December 3, 2013 — Chemistry
Great news for those working with chemical structure drawings: The Physical Sciences Library now has the most recent version of ChemBioDraw Ultra in the catalog. This means access for you to this resource!
It is available for both Windows and Mac platforms. The downloadable program includes MNova Std/Lite, Chem3D Pro 12.0 (W), ChemBioFinder Std 12.0 (W), ChemBioViz Pro 12.0 (W), E-Notebook Pro 12.0 (W), ChemBioFinder/Office 12.0 (W), the ChemDraw and Chem3D (W) ActiveX Pro Controls & Plugins, and the ChemINDEX (Index, RXN, NCI & AIDS) Databases (W).
If you have questions about downloading or using this resource, please ask our Chemistry Librarian, Leah McEwen or email us at email@example.com
November 20, 2013 — Events
The Physical Sciences Library presents
Coffee Hour Book Talk
Paul McEuen, John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science at Cornell
Monday, December 9th at 4pm
294B Clark Hall Learning Suite (former library space)
Take a study break to hear Dr. McEuen read and discuss his thriller novel, Spiral.
Light refreshments will be served.
Enter to win a copy of the novel at the door!
November 15, 2013 — Engineering, Engineering Library
Denise Brush, Science and Engineering Librarian at Rowan University, recently published a column in Against the Grain entitled Collection to the Core – Popular Engineering Works” (November 2013, p. 90-91). She annotates her top ten engineering books for any well-rounded engineering collection and suggests books which are both practical and philosophical. These top ten books below not only serve to educate about engineering successes and feat, but also the impact of engineering on society, what it’s like to be a real engineer, and other ideas on the minds of many in the engineering field. All these titles are available right in our catalog (catalog.library.cornell.edu) (either electronic or in print) – so enjoy!
Designing Engineers (Bucciarelli): Provides an inside look into the creative process in the “real world” of engineering. Great for students wanting a glimpse into the life of an engineer.
Art of Invention (Paley): Takes a student through invention, from process, design and production.
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, and To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure (both Petroski): These books describe what it is to learn from projects that failed or did not live up to expectations – and why this is important in the engineering field.
The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems (Petroski): If you are interested in how engineering can be kept green and solve ecological issues, this title will be of interest to you. It also explains how engineering in some instances may not be able to play a role in preventing negative global issues.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (McDonough and Braungart) discusses the impact of the chemical materials used in manufacturing products, including how those chemicals affect the environment after disposal in landfills.
Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule and Risk – Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle (Pinkus): This title discusses the Challenger space shuttle disaster and how issues with mismanagement, power and technical issues kept under wraps may have led to the tragedy.
Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems (Palfrey and Gasser) is about the interoperability between computer systems, issues with security and privacy and impact on consumers.
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences (Tenner): This title gives examples of how with even the best intentions, negative outcomes can occur due to technology. For instance, smoke stacks from factories rise high in the air to avoid contaminating humans close to earth; however it pollutes the greater atmosphere above which can be even more harmful in the long run.
When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of our Infatuation with New Technologies (Vamosi): This title explores issues of security and privacy as they pertain to electronics. The author stresses how our mobile devices are more vulnerable to threats than we may think and stresses how crucial it is for engineering to develop tools to address these problems.
If you need assistance locating these books in our catalog, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9, 2013 — Astronomy, Chemistry, Events, Libraries, Mathematics Library, Open Access, Physics
Please come to a special presentation of
Detecting Predatory Publishers
CLARK 700 (Please note this new room change)
Monday, October 21st, 2013 – 3pm
image source: www.atheistnexus.org
Jill Powell, Engineering Librarian, and Jill Wilson, Outreach Librarian for Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries here at Cornell will give at talk to graduate students about an ever-growing concern around fake journals that want to publish your research. Find out:
•Why predatory publishers exist
•How bad journals target you and how you can fall victim
•Ways to spot the bad (and good!) OA journals and protect yourself (and your CV) from falling prey.
October 7, 2013 — Engineering Library
Two group study rooms in Carpenter Hall (Engineering Library Study Space) are now able to be reserved in advance. The rooms are called ““Study Room- 103C” and “Study Room – 103D”. Each seat about 8 people and include white boards and large-screen monitor.
See here to reserve a room. You can also find information to requesting a lab, and submitting a software request at this link as well.
October 1, 2013 — Mathematics Library
We only have a few titles left from the Math Library Book Sale – those that remain are free for taking. Please help yourself!
October 1, 2013 — Physical Sciences Library
The Physical Sciences Library cordially invites you to the
Clark Hall Learning Suite Open House
Tuesday, October 8th, 4:30pm
Come see the new renovations to the former library space, including the new classrooms, décor and upgrades to the quiet study space.
Physical Sciences librarians will be on hand to answer questions. Fall-themed refreshments will be served.
We hope to see you there!
September 24, 2013 — General News, Libraries, Open Access
This week is Banned Books Week, which the American Library Association describes as ” an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
New books are added each year – and some are repeats that never seem to not make the list (Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird anyone?!)
While most of the banned books are novels, science books have been challenged in the past, including Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning Two Chief World Systems, Darwin’s Origin of Species and a particular chemistry book from 1960 titled The Golden Book of Chemistry which was banned for being “too accurate” for children wanting to set up their own chemistry labs at home!
For more banned titles in the sciences, see Mann Library’s post from a couple years ago with a slideshow of banned titles.
What is your favorite challenged book? Do any of them top the most recent banned books lists?
September 20, 2013 — Mathematics Library
All items in the Math Library Book sale are now $1 each. Titles are in mathematics, physical sciences and other related subjects. Cash and check made out to Cornell University Library are accepted. Stock up before they are all gone!
September 18, 2013 — Physical Sciences Library
After a summer of renovations, the Clark Library study space is now open for quiet study! When the Physical Sciences Library went virtual in 2009, empty stacks were left along with study carrels and tables. Now, the renovated space includes four Physics classrooms, new carpeting and furniture and a more up to date space to study in. If you have not yet seen the upgrades, come take a look! For now, here are some photos to pique your interest.
While the stacks have gone to other libraries on campus, including the Annex, Math and Mann, remember that many of your physical sciences research resources are online right at your fingertips.
Questions about the library or the space? Leave us your feedback!