May 2021

This monthly installment features information on a CHORUS Forum session on open access business models, access credentials to an OAPSA webinar on using the OA Switchboard for reporting, a NISO Working group on developing best practices for updating post-publication author name identity records, a guest post from Professeur honoraire - Université de Montréal Canada, Jean-Cleaude Guédon, on immediate open green open access and publication versions, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

Data Management Lessons from Organizing a Board Game Collection

If you’re familiar with Tartan Datascapes, you know that I like to find the data management lessons that live all around us in our daily lives, beyond our research (and if you’re new here, welcome! It’s lovely to have you here). Recently, I decided to organize my board game collection which had gotten out of control, and I reflected on what lessons it taught me about data management and keeping data organized. So, if you like board games, data management, home organization, or some combination thereof, keep reading!

April 2021

This monthly installment features information on the MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies Collection, access details to recent ALA CopyTalk and NISO webinars, information on the Open Access Agreement between the University of California and Elsevier, upcoming CMU Scholarly Communication workshops, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

Cabinets of Curiosity —A Virtual Exhibit

Since the closure of libraries at the start of the pandemic, librarians have found themselves physically separated from their institutional collections for many months, a year, or even longer. However, in transitioning to remote work from home, librarians became closer to their personal collections. These collections may mirror an institutions’ collections, books or similar printed content, or they may run the gamut of material types from dolls to shells to buttons … and beyond!

Expansion in a Time of Restriction: Pivoting the Digitization Lab During the Pandemic

Joe Mesco at scanner

In August of 2019, the Libraries' Digitization Lab celebrated twenty-five years of operations. To mark this occasion, we wrote a blog post about the lab's history, highlighting a selection of our current and future projects. Since that post, our work has taken some unexpected turns due to the pandemic and its unprecedented impact on our daily activities. In response, we've pivoted to new projects that have expanded on and explored the possibilities of our core suite of services. 

Mesco Finds It All in the Archives

Ann Marie Mesco standing next to brick wall

Ann Marie Mesco taught herself hypertext markup language in the 1990s while managing a culinary school's library. Ever since coding that first website, she has built a career around guiding libraries into a digital future.

As the digitization project manager, Mesco, a 2001 graduate of the Dietrich College, oversees the conversion of vast educational resources and intellectual assets into electronic items, all cataloged to be easily retrieved.

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.