Backwards and Forwards

Librarian on horseback

For many folks, the word “library” conjures up a quiet building full of books and periodicals, perhaps offering a place for community activities, and branching out into digital media in recent years.  This image of libraries as conservative organizations, slow to respond to changes, slow to offer new services, is very well-established.  And entirely wrong.

Legacy of the Dead: An Introduction

George Romero Legacy of the Dead banner

The Pittsburgh of 1960 was an incredibly different metropolis than the one we’re attuned to now.  Along the Monongahela River, the coke ovens burned and the ore ran hot.  Construction of the 3,600 foot-long Fort Pitt Tunnels that connect the South Hills to the Fort Pitt Bridge had nearly been completed, while Frank Lloyd Wright eagerly sketched away at his Point Park concept drawings—an endeavor that ultimately was never approved.  Bill Mazeroski’s tie-breaking home run would garner the Pirates their first world series win in 35 years, while the Carnegie Institute of Technolo

Ask An Archivist - Answers!

Postcard depicting CMU campus

Thank you to all of us who joined us for our #AskAnArchivist Day celebrations.  I know everyone has been on pins and needles waiting to find out the truth behind our trivia questions.

1.    During World War I there were tanks on the Cut, soldiers in Schenley Park, and airplanes where Hunt Library is.

A Conversation with: Sahir Chichkar & Juno Lin

Library student workers

Sahir Chichkar is a master’s degree candidate in chemical engineering. Juno Lin is a master’s degree candidate in music. Natives of Mumbai and Taipei, respectively, they met on the job as student workers in Hunt Library. University Libraries Director of Marketing & Communications Shannon Riffe talks to them about their experience as students and employees.

Frozen Orange Juice, Air Quality, and Fertilizer: Digging into the History of Mellon Institute of Industrial Research

Postcard of 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 [1]. 
 

Zotero 5.0: Beyond Citation Management

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Ever find yourself spending hours formatting a bibliography for a paper, only to find that a different citation style was required? Ever wonder if there was a better way to organize your PDF files and keep track of what you’ve read? Looking for a single tool to save and organize everything from research articles to favorite websites, from recipes to RSS feeds?

Introducing: University Libraries Blogs!

Hunt Library

Welcome to the University Libraries Blogs! These blogs arose out of a need to create an online venue for our on-staff experts to do a deep dive into their topics of interest. Unlike the News section of our website, which offers timely updates of events and services, the blogs are a space for specialists to post what’s current or noteworthy in their subject areas, providing readers with an expert’s view of library services and collections.

Special Collections Highlight: Jacob Lawrence

“A Class in Shoemaking” painting by Jacob Lawrence

Given to Carnegie Mellon University in 1987 by two local Pittsburgh collectors, Jacob Lawrence’s 1947 tempera painting, “A Class in Shoemaking” clearly shows his pictorial style that he called “dynamic cubism,” with jagged compositions in bold, flat colors that are abstract yet figurative, and full of social comment. Often in his career, he painted tradespeople, craftspeople and laborers hard at work in many fields.

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