Library News and Events

CMU & Pitt Libraries will explore collaboration

December 2, 2014—President Subra Suresh and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher of the University of Pittsburgh have announced in a letter to their campus communities that Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh will explore a new collaboration between their two university library systems. Dean of CMU Libraries Keith Webster will work with Ronald Larsen, Dean of the School of Information Sciences at Pitt to conduct a thorough review of options to allow both libraries to respond more fully to the evolving needs of their respective campuses in education and research today. As libraries touch every aspect of university life, the review will seek input from faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders from our two universities, the city and the region.

It is expected that this review will be conducted during the first half of next year, with recommendations presented to President Suresh and Chancellor Gallagher during June 2015. Accordingly, to allow for the review to be completed, the University of Pittsburgh has suspended its search for Dr. Miller’s successor as Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System, and Carnegie Mellon University has suspended its search for a Director of Collections and Information Access in the University Libraries.

Ph.D. candidates: Sign up now to compete

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenges Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just 3 minutes, in language appropriate for a general audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or “dumbing-down” research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.

Any currently enrolled CMU Ph.D. candidate may sign up to compete. The deadline is Jan. 18.

Qualifying rounds will be held January through March and the championship round will be held in April. Winners in the qualifying rounds will receive an iPad or the equivalent value as a research/travel grant. Championship winners in April will receive $3000, $2000 and $1000 research/travel grants.

December Posner Center Highlight – Librarian’s Choice

Muller imageAstronomer, Mathematician, Librarian, Printer

Johann Müller Regiomontanus, 1436-1476.Kalendarium. [Augsburg], Erhardt Ratdolt, xij. kal. Aprilis. 1499.

Regiomontanus’ Kalendarium contains 30 woodcut diagrams of phases of the moon for 1499-1530, printed in red and black; a calendar to 1513; and solar movements to 1554; as well as four full page woodcut peper instruments, three with movable parts (one with original brass pointers). These instruments—paper wheels called volvelles—demonstrate the movement of the moon.

The Kalendarium and another work by Regiomontanus—Ephemerides, which describes how to use the moon to determine longitute at sea—were reprinted many times. Columbus and Vespucci both used theEphemerides. In 1504, on his fourth voyage to the Americas, Columbus subdued hostile natives by using the tables in the Ephemerides to predict a lunar eclipse.

When Henry Posner Sr. (1888-1976) purchased Kalendarium in 1961, the book dealer William Schab of New York averred that it was one of only seven copies extant.

Selected by Matthew Marsteller, Senior Librarian, Engineering & Science

Current Posner Exhibit

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12×10: Twelve Books to Celebrate Ten years of Posner Center

Exhibit by Special Collections Librarian,
Mary Catharine Johnsen
Fall 2014

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.

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From December 16 through 23, blue and white lighting on the Hunt Library façade celebrates Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrated for eight days and nights to commemorate the rededication of [...]

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

An exhibit with examples from The Anne Lyon Haight Collection of 300 editions of Clement Clark Moore's poem is on view in Special Collections, Hunt Library, 4th floor. Find out if Santa is really [...]

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

Exhibit and meditation, Hunt Library 4th floor. Through December 15.

Creative works from books to web sources reflect on our relationships to avians and by extension to all beings of our planet. The exhibit [...]

Thu, Oct 30, 2014
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The Global Communication Center (GCC) located in Hunt Library supports the Carnegie Mellon University community by providing advice to help plan and develop strong written, oral, and [...]

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

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 [...]

Thu, Sep 11, 2014