Sustainable Collections Services Seminar – April 30, 2:00pm

“Rethinking Library Resources: Print Collections in a Digital Age”

The Caltech Library’s print collections have undergone significant realignment over the past decade as journals moved online and the library vacated floors 3-8 in Millikan. The library has engaged the consulting firm, Sustainable Collections Services (SCS), to support us in taking a data-driven and consultative approach to rationalizing both the scope and physical locations of the remaining print collections on campus – both books and journals.

On April 30, 2-3 pm in Lees Kubota auditorium, SCS will offer a seminar, “Rethinking Library Resources: Sustainable Print Collections in a Digital Age,” which will highlight trends in usage of print collections, lifecycle costs of managing print, and shared print initiatives underway across all research libraries. SCS will discuss their process and data analysis tools, as well as how they will work with library staff to customize their services to best meet Caltech’s needs and objectives around print collections.

About SCS: SCS founders Rick Lugg and Ruth Fischer have spent significant time researching all aspects of monographs deselection: circulation patterns, lifecycle management costs, extent of redundancy in print and digital form, archiving, and delivery. 

3D printing/TechLab Pre-Launch Party: Friday April 17, 12:00pm

There will be an open house with pizza event this Friday for the new 3D printing/“TechLab” space in the Sherman Fairchild Library. The library partnered with student leaders to submit a successful funding proposal to the Moore-Hufstedler Fund to support this initiative. The lab will be located on the first floor of SFL, in a room directly off the lobby.

If you have the opportunity, please drop by the SFL this Friday April 17 between 12-1 to see the space and learn more about the TechLab. The open house is for everybody so please spread the word. A consultant who has designed and run this type of space in a research library will be on site Friday and available to answer questions. The space is still in the design phase, but we will have a 3D printer and some of the other equipment planned for the space on hand, as well as examples of 3D printed objects. We do not yet have an official opening date, but are hopeful it will be able to open before the end of this academic year, at least in a “soft launch” phase.

This is an exciting initiative for the library and we think for the Caltech community as well.


Library Workshop: You and Your Thesis: Tuesday, April 21, 2:00pm

You and Your Thesis

Are you working on your thesis?
Did you know that electronic copies of theses must be submitted?
Are you aware of the formatting requirements for theses?
This class will give a brief overview of techniques useful in the production and publication of Caltech electronic theses, including tips on formatting and submitting, and will touch on intellectual property considerations and access.

Tuesday, April 21


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


March new books and journals lists now available

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of March 2015 are now available. This month’s book list includes book 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: Introduction to CaltechTHESIS for Staff: Tuesday, April 14, 2:00pm

Introduction to CaltechTHESIS for Staff

Do you work with graduate students who are working on their thesis? Did you know that electronic copies of theses must be submitted to CaltechTHESIS as part of the PhD graduation requirement? How often do you get questions about formatting, printing, or binding theses? Do you maintain web pages that include information about theses? This class is geared toward option coordinators or other Caltech staff who work with graduate students or their theses, but is open to anyone interested on campus. It will start with an overview of the CaltechTHESIS database (, cover the steps students need to take to deposit their thesis, and touch on intellectual property considerations and access. It will also discuss tips on using the information in the database to populate your web page more effectively.

Tuesday, April 14


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328.


Problems with ChemAxon MarvinSketch Tool & Wiley Sites

ChemAxon’s MarvinSketch chemical structure drawing tool is currently not working on several Wiley sites, including:

Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (e-EROS):
Organic Reactions:
Organic Syntheses:
Wiley > Chemistry Structure Search:

Both Wiley and ChemAxon (makers of MarvinSketch) have been alerted to the problem. This is an issue with Java security and the Wiley website. There is nothing that can be done at this point from a local user standpoint, and is affecting everyone globally trying to use these resources.

We will post updates as we have further information.

Cambridge Crystallographic Database updated

The Cambridge Structural Database System from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has been updated on the library’s server. Here are the current version numbers:

CSD System: 2015 release, Version 5.36
Database Updates: Nov14, Feb15
ConQuest: 1.17
IsoStar: 2.2.2
Mercury: 3.5
Mogul: 1.7
PreQuest: 5.36
SuperStar/Hermes: 2.1.2

See for more information about the CSD applications and database.

Beckman Museum will be open April 3, 1 to 4pm

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 April 3, 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 for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at

Celebrating 100 Years of Relativity

In collaboration with the Einstein Papers Project, the Caltech Archives has mounted an exhibit honoring the centenary of Einstein’s publication of the theory of general relativity in 1915. The exhibit may be viewed on the second floor of Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration.

The display focuses on Einstein’s visits to Caltech in the early 1930s during which he discussed the implications growing out of the theory of relativity with scientists in Pasadena, both at Caltech and at the Mount Wilson Observatory. The California public and press, while understanding little of the science, were lavish in their attention to the world’s most famous scientist.



Einstein 2


Mt Wilson log book

Spring Break hours

The Sherman Fairchild Library will close at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for spring break: March 20, 21, 27 and 28. It will reopen Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am. Regular hours will resume on March 29th.

Full library hours are available on our hours page.

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