Archive for May, 2012

Watch video for Rotch Library exhibit on artist books

Posted May 29th, 2012 by Melissa Feiden

Check out our new video for the exhibit Bookish: Artist Books from the Collection of Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, 1960-Present. Guest curator Samuel Ray Jacobson, MIT SMArchS ’13, History Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, discusses the artist books on display in Rotch Library.  The exhibit runs through June 10, 2012.

Created in conjunction with the symposium Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book which took place on May 4, Rotch’s Bookish exhibit explores the means and methods through which artist books challenge the book as traditionally conceived. By their selective, intentional performance and denial of normative aspects of book design, these artist-conceived objects negate such norms while sustaining their worth and continued relevance.

UCSF Follows MIT Model in New Open Access Policy

Posted May 25th, 2012 by Ellen Duranceau

The University of California San Francisco, the largest public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health whose faculty publishes more than 4,500 scientific papers each year, has announced a new open access policy modelled on the language in the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Russ Cucina, Associate Professor at UCSF Medical Center, comments that the policy, which passed in a unanimous vote, “guarantees that scientists around the world will have access to the work done at UCSF for them to build upon.” He points to predecessors Harvard and MIT in laying the groundwork for the UCSF policy, and predicts that it will be “a model that the 9 other UC campuses will follow.”

The UCSF Policy “requires UCSF faculty to make each of their articles freely available immediately through an open-access repository” via a mechanicsm like the one established by the MIT faculty. Through their new policy, the UCSF faculty grant a license to the university, giving UCSF a “nonexclusive license to distribute any peer-reviewed articles that will also be published in scientific or medical journals.”

Cucina indicates that this new policy “may prove to be the University’s definitive response” to an endemic imbalance in the scholarly publishing market in which “the publishing companies [have] tremendous pricing power that they’ve been increasingly willing to wield.” He points to UC’s 2010 imbroglio with Nature Publishing Group, when “they proposed a 400% hike in subscription fees and UC responded by threatening a total boycott.”

The UCSF press release reports that “In the past few years, 141 universities worldwide, including Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have … created very effective blanket policies similar to the one just passed at UCSF.”

Policies modeled on the Harvard and MIT language have been put in place on many U.S. campuses, including Columbia, Duke, Emory, Oberlin, Princeton, and the University of Kansas. MIT research is made available under the MIT faculty policy through the Open Access Articles Collection in DSpace@MIT.

More Information:

UCSF press release

UCSF policy and supporting documents

FAQ about the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Libraries Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted May 25th, 2012 by Grace Mlady

All MIT Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28.

The Libraries will resume regular summer hours on Tuesday, May 29.  Please see our summer hours for a list of library locations and hours.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Summer hours begin Friday, May 25

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries summer hours begin this Friday, May 25, 2012.

Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), Rotch
Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: closed
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Lewis Music
Monday-Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: closed


These hours will remain in effect until Tuesday, September 4, 2012.  For a complete list of library locations and hours, see the MIT Libraries hours page.

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White House Launches Petition on Access to Federally Funded Research Results

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Ellen Duranceau

The White House has posted a petition calling for public access to federally funded research results. It urges President Obama to “require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.”

This petition follows MIT’s recent participation in the Obama Administration’s Request for Information (RFI) on public access to the results of federally funded research. In the response, MIT affirmed that public access is “of substantial significance” to MIT, because public access aligns with MIT’s mission to “generate, disseminate, and preserve knowledge,” and because:

“The ability of research universities to continue to contribute to the welfare of the nation and the interests of the states and local communities in which we reside is fundamentally connected to the open availability of the research results produced by MIT and by the country’s large and small research universities.”

This new petition will help the Obama Administration identify the priorities to act on in the next few months. If it yields 25,000 signatures in 30 days, it will be reviewed by White House staff, and considered for action.

To review or sign the petition:
Visit the We The People site

Open access research in the news

Posted May 21st, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

Economist Finkelstein wins John Bates Clark Medal

The American Economic Association has named Amy Finkelstein winner of the 2012 John Bates Clark Medal, a prestigious annual award given to an economist under 40. Professor Finkelstein researches health insurance markets and has, among other work, analyzed the effects of Medicare and Medicaid on healthcare spending. In its announcement the AEA notes that Finkelstein’s research is “centered on some of the most important and policy-relevant issues facing developed economies today,” and calls her “one of the most accomplished applied micro-economists of her generation.”

Explore Professor Finkelstein’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

Using Figures in Publications — No Permission Needed from Major Publishers

Posted May 15th, 2012 by Ellen Duranceau

It’s easier to use figures, illustrations, and tables from major publishers in new scholarly publications because of contracts signed by the MIT Libraries for use of journals on campus. If an MIT author wants to include a figure, illustration, or table from a journal published by Elsevier, Springer, or Wiley, it’s possible to do so without asking permission or paying any fee.

Through the MIT Libraries’ contracts, for example, Springer and Wiley give MIT authors the right “to use, with appropriate credit, figures, tables and brief excerpts … in the Authorized User’s own scientific, scholarly and educational works.”

Elsevier also allows authors similar rights. Authors can “incorporate a maximum of two (2) figures (including charts, tables, graphs and other images) from a journal article or book chapter or five (5) figures per journal volume … in academic works, research papers and scholarly publications and presentations … for non-commercial purposes.”

Elsevier, like Springer and Wiley, stipulates that the user must make appropriate credit, but also makes the point that “if a separate copyright holder is identified in such figure or the figure is a complex illustration,” for example an anatomical drawing, cartoon, map, or photograph, then permission should be sought from the publisher or copyright holder.

In general, permission should be sought if the figure, table, or illustration indicates a copyright holder other than the publisher.

If a publisher wants evidence of the permission to reuse figures, tables, or illustrations from journals published by Elsevier, Springer, or Wiley, authors can indicate permission was granted through a license signed by MIT with the publisher for access to the journals at MIT. MIT authors may point journal editors to the MIT web page describing this permission.

If you have any questions, please contact

Finals Week Hours at Hayden Library

Posted May 15th, 2012 by Grace Mlady

Hayden Library (Humanities and Science) will begin special finals week hours on Thursday, May 17, 2012. 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: Thursday, May 17 through Thursday, May 24.

All other libraries will continue Spring term hours. For a complete list of library hours, visit 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!

Open access research in the news

Posted May 14th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

CSAIL’s Agarwal named head of edX

Earlier this month MIT and Harvard announced a partnership to launch edX, a nonprofit that will offer free online courses from both institutions. The open source platform built for MITx, announced last December, will serve as the foundation for edX. It was developed under the leadership of CSAIL director Anant Agarwal, who is the first president of edX. Agarwal is co-teaching (along with Gerald Sussman, Christopher Terman, and Piotr Mitros) the first class offered by MITx, Circuits and Electronics, which runs through early June. About 120,000 students registered for the course.

Explore Professor Agarwal’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

Changes to World Bank Resources

Posted May 9th, 2012 by Katherine McNeill

Researching development economics?  Note many changes on the our resources from the World Bank:

World Bank e-Library: – updated search engine and new open access repository

Provides electronic access to over 7,000 books, reports, journals, and working papers published by the bank, many going back as far as the 1970s.

Note: the e-Library has new terms of use, including Creative Commons licenses that allow for broader usage.   This change was made in conjunction with the recent launch of the Open Knowledge Repository —the World Bank’s new site for providing open access to many of its research outputs and knowledge products.  In addition, a new Open Access Policy will go into effect on July 1st.

World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance: – new interface

These two databases are now combined in a new interface with more functions for selecting and displaying data, performing customized queries, downloading data, and creating charts and maps.  Provides statistical time-series data on development and the global economy for countries worldwide. Includes a wide range of basic statistics, including social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. 1960 to present.

Also in the new World dataBank Suite: – new interface

Time series data for over 50 countries. Includes social, economic, financial, infrastructure, governance, partnership, and environmental indicators. 1960 to present.

World Bank Open Data Web Site:

In a recent initiative, the Bank has created a new infrastructure for improving public access to its data.  Their Open Data site provides many new tools for accessing and visualizing their data, including:

Library Catalog: Lastly, keep in mind that you can search for materials by the World Bank in the Libraries’ Barton Catalog by specifying it as the publisher in the Advanced Search.

Finals Week Study Breaks

Posted May 8th, 2012 by Heather Denny

photo by Christopher Maynor

Have finals got you stressed? Take a break, have a snack, pet a dog and de-stress!

The furry friends from Dog B.O.N.E.S. a non-profit therapy dog organization, return to campus to visit with students at Hayden Library on Thursday, May 17, and Barker Library on Tuesday, May 22.

Additional (fur-free) study breaks will be offered in Rotch and Dewey libraries.

Cookies and beverages will be served outside the entrance to each library.

Cookies With Canines

Hayden Library - Thurs. May 17, 2-3:30 pm

Barker Library – Tues. May 22, 2-3:30 pm

Additional Study Breaks

Rotch Library – Mon. May 21, 2-3:30 pm

Dewey Library – Tues. May 22, 2-4:00 pm

Sierra named to Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee

Posted May 7th, 2012 by Heather Denny

Tito Sierra (photo by L.Barry Hetherington)

Tito Sierra, MIT Libraries’ Associate Director for Technology, has been appointed to the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Advisory Committee for the Council on Library and Information Services (CLIR). During his two-year term, Sierra will work with five other committee members to advise the DLF director on program activities, initiatives, and strategy.

CLIR’s Digital Library Federation is a network of libraries and related agencies pioneering innovative uses of information technologies and community expertise to extend collections and services. DLF has promoted work on:

  • Digital library structures, standards, preservation, and use
  • Archives for electronic journals
  • Aggregation services for digital collections
  • Digital library services that expand access to resources for research, teaching, and learning

See the full announcement from the DLF.

Summer is coming – renew or return your books!

Posted May 7th, 2012 by Melissa Feiden

The end of spring term is approaching, so remember to take care of any library materials you have checked out to Your Account.

Leaving town?  Plan ahead!  If you’re planning to leave campus for the summer (especially if you’re traveling out of town) and taking library materials with you, please remember that those materials can still be recalled by other patrons.  If items are recalled, they need to be returned to an MIT Libraries location, no matter where you are in the world.

Need to renew library materials?  Make sure you can!  Over the summer, standard renewal limits are in place.  Make sure you can extend your loans if you plan to keep library materials beyond the end of spring term.

Have questions?  See our information on renewing and returning library materials or contact us at

Open access research in the news

Posted May 7th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

CSAIL professor celebrated as outstanding woman in computer science

In April, CSAIL professor Nancy Lynch was named the Athena Lecturer, an annual award from the Association for Computing Machinery that celebrates women who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. Lynch will give a talk at an ACM conference and receive a $10,000 prize from Google. “We’d certainly like to attract more attention to the success of women researchers,” said Lynch in a Boston Globe interview, “so we can get more women inspired to get into the field.”

Explore Professor Lynch’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

Borrow Direct maintenance scheduled for this weekend

Posted May 2nd, 2012 by Melissa Feiden

Please be aware that, due to a scheduled software upgrade, Borrow Direct will be unavailable from 5am – 10:00am EST this Sunday, May 6, 2012.

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