unlimited concurrent users, and participation in Portico, a third party archive. In addition, each book chapter is available as a PDF file without digital rights management (DRM). This means they can be downloaded, printed, and transferred to a PDA or Kindle.

Springer also offers “MyCopy”, a service where the members of the MIT community can order their own personal copy of many of these books by using the print-on-demand option at a significantly discounted price of $24.95 for books up to 800 pages.

Links to these ebooks are beginning to appear in Barton, our library catalog. You can also search or browse them directly or from off-campus.

Paper and Bookbinding: The Making of Diderot’s Encyclopédie

Posted March 11th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Speaker: Nancy Schrock, Conservator for Special Collections

Date & Time: Friday, March 19 1:00–2:00pm

Location: 14N-118, Institute Archives Reading Room

MIT Libraries’ book conservator, Nancy Schrock, discusses Diderot’s Encyclopédie as an example 18th century French papermaking and bookbinding.

This event is part of a series of events associated with Technology and Enlightenment, an exhibition in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery (14N-130) that explores one of the most important and controversial publications of the eighteenth century, Diderot’s Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

All spring exhibit events

SPIE Confirms Cooperation with MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted March 10th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The SPIE has confirmed that they are fully cooperating with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Because the SPIE, publisher of nine peer-reviewed journals, is allowing MIT to obtain copies of their final published articles from their website, authors do not need to submit their manuscripts in order for them to appear in DSpace@MIT. This will happen automatically.


To review other confirmed publisher responses to the policy, please see: Publishers and the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy. Publishers are being added to this web page as information becomes available.

Please send any questions about publishers not yet on the page to

For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Details on working with the policy

Women’s Entrepreneurship: Empowerment through Innovation

Posted March 3rd, 2010 by MIT Libraries

Selected Photos from the Legatum Center’s 2nd Annual Photo Competition

The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Mauritania Installing Solar Lighting Systems

The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Mauritania Installing Solar Lighting Systems

On view at Rotch Library (7-238)

March 1 – 31, 2010

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship presents this exhibit of winning and honorable mention photographs from the Center’s 2nd Annual Photo Competition, which sought photos of women entrepreneurs in low-income countries using transformative technologies. Drawing on photography as a powerful tool to spread the message of economic and social progress through entrepreneurship, the exhibit showcases stories of entrepreneurial activity, innovation, and empowerment in the developing world. By displaying the winning photos, chosen from nearly 700 submissions from 50 countries, the Legatum Center aims to present a new, dignified vision for development that inspires action.

photo credit: Bata Bhurji

For more information, visit the Rotch website.

STAT!Ref – Full text medical resources at your fingertips!

Posted March 3rd, 2010 by Remlee Green

STAT!Ref includes online medical books that contain everything from consumer health and trauma surgery to cardiovascular diseases and neuroanatomy. Find answers about diagnosis, treatments, and drug interactions – STAT!

MIT has access to the following STAT!Ref e-books:

STAT!Ref allows only one MIT user at a time, so if you can’t get in, try again in a few minutes.

Interested in e-books in other fields?  Try our E-books guide.

For more information, contact Courtney Crummett, Bioinformatics and Biosciences Librarian.

Learn about RefWorks, EndNote, patent searching and more via video

Posted March 3rd, 2010 by Darcy Duke

Did you miss one of the Libraries’ IAP events that you really wanted to go to?   Do you have trouble getting out of lab to attend our workshops?

You’re in luck!  The Libraries have recorded several workshops for viewing when YOU want.   For a complete list, go to:

Learn how to:

  • manage your citations using RefWorks or EndNote
  • search for patents
  • research prospective employers
  • use Google Maps, find research data sets and more…