From Page to Screen

Posted in Display, Uncategorized on April 16th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Do you have a favorite book to film adaptation? Weigh in on our window poll at the library during finals week, then make your way inside to check out a film from the collection. Just in time to unwind from finals anxiety, treat yourself to some down time with one of the following films or others on display on the First Floor:

Je4112For classics transformed for the silver screen try one of the many adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The first film version of Jane Eyre hit the screen in 1910 and the latest was released in 2011….Over 100 years of this Gothic classic!

Looking for an epic movie marathon? Check out the film adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The total running time for the extended edition on DVD is 681 minutes or 11.35 hours. Recommended for only the most stalwart movie watchers.


For those who enjoy comic books and graphic novels, try Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis or Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. The former is told through Satrapi’s recognizable black and white illustrations in French with English subtitles. In the live action retelling, Hugo Weaving’s V brings to life the masked revolutionary.

9783145_detOn display are also a few lesser known adaptations. Did you know that the character Zorro first appeared as serialized stories in 1919? Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zita Jones starred in the film released in the mid-1990s. And don’t miss the Cohen brothers’ film, O Brother Where art Thou, which is loosely based on on Homer’s The Odyssey. Can you identify some of the familiar themes and images that were preserved in the film?



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Explore the World With Global Road Warrior

Posted in Library Resources on April 12th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment
Summer Residence of the King of Thailand

Summer Residence of the King of Thailand

Are you travelling the world this summer? Or do you just wish you were? Either way, April’s database of the month, Global Road Warrior is an informative, and dare I say- fun database for you to explore.

Global Road Warrior was created by the World Trade Press, a company devoted to providing up-to-date information and media to researchers, travelers, educators, and professionals. Their hope is to facilitate better global understanding.

Global Road Warrior accomplishes this with a great breadth of knowledge and information about most of the world’s nations. This database includes information about business culture, travel tips, security briefing, human rights reports, popular recipes, translations of common words and phrases into 36 languages.

There are a few ways to search this database. Selecting a specific country from the drop-down list or finding it on the world map will probably be most useful for most of your needs. Once you are on a country’s page you will find information about the land, people, history, and current condition of the nation in question- with a sidebar where you will find links to much more information.

From the homepage you can also search for words or phrases in one particular page or across the entire database. The later could be useful if you have a very specific phrase that you’d like to compare across nations- but it usually returns too many results.

Although a few smaller island nations seem to be excluded, Global Road Warrior has no small amount of information on 176 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. With Global Road Warrior, you can pretend you’re traveling the world even if you can’t afford it- and doesn’t that sound like more fun than yet another Netflix marathon?

Gwen Ifill Awarded Elsie Hillman Chair

Posted in Display, Events, New Resources on April 9th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

elsieOn April 2nd Chatham University was honored to host Gwen Ifill, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics’ 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair.  Ifill, who works as moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour, delivered a speech entitled “Politics, Policy, and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington.”  With a long history in Washington, D.C.’s halls of power covering politics and moderating two vice-presidential debates, Ifill shared with attendees her experience and respect for women past, present, and future.

Ifill eloquently reflects on her evening spent with Elsie Hillman on PBS’ website, how she admires and deeply respects Hillman’s work in politics as a woman.  Hillman’s rise as a strong leader in Pittsburgh, PA and as a principal member of the Republican National Convention are recorded in Never a spectator : the political life of Elsie Hillman by Kathy McCauley–on the New Books display on the first floor of the JKM Library–and served as inspiration for Ifill.

5 Ways that the Library Will Help You Survive Finals

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Believe it or not, Summer is just around the corner. But before you can relax, vacation, and have your parents do your laundry, you still have papers to write, presentations to make, and exams to take. It’s rough, but no need to stress out too much- we’re here to help. Here are some of the ways that the library can make finals a little bit more bearable.

Sleeping Student

Unfortunately, beds are not something that we provide.

Late nights: During finals you might have some pretty late nights, and we’ll stay up late with you. April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, the library will be open until 2am. If you really want to break the dawn, feel free to use the 24 hour computer lab located in the library entrance.

Study rooms: It can be hard to focus in your room, The Jennie King Mellon Library offers group and individual study rooms you can use to write papers, finalize presentations, and study. During finals group study rooms are very popular, so we suggest that you book them in advance by stopping by the library circulation desk or emailing Individual rooms can be borrowed for 4 hours, but no reservations are allowed- they are first-come, first-served.

Research Help: As always, we are here to help you with your research. We’ll help you find that article on Art-Deco architecture by that guy who’s name starts with H, or the best places to find primary sources to find a primary source. Stop by the reference desk, email, call us, send us an instant message through our website, or text us at 724-919-4645 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Citation and Writing: Often the worst part of writing that big paper is worrying about getting your sources cited just right. We have a collection of resources on just about any citation style you need to work with as well as information about when and where to cite, and how to avoid plagiarism. Need someone to look over your bibliography or your whole paper? Make an appointment at the PACE Center on the third floor and have someone review your work.

Blowing off steam: So finals are over and you have some time to kill? Or maybe you’ll go crazy if you have to study for one more minute? Don’t worry- we can help! Did you know that your library is also a library? We have a variety of popular books and movies you can unwind with- Maybe a viewing of Pixar’s Brave will help you be just that.

So while you’re burning that midnight oil, and writing what feels like endless papers don’t forget your library. Whether you’re in the library itself or studying from the comfort of your own home, we’ll be here with ways to make your life a little bit easier.


International Edible Books Festival Prizewinners

Posted in Events on April 3rd, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Chatham University’s third annual celebration of the International Edible Books Festival was a great success! Thanks to all who participated and dropped by to try these fabulous books.

We are also very grateful to our fabulous judges for making the very difficult decision of determining the winners for all prizes except Most Popular Vote: Wenying Xu, Alice Julier, Dave Hassenzahl, and Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh.

Photos from the event can be found on the library’s Facebook page.

Without further ado, the prizewinning books were:

Award: Most Sustainable

Winner: Dan Nolting for Leaves of Grass

Award: Most Creative Literary Interpretation

Winner: Mary Whitney for Melting Glaciers

Winner: Mary Whitney for Melting Glaciers

Award: Most Creative Ingredients/Use of Ingredients

Winner: Hillary Hassenzahl for Phantom Tollbooth

Winner: Hillary Hassenzahl for Phantom Tollbooth

Award: Most Popular Vote

Winner: Cindy Kerr for Twilight

Winner: Cindy Kerr for Twilight

Award: Grand Prize

Winner: Amy Lee Heinlen for A Separate Peace

Winner: Amy Lee Heinlen for A Separate Peace

Several of us librarians were also incredibly taken with the effort and beautiful display of a series of Dr. Seuss books. This display also came in a very close second for the Most Popular Vote contest, so we’re awarding them an Honorable Mention!

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Waltenbaugh, Tess Scibilia, & Lorraine Yanjtovich for five Dr. Seuss books

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Waltenbaugh, Tess Scibilia, & Lorraine Yanjtovich for five Dr. Seuss books

National Poetry Month

Posted in Display on April 2nd, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by coming into the library and discovering one of the poets on display. Try your hand at writing a little poetry this month, or if you’re already a skilled wordsmith, test a new style of poetry with this handy website. Thinking of browsing the library collection for poetry that fits your fancy? Ask a librarian or visit the 800s on the Third Floor.

Snack on one of these fresh titles!

Posted in Display on April 2nd, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Whether you’re a skilled cook or simply love to eat yummy treats, come into the library and pick up a book about food. There’s definitely something for everyone’s palate, from cookbooks to a documentary on community gardening. Get wisdom from the greats, Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher, or discover a new voice.

Database Review: Counseling and Therapy in Video

Posted in Library Resources on March 22nd, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Counseling and Therapy in Video

  • Has 356 videos totaling  409 hours of content

  • Includes real and staged counseling sessions along with lectures and presentations by renowned therapists

  • Includes expert commentary on staged counseling sessions

  • Has a great advanced search feature, and each video has a searchable transcript

  • Allows you to create your own video compilations and add annotations

  • Is a great resource for students and faculty in psychology, social work, integrative health studies, and education


Counseling and Therapy in Video is exactly what it sounds like- a database of videos related to counseling and therapy. Site resources include lectures by and interviews with renowned therapists as well as real and scripted therapy sessions. Many of the counseling footage is blended with commentary and consultations, where scenes are cut with advice and analysis by an expert therapist.

The best way to access this database (other than the link at the top of this post) is by clicking “Databases A-Z” under the “Articles and Databases” tab on the home page. Counseling and Therapy in Video is the second to last of the databases that start with C. This database can also be found in the Psychology subject guide under the “Find Articles” tab.

Once in the Database you can browse the videos by subject, theme, or video type. If you have a specific idea of what you are looking for, you should click the “Advanced Search” button beneath the header. In advanced search, you can search by title, subject, and date, but you can also search the transcripts of the videos, or narrow down your results by the gender, and race the therapist or the age, gender, race, and sexual orientation of the client. This could be particularly useful if you are seeking counseling resources specific to particular groups.

Each video has a detailed, searchable transcript, along with a brief abstract. What’s even more exciting is that the video interface gives the viewer the ability to make clips from the video, and combine clips and videos into annotated playlists. Combined with the video embed feature, the ability to make and share clips can be a great tool for including brief, relevant audiovisual elements to classroom projects easily and seamlessly.

If you need help with Counseling and Therapy In Video, or any of the library’s database, please do not hesitate to come to the library, if you don’t want to come over, feel free to e-mail the reference desk, or Psychology Liaison Librarian, Kate Wenger.


Join us for the International Edible Book Festival!

Posted in Events on March 11th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment
Last Year's Grand Prize Winner: Passover Haggadah

Last Year’s Grand Prize Winner: Passover Haggadah

Join us in the JKM Library for Chatham’s third celebration of The International Edible Book Festival sponsored by the JKM Library and the Food Studies Program on Tuesday, April 1st from 4:30-5:30. According to the official website (, “This festival is a celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book; it is also a deeper reflection on our attachment to food and our cultural differences.”

Schedule of events:
- 3:30pm – 4:00: All entries must be dropped off in the JKM Library lobby.
- 4:00 – 4:30: Books will be on display and viewers can vote for their favorite for the “Most Popular Votes” prize.
- 4:30 – 5:00: Edible Book tasting
- 5:00 – 5:15: Edible Book Judging (and tallying of Most Popular Votes)
- 5:15: Prize winning edible books will be announced.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
1) Grand Prize (based on overall taste, presentation and creativity)
2) Most Creative Literary Interpretation
3) Most Creative Ingredients/Use of Ingredients
4) Most Sustainable
5) Most Popular Vote

1) To submit an edible book, register on myChatham or here:
2) All edible book entries must be “bookish” through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.
3) Your “books” will be consumed, so please list all ingredients for those with food allergies. Also, if you’re attempting to win the “Most Sustainable” prize, be sure to list all sustainable elements, such as local, organic, fair trade, net zero energy use, or recycled.
4) Please bring a serving utensil for your dish.
5) All books must be dropped off in the library lobby between 3:30pm and 4:00 on Tuesday, April 1st.

Banish the winter blues with one of these books!

Posted in Display, Uncategorized on March 9th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment


Distract yourself from the prolonged cold and snow with a book that takes you out into nature! Whether it’s a safari in Kenya, a poor girl’s wanderings on the moors in England, or one farmer’s reflections from the Midwest, transport yourself.

For exotic climates try either Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen or The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. Dinesen’s autobiographical book was adapted for the screen in 1985 and stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.

E.M. Forster captures the romance of the Italian countryside in his story about a young girl who finds love on holiday–also available as a film . The heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, loses herself amidst the sights of Florence, Italy and the scenic descriptions are sure to sweep up the reader as well.

Pick up one of three biographies on children’s author and artist Beatrix Potter. Potter is famous for her watercolor illustrations and the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, and friends.

Wander the moors of northern England with Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte) and Catherine Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte). Both are well-known for their dark, romantic settings. You can also find numerous film adaptations of both.

For poetry-lovers, try a collection of poems by Englishman Gerard Manley Hopkins. His poems were influenced by his extensive travels around the United Kingdom.

For nature a little closer to home–Wendell Berry is a farmer and outspoken advocate for simple living from America’s Midwest. In his nonfiction, stories, and poems Berry tries to capture his love and respect for the land and people who work it.



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