William H. Putch Archives

Carnegie Mellon University Acquires William H. Putch Archives

A collection of materials from Carnegie Mellon University alumnus William H. Putch documenting his career as the artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse has been gifted to the Carnegie Mellon University Archives by his daughter, Pamela Putch, and son, John Putch.

Announcing: New Library Catalog

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, University Libraries will launch a new integrated library system that will include a new library catalog. The new catalog will improve how users browse, search, and discover materials on library.cmu.edu.

The Libraries implemented its current online catalog in 1995. In that time, standards in web design have changed, technology has advanced, and the needs of users have evolved. It is against this background that the online system has become quite outdated.

Spotlight: Kim Sestili

Kim Sestili manages the books for University Libraries.

A business administrator, Sestili is responsible for a more than $7 million per year budget for purchasing library materials to support students, faculty and the university's academic and research missions.

"We order various types of materials, and we're always adding new programs, so I have to find the money in the budget to support them," Sestili said. "I work with the librarians on their budgets, run reports and pay the bills."

Robert Kennedy Duncan: A Vision and A Will

In mid November, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the merger between Mellon Institute of Industrial Research and Carnegie Institute of Technology by highlighting all the pioneering, creative and passionate individuals who have made CMU what it is today. One of those visionaries was Robert Kennedy Duncan, a professor and chemist who conceived of the Industrial Fellowship system, which was the inspiration for, and foundation of, the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research.

University Oral History Program

Carnegie Mellon is well-known for its creative and innovative talent, from the pioneering work of Herbert Simon and Allen Newell to the dramatic talent of student performers in Scotch ‘n’ Soda. The University Archives launched the Carnegie Mellon University Oral History Program early last year in hope of capturing first-hand the stories and experiences of students, faculty and alumni who lived historic moments—think StoryCorps with an academic edge.

Introducing dSHARP

After a year of informal activities, we are pleased to announce the official founding of digital Sciences, Humanities, and Arts: Research and Publication--or, as we will hereafter acronym it, dSHARP. We are a (virtual) center co-sponsored by the University Libraries and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, with a core mission of promoting innovative digital research and publication at CMU.

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