The people, collections, and services that support the University Libraries’ mission to build, steward, and enhance the information environment of CMU.

Hybrid by the Numbers: Fall 2020

After a full year of pandemic operations in support of CMU’s hybrid approach to teaching and research, the Libraries' services and the way our faculty and students have utilized them look far different than in previous years. 

Here’s a brief look at some of the numbers, including some surprises, from our overall year and from the most recent fall semester. Click the image to view a larger version of the infographic.

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.

Libraries Use Computer Vision to Explore Archival Photo Collection

CAMPI CFA search results

An internal web application built by Libraries faculty and staff leverages computer vision to improve the discoverability of archival photos by allowing archivists to quickly find groups of images depicting similar subjects and add descriptive metadata tags in bulk.

Computer-Aided Metadata generation for Photo archives Initiative (CAMPI), was inspired by a request from the CMU Marketing and Communications team, which regularly works with the University Archives to source images for online and print materials. 

How a Tepper Professor Revised His DMP for Successful NSF Grant

“Ryan Splenda and Hannah Gunderman provided essential help developing our Data Management plan. They were amazingly responsive and helpful and we would not have been able to complete our data management plan for the proposal without their assistance.”  -Ariel Zetlin-Jones Associate Professor of Economics Tepper School of Business

Tepper School of Business Associate Professor of Economics Ariel Zetlin-Jones was thrilled to hear that the National Science Foundation (NSF) was recommending an award for an economics proposal that he and a co-author had submitted earlier in the year. However, before awarding the grant, the NSF requested a revised data management plan (DMP).

CMU-Q Library Wins Award for Engaging PR Campaign

Jill Chisnell and Teresa MacGregor in front of speed databasing poster

The Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Library won an award from the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. Teresa MacGregor, director of the library at CMU-Q, along with colleagues Jill Chisnell and Heidi Wiren Bartlett from CMU’s main campus, created the winning campaign to raise awareness among students of the many research databases available from the University Libraries.

A Good Canvas, Yet Unfinished: The Posner Bill of Rights and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

A Good Canvas, Yet Unfinished: The Posner Bill of Rights and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
The photograph above shows a copy of the American Bill of Rights, an early printing published by the Philadelphia firm of Childs and Swain in January or February, 1792 and now held in the Posner Memorial Collection. The Posner Bill of Rights is one of the Libraries’ true rarities; it may, in fact, be the rarest single artifact we hold.


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