Category Archives: Sorrells Engineering & Science 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.

Trial Access to IEEE Interactive Courses

CMU Libraries have trial access to interactive IEEE courses for the month of October. Get login instructions & send comments to

IEEE English for Engineering – Communication skills and specialized English language knowledge for engineers and technical professionals. Includes free placement test for a recommended path of study.

IEEE eLearning Library – A system of educational courses from IEEE conferences and workshops around the world.

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

Naming of the Engineering and Science Library

From provost Mark Kamlet:  I am very pleased to announce that the Engineering and Science Library has a new name—The Roger Sorrells Engineering and Science Library.

No doubt, many of you knew Roger Sorrells, the longtime partner of our Dean of Universities Libraries, Gloriana  St. Clair.  But, for those of you who did not get to know Roger, let me tell you a bit about this quiet, renaissance man from Louisiana who became a steadfast supporter of Carnegie Mellon.

Roger received his B.S. in physics and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Texas.  He served on the mathematics faculty at both San Antonio College and Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  His love of computing was sparked while he was at San Antonio College, which led him to become a computer scientist and work toward a Ph.D. in this area at Texas A&M University.  Ultimately leading the Help Desk there, Roger was renowned for his ability to troubleshoot computer programs.  In 1991, he received the President’s Meritorious Service Award from A&M before retiring the following year.  His intellectual curiosity and commitment to helping others flourished throughout his life as evidenced by his work with the World Shakespeare Bibliography, the Chautauqua Institute, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Compassionate Friends, and the Lions Club.  Roger’s adventurous nature was also reflected in his array of outdoor activities where he loved to bike, hike, spelunk, and snorkel.  After retiring and relocating to Pittsburgh, he became deeply involved in activities at Carnegie Mellon, including the Million Book project.  He was also founding member of the Highlands Circle donor society at CMU.

Roger lost his courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease in September of this year.  In memory of his never-ending thirst for learning and love of computation, Gloriana made a gift of $900,000 to name our engineering and science library for him.

A formal ceremony to commemorate the renaming of the library will take place later this year.  In the meantime, I hope you will join me in both thanking Gloriana for her incredible generosity and to take a few minutes to quietly reflect on the life of a man who became a proud Pittsburgher and member of the CMU community.

Exhibit: Remember Hiroshima; Imagining Peace

Exhibit is in Hunt Library (1st and 4th floors) and the Engineering and Science Library through October. Courtesy of the Office of Student Affairs.

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.