The Paul MacCready collection is now on line!

For the first time the Caltech Archives is making available online an entire multi-media collection.

A Caltech alumnus (MS physics, 1948; PhD aeronautics, 1952), Paul MacCready was a visionary, an inventor and an entrepreneur who pioneered alternative energy solutions through his company, AeroVironment. In the 1970s he began work on the celebrated human-powered Gossamer aircraft series, beginning with the Gossamer Condor. He continued to work on the problems of solar-powered flight and unmanned aircraft, but his interest in environmentally friendly technology also led him to innovative electric and hybrid automotive vehicles, micro-air vehicles and the high altitude, long endurance Helios solar aircraft for telecommunications, imaging and scientific research.

The collection includes a diverse array of documents, media, and objects—manuscripts and printed material; awards; videos and film; photographs and slides, diaries and notebooks; memorabilia, biographical material and ephemera—all created over a span of over 70 years (ca. 1930-2002). It is very fitting with Paul MacCready’s innovative and entrepreneurial personality that his collection is the first one to be accessible on the internet in its entirety.

The project was made possible by a generous gift from the MacCready family.

Visit the online collection here.
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Campus Delivery now available

Campus delivery is now available to Caltech faculty and staff. Graduate students and postdocs may also be eligible for the service, provided they have an office address on campus.  You can request for the service here.

Once registered, if you request books from the Caltech collection or through DocuServe (interlibrary loan), the books will be delivered to the designated office or delivery location.

Delivery can take up to one business day and the material will be checked out to you prior to delivery. Non-circulating items, microfiche, course reserves, electronic devices such as laptops, and in-library use only interlibrary loan books are excluded from delivery.

Caltech books should be returned to any of the libraries or one of our book drops around campus. DocuServe (interlibrary loan) books should be returned directly to the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.

If you have any questions about the service, please contact the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.

“library account” phishing email

It has been reported that some in the Caltech community have received an email from the Caltech Library with a subject line, “library account” notifying you that your library account has expired. The email may ask you to click on an URL and login.

This is not from the Caltech Library. The Caltech Library would not ask any user to reactivate their library account in such a manner. Please do not click on the URL in the email.

If you have any questions about your Library account or the Library in general, please contact us (626-395-3405 or email us at library AT caltech.edu).

Proxy server problem resolved

The problem earlier today with our proxy server has been resolved.

Library Proxy server problem

We are having a temporary problem with the library proxy server, which is causing access problems to all resources from off-campus. We hope to have it fixed soon. In the meantime, you can use VPN (with the tunnel-all option) or send requests to DocuServe.

Web of Science linking problem

The Caltech Connect links from Web of Science are currently not working properly. (They take you to the Caltech Connect image rather than to the journal article). We’re working with Thomson Reuters to get this problem fixed. In the meantime, if you’re on campus the “Full Text from Publisher” link should work for many items. Otherwise please submit a DocuServe request and library staff will locate the article for you.

Summer hours are now in effect

Our summer hours are as follows:

Weekdays Weekends
SFL 8am – midnight 9am – midnight
Millikan 8am – midnight 9am – 9pm
Dabney 8am – 5pm closed
Cahill 8am – 5pm closed
Geology 8am – 5pm closed
Archives 8am – 5pm closed

All libraries require proper ID after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Caltech Affiliates and Guest Readers may access SFL between 5pm and midnight on weekdays and 9am to midnight on weekends and holidays. Access to Millikan after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends is limited to card swipe access by current Caltech faculty, postdocs, students and staff.

Library Workshop: Patents – Wednesday, June 22 – 2:00pm

Patents

Hannah Dvorak Carbone, from the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, will present a review of the patenting process, including changes introduced by the America Invents Act of 2013. This will be followed by a Caltech Librarian presenting a brief overview of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques.

Wednesday, June 22

2:00-3:30pm

Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328

Register: http://libcal.caltech.edu/event/2612272

Gupta wins Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize

Ayush Gupta ’16, won the Caltech Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize June 1st. The prize is accompanied by a $1200 check. In a ceremony held on campus at the Alumni House, Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry, spoke glowingly of Gupta, his student, and the need to develop alternative forms of energy. Gupta’s thesis is entitled “Noncovalent Immobilization of Electrocatalysts on Carbon Electrodes via a Pyrenyl Ligand.” Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Gupta will pursue a PhD in chemistry at the University of Chicago.
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Photographic gallery – Time to celebrate: Caltech’s Commencement three decades ago

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It’s 1986. Many know it as the year when Halley’s comet painted the sky, the Mets beat the Red Sox in the World Series, and the Bangles “walked like Egyptians”.

But for the students who marched through Beckman Mall in cap and gown, surrounded by cheering friends and family, 1986 will always be remembered as the year of their graduation.

Eyeglasses may have been larger and hairdos fluffier, but the 2016 graduating class feels the same pride for their achievements, and holds the same hopes for brilliant futures in invention, exploration, and discovery—lives as true Techers.

To celebrate Caltech’s 122nd Commencement and congratulate a new generation of distinguished graduates, the Caltech Archives is pleased to present a photographic gallery from thirty years ago, when President Marvin Goldberger led the Commencement exercises, and Caltech alumnus Arnold Beckman, inventor and entrepreneur, delivered the address.

Visit the photographic gallery here

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