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Spotlight: Celebrate Public Domain Day with the MIT Libraries

January 1, 2019, is the first time in 20 years that works published in the U.S. have entered the public domain. Works in the public domain are free for anyone to read and use, and are a vital resource for creators to build from. Did you know that public domain images on Wikipedia, if they […]

Spotlight: MIT Libraries collaborate on new Public Access Submission System

Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries, in collaboration with the Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication, the MIT Libraries, and with inspiration from Jeff Spies, formerly of the Center for Open Science, have developed the Public Access Submission System, or PASS. The innovative web application helps researchers comply simultaneously with the open access policies of both their funders and their institutions.

“We developed PASS as part of the launch of the open access policy at Johns Hopkins University, but recognize that it can help researchers at any institution,” said Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums and co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Open Access Committee. “We are proud to partner with our colleagues at Harvard and MIT to develop a seamless and efficient platform that facilitates the free sharing of knowledge.”

Spotlight: MIT Open Access Task Force releases white paper

The ad hoc task force on open access to MIT’s research has released “Open Access at MIT and Beyond: A White Paper of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research,”  which examines efforts to make research and scholarship openly and freely available. The white paper provides a backdrop to the ongoing work of the task force: identifying new, updated, or revised open access policies and practices that might advance the Institute’s mission to share its knowledge with the world. 

Read more about the paper in the MIT News. The report is available as a PDF on the OA task force website, and in HTML on PubPub

Spotlight: MIT and RSC Sign First North American “Read and Publish” Agreement

The MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a groundbreaking license agreement that incorporates elements of a traditional subscription purchase and open access to scholarly articles. The experimental two-year agreement is seen as an important step on the path toward making more research freely and openly available to the world. More information on how it works for authors.

Spotlight: Happy Fair Use Week 2018

In celebration of Fair Use Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting two events:

  • Fair use game show
    February 27, 3-4pm, 3-133.
    Join us for food, fair use, and fun! Expert panelists will make arguments for and against fair use and the audience will vote: Fair use or not? Refreshments provided.
  • Make a fair use kaleidocycle
    February 28, 10am–3pm, Lobby 10.
    We’re hosting a table where we’ll chat about fair use and give away handy fair use kaleidocycles that you can make at the table or take home. (See how it works here, or download the template).

Spotlight: Happy Open Access Week 2017

Sign MIT’s new open access license and win prizes!

This year we’re promoting the new opt-in open access license, a tool you can use to legally hold onto rights to share and reuse your work. If you sign the license between October 23-29, you’ll be entered to win one of ten $100 gift certificates to the MIT Press Bookstore. If you’ve already signed, you’ll be entered to win a limited edition t-shirt. #ioptedin

Spotlight: Gravitational waves win the Nobel Prize in physics

MIT professor emeritus Rainer Weiss has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for physics along with Caltech colleagues Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, for their “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

Check out the discovery paper as well as open access resources on LIGO & gravitational waves: an annotated collection of technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and theses, freely available in the DSpace@MIT repository, that describe work done at MIT, from the earliest science to post-detection research.

Join us for Furry First Fridays

Visit with therapy dogs in Hayden Event date October 6, 2017, 2 – 3:30 pm We are continuing Furry First Fridays, the popular therapy dogs program, for the spring term. On the first Fridays in October (the 6th) and November (the 3rd), 2-3:30 pm, you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with […]