Archive for August, 2014

International Historical Statistics–now online!

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Katherine McNeill

IHS logo

Looking to study countries worldwide far back in time?  Want the convenience of country statistics at your fingertips?  International Historical Statistics now is available online!  Previously only available in print, this unique collection of statistics covers a wide range of economic and social topics for countries worldwide from 1750-2010.

Access data about the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania on the following topics:

  • population and labor force
  • agriculture
  • industry
  • external trade
  • transport and communications
  • finance
  • prices
  • education
  • national accounts

You can search or browse the collection and download data tables as PDF or Excel.  Access the database at:

Want more resources in this area?  Check out our guides to Country Data and Analysis, History, and Social Science Data Services.

Fall semester hours begin Tuesday, September 2

Posted August 28th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

fall-348316_640The MIT Libraries Fall semester hours begin this Tuesday, September 2.

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 19, 2014. For a complete list of library locations and hours, see our hours page.

Have questions? Ask Us!

Libraries closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1

Posted August 27th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

fish-334973_640The MIT libraries will follow the pre-semester Saturday and Sunday schedule this Labor Day weekend, and all libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

The Libraries will begin Fall semester hours on Tuesday, September 2.

Have questions? Ask Us!


Fridays just got a little more fun, and furry

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Heather Denny

Furry Fri Dogs

Starting in October we’re expanding our popular therapy dog program. Now on the first Friday of each month this fall you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with one of our furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts.

“Furry First Fridays” builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams in December and May. These visits with dogs were so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently. Take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress!

All are welcome; no registration required. Dogs and their human handlers will be available on:

Dates:  October 3, November 7, December 5

Time:  2-4 pm

Location:  Hayden Library (14S-100), 24-hour study room, 1st floor


What’s new at the Libraries this fall

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Heather Denny

nullWelcome back! The MIT Libraries have been busy over your summer vacation. We’ve made improvements, added new resources, expanded our services, and lined up great events for the fall. Here are some of the new things you can look forward to:

New website

  • Our homepage has a new look Everyone wants to look their best going back-to-school, including us! With your feedback we made major improvements to our homepage. The fresh new design features a streamlined search bar, less clutter, and easy to find hours, locations, research guides, and experts.

New resources & tools

  • Got data? Need help managing it? We can help MIT faculty and researchers manage, store, and share the data you produce. Evaluate your needs with this short checklist on our new Data Management website.

Expanded borrowing & easier renewing

  • More options for borrowing Borrow Direct, the partnership that allows you to borrow books from other Ivy League+ institutions, has expanded to include Johns Hopkins University. Search over 50 million volumes owned by Borrow Direct libraries through MIT’s WorldCat.
  • Keep your books longer You may have noticed this summer that you didn’t have to worry about renewing books as often. We launched automatic renewals this spring, giving you extra time with your books. Your library loans will now automatically renew 3 days before the due date, unless the book has been requested by another patron.

Upcoming events & exhibits

  • Fall exhibit opens Wired: A World Transformed by the Telegraph opens in the Maihaugen Gallery in September. Long before telephone or text, instantaneous messages travelled by telegraph. Explore the historic significance of this technological triumph of the 19th century through an exhibit featuring books, telegrams, photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera from the Libraries’ collections.
  • Fridays just got a little more fun, and furry Starting in October we’re expanding our popular therapy dog program. Now on the first Friday of each month this fall you can stop by Hayden Library for some one-on-one time with a dog. Petting a dog is great stress relief! Just drop by 2-4pm on October 3, November 7, or December 5.
  • Authors@MIT series returns The MIT Libraries and MIT Press Bookstore will offer a series of events with MIT authors. Join us in October for a reading by Ellen Harris who will discuss her most recent work, George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends on Wednesday, October 22nd, at 5:30pm in the Lewis Music Library. Stay tuned for more events to come.

Follow the MIT Libraries on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and events.

Barker Library closing at 4pm on Fri, August 29

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Barbara Williams

_ASC0214Barker Library will close at 4pm on Friday, August 29 for a private event, and the Barker Reading Room will close at 3 pm.

Access to the Barker 24/7 study space will resume at 9pm 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.

Pre-semester extended hours begin Monday, August 25

Posted August 20th, 2014 by Grace Mlady

Stack of Library BooksIn preparation of the new academic year, the MIT Libraries will offer extended hours from Monday, August 25 through Sunday, August 31.

Barker, Dewey, Hayden (Humanities & Science), and Rotch
Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday*: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

*Barker will close at 4pm on Friday, August 29 due to a private event.

Lewis Music will remain on its summer hours schedule all of next week.

Additionally, all libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, and fall term hours will begin on Tuesday, September 2.

For more information about hours and locations, visit our hours page. Have questions? Ask us.

New Requirements for DOE-funded Researchers: Public Access to Data and Publications

Posted August 18th, 2014 by Ellen Duranceau

In response to the 2013 Memorandum from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Public Access Plan.  The DOE is the first agency to release its open access plan in response to this directive, which applies to the largest federal agencies.

doe logoThe aim of the directive is to ensure that “the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community.”


Under the DOE plan, researchers will be required to submit accepted manuscripts of publications that report on DOE-supported research to an open access repository such as DSpace@MIT.  Researchers will also need to submit information about their publications to the DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information.   DOE will begin to include these requirements in award agreements as of October 1, 2014.


Also under the plan, researchers will be required to include in grant proposals a Data Management Plan outlining how the data generated in research will be shared and preserved.   These requirements take effect October 1, 2014 for the DOE’s Office of Science and by October 1, 2015 for other DOE offices.

The Libraries can help you comply with these new requirements:

In coming months, the Libraries will be evaluating what other services may be of help to DOE-funded researchers. If you have comments or suggestions, please contact:

For publications: contact Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing, MIT Libraries

For data: contact the MIT Libraries’ data management team

Introducing: The new Libraries homepage!

Posted August 18th, 2014 by Stephanie Hartman

nullWe’ve been busy this summer redesigning our homepage! Through focus groups, interviews, and usability testing, we gathered your feedback about what you love (and don’t love) about the old homepage and some themes emerged:

  • “Less is more!”
    Our most popular links are now stashed in the navigation at the top of the  page.
  • “Search is important, but make it simpler.”
    The search box is still front and center, but we’ve streamlined it.
  • “Library hours need to be easier to find.”
    We’ve moved them to the homepage, where you’ll find them in an easy-to-scan format that highlights which locations are open 24/7.
  • “Research guides are super helpful, but I didn’t know about them.”
    Research guides & experts display on the homepage, so you can easily find who or what you’re looking for.

Stay tuned for more changes coming to our News page this fall.

Please note – if anything looks a bit odd or seems funky, trying clearing your browser cache (usually by holding the “shift” key while refreshing your browser screen).

Tell us if you have thoughts, concerns, or comments. We’d love to hear them!

Welcome students! Join us for our 2014 Orientation events.

Posted August 14th, 2014 by Heather Denny

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.


Freshman Explorations: Ice Cream Social (photo: L. Barry Hetherington)

Freshman Explorations: Ice Cream Social (photo: L. Barry Hetherington)

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 26, 1:30–4 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.

Freshmen Explorations: Library Tours
What: A walking tour of the MIT Libraries.
When: Thursday, August 28, 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 28, 3 – 5 pm
Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)


Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 101
What: Learn about the MIT Libraries’ essential resources for grad students.
When: Monday, August 25, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 26-100

15th 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 29, 5 – 7 pm
Where: Barker Engineering Library Reading Room–under the 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 2, 12–4 pm
Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center

ILLiad downtime Wednesday, August 13th, 10am-3pm

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Melissa Feiden

ILLiad at MITPlease be aware that, due to a scheduled software upgrade, ILLiad will be unavailable from 10am-3pm EST on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

During this outage, you will not be able to:

  • place new Interlibrary Borrowing requests
  • place requests for article delivery from the Library Storage Annex
  • download PDF copies of articles
  • track or change existing requests
  • renew Interlibrary Borrowing books
  • do anything that requires ILLiad

For more information, see our ILLiad system outage page.

OA research in the news: Report on the future of MIT education

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn

This week, MIT President Rafael Reif released the final report of the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education, which “marks the beginning of an exciting new period of educational experimentation at MIT,” he wrote in a letter to the community.

Among other things, the report addresses MIT’s role in MOOCs, or massive open online courses, and suggests that MIT consider offering different levels of certification for students enrolled in classes through MITx and edX. It also recommends increasing the Institute’s undergraduate population or allowing students to complete their degrees in fewer than four years. The Task Force has been chaired by two faculty members: Karen Willcox, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and Sanjay Sarma, a professor of engineering who is also MIT’s director of digital learning.

Explore Professor Willcox’s research and Professor Sarma’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.