SFL Elevator temporarily unavailable

The elevator at the Sherman Fairchild Library is temporarily out of service until further notice. If you need assistance retrieving books or other materials from the basement, 2nd or 3rd floors, please email circ@library.caltech.edu and we’ll pull them for you.

The group study rooms, MCR and LAB326 are currently accessible by stairs only. Groups of up to 15 people are welcome to schedule meetings in MIL 200 instead.

Friends of Caltech Libraries Awards Senior Thesis Prize at Alumni House Reception

On May 28, 2015 the Friends of Caltech Libraries Awards Senior Thesis Prize was awarded to Adam Jermyn and Kerry Betz. Mr. Jermyn’s thesis, “The Atmospheric Dynamics of Pulsar Companions,” was nominated by Prof. Sterl Phinney. Ms. Betz’s thesis, “A Novel, General Method for the Construction of C-Si Bonds by an Earth-Abundant Metal Catalyst,” was nominated by Prof. Robert Grubbs.

Each of this year’s five finalists was introduced by their advisor or representative and was presented with a bound and embossed copy of their thesis and a gift from the Friends of the Caltech Libraries for their excellent work and accomplishments. Prof. Jennifer Jahner introduced Phoebe Ann for her thesis in English, “Everybody Farts: Celebrating the Body and Refuting Medical Paternalism in Joyce’s Ulysses.” Prof. Brian Stoltz introduced Kerry Betz. Professor and Vice Provost Mory Gharib introduced Boyu Fan for a thesis in Mechanical Engineering, “Fluid-Structure Interactions of Inverted Leaves and Flags.” Prof. Phinney introduced Adam Jermyn. Prof. Harry Gray introduced Timothy Sinclair for his thesis, “Integrated Catalyst-Photonaode Assemblies for Solar Water Splitting.”

The prizes were awarded by Kristin Antelman, University Librarian. In presenting the award to Adam Jermyn, she noted that the committee viewed his thesis as a tour de force in its breadth of scholarship, creativity, and significance. As his faculty sponsor, Dr. Sterl Phinney, noted in his nomination, “Adam’s senior thesis has solved not one, but two long-standing major problems in astrophysics. It is … comparable to the best PhDs in impact and innovative independent research.” In presenting the award to Kerry Betz, Antelman noted that the committee felt that Kerry Betz’s thesis showed groundbreaking research with broad potential impact across a range of real world problems. Her faculty sponsor, Dr. Robert Grubbs, noted in his nomination, “The seminal aspects of this work were published in the journal Nature, which highlights its significance, creativity, and novelty.”

The Senior Thesis Prize was established in 2010 in order to recognize exceptional senior theses that represent exemplary research and effective use of library resources. This year’s prizes were announced and awarded at a reception at Alumni House on Thursday, May 28th, with students, alumni, Friends of the Caltech Libraries, library staff, and faculty present.

The prize includes an award of $1,200 and the recipients are listed in the Commencement program.

Further information can be found in the Caltech Catalog, or at http://libguides.caltech.edu/libraryprize.

All nominees.

Fake Emails – Your Library Account has Expired

Some people on campus are receiving emails that indicate their library accounts have expired. Please do not respond to these emails or submit your IMSS credentials on the linked page. Faculty library accounts do not expire.

We are always happy to answer questions about your library account by phone (626-395-3405) or email

Cambridge Crystallographic Database: May 15 Data Update Loaded

The May 15th update to the Cambridge Crystallographic Database (CCDC) has been loaded onto the Library’s server. For more information about CCDC, see http://ccdc2.caltech.edu.

Beckman Museum will be open June 5, 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 June 5, 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

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Friday 5/22: Registration services end at 2pm. All other services have normal Friday hours.
Saturday 5/23: All libraries have normal Saturday hours.
Sunday 5/24: All libraries have normal Sunday hours.
Monday 5/25: SFL open 24 hours, requires ID all hours. Millikan, Dabney, Cahill & Geology closed.

Please visit our Hours page for a full schedule.

Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize deadline, Tuesday 5/12

The deadline for this year’s Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize, with a $1200 honorarium, is tomorrow. All materials are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 12.

April new books and journals lists now available

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of April 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: Patents: Tuesday, May 12, 2:00pm


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.

Tuesday, May 12


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328

Register: http://library.caltech.edu/forms/cls-classes.php

Library Workshop: CODA: If You Publish, You Need CaltechAUTHORS : Wednesday, May 6, 2:00pm

Do you know what rights you retain to use and distribute your own publications?
Would you like to increase the visibility of your publications?
CaltechAUTHORS (http://authors.library.caltech.edu/) is part of CODA, Caltech’s Institutional Repository, and provides free access to articles written by, with, or in close association with Caltech professorial faculty. This class will cover how author postprints (author-formatted, post-peer reviewed and copy edited) can be quickly and easily uploaded and made available to a global audience.

Wednesday, May 6


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328

Register: http://library.caltech.edu/forms/cls-classes.php

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