Archive for May, 2006

Rehabilitation of Sherman Fairchild Library Group Study Rooms

The 2nd floor of the Sherman Fairchild Library will be a construction site from Friday, June 9, 2006 to Tuesday, August 8, 2006 due to the rehabilitation of the group study rooms.

Our Caltech students have been enjoying the ambiance of the Sherman Fairchild Library for almost ten years. They have consistently made reference to the fact that use of SFL group study rooms are an important part of their college routine.

The increased popularity of these rooms has meant students are sometimes unable to book a room because it is already reserved. Therefore the Library has decided to not only upgrade our existing group study rooms on the 2nd floor of the SFL (with state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities), but to add two additional group study rooms as well. We are also making the rooms more user friendly to allow students to bring in food and beverages.

The Sherman Fairchild Library will stay open during construction. The elevator will be operational, the MCR and the group study room on the 3rd floor will remain available for use.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the dust and noise, but know the students will appreciate the enhanced atmosphere created by the rehabilitation of the Sherman Fairchild Library.

Evan Dorn, Caltech 2005 PhD, Wins “Innovative ETD Award”

Evan Dorn, Caltech PhD in Computation & Neural Systems, wins “Innovative ETD Award” for 2006.  Each year  the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) consortium recognizes students who have written exemplary electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).  These ETDs demonstrate new dimensions of scholarship being explored by individuals who have made significant contributions to the worldwide ETD movement.

Dorn’s thesis entitled “Universal Biosignatures for the Detection of Life” comprises 15 files; pdf, mpeg movie, xls spreadsheets, tar compressed data files. The Innovative ETD Award recognizes student efforts to transform the genre of the print dissertation through the use of innovative software to create cutting edge ETDs and comes with a cash prize.  Use of renderings, photos, video and other multimedia objects that are included in the electronic document were considered as part of the innovation of the work. 

This winning thesis is available via the Caltech Library’s Institutional Repository, CODA,  

The complete listing of the NDLTD awards, generously sponsored by Adobe Systems, Inc.  is available at:

Alums Enjoy Library on Seminar Day

“Alums See the Latest in Library Services at Caltech”

Over 40 alumni and their families came to the Sherman Fairchild Library during the lunch hour last Saturday, May 20, 2006. Library staff, Daniel Taylor, Judy Nollar,Caroline Smith, and Marie Noren showed off the latest advances in the library system and gave tours of the SFL.

Francis and Hewitt Graham, ‘43 (AE), marvel at all of the changes they have witnessed over the years with Judy and Daniel

Every year since 1997, the year the SFL opened, Library staff have conducted open house tours and given presentations on Seminar Day.

Please visit the Caltech Alumni Association to view additional information concerning Alumni Day.

Daniel Tylor, Biology Librarian promotes open archives and directs Alums to the SFL!

Kyle Bayes ‘56 (CH) posses for a picture with Judy Nollar.

Wayne Waller, Digital Media Center demonstrated its capabilities to alumnus Ron Patterson ‘71 (ENV).

Ron Patterson checking out the Multimedia Conference Room (MCR) during Seminar Day.

Judith Fulton, the wife of Albert Fulton ‘45 (EE) makes herself at home while enjoying the high bandwidth access at the SFL!

Caroline Smith, Astronomy Librarian; Daniel Taylor, Biology Librarian; Judy Nollar, Humanities Librarian; at reference desk of Sherman Fairchild Library. All three have participated in Seminar Day since 1997!