Archive for November, 2010

Library Locations Closed Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted November 22nd, 2010 by Melissa Feiden

Hayden LibraryAll library locations will have reduced hours on Wednesday, November 24th, and close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.  Details are as follows:

  • Reduced hours for Wed., Nov. 24: All library locations will close at 5:00pm (with the exception of the Institute Archives & Special Collections and Rotch Visual Collections, which will close at 4:00pm).
  • All library locations closed Thurs., Nov. 25 and Fri., Nov. 26.
  • All libraries resume regular hours on Sat., Nov. 27.

Visit our library hours page for a complete list of individual library hours.

The MIT Libraries web site, Barton catalog, Vera, and access to electronic licensed resources will continue to be available during the holiday closing.

Have questions?  Ask Us!

Learn about Mendeley, a tool for collaboration & organization – 11/23, 12-1

Posted November 16th, 2010 by Remlee Green

Mendeley Logo

Come to this session to learn about Mendeley, a free tool that can help you organize your papers and manage your references.  Jan Reichelt, Co-Founder & President of Mendeley, will give a demo and talk about how Mendeley can help you to discover the latest research, collaborate with others, and automatically generate bibliographies.

Register for the class on Tuesday, November 23 from 12-1 in 14N-132 (DIRC).

Learn more about Mendeley and other useful citation management tools.

Questions?  Contact us.

Read Impulsively

Posted November 15th, 2010 by Jim Eggleston
Books from Impulse Borrowing Display

Impulse Borrowing Display titles

Dewey Library’s Impulse Borrowing Display of selected new books occupies the low shelves flanking the stair to the Lower Level.

Check the display out and you are (practically) guaranteed to find something that you will want to read and, with luck, that will give you new ideas to think about.

– Some recent examples from impulse borrowing –

Want to learn more about Facebook?  Check out these titles
The Accidental Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich – HM742.M49 2009

The Facebook Effect,by David Kirkpatrick – HD9696.8.U64.F335 2010

Come browse the Dewey Impulse Borrowing Display.  You may be surprised by what you find!

Two More Publishers Fully Cooperating With MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted November 15th, 2010 by Ellen Duranceau

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)and Copernicus Publications have confirmed that they are fully cooperating with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Both the SEG (publisher of Geophysics and other journals, and Copernicus (open access publisher of Earth System Dynamics and other journals), 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.
Copernicus logo
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

New in the MIT Libraries Barton Catalog: Easier Access to Online Journals, E-books and more!

Posted November 8th, 2010 by Melissa Feiden

Want to see if you can get a full text PDF of a journal article? Looking for easier access to e-books?  Check out our latest enhancement to the Barton Catalog!  Wherever you see the “Get This – MIT” button in Barton, click it to get online access to journals, conferences, e-books and more.

Using this button, you can also access library subscriptions from off-campus via Touchstone.  Once you have authenticated, you can access electronic materials provided by the MIT Libraries as if you were on-campus.

This service is powered by SFX.  For more information, see our SFX FAQ.

Questions?  Ask Us!

Lewis Music Library hosts early music lecture on Monday, Nov.15

Posted November 5th, 2010 by Heather Denny

“Quill and Pixel: Chansonniers and their Modern Readers”
A lecture by Dr. Jane Alden, Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University

Where: MIT Lewis Music Library, 14E-109

When: Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:00 pm

Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts were often beautiful, exceptionally crafted, and extraordinarily expensive items, and the modern facsimiles that seek to reproduce the originals can have the same qualities and drawbacks. By contrast, the Internet has brought images of many of these amazing artifacts to a wide audience at no cost. Yet the expensive, physical publications are still in wide demand by collectors and libraries. Dr. Jane Alden, Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, will discuss this seeming paradox in her lecture, “Quill and Pixel: Chansonniers and their Modern Readers.” Dr. Alden will discuss ways in which today’s technology has changed our relationship to original manuscripts (especially 15th-century French songbooks) and what role published facsimiles may play in the future.
This event is free and open to the public.

Heart-shaped MS, 22 x 16 cm, 144 pp.

Re-Imagining Gaza/Youth Visions of Jerusalem: A Photography Exhibit at Rotch Library

Posted November 3rd, 2010 by Heather Denny

On view: November 1, 2010-January 28, 2011

Reception: November 4, 2010, 5:30pm-7pm

The current exhibit at Rotch Library showcases the work conducted by Voices Beyond Walls, a non-profit media initiative supporting creative expression and human rights advocacy among impoverished youth, co-founded by Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D., a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Voices Beyond Walls spent time in community centers in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza to produce the photography and films showcased in the exhibit.

Re-imagining Gaza (2010) provides perspectives from Palestinian youth in Gaza City, the Jabaliya refugee camp, and the Gaza buffer zone, re-imagining their lives despite the ongoing blockade and recent war in the Gaza Strip.

Youth Visions of Jerusalem (2009) shows how Palestinian children develop spatial representations and creative media narratives in the contested spaces of the Old City and Shu’fat refugee camp, both a part of the divided city of Jerusalem today.

The exhibit was designed by Jegan Vincent de Paul, a Research Fellow in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. It is supported by the Council for the Arts at MIT and an ACT Director’s Discretionary Grant.

Study down cellar

Posted November 2nd, 2010 by Jim Eggleston

The Lower Level of Dewey Library is furnished, not with sprouting spuds, but with gorgeous study carrels in a fine dark academic finish. Guaranteed to increase your SEQ (Study Efficiency Quotient) or double your money back! It’s a quiet place to get your work done.

Carrels are supplied with electrical outlets and the campus wireless works great.
With good lighting, carpet and art works on the wall to rest your pixilated eyes on, I can’t really call this a cellar at all.

When are we open? See
Study area in Dewey Library

Join us for a discussion about libraries in the digital age Wed., 11/3

Posted November 1st, 2010 by Heather Denny

Date: Wednesday, November 03 2010, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Killian Hall MIT Room 14W-111


Physical/Virtual:  MIT Libraries in the Digital Age, a program sponsored by the MIT Alumni Club of Boston, will feature a panel discussion moderated by Ann Wolpert, Director of Libraries.   This discussion will explore the diverse ways the Libraries support teaching and research at MIT today. The panel will include Tom Rosko, Head of the Institute Archives and Special Collections; Ellen Duranceau, Program Manager of Scholarly Publishing and Licensing; and Angie Locknar, a librarian who will discuss innovative instructional programs (including collaboration with Don Sadoway’s famous Introduction to Solid State Chemistry).

A reception with members of the panel will follow in the Institute Archives and Special Collections, including a special opportunity to visit the Libraries’ fall exhibition “Tell her to go to it:  Women’s Experiences at MIT” with the exhibition curators.  Refreshments will be served.
The event is open to everyone.  Tickets are $15 for alumni club members and guests, $25 for non-members, $5 for students.  Register online before 8pm Tues. 11/2.  For more information, contact Steven Horsch at, or 617-452-2123.