Archive for June, 2013

SFX/Caltech Connect is available

Maintenance on the SFX / Caltech Connect system has been completed.

SFX/Caltech Connect downtime Monday 6/17 2am – 7am

SFX/Caltech Connect will be down for maintenance Monday 6/17 from 2am to 7am.

Caltech Library lib computer accounts for visitors will be retired on June 22nd

The Caltech Library announces an evolution to its electronic resource access for its visitors and guests while retiring the legacy lib accounts to meet enhanced security needs.

The Caltech library will deploy self-serve kiosk-style Apple iPads in central locations for access to the library’s online catalog and other web resources.

After June 22nd, those guests affiliated with the Caltech Community in need of expanded electronic resource access may check out an Apple MacBook Air notebook computer for use in the library. You must be registered for borrowing privileges.

Please contact the Library (library AT or 626-395-3404) for assistance with research options.

SFL & Millikan closed for Commencement June 14th 9:30am – noon

SFL and Millikan libraries will be closed for commencement Friday morning, June 14th, from 9:30am to noon.

New Archives Request System Coming Soon!

Beginning in late June, the Caltech Archives will launch an online patron registration and request system. We will use Aeon, a product of Atlas Systems, Inc. All Archives’ users will be required to create an individual account, and active Caltech-affiliated patrons will be able to use access.caltech credentials for quick authentication. The new request system will allow patrons to manage and review their own requests, download materials electronically, and schedule appointments for on-site visits. Additionally, patrons will be able to send requests for materials directly from our collection guides at the Online Archive of California (OAC) web site. The Archives will continue to welcome contact by e-mail or phone.

Proxied ScienceDirect links working again

Proxied links to ScienceDirect articles should be working again. As always, please let us know if you have any further problems.

Problem with Proxied ScienceDirect links

There is a temporary problem accessing ScienceDirect links via our proxy. The journals work fine on campus, but not off-campus through proxied means. VPN tunnel-all should work in the meantime. We’ve contacted Elsevier about the problem.

Friends of Caltech Libraries Awards Senior Thesis Prize at Alumni House Reception

Friends of Caltech Libraries Awards Senior Thesis Prize at Alumni House Reception


PASADENA, Calif.—Karolina Kalbarczyk was awarded this year’s Senior Thesis Prize by the Friends of Caltech Libraries for her paper, “Directed Evolution of Terpene Synthases for Non-Natural Substrates.” Ms. Kalbarczyk’s faculty advisor was Chemical Engineering Professor Frances Arnold.

The prize was awarded by Rosemary Choate, President of the Friends of the Caltech Libraries. Among the eight finalists, Kalbarczyk’s thesis was selected for clear evidence of excellence in writing, extensive and effective use of bibliographic materials and library research tools along with comprehensive exploration and examination of the research question. In both the thesis and the accompanying essay, Kalbarczyk successfully elaborated in narrative form the background research process. Her essay was particularly clear in how she effectively conducted library research to identify the best-fit strategies to pursue terpene synthase evolution for new substrates.

The Senior Thesis Prize was established in 2010 in order to recognize exceptional senior theses that represent exemplary research and effective use of library resources. This year’s prize was awarded at a reception at Alumni House on Monday, May 29th, with alumni, Friends of the Caltech Libraries, library staff, faculty, and Melany Hunt, Vice Provost, and Professor Paul Bellan, Chair of the Faculty Academic Policy Committee present. All finalists were presented by their advisor or representative and were recognized with a gift from the Friends of the Caltech Libraries for their excellent work and accomplishments. The reception was hosted by University Librarian, Kimberly Douglas.

The $1,200 prize is accompanied by a citation and is included in the Commencement program.

The other seven finalists for the 2013 prize were:
Sandhya Chandrasekaran
Nerissa Hoglen
Megan Jackson
Stacy Kim
Rocio Mercado
Rebecca Wernis
Zhaoying (Ying) Xian

Further information can be found in the Caltech Catalog, or at

Written by Kimberly Douglas, University Librarian
kdouglas AT

Group picture of all students and faculty

Karolina receiving award with Rosemary and Kim

SFX / Caltech Connect is back in service

SFX / Caltech Connect is up and running again. Thank you for your patience.

SFX/Caltech Connect currently down

SFX is currently down this afternoon. During this time links (Caltech Connect buttons) in the Journal A-Z list, Web of Science, Google Scholar ++ will not be available. We will do our best to complete the necessary maintenance in SFX as quickly as possible. If you have questions, please call x3404 or e-mail