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 .

Coffee Hour Book Talk – May 2015

Coffee Hour Book Talk


Rodney Dietert: “Look Again: a Second Chance at Overcoming Your Roadblocks”


Friday, May 8 at 4pm

Mann 160

Coffee and Manndible refreshments to be served starting 3:45pm


Take a break this study period!  Rodney Dietert, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will give an interactive talk about his latest publication Science Sifting: Tools for Innovation in Science and Technology.


Enter to win a copy of his book Science Sifting at the talk!


Sponsored by the Cornell Veterinary Library.

Sharing your Data – workshop!

Sharing Your Data – Workshop!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Mann 160
Registration requested – sign up here.


The NSF and other funding agencies have already adopted data sharing policies. Publishers also have data sharing requirements, whether they host data themselves, or expect researchers to deposit data in a data center or to make it available upon request. So where should you share, and what should you think about when doing so? During this workshop, we’ll discuss disciplinary databases, Cornell’s eCommons digital repository, and some other sharing strategies, and will introduce a set of criteria upon which to base your decision. We’ll also go over issues around licensing, and provide some best practices for preparing data for sharing, including formatting and metadata.