Meet the JKM Library staff: Anna McDevitt

Posted in Meet the Staff on July 22nd, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

This year, we’ll be using the blog to introduce ourselves, and we’re starting off with Miss Anna McDevitt, who is working at JKM as an Access Services Aide this summer. Feel free to say hi to Anna next time you’re at the library.


Anna McDevitt

  • Has been playing the violin since 4th grade (Also plays the harp!)
  • Would be a chef if she could afford culinary school
  • Is a Library Access Services Aide here at JKM Library!

What made you want to get a job at the Library?

I love books, and the library seemed like the perfect place to work during my time at Chatham. It is a great environment with happy and friendly people, and it is comforting to me. I also wanted to see if being a librarian was something I would want to pursue after graduating college.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a vertebrae paleontologist. I’d been able to spell that word since I was 6, and I loved archaeology, especially dealing with Ancient Egypt so the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was my best friend (still is). Yet, when I turned 16, I gave up wanting to dig up dead things and being a paleontologist because I wanted to become a military battlefield historian specializing in World War II.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love working with the books! It is the obvious answer, but it is true. Working at the library has made me a better student, researcher, and assistant. I know where most books are in the library in my mind, so I know what sources I need to use for papers, and if we don’t have the books I need, I know how to get them. Working here has been great for me, especially as a history major. Also, the books smell really nice.

What’s the last thing you checked out?

Wisdom of Buddhism by Christmas Humphreys and My Life in France by Julia Child. I definitely recommend Julia Child’s autobiography because it has descriptions of amazingly delicious food and the places she paints in the pages for you take you back in time. You can almost hear her voice telling you the story. Wisdom of Buddhism is something I saw as I was shelving and grabbed it. Humphreys is one of the best people to read for a more detailed, yet still beginning level for understanding Buddhism and its teachings. I have been reading and practicing Buddhism for about a year and a half now, and I find his work very helpful and just lovely to read in general. (Note: My Life in France must be requested through EZ-Borrow, though if you really wanted it, you could submit a request to the library to buy it…)

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

I love the outdoor space. I think it’s amazing how you can be in Oakland, arrive in the Hill District, and end up Downtown, only to walk to the Point and have an amazing view of the rivers. The amount of green space makes me very happy. Even little ones, like Schenley Plaza in Oakland, are nice to relax and read a book in, catch some live music, or enjoy some good and cheap food. Frick Park is also very nice to walk through when you get some free time. I also enjoy the cemeteries we have here, particularly Allegheny and Homewood Cemeteries. They are beautifully decorated, in addition to all the cool, important people you can find buried in them. It’s only creepy at night, I promise. Also, those new food trucks you can find are pretty cool. We need more of those.

What’s one thing you think everyone should do while they live in the city? (This includes restaurant recommendations, of course)

Go to the Benedum Center or Heinz Hall! Going to see a musical or concert is always a fun time (but going to the Nutcracker is the best, in my opinion), and the places you can eat while down there are incredible. My favorite is Six Penn Kitchen. They have great cocktails that you can enjoy while you watch the kitchen cooking your food right from your table. I got this slow-roasted pork with homemade gnocchi in a tomato sauce once. To die for.

Having trouble accessing your favorite database?

Posted in Eloise Stevens, How-To, Library Resources on July 1st, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

interrobangsmallHi there! So today was the big switch from Ovid to EBSCO for the following databases:

  • EBM Reviews (renamed Cochrane Collection)
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO (including PsycArticles)
  • SocINDEX (replaced Social Work Abstracts)


As we work to update our links to these databases on the Library website, here’s a (relatively) easy way to access these databases.


  1. From JKM’s homepage, click Databases A-Z underneath the search toolbar
  2. Click the link for “Academic Search Premier” (It’s the first one-can’t miss it!)
  3. Above the EBSCOHost search bar, click the “Choose Databases” link (Pictured)asp
  4. Un-select Academic Search Premier and choose the database(s) that you’d like to search
  5. Tah-dah!


Soon enough, you’ll be able to search through your chosen database(s).

Thank you for your patience, and best of luck with your research!

Moving to EBSCO: PsycINFO, Medline, etc

Posted in Library Resources, New Resources on June 10th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

alertOn July 1st or shortly after, the following library databases will move from the Ovid platform to EBSCO:

  • EBM Reviews (will be renamed Cochrane Collection)
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO (including PsycArticles)
  • PsycTests
  • SocINDEX (replaces Social Work Abstracts)

If you have any saved search histories, projects, articles, alerts, etc within Ovid, you will no longer have access to those as of July 1. You will want to take a screen shot of this information so that you can replicate it within the relevant EBSCO database. If you would like assistance with this, please ask a librarian using the following options:

America: History and Life, June’s Database of the Month

Posted in Database Review, Eloise Stevens, Library Resources on June 8th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Ever wanted to do any research about anything that involves the United States and Canada? If so, you ought to know about  EBSCOHost’s America: History and Life.

The portraits of Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck, leaders of Shay’s Rebellion. This rebellion was in response to economic trouble of the 1780s and is seen as a potential cause of the replacement of the Articles of Confederation with the United States Constitution.

Attention students and faculty in: African American Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Global Policy Studies, History, International Studies, Law & Society, Media Arts, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies, Social Services Administration,Women’s Studies

AND MORE (I’m sure I’m missing at something)

America: History and Life bills itself as “The Definitive Database for the Past and Present of The United States and Canada”. With full-text coverage of over 260 journals and 80 books, indexing and abstracting of thousands of additional titles- including english abstracts of foreign-language articles, book review, and detailed, searchable reference, you gotta admit they have a point.

The database will look very familiar to those who have used EBSCOHost databases in the past. A nice feature of EBSCOHost is that you can search multiple databases simultaneously. Depending on what you are searching for, America: History and Life would likely pair nicely with many other databases, including Academic Search Premier, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Environment Complete, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, and World History Collection.

Canadian Women wearing plastic face protection from snowstorms in Montreal, 1939. While this image is of little historical significance to Canada, it sure looks cool.

Once you’ve selected the databases you want to search, I would go straight to the advanced search feature, where you can find material by Title, author, subject, or look for phrases within the abstract or the full text. Another wonderful feature of America: History and Life is the many ways to you can limit your search. A simple click, and you can make sure that everything your search returns is the full article or book. It’s just as easy to limit your search by publication year, type of material, (A book versus an article versus a book review, for example) make sure your results are peer-reviewed, or look for publications that include images or graphs.

One thing about America: History and Life that disappoints this reviewer is a lack of primary sources. The database focuses on scholarly material of the late 20th century. While it’s great to know your strengths, even especially if you are a database- the researcher should keep in mind that resources you will find in America: History and Life are most likely secondary or tertiary, and will work best when combined with primary resources. Some places to look for great primary resources include:

The Chatham University Archives

Accessible Archives

The National Archives

The Library of Congress American Memory Project

EBSCOHost’s Newspaper Source

Fordham University Modern History Full Text Resources


Articles of (potential) interest from America:History and Life

Quigel, James P. “Steel and Steelworkers: Race and Class Struggle in Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh (Book).” Journal Of American History 90, no. 2 (September 2003): 729-731.

Smith, Michael B. 2001. “‘SILENCE, MISS CARSON!’ SCIENCE, GENDER, AND THE RECEPTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’.” Feminist Studies 27, no. 3: 733.


Posted in Display on June 6th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

The Islamic month of Ramadan begins on June 28th. The ninth month in the Muslim calendar, Ramadan is marked with fasting, prayer, and recitations from the Qur’an. The month of Ramadan is significant because it was during that time that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

This information was provided by Credo Reference. For more information about Islam, Muslim culture, and Ramadan, visit the Databases A-Z list and select Credo Reference. Try using their Basic Search or Mind Map features!

Click one of these titles to access the e-book from EBSCOHost:

LGBTQ Pride Month

Posted in Display on June 6th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

The JKM Library is remembering LGBTQ Pride Month with these books from the collection:

  • Queering the underworld: slumming, literature, and the undoing of lesbian and gay history by Scott Herring

  • Sexual fluidity: understanding women’s love and desire by Lisa M. Diamond

  • Gay lives by Robert Aldrich

  • The lesbian and gay movements: assimilation or liberation by Craig A. Rimmerman

Stop in and ask how you can find one of these or many other titles on LGBTQ culture!

Join Pittsburgh and celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with events downtown! On Sunday, June 15th starting at 12pm Liberty Ave. will be the site for Pittsburgh’s PrideFest with vendors, performers, and entertainment.

Jerry Caplan 1923-2004

Posted in Archives and Special Collections, Display, Events on June 5th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Jerry Caplan (1923-2004) waCaplans a Pittsburgh native and a beloved artists in the community.  His art career begin in the US Army as a member of the 84th Engineer Battalion where he and other artists constructed dummy boats, planes, and tanks as military camouflage.  After the war he was employed in the pipe industry, manufacturing large clay pipes.  Here Caplan gained inspiration for pipe sculptures and ceramics, which led to the creation of some of his seminal works.  Such works include Metamorphosis, a sculpture on the Chatham University campus located outside Mellon Hall.

Caplan greatly contributed to the Chatham community.  He was a well-loved art professor who inspired students and faculty alike.  He believed “the purpose of teaching…should be to help the student first, to think creatively, second, to see rather than just to look, third.”

Professor Jerry Caplan’s life and achievements are currently featured in a University Archives display on the first floor of the Jennie King Mellon Library.  The display includes one case devoted to a sketchbook and photographs of Caplan with Chatham students.  A second case focuses on Caplan’s military experiences and includes photographs and an excerpt from his unpublished memoir.  The final case highlights publications that discuss Caplan’s devotion to teaching and his creative work.Caplan with Students

This display complements the current exhibition in the Chatham Art Gallery, Jerry Caplan and Donna Hollen Bolmgren: Partners in Art.  The exhibition opens tomorrow, June 5th, for Reunion Weekend and runs through August 22nd.  Featured are works of art in the Chatham University Art Collection, including self-portraits and other subjects in oil, drawings in charcoal and pastel, handmade paper, and sculpture in ceramic and plaster.


From Page to Screen Results (A Post of Lists)

Posted in Display, Eloise Stevens, Media on May 31st, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Erich Von Stroher’s 1925′s “Greed” was the first motion picture made based upon a book. It is rumored that the director wanted to be as true to the book as possible, and the director’s original cut was nine and a half hours long.

Summertime is the time for relaxation and enjoyment- but we know better than that. Now that you don’t need to worry about answering questions that your professors are asking, you can ask some questions of your own. Big questions, nothing but the most pressing, most important questions- the ones that can keep you up late into the night.

Why are we here?

What are my responsibilities to the human race, the earth, the universe?

Is death the end? Is anything irreparable?

Is the book always better than the movie?

Recently, we asked you what was your favorite book that had been turned into a movie and we got an awful lot of different and interesting responses; running the Gambit from new, popular books and movies, like The Hunger Games and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid to classic pairings like Pride and Prejudice and The Count of Monte Cristo. Many of the books, and some of the movies we have here at the library!


The following lists encapsulate what you’ve written as your favorite books that have been turned into movies (or your favorite movies based on books). Hopefully these resources can help you in answering the question, Is the book always better?

Favorite Pairings that the Library has both versions of

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Book-The Lord of the Rings

 DVD- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

To Kill a Mockingbird




Listed items we have the Book for

The Hobbit

Pride and Prejudice

Downloadable E-Book

The Hunger Games Series

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mocking Jay

Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Great Gatsby

The Watchman

Wise Blood


Schindler’s List

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The Virgin Suicides

Ghost World

Snow White

The Count of Monte Cristo



Alice in Wonderland

Life of Pi

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest

Stories we have the movie version of, but not the book

The Godfather


Other favorites (As a temporary or full-time resident of Pittsburgh, you’ll likely be able to gain access to many of these titles through the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh System)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Princess Bride

The World According to Garp

The Shining

Howls Moving Castle

Whip It/Derby Girl

Never Let Me Go

Time Travelers Wife

The Host

The Fog

The Golden Compass

The Children of Men

Half of a Yellow Sun

50 Shades of Grey

A Walk to Remember

How to Train your Dragon


Here are some other book/movie pairing we have that were not mentioned

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Dirt! The movie

Ben Hur: A Tale of The Christ (Book)

Ben Hur: Film (Movie)

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (Movie)

The Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies (Movie)

The Odyssey

O Brother, Where Art Thou (A Loose adaptation)

Sense and Sensibility

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

The Wizard of OZ

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek (Movie)

Movies at the JKM Library that you may not have known were originally based on books

American Splendor

Blade Runner

I, Robot

The Basketball Diaries

The Graduate

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Mystic River

The Notebook

Practical Magic




Upcoming movies based on books we have here at Chatham

The Fault in Our Stars

The Giver

Gone Girl

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Thérèse Raquin

A Book of Common Prayer

Far from the Maddening Crowd

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage!

Posted in Display on May 7th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

The month of May is dedicated to celebrating Jewish heritage in American history. Remember the past and celebrate the future with resources from the JKM Library, which are on display on the First Floor.

Take a moment to explore this timeline of Jewish American history from the Library of Congress. Or, watch PBS’s new documentary series from acclaimed filmmaker Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews. Learn about local history with a trip down to Pittsburgh’s Strip District to visit the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center for a look at some of the vibrant Jewish communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.


Posted in Display on April 29th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon/;

to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

James, Henry (1843 – 1916)

Have a safe and wonderful summer break! Looking for a breezy beach read, stop into the JKM Library before your summer vacation.