Archive for November, 2011

Sonorous currents: live electronic music by students, Dec.6

Posted November 29th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Come hear a performance of new music for live electronics with laptops, iPhones, circuits, and other sonological mechanisms in the Lewis Music Library from noon to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Students from Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher T. Ariza’s Music and Technology class will share their compositions.

Tuesday, December 6, 12 noon
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

New streaming audio database available

Posted November 23rd, 2011 by Christie Moore

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is now available to the MIT community. This database contains over 90,000 tracks from labels including ASV, Bridge, EMI Classics, Hänssler Classic, Hyperion, Virgin Classics, and many more. It covers music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present and includes vocal and choral music, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

Library Locations Closed Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted November 21st, 2011 by Grace Mlady

All library locations will have reduced hours on Wednesday, November 23rd and will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th.  Details are as follows:

  • Reduced hours for Wed., Nov. 23: 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. 24 and Fri., Nov. 25.
  • All libraries resume regular hours on Sat., Nov. 26.

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!

Thanks to all who participated in the Libraries’ survey

Posted November 10th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries’ 2011 Survey has closed, and the lucky winners of the 76 survey prizes have been notified!
Thank you to all MIT students, faculty, research and teaching staff who shared their feedback with us. Your valuable input will help us to better serve the needs of the MIT community. In the coming months, we’ll look forward to sharing results and actions resulting from the survey. And if there’s anything you forgot to tell us, please let us know anytime by clicking on the Ask Us! or Tell Us! links on our homepage.

Veterans Day Library Hours: Friday, November 11

Posted November 9th, 2011 by Grace Mlady

On Friday, November 11, 2011, the following libraries will open at noon (12pm):

All other library locations will be closed. Libraries resume regular hours on Saturday, November 12.

Have questions? Ask Us!

New Libraries’ Food Policy

Posted November 7th, 2011 by Cassandra Silvia

We recently conducted a study of how you like to use our spaces. One recurring theme was uncertainty about whether food and drink are allowed in the Libraries and a general desire to have a snack while you are studying. Well, we heard you and developed a standard food policy that applies across the Libraries.

In short, small snacks and covered beverages are fine to have in the Libraries with two exceptions: the Institute Archives and Special Collections, and the Limited Access Reading Room in the Rotch Library.

We do not allow any alcoholic beverages, foods that might leave the library smelling like a deli, Chinese takeout joint, pizzeria etc. or cause crunching sounds to reverberate through the space. We also ask that you leave no trace. All trash should be deposited in appropriate receptacles and spills reported to a staff member.

Please see the Guidelines for Use of the MIT Libraries for the full policy. Signs will be posted in our public spaces soon.

Presentation on Research Data Management Services at Johns Hopkins

Posted November 4th, 2011 by Katherine McNeill

Please join us for a presentation by Sayeed Choudhury on the development of research data management services provided to the Johns Hopkins University research community by the Sheridan Libraries (  This presentation is being hosted by the MIT Libraries’ Research Data Management Team, which provides support for managing research data created at MIT (

Date:  Monday, Nov. 7th
Time:  2-3pm
Place: 6-120

Bio: G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the awards through NSF’s DataNet program. He has oversight for the digital library activities and services provided by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7th

>Time: 2-3pm

>Place: 6-120

Barker Library hosts late night demo of Foucault’s Pendulum

Posted November 3rd, 2011 by Heather Denny

Staying up late in the library is common at MIT, but in this video, six grad students pull an all-nighter for a different reason – to prove that the Earth is rotating about its axis. How do they accomplish this? With a 160-year old demonstration called a Foucault’s Pendulum.


Reclaiming Copyright: A New Opportunity

Posted November 1st, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

Starting in 2013, authors can reclaim copyrights they transferred in 1978 (e.g. through an agreement with a publisher). Copyright law permits authors to reclaim their copyrights 35 years after transferring rights for purposes of publication. Authors interested in reclaiming copyright need to file a notice in advance, according to a designated timetable.

Reclaiming copyright allows the author to make new publishing arrangements, including making the work openly available on the web.

To evaluate whether you can reclaim a copyright, or to initiate the required notice to the Copyright Office, use a form developed by Creative Commons.

For more information: