Archive for September, 2011

Rediscovering Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” – Monday, September 26, 7pm

Rediscovering  Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

Inaugural lecture:  Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Speaker:  John A. Sutherland, Professor Emeritus, renowned literary scholar and critic *                                    

Location:  Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall, Guggenheim Building #101, Caltech.


Professor John Sutherland’s guided literary tour of Huxley’s classic work inaugurates a series on the dystopian novel, a world in which all-powerful governments prevail, where pervasive technology and thought control suppress people en masse, but are not always able to enslave the individual human spirit.


With specialty fields in Victorian literature and the modern novel, Dr. John Sutherland, one of Caltech’s most popular professors, returns to campus to launch the series on the dystopian novel.  He is the perfect speaker to revisit the modern classic, Brave New World.  After his review of the work, a Q and A session will follow, ensuring an evening of spirited and challenging discussion.


*For more on Professor Sutherland, (see

August 2011 New Books and Journals lists

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of August 2011 are now available.   The book list includes cover images for many items, and links to Amazon to allow you to browse the books electronically.  Please note that we provide no guarantee that Amazon has contracted with the publisher to allow viewers to browse specific books.

Library Workshop: Patents: Thursday, September 15


Hannah Dvorak-Carbone (Office of Technology Transfer) will present a review of the patenting process. This will be followed by a quick review of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques by Dana Roth.

Thursday, September 15


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: SciFinder Web: Thursday, September 8

SciFinder Web

SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts Service) is a premier database for science and engineering. In addition to chemistry and chemical engineering, SciFinder coverage extends to the chemical aspects of biology, environmental engineering, geology, materials science, medicine, and physics. SciFinder runs on both MACs and PCs and will replace the SciFinder Scholar client software in June 2011.

SciFinder content and format coverage (journal articles, patents, theses, etc.) will be reviewed and search techniques for topics, chemical substances and reactions will be displayed. We will also briefly compare and contrast SFS with other important databases: Combined Chemical Dictionary, Reaxys (Beilstein/Gmelin), Web of Science, and PubMed.

An extensive description of the SciFinder (web) database is available:

Thursday, September 8


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328