Tools and Technology
Collaboration spaces, computer workstations and equipment to borrow, 3D printing and digital components in the TechLab support innovation, experimentation and discovery.
Computers and Software
The Library provides Windows and Apple desktop and notebook computers for the campus community. iMac and Windows workstations are located in Sherman Fairchild, Cahill, Dabney, Geology and Millikan Lookout. MacBook Pro and Windows notebook computers are available for checkout in Sherman Fairchild. These are all equipped with a suite of the most commonly needed software. In addition, a wide variety of equipment is available for loan, including laptops, iPads, Kindles, digital cameras, projectors and game consoles.
The Caltech Library TechLab provides members of the Caltech community unfettered hands-on access to innovative technologies ranging from 3D printing and scanning to circuit board manipulations and more! Located on the ground floor of the Sherman Fairchild Library, the TechLab is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, with access available through key checkout at all other times the Library is open.
Other Collaborative Spaces with Technology
The Library also provides a number of other spaces for collaborative work with technology, including four Group Study Rooms in SFL and two Teaching and Learning Rooms (the Learning Resource Room in Millikan and the Multimedia Conference Room in SFL).
The four Group Study Rooms are each equipped with network connections to facilitate group activities, access to online resources and communication. Bring your own laptop or checkout a laptop from the Circulation Desk.
The Multimedia Conference Room is available for up to three hours per person per day. The room is not intended for regular classes, but for activities that make use of the presentation technologies available. These include:
- Wired (HDMI, VGA) wireless (AirMedia) inputs
- Two presentation outputs, a 90" HDTV monitor on one wall and a digital projector with touch/annotation/capture capability on a second wall
Using AirMedia software all participants can share their screens via the digital projector.
Digital Tools and Services Development
The Library's programming team builds tools and provides environments that teaching and research. The Tools Incubator Group meets twice a month to plan and work on digital tools development projects. We welcome suggestions for new library-oriented tools, and ideas for collaborative projects that enhance and extend the services and collections of the Library.
To see some of what we are up to visit:
- Digital Library Development Sandbox: https://caltechlibrary.github.io/
- Library Aggregated Feeds: http://feeds.library.caltech.edu/
Contact us for more information about the Group and our projects.
Data and Software Carpentry
The Library is an active member of the Software and Data Carpentry movement, with a cadre of instructors available to provide training. The goal of Software Carpentry is to make scientists more productive, and their work more reliable, by teaching them basic computing skills. The usual format for Software Carpentry training is short, intensive workshops that cover program design, version control, testing, and task automation. Data Carpentry workshops teach computational skills needed for data management and analysis in all domains of research.
Contact us for information on Carpentry training in the Library.