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New Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library now has 2 group study rooms!

Pod 1

  • Media:Scape System: Large Television allowing for up to 6 laptops to be connected at a time for easy collaboration.
  • Whiteboard Wall

Pod 2

  • Table with 4 chairs
  • Whiteboard Wall

Reservation Policies

2-2-2 RULES

Group spaces in the Lichtenberger Engineering Library may be reserved by sign-up posted by each room. Use of the group spaces is governed by the 2-2-2 rules.

  • Two or more students are required to be present for group space use. Priority will be given to groups over individuals. Unattended items left in the room will be removed from the room and reservations will be cancelled.
  • Reservations may last up to two hours. Consecutive reservations will not be permitted.
  • Reservations can be made up to two days in advance.

No Show Policy

Groups have 15 minutes after the start of their reservation to arrive. If a group has not claimed their study space by that time their reservation will be cancelled.


Happenings in the Engineering Library

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library has made a lot of changes over the summer!


Check to see what we’ve all been up to:

1.            New Tools
2.            New Study Rooms
3.            WISE Collection
4.            Library Xpress Classes
5.            New Resources (Engineering Case Studies Online, Standards, Synthesis Lectures, New DVDs)
6.            Refworks Discontinued
7.            Course Reserves
8.            Instruction & Research Support




  1.                New Tools

With support from the Engineering Electronics Shop & Engineering Computer Services, the Library has added 24 new tools to the Tool Library!

The Tool Library now has eyeball webcams, microphones, and 2 LabQuest data devices with 19 accessories are available for check out.   The LabQuest with the available accessories can be used for collecting and analyzing data in experiments and other hands-on projects.   For a complete list of all tools, as well as descriptions and links to user manuals, click on the Tool Library at . Tools are arranged by category and, unless noted otherwise, can circulate for 1 week.


2.            New Study Rooms

The Library now has 2 group study rooms!  Both rooms feature whiteboard walls and one features a media:scape system.  For more information and reservation policies, check out the following link:


 3.            WISE Collection

The Library has received a generous donation from Women in Science and Engineering, check out all the new resources that have been added at:


4.            Library Xpress Classes

This semester we are adding a few new classes to the Library Xpress Series.  All sessions are open to all and will be on Wednesdays at 2:30 PM.  More information at:

Series Schedule:

September 3rd  “Web of Science”—-Sara Scheib, 30 min
September 10th  “Endnote Basic” —Steve Ostrem, 30 min
September 17th  “Scifinder”—-Sara Scheib, 30 min
September 24th  “Company Information”—-Kim Bloedel, 30 min
October 1st  “Pubmed”—-Shane Wallace, 15 min
October 8th, “Patents”—– Kari Kozak, 15 min
October 15th, “Protein Database”—Christopher Childs, 15 min
October 22nd, “Compendex”—-Kari Kozak, 15 min
October 29th, “Standards”—-Kari Kozak, 15 min
November 5, “IEEE Xplore”—Kari Kozak, 15 min
November 12th, “Open Access”—Karen Fischer, 30 min
November 19th “Keeping up with your research”—-Kari Kozak, 15 min


 5.            New Resources

Engineering Case Studies Online (

Engineering Case Studies Online is a multi-media database chronicling the field’s most noteworthy failures, such as the Chernobyl Disaster, Ford Pinto Controversy, Apollo 13 and more. Designed to meet classroom and research needs across a range of engineering disciplines—such as aerospace, mechanical, nuclear, and civil—the collection brings together nuanced information about complex case studies into one database. It aims to incorporate diverse perspectives and materials, presented in a balanced way, to enable through analysis. Pulling together 250 hours of video and 50,000 pages of full-text material upon completion, the collected materials include video documentaries and primary footage, audio transcripts and witness testimony; images, maps, accident reports, blueprints, and other key archival content, monographs and articles, as well as timelines and simulations.


More Standards

The library has add many new standards to the standards database, TechStreet (, as well as adding the standards produced by ASCE ( For more information on these standards and all other available visit:


Synthesis Lecture Series in Biomedical Engineering and General Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics Collections

Synthesis Lecture Series in Biomedical Engineering( ) is comprised of 75- to 150-page publications on advanced and state-of-the-art topics that span the field of biomedical engineering, from the atom and molecule to large diagnostic equipment. Each lecture covers, for that topic, the fundamental principles in a unified manner, develops underlying concepts needed for sequential material, and progresses to more advanced topics.
General Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics Collections 1,2, and 3 ( are comprised of 90 Synthesis lectures from series in Energy and the Environment, General Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, Engineers, Technology, & Society, Global Engineering, and Mathematics & Statistics


More DVDs

Over the last year, we’ve add a variety of new DVDs to the Library.  Series include: Mythbusters, Junkyard Wars, How it’s Made, Extreme Engineering, etc.


 6.            RefWorks Discontinued

Starting January 1, 2015 RefWorks and Write-N-Cite will no longer be available for free from the UI Libraries. We recommend current RefWorks users transfer their citations to another citation management program well in advance of December 31, 2014.  EndNote Basic (for undergraduates) and EndNote Desktop (for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students) are available for free through the UI Libraries.

Anyone who wishes to stay with RefWorks will need to purchase an individual subscription before December 31, 2014. You can then back-up and restore your references to your new account.


7.            Course Reserves

Course Reserves are going up for the Fall Semester.  If you have not already done so and have items to put on reserve for the Fall Semester, please email the Engineering Library at with a list of the materials and course number.  The lists may also be brought to the Library or put into the Engineering Library’s mailbox.


8.            Instruction & Research Support

Kari is available to provide short or class length demonstrations on a wide variety of library resources and services to students, faculty, and/or staff.  This could range from an overview of the library and services to in-depth researching strategies.  Sessions can be to individuals, small groups, lab groups, or classes. Topics that can be covered include: evaluating information, standards, patents, citations as well as Endnote or other citation software.


Online Videos of Engineering Failures Now Available!

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library has a new database for streaming videos!

Engineering case study online - Kari's Edits


This database is called Engineering Case Studies Online (

Engineering Case Studies Online is a multi-media database chronicling the field’s most noteworthy failures, such as the Chernobyl Disaster, Ford Pinto Controversy, Apollo 13 and more. Designed to meet classroom and research needs across a range of engineering disciplines—such as aerospace, mechanical, nuclear, and civil—the collection brings together nuanced information about complex case studies into one database. It aims to incorporate diverse perspectives and materials, presented in a balanced way, to enable through analysis. Pulling together 250 hours of video and 50,000 pages of full-text material upon completion, the collected materials include video documentaries and primary footage, audio transcripts and witness testimony; images, maps, accident reports, blueprints, and other key archival content, monographs and articles, as well as timelines and simulations.


The Library Has New Tools to Borrow

LabQuest2 Device

LabQuest2 Data Device


The Lichtenberger Engineering Library announces an addition of 24 new items to the Tool Library. The tools are made available through the donations by the Engineering Electronic Shop and the Engineering Computer Services.

Various screwdrivers, wrenches, measurement devices, an eyeball webcam, and 2 LabQuest data devices with 19 accessories are some of the tools available for check out. For a complete list of all tools, as well as descriptions and links to user manuals, click on the Tool Library LibGuide at Tools are arranged by category and, unless noted otherwise, can circulate for 1 week.



Summer Reading: Engineering Stories (realistic fiction) in STEM

Engineering Stories ( realistic fiction) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

By Kenneth Richard Hardman

Kenneth R. Hardman publisher c 2013

Engineering PS509..E55 H33 2013                       Engineering stories realistic fiction.jpg2


Youth, Young Adults, and Educators, Come into my office, conference room, and laboratory – Experience my adventures, teams, challenges, thoughts, travels, and sudden insights. Engineering Stories are Realistic Fiction, short story dramatizations allowing the reader, through narration, description, dialogue, and thought to experience the adventure and satisfaction of being an engineer, or inventor.  Stories are very plausible, being fictionalized compositions of author experience. Herein, you are able to listen into the mind of an engineer, see how they think, observe how they might behave, understand what motivates them. The objective is to encourage students to consider or continue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), show what it may be like, dispel a myth or two, and encourage creativity, problem solving, instilling the confidence to make the world a better place. Seven realistic stories are included in this volume. The focus is engineering product development which involves the activities of developing a product to satisfy the needs and desires of a customer. The customer could be a company, a work group, or an individual. The product could be a method of transportation, fabrication, spacecraft, or medical utility. These stories illustrate how customer needs are gathered, how product requirements are refined, and how creativity is used to determine good potential solutions to the product requirements. Examples are included showing the process by which options are evaluated, selected, designed, built, tested, and put to work for the customer. Like any good story, Engineering Stories show character development, how individuals work on their own and in teams to tackle challenges and build better products. Engineers travel, engineers learn, engineers struggle, engineers grow, and engineers feel joy in what they accomplish. Educators, This book can be used as supplemental material for the classroom. At the end of each story, mentor notes and exercises have been included to emphasize engineering ideas and encourage critical thinking, a very important engineering quality. The teacher is encouraged to assign this material to the student or use these questions for class discussion, and the student is encouraged to write responses to the questions. Finally, enjoy these stories. Encourage others to read them. If you can relate to these protagonists, these engineers, and find yourself improving upon what they have done, then you are probably an engineer, or should be.


Engineering the Bicycle

Iowa is known for many things: the butter cow, John Wayne, ethanol, and the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). On July 20th, 8,500 riders will mount their two-wheeled pedal machines to cover more than 400 miles in one week. Would this have been possible without the engineering feats of light-weight carbon fiber materials, multiple-speed performance gears, durable traction wheels and brakes, and ergonomically adjustable handle bars and seat posts?

original pedal-driven bicycle

The original pedal-driven bicycle (velocipede) as it appears in Pierre Lallement’s U.S. Patent No. 59,915 of 1866.

The earliest sketch of a bicycle-like machine was drawn in 1493 by a student of Leonardo da Vinci. However, the earliest claim to a two-wheel “running machine” was called the Draisine, named for its inventor, Karl von Drais. who patented his wood-built, steerable design in 1818. Soon after, Denis Johnson of London patented a similar version called the “velocipede” or “pedestrian curricle.” The rider walked or ran on top of the two-wheel machine. It commonly was referred to as the “hobby-horse” since it was an alternative to riding a horse as a means of transportation.

In 1863, a French metalworker, Pierre Lallement, introduced the first crank and pedal-operated serpentine-frame velocipede. His 1866 U.S. patented design became the basis for the first popular and commercially successful “bicycle.” By the 1890s, continued improvements had been made to the steering, safety, comfort and speed of the bicycle design, as well as the addition of the chain-drive from the front wheel hub to the rear.

By the start of the 20th century, cycling had become a viable and popular means of transportation. Mass production increased its affordability and recreational riding clubs formed. Susan B. Anthony coined the phrase “freedom machine” because the bicycle gave women unprecedented mobility. It also reshaped the women’s fashion industry since corsets and angle-length skirts encumbered riding.



Bicycle Design book coverBicycle design : an illustrated history / Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing ; with contributions from Nick Clayton and Gary W. Sanderson. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014] (eLibrary)

Bicycle Design by Mike BurrowsBicycle design : the search for the perfect machine / Mike Burrows with Tony Hadland. London : Snowbooks Ltd., 2008. (Engineering Library TL410 .B8 2008)

Bike, Scooter and Chopper Projects book cover

Bike, scooter, and chopper projects for the evil genius / Brad Graham, Kathy McGowan.  New York : McGraw-Hill, c2008. (Engineering Library TL400 .G689 2008)

TThe Racing Bicycle book coverhe racing bicycle : design, function, speed / foreword by Robert Penn ; general editors, Richard Moore, Daniel Benson. New York : Universe, 2013. (Engineering Library TL437.5 .R63 2013)

Racing Bicycles book coverRacing bicycles : 100 years of steel / David Rapley ; [photography by Susie Latham]. Mulgrave, Vic. : Images Publishing Group Pty, 2012. (Engineering Library TL410 .R37 2012)

Cyclepedia book cover

Cyclepedia :
a century of iconic bicycle design
Michael Embacher ; foreword by Paul Smith ; photographs by Bernard Angerer.  San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2011. (Engineering Library FOLIO Tl410 .E43 2011)


LaFrance, Adrienne. “How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women’s Rights.” The Atlantic [serial online], June 26 2014.

Lallement, Piekre. Improvement in velocipedes. U.S. Patent 59, 915, November 20, 1866 (Google Patents)

Cycles — Safety requirements for bicycles –

Part 1: Terms and definitions — First Edition, ISO 4210-1 July 1, 2014 (14 pages)

Part 2: Requirements for city and trekking, young adult, mountain and racing bicycles — First Edition, ISO 4210-2 July 1, 2014 (42 pages)

Part 3: Common test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-3 July 1, 2104 (16 pages)

Part 4: Braking test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-4 March 20, 2014 (36 pages)

Part 5: Steering test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-5 July 1, 2014 (20 pages)

Part 6: Frame and fork test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-6 July 1, 2014 (32 pages)

Part 7: Wheels and rims test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-7 March 20, 2014 (14 pages)

Part 8: Pedal and drive system test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-8 July 1 2014 (16 pages)

Part 9: Saddles and seat-post test methods — First Edition, ISO 4210-9 March 20, 2014 (14 pages)


Summer Reading: The Best American Science And Nature Writing 2012

The Best American Science 

And Nature Writing 2012


Edited by Dan Ariely

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company c2012

Engineering PN6071. S3 B46 2012


The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.


From Booklist

There is so much we don’t know, which leads us to make so many irrational decisions that we need scientists and science writers to share their inquiries and discoveries in welcoming and lucid prose. Stellar examples of just this sort of cogent and compelling writing sustains this invaluable and exciting series. This year’s guest editor, Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics and author of The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty (2012), kicks things off with a provocative introductory essay about how we can and should use science to improve our lives. His commanding and eye-opening selections run the gamut from the micro (gut biota) to the macro (global air pollution) and steadily ramp up our sense of awe and concern. His engaging contributors write of food allergies (Jerome Groopman), the evolution of feathers (Carl Zimmer), the extraction of DNA from Neanderthal bones (Elizabeth Kolbert), and crowd disasters (John Seabrook). In the most intimate essay, Sy Montgomery describes her unexpectedly emotional encounters with Athena, a very smart and expressive giant Pacific octopus. How wondrous and complicated life is. –Donna Seaman

About the Author

Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational, is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.










Summer Reading: It looked Good on Paper

It Looked Good On Paper (Book Cover)It Looked Good on Paper: Bizarre Inventions, Design Disasters, and Engineering Follies

Edited by Bill Fawcett
New York : Harper, c2009

Engineering TA174 .I83 2009

It Looked Good on Paper is a remarkable compendium of wild schemes, mad plans, crazy inventions, and truly glorious disasters. Every phenomenally bad idea seemed like a good idea to someone.  How else can you explain the Ford Edsel or the sword pistol—absolutely absurd creations that should have never made it off the drawing board? It Looked Good on Paper gathers together the most flawed plans, half-baked ideas, and downright ridiculous machines throughout history that some second-rate Einstein decided to foist on an unsuspecting populace with the best and most optimistic intentions. Some failed spectacularly. Others fizzled after great expense. One even crashed on Mars. But every one of them at one time must have looked good on paper, including:

  • The lead water pipes of Rome
  • The Tacoma Narrows Bridge—built to collapse
  • The Hubble telescope—the $2 billion scientific marvel that couldn’t see
  • The Spruce Goose—Howard Hughes’s airborne atrocity: big, expensive, slow, unstable, and made of wood
  • With more than thirty-five chapters full of incredibly insipid inventions, both infamous and obscure, It Looked Good on Paper is a mind-boggling, endlessly entertaining collection of fascinating failures.

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?  It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.


Summer Reading You Might Enjoy! Why Don’t Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings?

Why Don’t Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings?Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings (Book Cover)
By David E. Alexander
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009

Engineering Library TL546.7 .A44 2009

Why don’t jumbo jets flap their wings? offers a fascinating explanation of how nature and human engineers each arrived at powered flight. What emerges is a highly readable account of two very different approaches to solving the same fundamental problems of moving through the air, including lift, thrust, turning, and landing. The book traces the evolutionary process of animal flight-in birds, bats, and insects-over millions of years and compares it to the directed efforts of human beings to create the aircraft over the course of a single century.

From Publishers Weekly:
This book is for everyone who’s ever wondered how something gets into the air, stays there and lands safely. A close look at the aerodynamics of wings introduces the basic concepts of lift, thrust, drag and weight, the basic forces that affect flight. While the principles don’t differ between animals and machines, design and purpose do. Bird and insect wings have evolved to provide lift and maneuverability, ward off predators and attract mates. Manmade flyers, on the other hand—even sailplanes—require a separate means of thrust to create lift. Alexander, who teaches biology at the University of Kansas and studies biomechanics, explains how birds and machines hover; how rotary plane and jet engines work; what keeps airplanes, with their rigid wings, stable in the air; and how various tools help pilots fly blind. Sections on flying predators and aerial combat, as well as human-powered flight, are especially interesting. Extensive references, a glossary and suggested reading should give even novices a good understanding of flight and how it works.


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