Brown Bag

Reality Bytes - Utilizing VR and AR in the Library Space- a Brownbag with Matt Bernhardt

Jun 21, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


E25-401 also via WebEx +1-617-324-0000 Access code:648 311 173

Terms like "virtual reality" and "augmented reality" have existed for a long time. In recent years, thanks to products like Google Cardboard and games like Pokemon Go, an increasing number of people have gained first-hand experience with these once-exotic technologies. The MIT Libraries are no exception to this trend. The Program on Information Science has conducted enough experimentation that we would like to share what we have learned, and solicit ideas for further investigation.

Labor and Reward in Science: Do Women Have an Equal Voice in Scholarly Communication? a Brown Bag with Cassidy Sugimoto

Sep 25, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Despite progress, gender disparities in science persist. Women remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce and under rewarded for their contributions. This talk will examine multiple layers of gender disparities in science, triangulating data from scientometrics, surveys, and social media to provide a broader perspective on the gendered nature of scientific communication. The extent of gender disparities and the ways in which new media are changing these patterns will be discussed.

Brown Bag: Come Together Right Now: An Introduction to the Open Access Network - with Rebecca Kennison

Oct 18, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Officially launched just over a year ago, the Open Access Network (OAN) offers a transformative, sustainable, and scalable model of open access (OA) publishing and preservation that encourages partnerships among scholarly societies, research libraries, and other partners (e.g., academic publishers, university presses, collaborative e-archives) who share a common mission to support the creation and distribution of open research and scholarship and to encourage more affordable education, which can be a direct outcome of OA publishing.

Brown Bag: Issues in Curating the Open Web at Scale - with Gary Price

Sep 20, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Much of the web remains invisible: resources are undescribed, unindexed or simply buried --  as many people rarely look past the first page of Google searches or are unavailable from traditional library resources.

At the same time many traditional library databases pay little attention to quality content from credible sources accessible on the open web.

How do we build collections of quality open-web resources (i.e. documents, specialty databases, and multimedia) and make them accessible to individuals and user groups when and where they need it?

Brown Bag: Towards an Open Science Publishing Platform - with Vitek Tracz

Feb 23, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



The traditional way of publishing new findings in journals is becoming increasingly outdated and no longer serves the needs of much of science.  Vitek will discuss a new approach being developed by F1000, an Open Science Platform, that combines immediate publication (like a preprint) with formal, invited, and transparent post-publication peer review.

Brown Bag: Jobs, Roles, Skills, Tools: Working in the Digital Academy with Julia Flanders

Nov 16, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Twenty-five years ago, jobs in humanities computing were largely interstitial: located in fortuitous, anomalous corners and annexes where specific people with idiosyncratic skill profiles happened to find a niche. One couldn't train for such jobs, let alone locate them in a market.