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.

VIDEO: Frankenstein Panel

On October 17, 2017, Rikk Mulligan, digital scholarship strategist with University Libraries, moderated a panel discussion titled "Creation and Consequence" with Jeffrey Bigham, an associate professor of human-computer interaction in the School of Computer Science; David Danks, head of the Department of Philosophy in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Barry Luokkala, a physics professor in the Mellon College of Science; and Molly Steenson, a professor of design in the College of Fine Arts.

Apply for Posner Internship

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of "Frankenstein" in 2018, next semester's Posner Center intern will research and install a Spring 2018 exhibit in the Posner Center on "Frankenstein" themes, showing how the novel is relevant to CMU today. The commitment is 15 hours a week for 15 weeks for a $3000 stipend. Submit your online application by 11:59 p.m. on November 27, the Monday after Thanksgiving. Apply now!

Open Access Week 2017

The University Libraries invites you to participate in Open Access Week 2017, an annual international event promoting open access to peer-reviewed work as a new norm in research and scholarship. To celebrate, the Libraries, which has organized Open Access Week activities on campus since 2010, is hosting three signature events. All events are in the Den in Sorrells Library. 

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