Archive for September, 2011

It’s a wrap!

Posted September 30th, 2011 by Rebecca Caswell

In this image, a Libraries staff member works with a local moving company to prepare a truck of journals for shipment to the Northeast Regional Scanning Center at the Boston Public Library. The materials will be digitized by the Open Content Alliance, which runs the scanning center.

The journals in this shipment span the years 1883-1908, and include electricity related titles such as Western Electrician and Street Railway Gazette.  As the items are digitized, they will be made available online in the Internet Archive.

This shipment also included copies of working papers published by MIT’s Department of Economics. The Libraries are currently scanning over 1,100 of these papers. They are available online at DSpace@MIT.


New Guide on Using Images: Copyright and Fair Use

Posted September 28th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

The Libraries are offering a new guide for Using Images: Copyright & Fair Use with suggestions for how you can appropriately use and cite images (and other content) to avoid copyright infringement or plagiarism.

Guide for Using Images









The guide explains fair use and offers hints on identifying images that are available for reuse without any permission needed.

If you have questions that are not answered by the guide, please contact

authors@mit presents: Jim Ottaviani Reading Thursday, October 6, 2011

Posted September 26th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Jim Ottaviani's Feynmanauthors@mit presents:
Jim Ottaviani
and his new graphic novel:

Thurs., Oct. 6th,
MIT 4-370
182 Memorial Dr.


Please join us as we welcome Jim Ottaviani to the MIT campus to discuss his newest graphic novel.

Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the “Challenger” disaster.

Presented by authors@mit, a lecture series co-sponsored
by the MIT Libraries & the MIT Press Bookstore.
Open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Join us!
Event Info: (617) 253-5249, or

New Group Study Spaces in Barker Library

Posted September 26th, 2011 by Cassandra Silvia

We officially opened a new, Barker Library group study space on the 8th floor this morning. The space has a total of 12 cubes. 10 of the cubes have a long table, seating for 4, two sided moveable wipe boards and tackable partition walls. The other 2 cubes have soft seating and a small side table. The spaces are available to the MIT community on a first come, first serve basis during library hours.

Welcome back! Check out what the Libraries did over your summer vacation.

Posted September 22nd, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries have been working hard during your summer vacation. Here are some of the new things you can look forward to this fall:

New resources

Library hours & study space

Upcoming Events

View the What we did on your summer vacation flyer (pdf).

Brush up on your language skills with Byki!

Posted September 21st, 2011 by Patsy Baudoin

Learn any of over 70 languages, including English, using the Byki language-learning system. Once there, you’ll have to register so Byki Online remembers what you’ve covered and what progress you’ve made when you come back.

Give it a try — it’ll make traveling and working abroad that much easier!


Learn any of over 70 languages, including English, using the BYKI language-learning system, Once there, you’ll have to register so BYKI Online knows what you’ve covered and what progress you’ve made when you come back. Give it a try!

GIS workshops – Fall 2011 Series

Posted September 19th, 2011 by Lisa Sweeney

MIT GIS Services

Come learn about creating maps and doing geographic analysis!

Register for the Fall GIS workshop series.

Workshops include:

  • Introduction to GIS – Friday, Sept. 23, 1-3:30 pm or Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4-5:30 pm.  This session will introduce students to open source and proprietary GIS options.
  • Introduction to GIS for Architecture – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 12:30-2 pm
  • Discovering and Using US Census Data – Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1-3:30 pm
  • Exploring Spatial Patterns using ArcMap – Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1-3:30 pm
  • Introduction to Spatial Statistics Tools and Analysis in ArcMap – Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1-3:30 pm
  • Introduction to Regression Analysis in ArcMap – Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1-3:30 pm

Staged Reading of Medea’s Nurse by Alan Brody

Posted September 16th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts
Medea’s Nurse by Alan Brody

Bette Warren still lives in her own home although she knows she has the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Her grandson, who has been away for ten years returns and this sets off a series of self discoveries for Betty, her daughter Charlotte, and Adam, her grandson.

Alan Brody is a Professor of Theater Arts at MIT.

Upcoming reading dates in the “It’s Alive” series: Thursdays, October 13 and November 17

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

Register for citation software classes in October

Posted September 15th, 2011 by Remlee Green

Learn how to manage articles and cite your references more effectively in these hands-on workshops.  Register now for October classes.

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12-1:15pm
Room 14N-132 (DIRC)

Find out about software to create, organize, and maintain your collection of references. These citation management products 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. Which one 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 compare these three products and introduce the basic functionality of each program.  Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

EndNote Basics

Friday, October 28, 2011 at 12-1pm
Room 14N-132 (DIRC)

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.  Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

Can’t make it to either class?

Check out our guides on citation software, or watch video tutorials on citation management tools.

Into the Sky with Diamonds: book discussion with author

Posted September 7th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-5 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

grelsamerRonald P. Grelsamer, M.D. will discuss his book, Into the Sky with Diamonds: the Beatles and the Race to the Moon in the Psychedelic ’60s. NASA Astronaut and MIT Professor Jeffrey A. Hoffman will also participate in this event.

Dr. Grelsamer is Chief, Patellofemoral Reconstruction at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, email Peter Munstedt or call 617-253-5636.

Follow us on Foursquare!

Posted September 6th, 2011 by Remlee Green

Foursquare icon

If you have a smart phone and use the Foursquare app, follow the MIT Libraries! Foursquare is an app that allows you to check in at various locations and read tips and reviews from other users about that place.

We’ve added tips about all of the libraries at MIT, and if you follow us, those tips will pop up when you check in around campus.  We’ve also set up a list of libraries, so if you follow the list, you can take a tour of the MIT Libraries with Foursquare!

See our full list of betas & widgets and recommended mobile apps & sites.  Also, check out MIT’s Foursquare tips!

Fall hours begin Tuesday, September 6

Posted September 2nd, 2011 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries fall hours begin this Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

Barker, Hayden (Humanities & Science)
Monday-Thursday: 9am-12am
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-11pm

Dewey, Rotch
Monday-Thursday: 9am-11pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-11pm

Lewis Music
Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-9pm

These hours will remain in effect until Tuesday, December 13, 2011. For a complete list of library locations and hours, see Fall/Spring Term 2011/12 hours.

Have questions? Ask us!



Libraries closed on Labor Day

Posted September 1st, 2011 by Grace Mlady

All MIT libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

The Libraries will begin fall hours on Tuesday, September 6. See our Fall/Spring Term 2011/12 hours page for a list of library locations and hours.

Have questions?  Ask us!