Celebrating Animal Crossing: New Horizon's 1 Year Anniversary!

Hey, folks! For fans of the Animal Crossing games, tomorrow is an exciting, momentus day. On March 20th, 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released and gained millions of players across the world during its first year. During that time, I have not only played it in my personal life but I’ve also used it in my work at CMU Libraries to help bring a fun, lighthearted element to teaching data concepts.

Spooky Data Management Lessons from “What We Do in the Shadows”

You might be reading the title of this blog post and thinking “Really, Hannah? Data management in a vampire mockumentary?” Hear me out, because not only is the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows a phenomenal story about the trials and tribulations of daily life for vampire roommates in Wellington, New Zealand, many of the themes and plotlines can be translated to data management principles and challenges!

How A Music Professor Enhanced Her Course by Collaborating with a Librarian

Quote from Alexa Woloshyn

When Assistant Professor of Musicology Alexa Woloshyn needed to implement a major revision of her Music History III course that is required for all undergraduate music majors, she called on the services of Music Librarian Kristin Heath. During the revision phase, Woloshyn consulted with Heath about required class resources and new assignments and how the Libraries could support them.

Data is Like Totally Awesome, Fer Shur!

Have you ever watched a movie and thought of it as data? Hopefully, if you are a long-term reader of this blog, you have learned that almost anything can be data, depending on how you conceptualize it and interact with it. For those who have been following Tartan Datascapes this summer, you’ve likely noticed that I’ve delved deeply into how data presents itself in popular culture, and as a result, how popular culture can allow us to learn more about data.

Tribute to Senior Librarian Mo Dawley upon her Retirement

Tribute to Senior Librarian Mo Dawley upon her Retirement

Senior Librarian Mo Dawley is retiring from the Libraries this June after serving over three decades as liaison librarian to both the School of Art and School of Drama. Mo’s expertise in providing reference and research support to students - along with her unique cultivation of the Libraries' Artist Book Collection - have served as hallmarks of her 33-year tenure at Carnegie Mellon University.

Comic Books as Data: Dr. Felipe Gómez and the Latin American Comics Archive

Think back to the last time you read a comic book. How did you do it? Did you read it straight through from the first page to the last page? Did you first skim through it to get a general idea of the content? The last comic book I read was the manga Paradise Kiss (it’s brilliant, if you haven’t read it!), and I read it in the same way that I read all other comic books: I read the text in the speech bubbles and look at the illustrations in the panels. Most people reading this blog probably read comic books in a similar way!

Word of Mouth

So Min (Vivian) Noh (BFA '22, Department of Art) chose Hunt Library as the location for her “Word of Mouth” photograph, for Professor John Carson’s class “Intro to Contextual Practice.”

Research Highlight: Immersive Education through Shakespeare-VR

360-degree camera used in the filming of Hamlet for the Shakespeare-VR project

Hello all! We are rapidly approaching the end of the semester, and I’m sure as all of you can empathize, I am eagerly awaiting the holidays for some much needed rest. At CMU Libraries, we’ve been working hard to support students, staff, and faculty with their end-of-semester teaching and research needs, and we are also building up a great lineup of spring 2020 workshops and engagement opportunities. Keep a close watch on our website for updated information!