Where do you go if the information you need isn’t online? To the library, of course!
Dr. Karl Hammond, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, supports the Engineering Library by using its resources in his own work and by designing assignments that integrate library resources into student learning outcomes.
In the library he is known for an assignment that requires students (typically Juniors in Chemical Engineering) who are enrolled in Thermodynamics II to find experimental vapor-liquid equilibrium data for a pair of compounds assigned to each individual student. This assignment typically requires students to consult either online or in-print books containing compilations of vapor-liquid equilibrium data from the literature, often from the early- to mid-twentieth century. Professor Hammond asks the staff at the Engineering Library & Technology Commons to place several of these books on reserve during the assignment –the library staff typically assign them their own cart behind the circulation desk.
One of Professor Hammond’s goals for this assignment is to engage students with the library’s printed collection, which often showcases data that are difficult or impossible to access online, thus making students aware that not all useful information has been or will be digitized. According to Dr. Hammond, “If you don’t show students a resource exists, they won’t know to look for it.” The wealth of tabular data available also allows Professor Hammond to assign each student in the course a unique pair of compounds to look up and then plot results from models against measured data to get a sense of how accurate the models are and how to use them. Knowing the full breadth of resources available to find thermodynamic data is an essential skill for success in Design I and II, which students take in their final year in the Chemical Engineering major.
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Thanks for another excellent year!
We keep track of our interactions with Engineering students and faculty and their use of our services throughout the year. These numbers represent the Engineering Library & Technology Commons usage statistics for Fiscal Year 2019 (from July 2018 to June 2019).
Check out our infographic below to see how well we did:
Do you fondly remember the floppy disk? Are you not sure what a floppy disk looks like? Either way come by the Engineering Library & Technology Commons to see our new exhibit: A History of Removable Media! We partnered with Library Technology Services to bring you some cool examples of old tech.
Congratulations to Riley Short, Chase Scanlan, Lara Bakula, Benjamin Smith, Molly Sandbothe and Alyson Jones of the MU Engineering Student Council (MESC) for winning the 2019 Outstanding Library Advocacy Award from the University Libraries Student Advisory Council for their support of the Engineering Library and the students it serves on their path to engineering success. They were presented their award at the Library Society Reception on April 25, 2019.
Finals can be a stressful time. Come by the Engineering Library during the following hours to experience the calming effect of trained therapy dogs. Take a break and let these furry friends put a smile on your face!
Monday, May 13th from 1-4pm
Tuesday, May 14th from 1-4pm
Comic Book Club will meet Thursday May 2nd at 5pm. We will meet at the Engineering Library & Technology Commons, Room W2001H. Just because we meet in Engineering doesn’t mean we’re an Engineering club. All are welcome! We will be discussing Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda and Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Haven’t read them? We have them on reserve at the EL & TC. Come by and check one out or feel free to request via your MU Libraries account. No time to read before Thursday? Don’t worry! Come anyway and meet the friendly folks of Comic Book Club. We’d love to see you! Contact Mara Inge at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Did you know the Engineering Library has a Comic Book Club?
This semester we will be reading Monstress, written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda. Monstress is set in 20th century Asia and tells the story of a teenage girl who shares a psychic link with a powerful monster. Gorgeously illustrated in a style best described as art deco meets steampunk, this comic has garnered awards for its art as well as its storytelling. The story includes magical creatures, sorceresses, and cat wizards.
We will also be reading Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Trinity tells the history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb. The story takes you from 19th century European labs to the various locations of the Manhattan Project. It has been described as both a graphic primer and a philosophical meditation.
You do not need to be an engineering student to participate in Comic Book Club nor do you need to be well-versed in the world of comics and graphic novels. We welcome all majors and all levels of interest! Contact Mara Inge (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Engineering Library if you are interested.
It’s that time again! Finals are coming. The Engineering Library will have extended hours for the following days:
Friday, May 3rd: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Friday, May 10th: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11th: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Other hours will be normal. For a detailed list of all library hours, visit: http://library.missouri.edu/hours/
Good luck with your finals, Engineers!
We had an excellent year!
We keep track of our interactions with Engineering students and faculty and their use of our services throughout the year. These numbers represent the Engineering Library & Technology Commons usage statistics for Fiscal Year 2018 (from July 2017 to June 2018).
Check out our infographic below to see how well we did: