Borrow Direct – more pickup locations

This Friday, August 15th, Cornell patrons who order books from Borrow Direct can now pick them up at their choice of 13 locations.  Previously, only 5 locations were available for this service.  You should be able to see these new locations when you request directly from the catalog.

Items ordered from Borrow Direct usually take on average 4 days from campus to campus.  This service allows rapid delivery of books from other participating institutions, including MIT, Harvard, Dartmouth and many others.

More about this exciting news can be found at the Cornell Chronicle.



The Future of the History of Chemical Information

We congratulate our Chemistry Librarian, Leah McEwen on the publishing of The Future of the History of Chemical Information, which she co-edited along with Robert Buntrock.  From the Preface:

Inspired by the opportunities and challenges presented by rapid advances in the fields of retrieval of chemical and other scientific information, several speakers presented at a symposium, The History of the Future of Chemical Information, on Aug. 20, 2012, at the 244th Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, PA. Storage and retrieval is of undeniable value to the conduct of chemical research. The participants believe that past practices in this field have not only contributed to the increasingly rapid evolution of the field but continue to do so, hence the somewhat unusual title. Even with archival access to several of the presentations, we presenters felt that broader access to this information is of value so that an ACS Symposium book would be valuable to chemists of all disciplines.


You can access this preface and the entire book online at ACS Pubs here.


New Net-Print printer in Math Library

The Math Library has installed new printers.  Instructions are all along the computer terminals in the library itself.

If you print to Math Library Net-Print 2, you will have to update the drivers on your personal computer.

To update the drivers for your personal computer, follow the same directions as if you were installing a new net-print printer.   Once you install the printer, the installer will update the driver automatically.  You do not need to uninstall the old printers.

All this applies when printing to the new color net-print printer in the library.

Confused?  Questions? Just as us over email or at the desk.

ASCE ebooks – new in the Engineering eLibrary

The Engineering Library has recently purchased access to all 300 ASCE e-books and standards. ASCE encompasses all civil engineering content areas, including construction, structures, transportation, geotechnics, environment, water resources, and civil engineering practice.

E-books and standards are now fully integrated with journals and proceedings content.


Browse for them at

Let us know if you have any questions, please let us know via the Engineering Library email list, or contact our Engineering Librarian –, Jill Powell,

Passkey is a bookmarklet that can help you connect from off-campus – use it to connect to these resources and more when you’re away from Cornell.

Math Library Exhibit – History of the Mathematics Department

The Math Library has been working hard all week to enact their latest exhibit for Reunion 2014.  The exhibit showcases “famous firsts”, including first prominent professors and department chairs of the Cornell Mathematics Department.  We are also showcasing early women pioneers in mathematics, the first African American to earn a PhD in Mathematics (it was at Cornell) and the first thesis produced in math at Cornell.  All images and documents were housed in our Rare Books and Manuscripts Division and scanned by DCAPS.  Special thanks also goes to Laurent Saloff-Coste, current Mathematics Department Chair and his graduate student assistants Kelsey Ann Houston-Edwards and Ahmad Rafqi for providing research and information.

In addition to our exhibit, stop by and take a self-guided walking tour of the portraits hanging in the library!  Walking tour handouts are available near the exhibit.

Here are some photos of the exhibit – more details to come!

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Popular Engineering Fiction/NonFiction for Summer Reading

Summer weather is upon us.  Finally!  Henry Petroski recommends the following engineering titles in his ASEE Prism Refractions column “Reading for Pleasure” (Jan 2014).


Check these out from the library!

Engineering Stories: Realistic Fiction in STEM by Kenneth Hardman – Olin PS509.E55 H33 2013

The Ghost in the Eiffel Tower by Olivier Bleys – Olin PQ2662.L45 F3613 2004

Existential Pleasures of Engineering by Samuel Florman – Uris T14 .F63 1994

Good Guys, Wiseguys and Putting Up Buildings: A Life in Construction by Samuel Florman Uris TH140.F59 A3 2012

Short, Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the birth of the Modern Lighthouse by Theresa Levitt  – Uris VK1015 .L48 2013

Lost Secrets of Maya Technology by James O’Kon (archaeo-engineer) – Olin F1435.3.S32 O46 2012

The Jackhammer Elegies by Stefan Jaeger – Olin PS3560.A2981 J3 2012

Authorea – demo!

The Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell invite you to an upcoming demo on Authorea!



Wednesday, April 30th, 1pm

Clark 701

 All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served


Authorea: write and manage data-driven, interactive scientific articles in a collaborative environment. 

Most tools that scientists use for the preparation of scholarly manuscripts, such as Microsoft Word and LaTeX, function offline and do not account for the born-digital nature of research objects. Also, most authoring tools in use today are not designed for collaboration, and, as scientific collaborations grow in size, research transparency and the attribution of scholarly credit are at stake. In this talk, Aberto Pepe will present an innovative way to collaboratively author on the web data-driven articles — articles that natively offer readers a dynamic, interactive experience with an article’s fulltext, images, data, and code.  He will show how the Authorea platform (, which has been depicted as a hybrid between Google Docs and Github for scientific papers – allows scientists to collaboratively write rich data-driven manuscripts on the web.



Alberto Pepe, Authorea representative

Alberto Pepe is an Associate Research Scientist at Harvard University and the Co-founder of Authorea, an online collaborative platform to write scholarly papers. He recently obtained a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles with a dissertation on scientific collaboration networks. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Pepe worked in the Information Technology Department of CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Pepe holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Astrophysics, both from University College London, U.K. He was born and raised in the wine-making town of Manduria, in Puglia, Southern Italy.


What’s the buzz over makerspaces?

Want to learn more about makerspaces?  Then this event will surely entice you!



Having fun with your science.

Friday, April 25th, NOON

Mann 160




Bring your lunch along to learn about the world of makerspaces!  Members of the Ithaca Generator will be on hand to talk about their experiences with 3D printing, robotics, biohacking, gaming and art installation.  All are welcome to attend this panel.

Co-sponsored by the Ithaca Generator and Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell.

Coffee Hour Book Talk – featuring Hod Lipson!


The Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries presents:

Coffee Hour Book Talk!

Featuring: Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering at Cornell.


Friday, May 9, 2014, 4pm

Carpenter Hall Library study space

Coffee and refreshments will be served.



TITLE:  The future of 3D printing

The promise and peril of a machine that can make (almost) anything.

ABSTRACT: 3D Printers – machines that can automatically fabricate arbitrarily-shaped parts, layer by layer, from almost any material – have evolved over the last three decades from limited and expensive prototyping equipment in the hands of few, to small-scale commodity production tools available to almost anyone. It’s been broadly recognized that this burgeoning industrial revolution will transform almost every industry, and every aspect of our lives. But how? And where will this technology go next? This talk will describe the underlying principles common all areas that 3D printing technology is transforming. We will then look at the evolution of additive manufacturing to see where it will go next. From printing arbitrarily complex shapes to creating new kinds of materials, and ultimately, moving from fabricating passive parts to printing active, integrated systems, including electronics, actuators and sensors. Will we be able to print a robot that will walk out the printer, batteries included?



BIO Hod: Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit










Coming soon – events on Makerspaces!

We’ve had makerspaces, 3D printing and gaming on our minds here in EMPS lately.  Stay tuned and save the date for the following programs!

Friday, April 25th – Brown Bag:  Join us for a panel and demonstration courtesy of the Ithaca Generator.

Friday, May 9:  Our bi-annual EMPS Coffee Hour Book Talk series, featuring Hod Lipson and the Future of 3D Printing.


More details coming right around the corner…