Archive for March, 2011

Candy for you – info for us, to help us serve you best!

Posted March 28th, 2011 by Jim Eggleston

Would you like the MIT Libraries to be open different and longer hours?
How do you use the libraries, computers and other equipment?

Look for and fill out the (very short) colorful survey in any of the libraries on the dates below. Then have some candy on us.  Thanks!

  • Thursday, March 17
  • Monday, March 28
  • Tuesday, March 29
  • Friday, April 1
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Sunday, April 3
  • Wednesday, April 6

Change in IEEE Author Policy: Impact on MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted March 23rd, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

In January 2011, the IEEE changed a key author policy, discontinuing the right authors had to post the final published version of their IEEE articles on the web. This alters what authors can do with their work and how the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy can be implemented for these papers.

The policy change is not retrospective: papers posted before January do not need to be taken down from the web. But from January on, authors may post only their accepted manuscripts, not the final published version of their articles.

As a consequence of this policy change, the MIT Libraries can no longer copy the final published articles from IEEE’s database and post them in MIT’s research repository, Dspace@MIT, as we have been doing since the faculty passed their Open Access Policy.

Instead, the Libraries are now requesting that authors submit their final accepted manuscripts of IEEE papers for deposit under the Policy. Papers can be uploaded through a simple web form and will appear in the Open Access Articles Collection.

For more information:

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAPril 2011 Sessions

Posted March 22nd, 2011 by Mark Szarko

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.  Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

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

  • When: Fri April 8, 12:00-1:15 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Remlee Green, remlee@mit.edu
  • Description: 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 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?  This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT.  We will include a discussion comparing and contrasting the three softwares, and we will introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

Advanced Tips & Tricks for Chemists: Structure & Reaction Searching with SciFinder Web Register

  • When: Fri April 15, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Erja Kajosalo, kajosalo@mit.edu
  • Description: In this hands-on training session taught by Amy Christuk from CAS, participants will learn to:
    -Explore new Markush patent searching
    -How to find similar reactions (broad, medium, narrow) and view their transformation centers
    -Conduct half-reaction searches
    -Smart tools for analyzing and refining similarity and substructure search results
    -Find closely related substances such as different salts
    -Explore tips & tricks with reaction searching
    -Find property data including actual spectra for specific substances
    -Find and export suppliers for multiple substances
    -Set-up preferred and non-preferred suppliers
    -Set-up structure-based alerts
    -Combine different answer sets to examine their intersection and overlap
    -Create structures using SMILES & InChI strings
    -Sort reactions by relevance ranking
    -View reaction experimental procedures directly from journal and patent literature without leaving SciFinder Web
    -Learn what’s new with SciFinder Web

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists Register

  • When: Thu April 21, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu
  • Description: It’s not Brain Surgery…it’s Market Research.  This session will introduce scientists and engineers to information resources that cover biotechnology industries and markets.  We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

RefWorks Basics

  • When: Thu April 21, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu
  • Description: RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help you organize references and create a bibliography.  RefWorks allows you to search, retrieve relevant citations, easily cite references as you write your paper, and build your bibliography.  It allows users to create individual or group accounts.

Using and Contributing to AcaWiki: The Wiki for Summaries of Academic Articles Register

  • When: Fri April 22, 12:00-1:00
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Remlee Green, remlee@mit.edu
  • Description: This session will introduce participants to AcaWiki, the wiki for summaries of academic books and articles.  AcaWiki is a great resource for scholars and a wonderful way to contribute to knowledge in a field and to help scholars.  It’s particularly relevant for PhD students around their general exams but useful for scholars at all stages.  We will show you how to get the most out of AcaWiki as a user and will walk users through the process of editing and contributing summaries of your own.  We’ll demonstrate several tricks and show users how to integrate AcaWiki with some popular existing bibliography management tools like BibTeX and Zotero. The course taught will be taught by Benjamin Mako Hill — an AcaWiki contributor and administrator.

Managing Research Data 101

  • When: Mon April 25, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Amy Stout astout@mit.edu
  • Description: 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

EndNote Basics Register

  • When: Fri April 29, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu
  • Description: EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references.  Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, & other sources of published literature.  Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts.  It can also help you organize and manage your PDF files.

Introduction to Mendeley Register

  • When: Wednesday, May 4, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Peter Cohn, pcohn@mit.edu
  • Description: Mendeley is a free tool that can help you organize your papers and manage your references.  A representative from Mendeley will give a demo and talk about how it can help you discover the latest research, collaborate with others, and automatically generate bibliographies.

Spring vacation library hours begin Saturday, March 19

Posted March 18th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

The MIT Libraries spring vacation hours begin on Saturday, March 19 and end Sunday, March 27.  The following is a list of libraries and hours of operation during spring vacation:

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), Rotch:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday: 1pm-6pm
  • Sunday, 3/20: 1pm-6pm
  • Sunday, 3/27: 2pm-11pm

Lewis Music

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, 3/19-20: closed
  • Saturday, 3/26: closed
  • Sunday, 3/27: 2pm-9pm

All libraries will resume regular hours on Monday, March 28.  For a list of individual library locations and hours, see our library hours page.

Have questions?  Ask Us!

Museum of Fine Arts passes available at Hayden Library

Posted March 18th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

Spend a day at the MFA!  The MIT Libraries now has Museum of Fine Arts passes available for loan to current MIT faculty, staff, and students.

You can pick up passes at the Hayden Library service desk.  Borrow as many passes as you like, but note that passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can keep the passes for three days.

Have questions?  Ask Us!

The MIT Faculty Open Access Policy: Celebrating Two Years of Open Access

Posted March 18th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

Two years ago today marks MIT faculty’s historic vote, making their scholarly articles openly accessible through the web.

In the two years since the creation of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, over 2,800 articles have been deposited in MIT’s research repository, DSpace@MIT, in the Open Access Articles Collection.

Professor Richard Holton, Chair of the Faculty Committee on the Library System which oversees the implementation of the Open Access Policy, speaks about the importance of the Policy and open access in a new video that includes voices from the MIT Libraries as well.

MIT Tech TV

Faculty may contribute articles under the policy by uploading the author’s final manuscript, post peer-review, via a web form.

More information about the Open Access Policy:

Your Account downtime for system upgrade

Posted March 15th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

The Libraries will be performing a system upgrade on the Barton catalog this coming weekend.  From Friday, March 18 at 10pm until Monday, March 21 at noon, Barton will be accessible as usual through http://libraries.mit.edu/barton, but not from http://library.mit.edu.

Your Account features will be unavailable during the upgrade.

Interlibrary requesting through the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) will also be down, since that depends on communications with Barton.  BLC holdings will be available for searching only at  http://mit.worldcat.org , but requesting will be blocked.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  Have questions?  Ask Us!

iPad 2 at Lewis Music Library!

Posted March 14th, 2011 by Christie Moore

iPad 2

Want to try out the new iPad 2? The Lewis Music Library has purchased a Wi-Fi iPad 2 for circulation to MIT faculty, students and staff. It contains over 100 music apps along with an iTunes library holding over 3,000 audio clips from the library’s recently-received CDs. It circulates for 4 hours (no renewals or overnight loans). First come, first served.

The iPad 2 was purchased with money from the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund.

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

New Maxwell Davies opera CD at Lewis Music Library

Posted March 7th, 2011 by Christie Moore

A CD of the first complete recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Taverner was just received by the Lewis Music Library:

PhonCD D288 tav

Click on the image to see the Barton catalog record.

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

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

Book Not Available at MIT? Request It through MIT's WorldCat

Posted March 7th, 2011 by Cassandra Silvia

Is the book you want checked out? Do you need materials that aren’t available at the MIT Libraries? There is a new way for you to request materials from other area libraries and the items will be shipped direct to an MIT Library for you to pick up.

MIT’s WorldCat allows you to simultaneously search library catalogs of all the Boston Library Consortium member libraries. If the MIT Libraries do not own the book or our copy is not available, you may request the item in MIT’s WorldCat. The item will usually be available within 3 business days.

If a BLC Library cannot fill the request, it will automatically forward to MIT’s Interlibrary Borrowing department for fulfillment. See MIT’s WorldCat FAQ for more details or jump right in and try it out.

And… Stay tuned for a new service that’s in development. Like WorldCat requesting, you will be able to request books not available at MIT. The new service, Borrow Direct, will greatly expand the universe of materials available to MIT community members by allowing online requests for materials at several Ivy League universities, including: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. See our previous news article for more details.

Book Not Available at MIT? Request It through MIT’s WorldCat

Posted March 7th, 2011 by Cassandra Silvia

Is the book you want checked out? Do you need materials that aren’t available at the MIT Libraries? There is a new way for you to request materials from other area libraries and the items will be shipped direct to an MIT Library for you to pick up.

MIT’s WorldCat allows you to simultaneously search library catalogs of all the Boston Library Consortium member libraries. If the MIT Libraries do not own the book or our copy is not available, you may request the item in MIT’s WorldCat. The item will usually be available within 3 business days.

If a BLC Library cannot fill the request, it will automatically forward to MIT’s Interlibrary Borrowing department for fulfillment. See MIT’s WorldCat FAQ for more details or jump right in and try it out.

And… Stay tuned for a new service that’s in development. Like WorldCat requesting, you will be able to request books not available at MIT. The new service, Borrow Direct, will greatly expand the universe of materials available to MIT community members by allowing online requests for materials at several Ivy League universities, including: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. See our previous news article for more details.

Exhibition featuring paintings by architect Harry Ellenzweig opens Friday, 3/4

Posted March 1st, 2011 by Heather Denny

"The Center Cannot Hold", 1993

Harry Ellenzweig: Works on Paper, 1955-2010

Opening reception: March 11, 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm

On view: March 4-31, 2011, Rotch Library (7-238)

Harry Ellenzweig, the founding principal of the Cambridge-based firm Ellenzweig, has practiced architecture for almost 50 years. His work has focused on innovative designs for major academic institutions, as well as a wide range of projects for research, medical and corporate clients. His most recent building is the just-completed David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research here at MIT. In addition, Mr. Ellenzweig is an artist, and has been painting since youth. His work is included in several museums and many private collections in the United States. He has described his graphic works as reflecting “a vision informed by the architect’s eye, a passion for forms found in nature and images of cities – the shared heritage merging with an imagined and abstracted urban landscape.”

Access scientific information on the go with SciFinder Mobile!

Posted March 1st, 2011 by Barbara Williams

SciFinder Mobile is now available to those registered to use the web version of SciFinder at MIT.

Accessing SciFinder Mobile is easy. Using the web browser on your smartphone

  1. Visit scifinder.cas.org/mobile.
  2. Sign in with your SciFinder web version username and password and you’ll be seamlessly directed to the mobile-friendly version of SciFinder.

Use SciFinder Mobile anytime and anyplace.

With SciFinder Mobile, you can:

  • Explore by Research Topic. Locate information on a specific area of research
  • Explore by Substance Identifier. Search for substances of interest to retrieve information such as molecular formula, predicted properties, and experimental properties
  • Explore by Author Name. Enter an author’s name to locate their published research
  • Explore by Company Name. Find articles and patents issued by a particular company, academic institution, or government organization
  • Review Keep Me Posted Alerts.* Stay up-to-date with the latest information found via SciFinder Keep Me Posted alerts that were Previously created in the web version of SciFinder

  • Retrieve Saved Answer Sets.* Review search results from SciFinder Saved Answer Sets

* From alerts and answer sets that were previously created in the web version of SciFinder

Remember you are limited to 100 detailed substance or reference displays per day.

Questions, contact the CAS Customer Center at help@cas.org, or 800-753-4227.