Archive for August, 2006

Update on Rehab of SFL Group Study Rooms

Due to the desire to update and add to the existing group study rooms, the 2nd floor of the Sherman Fairchild Library has been a construction site since June 9th. We would like to announce the completion of the construction phase of this project! Thanks to Ryan Noel, the Assistant Project Manager assigned to us by Architectural & Engineering Services, the group study rooms in the SFL are looking truly beautiful! Ryan’s response to all the complements has been to say “I am glad the design is well liked by all in the library.”

The group study rooms will include new furniture and new LCD screens – to be installed in October. As of now group study rooms 3-1, 3-2, and 2-1 are available for use, as is the Multimedia Conference Room. Marie Noren, Sherman Fairchild Library Supervisor, feels “the students will enjoy the new technology.”


Marie Noren and Ryan Noel check out the new LCD screens for the groups study rooms.

Chemistry Journal Shifting – Millikan 8th Floor

Chemistry journal shifting is in progress on the 8th floor of the Millikan Library.

The Library staff will be moving selected bound volumes of electronically available Chemistry journals to the Annex.  In their place selected journal volumes from titles not available electronically will be returned to the 8th floor of Millikan from the Annex.

Current unbound issues will be retained on the 8th floor of the Millikan Library.

Thank you for your understanding during this shifting process.  If you are unable to locate an item you need, please inquire at the Millikan Circulation Desk or click on the following link to submit an Annex paging form [].

We hope to have this process completed by the beginning of the fall term.


Cambridge Crystallographic Database: August 06 Update Loaded

The third CSD data update (Aug06) for the November 2005 release of CSD v5.27/ConQuest 1.8, with 7,856 new entries, has been installed on the Caltech Library System’s CSD installation.

Astrophysics Library


Michael Busch trys out a lounge chair (currently located in the Astrophysics Library) on loan from the Geology Department as Alicia Soderberg looks on!

Caroline Smith, Astrophysics Librarian, and Lindsay Cleary, Library Assistant in the Astrophysics Library, hope to have two permanent chairs available soon to encourage students to drop by and enjoy this unique and wonderful library area!

Meet the Library Staff – August 2006

Welcome to a new addition of our library blog site – we will be introducing the Caltech community to one of our staff members each month. Our first profile will be of Viet Nguyen!

Viet Nguyen has worked in the Caltech Library for almost six years. During this time period he has rotated within our Circulation, Document Delivery, and Inter-Library Loan divisions – all the while building up his knowledge of the inter-workings of our library system. Viet is currently the Library Student Supervisor. “It is”, says Viet, “a job I thoroughly enjoy because I get to witness first hand the struggles and the accomplishments our undergraduates go through on a daily basis in order to succeed in their studies.” And, not surprisingly, the students have quickly come to rely on Viet as a trusted mentor and friend.


Viet at his desk on the first floor of Millikan Library, August 1, 2006.

Viet was born in Vietnam. He has 10 brothers and sisters. When he was 9 years old his mother and father decided Viet should accompany his older brother, Toan, to America. They left the communist country illegally by boat in 1987 (or as Viet explains, “in the only way one could leave Vietnam during that time period”). Traveling first to Malaysia, then on to the Philippines, the two brothers arrived in American after two long years of travel. Other siblings were to follow, and their parents finally arrived in 1995.

Viet will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly in March 2007. He hopes to continue his education with a Master’s degree in an as yet an undecided (but related) field. Viet is a basketball fan and is active in his church. You can find Viet in the circulation area on the first floor of the Millikan Library, where he trains his students. Viet has always been extremely helpful to anyone who stops by. “You’ll never see me feeling down” says Viet. “Because of what I went through as a child, I can truly say I appreciate being an American!”

IFILM/ISP feature movies in the SFL Amphitheatre Tuesday evenings

International Open Air Cinema will feature screenings every Tuesday during the summer  7:00-11:00 PM in the SFL Amphitheatre.  This event is sponsored by IFILM/ISP.