Archive for December, 2011

New access policy for Snell Library at Northeastern University

Posted December 22nd, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

Northeastern University Libraries announces the implementation of a new access policy for the Snell Library building. Currently, a visitor from one of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) institutions shows their institution’s ID to the security attendant as they enter the building.  On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, each member of the BLC will also be required to supply their name and local address for the sign-in book at the Snell security desk.

For more information, please see the Northeastern University Library’s plan your visit page.

GSC Supports Open Access: Sends Response to Obama Administration RFI

Posted December 20th, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

The Graduate Student Council voted unanimously on December 7 to submit an official response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Request for Information (RFI) on Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally Funded Research.

The GSC draft response affirms that “Open access allows all educational institutions, regardless of size or funding, to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers,” and calls for the federal government to mandate “that scholarly publications that result from federally funded research are available to the U.S. tax payers.”

The RFI, which asks for comments on 8 questions, is intended to allow “interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and broad public access to peer-reviewed scholarly publications.” Responses to the RFI are being accepted until January 2, 2012.

More information:
RFI Details

Winter vacation hours begin Thursday, December 22

Posted December 20th, 2011 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries winter vacation hours begin this Thursday, December 22 and go through Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), Rotch
Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Lewis Music
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Please note that all library locations will be closed the following dates:

Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26
Friday, December 30 – Monday, January 2

The 24-hour study facilities in Hayden and Dewey libraries will remain open as usual throughout this period. For a complete list of library hours, visit our library hours page.

Have questions? Ask us!

Cookies with Canines continues at Barker on Tuesday, Dec.20

Posted December 19th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Finals got you stressed?  Take a study break and de-stress with a dog!

The furry friends from Dog B.O.N.E.S. a non-profit therapy dog organization, were a big hit at Hayden Library last week. This week they return to campus to visit with students at Barker Library on Tuesday, December 20 at 2pm.

Tuesday, December 20, 2-3:30 PM
Barker Library (10-500)

Cookies and dog treats will be served outside the entrance to the library.  Please join us!

Take GIS with you over break!

Posted December 13th, 2011 by Lisa Sweeney

Garmin GPSMAP62s

MIT GIS Services offers several ways in which you can take GIS with you on your travels over winter break. For those who want to collect data in the field, we have GPS devices that can be taken out for extended periods of time. Find out more about the GPS devices available and how to check them out so you can take them with you on your research projects around the world on the GPS page of our website.

If you have a project in ArcGIS you would like to work on off campus, the MIT VPN allows for the use of ArcGIS off campus. If you won’t have an internet connection, you can borrow a temporary license for up to 60 days. See the following FAQs on using ArcGIS away from MIT:


New E-resources and E-books searches in Barton

Posted December 12th, 2011 by Melissa Feiden

Check out two new searches for E-resources and E-books we put in Barton, the MIT Libraries’ catalog!

At the top of every Barton page you’ll now find a search for E-resources, which covers a broad range of electronic titles including journals, books, conference proceedings and more. In Barton advanced search, we’ve also included a new format for E-books to help you narrow your search if E-books are what you’re after.

Try out the searches and see what you think. If you have questions, Ask Us!

Special finals week hours at Hayden Library!

Posted December 8th, 2011 by Grace Mlady

The Hayden Library (Humanities and Science Libraries, 14S-100 and 200) will begin special finals week hours on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. 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: Wednesday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

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!

Cookies with Canines Study Breaks

Posted December 1st, 2011 by Heather Denny

Take a study break and de-stress with a dog.

Furry friends from Dog B.O.N.E.S., a non-profit therapy dog organization, will visit Hayden and Barker libraries during finals week.

Thursday, December 15, 2-3:30 PM
Hayden Library (14S)

Tuesday, December 20, 2-3:30 PM
Barker Library (10-500)

Cookies and dog treats will be served outside the entrance to each library.  Please join us!