Kara Whatley and Kristin Briney join the Caltech Library

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

L to R: Kristin Briney, Kara Whatley

The Caltech Library is pleased to announce two new additions to our team: Kara Whatley, University Librarian, and Kristin Briney, Biology & Biological Engineering Librarian.

Kara Whatley (right) was the Head of Science & Engineering for the NYU Division of Libraries before coming to Caltech. Prior to that, she was the Life Sciences Librarian and Head of the Coles Science Center at NYU’s Bobst Library, and Interim Library Director at NYU Shanghai. 

Kara holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hendrix College. She is an active member of the American Library Association, where she held offices in the New Member Roundtable and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Science and Technology Section. Her professional and research interests include mentoring opportunities for new library professionals, user behavior in virtual reference environments, and effective communication in libraries.

Kara says that she “feels strongly that libraries should reflect the communities that they serve, and they must continuously engage their communities to ensure they are meeting the community’s needs and expectations.  Academic libraries seek to support the research and teaching of the institution they serve, and that supporting role requires building strong relationships across campus at every level.

“I look forward to working with Caltech faculty, students, and staff to build a library befitting the Institute, one that supports world-class research and pushes boundaries to address pressing needs in knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation."

Kristin Briney (left) joins Caltech from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she worked as a Data Services Librarian. She holds a Ph.D in physical chemistry and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and computer science from DePauw University. She is also author of the book, Data Management for Researchers. Her professional interests include data management, open science, privacy, and converting the world to ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD).

"So much interesting research is being done at Caltech,” Kristin says, “and I'm excited to join the Library to support researchers' information finding and publishing needs."

Library expands Cambridge Core Journals holdings from 73 to 660

Cambridge Core flyer
Monday, September 23, 2019

Caltech Library is very excited to announce a huge expansion the Library's Cambridge University Press journals. After a number of requests, the Library now subscribes to all journals on the Cambridge Core platform. Previously, the library had 73 Cambridge journals, none of them in their entirety. The Library has added 552 titles and more years for those previously held titles. Enjoy them

Sought-after titles that were added include:

  • Journal of Paleontology
  • Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • MRS Online Proceedings Library Archive
  • MRS Advances
  • The Aeronautical Journal
  • American Journal of International Law

Take a look and see if there are some new titles for your work. Linking to these titles will be available through Web of Science, Google Scholar, and all major search indexes, including the library's A-Z journals list. (Search "Cambridge Core" in the metadata to see all of the library's new journals from Cambridge.) Questions? Please email library [at] caltech.edu

Trials & New Databases from HeinOnline - Updated 9/23/2019

HeinOnline logo
Monday, September 09, 2019 Heather


An Update: The HeinOnline products have been permanently added to the library collections! Thank you to the faculty and librarians who were able to obtain this great historical content for Caltech Library. 

The Library is providing access to some new content from the political science publisher, HeinOnline. Thanks to a faculty request, the Library will provide access to the following HeinOnline databases through September 2019:

Additionally, because the Library already subscribes to other HeinOnline databases, the publisher is providing free access to the following new databases:

Here are some highlights from Caltech Library's HeinOnline holdings:

Check out all of the Library's HeinOnline content and library [at] caltech.edu (let us know) what you think. Thoughts on the trialing resources are particularly welcome! 

CaltechDATA now provides usage information to DataCite

Wednesday, August 07, 2019



We now submit usage reports of views and downloads that follow the COUNTER Code of Practice to DataCite.  This allows you to see use over time in DataCite Search for any record in CaltechDATA by using the DOI: e.g. https://search.datacite.org/works/10.14291/tccon.ggg2014 

Support for Running Software Interactively using Binder

Friday, June 21, 2019


CaltechDATA is now a source of content for Binder, an open source service that allows you to interactively run software in your web browser.  Software that runs successfully on Binder will get a Binder badge on their CaltechDATA landing page like https://doi.org/10.22002/d1.1250.  Binder can run Python, R, and Julia code in a variety of interfaces and has extensive documentation.  Want help preparing your software?  Sign up for our workshop or ask for help by emailing data [at] caltech.edu.  If your CaltechDATA record is ready for a Binder badge, send us an email at data [at] caltech.edu for approval.

Usage statistics listed in CaltechDATA

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


We now list unique views and downloads on every CaltechDATA item page.  We follow the COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data Usage Metrics to define usage of our data files.  All usage tracking is via JavaScript using matomo, so our usage statistics definitely undercount actual usage.  Automated downloads from applications like curl or individuals who disable JavaScript manually or via an ad blocker are not included.  Research has shown this may be up to 60% of repository usage, and we hope to capture more of this usage in the future.  More info on usage statistics in CaltechDATA.

CaltechDATA and CaltechTHESIS automatic links

Friday, March 29, 2019


CaltechDATA now automatically includes links to theses in the CaltechTHESIS repository.  If you’re writing a thesis at Caltech, it’s easy to include data files and software: 

1. Upload files to CaltechDATA as you write your thesis or activate automatic Github preservation.  
2. When you submit your thesis to CaltechTHESIS, include the CaltechDATA DOIs in the Related URL section with type DOI.  
3. Once your thesis is approved, your thesis DOI will appear in CaltechDATA within 24 hours. 

Access to some Ovid articles temporarily unavailable

Wolters Kluwer Ovid
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The publisher Wolters Kluwer has notified the library that some current articles on the Ovid journal website may unavailable. While the link to the article is displayed on the Ovid platform, users will see a ‘Linked article not available’ message after clicking the link. A list of journals that may be affected is available from the Journals list

Wolters Kluwer and Ovid expect the links to be functional by mid-week. We will update this notification when the issue has been resolved.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please library [at] caltech.edu">contact the library for help accessing articles or to report a problem. 

Recommended citation now available in CaltechDATA

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

All CaltechDATA records now include a recommended citation as part of the description field.  A link to the citation in different citation styles is also available.  A recommended citation will appear on new records approximatly 10 minutes after the record is submitted.  This service is powered by CrossCite and the DataCite metadata we register as part of the DOI creation process. See an example at https://doi.org/10.22002/d1.1089