Two Views of Columbine

Blogging about a topic that is, sadly, still relevant today, Cataloging Specialist Jan Hardy reviews two books about the Columbine high school shooting. "A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy" by Sue Klebold is a memoir by the mother of one of the shooters, who shares her insights on how evil can seem so recognizable in retrospect, yet hidden right before our eyes. 

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 It is against this background that the online system has become quite outdated.

Review: Trumpet

How much of our gender shows in the way we act, dress, move, speak? How much comes from others’ perceptions? How many of our life choices are constrained by sexism and racism? As I read Jackie Kay’s novel "Trumpet," these questions swirled in my head.

New Database Trials

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries currently offers trial online access to the following databases. These trials are available on a temporary basis only. University Libraries will make a decision about subscribing to these electronic resources based on interest, cost, and usability.

To view permanent additions and changes to databases available at the University Libraries, see our A-Z Databases page.

OnArchitecture Video Library

OnArchitecture is an online collection of original architecture-related videos, including interviews with primary contemporary architects, and portrayals of key works. OnArchitecture offers opportunities for discovery and self-learning, and provides a global perspective of the discipline of architecture. Access is provided by the University Libraries. Click here to visit OnArchitecture.

Review - They May Not Mean To, But They Do

Cataloging Specialist Jan Hardy reviews Cathleen Schine's "They May Not Mean To, But They Do" for the latest "Back in the Stacks" blog post:

Growing older, taking care of an aging spouse, learning to live alone -- I don’t know how Cathleen Schine wrings humor from these experiences, but she does. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is filled with hilarious and very human details, and it is a novel I savored.

From Book to Movie, 1853 and 1974

Film led Cataloging Specialist Jan Hardy to the latest two books featured on her blog post, From Book to Movie, 1853 and 1974. The first film was "12 Years a Slave," which prompted her to seek out the original work on which the movie was based. The second book she reviews is "If Beale Street Could Talk" by James Baldwin. A film has not yet been made of this work, so you'll have to read on to find out how it is connected to a recent notable movie.

Read more on the Back in the Stacks blog.

Book Review: Hanukkah in America

How did a minor and relatively simple Jewish holiday become one of the most recognizable, important and visible celebrations of the year? In "Hanukkah in America: a History", Dianne Ashton theorizes that the holiday’s simplicity, and its occurrence in December, allowed American Jews to magnify it into a family and community marker to stand against the cultural dominance of Christmas.

New Database: DRAM

DRAM contains American music represented by the New World Records and CRI label(s), which merged in 2007. From folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond, New World has served composers, artists, students and the general public since its inception in 1975 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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