If you think Gordon Library’s book collection doesn’t get used, check this out–books charged out over 200 times! With 306 circulations: Principles of microeconomics; 292 circs: Linear algebra and its applications by Strong and 267 for the same title by Lay; and with 233, Materials science and engineering.
Date archive for: December 2010
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Due to the heavy rain this weekend and a drain blockage, the library experienced flooding, mainly on the 3rd and 2nd floors on Sunday December 12. The issue is now under control and clean-up efforts are underway. Tech Suite 217 and the print area were severly affected. Fortunately no print materials were damaged and the technology damage is being assessed. Tech Suite 217 was closed, but was back in use by 3pm 12/13. All current reservations have been moved to other rooms.
The Print area had been temporarily moved to the Helpdesk area in the front main entrance level near Academic Technology Center Offices, but was moved back in place Monday afternoon. Please check with the library Information Desk staff if you have questions (508)831-5410.
The Library administration wishes to recognize the students, staff and Campus Police who assisted during this emergency situation. We appreciate Facilities staff for their quick response and clean-up efforts. Lynn Loftus, Evening/Weekend Research & Instruction librarian commended the student employees. They were incredibly helpful in keeping the desk running, handling complaints, and providing outstanding customer service. The Helpdesk and library staff worked quickly to move the printing and scanning equipment to a new temporary location. Sean O’Connor, Assistant Vice President of Information Security and Networking came in to help out. Also, students studying in the building stepped in to assist moving equipment from water damaged areas. We appreciate everyone’s efforts.
New Books – December 2010
Handbook of Educational Data Mining
edited by Cristobal Romero, Sebastian Ventura, Mykola Pechenizkiy, Ryan Baker
Note: Ryan Baker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies – Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Treading Softly: paths to ecological order by Thomas Princen.
Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, author of the book Seabiscuit.
Best Android Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by Mike Hendrickson and Brian Sawyer
iPhone 3D Programming by Philip Rideout
Gamestorming by Dave Gray; Sunni Brown; James Macanfo
Zakary’s zombies : a fairy tale by James Dempsey (published recently)
Note: James Dempsey is Administrator of Literary Studies and Adjunct Instructor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Crossfire by James Patterson
Warlord by Ted Bell
There are many more e-books and print books at Gordon Library, check them out!
Access to two of the library’s important chemistry resources will be changing soon.
The Crossfire Commander platform that has provided access to the Beilstein database via Windows and Mac desktop clients will be retired permanently by Elsevier on December 31, 2010. WPI users still have access to this resource, though, via Reaxys, the new web-based portal that combines all of the Crossfire databases: Beilstein, Gmelin, and Patents. Unlimited access to Reaxys is available from computers on campus as well as off campus via the proxy server. Because Reaxys is web-based, there is no need to install client software. You’ll find links to Reaxys on the Databases and E-Resources pages.
The other change coming soon is that Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that it will discontinue the desktop client versions of SciFinder on June 30, 2011. Beginning July 1, 2011 access to SciFinder will be available only via SciFinder Web. Many WPI users already have set up SciFinder accounts, which are required to access the web version. Setting up an account is easy. Please do it now so you don’t miss out on any of the new features being added to SciFinder by CAS. See the library’s SciFinder page for details and a link to the account registration site.
The CRSP U.S. Stock and Indices data is available now on a WPI server and can be accessed using the CRSPSift client. CRSP is the Center for Research in Security Prices located at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and CRSPSift is their Securities Information Filtering Tool. The client can be installed on WPI-owned computers running the Microsoft Windows XP or Vista operating systems. While it is not officially supported yet for Windows 7 64-bit computers, users can try running it on 64-bit systems, but we cannot guarantee that it will operate correctly. CRSP expects to release a 64-bit version of CRSPSift in the future. Please see the library’s CRSP page for more information.