Archive for March, 2013

Find corporate social responsibility data

Posted March 29th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

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Looking for corporate social responsibility data?  ASSET4 ESG (“Environmental, Social, and Governance”) provides company-level data on 3,400 public companies worldwide, including some of the largest companies in the US. There is a minimum of 4 years of data for most companies and up to 1,000 datatypes are available across the following categories:

Corporate Governance




Board Structure     Employment Quality     Emission Reduction     Client Loyalty
Board Function     Health and Safety     Resource Reduction     Performance
Compensation Policy     Training and Development     Product Innovation     Shareholder Loyalty
Shareholder Rights     Diversity and Opportunity
Vision and Strategy     Human Rights
    Product Responsibility

ASSET 4 ESG is available via the Thomson Reuters Datastream workstation located in Dewey Library. From within Datastream, ESG is included as a Datatype option under the Equities category. See the Libraries’ Sustainable Business Research Guide or Thomson Reuters’ ASSET4 ESG fact sheet (PDF).

Worldwide downloads reflect success of Open Access Policy at fourth anniversary

Posted March 29th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Faculty established their Open Access Policy in March, 2009 to support the widest possible dissemination of their research and scholarship. Four years later, their articles are being read worldwide, with downloads requested from nearly every country on earth.

Only one-third of the use originates in the United States, while North America as a whole accounts for 36% of the activity. Downloads are otherwise widely distributed, with even the well-populated and research-intensive countries of China, India, and the UK contributing just 10%, 6%, and 5% respectively. Downloads from around the world include those from Nigeria and Argentina (both 0.1%), Estonia (.05%) and Malta (.02%). Europe is the origin of consistent activity, including from Italy (2%), Poland (0.7%), and Spain (.01%). Australia and New Zealand account for an additional 2% of downloads.

We welcome comments from these readers around the world through the articles deposited in the Open Access Articles Collection. Open the fulltext of any article and click on “Please share how this access benefits you” to tell us your story.

This news is being reported in celebration of the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy’s fourth birthday marks new monthly download peak

Posted March 29th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, which turns four this month, has hit a new milestone with that birthday: a record 59,284 downloads in a month.

There have a total been over 900,000 downloads from the Open Access Articles Collection, which was established in October 2009 to house papers under the Policy. That collection now makes over 8,700 articles openly available worldwide.

This news is being reported in celebration of the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy at 4: new appreciative readers from around the world

Posted March 28th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

This month the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy turns four, and its impact is being felt by grateful readers around the world.

Downloads have been initiated from nearly every country. What’s more, individual voices are now associated with many of those downloads. We have been collecting comments from readers since July 2012, and we have learned in just a matter of months of the many new and thankful audiences that are finding the MIT faculty’s articles.

Appreciative comments have come from students, job seekers, researchers in developing nations, independent scholars, journalists, hobbyists, retired engineers and scientists, and patient advocates, among others.

These comments reflect the success of the faculty in meeting their goal of “disseminating the fruits of [their] research and scholarship as widely as possible,” through their Open Access Policy.

This news is being reported in celebration of the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.


MIT Faculty Open Access Policy: 8,700 papers available to the world

Posted March 28th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

As of March, 2013, the 4th anniversary of MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, over 8,700 papers are being made openly available to the world in relation to the Policy.

The total number of papers reached 8,500 in February, and as of this month, has grown to more than 8,700. This total represents an estimated 1/3 of the papers written by faculty since the Policy was adopted.

Readers — particularly those who would not otherwise have access — have been finding and using this wealth of information, including researchers from Germany and Peru.

This news is being reported in celebration of the fourth anniversary of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Britannica is back!

Posted March 28th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Britannica LogoYou asked for it, and we responded – we’re happy to report that the MIT Libraries once again subscribes to Britannica Online! You can find it in Vera, or use this short-cut URL: (Note: if you’re off-campus, be sure your certificates are up to date!)

Since 1768, Britannica has been one of the most trusted information sources for researchers trying to gain a quick understanding of a topic. Updated daily, the online version continues that tradition, and is a great place to start your research!

Patsy Baudoin and Sands Fish selected for inaugural fellowship program at MIT HyperStudio

Posted March 22nd, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Photo by Kurt Fendt

Kurt Fendt, Director of HyperStudio, recently announced the nomination of eight fellows to participate in the first year of HyperStudio’s new fellowship program, including two librarians, Sands Fish and Patsy Baudoin.

HyperStudio brings together humanities postdocs and visiting scholars, librarians, technologists, artists, curators, and other members of the MIT community to generate questions and energy around the Digital Humanities. The HSF program aims to cultivate community and collaboration at the edges of disciplines and fields, finding overlaps and investigating productive tensions of creative and critical engagement.

Read more information

OA research in the news: Atomic collapse seen for the first time

Posted March 21st, 2013 by Katharine Dunn

Scanning tunneling microscope image shows an artificial atomic nucleus on graphene. Courtesy of Michael Crommie

A team of researchers from MIT and other institutions have shown atomic collapse, a phenomenon predicted decades ago but never before observed. The researchers, including physics professor Leonid Levitov, devised a new technique to simulate atomic nuclei on the surface of graphene, which is a sheet of densely packed carbon atoms. Using graphene made it possible to manipulate and observe the nuclei, in part because they move slower. They report their findings in an upcoming article in the journal Science.

Explore Professor Levitov’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.

Check out the complete listing of IAPril 2013 sessions

Posted March 20th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Course Reserves at the MIT Libraries – Register
Thu April 11, 10:00 – 11:00 am, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney,

Are you a new instructor or teaching assistant at MIT, or are you an administrative assistant who supports teaching faculty? Do you want to learn more about course reserves and their copyright policies?

The MIT Libraries can help you navigate reserves services for print and electronic materials, and we will provide an overview of fair use and copyright guidelines for course reserves. We will also cover the details about submitting required textbook information via the Semester Book Submission Form. Course reserves staff from around the MIT Libraries will be available to answer questions.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching FundamentalsRegister
Thu April 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver,

You won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, but you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents.

Please register for this session.

EndNote BasicsRegister
Wed April 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn,

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Commercialize Your Science and Engineering ResearchRegister
Tue April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Howard Silver,

This session will introduce scientists and engineers to business information resources that will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas, how to find partners, and sources for financial support. We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

Please register for this session.

The Information Is Out There…But Can You Find It? The Information Landscape in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Thu April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Amy Stout,

The class is open to all, but targeted at first-year EECS graduate students. It will cover:

  • The information landscape of EECS
  • Tools to make your work more efficient
  • Library services that you may not know about
  • How to find help when you need it

Manage Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, & ZoteroRegister
Thu April 25, 5:00 – 6:15 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Peter Cohn,

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, & Mendeley) 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. We’ll take a look at these 4 tools.

Please register for this session.

Collect Your Own Data with a GPSRegister
Tue April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact Person: Jennie Murack,

Will you be doing data collection over the summer or perhaps just some hiking? This workshop will teach you how to use a handheld GPS to collect geographic data and then download it into ArcMap software for analysis. We will go outside and collect points and routes and then go inside to view our data. GPS units are available to checkout from Rotch Library for use after the workshop.

Please register for this session.

Personal Content Management Tools – Register
Wed May 1, 12:00 – 1:00, 14N-132 (originally scheduled for 4/24, 12-1)
Contact: Peter Cohn,

Personal content management tools help you get organized so you can work more efficiently and save time. Some tools help you organize all sorts of information (notes, pdfs, documents, images etc. etc.) and work more efficiently. Others let you annotate, cite, and/or share your content. In this session we’ll show you tools for doing this while working solo or in a group.

Please register for this session.

Save the date: Celebrate the restoration of MIT’s Great Dome on April 10!

Posted March 20th, 2013 by Heather Denny






Join us for a community open house celebrating the historic restoration of MIT’s Great Dome, and the opening of Barker Library’s 24-hour reading room.

DATE: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 2-4pm

LOCATION: Barker Library Reading Room (10-500)

DETAILS: Remarks by President L. Rafael Reif. Refreshments to follow.

Spring vacation hours begin Saturday, March 23

Posted March 19th, 2013 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries spring vacation hours begin this Saturday, March 23 and end Saturday, March 30. See below for a list of libraries and their spring vacation hours:

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), and Rotch:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Lewis Music

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: closed

Please note: Lewis Music will close early on Friday, March 22 at 5pm and will remain closed until Monday, March 25.

All libraries will resume regular hours on Sunday, March 31. For a list of individual library locations and hours, see our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Be an OECD Student Ambassador: and have a chance to go to Paris!

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

OECD logo

Interested in the world economy or international relations?  Then become an OECD Student Ambassador!  Deadline: April 1st.

Student Ambassadors are undergraduates who engage with the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and plan on-campus activities to raise awareness of the Organization and its work. Based on their performance, two outstanding Student Ambassadors will be selected to attend the OECD Forum in Paris in May 2014.

All Student Ambassadors attend an initial training in Washington, DC, June 8-9 and will receive a certificate of participation and a letter of recommendation.  Expenses for trips plus a budget related to promotional activities on campus will be paid by the OECD.

For more information see: the OECD Student Ambassador Program 2013-2014 Guidelines

Deadline for applications: April 1, 2013

Download the OECD Student Ambassador Program 2013-2014 Application

Email application materials to Elodie Turchi at For further questions, contact Ms. Turchi or Katherine McNeill, Economics Librarian, at

Aga Khan Documentation Center presents Slingshot Hip Hop

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Heather McCann

Aga Khan Documentation Center presents a film viewing of

Slingshot Hip Hop


Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

“Documentary Competition” Sundance Film Festival 2008
Top 3 Finalist for the IDFA- “DOC U” Competition, Amsterdam
“Audience Award: Best Documentary“ Films de Femmes, France
“Audience Award: Best Film“ DOX BOX Film Festival, Syria
“Best Director”
Beirut International Film festival, Lebanon
“Audience Award: Best Film“ Beirut International Film festival, Lebanon
“Jury Prize” Festival Cinéma et Politique de Tours, Paris, France
“Audience Award: Best Film“ Arabian Sights/Washington DC International Film Festival
“Silver Hanoman Prize”
JAFF film festival, Indonesia
“Best Mediterranean Film” Granada Festival Cine del Sur, Spain
“Audience Award: Best Documentary” Cairo Refugee Film Festival, Egypt
“Audience Award: Best Film” Cairo Refugee Film Festival, Egypt
“Most Anticipated Film” Cairo Refugee Film Festival, Egypt
“Audience Award: Best Film“ Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada
“The Festival des Libertés Award” Festival des Libertés festival in Brussels, Belgium
“Aloha Accolade Winner” Honolulu Film Festival, Hawaii

Brown bag lunch event – dessert provided

Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 12:30 (film length 83 minutes)

7-134A (Rotch Library Conference Room)

Please join us!

This special presentation is made possible by the Aga Khan Program Documentation Center @ MIT Libraries

Questions? Contact:, 617.354.5022

Learn quantitative methods at ICPSR this summer

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill

Need to expand your skills in statistical methods and quantitative analysis? Attend the ICPSR Summer Program! Each year, ICPSR provides a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Registration is now open for the 2013 session.

For a listing of course offerings and application information, see the ICPSR Summer Program web site.  New and ongoing courses this year include:

Note that while most courses are held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the following three will be held nearby, in Amherst, MA or New York, NY:


And don’t forget ICPSR as a source of quantitative data on a range of topics: from consumer behavior, election statistics, health, international relations, social attitudes and behavior, and more!  Recently added datasets include:

In other news, ICPSR now is releasing all of its new data files in R software format.

For further information, contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at

Travelling over spring break?

Posted March 14th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Long trips are a great time to take advantage of the MIT Libraries’ audiobook collection. The collection, housed in the Browsery on the second floor of Hayden, has titles ranging from general fiction

to history of science and technology

to popular culture

and more. We focus on getting works that are Audie Award winners and nominees, as well as winners of Earphones Awards. These works have excellent readers, a critical aspect of a good audiobook. Take a listen!

Please suggest any titles you would like to see something in the collection!

Nomadic sculpture finds a home in Hayden – for a week!

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Stephanie Hartman

Amalia Pica - sculptureIn collaboration with the List Visual Arts Center, the MIT Libraries are excited to host Amalia Pica’s nomadic sculpture from March 8, 2013 to the morning of March 15, 2013. The piece is on display on the 1st floor of the Hayden Library (14S-100) in the New Books area.  This coincides with Pica’s current exhibition at the List. Stop by and take a look!

About the piece:

I am Mit, as I am in Mit, just like a lot of other people are, 2011–2012
Granite, wood box on wheels, and lending cards
Courtesy of the artist and Chisenhale Gallery, London

This sculpture was lent to residents of the London borough of Tower Hamlets for an entire calendar year. The project was first conceived for Chisenhale Gallery, located in the borough, where people signed up to participate in its ongoing circulation. The piece is now being lent to members of the MIT campus community for the remaining duration of the exhibition. Each person cares for the sculpture for one week, passing it on to the next host. Participants fill out a lending card, which serves as a record of the nomadic sculpture’s travels. The piece changes titles according to the location in which it travels and includes the name of the area with a misspelling. The sculpture is a hand carving of an echeveria, a sturdy succulent named, in a misspelling, after the Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.

Read the original Artist’s Statement.

Information courtesy of the List Visual Arts Center

Composer Don Byron March 13

Posted March 7th, 2013 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: Don Byron will talk about his new Concerto for Clarinet.

Don Byron (Photo: Dave Weiland)

Don Byron has written arrangements of Sondheim’s Broadway musicals and original scores for silent film, television, and dance companies. He has composed music for a variety of media, documentaries, big band, violin, piano and string quartets, etc.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

OA research in the news: Moniz nominated Secretary of Energy

Posted March 7th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn

This week, President Barack Obama nominated physics professor Ernest Moniz to head the U.S. Department of Energy. Moniz previously served the White House as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and as undersecretary of energy, both under President Bill Clinton. Moniz is founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). MITEI, which links science, innovation, and policy, has supported about 800 research projects on campus and engaged 25 percent of MIT faculty.

Explore Professor Moniz’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.

Books you love

Posted March 5th, 2013 by Remlee Green

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cover

Liars' Club cover

Life of Pi cover

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao cover

Last month, we asked you to send us a title of a book you love. It was really fun to learn about what kinds of books you’re reading – you have excellent taste!

Here are the books you recommended:

We have a great track record: all but one of these books are available to borrow from the MIT Libraries, and you can request any of the books in the list.

We’re always happy to hear about things you like (and things you don’t). Tell us anything!

Grow your knowledge! Research guides for any topic

Posted March 1st, 2013 by Remlee Green

DaffodilsStart cultivating a garden of knowledge with MIT Libraries’ research guides. Our guides dig deeper than Google to uncover the best sources for information on your research topic. Each guide contains lists of resources recommended by expert librarians. Suggestions for print and electronic resources, databases, and journals—it’s all there!

  • Researching soil chemistry properties in the scholarly literature? What database does the Chemistry guide suggest?
  • Not sure what the first settlers in Massachusetts grew in their gardens? Try the Historical Newspapers guide.

We even have guides about organizing your referencesmanaging your datagetting published, and so much more! Seriously, think of a topic – any topic. Yep, we probably have that, too.

And you’re always welcome to ask us for help!

OA research in the news: Demaine receives Presburger Award

Posted March 1st, 2013 by Katharine Dunn

Erik Demaine, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has won the 2013 European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) Presburger Award for young scientists. The committee, which unanimously chose Demaine, cited his “outstanding contributions in several fields of algorithms, namely computational geometry, data structures, graph algorithms and recreational algorithms.” EATCS also noted his work in computational origami. Demaine and his father have created pieces that are part of New York’s Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.

Explore Professor Demaine’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.