Help test our new search interface

On January 11th, we’ll be launching a new default search option on the library homepage: LibSearch. LibSearch will let you search for books and ebooks in our library catalog plus the full text of journal articles all at once.

If you’d like to help us test it out before the official launch, head to and try out a search. If you have feedback, please fill out our survey. If you have questions, send us an email.

Winter recess hours

The Caltech libraries will have restricted hours over winter recess.

Thursday, December 24th:
   8am to 5pm
Friday, December 25th – Sunday, December 27th:
Monday, December 28th – Wednesday December 30th:
   noon to 3pm
Thursday, December 31st – Friday, January 1st:
Saturday, January 2nd:
   9am to midnight
Sunday, January 3rd:
   Regular hours resume

Thursday, December 24th:
   8am to 5pm
Friday, December 25th – Saturday, January 2nd:
Sunday, January 3rd:
   Regular hours resume

Dabney, Cahill and Geology
Thursday, December 24th:
   8am to noon
Friday, December 25th – Saturday, January 2nd:
Sunday, January 3rd:
   Regular hours resume

Library services limited Thursday 12/16

Reference and borrower registration services will be available for limited hours on Thursday, 12/16: 8am to noon.

Web of Science adds article level indexing for an additional 1500+ journals

These added journals are currently under evaluation for inclusion in Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index or the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Articles are indexed for Web of Science, since the first issue of 2015, and are also included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

SFL hours for this weekend

The libraries at Caltech will be open reduced hours for Winter Recess starting this evening, December 11th at midnight.

SFL will close tonight at midnight, and each night through December 23rd. The complete list of holiday hours for all of the branches can be found on our hours page. Regular hours resume on January 3rd.

Beckman Room (Caltech Science Museum) will be open December 4, 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 December 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 for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at

DocuServe has moved to Sherman Fairchild Library

As of today, November 25, 2015, you can now pick up your DocuServe requests at the Sherman Fairchild Library (SFL) circulation desk.

The DocuServe staff will be located in room #124 of the Sherman Fairchild Library.  The contact information (x6437 and docuserve @ will remain the same.

Thanksgiving weekend hours

Wednesday, 11/25
Registration and reference services will end at noon. All libraries will close to all users at 5pm.

Thursday, 11/26
All libraries will be closed to all users.

Friday, 11/27
SFL will be open 9am – midnight with a Caltech or Reader’s ID required all day. Millikan, Dabney, Cahill and Geology will be closed.

Saturday, 11/28
SFL will be open 9am – midnight with a Caltech or Reader’s ID required all day. Millikan, Dabney, Cahill and Geology will be closed.

Sunday, 11/29
All libraries will be open normal Sunday hours.

Please visit our Hours page for a full schedule.

Data Carpentry workshop draws researchers from across the Caltech Divisions

Excitement builds at the Caltech Library as we welcome 30 Data Carpenters this week from Chem, Geo, Bio, GeoBio, Astro, Physics, and Eng. Led by eminent data scientists Tracy Teal and Titus Brown (both Caltech alumni), the sell-out workshop will provide hands on training in Open Science tools for cleaning, organizing, and publishing research data. More information will be posted about the Data Carpentry curriculum and lessons learned this week.


The Caltech Library’s growing services in Research Data Management include assistance with Data Management Plans; referrals to the best data centers and repositories for publishing and archiving research data; advising on the legal status of data and licensing data for reuse; Help with citing and publishing data; and working with funding agencies and publishers to clarify data access and publication requirements.

For assistance with Research Data management, get in touch with your Research Librarians at library at caltech dot edu.

Data Carpentry Workshop: November 23 – 24, 9am-430pm

Data Carpentry Workshop


California Institute of Technology

Millikan Library 9th floor
November 23 – 24
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

General Information

More information about this workshop is available at:

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. We will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning, SQL and R for data analysis and visualization. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Data Carpentry’s aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain.

This workshop is a pilot project between the Caltech Libraries and Data Carpentry exploring how libraries can help lead training efforts on good data practices and more effective and reproducible research.

Preliminary schedule:

  • 8:30am Day 1: Installation help
  • 9:00am Day 1 morning: Data organization in spreadsheets and data cleaning with OpenRefine
  • 1:00pm Day 1 afternoon: Introduction to R


  • 9:00am Day 2 morning: Data analysis and visualization in R
  • 1:00pm Day 2 afternoon: SQL for data management

Organizer: Gail Peretsman-Clement at Caltech Library

Instructors: Tracy Teal, Titus Brown

Who: The course is aimed at faculty, research staff, postdocs, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and other researchers in any field. No prior computational experience is required.

Requirements: Data Carpentry’s teaching is hands-on, so participants are encouraged to bring in and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop. (We will provide instructions on setting up the required software several days in advance, and the classroom will have computers with the software installed). There are no pre-requisites, and we will assume no prior knowledge about the tools. Participants are required to abide by Data Carpentry’s Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please email for questions and information not covered here.

Twitter: @datacarpentry


Acknowledgements & Support

Data Carpentry is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a partnership of several NSF-funded BIO Centers (NESCent, iPlant, iDigBio, BEACON and SESYNC) and Software Carpentry. The structure and objectives of the curriculum as well as the teaching style are informed by Software Carpentry.

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