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.

SURVEY: Food in the Libraries

To ensure that the physical spaces of the libraries continue to enhance the quality of the CMU student experience, the University Libraries is seeking input on possible future changes to ur food policy. We know there are many sides to this issue, and so we are seeking the input of the community on this topic. Please fill out our “Food in the Libraries” survey before October 31, 2017.

New Library Services Platform

Carnegie Mellon University is the thousandth institution to select the Ex Libris Alma® cloud-based library services platform. Alma will be replacing the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system.

Alma was selected primarily for its ease of use, its compatibility with other systems, and the flexibility of its analytics and reporting options. Through its user-friendly interface and integration with the university’s financial systems, Alma will greatly improve workflow efficiencies in account creation, billing, and other areas. 

Mellon Grant for Digital Scholarship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh a grant to research the development of a standardized platform for digital scholarship. The $60,000, 18-month grant will support “Digits,” a project that will explore how new technologies that make it increasingly easy to publish, share, reproduce and archive complex digital materials can be sustained in a unified and flexible way.

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