Dudley Library Opens in College of Engineering

hema ramachandran-blogWith the opening this semester of the John H. Dudley Memorial Library in EN2-109, students and faculty won’t have to make the long trek from the College of Engineering to University Library for research help.

Engineering Librarian Hema Ramachandran will be available in the Dudley Library Mondays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursdays from 12- 6 p.m. She will also be available by appointment by emailing her at hema.ramachandran@csulb.edu.

Even though a large percentage of the University Library’s resources are available online from any location, consulting a librarian can be helpful for guidance for in-depth research, particularly for senior design projects, research papers, theses, and projects.

“Students and faculty can access the online guides and other resources from the University Library anytime, anywhere but the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming and intimidating,” said Ramachandran. “So I’m looking forward to this new location, which is conveniently located in the engineering complex, to provide students and faculty targeted personal assistance onsite.”

She added that she’s particularly happy that graduate students will have a better chance of meeting with her, given their full-time work and academic schedules.

Even before the library officially opened, it was attracting students. Anubhav Jagtap, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, had been trying to connect with Ramachandran to seek assistance with his thesis. He was surprised to learn she could meet with him in the College of Engineering, instead of University Library.

“University Library’s not so close,” Jagtap said. “It was definitely helpful she was close to COE.”

Ramachandran added that she’s particularly happy that graduate students such as Jagtap will have a better chance of meeting with her, given their full-time work and academic schedules.

“Many of our courses require research papers. If we have some small issues, we have to go all the way to the other side of the campus,” said Jagtap, adding that Ramachandran was very helpful.

The library is named after the late Brig. Gen. John Henderson Dudley, who joined CSULB in 1960 as a civil engineering professor after an illustrious military career. A 1930 graduate of West Point, who went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from MIT, Dudley used his engineering skills to help build airfields and facilitate site selection for Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II.

Upon retiring from CSULB in 1970, he left a collection of geotechnical books to be housed in the John H. Dudley Library in the College of Engineering. In addition, a generous donation from Dudley, his wife Margery, and the Dudley Charitable Remainder Trust endows the John H. Dudley Scholarship.

The library, a cooperative endeavor betweenUniversity Library and the College of Engineering, features café seating and electrical outlets. No food or drinks are allowed. Its opening will be celebrated at an open house from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.