Feb. 2 Booktalk at Lewis Library: Professors Maria Garlock and David Billington

tn_candela.jpgWhen: February 2nd, 2010 at 4:30 pm (Open to the public)

Where: Lewis Library, Room 138

Book: "Félix Candela : engineer, builder, structural artist"

Authors: Engineering Professors Maria Garlock and David Billington

Book: The widely acclaimed book “Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist” is the subject of the next Lewis Science Library book talk. It will be presented by its Princeton authors, Maria Garlock and David Billington, who refer to Candela’s work as “structural art” that adheres to three important tenets: “the first is the true ethos of engineering, namely the drive to conserve natural resources; the second is the ethic of engineering, to resist wasting money; and third, the aesthetic of engineering, to avoid the ugly.” For insight into the writing of the book, and the creation of the exhibition held here in October 2009, see the video "An Interview with Maria Moreyra Garlock" and read the related story in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

Candela is especially known for dramatic, innovative thin shell concrete roof structures built in Mexico in the 1950’s and 1960’s. An exhibition of scale models of Candela’s masterworks is on display in the Friend Center atrium.

Reaxys Trial

Princeton University Libraries have a one month trial subscription to Reaxys, "a web-based search and retrieval system for chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions." (About Reaxys)

Reaxys provides information from the essential chemistry databases Beilstein (organic) and Gmelin (inorganic) as well as chemical patent information. Gmelin and Beilstein are currently available through the CrossFire software offered on computers in the Engineering and Lewis Library.

The trial ends on February 20th, 2010. Access is through IP authentication to those in the Princeton University network. To begin searching visit http:www.reaxys.com/

Training documents, videos, powerpoint slides, and a links to webinar registration is available at http://www.info.reaxys.com/training-center

If you have any questions or comments about this trial, please let us know.

IEEE Smart Grid website

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers or IEEE has just launched a website dedicated to information about Smart Grid technology, or "the next-generation, managed electrical power system that leverages increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy."

IEEE hopes the website will be "an integrated gateway to Smart Grid intelligence, education and news from IEEE and other expert sources… designed for manufacturers, policymakers, educators, academics, governments, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and other stakeholders in the power and energy, information technology (IT), and communications industries." (Press Release)

To learn more, visit IEEE Smart Grid at http://smartgrid.ieee.org/

or watch this short video on Smart Grid technology.

Daily Labor Report

Princeton University Libraries now have online access to the Daily Labor Report from 1996. This online subscription from the Bureau of National Affairs provides news coverage of key employment-related developments plus labor legislation, court decisions, regulatory actions, and administrative rulings. The online content offers a variety of ways to discover information in the reports including advanced searching, hot topics, key features, and indexes. For content before 1996, microfiche and print copies are available in Firestone Library http://tinyurl.com/y85e4r3

For more information or to start searching visit: http://news.bna.com/dlln/

What is IPv6?

According to a January 6th, 2010 article in the Daily Princetonian, "U. offers faster, more reliable wireless service," Princeton University’s Office of Information Technology recently improved the wireless network by "…[blocking] IPv6 packets at each wireless access point on campus."

So what is IPv6?

A keyword search for "IPv6" in the Library Catalog will actually lead to some quick answers that don’t require heading in to the library.

Catalog IPv6 search results.

In particular, there are two e-books linked from the catalog that offer a history and brief explanation of IPv6.

IPv6 Essentials by Sylvia Hagen


To lead or to follow : the next generation Internet and the transition to IPv6 : hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives

Looking for more indepth and technical information on IPv6 implementation or transition?

Try a keyword search in either IEEE Xplore (from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers) for IPv6 or in the ACM Portal (from the Association for Computing Machinery).

Research Clinics at the Engineering Library

Get library help during reading period!

Research Clinics in the Engineering Library will continue during reading period. Come by the Engineering Library for help with your thesis, paper, or any library research. The Engineering Librarians are here to help!

When: Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm

Where: Engineering Library, Room 105

All are welcome and no appointment is necessary!