Archive for December, 2010

WorldCat Requesting Unavailable from Dec. 19 through Jan. 4

Posted December 20th, 2010 by Cassandra Silvia

Requesting items from MIT’s WorldCat for delivery to an MIT Library will be unavailable from Sunday, December 19th through Monday, January 3rd due to the MIT Libraries’ furlough closure. Materials requested on or before the 19th should be available for pickup before the Libraries close between 5-6 PM (depending on the Library) on Wednesday, December 22nd.

Likewise, requesting materials through Barton’s Your Account will be unavailable after the morning of December 21st. Your Account requesting services will resume on Monday, January 3rd.

New GPS units available for borrowing through MIT GIS Services

Posted December 14th, 2010 by Lisa Sweeney

Garmin GPSMAP62s
MIT GIS Services has recently added new Garmin GPSMAP62s GPS units to our collection.

These new units have a high sensitivity quad helix antenna, so they pick up satellite signals quickly. They also have a color display, are easily readable in the dark and in bright sunlight, have 1.7 gigabytes of memory, and are easily recognized by computers via a USB cable.

These are now available for checkout through the Rotch Library front desk.
For more information visit:

Food For Thought! Take a Much-needed Study Break, December 14

Posted December 10th, 2010 by Mark Szarko

Need a break from your studies?

Enjoy free drinks & snacks at our two Food for Thought events this week:

Hayden Library (14S-100) lobby, Tuesday, December 14, 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Barker Library (10-500) lobby, Tuesday, December 14, 1 – 4:00 pm

MIT Undergraduate student wins Knovel University Challenge

Posted December 8th, 2010 by Heather McCann

Monica Isava, an MIT undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering, recently won an iPod nano in Knovel’s University Challenge! More than 10,000 students from 40 countries entered the contest. Pictured above are: Monica Isava and Angie Locknar (Mechanical Engineering Librarian).

Although the contest is over, you can still use Knovel in your own research! Knovel offers fulltext access to many leading science and engineering reference works. Try it for yourself!

Special Finals Week Hours in Hayden Library!

Posted December 3rd, 2010 by Melissa Feiden

The Hayden Library (Humanities and Science Libraries, 14S-100 and 200) will begin special finals week hours on Thursday, December 9, 2010.   Hayden will remain open every day until 2am for members of the MIT community only, from the last day of classes up to the last day of the final exam period: Thursday, December 9 through Thursday, December 16, 2010.

For a complete list of Hayden hours, see our library hours page.

And don’t forget, the 24-hour study facilities in Hayden and Dewey libraries will remain open as usual throughout this period.

Have questions?  Ask Us!

Surprise – Your Library Loan Was Renewed

Posted December 3rd, 2010 by Cassandra Silvia

Library loans for books and accompanying materials were automatically renewed today to prevent items from being due during the Libraries’ closure – Thursday, December 23rd through Sunday, January 2nd.

This renewal will not count against the 3 renewals that are available for most MIT Libraries’ books.

Library Locations Closed Over Christmas & New Year's Holiday Week

Posted December 2nd, 2010 by Melissa Feiden
MIT winter scene

photo by: Tom Pixton

All MIT Libraries locations, with the exception of the 24-hour study facilities in Hayden and Dewey libraries, will be closed Thursday, December 23, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011, as a cost saving measure to meet Institute budget reductions.

During the closure, 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 the closure – no items will be due during this period and fines will not accrue.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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

Please send questions, comments or concerns to

Remembering Omar Khalidi – Memorial service Friday 12/3

Posted December 2nd, 2010 by Heather Denny

On Friday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. a memorial service will be held at the MIT Chapel for friend and former colleague Omar Khalidi. A reception will follow in W-11.

Omar Khalidi, photo by L. Barry Hetherington

Omar, who died on Monday, worked as the librarian for the Aga Khan Program in the MIT Libraries for over 20 years.  MIT News story.