Library News and Events
Posner Collection October Highlight
Columbus’ Letter on the New World
Christopher Columbus, 1451-1506.
De insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis…Basel, I[ohann] B[ergmann, de Olpe], 1494.
Christopher Columbus’ letter describes his first voyage to the Americas. It was written on February 15, 1493, while returning home on the Niña. Arriving in Lisbon, he dispatched two copies to the Spanish court. The letter spread news about the new world throughout Europe. Printed versions, including this one, immdiately appeared in Rome, Antwerp, Paris and other cities. In his letter, Columbus claims to have discovered and taken possession of islands in the Indian Ocean in Asia. He described Hispaniola and Cuba, and the native people (whom he referred ro as “Indians”).
The Posner Collection copy is bound with a play by Carlo Verardi honoring the Spanish monarchs, titled Historia Baetica (1494). A duplicate from the important Lilly Library of Indiana University, it was released for sale and acquired by Henry Posner Sr. (1888-1976) in 1962.
Selected by John Lehoczky, Thomas Lord University Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences
Current Posner Exhibit
12×10: Twelve Books to Celebrate Ten years of Posner Center
Exhibit by Special Collections Librarian,
Mary Catharine Johnsen
A special anniversary exhibit reflects on twelve Posner Collection highlights in history, literature and science. The display includes works by Descartes, Omar Khayyám, Copernicus, Shakespeare, Euclid, Lewis Carroll, Galileo, Robert Hooke, Christopher Columbus, Francis Bacon, and Regiomontanus.
Posner Center gallery and exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., except holidays and during designated VIP events. Phone: 412-268-7680
ORCID Initiative @ CMU
Publishers and funding agencies are increasingly requiring researchers to have an ORCID identifier. The University Libraries are leading an initiative to acquire ORCID IDs for all CMU researchers. Two pilot ORCID acquisition projects are planned. The first will acquire ORCIDs for selected CMU researchers in Qatar this summer. The second will acquire ORCIDs for all researchers in CIT fall semester 2014. ORCIDs will be acquired for other CMU researchers at a later date. For details, ORCID Initiative @ CMU.
Julia Corrin has joined Carnegie Mellon University Libraries as the University Archivist, responsible for the administration and management of Carnegie Mellon University Archives, located in Hunt Library. The University Archives collects and preserves records [...]
Annual Reviews Economic Collection
Three new databases: CMU now has access to the latest Economics Collection (2013-2014) from Annual Reviews.
New database: InCites.
Thomson Reuters' InCites is a customized, citation-based research evaluation tool on the Web that enables you to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark your output against peers worldwide.[...]
New database: Internet Shakespeare Editions.
Designed specifically for the digital medium, ISE is an open access resource to scholarship that explores Shakespeare's plays, poems, the context in which he was [...]