Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project Digital Archive

CMU Libraries have completed the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project, a digital archive documenting daily life in the Pittsburgh Jewish community from 1895 to the present. The full text archive providing an unparalleled look back into more than a century of life in Pittsburgh is fully searchable, free and open to the public at http://ptfs.library.cmu.edu/pjn.

For the complete press release: http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/july/july8_jewishnewsarchive.html

Hunt Library Elevator Under Repair

From Tuesday, June 25, through mid-August, the elevator will be out of service (total shutdown) for major electrical repair. The library will be open, but access to the upper floors and basement will be by stairs only. The library can provide some help for those unable to use stairs. Please contact Erika Linke if you have questions or concerns, linke@cmu.edu or 412-268-7800.

University announces new Dean of Libraries

In an email to the university community May 21, Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet announced that Keith Webster will be Carnegie Mellon’s next Dean of the Libraries, effective July 1. He succeeds Gloriana St. Clair, who is stepping down after serving as dean for 15 years.

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community:Keith Webster

On behalf of President Jared L. Cohon, I am delighted to announce that Keith Webster will be Carnegie Mellon’s next Dean of the Libraries. He will hold the rank of Principal Librarian and will also have a courtesy academic appointment at the H. John Heinz III College. His appointment will begin July 1.

Prior to his appointment to Carnegie Mellon, Keith was vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, one of the largest libraries in the southern hemisphere, where he supervised a staff of 250. His prior positions include university librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, and head of information rights at HM Treasury, London, United Kingdom. … More

The storms

Originally posted on The Library Times:

A note from Gloriana St. Clair’s college roommate, Theresa Jaye, in Oklahoma:

I woke to the sound of thunder at 5:13 am – no one in okieland today could go back to sleep hearing that rumbling. as i rose, i could see sharp, white lightning splitting the clouds, and the bob seger line went with me as i found the morning weather report: “woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off, i sat and wonder, starting humming a tune from 1962″

while i counted the seconds between lightning and thunder, the weather said it was thunderstorms only, no tornado cell like the one that put oklahoma into the news. then the rains started and i drifted back to sleep in the easy chair for another hour, rising to a full-on storm (poor rescue workers in Moore, 9 miles north of here).

two of our libraries are closed…

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CMU READ, 2000-2013

In 2000, Dean of University Libraries Gloriana St. Clair launched a series of greeting cards that she used throughout her tenure for informal correspondence and semi-annual outreach to colleagues and friends. Modeled on theREAD cohons_150x200 American Library Association’s long-running READ campaign, which champions books and reading and features popular celebrities, St. Clair’s READ initiative featured members of the university community with their favorite books. Beginning with university President Jared Cohon and his wife Maureen, READ honorees have included trustees and administrators, deans, donors, faculty members and students.  Along with the cards, St. Clair also produced limited edition READ posters as gifts for the honorees and to display in the Libraries.

This exhibit celebrates St. Clair’s READ series and its many participants, with particular acknowledgment of St. Clair and Cohon, both of whom will step down from their positions in summer 2013. Their favorite books and some READ selections from the Posner Memorial Collection will be among items displayed.

Posner Center, Carnegie Mellon University.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 1 – 4 pm, or by appointment.
May 1 through August 16.

Dean of Libraries’ Final Chapter at CMU

In the original 1960s television series Star Trek, all one had to do was ask the ship’s computer a question and it would automatically search through every book ever written to find the relevant information for the answer.

ThisglorianaStClair_236x236 is what Gloriana St. Clair, Carnegie Mellon’s dean of University Libraries, hopes for the future of libraries. …

Read the story by Emily Dobler in The Tartan  (April 30, 2013)

Call for Library Excellence Award Nominees

Originally posted on The Library Times:

From now until May 10, the Library Awards Committee is accepting nominations for awards from the CMU community.

The annual Excellence Award recognizes library employees’ excellence in any of 5 areas: Citizenship, Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Outreach, or Productivity. The Transformation Award, new this year, recognizes library employees for activities that have dramatically changed thought or action within the Libraries.

Nomination forms and library award program details.

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