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Alternative metrics added to CaltechAUTHORS

There’s a whole new section of information at the bottom of each CaltechAUTHORS record. We’ve just turned on PlumX Metrics which provides insight into alternative ways of viewing the impact of a piece of scholarship. Alternative metrics (altmetrics) are displayed for each record for which the information is available in 5 categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations.

Usage — downloads from CaltechAUTHORS, library holdings of books…

Captures — bookmarks, favorites, readers…

Mentions — blogs, comments, Wikipedia links…

Social Media — tweets, Facebook shares…

Citations — PubMed, Scopus, … [not Web of Science yet]

Some examples: LIGO’s gravitational wave paper; Jack Robert’s organic chemistry book; Noel Cordngold’s lecture notes on stochastic processes

April Fools, the Caltech Way – photographic gallery

At Caltech, pranks are an integral part of student life. Over the years students pranked their comrades, student Houses pranked other Houses, and their witty machinations often spread outside campus.

The pranks were varied, involving furniture, vehicles, and even architecture, but all share the trademark Caltech ingenuity, and the sheer pleasure of working together to solve difficult problems. This light side of Caltech life, on par with scientific achievement, remains a highlight among the memories of many alumni.

For this year’s April Fools Day, the Caltech Archives pay a photographic tribute to all the Caltech students who, over the decades, have used their creativity, imagination and hard work to explore not only the boundaries of science, but also those of humor and merriment. Visit the photographic gallery here.

Caltech founder George Ellery Hale, doing his best Mr Spock impression. (July 7, 1987; photo credit unknown)

Caltech founder George Ellery Hale, doing his best Mr Spock impression. (July 7, 1987; photo credit unknown)

Library Adds oaFindr to Online Tools. Try it here!

oaFindr logoCaltech Library is pleased to announce the addition of oaFindr to our suite of tools. oaFindr is a search tool that is designed to find and preserve gold and green open access content from across the web. Unlike Google Scholar, oaFindr searches only peer-reviewed, copyright-compliant papers.

You’ll find oaFindr on the Caltech Connect menu or by visiting the Databases page using the tab at the top of the library home page.

Change to DocuServe Service

Beginning on March 8, 2016, DocuServe will no longer charge ($6.50) to scan and electronically deliver articles, book chapters, or conference papers from the Caltech print collection.

If the article, book chapter, or conference paper is not held in the Caltech print or electronic collection, we will obtain it through another library. There is also no charge for this request fulfillment.

For theses (non-Caltech), technical reports, patents, and standards requests, the pricing policy has not changed. A charge may be incurred but DocuServe will send an authorization request before fulfilling these types of requests.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Beckman Room (Caltech Science Museum) will be open March 4, 1 to 4pm

The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. On March 4, first Friday of the month, the museum will be open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM.

The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups. Please contact the Caltech Archives at archives AT for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at


Sherman Fairchild Library doors being replaced

The west doors to the Sherman Fairchild Library are being replaced this morning and will be inaccessible.  Please use the east entrance to access the Sherman Fairchild Library.

The east doors will also be replaced this afternoon or Wednesday (March 2nd) and will be inaccessible during that time.  Please use the west entrance during this period.

Both entrances will be available for use after 5pm.

Library Workshop: ‘Crystallographic Resources’ – Wednesday, March 2 – 2:00pm

This session will introduce several crystallographic resources and databases available at Caltech. Larry Henling, MPS (Staff Crystallographer) will provide an introduction to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), and along with Dr. Michael Takase (X-Ray Facility Director) will answer any questions about the CSD and using the facility. Examples of finding crystallographic data in both specialty databases (such as the ICSD) and general chemistry databases (such as SciFinder) will be also covered.

More Resources:

Wednesday, March 2


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Update on Library Annex and journal cancellations

The Library has prepared a website that explains what is happening with print collections in the Annex and journal cancellations for 2016: The website is only available on campus (or off campus through access.caltech. login or VPN).

As of May 1, the Library is vacating the Annex, which is located in the subbasement of Beckman Institute. The 100,000+ volumes held in the Annex largely represent 7000 print journals formerly held in the Millikan and Sherman Fairchild libraries. The titles represent all Caltech disciplines. The title list is linked from the above website and can be accessed directly here:

By March 31, we are requesting that you note the titles you wish the Library to retain through the comment feature on the title list. Print titles that are not retained will be withdrawn.

Journal cancellations
In order to gain enough flexibility in the budget to acquire resources that can only be licensed and acquired at the institution level, the library has canceled approximately 650 journal titles for 2016. The criteria were developed in consultation with the Faculty Library Committee, and are based on cost per download. The website explains the methodology in more detail, as well as linking to the title list:

Electronic Lab Notebooks (LabArchives) Access Restored (2/11 – 9:30 am)

Access has been restorted (9:30 am)

(7:45) Access to LabArchives’ Electronic Lab Notebooks is currently not available.  The authentication servers used for Shibboleth access are currently down, which will prevent login for any sites using Shibboleth access to LabArchives.  Theior tech team is working currently to address the issue and bring those servers back online.   They apologize for the inconvenience and will let us know as soon as the problem has been addressed.

Cambridge Crystallographic Database Updated

The Cambridge Structural Database System software from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has been updated on the library’s server. Here are the current version numbers:

CSD System: 2016 release, Version 5.37
Database Updates: Nov15
ConQuest: 1.18
IsoStar: 2.2.3
Mercury: 3.7
Mogul: 1.7.1
PreQuest: 5.37
SuperStar/Hermes: 2.1.3

The 2016 version should be available shortly from for installation on individual workstations.

See for more information about the CSD applications and database.

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