Frozen OJ, Fertilizer, and the Mellon Institute

In 1967, the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, one of the nation’s premier independent research centers, merged with Carnegie Institute of Technology, a rapidly growing, forward thinking university, to form what we now know as Carnegie Mellon University. By joining the two institutions, the architects of the merger hoped to create an institution that would make Pittsburgh as famous for science as it was for steel. You might be wondering: what was the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research?

Zotero 5.0: Beyond Citation Management

Our research librarians contribute monthly to our new blog, The Intrepid Researcher, to give you the latest on the most effective resources, tips, and tools to optimize your work at every step of the research process. The first post features an overview of the latest 5.0 releast of the open source citation management tool, Zotero and examples of advanced ways to use it. Read the post.

SURVEY: Food in the Libraries

To ensure that the physical spaces of the libraries continue to enhance the quality of the CMU student experience, the University Libraries is seeking input on possible future changes to ur food policy. We know there are many sides to this issue, and so we are seeking the input of the community on this topic. Please fill out our “Food in the Libraries” survey before October 31, 2017.

New Library Services Platform

Carnegie Mellon University is the thousandth institution to select the Ex Libris Alma® cloud-based library services platform. Alma will be replacing the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system.

Alma was selected primarily for its ease of use, its compatibility with other systems, and the flexibility of its analytics and reporting options. Through its user-friendly interface and integration with the university’s financial systems, Alma will greatly improve workflow efficiencies in account creation, billing, and other areas. 

Mellon Grant for Digital Scholarship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh a grant to research the development of a standardized platform for digital scholarship. The $60,000, 18-month grant will support “Digits,” a project that will explore how new technologies that make it increasingly easy to publish, share, reproduce and archive complex digital materials can be sustained in a unified and flexible way.

UPDATE: Help Us Pick a Chair

9/11/2017 UPDATE: We asked, you answered! The "Caper," the white chair pictured on the left side of the image, was the clear winner. New chairs will be delivered to the third floor in early October.

Have you always wanted to pick out furniture for the library? Now is your opportunity! Help us select a new chair for the third floor. From now through September 10, 2017, two chair options will be out on the third floor for you to test. Use a sticker to vote for your favorite. Which one will it be? You can help us decide!

New Events Calendar

Introducing a new way to find out about Library events, workshops, and exhibits. When you visit our homepage, you'll now be able to find an "Events and Workshops" link in our Quick Links section. Click there to get a sortable calendar view of all of our upcoming events. You can filter by location and type of event (exhibit, workshop, etc) and search by keyword. That's also where you can now register for our workshops and add events to your own calendar with iCal.

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