Archive for January, 2014

OA research in the news: Rewriting fearful memories

Posted January 30th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn
Photo by Len Rubenstein

Photo by Len Rubenstein

Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes undergo a treatment in which they re-experience a fearful memory in a safe place, with the hope that their brains will rewrite the memory so it no longer triggers them. But this therapy doesn’t always work and its effects may not last, especially if the memory is years old. MIT neuroscientists, including Picower Institute for Learning and Memory director Li-Huei Tsai, have shown they can lessen traumatic memories in mice when pairing the behavioral therapy with a dose of a drug that that makes the brain more malleable. “Our experiments really strongly argue that either the old memories are permanently being modified, or a new much more potent memory is formed that completely overwrites the old memory,” Tsai told the MIT News.

Explore Professor Tsai’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.

Binders’ Tickets in the Peterson Telegraphy Collection

Posted January 30th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

Binders’ tickets are one type of signed binding and are rare finds. They would have been placed in the book by the binder for a little “PR”. Here are the only two found in the books in the newly donated and catalogued Peterson Telegraphy Collection.

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Leighton Son and Hodge.

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Binder’s Ticket #2

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Wyman and Sons. Publisher binding. London. 1880s.

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Wyman and Sons advertised themselves as printers, engravers, lithographers, bookbinders, and stationers. They made the books from scratch, literally, from the printing of the text pages to the binding of the books. They were located at 74, 75 and later 81 Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, W.C. Check out their many advertisements in The Academy and Literature. The one in volume 12, August 25, 1877, p. 205 is informative. See Google free eBooks.


Shown above (left to right) are Marianna Brotherton and Leslie To, who have just completed an internship in our lab. For the past few months, Marianna and Leslie have been helping to process and conserve the Peterson Telegraphy Collection–a total of 42 boxes of books, pamphlets, photos, and artifacts. Stay tuned for a “farewell guest blog post” from Marianna and Leslie about their favorites treasures from the Peterson Telegraphy Collection.

New and improved services you’ll <3

Posted January 30th, 2014 by Heather Denny

Heart made from book pagesWelcome back! While you were on winter break, the Libraries were working on some improvements we think you’ll like (possibly even love).

  • Extended borrowing periods Yes, you can keep books out longer! You asked, and we doubled the amount of time you can borrow library materials. 60 days for most MIT items, with up to 5 renewals.

If you like these services, let us know! Connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Composer Forum presents Either/Or – Thursday, Feb.13

Posted January 29th, 2014 by Christie Moore

The Composer Forum series presents Either/Or:


Contemporary music ensemble Either/Or will perform in the Lewis Music Library:

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

The performance will feature selections of music by Alvin Lucier to be performed in concert at the MIT Chapel on 2/15/14. Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

Ask Us! – Chat is Back

Posted January 29th, 2014 by Mark Szarko

Ask Us LogoYou asked us to bring it back, and we were happy to oblige! Starting Monday, February 3, if you have a question, you can ask us via chat. For the spring term, the service will be staffed as a beta from 12-5, Monday through Friday. To ask a question, just type your Kerberos ID in the chat box on the Ask Us! page. Of course, you’re still welcome to ask questions in person, over the phone, or via e-mail. We just figured sometimes it’s easier to get a real-time answer on your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Got feedback on the new service? Tell us! We still consider it a beta, so your input will help us to make it better. Interested in what else might be new in the Libraries? Check out the list on our betas page!

Barker Library closed on Friday, Jan. 31

Posted January 28th, 2014 by Jeremiah Graves

Ann WolpertThe Barker Engineering Library will be closed all day on Friday, January 31.

The closure is to facilitate the memorial service and reception for Ann J. Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries from 1996-2013.

Access to the Barker 24/7 study space is expected to resume at 9:00pm and the library will be open for regular business hours on Saturday.

All other MIT Libraries locations will remain open for regular business hours and the 24/7 study spaces in Dewey and Hayden will be available after closing.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Spend more time with your library books

Posted January 28th, 2014 by Melissa Feiden

girl reading book in libraryYou asked and we listened!  With the start of spring term, we’re doubling the loan period for most MIT Libraries’ materials.  Now you’ll get a 60-day loan for items like books, graphic novels and MIT theses.  But wait, there’s more!   We’re also increasing the number of times you can renew your loans. MIT faculty, students and staff can now renew loans up to 5 times (unless they’ve been requested by someone else).  The longer loan periods plus increased renewals can add up to a loan of 360 days–nearly one year– for MIT faculty, students, and staff!

As always, you can visit Your Account to view loans and renew eligible items.  However, a gentle reminder: If you’re finished with your library materials before your loan ends, please return items to any MIT Libraries location, including the book drop in the Stata Center Student Street.

Stay tuned in the coming months for additional changes that will make MIT Libraries’ materials more accessible and make your loans easier to manage.   For more information about current library policies, check out our Circulation FAQ.

Want to let us know your thoughts about improving library services?  Tell Us!

New guides to Social Science Data Services and Census and demographic data

Posted January 27th, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

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Looking for data for a research project?  Need to do quantitative analysis of social science topics?  Interested in understanding the human/social aspect of an engineering question?  Look no further than our new and improved guides to:

1. Social Science Data Services:


  • Data on subjects across the social sciences, including economics, health, labor, political science, public opinion, and more
  • Micro-level data from data archives and repositories such as ICPSR and the Harvard Dataverse Network
  • Data on countries around the world
  • Guidance on how to use and cite data
  • And more…

2. Census and demographic data:


  • Demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources
  • International census and demographic data about countries worldwide
  • Background and methodology information for understanding Census Bureau Surveys


Have questions?  Need further help in finding data for a research project?  Contact Katherine McNeill, Social Science Data Services Librarian, at  For help in using data in a GIS, contact GIS Services.

IAP prize opportunity for students!

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

There are still spots open for the Libraries’ “Fair Use & Images: Quiz Tool Beta Test” IAP session on January 30th at 12 pm, room 14N-132. If you’re one of the first 10 undergraduate or graduate students to register, you get a $20 Amazon gift certificate just for coming and giving us feedback on the quiz. During the session we’ll also draw names for two $50 Amazon gift certificates.

The quiz is intended to shed light on aspects of copyright, including how to determine whether a use of an online image is “fair” under US copyright law, as well as related legal issues about using images on your website, blog, or in social media.

To sign up, contact Ellen Duranceau, 14S-216, 617 253-8483, EFINNIE@MIT.EDU

Libraries’ spring term hours begin Monday, January 27

Posted January 22nd, 2014 by Grace Mlady

The MIT Libraries’ spring hours begin this Monday, January 27, 2014.

Barker and Dewey Black-eyed Susans with Blue Sky
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-11pm
Friday: 8:30am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-11pm

Hayden (Humanities & Science) and 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 through Friday, May 23, 2014. For a complete list of library locations and hours, visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

OA research in the news: Medicaid increases visits to the ER

Posted January 21st, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

A study coauthored by MIT economics professor Amy Finkelstein shows that newly health-insured adults are more likely to visit emergency rooms than their uninsured peers. The study, published earlier this month, used data from a 2008 Medicaid expansion program in Oregon and found that the newly insured visited ERs about 40 percent more often. Researchers looked at emergency department records over an 18-month period for about 25,000 low-income adults, some of whom were randomly selected in a lottery to receive Medicaid.

Millions of Americans are now eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and analysts have suggested that expanded coverage could reduce visits to urgent care—and thus overall healthcare costs—by giving more people cheaper access to primary care physicians and preventive care. This study opens the door to further work. “We should not view [use of] the emergency room as a failure of our health-care system,” economist Amitabh Chandra told the MIT News. “The big unanswered question is, ‘Which effect is causing them to go to the emergency room?’”

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.

Thanks, MIT music, for your dulcet tones.

Posted January 17th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

This week was an all-things-MIT-Music for the conservation lab. We de-installed the “Noteworthy Connections” exhibition in the Maihaugen Gallery  featuring the music treasures from the Lewis Music Library and the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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MIT’s Chorallaries, an a cappella music group, provides cheerful music to listen to while we make protective enclosures for some of the illuminated music manuscripts folios that will be used for teaching next semester. We are curious to discover more “whistle-while-you-work” music created by MIT faculty, staff, and students.

MLK, Jr. Day hours this Monday, January 20

Posted January 15th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

American FlagOn Monday, January 20, 2014, the following libraries will be open as follows:

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


Lewis Music:


All other library locations will be closed; all locations will resume IAP hours on Tuesday, January 21.

Have questions? Ask Us!

IAP 2014: Energy

Posted January 10th, 2014 by Heather McCann

The MIT Libraries is hosting a series of classes on related to Energy this IAP. Some classes require registration.

Image courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Image courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Energy Sci/Tech Information: Where to Go, What to Do 
Tuesday, Jan 14, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 14N-132

Energy Information: Maps and Data to use with GIS 
Thursday, Jan 16, 1:00pm -2:30pm, 14N-132

Hydrology Tools with GIS
Thursday, Jan 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, 14N132

For a complete list of IAP classes offered by the Libraries, please see our Calendar of Events.

Open mic in the Lewis Music Library

Posted January 9th, 2014 by Christie Moore

Piano obtained through the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund

Library music! Open mic in the Lewis Music Library, a chance to try out the new piano. Come jam, perform, or just listen. Everyone welcome. Bring your own music or use the library’s (we’ve got lots!).

Two dates: Friday, January 10, and Friday, January 24, 2014
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: noon- 1 pm

Refreshments provided


Bound by Hand–Bookbindings created in the Libraries’ Conservation Lab

Posted January 7th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

Today is the first day of two Individual Activity Program (IAP) classes the conservation lab is offering. Participants are learning how to transform paper, cloth, board, thread, and glue into two types of blank books–pamphlet and flat back case bindings. Fabricating these foundational book structures reminds us here in the conservation lab why we love books, why we love to make them, and why we are dedicated to preserve them for access-old and new.

Pamphlet bindings made by hand with thread and paper.

A participant is creating the cover for the flat back case binding. Case bindings are made by creating the text block and cover separately; they are attached to each other to create a book.

Instructors for the class: Conservation Assistant Ayako Letizia and Preservation Associate Kate Beattie from the Wunsch Conservation Laboratory, Curation and Preservation Services.

MIT Libraries closed Friday, January 3, due to Institute closure

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Melissa Feiden

attentionDue to the Institute closure, the MIT Libraries will be closed Friday, January 3, 2014.  The Libraries 24×7 study spaces will continue to be available, along with most of the MIT Libraries electronic resources.  Library business and winter break library hours will resume after the Institute closure is over. Please refer to MIT Emergency Information for further updates.

IAP hours begin Monday, January 6

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Grace Mlady

EducationThe MIT Libraries IAP hours begin this Monday, January 6 and continue through Sunday, January 26. Hours are as follows:

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science) and Rotch
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-7pm

Lewis Music
Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm

The 24-hour study facilities in Barker, Dewey and Hayden libraries will remain open during IAP. For a complete list of library hours, visit our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!