Archive for August, 2011

IDC Technology Market Research Reports Now Available at MIT

Posted August 29th, 2011 by Katherine McNeill

MIT Libraries now subscribes to reports from IDC, a leading provider of research on information technology and consumer technology markets worldwide.  IDC reports provide industry data, analyses, and forecasts about the following technology markets:

  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • energy
  • financial services
  • healthcare
  • government

The most straight-forward method for searching for reports from within IDC is to select the “Advanced” search button on the homepage to use the advanced query options for entering keywords and geographic areas.

For assistance with IDC or other market research sources contact a librarian via Ask Us! Access IDC via Vera or its shortcut URL at

New guides for circulation and course reserves info

Posted August 29th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden


Ever wonder how to renew books you’ve borrowed from the library?  Want to find books on reserve for your courses?  Check out our new Circulation and Course Reserves FAQs.

These guides give you answers to commonly asked questions about circulation and course reserves policies, but if you’re still having trouble figuring out what to do, Ask Us!

Barker Library closes early on Wednesday, August 31

Posted August 29th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Barker Library will close at 4pm on Wednesday, August 31 due to previously-scheduled special event.

Reference services will be available in the Hayden Library (14S-100) or online through AskUs!.

Barker will re-open for normal business hours on Thursday, September 1st.

All MIT Libraries will be closed on Sunday, August 28th due to hurricane

Posted August 26th, 2011 by Darcy Duke

Photo credit: NASA

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, all of the MIT Libraries will be closed on Sunday, August 28 due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Patrick.

At a press conference earlier today, the Governor and officials urged residents to “stay off the roads from Saturday evening through the end of the storm,” among other precautions.

We are planning to maintain regular hours on Saturday, with Hayden Library open from 1pm-6pm, but will monitor the situation if conditions change.

Mobile music: QR codes in Music Library

Posted August 25th, 2011 by Remlee Green

American Song mobile site

QR code for jazz music

Posters scattered throughout Lewis Music Library direct users to listen to streaming music on their mobile devices by scanning QR codes.  Each poster highlights a different genre from Alexander Street Press music databases (Contemporary World Music and American Song).


  • Make sure you’re connected to the “MIT” network on your mobile device (not the “MIT Guest” network) before scanning.
  • Only 3 users can listen to music at the same time, so if you’re turned away, try again later!

Interested in trying more new tools & services?  See all of our betas & widgets!

Go mobile with us!

Posted August 22nd, 2011 by Remlee Green

mobile web site homepageIf you’re a member of the MIT community and you have a smart phone, chances are good that you’ve visited the MIT Mobile Web already.  (Anyone else love the shuttle schedule?!)

Good news – we’ve just improved the Libraries’ section of the MIT Mobile Web!  Check it out by looking for the Libraries’ icon on the MIT Mobile Web, or go straight to from a smart phone.

Now, you’ll be able to:

  • Search for and request books
  • Manage Your Account: renew books you have checked out and view your requests or fines
  • View hours and locations for each library
  • Ask questions, submit comments, or request a meeting with the librarian for your subject
  • Read news from the MIT Libraries on our blog
  • Discover mobile tools to help with your research

Find out more information.

What else would you like to see on the mobile web site? Give us your ideas!

Special thanks to the MIT Mobile Web team for their help in developing the MIT Libraries’ mobile web site.

One Book, Three Ways

Posted August 22nd, 2011 by Rebecca Caswell

Before bookbinding became mechanized, most books were sold unbound. The purchaser, not the publisher, was responsible for the binding of the book.  This meant that one could have his books bound according to budget or taste. Above  is an example showing three copies Jean Jallabert’s Experiences sur L’Electricité (1750), bound in three different ways.

The first two volumes are bound using decorative paper – an inexpensive, but attractive option. The third copy is slightly larger because it was bound with another book, and was given a more elegant full leather binding.

Bindings can give us important clues about a book’s history, such as who owned it and how it was used.  For this reason, it is often important to preserve a book’s covers as well as its contents. These three volumes will be preserved in the Institute Archives and Special Collections so that we can continue to study them – inside and out.

Find it in the library


Institute Archives closed for research use August 22-Sept.9

Posted August 11th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The Institute Archives and Special Collections reading room (14N-118) will be temporarily closed for research use for three weeks, from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 9, 2011 due to construction in the building.  During this time, research assistance from Archives staff will be available online and by phone.  Research and reference requests can be made through a web form on the Archives website, or by calling 617.253.5690 for urgent requests.