CUL “Traveling” makerspace at the Engineering Library

On April 7 and 8, Cornell University Library’s experimental ‘traveling’ makerspace was on-site at the Engineering Library study space as part of ‘Tinker Thursdays’ and ‘Fabrication Fridays’. Students, staff and visitors were encouraged to make a button, connect a simple circuit using LittleBits or have their head scanned and 3-D printed.

Staff from Cornell University Library hope to eventually locate a makerspace-type facility within one or more of our libraries to support crafting and building activities. Before that happens, these temporary events are serving as a demonstration and a sounding board for the Cornell community to talk to us about what they would like to see.

To learn more about the Library’s makerspace efforts, have a look at this Library Guide.

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ArXiv Survey – Send us your feedback

Click here to start arXiv survey

As noted in our recent update, 2016 is the 25th anniversary of arXiv, an important milestone.  We are engaged in a series of vision-setting activities and, as part of this process, we are implementing a user survey to help us improve arXiv and clarify future directions for the service in a way that best serves the user community:
The survey will close on April 27. The responses we gather will help us plan the future for arXiv and continue to provide a service that is based on actual user needs and experiences.

Improve Your Presentation Skills at SPARK Talks!


SPARK Talks: Scholars Present About Research and Knowledge, is a program of five-minute lightning talks by graduate students and postdocs sponsored by Cornell University Library.

Deadline: Apply by Feb 29, 2016

Prepare – Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 4-6 pm in Mann Library 102 with David Feldshuh, Professor of Theater

Present – Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 4-6pm in Mann Library Room 102


Please do consider joining us!

For more information, see: SPARK Talks FAQ
Questions? Write to

Carpenter Adds 50 More Seats, 11 More Tables

There are now 200 seats on the first floor of Carpenter Library, not including the 84 seats in the four computer labs. More electricity is coming to the tables soon…

What did we lose? Empty bookcases. Thank you to the Vet Library for donating the furniture.

Staff available to help at:
Computer Consultants Desk
Librarians in 103A, 103B Carpenter

Send comments to

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Science Magazine Classic Available


Science Magazine Classic, 1880-1996, is now available directly from the publisher, AAAS. We have access via JSTOR as well but it was not linked from PubMed or easily findable via an article search in Google. Science 1997 through present is from the publisher as well.

Trouble downloading full-text? Try clearing your browser’s cache. Next, click on the Science AAAS image to download articles, see below.



Email us any questions or concerns, Jill Powell,


Engineering Library Research Videos


Engineering Library Research Videos
Eight new videos this semester were created for various engineering courses – see them on

They average 2-5 min in length and cover “how do I find high impact articles, properties of materials using Knovel, primary research literature, phase diagrams, and more.” They were created in Panopto and can be easily integrated into Blackboard. For more information, contact Jill Powell and Jeremy Cusker at

Overleaf Webinar Dec 7

Join us for a Webinar in Mann Library room 160 on December 7, at 10:30 am. Overleaf company representative Shelly Miller and John Hammersley, co-founder of WriteLaTeX/Overleaf will be leading the Webinar.

“Overleaf is a free service that lets you create, edit and share your scientific ideas easily online using LaTeX, a comprehensive and powerful tool for scientific writing.” It uses a system of templates and allows for easier coauthoring of papers. Overleaf is supported by the company Digital Science. Details on joining the meeting are below:

Overleaf / Cornell Presentation/Demo

Join the meeting:

On a computer, use any browser with Flash. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: overleafdemo2

By phone:
United States – New York, NY +1.646.307.1990
United Kingdom – London +44.33.0088.2634
Finland – Helsinki +358.9.4259.9698
Access Code 262-870-699#

By computer via internet:
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Questions? Email Jill Powell at or Shelly Miller at

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