When was the last time you read a book that was challenged or banned? In honor of “Banned Books Week”, come visit Gordon Library’s display near the Class of ’70 Cafe to view and charge out any one of several titles of formerly banned or challenged books that are classics. Celebrate your freedom to read!
Date archive for: September 2011
Gordon Library is offering the following two on-site workshops this week:
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 2:00 p.m. in Library Lab A –
Discover EndNote Web and find out how to get organized and save time. ENW helps you to:
- collate, annotate and organize references
create reference lists and add or import citations from other databases into your own personal collection of references.
share your references with other EndNote Web users
integrate with MS Word to create in-text references as well as footnotes or endnotes.
On Thursday, Sept. 29th at 10:00 a.m. in Library Lab A –
Have you ever wished that you could find library resources in one place? Well now you can. Summon is one stop shopping for searching for books, e-books, project reports, articles, patents and more. Instead of searching separately through many sources, you can search Summon to get the research you need quickly and easily. From your search results, it’s one step to the full text of articles or determining if a book is on the shelf. Summon is still growing –features continue to improve, and content is being added regularly. Come try it out and find out how it can benefit your research!
We hope to see you there!
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This exhibit highlights some of the key innovations Worcesters Morgan Construction Company brought to the rolling mill industry, beginning in the 1880s and continuing into the 21st Century. Included in the exhibit are models of mills and machinery, historic photographs, patents, and a drawing of an early Morgan mill. The inventions of Charles Hill Morgan and other Morgan engineers (many WPI graduates) made rolling steel and other metals into bars and wire far more efficient and safer. Morgan mills and innovations like the Morgoil bearing can be found around the world.
Morgan is now part of Siemens VAI, and the Morgan family has generously donated the companys archives to WPI, where they are now housed in Gordon Librarys Archives & Special Collections.
The Morgan family has been involved with WPI from its founding in 1865, when Ichabod Washburn asked Charles Hill Morgan to supervise construction of the Washburn Shops, where WPI students learned engineering hands-on. Throughout WPIs history, successive generations of Morgan men have served on the Board of Trustees, two as its Chairman.
There will be a reception Friday September 23 4:30-6 p.m.
Watch parts of an interview with the Morgan brothers at the online exhibit.
- Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White
- Remember the Titans (DVD)
- Hydrogen and Fuel Cells by Bent Sorensen
- Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena by James G. Quintiere
- Woman Thinking: Feminism and Transcendentalism in Nineteenth Century America by Tiffany K. Wayne
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Gordon Library is celebrating the donation of the Morgan Construction Company’s corporate records to the WPI Archives and Special Collections with an exhibition and reception on Friday, September 23, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Gladwin Gallery on the ground floor. The exhibition, Morgan Construction Company: Revolutionizing the Rolling Mill Industry Worldwide, highlights some of the key innovations Worcester’s Morgan Construction Company brought to the rolling mill industry, beginning in the 1880s and continuing into the 21st Century. Included in the exhibit are models of mills and machinery, historic photographs, patents, and a drawing of an early Morgan mill. The inventions of Charles Hill Morgan and other Morgan engineers (many WPI graduates) made rolling steel and other metals into bars and wire far more efficient and safer. The Morgan family has been involved with WPI from its founding in 1865, when Ichabod Washburn asked Charles Hill Morgan to supervise construction of the Washburn Shops, where WPI students learned engineering hands-on. Throughout WPI’s history, successive generations of Morgan men have served on the Board of Trustees, two as its Chairman.
Watch select clips of Mike Dorsey’s interview with the Morgan brothers about the history of Morgan Construction Company and their relationship with WPI:
The WPI Library now provides access to the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library.
“Standardization has had, and continues to have, a major impact on our lives. Yet most people know little about its effects. We are influenced by standards on a daily basis, including our method of communication, the products we use, how we travel to work, and what we eat.” – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The ASTM Digital Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering. WPI network users can now access ASTM’s 12,000 standards in more than 130 industry areas.
Find standards such as those related to Medical Device Standards and Implant Standards or specific standards such as E1991-05: Standard Guide for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Building Materials/Products. There is even one on the Safety of Bean Bag Chairs. If you are designing a baseball field, you may wish to peruse the Standard Guide for Fences for Baseball and Softball Fields.
You will also find full text of ASTM manuals such as:
- MNL22-2ND Business Performance Excellence through Total Quality Management 2nd Edition
- MNL1-8TH Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products: 8th Edition
- MONO7 Physics and Chemistry of Micro-Nanotribology
- DS67C Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards
- MNL43-2ND Technical Aspects of Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments: 2nd Edition
Any engineer embarking on a research or design project should be informed about standards which may apply, learn more at libguides.wpi.edu/standards.
Consult with a WPI research librarian for assistance in tracking down standards.
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Learn from the librarians how to simplify your research. Please register.
- Summon – Simplify Your Research! Sep 12, 2011 6:00pm – 7:00pm
- Company Research for Job Hunters Sep 13, 2011 2:00pm – 3:00pm
- RefWorks 101 Sep 13, 2011 6:00pm – 7:00pm
- Ten Myths About Copyright Sep 16, 2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Visit knoveluniversitychallenge.com today to complete 3 questions using Knovel. Get in the running to win an iPad, Cash, and other cool prizes! And learn how to use a great collection of online technical handbooks in the process.
Visited the library recently? You may have noticed how vibrant and busy the building can be. We have. So we are working to add additional tables and seating. In the meanwhile, check in at the Information Desk for suggestions on study spaces if you cannot find a space.
Areas to find space to work and study:
- The ground floor along the back windows
- Computers on ground floor
- Various spaces on third floor
Please leave us any comments or suggestions you may have.
Gordon Library is pleased to host receptions for two library exhibitions this week. Please join us on Thursday, September 8, 5-7 pm, in the Class of ’41 Gallery, 3rd floor for Prints, Textiles and Photographs : Architectural Abstractions Across Three Generations. Artists Olga Rothschild and Michael Heming will be on hand and will offer a gallery talk.
On Friday, September 9, 4-6 pm, in the Gladwin Gallery, on the Ground floor, see the Thomas Card Camera Collection and meet guest curator Rachel Katz WPI ’09.
Refreshments will be served.