Robert Kennedy Duncan: A Vision and A Will

In mid November, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the merger between Mellon Institute of Industrial Research and Carnegie Institute of Technology by highlighting all the pioneering, creative and passionate individuals who have made CMU what it is today. One of those visionaries was Robert Kennedy Duncan, a professor and chemist who conceived of the Industrial Fellowship system, which was the inspiration for, and foundation of, the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research.

University Oral History Program

Carnegie Mellon is well-known for its creative and innovative talent, from the pioneering work of Herbert Simon and Allen Newell to the dramatic talent of student performers in Scotch ‘n’ Soda. The University Archives launched the Carnegie Mellon University Oral History Program early last year in hope of capturing first-hand the stories and experiences of students, faculty and alumni who lived historic moments—think StoryCorps with an academic edge.

Introducing dSHARP

After a year of informal activities, we are pleased to announce the official founding of digital Sciences, Humanities, and Arts: Research and Publication--or, as we will hereafter acronym it, dSHARP. We are a (virtual) center co-sponsored by the University Libraries and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, with a core mission of promoting innovative digital research and publication at CMU.

Review - The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff is an exhaustive (and at times, exhausting) account of the accusations, imprisonment, trials and executions of fourteen women and five men. It’s a story we all think we know, but Schiff places us in this world so completely, we can feel the chilly air and hear the howling of dogs at night. Read more of this review on our Back in the Stacks blog.

Backwards and Forwards

Did you know: during the Depression, an army of women on horseback delivered books to people throughout Kentucky’s scattered communities. 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. Read more on the New Ebla blog.

Frozen OJ, Fertilizer, and the 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. You might be wondering: what was the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research?

Zotero 5.0: Beyond Citation Management

Our research librarians contribute monthly to our new blog, The Intrepid Researcher, to give you the latest on the most effective resources, tips, and tools to optimize your work at every step of the research process. The first post features an overview of the latest 5.0 releast of the open source citation management tool, Zotero and examples of advanced ways to use it. Read the post.

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