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There’s a whole new section of information at the bottom of each CaltechAUTHORS record. We’ve just turned on PlumX Metrics which provides insight into alternative ways of viewing the impact of a piece of scholarship. Alternative metrics (altmetrics) are displayed for each record for which the information is available in 5 categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations.
Usage — downloads from CaltechAUTHORS, library holdings of books…
Captures — bookmarks, favorites, readers…
Mentions — blogs, comments, Wikipedia links…
Social Media — tweets, Facebook shares…
Citations — PubMed, Scopus, … [not Web of Science yet]
At Caltech, pranks are an integral part of student life. Over the years students pranked their comrades, student Houses pranked other Houses, and their witty machinations often spread outside campus.
The pranks were varied, involving furniture, vehicles, and even architecture, but all share the trademark Caltech ingenuity, and the sheer pleasure of working together to solve difficult problems. This light side of Caltech life, on par with scientific achievement, remains a highlight among the memories of many alumni.
For this year’s April Fools Day, the Caltech Archives pay a photographic tribute to all the Caltech students who, over the decades, have used their creativity, imagination and hard work to explore not only the boundaries of science, but also those of humor and merriment. Visit the photographic gallery here.
Caltech Library is pleased to announce the addition of oaFindr to our suite of tools. oaFindr is a search tool that is designed to find and preserve gold and green open access content from across the web. Unlike Google Scholar, oaFindr searches only peer-reviewed, copyright-compliant papers.
You’ll find oaFindr on the Caltech Connect menu or by visiting the Databases page using the tab at the top of the library home page.
Beginning on March 8, 2016, DocuServe will no longer charge ($6.50) to scan and electronically deliver articles, book chapters, or conference papers from the Caltech print collection.
If the article, book chapter, or conference paper is not held in the Caltech print or electronic collection, we will obtain it through another library. There is also no charge for this request fulfillment.
For theses (non-Caltech), technical reports, patents, and standards requests, the pricing policy has not changed. A charge may be incurred but DocuServe will send an authorization request before fulfilling these types of requests.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. On March 4, first Friday of the month, the museum will be open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM.
The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups. Please contact the Caltech Archives at archives AT caltech.edu for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at http://archives.caltech.edu/about/beckman-room.html
The west doors to the Sherman Fairchild Library are being replaced this morning and will be inaccessible. Please use the east entrance to access the Sherman Fairchild Library.
The east doors will also be replaced this afternoon or Wednesday (March 2nd) and will be inaccessible during that time. Please use the west entrance during this period.
Both entrances will be available for use after 5pm.
This session will introduce several crystallographic resources and databases available at Caltech. Larry Henling, MPS (Staff Crystallographer) will provide an introduction to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), and along with Dr. Michael Takase (X-Ray Facility Director) will answer any questions about the CSD and using the facility. Examples of finding crystallographic data in both specialty databases (such as the ICSD) and general chemistry databases (such as SciFinder) will be also covered.
Wednesday, March 2
Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328
The Library has prepared a website that explains what is happening with print collections in the Annex and journal cancellations for 2016: http://collections2016.library.caltech.edu/. The website is only available on campus (or off campus through access.caltech. login or VPN).
As of May 1, the Library is vacating the Annex, which is located in the subbasement of Beckman Institute. The 100,000+ volumes held in the Annex largely represent 7000 print journals formerly held in the Millikan and Sherman Fairchild libraries. The titles represent all Caltech disciplines. The title list is linked from the above website and can be accessed directly here: http://collections2016.library.caltech.edu/annex.
By March 31, we are requesting that you note the titles you wish the Library to retain through the comment feature on the title list. Print titles that are not retained will be withdrawn.
In order to gain enough flexibility in the budget to acquire resources that can only be licensed and acquired at the institution level, the library has canceled approximately 650 journal titles for 2016. The criteria were developed in consultation with the Faculty Library Committee, and are based on cost per download. The http://collections2016.library.caltech.edu/ website explains the methodology in more detail, as well as linking to the title list: http://collections2016.library.caltech.edu/cancellations.
Access has been restorted (9:30 am)
(7:45) Access to LabArchives’ Electronic Lab Notebooks is currently not available. The authentication servers used for Shibboleth access are currently down, which will prevent login for any sites using Shibboleth access to LabArchives. Theior tech team is working currently to address the issue and bring those servers back online. They apologize for the inconvenience and will let us know as soon as the problem has been addressed.