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.

UPDATE: Help Us Pick a Chair

9/11/2017 UPDATE: We asked, you answered! The "Caper," the white chair pictured on the left side of the image, was the clear winner. New chairs will be delivered to the third floor in early October.

Have you always wanted to pick out furniture for the library? Now is your opportunity! Help us select a new chair for the third floor. From now through September 10, 2017, two chair options will be out on the third floor for you to test. Use a sticker to vote for your favorite. Which one will it be? You can help us decide!

New Events Calendar

Introducing a new way to find out about Library events, workshops, and exhibits. When you visit our homepage, you'll now be able to find an "Events and Workshops" link in our Quick Links section. Click there to get a sortable calendar view of all of our upcoming events. You can filter by location and type of event (exhibit, workshop, etc) and search by keyword. That's also where you can now register for our workshops and add events to your own calendar with iCal.

Students "Speak Up!" About Research

The University Libraries' Three Minute Thesis competition served as the inspiration for "Speak Up!" a competition that challenges undergraduate CMU students to discuss weeks of research in three minutes or less. Seventy-five undergraduate students competed in this year's competition on July 12 in front of a panel of judges that included Dean of University Libraries Keith Webster. 

Welcome Scott Weingart

Effective July 1, Scott Weingart joined the University Libraries as Program Director, Digital Humanities. Scott has been with the university since 2015, when he joined CMU as the university’s first digital humanities specialist. In his new role, Scott, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in information science and history of science at Indiana University, will continue to support digital humanities research at CMU as a member of dSHARP, CMU's new collaborative center for digital scholarship, humanities, and arts. 

Vice Chair of NISO

Keith Webster, dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected as the new Vice Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) for the 2017-2018 term, which will begin on July 1, 2017. In addition to his position as dean at Carnegie Mellon, Webster has a courtesy academic appointment at the University's H. John Heinz III College. He has also been a leader within NISO, having served as a Director and most recently as NISO's Treasurer.

Library Friendship

In 1964, five freshmen arrived at Carnegie Institute of Technology and became close friends. More than 50 years later, the women’s bond that was forged over studying and becoming young adults together remains strong…as does their connection to what is now Carnegie Mellon University.

Print Isn’t Dead

Millennials grew up using technology at an early age, but when it comes to academic reading they prefer print materials over digital formats.

The finding comes from a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Reference & Instruction Librarian A. M. Salaz, alongside researchers from Qatar University and Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. The work builds on prior research showing that in many cases students perform better academically after working with print materials. 

Honorary Degree for Hewitt

Vivian Davidson Hewitt (MM 1944), retired chief librarian, art collector and distinguished awards recipient received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Carnegie Mellon University’s 120th Commencement, Sunday, May 21.

Hewitt has enjoyed an illustrious career as a prominent librarian and African-American art collector.

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