Archive for June, 2010

IEEE e-books Now Available

Posted June 28th, 2010 by MIT Libraries

IEEE e-books logo
We are pleased to announce that we have just added access to all available IEEE e-books for the MIT Community. More than 300 book titles with links have been added to Barton, our library catalog, and all of the e-books are also accessible through IEEE Xplore. 70% of IEEE books published since 2000 are included in the package, with a few titles going back to 1974.

The eBooks collection spans numerous content areas, including Bioengineering, Power & Energy and Communication technologies, among other growing areas of research.

Library locations closed over the July 4th holiday and remaining week (Fri., July 2nd-Sat., July 10th)

Posted June 14th, 2010 by Heather Denny

24/7 study rooms in Hayden and Dewey libraries will remain open

All MIT Libraries’ locations, with the exception of the 24-hour study facilities in Hayden and Dewey Libraries, will be closed Friday, July 2 through Saturday, July 10, as a cost saving measure to meet Institute budget reductions.

During this period the Libraries’ website, Barton, Vera, and access to electronic licensed resources will be available. However, most library staff will be on furlough and will not be available to offer assistance. A small number of staff will be on-call to address any reported system outages; reasonable attempts will be made to bring systems back online as soon as possible.

While it will continue to be possible to make online requests for some MIT Libraries’ services or materials, these requests will not be acted upon until the Libraries reopen.  Due dates for materials on loan have been adjusted to reflect this closure – no items will be due during this period and fines will not accrue.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

See: for a complete list of individual library hours.  Please send questions, comments or concerns to

MIT Libraries Offer Aid to MIT authors publishing in Open Access Journals

Posted June 10th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Libraries have established a special fund, the MIT Open Access Article Publication Subvention Fund (OAAPSF), to support equity in open access publication by providing funding to MIT authors who might not otherwise be able to cover publication fees. A subsidy of up to $1,000 per article is now available to faculty authors publishing in eligible journals.

The fund was created as a result of MIT’s commitment to the “Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity,” launched with four other founding universities last September. The goal of the compact is to allow subscription-based journals and open access journals to compete on a more level playing field by providing equitable support for the processing-fee business model for open-access journals. As Provost Rafael Reif reflected when the Compact was launched: “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.”

The fund is being initiated as a pilot project, in cooperation with the Faculty Committee on the Library System, with the initial goal of determining faculty interest in and financial requirements of such a fund at MIT.


This fund is intended to be a last resort for use when no alternative source of funding is available. Current MIT faculty are eligible to use the fund, for articles that will be submitted for publication after June 1, 2010 in open-access journals that:

Articles reporting on research that was supported by funders that allow research funds to be used for publication fees (e.g. NIH) are not eligible for this funding, whether or not publication costs were specifically included in the grant. The subsidy is limited to $1,000 per article, regardless of the number of authors.

If you have any questions about eligibility for or use of the fund, please contact
More information on the fund:
FAQ on the purpose, scope, and use of the fund

More background on the Compact:
MIT news story
Compact web site
Inside Higher Ed article
PLoS article by Compact author and Harvard professor Stuart Shieber

GeneGo training on June 14th

Posted June 7th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Join us for a GeneGo Summer Seminar!

WHEN: Monday June 14th, 2-4PM


A case study where pathway analysis of gene expression data will be used to describe the considerable diversity among breast tumors. Subpopulations of breast cancers have been defined by applying gene clustering analysis to microarray data and correlating them with clinical outcomes. This seminar will demonstrate how pathway analysis tools, GeneGo’s MetaCore, can be applied to understand molecular and mechanistic picture of two clusters, which have the worst survival and metastasis development prognosis.

Please register to attend this training

BIOBASE training and demo on June 22nd

Posted June 7th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Don’t miss the BIOBASE training and demonstration for the BIOBASE Knowledge Library (BKL) and ExPlain Analysis System happening at MIT this month.

WHEN: Tuesday June 22nd, 10AM- 12PM


Learn how to use the BKL bioinformatics database solution, with its newly designed user interface, for systems biology, biomarker, drug target discovery, and high-throughput data analysis, or simply to gain valuable, literature-derived information on your favorite gene or protein.  Learn how to use ExPlain for promoter analysis and upstream regulatory network analysis, to identify regulators of gene expression, novel gene and drug targets, or biomarker candidates.

Please register to attend this training.