Review - The Wife

Before it was a major motion picture starring Glenn Close, The Wife was a novel by Meg Wolitzer. Beginning in the 1950s, with men mostly controlling the access to publishing and success, and academia mostly extolling male writers, "The Wife" sketches out the differences between men’s “armored,” “muscle-bound” writing and women’s more intimate, personal stories.

Two Views of Columbine

Blogging about a topic that is, sadly, still relevant today, Cataloging Specialist Jan Hardy reviews two books about the Columbine high school shooting. "A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy" by Sue Klebold is a memoir by the mother of one of the shooters, who shares her insights on how evil can seem so recognizable in retrospect, yet hidden right before our eyes. 

Announcing: New Library Catalog

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, University Libraries will launch a new integrated library system that will include a new library catalog. The new catalog will improve how users browse, search, and discover materials on library.cmu.edu.

The Libraries implemented its current online catalog in 1995. In that time, standards in web design have changed, technology has advanced, and the needs of users have evolved. It is against this background that the online system has become quite outdated.

Review: Trumpet

How much of our gender shows in the way we act, dress, move, speak? How much comes from others’ perceptions? How many of our life choices are constrained by sexism and racism? As I read Jackie Kay’s novel "Trumpet," these questions swirled in my head.

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