From the Director

Fall 2019

Photo: Shawn G. Henry


Here at MIT, we are always looking to the future, with an eye toward doing our part to build a better world. This issue of Bibliotech takes a look at some of the major initiatives driving the future of the Libraries:

  • I’m excited to share with you the design for the Hayden Library renovation by Kennedy & Violich Architecture, which preserves what is special about Hayden while responding to the evolving needs of our community and the way knowledge is created and consumed today.
  • As computation reshapes the future of the Institute with the Schwarzman College of Computing launching this fall, it is also defining our work. Our own Heather Yager offers an inside look at how the College is identifying essential needs and the unique role the Libraries can play.
  • A future defined by AI—where the power of computing is brought to all fields of study at MIT—is one where the open sharing of knowledge is necessary for the kind of breakthroughs we envision. Over two years, the Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research has identified strategies to support and increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software, and educational materials. Our final recommendations were released to the community this fall, and now the critical work of implementation begins.

None of this would be possible without the forward-thinking supporters who fuel our work all year long. Your generosity means so much to us, especially at this time of momentous change. Thank you for sharing our vision.

All my best,

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