Attend the first ever SPARK Talks!

You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural SPARK Talks.




Thursday October 22, 2015


Olin Library Room 107.

Get inspired by five-minute lightning talks by your fellow graduate and postdoctoral students on the theme of Intersection[s] across disciplines.

Paul Berry – Three Dissertation Papers on Food Security & Public Program Usage in 5-Minutes

Lucia Borlle – When normal and abnormal pathways intersect and cancer arises

Vikram Gadagkar – How does practice make you perfect? Clues from a songbird

Josh Katz – The Creativity Curse

Xiaolu Li – Are plants experiencing earlier spring due to climate change?

Jack Madden – Cornell’s Search for Life

Leanna Pancoast - Folding Into a New Dimension

Rahul Sharma – A New State of Matter

Listen, learn and network with presenters and attendees.


See you there!

Cornell University Library’s SPARK Talks Team

Patev demos 3D printing in Engineering Library space

Yesterday, Sean Patev (plant pathology) set up shop in the Engineering Library study space in Carpenter Hall.  He brought along a 3D printer and printed two objects right before our eyes – a small vase and soap dish!  There were other 3D printed items on hand as well.  Sean talked about how the printer works, implications of 3D printing and was there to answer questions from our attendees.

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page here:

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SPARK talks – Deadline to submit 9/25

The deadline to submit your proposal for a SPARK talk is coming up soon!  What is SPARK talks?  Read on..



Cornell University Library is proud to host SPARK Talks – a series of five-minute lightning talks from Cornell graduate students and postdocs.

It’s more important than ever for scholars to be able to clearly communicate their research whether to undergraduates in the classroom, prospective employers, funding agencies, or the general public. SPARK Talks are an opportunity to present research to a wider audience, to get feedback, and network. Scientists present to humanists, economists present to engineers – and everyone in between.

SPARK Talks are held once a semester and will rotate through different libraries. Each SPARK Talks has an interdisciplinary theme.

The inaugural SPARK Talks will be Oct. 22, 2015, 4 to 6pm at Olin Library Room 107 followed by a reception and a chance to network.

The Fall 2015 theme is Intersection[s].

More information and how to apply can be found here:


Announcing Springer eBook Archive and Other Resources from the Engineering Library

There are several new resources available online, notably 120,000 items from the Springer ebook archive, 1842-2004. These may make great course reserve readings as Springer has PDF chapter and whole book downloads; we have 2005-2015 as well.

Other recently added resources:

Biotechnology Progress

Elsevier Decision Sciences journals backfile (prior to 1994), includes information science, transportation, operations research
Engineering Case Studies online – streaming videos, accident reports

Engineering Studies

Momentum Press / Greenleaf Publishing (engineering and sustainability ebooks)

New Scientist – (from Elsevier 2006+; Google Magazines has backfile)

Society of Exploration Geophysicists Digital Library – expanded content

Springer ebook archive, 1842-2004 (65,000 titles)

Treatise on Geochemistry

See here for the complete list. Send any questions, suggestions for purchase to Jill Powell, Engineering Librarian,

New Scientist – available from Engineering library

New Scientist – is now available online from Elsevier/Science Direct.  You can now access issues from 2006 to the present issue.

Google Magazines has a partial backfile available as well, years 1952-1989.

See here for the complete list of Engineering Library New Resources. Send any questions, suggestions for purchase to Jill Powell, Engineering Librarian,

ChemDraw upgrade – webinar today!

We have upgraded our ChemDraw software and found this webinar (happening today!) may help you adjust to the newer version:

ChemDraw 15 – The Aesthetics of Drawing with Compound Interest’s <– register now!

As always, any questions about ChemDraw or chemistry in general can be directed to Leah McEwen, chemistry librarian .