Archive for February, 2007

Cambridge Structural Database updated

Version 5.28 of the Cambridge Structural Database has been installed on the library’s CCDC server, as has the first data update for 2007 (Jan07). New versions of ConQuest, Mercury, Mogul, and IsoStar have also been installed; see the CCDC web page for more details.

Meet the Library Staff – February 2007

The Geology Library is located on the 2nd floor of North Mudd.  It looks exactly like what you would image a beautiful old library to be – a space filled with old polished wood, large comfortable chairs, and lots of books.  Tony Diaz has been happily ensconced in this setting since January 2005 when he became the Senior Library Assistant in the Geology Library.  Tony reports directly to Jim O’Donnell, who is not only the Geology Librarian, but also the Head of Collections, Information and Research Services for all of CLS (Caltech Library Services).  This means Tony’s duties encompass a wide variety of responsibilities.  “Working with Jim is wonderful,” says Tony. “He trusts me to run the day-to-day operations in the Geology Library.”   


 Tony in the Geology Library.
Tony has actually worked at Caltech since December 2000.  From 2000 until his promotion to Geology, he worked in various units of Collections including Document Delivery and InterLibrary Loan. 

Tony’s current duties include stack maintenance, bindery preparation of current journals and books, maintenance of all Geology Library website (this includes over 50 pages), and coordination of classes presented by our librarians (approximately 10 per semester).  These classes are on a diverse range of topics – Web of Knowledge and Electronic Theses and Dissertations are two familiar subjects, but our librarians also teach classes on such diverse themes as Patents, Life Sciences Information Resources, and even Crystallographic Databases.  Tony suggests visiting the Library Classes web site to discover other available classes for the Winter 2007 semester.

Creating a digital collection of Caltech authors has been a primary project for the library staff.  Tony has been working with George Porter, EAS Librarian, on this task.  George locates the pdf version of an article written by a Caltech author and sends it to Tony.  It is Tony’s responsibility to upload the article information into CODA (the library’s digital collection database), transferring the abstract and other pertinent data into the appropriate format which will allow individuals searching for the article to be successful in finding it!  Go to the Caltech Library home page and click on the Digital Collections (CODA) button to see any of the well over 1,800 articles Tony has uploaded so far.

One of Tony’s most enjoyable duties is to help people who are looking for specific geological maps.  “People are constantly amazed at the quantity and quality of topographic and geologic maps we have readily available,” notes Tony.  “I also like working with the students who come into the geology library.  I know most of them by first name.”   Kaven Pahlevan, a grad student in Geological and Planetary Sciences concurs, “Tony will gladly go out of his way to help you.  In my interactions with him, I have always found Tony to be helpful and cordial.”

In his spare time, Tony enjoys traveling.  He and his wife of almost one year, Anabel, take weekend day trips to the desert, such as Joshua Tree; the mountains (especially Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear); along the California coast line; and to nearby cities such as San Diego and Santa Barbara.  Tony enjoys driving and traveling by train because “this allows you to see up-close the beauty of our country.”  In addition, Tony likes to take cruises.  So far he has visited the Caribbean once and Mexico four times.  His hobbies include car racing, stamp and coin collecting, model railroading, astronomy, and local hiking.  Tony is a member of the Mt. Palomar Friends.  This membership allows him to partake in special star parties and events held at Mt. Palomar.  He enjoys frequent visits to the Mt. Wilson Observatory and the Griffith Observatory as well.  Tony is also currently restoring a 1969 Dodge back to its original condition. 

Jim O’Donnell acknowledges with enthusiasm “Tony is a real pleasure to work with.  He likes people, so he’s good as the first-line contact in the Geology Library.  People like him, and they trust him to find information for them.  He likes to learn new things, so handing him another project (like depositing theses and articles in CODA, or scanning maps for theses, or taking responsibility for the Education Team’s support) is always a safe bet.  He does a great job.”  As you can see, Tony has a busy and interesting life and the library is lucky to count him as part of our family!

ScienceDirect Unavailable for part of 2/24/07

ScienceDirect will be unavailable on Saturday, February 24th for approximately 9 hours starting at 03:00 AM.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause to ScienceDirect users.

Max Delbruck Centennial Celebration

Max Delbruck headshotCourtesy of Caltech’s Division of Biology, the library is pleased to display four elaborately detailed posters commemorating the life and work of Max Delbruck (1906-1981).  The posters are on display in the third floor reading room of the Sherman Fairchild Library through the end of March. 

They were created by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for their Max Delbruck Centennial Celebration last August, and reproduced by the Biology Division for display at Caltech’s Delbruck Centennial on January 8th. 

Many photographs and illustrations highlight Delbruck’s transition from physicist to biologist in the 1930’s, his coming to the United States, his time at Vanderbilt, at CSHL, and his Caltech days in the late 1930’s and again from 1947 until his death in Pasadena in 1981.  You’re sure to find this beautiful and informative tribute well worth visiting SFL. 

Photo of the second of four posters celebrating Max Delbruck Centennial is shown above. 

Black and white headshot of Max Delbruck taken in 1969 is courtesy of The Nobel Foundation.


Meet the Library Staff – January 2007

Kris Jolley has been a member of the Collection Maintenance unit of the Circulation Services Department for almost 7 years.  His immediate supervisor, Andy Gaston, says “Working with Kris has been an enjoyable experience.  His positive energy motivates everyone around him making everyday work more enjoyable and, I hate to say this, fun.” 

Kris’ primary assignment and processing area are in Millikan Library.  However, you may run into Kris at any library location as he works with the Collection Maintenance team on projects to optimize the use of library space and accessibility of materials.  Kris is also involved in handling our gift book processing and is the friendly MC at the annual Friends of Caltech Libraries book sale held at the Winnett Center every May.  These are just a few of his duties, because, like all Circulation Services Department staff, Kris is cross-trained to work in Document Delivery, InterLibrary Loan, and Circulation.  


Kris at his desk on the 2nd floor of Millikan Library.

Kris was born and raised in the Pasadena/Altadena area.  Most of his family still live in the vicinity and, Kris notes with a smile, he hopes to remain in the locale ‘forever’.  Kris and his wife LaBrina, a staff member at JPL, have three beautiful children – all boys; Ahmad, 3; Jalen, 6;  and Kris Jr., who is 8 years old.  His sons take particular delight in going fishing and camping with their dad.  Kris and LaBrina take part in activities at their children’s schools, including attending regular PTA meetings.  Pop Warner Football is another of Kris’ interests – he has coached 7-8 year olds for the past several years. The student supervisor at the Millikan circulation desk, Viet Nguyen, knows Kris well and says “When I think of Kris I think of his being very good with his kids – he is a very likeable guy”.

Have you ever heard of the Redheaded Step Kids?  I will be surprised and shocked if you have not because this is the famous library soft ball team!  According to Kris, and I quote, “I have led the Redheaded Step Kids to two back-to-back championships.  I am the most athletic of the group and am also head vocal leader.” 

“The thing I appreciate most about Kris Jolley” states Luis Arias, his soft ball team mate and Collection Maintenance unit co-worker, “is his ability to do 80% of the work and his humbleness.”  I have a feeling there might be some friendly rivalry within the Redheaded Step Kids gang… see for yourself all you need to do is attend one of their games, held once a week during the summer months. 

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 Kris on the 7th floor of Millikan Library.

When asked what he most enjoys about his job, Kris unhesitatingly responded “I love the social interaction within the Caltech community.  It is like a family”. 

Glenn Brudvig, Director of Libraries at Caltech from 1983-1995

Glenn Brudvig, Director of Libraries at Caltech from 1983-1995, passed away on January 26th in North Oaks, Minnesota.  He was 75 years old.  Glenn brought many positive changes to the library during his 12 years as the director, a period of radical change as information technology increasingly influenced library operations. 


Glenn Brudvig during his tenure as Director of Libraries at Caltech.

Glenn’s impact on Caltech began with bringing the engineering branch libraries, their staffs and budgets under central control.  Up to that time, each of those branches had reported to the option administrator.  This change resulted in some organizational challenges, and library services were both strengthened and more consistently delivered and funded under his direction.  It was also during this time that the library’s operations were automated through the purchase and implementation of the online catalog and its supporting modules. 

In particular, many Techers will remember TOC/DOC, the library’s document delivery service, that was launched in 1988 under Glenn’s administration.  It was Glenn’s vision that a scientific research community should have easy access to the journal article literature and that library’s should make their journal article holdings more visible. He used to say that the library’s catalog should consist of journal article data just as much as book data.  Today we would call it mining the hidden web.  The original TOC/DOC database content was tailored to the Caltech Libraries’ journal subscriptions, a concept that was revolutionary in library services at the time. 

Though the Sherman Fairchild Library was completed after his retirement, it was Glenn’s foresight and groundwork from the 1980’s, in developing a program for a much needed consolidated engineering library along with his persistence that set the stage for the successful building project. 

After retiring as the Director of Libraries at Caltech, Glenn moved back to North Oaks, Minnesota.  Glenn earned his B.S. Ed. from the University of North Dakota in 1954 and his M.A. in 1962 from the University of Minnesota.  Glenn was also a Korean War Veteran.  Funeral services were held at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, MN and at Sundahl Lutheran Church in Aneta, ND. 

Glenn is survived by his wife of 53 years, Myrna; sons, Gary of Orange, CT, Lee of Rome, Italy, James of Andover, MN; daughter, Kristin Kenessey of the Netherlands; 5 brothers and 9 grandchildren.



Interested in the history of valentines? Dabney Library has the perfect book:

A History of Valentines / by Ruth Webb Lee. Wellesley Hills, Mass: Lee Pub., c1952.

Call no.: NC 1860 .L37 1952

January list of new library resources now available

The January list of new library information resources is now available at

Listings of this month’s latest titles are also available via the same web page.