Celebrate "Becoming Caltech" on Our 101st Anniversary

Monday, February 08, 2021

This Wednesday, February 10, commemorates the 101st anniversary of the day the Throop College of Technology officially became the California Institute of Technology. A visit to the Caltech Archives' "Becoming Caltech" presentations would be an excellent way to celebrate the Institute's storied history.

Like many of us, the Caltech Archives and Special Collections had big plans for 2020. Their new exhibit Becoming Caltech: Building a Research Community, 1910-1930 opened on February 10 in the Beckman Room, displaying a collection of historical documents, objects, photographs, and film that tell the story of Caltech's early growth.

In the 1910s and 1920s, Caltech dramatically reinvented itself, transforming from a manual arts academy to an engineering school, then expanding into a research institute. The school began building its current campus, recruited renowned faculty, constructed sophisticated laboratories, trained students to become leading researchers, and established new relationships with industry and government. On February 10, 1920, the Institute’s trustees acknowledged this transformation by changing the institution’s name from Throop College of Technology to California Institute of Technology.

The Archives staff were planning to offer a presentation on the exhibit at the Caltech Alumni Day celebration in May, but by mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic had required the campus to close and all events to be canceled. There were hopes that the exhibit would re-open on September 1, but when that date arrived, the campus had shifted to remote learning for the fall term. However, the archivists working on Becoming Caltech were not to be deterred from bringing the exhibit to the Caltech community and general public.

Beginning on June 11, Commencement Day 2020, and running through August, the Caltech Archives staff took to Zoom and YouTube and recorded six hour-long, multimedia presentations covering nineteen topics: four discussions of Caltech’s architecture, five on the Caltech community, and ten on various aspects of the Institute’s early scientific advancement. Over the course of the summer, an average of 100 viewers tuned in to the livestreamed presentations, where members of the Archives staff and special guests shared items from the exhibit and offered historical insight.

The first presentation features University Archivist Peter Collopy, who serves as host for all the live streams, speaking on a topic of much relevance to viewers today: the arrival of the 1918 influenza epidemic to the Throop College of Technology. Loma Karklins, Archivist for Reader Services, presents on planning and building the campus that was to become Caltech. Senior Editor and Interviewer for the Caltech Archives, Heidi Aspaturian, documents the rise of seismology from Harry Wood to the Richter/Gutenberg scale. Finally, focusing on an appropriate subject for Commencement Day, Associate Archivist for Digital Collections Development Elisa Piccio discusses the early history of commencement at Caltech.

The remaining presentations highlight various subjects from the three themes of Becoming Caltech. “Becoming” traces Caltech's evolution through the reformation instigated by George Ellery Hale and catalyzed by World War I. "Building Research" chronicles both the history of science, engineering, and the humanities at Caltech—ranging from the core activities of the 1910s (electrical engineering, chemistry, and physics) to the new fields of the 1920s (genetics, seismology, and aeronautics)—and the architecture and construction of the buildings that housed this research. "Community" explores the lives and culture of the students, faculty, and staff who made up the Institute, including athletics, clubs, the Athenaeum, and the big T that students carved out of the forest on the side of Mt. Wilson.

The recorded presentations are now available on demand at Caltech’s YouTube channel. University Archivist Emeritus Judith R. Goodstein makes an appearance in Session 3 to discuss “E.T. Bell and Mathematics Between the Wars.” Tune in to Session 2 to learn more about women in the early days of Caltech or Session 6 to find out about the origins of the Athenaeum. Watch all six presentations to view archival items such as Throop College class pins, early architectural plans for the campus, the original Caltech flag designed by Belgian artist Godefroid Devreese, and photographs of Throop students practicing for trench warfare, experiments in high voltage, early Caltech basketball teams, and Southern California’s first wind tunnel.

In addition to links to all the presentations, the Archives page for Becoming Caltech also offers a bibliography for additional reading. Hopefully, not too far in the future, the exhibit will reopen in its physical form and visitors will be welcome to come to the Beckman Room and learn more about this fascinating time in Caltech history.

Caltech Archives Receives Grant for Pacific Standard Time 2024

Monday, February 01, 2021


A graphite drawing of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory viewed from inside its dome, drawn by Russell W. Porter during its construction in 1939.An ink and watercolor drawing of a fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, with the Blistered mutation leading to veiny wings, by Edith M. Wallace, July 31, 1930.A travel poster of exoplanet Kepler-16b, “the land of two suns,” created by Joby Harris and The Studio at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2016.A glass plate photograph of x-ray diffraction of nickel chlorostannate hexahydrate crystal created by Linus Pauling in approximately 1929.

The Caltech Archives have been awarded a grant to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024. Caltech is one of 45 cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California to receive support from the Getty Foundation for their projects, all of which will explore the intersection of art and science.

Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x L.A. will include dozens of simultaneous exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present, that together address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems demand.  

The Caltech Archives’ project, “Virtual Witnessing: Seeing Caltech Science,” will tell stories from Caltech’s 133 years of using art and images in science and engineering research, science communication, and building campus community.

“Scientific images convey arguments, depicting nature not disinterestedly but in order to persuade viewers of particular theories and interpretations,” writes Principal Investigator and University Archivist Peter Collopy. “Historians, sociologists, and archivists of science, as well as scholars of science communication and visual studies, and indeed some scientists themselves, are increasingly coming to see laboratories as systems for the production of images as much as of textual documents.”

Examining Caltech as a site for research on the use and evolution of scientific images over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the project asks questions relevant to the themes of Art x Science x L.A: “How did the proliferation of photography change science? When did scientists use photographs, when illustrations, and why? How have the scientific uses of each of these media changed as they have become digital? How have scientists creating images outside the art world learned from and taught those within it? How have they incorporated artistic ideals into their work?”

The structure of “Virtual Witnessing: Seeing Caltech Science” is to have twelve researchers—scholars of art history, visual culture, and the history of science—pursuing their own projects on the history of Caltech’s engagements with the visual, some within science and some beyond. Research will be supported by the historical collections of the Caltech Archives, and by investigation of the image collections held by laboratories and other research groups across campus. Depending on individual contributor’s projects, research will also likely extend to off-campus sites of Caltech science, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Palomar Observatory.

Claudia Bohn-Spector, the curator for “Virtual Witnessing,” notes that “images are often considered a by-product of science when they are really constituting science.” She hopes the project will illuminate how these visual objects originate in and move beyond Southern California—not just the images themselves, but also “unique ways of collaborating with other makers in the cultural field.”  Her work will draw from these contributions to produce a synthetic exhibition on Caltech’s visual culture.

The project participants include Caltech researchers Brian Jacobson, Professor of Visual Culture, and Anne Sullivan, Weisman Postdoctoral Instructor in Visual Culture, as well as independent scholars and researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Barbara; Yale University; University of California, Berkeley; and Northwestern University.Caltech joins a diverse community of Southern California institutions that will present exhibitions, publications, performances, and public conversations and programs in 2024 as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x L.A. In Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, more than 60 cultural institutions joined forces between October 2011 and March 2012 and rewrote the history of the birth and impact of the L.A. art scene. In Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, presented from September 2017 through January 2018, more than 70 institutions collaborated on a paradigm-shifting examination of Latin American and Latinx art, seen together as a hemispheric continuum.

“We applaud our partners for embracing remarkably diverse and imaginative approaches to this PST’s theme of art and science,” says Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation. “Beyond the inventiveness they are bringing to their individual research topics, they will build new community partnerships and engage the public in civic dialogues around pressing issues of our time. This will be a PST defined by creativity, curiosity, and community.”


  • A graphite drawing of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory viewed from inside its dome, drawn by Russell W. Porter during its construction in 1939.
  • An ink and watercolor drawing of a fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, with the Blistered mutation leading to veiny wings, by Edith M. Wallace, July 31, 1930.
  • A travel poster of exoplanet Kepler-16b, “the land of two suns,” created by Joby Harris and The Studio at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2016.
  • A glass plate photograph of x-ray diffraction of nickel chlorostannate hexahydrate crystal created by Linus Pauling in approximately 1929.

Announcing Caltech Library's Publication of The Atlas of Bacterial & Archaeal Cell Structure

Monday, December 21, 2020

On December 21, the California Institute of Technology Library published its first textbook, The Atlas of Bacterial and Archaeal Cell Structure, as part of their new publishing program. The Caltech Library now publishes researcher-led, open access journals and books that serve the larger academic community. Research data specialist Tom Morrell is the engineer behind the new publishing platform developed by the Library, which helps researchers preserve content and share findings widely with minimal cost and substantial impact.

The innovative platform hosted on GitHub—integrating customized tools, CaltechDATA, and the open source software Pandoc—was devised as a joint project of the Digital Library Development team, led by Stephen Davison, and the Research Services department, facilitated by subject librarians Kristin Briney and Donna Wrublewski. The publishing program continues the Library’s long history of making the scholarly works of Caltech researchers available online.

The Library publishing program partnered with Bren Professor of Biology Paul W. Sternberg to create the first publication to emerge from the Library. microPublication Biology is a peer-reviewed journal for research that does work outside the confines of traditional academic publishing—brief, novel findings, negative and/or reproduced results, and results that may lack a broader scientific narrative.

The Library’s first textbook publication Atlas of Bacterial and Archaeal Cell Structure, co-written by Professor of Biophysics and Biology Grant Jensen and Research Scientist Catherine Oikonomou, is now available to readers, researchers, and educators worldwide.

The book draws on the specialized expertise of the Jensen Laboratory at Caltech in state-of-the art 3D cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM). In the 1960s, international researchers began to use electrons rather than light to study cells, and later advancements allowed biological samples to be frozen before viewing to protect them from destruction (a coup that resulted in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry). Over the last 15 years, this technique has allowed researchers to see for the first time inside the tiny cells of bacteria and archaea, revealing rich interior structures never before imagined. 

To share these images with the world, Jensen and Oikonomou developed a textbook geared toward students in undergraduate and graduate-level cell biology courses. They found the traditional textbook industry was being revolutionized by electronic options, making it no longer profitable to print books with lots of color images. As a result, the authors decided to release the textbook as a free online resource in partnership with the Caltech Library.

The development of an interactive publication freed the authors to offer much richer content, with movies to show the 3D data and flexible navigation options for readers to tailor their experience. The result is a guided tour of the microbial cell, using more than 150 movies of dozens of different species to illustrate the architectural features that allow cells to grow, divide, move, and thrive. 

Modeled on classic atlases of electron micrographs for medical students, Atlas of Bacterial and Archaeal Cell Structure is an experiment in open-access textbook publishing, aiming to take full advantage of the digital medium to showcase this state-of-the-art 3-D scientific imaging.

Donna Wrublewski Chosen as New Head of Research Services

Wednesday, December 02, 2020


photo of Donna Wrublewski
For most of the past year, working remotely and multitasking consistently, Donna Wrublewski has served as Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Librarian, Interim Humanities Librarian, and Interim Head of Research Services. After an extensive interview process, she is now assuming a new role in the Library as of this month: permanent Head of Research Services.

The Research Services (RS) group focuses on reference and research assistance, instruction, and liaison outreach to campus groups to inform them about Library resources and services. Donna’s team of seven librarians and two senior library assistants serves as the primary point of contact between the Library and the Caltech community. The group also has primary responsibility for collection development evaluations and decisions. Donna will supervise and help coordinate activities within RS, between RS and other Library groups including Library Administration, and between RS and the rest of campus.

When asked what she would like the faculty and students to know about the Library’s research services, Donna responded, “Please do not hesitate to ask us anything. Seriously. All of the following are valid questions that we can answer: ‘Can you buy this book? Do we have access to this journal? Can you help me find properties of a fiberglass-reinforced composite material called G10?’” She clarified that the last question was a real patron request. Donna had worked on G10 as a graduate student in polymer engineering, so she was able to really dig into the literature and help the patron find some useful information.

Donna emphasized that all the Research Services librarians are highly trained, and several have bachelor’s and advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering. She said that students and faculty should not be afraid to “speak geek” to them—they will more than likely know what the patrons are talking about, as they follow the research activities of campus very closely. (And if by chance they don’t know, they’ll learn pretty quickly to help the researcher find what they need.)

Donna will now be in charge of designing and implementing a research service vision that responds to current and emerging needs at Caltech. Leveraging the strengths of an institution of Caltech’s size and prominence, Donna will be a leader, both on campus and in the greater library community, for scholarly communication, open access and publishing, and open science initiatives. She hopes that this new role will allow her to strengthen the support that Research Services offers to research and teaching activities on campus. By continually identifying new and evolving campus needs, she can focus staff efforts and training toward meeting those needs.

It's not surprising to learn that someone who has worked in a variety of positions at the Library enjoys the work environment. Donna explained, “I like helping people, especially through teaching. And I like learning new things. There’s always something new to learn, either a subject, a technology, a development in the library field, and more. It’s a lot like graduate school that way (but with slightly better hours).”

Welcoming Our New Access & E-Resources Services Librarian: Bianca Rios

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bianca Rios


The Caltech Library is pleased to announce that Bianca Rios has assumed the role of Access & E-Resources Services Librarian as of this month. Bianca began working for library eleven years ago and her experience and expertise as a Library Support Associate made her the strongest candidate for the Access & E-Resources Services Librarian position. Like many people who find their way into library work, Bianca was drawn to it from a public service perspective. “I like helping people find information and get the assistance they need. Since I’ve been working for the Caltech Library since 2009, I feel very invested in the Caltech community and my coworkers as well.”

Bianca will be managing the full life cycle of electronic resources, from assisting with acquisitions, providing and handling problems related to access, and assessing usage in order to decide whether or not we should continue subscribing to content. She will also manage our course reserves system and work closely with staff in Access and Collection Services and Research Services to provide a system for students and instructors to easily get to materials for their classes. 

What ties all of Bianca’s responsibilities together is a focus on engagement, outreach, and user experience. She thinks there is potential to bring in more users to the library in surprising and unconventional ways and says, “I’d like to explore and improve the user experience, not just of our patrons but of library staff, too. I get to work with colleagues from across all library departments in this role and see it as an ‘inreach’ and outreach position.”

When asked what she would like people to know about the Library's access and e-resources services, Bianca emphasized that the Library's service points and staff have always been about getting resources to the Caltech community as quickly and seamlessly as possible. She wants patrons to know that we take their needs seriously and will continue to do so. “It’s especially important as we’ve shifted more towards remote learning and online access to library resources.”

The mix of responsibilities involved in the Access & E-Resources Services Librarian role spoke to Bianca’s experience, interests, and hobbies. She tells us, “Any role where I can be involved in learning about and understanding my coworkers’ systems and workflows and improving processes and services, I will happily jump into, whether it’s about course reserves, e-resource management, or access services in general. Plus, I still get to work with my ACS colleagues, just in a different capacity, so I’m very happy about it!”

This new position will give Bianca the opportunity to think more creatively about our services and conduct research on what other institutions’ libraries are doing to provide better services for their users.

When not working for the Library, you might find Bianca rock climbing, studying social history and culture, or playing guitar, something she’s been doing for twenty years with a dream of perhaps one day becoming a classical guitar teacher. Until then, we’re delighted to welcome Bianca as our new Access & E-Resources Services Librarian!

Library Diversity and Inclusion Guide: Anti-Racist Resources

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

As part of Caltech's Equity, Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion (EDBI) initiatives, the Library has put together a collection of resources relating to anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. The collection features recent academic and popular books, ebooks, and articles; reading lists on anti-racism, BIPOC self-care, decolonization, and libraries and social justice; links to relevant databases; and selected texts and images from the Archives. The Caltech librarians are also available to help locate resources at library [at] caltech.edu.

See the collection here: https://libguides.caltech.edu/edbi/

Millikan Library First Floor Renovation Coming This Fall

Thursday, August 27, 2020


The first floor of the Millikan Library will soon be a productive and creative hub for the Caltech community. Renovations are underway to transform the space into a new home for the Library's Techlab for 3D printing, its technology lending program, an additional Caltech Archives exhibition space, and a cozy reading nook. Pro tip: While you're there, don't miss out on riding the elevator to the ninth floor reading room to take in the stunning view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Millikan 1 RenderingThe east side of the first floor will be the future home of the Library’s Techlab. The new space will allow the Techlab to add a waiting area with soft seating, two additional 3D printers, and two dedicated post-processing tables where patrons can put the final touches on their completed prints.

The lobby will now be home to an additional Archives exhibition space, which will include physical pieces as well as a digital display. The first exhibit will be an extension of Becoming Caltech, which is the Archives’ current exhibit about how Throop University became the California Institute of Technology.

The west side of the first floor will be home to the technology lending program and feature a reading nook where you can purchase books or order them from the Library.

The space will be ready to welcome visitors when the campus can safely reopen.

CaltechAUTHORS Makes J. Morgan Kousser’s The Shaping of Southern Politics Available to All

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Since the Caltech Library digitized J. Morgan Kousser’s 1974 book The Shaping of Southern Politics: Suffrage Restriction and the Establishment of the One-Party South, 1880-1910 and made it available via open access repository CaltechAUTHORS in late July, it has already been downloaded over thirty times.

What makes this newly digitized book, which had yet to be publicly announced and was originally published almost 50 years ago, so popular? The title alone points to its relevance and timeliness and its author—Caltech Professor of History and Social Science, Emeritus J. Morgan Kousser—is well known for serving as an expert witness in over fifty federal and state voting rights cases. In 1981, he testified before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee about the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. In 2008, he published the first comprehensive history of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. After the U.S. Supreme Court effectively overturned Section 5 in 2013, Kousser published an analysis of over 4000 voting rights cases and other voting rights actions, which undermined the factual basis of the Supreme Court’s decision. In 2019, he used that extensive database in testimony before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on a bill that seeks to restore Section 5.

The Shaping of Southern Politics: Suffrage Restriction and the Establishment of the One-party South, 1880-1910 was the first study of its kind that took partisanship into account when studying disfranchisement. Using a recently developed statistical method, Kousser was able to obtain estimates of the percentages of Black and white voters for each candidate, as well as the proportion who did not vote, in every presidential and gubernatorial election and in many primaries and referenda in the South from 1880 to 1910. As his Caltech profile reads, “Morgan Kousser is charting the history of the Voting Rights Act in an effort to influence the future of democracy in the United States.”

Kousser emphasizes that while everyone now assumes that race and partisanship are inextricably intertwined in voter ID policies, vote-by-mail battles, and closing precincts, they may not realize that race and partisanship have always been intertwined—in the disfranchisement of the late nineteenth century as well as today. Enfranchisement and disfranchisement have succeeded each other more than once in American history, always brought about primarily by laws, not by violence or cultural changes. That is one major implication of The Shaping of Southern Politics.

Now that Yale University Press has released the copyright, Kousser was able to work with the Caltech Library to make this important text more available. The production of the ebook required a library-wide effort: from disbanding and digitization (Access & Collection Services) and deposit and ISBN registration (Research Services) to DOI registration and distribution and long-term preservation of the digital asset (Digital Library Development) within its CaltechAUTHORS repository. Comprising over 90,000 research papers authored by Caltech faculty and other researchers at Caltech, the repository is updated continuously as departments and library staff add available and recently published documents.

Since its inception in 2002, CaltechAUTHORS has digitized 116 books, with The Shaping of Southern Politics now taking its place at 117. CaltechAUTHORS is part of CODA, the Caltech Collection of Open Digital Archives, managed by the Caltech Library. The mission of CODA is to collect, manage, preserve and provide global access over time to the scholarly output of the Institute. As of now, but maybe not for long, Kousser’s most downloaded text—coming in at 19,700 downloads—is a two-page dictionary article on Jim Crow Laws in the Dictionary of American History.

microPublication Biology indexed by PubMed

Monday, July 27, 2020

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As publisher, the Caltech Library is proud to announce that microPublication Biology is indexed in PMC and now appears in PubMed!

microPublication Biology is a new paradigm in scholarly communication, whose mission is to make all results from publicly funded research available to the public. With microPublication Biology, researchers can directly submit, have peer reviewed, and publish individual experimental results. While publishing  all data, microPublication has a particular interest in those data that are high quality but remain traditionally unpublished, these include negative results or results that are not perceived as being sufficiently novel and are cut from manuscripts to save space.

Importantly, unlike other journal platforms, information from each microPublication is directly incorporated into community databases —such as wormBase.org, flybase.org, arabidopsis.org, xenbase.org, — thus advancing the goal of making the content of each microPublication computable. 

The Caltech Library has a long history of making scholarly works of Caltech researchers available online. By acting as a publisher for microPublication Biology, the Library expands its service to the scientific community. From the beginning of the microPublication project, the Library provided assistance with the steps needed for establishing a successful journal, such as getting an ISSN, applying for indexing services, assigning DOIs, and archiving content through Portico.

microPublication Biology articles are now discoverable through PMCPubMedEuropePMCGoogle Scholar, and library discovery services. PubMed indexing will bring more valuable open scientific findings to the attention of readers.

The Library and microPublication Biology are delighted to collaborate on this project and expect more great things to happen!

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Safely Providing Library Services with Franses Rodriguez

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

picture of Franses RodriguezWhile the campus community sheltered in place, the Caltech Library continued to offer many of its services online, such as research assistance and access to electronic collections. The library is now resuming many of its in-person services again, with the exception of study spaces and research within the library buildings.

Specifically, physical items (including those borrowed from any location that can lend materials to Caltech via interlibrary loan), equipment loans, hold requests, check-ins, scan requests, and some mediated standard printing requests will be available. At this time, physical services will be offered only at the Sherman Fairchild Library via a walk-up window with Millikan and other campus libraries expected to open at a future date.

Franses Rodriguez, recently hired as the new Head of Access and Collection Services, is overseeing procedures to make the library safe for patrons and staff alike. The following steps are just some of the precautions being taken:

  • staff will wear face coverings inside the building
  • staff are not going to provide services to anyone who is not wearing a face covering (if someone is in need, there will be a supply available at the library)
  • returned books will sit at "rest" for 24 hours before staff handle them
  • all returned equipment will be immediately wiped with disinfectant
  • social distancing signs will be posted at all potential point-of-contact areas
  • staff cohorts will have separate schedules

Franses emphasizes that safety is a top priority. She has a passion for customer service, and she believes part of the work of the library is thinking about the many ways to improve patron services. Particularly relevant for re-opening a library during a time in which flexibility is needed, she hopes to create a holistic approach to the services the library offers—whether someone accesses them via phone, email, website or in person. She pointed out in an interview that “one thing we are guaranteed in life and in libraries is change.”

In her previous position at New York University, Franses served as Circulation Services Manager, overseeing Library Privileges, Circulation and Course Reserve Services at Bobst Library. She did her graduate work at NYU as well, receiving a master’s degree in Business and Workplace Education (Organizational Development).

Her new role at Caltech marks her return to Los Angeles, where she received her undergraduate degree and held her first library position as the Weekend Supervisor/ Reserve Specialist at USC’s Leavey Library. Born in Puerto Rico, she moved to Florida when she was nine years old and her first job was selling Mickey Bars at Disney World’s MGM Studios. She moves to Los Angeles with her husband of seven years, whom she met at USC, and her dog Lucy.

As Head of Access and Collection Services, Franses manages the effective daily operation of the Sherman Fairchild Library facilities and services, including circulation, technology lending, course reserves, security, and facilities maintenance. She supervises DocuServe, the Library’s highly regarded interlibrary loan and document delivery service, and is responsible for coordinating acquisitions and collection management, electronically and physically, in all six Caltech Library locations. She also ensures that the library offers friendly and welcoming environments that are conducive to learning, discovery and collaboration.

Franses is excited to continue her work in library services at Caltech. She particularly likes working in an academic environment and playing an important role in someone's educational growth. “I think libraries have historically been a center for opportunity and enlightenment and I love that every day I get to help staff, students, and faculty access information that will aid them in their personal and academic development.”

For the past month, Franses has been getting acquainted with her new colleagues remotely.  When asked about this long-distance orientation, she observed that while it was a bit strange, it's been going really well overall. She said, “I've had the opportunity to have really in-depth one-on-one conversations with many of my colleagues and will have many more in the upcoming weeks. I'm not sure if we would have been able to have the same in-depth conversations if we were all on campus because of the flurry of activity.”

However, when asked what she was looking forward to when everyone returns to campus, she spoke for many of us when she said, “Physical human interaction.”

For up-to-date information on the current library services available, please visit the Caltech Library website.