Archive for August, 2013

What we did on your summer vacation!

Posted August 30th, 2013 by Heather Denny

Welcome back! The MIT Libraries have been working hard during your summer vacation.  Here are some of the new things you can look forward to this fall:WhatWeDidgraphic

New Resources

  • New search tool  Finding library resources just got easier with BartonPlus. It brings together many library collections in one search interface–searching most MIT-licensed e-resources like e-books and full-text articles, as well as collections in the classic Barton catalog like books, theses, music, DVDs, and more. 
  • More options for borrowing  Borrow Direct, a partnership that allows library materials to be shared between member institutions, has expanded to include the University of Chicago. MIT users can search over 50 million volumes owned by Borrow Direct libraries through MIT’s WorldCat.
  • New guide to APIs for scholarly resources  Many scholarly publishers, databases, and products offer APIs to allow users with programming skills to more powerfully extract data to serve a variety of research purposes. With an API, users might create programmatic searches of a citation database, extract statistical data, or dynamically query and post blog content. Learn more in the APIs for Scholarly Resources guide.
  • Music Oral History Project  For over 100 years music has been a vibrant part of MIT’s culture. A new website features in-depth interviews with faculty, staff, and former students about their musical experiences at the Institute, as well as their professional careers in music or other fields.

Improved study spaces

  • Upgrades to Hayden Library  The window bays in Hayden have gotten a facelift! The windows have been cleaned, frames painted, and new shades have replaced the curtains. Also check out the  new artwork by Dennis Oppenheim that adorns the first floor wall. Additionally, a number of tables and study carrels in Hayden were refinished this summer. Coming up – we hope to reupholster some of the comfy seating on the 1st floor.

Upcoming events

  • Music & Theater Arts Composer Forums  During the fall term the Lewis Music Library will host MTA Composer Forums. Stop by the library at 5pm on Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 to hear from featured musicians.
  •  Fall workshops Throughout the month of October the Libraries will offer a series of workshops on subject-specific resources. See the event calendar for details.

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Fall semester hours begin Tuesday, September 3

Posted August 30th, 2013 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries Fall semester hours begin this Tuesday, September 3.Fall Leaves on Branch

Barker & Dewey
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-11pm
Friday: 8:30am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-11pm

Hayden (Humanities & Science) & Rotch
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-12am
Friday: 8:30am-8pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-12am

Lewis Music
Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-9pm

These hours will remain in effect until Friday, December 20, 2013. For a complete list of library locations and hours, see our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Libraries closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2

Posted August 29th, 2013 by Grace Mlady

seagulls-51019_640All MIT libraries will follow regular Saturday and Sunday schedules this Labor Day weekend, but all libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

The Libraries will begin Fall semester hours on Tuesday, September 3.

Have questions? Ask Us!

We’re hiring! Student jobs at the MIT Libraries

Posted August 23rd, 2013 by Grace Mlady

MP900439465Hone your own research skills while helping library users access resources at the MIT Libraries!

We’re currently hiring for daytime and evening/weekend hours in locations across campus. You could work behind the scenes doing bibliographic searching or prepping materials for the shelf or for delivery. You could also work at the library desk or in the stacks.

Want more info? Want to apply?

Come talk to us at the Libraries’ Orientation week events

Check out the MIT Student Jobs Fair:

  • What: Talk to student employers from departments across campus, and bring your ID to file your I-9 form with SFS
  • When: Thursday, 8/29, 11am-1pm
  • Where: Information Intersection at Stata Center (Building 32)

Learn more and apply on the Libraries’ student jobs page




Welcome students! Check out the Libraries’ Orientation 2013 events

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by Remlee Green

Welcome to the MIT Libraries! We look forward to meeting you. Join us for an event and learn what the Libraries have to offer, or follow these tips to get started using the MIT Libraries.


Academic Expo
What: An expo of MIT’s academic departments and programs. The Libraries will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 2 – 3:30 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.

Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours
What: A walking tour of the MIT Libraries.
When: Thursday, August 29, tours start at 2 & 2:30 pm
Where: Meet in Lobby 7; Ends outside Hayden Library for the ice cream social.

Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social
What: Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!
When: Thursday, August 29, 3 – 5 pm
Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)



BarkerDomeVerticalGraduate Student Orientation: Grad School 101
What: An introduction to the MIT Libraries services and resources.
When: Monday, August 26, 10:10 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 26-100

14th Annual New Graduate Student Reception
 A reception for new graduate students, with beverages and light refreshments provided.
NOTE: Tickets may be purchased for $5 at the Graduate Student Council Information Booth.
When: Friday, August 30, 5 – 7 pm
Where: Barker Engineering Library Dome (Building 10-500)



Health & Community Fair
What: Libraries’ staff will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Tuesday, September 3, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center

Pre-semester extended hours begin Wednesday, August 28

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by Grace Mlady

In preparation of the new academic year, the MIT Libraries will offer extended hours from Wednesday, August 28 through Friday, August 30.

School Supplies 3Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), and Rotch
Wednesday-Friday*: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

*Barker will close at 4pm on Friday, August 30, and Lewis Music will remain on its summer hours schedule all of next week.

All libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, and Fall term hours will begin on Tuesday, September 3. For more information about hours and locations, visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask us!

OA research in the news: Fighting crime with math

Posted August 21st, 2013 by Katharine Dunn
Cynthia Rudin

Cynthia Rudin

Crimes like burglary often go unwitnessed, which makes it difficult to predict and prevent a criminal’s future acts. Police analysts scour reports and databases for patterns in criminal activity, but the work is labor and time intensive. Two Sloan School of Management researchers, including associate professor Cynthia Rudin, have teamed up with Cambridge police crime analysts to develop an algorithm that quickly detects patterns including where, when, and how a crime happened. “You’re trying to find the [modus operandi] of the suspect,” Rudin told the Boston Globe. “If you can do this really effectively it can lead to an accurate suspect description.” The algorithm, called Series Finder, is built on data from nearly 5,000 housebreaks in Cambridge over a decade.

Explore Professor Rudin’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.

Hayden group study room closed beginning Thursday, August 15

Posted August 14th, 2013 by Melissa Feiden
Hayden library group study room

Hayden library group study room

The Hayden group study room (14E-311) will be closed for construction beginning Thursday, August 15, and continuing through late September.

The group study spaces in the Hayden first floor 24/7 room will remain open as usual.  You can also find other group study spaces in the Barker, Dewey and Music libraries, as well as the Information Intersection.  See our group study spaces page for details on room capacity and reservations.

Have any questions?  Ask Us!

McGovern wins Society of American Archivists (SAA) award

Posted August 8th, 2013 by Heather Denny

Dr. Nancy McGovern (photo by L. Barry Hetherington)

Nancy McGovern, MIT Libraries’ Head of Curation and Preservation Services is the recipient of the Preservation Publication Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Council of State Archivists and SAA Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans, August 11–17, 2013.

The award recognizes her work as volume editor of Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, and the work of Katherine Skinner (the series editor). Published by Educopia Institute in 2012, Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation provides a comprehensive synthesis of current thinking in the field of digital preservation and proposed methods of action and cooperation that “support the preservation of our collective cultural memory.” The publication, which is available freely as a PDF, contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees of the 2011 “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” (ANADP) conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

Lewis Music Library launches Music at MIT Oral History Collection website

Posted August 7th, 2013 by Heather Denny

A new library resource, the Music at MIT Oral History Collection, brings the history of music at MIT to life through in-depth video and audio interviews with MIT music faculty, staff, and former students. It shares the stories of performers, conductors, composers, music theorists, historians, acousticians, librarians, scientists and engineers, revealing their contributions to the musical life of the Institute and the world at large, as well as the effect music at MIT had in their own lives and careers.

Starting from the website’s index of interviewees you can:
  • Choose interviews by MIT affiliation (MIT faculty, staff, student, etc.) and by topic (composers, jazz, world music, etc.).
  • Select interviews to watch video, or listen to audio.
  • Search within transcripts by keyword, download PDF transcripts, and view biographical background information on each interviewee.

The resource is a culmination of over a decade’s worth of documentation by Forrest Larson, a staff member at MIT’s Lewis Music Library. The project was generously funded by MIT alumnus Lionel Kinney (’53). Learn more about the project.

Back to school soon? Get organized!

Posted August 2nd, 2013 by Remlee Green

" "Want to get a head start on the school year? Find the best way to organize & store your citations, data, PDFs, & other personal digital files. Check out our guide on how to manage your information to help you:

  • Organize your citations
    Learn how to manage citations & PDFs, then cite your references with EndNote, Mendeley, & Zotero.
  • Manage your personal digital files
    Organize & tag your personal digital files, so you can find them again easily.
  • Organize your personal content
    Get organized & work more efficiently. Choose collaborative tools for organizing & annotating PDFs, notes, & other files.
  • Manage your data
    Manage your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle to ensure that you and other researchers can use it effectively now and into the future.