Archive for August, 2012

Fall hours begin Wednesday, September 5

Posted August 31st, 2012 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries fall hours begin this Wednesday, September 5.

Barker, Hayden (Humanities & Science), Rotch
Monday-Thursday: 9am-12am
Friday: 9am-8pm / Barker Library closes at 6pm Fridays.
Saturday: 12pm-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-12am

Monday-Thursday: 9am-11pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-8pm
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 Thursday, December 20, 2012. For a complete list of library locations and hours, see our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Hayden Library closes early on Tuesday, September 4

Posted August 30th, 2012 by Remlee Green

Hayden Library will close at 4pm on Tuesday, September 4, due to a previously scheduled special event.

Reference services will remain available online through Ask Us! All other libraries will be open for normal business hours.

Hayden will re-open for fall term hours on Wednesday, September 5.

We’ve got a ticket to ride!

Posted August 30th, 2012 by Remlee Green

Western Electrician volume 21Boston’s MBTA celebrates its 115th birthday this Saturday, September 1. Check out the article from the August 28, 1897 issue of Western Electrician describing the design and construction of the new subway and extolling details such as overhead arc lighting, pine wood ticket booths, and brass handrails on the stairs. “The traveler will find his ‘open sesame’ to be a five-cent piece, which he will hand into the ticket office and will receive in exchange a ticket which will entitle him to a ride…”

All issues of Western Electrician owned by the MIT Libraries have been digitized and are freely available online through the Internet Archive.

Libraries closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Grace Mlady

All MIT libraries will follow regular Saturday and Sunday schedules this Labor Day weekend, but all libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.

The Libraries will resume summer hours on Tuesday, September 4 and begin fall hours Wednesday, September 5.

Have questions? Ask Us!

New “Find It” information kiosk unveiled at Hayden library

Posted August 22nd, 2012 by Melissa Feiden

Come check out the new “Find It” information kiosk on the second floor of Hayden Library.  The kiosk features a secured iPad that gives you quick access to information like:

  • how to find books
  • where to find scanners, copiers and printers
  • nearby food and drink options
  • restroom locations
  • campus map
  • and much more!

The “Find It” kiosk is part of the Libraries’ betas program, which is an ongoing effort to experiment with new technologies and services to help make access to information easier.  The kiosk will remain in Hayden until IAP, when it will be evaluated to see if the program merits expansion to other library locations.

If you have questions about the kiosk or any other library services, feel free to Ask Us!

International collaborations in digital preservation

Posted August 20th, 2012 by Heather Denny

Image courtesy of Educopia Institute

The MIT Libraries are involved in collaborations that look at the broad range of digital content that universities and other organizations produce, and at ways to make content accessible across generations of technology.

The Libraries’ head of curation and preservation services, Nancy McGovern, was recently involved in an international conference that gathered more than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries at the National Library of Estonia, to explore how to create and sustain collaborations to support the preservation of our collective digital cultural memory.

An outcome of the conference is a guide written for a broad audience that includes librarians, archivists, scholars, curators, technologists, lawyers, researchers, and administrators at many different types of cultural organizations.

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation was edited by Nancy McGovern, and published by the Educopia Institute. It describes successful collaborative strategies and articulates new models that may help organizations work together for their mutual benefit.

Readers can download a free PDF of Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, or purchase the print publication online.


OA research in the news: Why is Usain Bolt so fast?

Posted August 9th, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

As Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt runs today for his second gold medal of the London Olympic Games, many spectators wonder: how does he go so fast? Mechanical engineering professor Anette Hosoi offers some insight in a Q&A with MIT News and in a series of videos for NBC Learn’s “Science of the Summer Olympics.”  “[T]he amazing thing about Usain Bolt, the thing that sets him apart, is his stride length, which is almost 10 feet,” she says. (By comparison, Hosoi found that her own stride was half that long.) Hosoi, whose field is fluid mechanics, also explains what makes a “fast pool” for competitors, helping the likes of Michael Phelps set world records.

Explore Professor Hosoi’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 Wednesday, August 8th

Posted August 6th, 2012 by Melissa Feiden

There will be scheduled Borrow Direct downtime from 5am-9am on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.  Borrow Direct requesting will be unavailable during this time.

If you have any questions please Ask Us!

OA research in the news: Physicists win presidential awards

Posted August 2nd, 2012 by Katharine Dunn

Two physicists were among five MIT professors given Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers last month. The awards, named by President Obama, are the highest honor from the U.S. government to researchers “selected for their pursuit of innovative research … and their commitment to community service,” according to a White House statement. Professor Jarillo-Herrero was cited for his research on graphene and his community outreach. Professor Thaler was cited for research using experiments at the Large Hadron Collider and for developing tools to better use data from the collider.

Explore Professor Jarillo-Herrero’s research and Professor Thaler’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.

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Jesse Thaler

Barker Reading Room to close for summer renovations

Posted August 1st, 2012 by Heather Denny

Barker Reading Room, photo by L. Barry Hetherington

August 1, 2012 UPDATE–On August 14, Barker Library’s main reading room will close temporarily to allow for restoration work to the Great Dome’s ceiling, as well as renovations to the reading room itself. Most of the disruptive work is expected to be completed during August, allowing the reading room to reopen by, or shortly after, the start of the fall term.


May 14, 2012–After Commencement on June 8, 2012 the Barker Library Reading Room will close for the summer to allow for renovations to the Reading Room and Dome. The Reading Room is expected to reopen in September 2012 for the fall term, although renovations will continue through December with occasional minor disruptions.

As part of the project, a new entrance will be added to the Reading Room to make it accessible as a 24-hour study space. An around-the-clock Reading Room under the iconic Dome will significantly expand students’ options for late night study on campus. Currently the Libraries offer secure 24/7 study areas in both Hayden and Dewey libraries, the addition of the Barker Reading Room will more than triple the amount of space currently available for 24/7 study. The Libraries expect to inaugurate 24-hour service in Barker beginning in January 2013.

While the Reading Room is closed, library users can find alternative spaces for studying in Barker Library on floors six through eight, as well as in other library locations. Stay informed of renovation closures and progress by checking the Barker Library website or following @mitlibraries on Twitter.