Archive for October, 2010

OpenStreetMap Event Nov. 7

Posted October 28th, 2010 by Lisa Sweeney

OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the world. It is open data, made by people like you. It includes things like streets, buildings, sidewalks, bike paths, and anything else that people have contributed for locations all around the world.

Come join us for a mapping party to learn about OpenStreetMap and update some local map data to reflect the new developments in Cambridge.

When: Nov. 7, 2010, starting at noon
Where: MIT, room 14N-132
Register at:



Peter Diamond's Books on Display in Dewey Library

Posted October 27th, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

Diamond photo

In honor of Peter Diamond’s receipt of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Libraries have put its collection of his books on display in the Dewey Library Impulse Borrowing Section.  Come see his work on pensions, social security, taxes, government expenditure, and more.

Interested in examining Diamond’s thesis?  Access it online via DSpace@MIT, along with the theses many of the students he has advised available in the MIT Theses Collection.

Support for Open Access Publishing from MIT Libraries

Posted October 26th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Libraries provide support for MIT authors who wish to publish their work openly, with no barriers to access for readers from anywhere in the world.

The newly redesigned scholarly publishing website provides a summary of the specific Libraries-sponsored programs that support open access publishing for MIT authors.

Some examples include:

  • Funding (along with the Physics Department) for arXiv, the open access repository in Physics and related disciplines
  • Paying for a membership in Nucleic Acids Research that allows MIT authors a 50% discount on open access processing fees
  • Subscribing to PNAS, which provides MIT authors with a 25% reduction in their optional open access processing fees

These efforts, along with the new MIT Open Access Publishing Fund, make it easier for MIT authors to “disseminate the fruits of [their] research and scholarship as widely as possible,” a goal the faculty expressed in their Open Access Policy.

More information:

If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact

In The Open: MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted October 20th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

As reported today by the MIT News Office, a year after the MIT Libraries began implementing the faculty’s ground-breaking open access policy, nearly 2,000 scholarly articles are now freely available online, and the effort to democratize access to published research is gaining momentum inside the Institute and beyond.

Read more about the policy’s impact in today’s campus news.

Faculty may contribute articles under the policy to the DSpace@MIT Open Access Articles Collection by uploading the author’s final manuscript, post peer-review, via a web form, or sending it to the OA Policy Submission list.

For more information, contact

Open Access Articles Collection: One Year Later

Posted October 19th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

We are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the MIT Open Access Articles Collection. Since its launch in October, 2009, the collection housing the faculty’s scholarly articles has steadily grown to include:


  • Over 1900 articles downloaded more than 63,500 times
  • Participation from at least 110 different MIT departments, labs, and centers
  • Papers downloaded (in just the most recent 2 months) from 125 different countries around the world.

Faculty may contribute articles by:
Uploading the author’s final manuscript, post peer-review, via a web form, or sending it to the OA Policy Submission list.

For more information, contact

First Use of New Open Access Publishing Fund for MIT Faculty

Posted October 18th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

Earlier this year the MIT Libraries 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 peer-reviewed open access journals that meet certain criteria.


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 in September of 2009.

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 used by some open-access journals.

First Use
Soon after the fund was launched, Professor Lionel Kimerling and Doctor Jurgen Michel applied for and received funding from the Libraries to publish their paper in Optics Express.

“We welcome the new program because it encourages publication in open-access journals that have high impact ratings by defraying the publication fees,” Michel said.

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

More information:

If you have any questions about eligibility for or use of the fund, please contact

Two New Citation Management classes added!

Posted October 18th, 2010 by Heather McCann

Citation software classes

Due to popular demand we’ve added these additional sessions in October.

Managing Your References:   Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

WHEN:   Thursday, October 21, 5 – 6
WHERE:    Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC) 14N-132

Citation management software is an important tool in today’s academic world.   These software packages 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 product should you use, and how do you get started?

This session will focus on Endnote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for citation software at MIT.  We will compare the three and introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

Please pre-register for this session.   Contact Mat Willmott with questions.

EndNote Basics

WHEN:   Thursday, October 28, 5 – 6pm
WHERE:   Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC) 14N-132

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package that allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references.  Come to this hands-on workshop to learn how to use Endnote to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Please pre-register for this session.   Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

New textbook submission form sends requests to Libraries and Coop!

Posted October 15th, 2010 by Cassandra Silvia

MIT Semester Books Submission Form

The Textbook Information Provisioning (TIP) group, a joint effort between the MIT Libraries, IS&T, DUE, the Coop and others, launched the new MIT Semester Books Submission Form on October 13th. The new form serves as “one stop shopping” for submitting course reserves requests (print & electronic) and Coop textbook orders for the upcoming semester, enhancing the service implemented last summer.

The form was developed in response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA 2008) federal mandate, which requires all academic institutions to provide specific information about required and recommended textbooks, including ISBN and publisher’s purchase price.  The information must be published in the Online Course Listing in time for pre-registration. Advance knowledge of textbook requirements will help students reduce their book expenses by allowing them to compare various book retailers, or by planning their course load to spread out the cost of texts.

Questions about this service? Email

New Video: Hal Abelson on the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted October 15th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

In a new video, Professor Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and co-chair of the Ad-Hoc Faculty Committee on Open Access Publishing, speaks about the MIT Faculty Open Access policy.

The video is also available as a series of clips: on the Origin of the Policy, Why It’s Important, MIT Impact, Worldwide Impact, and Participation.

The video is being released for the celebration of International Open Access Week, which begins October 18, 2010, and in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Open Access Articles Collection in DSpace@MIT, which houses scholarly articles made available under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Please contact with any comments or questions.

MIT Open Access: Worldwide Impact

Posted October 7th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Open Access Articles collection, which celebrates its first birthday this month, is making MIT research openly available across the globe.

In the last two months alone, articles in the MIT Open Access Articles Collection have been downloaded from 125 countries.

The collection is made available through DSpace@MIT and houses articles made available under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy. It and has been growing consistently since it was established a year ago.

Faculty may contribute articles by:
Uploading the author’s final manuscript, post peer-review, via a web form, or sending it to the OA Policy Submission list.

If an author has already submitted this version to a preprint server or repository (e.g. arXiv), the author may email the paper’s identifying repository number, or the URL, instead of the paper.

For more information, contact

Three More Publishers Cooperating with MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted October 5th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ), Berkeley Electronic Press (Bepress)and the Frontiers Research Foundation have confirmed that they are fully cooperating with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

All three publishers — ASQ, published by the Johnson School at Cornell University; Frontiers, publisher of the Frontiers Journal series; and Bepress, publisher of journals in social science, science, and engineering — are allowing MIT to obtain copies of their final published articles from their websites.

This means that authors do not need to submit their manuscripts in order for them to appear in DSpace@MIT.

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


Water Works: Recent Oil Paintings and Sketch Books by Carol Schweigert

Posted October 4th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Overlooked, 2010, 18 inch square oil painting on stretched canvas

Rotch Library Exhibition – October 4–29, 2010

Reception: October 15, 4–6pm.

Water Works features paintings by Carol Schweigert from Dewey Library’s Access Services.  Schweigert’s passion is for painting from direct observation in both oil and gouache, indoors and out.  MIT and scenes on the Charles River are common themes she has explored.  Four MIT dome studies painted by Schweigert hang in Dewey Library and were the subject of an article in the May 3, 2010 issue of News@MITSloan.  This exhibit offers the opportunity to see more of Schweigert’s paintings and sketches.