Category Archives: Mellon Institute Library


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



Open Access Q & A at the library

Oaweek2013_blogNext Q & A: Thursday, October 24. Three locations: Hunt, Sorrells and Mellon Institute libraries. Time: 12:30-2 pm.

Bring your questions about open access! What is it? Why is it? How do I do it? One-gig jump drive to the first 25 participants at each location each day. Snacks courtesy of CulinArt.

Part of CMU’s celebration of International Open Access Week, October 21-27.

Call for nominations (deadline June 1): Excellence Awards

The University Libraries are seeking nominations from any member of the CMU community for EXCELLENCE among library personnel in AY 2011-2012. Winner(s) will join a very distinguished list of those who have been recently recognized for their contributions to the Libraries, above and beyond day-to-day responsibilities.

2012 Excellence Awards Nomination form

Please send completed nomination forms  to Gloriana St. Clair, Dean of Libraries, Hunt Library no later than  June 1, 2012.

Award winners will be announced at the Libraries Appreciation Picnic honoring all CMU library personnel on Tuesday, June 12, at noon.

Library employees who have won Excellence Awards within the past 5 years are ineligible for nomination this year:

  • Alice Bright – 2008
  • Cindy Carroll – 2009
  • Kristin Heath – 2009
  • Mary Kay Johnsen – 2009
  • Nancy Koelbler – 2009
  • Arnette Loggins – 2010
  • Gabrielle Michalek – 2009
  • Jillian (Chisnell) Miller – 2009
  • Ethan Pullman – 2011
  • Maranda Reilly – 2009
  • Kim Sestili – 2007
  • Roye Werner – 2010

New Kindles!

The Universal Digital Library has donated six new Kindle readers to the University Libraries, and the library has loaded them with classic and popular fiction and non-fiction. Check out a Kindle by showing CMU ID at the Hunt Library, Engineering and Science Library or Mellon Institute Library circulation desks.

Libraries transfer more low-use materials into storage

This summer the University Libraries are making a concerted effort to transfer additional low-use materials from library collections to the newly expanded offsite storage facility located on Penn Avenue. Funded by library donors and constructed in 2010, phase 2 of the Libraries’ offsite facility has effectively doubled available storage for low-use items. Stored materials are listed in the library catalog with a BY-REQUEST location code. They can be requested online and delivered for pickup at a campus library as
needed (24-hour turnaround).

The offsite storage expansion was strongly endorsed by the Student Advisory Council, Help Hunt, and the Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee. It was a top priority for students because sending more low-use materials off site will allow restoration of more reading and study space for library users. It will also free up space to house new university services in the Libraries, such as the proposed establishment of a writing center in Hunt Library. And less crowding on the shelves will make it easier for everyone
to find the newer books they want and need.

At Mellon Institute Library, another impetus to move low-use items into offsite storage was an agreement with the university to reallocate 5th floor stack area space to Mellon College of Science. Again, this decision was endorsed by students and faculty because the Libraries have pledged to use reallocation monies to improve 4th floor study and meeting spaces for MI Library users and, when possible, to replicate displaced journals, abstracts and indexes with digital backfiles or digital surrogates, which students and
faculty prefer.