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 http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/toollibrary . 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: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/group-study-rooms/


 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: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/giving/bookplate/?id=240


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: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/engineering-library-xpress-classes/

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 (http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/EnginCaseStud)

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 (http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/TechStreet), as well as adding the standards produced by ASCE (http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/asce). For more information on these standards and all other available visit: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/standards


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

Synthesis Lecture Series in Biomedical Engineering(http://www.morganclaypool.com/toc/bme/3/1 ) 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 (http://www.morganclaypool.com/page/getm1) 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. http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/engineering-related-dvds/


 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. http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/content.php?pid=574044&sid=4733245


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 lib-engineering@uiowa.edu 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.