University Archivist

julia-corrinJulia 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 and personal papers of historical or administrative importance to the university, generated by faculty, academic departments, administrative offices or campus organizations, and makes them available for reference and research. “Julia’s experience with the preservation of digital records will move the University Archives forward as we continue to acquire, manage and preserve at-risk born-digital materials generated by our academic community,” said Director of Scholarly Publishing, Archives and Data Services Gabrielle Michalek. Corrin comes to Pittsburgh from Arkansas State University, where she was the Political Collections Archivist. She holds a BA in American Studies from Carleton College, and an MS in Information, Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. Corrin succeeds Patrick Trembeth, who had a one-year temporary appointment.

Constitution Day – September 17

Microsoft Word - ConstitutionDay_2014_flyer2.docxWednesday, September 17, 4:30 pm, Posner Center. Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Constitution Day celebration will feature a talk by Ms. Mary Jo Miller, a display of a rare copy of the first printing of the U. S. Bill of Rights, and an exhibit opening & reception. All members of the university community are encouraged to attend.

Ms. Miller will speak on “The Supreme Court and Privacy: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age.” Miller is a Staff Attorney for the Pennsylvania State Education Association and an adjunct professor at CMU in the Social and Decision Sciences Department. She teaches courses on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and serves as an advisor to the university’s Mock Trial Team, as a faculty reviewer of the Carnegie Mellon chapter of the student journal The Triple Helix, and as a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for International Relations and Politics. She earned her undergraduate degree in French from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and her J.D. from Duquesne University.

The Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments to the U. S. Constitution, guarantees personal freedoms, limits government power and reserves some powers to the states and public. James Madison introduced the amendments to the United States Congress in 1789. They came into effect on December 15, 1791 by ratification of three-fourths of the states. The copy on display is one of 28 copies in the first printing (two for each state) that were sent by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson to the state governors on March 1, 1792.

The Bill of Rights will be shown along with other rare books and documents from the Posner Memorial Collection in a new exhibit that will open on Constitution Day. Twelve highlights of the collection were selected to mark the 10th anniversary of the Posner Center, which houses meeting space for the university’s Board of Trustees and other university organizations, as well as collection and exhibition space for the Posner Memorial Collection of rare books and objets d’art. The exhibit includes works by Descartes, Omar Khayyám, Copernicus, Shakespeare, Euclid, Lewis Carroll, Galileo, Robert Hooke, Christopher Columbus, Francis Bacon, and Regiomontanus.

The anniversary exhibit will be open to the public on weekday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm though the fall semester. There will be an Open House at Posner Center on Saturday, October 11, from 11 am to 3 pm during Carnegie Mellon’s Cèilidh weekend.

CMU’s Constitution Day observance is sponsored by the Student Life Office and the University Libraries.

AR Economics Collection

Annual Reviews Economic Collection

Annual Reviews Economic Collection

Three new databases: CMU now has access to the latest Economics Collection (2013-2014) from Annual Reviews.

Annual Review of Economics
Annual Review of Financial Economics
Annual Review of Resource Economics


tr_logo_twitter_whtNew 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.

Internet Shakespeare Editions

ISEswan copyNew 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 writing, his life, the stage for which he wrote, the intellectual and literary life of the Renaissance, and a large record of current and historical performances, costume design and artifacts and more.


2014 big viewLibraries’ personnel gathered in the Peace Garden on July 17 for the annual Library Appreciation picnic.

Keith Webster offered observations on his first year as dean of libraries, and congratulated library faculty and staff who reached years of service milestones in 2014. Gloria Henning and Sue Collins were honored with Excellence Awards.

Excellence Awards

Award for Excellence in Library Citizenship to Gloria Henning—Gloria’s award acknowledges her work in planning, coordinating, calculating, documenting, and conducting the move [offsite] of large portions of the collections from each of Carnegie Mellon’s three libraries for the past two years. Her nominator stated: “I have selected the Citizenship category for her nomination because the work that Gloria is doing has been accomplished by successfully working cross-departmentally with a wide variety of library employees and across libraries in order to advance the needs and mission of the Libraries and the university.”

Award for Excellence in Productivity to Sue Collins—Sue has consistently volunteered to manage reference collection projects in Hunt Library and successfully carried them out in a timely manner. Her productivity was critical during our first space renovation and continues to positively impact our current plans to incorporate IDEATE service spaces. Sue has demonstrated her ability to meet organizational needs and challenge the status quo. Her colleagues in the library’s Research and Academic Services would agree that her commitment and dedication allowed our team to be efficient and the library to meet its goals; much of this work couldn’t have been accomplished without Sue’s leadership.

Dean Webster’s remarks

“I have learned much about our libraries over the past 12 months, and am confident that we are well positioned to support the university as President Suresh begins to set out the university’s future direction and priorities.

Today, I am honored to celebrate the contributions that all of you make to the university.  Each of you contributes immensely to the student experience, and to strengthening teaching, research and engagement across the university. Thank you for all that you do. I know the amount of effort that you put into your responsibilities and I assure you that your efforts are appreciated. You really do make a difference and I know that with your support, we can continue to inspire learning and discovery at Carnegie Mellon.

The past year has seen many activities of which we can all feel proud. For example, the Sorrells Library refurbishment was completed to great acclaim from students, our Library in Qatar celebrated its 10th anniversary, we have expanded considerably the information resources we provide to the university, and we have continued to evolve the Olive Project. Towards the end of the year we were presented with a fresh challenge, incorporating facilities for the IDEATE program into the Hunt Library. This has presented us with considerable disruption, and I have seen just how willingly so many of you have risen to the challenges of vacating spaces, being relocated, thinking creatively—all against tight deadlines. “

Honored for years of service

  • 10 years—Terrence Chiusano, Jillian Miller, Barry Schles
  • 15 years—Jeff Hinkelman
  • 20 years—Ona Taylor
  • 30 years—Erika Linke


New ambassador sworn in on e-reader

ebook swearing-inIn a “sign-of-the-times” moment on May 30, Suzi LeVine was sworn in as the United States’ newest Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein by raising her right hand and placing the left on a digital copy of the Constitution. Instead of a paper-bound book, she swore the oath on an e-reader. It is believed to be the first Oath of Office consecrated in non-book form.

Read article (Eric Levenson, The Wire, June 2 2014)