Service Alert: The McKinney Engineering Library will reopen in ECJ 1.300 and provide limited service for the first few weeks of the fall academic semester.
The library will open on Wednesday, August 29, and will be open for the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Friday, August 31 and Tuesday September 4 – Friday September 7.
The library will be closed from Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.
The Engineering library will resume regular hours on Monday, September 10:
- Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m
- Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m
- Saturday, closed
- Sunday, 2pm – 10pm
In anticipation of a potential move due to construction considerations for the Engineering Education and Research Center, some materials from the McKinney Engineering Library have been moved to alternate locations. Any books no longer available locally at the library can be requested through the Library Catalog.
Please contact the Engineering Library with any questions:
August 28th, 2012
The Austin (TX) American Statesman (7/5, Haurwitz) reported, “The technique, known as spoofing, created false Global Positioning System signals that tricked the drone’s GPS receiver into steering a new course. The Global Positioning System, which uses satellites and radio signals, is not encrypted for civilian uses, and that raises concern about the federal government’s plan to permit thousands of drones in US air space for commercial, law enforcement and university purposes,” Humphreys said.
July 10th, 2012
This week is a busy time for UT libraries, as students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers start returning huge piles of checked-out materials. If you have a stack of books to bring back, here are a few useful points to keep in mind.
Don’t forget about the outside book drops! There are four book drops on campus, so take advantage of them if you need to drop off books after hours or if you’re in a rush.
BUT—and this is very important—do not return reserves items (anything that can be checked out for a few hours or overnight, e.g., textbooks, calculators) in the outside book drops. These book drops are not always checked every day, so you might accrue late fines. Also important: do not return DVDs or CDs in the outside book drops. If they get damaged, you could be on the hook for replacement costs.
Your best bet is to return reserves items to the library they came from and to drop off DVDs or CDs at any library’s circulation desk. The Engineering Library also has an inside after-hours book drop by the library entrance (ECJ 1.300) that is checked every morning that the library is open.
If your book won’t fit into the outside book drops because it’s too big or the bin is too full, please don’t try to force it in. Try a different book drop or run inside and drop it off at the circulation desk.
One more tip: if you have any books or other materials checked out from the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Reading Room or the Law Library, you must return those items at those locations—we cannot check them in here.
If you have any questions about returning library materials, see the Returning Library Materials page or ask an Engineering librarian.
May 16th, 2012
Mashable reports today that MIT tops a Global Language Monitor ranking list of the Internet’s most-buzzed about universities. What does that mean? The list shows which universities people are talking about in social media, the blogosphere, and more than 175,000 print and electronic media outlets. UT makes the buzz list at number 10, which suggests that the Internet is interested in us and what we do. Spring graduates: use this popularity and strong reputation to your advantage!
Is it a coincidence that 15 of the top 25 schools also appear in the list of top 25 undergraduate engineering programs? Maybe, but it’s kind of a cool parallel anyway.
The Mashable post also includes a slideshow of the top 10 most social media-savvy universities, with UT rounding the list out at number 10. Successful social media is all about interaction, so thanks for supporting the libraries’ social media efforts.
[Read more at Mashable]
April 6th, 2012
Psst… take a look at the green menu bar above. We’ve added a new page that collects all of the how-to and library resources posts in one place. Take a look and see if you missed a gem.
Let us know in the comments if there’s something else you want to know how to do or a library resource you’ve been eying.
April 2nd, 2012
Just a quick tip for you this Friday afternoon: have you ever browsed the Recent Arrivals page of the library’s website? The page lists materials that have been added to the library’s collection in the past 30 days. It’s a great way to get in early on the most popular items.
You can filter by a specific library or narrow down by media type. For example, take a look at what we’ve added to the Engineering Library or check out the new DVDs at the Fine Arts Library. You can see right away if the item is available—head over to the branch listed to pick it up or click through to place a hold on a checked-out item.
Have a good weekend!
March 30th, 2012
This morning, BoingBoing posted a video of General Electric researchers turning on a 100-year-old light bulb (click through to watch the video). The bulb was found in a time capsule on the grounds of Nela Park, GE’s headquarters and research laboratory in Ohio. This tungsten-filament bulb is not one of the earliest models of lightbulb, but it’s amazing that it’s still functional after being buried for a century.
[Read more at BoingBoing]
[Original post at GE Reports]
March 28th, 2012
“Because people with phenomenal computer skills get bored of simply being geniuses and need to exercise their genius every now and then, we, the human race, have found a way to make computers find Waldo. Over on collaborative programming site Stack Overflow, the question of how to easily make a computer find Waldo using computational software program Mathematica was posed, so the programmers collaborated and user Heike’s solution seems to have done the job, garnering the most upvotes by a wide margin.”
[Read more at Geekosystem]
March 23rd, 2012
If you’re interested in the future of the oil economy, you might enjoy the six-part series “Oil: The Epic of Black Gold.”
According to the filmmakers:
Our mandate for the production of “The Epic of Black Gold” the History of Oil Supply and Demand has taken us on a world whirlwind of exploration, researching the diverse territories, individuals, corporations, political events, film archives and influential sources for content related to the subject. In making the Series, we have amassed volumes of footage and materials related to all of the oil consuming and producing nations of the world. Telling the story has been difficult and sometimes death defying; but having accomplished the goal, we have now turned to the very unique and serious business of trying to understand the key points and features of why we’re running out, and where we go from here.
With input from a large number of experts–including C.J Campbell, world renowned geologist and depletion analyist; Matthew Simmons, American investment banker and US Administration oil advisor; James Akins, Former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Yves Cochet, former French Minister for the Environment; and Michael Meacher, former British Minister for the Environment–the filmmakers define the importance of oil in the fields of human activity and explore the future of the dwindling fuel.
The six parts of the series are:
- The golden age of the majors
- Oil nationalism
- Oil as a weapon
- Oil gone– time of hope or despair
- Oil, the beginning of the end
- The after oil era
The complete DVD set is available at the Geology Library. Unlike DVDs in the Fine Arts Library collection, you can only place a Request for this DVD if it is already checked out. If not, you must go to the Geology Library to check it out.
Find the DVD in the catalog here.
March 19th, 2012
Feb. 21, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin today announced it has received a commitment of $10 million from the O’Donnell Foundation to advance data-driven science, also called data-enabled or data-intensive science.
TACC, one of the world’s leading supercomputing centers, will use the funding for new data infrastructure to sustain and broaden the university’s leadership in advanced computing and computational science. When completed, these projects will benefit research in dozens of departments and labs at the university, especially in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).
The new resources will also augment TACC’s ability to support research at University of Texas System institutions such as biomedical research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Novel data-driven projects such as consumer energy usage behaviors being studied at Austin’s Pecan Street Inc. will also benefit, as will major national projects in which the university is a key partner such as the iPlant project, a $50 million National Science Foundation-funded project to help with plant research, including improving food yields and producing more effective biofuels.
February 22nd, 2012