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
Starting June 13th, the elevator at the Sherman Fairchild Library will be unavailable for 10 weeks while it is modernized. During that time, the only access to the group study rooms, Multimedia Conference Room and the book collections in the basement and on the 2nd floor will be by stair.
If you need books retrieved from another floor, please don’t hesitate to ask the circulation staff, or place a hold on the book ahead of time and we’ll pull it for you.
If you have questions about the elevator and access, please email 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 June 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 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
SFL will be open 24/7 until commencement on June 10th for the study period and finals. As usual, after midnight a current Caltech ID is required for access.
Students are encouraged to visit SFL room 328 between midnight and 7am through the finals period to take a study break and de-stress. Refreshments, board games, Legos, Mandalas, etc will be available for students.
On Monday, May 30th, the Sherman Fairchild Library and Millikan Library will be open their normal hours, but a Caltech ID, JPL badge or Guest Reader card will be required all day.
All of the QC / physics books have been moved off of the compact shelving in the south corner. They are now shelved on fixed, open shelves on the north side of the basement. With this move, all of the math and physics books are located together on open shelves.
McMurray-Stern, our compact shelving vendor, is working on the conversion of compact shelves to manual controls. For the next little while, the math journals still on the compact shelves are inaccessible. If you need to access a print math journal located in this area, please submit your request to Docuserve.
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Library staff have started work in the Sherman Fairchild Library basement that involves consolidating all math and physics books on open, fixed shelving. The physics books currently on compact, moveable, shelving are being moved onto fixed shelves. We expect all of the physics books to be moved by 5/27/16.
As well, beginning 6/1, the compact shelves in the south corner of the basement will undergo a conversion to manual controls. Work will begin at 5am during the week and may be noisy. We apologize in advance for this and encourage users impacted by this work to study in alternate library locations. While the shelves are being converted, math periodicals will be stored on large trucks.
If you have questions about this work or move, or have difficulty finding something in the basement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Caltech Library is interested in how you use and how you would like to use the Sherman Fairchild Library. Please take our brief survey to help us understand how to best meet your needs.
Who Wants to Know? Deciphering Online Privacy
Although we are often very aware that our habits and histories are being tracked online, knowing how and why this information is being collected is less clear. This workshop looks into some data collection motives, particularly on campus. As a participant in this program, you will learn how to:
- Identify who is collecting data about you and what their motivations are
- Recognize when data is valuable and for what purpose, especially in your scholarly work
- Protect your online data and identity more completely using free tools and tactics
- Communicate your data privacy needs to business and academic partners
Links to get you started:
Wednesday, May 4
Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328
The papers of Professor Anson -the Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus- have been processed, and the searchable collection guide is now available online at the Online Archive of California (OAC).
For further biographical information, read his oral history in CODA, conducted by the Caltech Archives in 1997.
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 and should be a phishing email. The Caltech Library would not ask any user to reactivate their library account in such a manner.
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).
During the next few months work is taking place in the Sherman Fairchild Library that may impact our users. Tall shelving on the first and third floors has been removed. Additional shelving has been added in the basement.
This summer physics books that were on the moveable shelves in the basement will be moved onto these new, fixed shelves in the basement. As well, magazines and newspapers that were on the 3rd floor have been moved down to the 1st floor.
If you have any questions or feedback about these changes please email us at email@example.com