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CERN Courier Bookshelf
October 2018
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November 1962 - CERN’s first technical training course

Setting up CERN’s new technical training courses raised important questions. How far was it CERN’s job to provide this sort of education? Could anyone be persuaded to teach classes when they were already too busy with own work? Would they be any good at it, since most were more used to presenting conference papers and academic lectures?

 

The training had been requested by CERN’s machine operators, workshop staff and laboratory assistants, and 279 people signed up in the first year. The courses, which included practical demonstrations and exercises, proved very popular and were extended to provide staff with specialist knowledge they could not easily get elsewhere and keep them up to date with modern techniques.

 

Read more in the December 1962 CERN Courier,

in the June 1962 report to the CERN Council

or in this overview (in French) from 1 June 1967.

CERN Courier Bookshelf
October 2018
CERN library event

The World Scientific Book Fair will take place in the Main Building (bldg. 500) on the ground floor near the Restaurant 1 on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018.

In the framework of the Book Fair, a presentation by Antonio Ereditato of the book "The State of the Art of Neutrino Physics" is scheduled on 5 December at 3:30 pm in the Library (bldg. 52-1-052). After the book presentation, Antonio Ereditato will also present, as the editor-in-chief, the Open Access journal "Instruments" published by MDPI : https://www.mdpi.com/journal/instruments

"The State of the Art of Neutrino Physics : A Tutorial for Graduate Students and Young Researchers", ed. by Antonio Ereditato, World Scientific, 2018, ISBN 9789813226081
https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10600

 

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October 1935 - The first Journal of Jocular physics

The traditional Festschrift was abandoned for Niels Bohr’s 50th birthday, lest he should ‘feel it as his duty to read the contents and even try to learn something.’ Instead, he received the Journal of Jocular Physics.

 

Future Director-General of CERN, Viki Weisskopf, was a major contributor. His ‘Komplementäre Philosophie des Witzes’ (Complementary Philosophy of Jokes) maintained that humour held a curved mirror to truth, giving a distorted but illuminating insight that challenged our comfortable assumptions in much the same way as one of key tenets of quantum mechanics, complementarity.

 

Published by the Institute of Theoretical Physics (now the Niels Bohr Institute), the spoof journal contained articles in German, Danish, English, French and Japanese and espoused an attitude of ‘hopeful pessimism and serene preparedness’. Sadly, with Europe moving towards World War 2, contributions from G. Gamow, O. Klein (echoing a bellicose speech by Mussolini) and L. Rosenfeld were omitted, as ‘the possibility of misinterpretation in a political and therefore, not purely jocular sense could not be entirely excluded.’

Library news

Starting on October 1st, during a 3 months trial, the HR department offers unlimited online access to the Bookboon eLibrary of over 600 titles on a wide-range of topics focusing on personal and professional development. Learn how to present confidently and convincingly, master the art of negotiation or simply improve your time management and communication skills.

You will be able to download the eBooks directly as PDF and read them on any device. Based on viewing statistics and feedback, we will explore how to integrate the offer permanently in our learning offer.

The Bookboon ebooks are available on the CERN Learning hub.

 

CERN Courier Bookshelf
September 2018
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September 1968 – Inauguration of the European Physical Society

“The formation of the European Physical Society with such a wide membership is a further demonstration of the determination of scientists to collaborate as closely as possible in order to make their positive contribution to the strength of European cultural unity.”

 

So said Gilberto Bernardini in his inaugural address on 26 September 1968. But it all started with a friendly dinner party in Bologna three years earlier; read Bernardini’s 18 January 1966 letter to Leon Van Hove here.

 

More information about the history of EPS here

More about the inauguration ceremony here

This photo shows Bernardini enrolling as a member of EPS; see more photos of the inauguration ceremony here

CERN library event

Libraries own many valuable holdings and collections that have great potential to attract public interest. But how do library customers find out about their existence? In most cases, digitizing and placing them on the internet alone is not enough to achieve the desired access numbers. Marketing is then quickly blamed: Too little was invested, the wrong channels were selected or the images were not attractive enough. So, how can the holdings and collections be marketed successfully?
The presentation discusses how marketing is used as a way of thinking in libraries and focuses on content marketing. Selected real-life examples are given to illustrate how content and collections can be promoted and distributed via various online channels. Topics such as storytelling, video and social media will be addressed.

Deborah Kyburz Deborah Kyburz has been working at ETH Library in Zurich since 2013 and has taken continuous training in social media management and content marketing. In addition to her work as a web and digital media manager, she was in charge of the project Multimedia Storytelling, in context of which the content marketing platform Explora was conceived and implemented. After several years in online marketing, Deborah Kyburz is now heading the group Community & Content Marketing at ETH Library.

 

 

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August 1962 - ‘May I have a look around?’

During the summer of 1962, the CERN Photo Club and Public Information Department organized a photographic competition on the theme, ‘How a visitor sees CERN’.

 

E. Fischer scooped a prize with an excellent colour print of the tall, white Administration building standing out against a clear blue sky. Marinus van Gulik took another approach, and another prize, with a series of photos of his son. You can see some of them in the December 1962 CERN Courier. His pictures also featured the Administration building or, as he called it, CERN’s third machine, the paper accelerator.

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