Meet the JKM Library Staff: Jessa Darwin

Posted in Meet the Staff on October 15th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Jessa Darwin:

Jessa

  • Wanted to be one of the X-Men when she grew up (But probably has to settle for one of the New Mutants- Karma was a librarian for a while)
  • Would prefer if you didn’t ask about her library fines
  • Is a reference associate here at JKM Library

What do you do here at The Jennie King Mellon Library?

I work at the Reference Desk in the late hours of the evening.

What made you choose your current profession?

I decided to go to library school after studying abroad my junior year at university. I was studying philosophy and English literature because I loved both subjects but I wanted to put my love of Heidegger and Woolf to good use. In 2010 I was studying at Oxford in England and spent 6 to 8 hours a day in the libraries. I loved the hunt for the book or article that I needed to complete an assignment and grew to value the role of the librarians there. Not to mention the atmosphere created by such beautiful buildings and collections.

I’ve since discovered a lot of things to love about libraries! I’m interested in Information Literacy and introducing people to new forms of reading besides books. When I’m at work at the public library I try my hardest to introduce kids to visual media like comic books and graphic novels, which I think are awesome ways for them to experience stories and information.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I’m an introvert but I love when I get to talk to someone about their research or reading interests. It’s fun finding out why people look for the things that they do.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Binge watch TV shows on Netflix or read. When the weather’s nice—and sometimes when it isn’t—I like to walk around the city and have lunch or dinner out.

What’s the last thing you checked out?

 I check out and never read a lot of books. I think that’s a big librarian secret. I think, “Oh, I’d love to read that!” and then it sits next to my bed for 3 weeks…or 5. Don’t ask about my library fines, it’s embarrassing.

I recently read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I have an unhealthy addiction to crime TV shows and this book fueled that fire. Written for young adults, it’s about a group of gifted teens who are recruited by the FBI to help with homicide investigations. It’s fairly realistic; although their referred to as “abilities” they aren’t superpowers. It’s more along the lines of Sherlock Holmes’ gift of deduction. The sequel is coming in November!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

The food scene, hands down.

What’s one thing you think everyone should do while they live in the city? 

Just one?!  

Meet the JKM Library Staff- Dan Nolting

Posted in Meet the Staff on October 5th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

Dan Nolting

dan

 

  • Was scouted by the Cincinnati Reds while playing baseball in high-school
  • Has a patent (And we can only speculate what it’s for!)
  • Is your Head of Technical Services here at JKM Library!

 

What made you choose your current profession?

  • It chose me

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

  • Astronaut Fireman Quarterback

What’s your favorite part of your job?

  • Adding something new and useful to the collection at the highest possible library standard allowed by the time that I have

If you could do one thing to change/improve the JKM Library- with no worries about time or expense, what would you do?

  • Expand in all directions to house more books, including space for art exhibits, a movie house, coffee shop and a virtual holodeck for unlimited sensory experiences of literature, art and movies.

What do you like to do on your days off?

  • Triathlon training

What’s the last thing you checked out? (Brief reviews are appreciated)

  • Dinosaur Rescue!” / Penny Dale – Although no true protagonists were clearly defined, the juxtapositioning of the pretentious artwork managed to balance out the feigned plot.

What book do you think everyone should read? Why?

  • “Tao-tê ching” – just because

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

The academic atmosphere

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

Ride a bike up McArdle Roadway to Mount Washington – it will change your life

 

October Reads: Scary Tales, Curious Mysteries, and Terrifying Monsters!

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

It’s officially October and time to find some good reading material!  Check out our display of scary tales, curious mysteries, and terrifying creatures-all sure to set the mood for the upcoming Halloween holiday.  For those who love vampires, we have Dracula, The Historian, and The Vampire Lestat.  There’s also more classic titleshalloween-150363_640 such as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Turn of the Screw.  We are also featuring some select horror films along with some books about monster makeup in movies.  Stop by today and see what there is for you to pick up!

Don’t forget to check out An Evening with Poe” which features two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous short stories: The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. This performance will keep you on the edge of your seat and get you in the Halloween spirit! Directed by Don DiGiulio and John Michnya.

October 17, 2014 to October 18, 2014
7:30 PM
Eden Hall Campus – Large Barn

LGBT History Month

Posted in Display, Uncategorized on October 1st, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

The JKM Library is commemorating LGBT History Month during October with a book display of items from the collection. Come into the library to check out one of these great titles on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and culture. Popular and documentary films are also available.

Check out one of these upcoming campus events:

ILLiad Outage Sept 30: 10am-noon

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24th, 2014 by library – Comments Off

alertILLiad will be down from 10 a.m. to noon this coming Tuesday, Sept. 30th for an upgrade.

During this time, you will be unable to request materials through ILLiad or retrieve ones that have arrived. However, as soon as the upgrade is complete, access will be restored.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk:

Call: 412-365-1670
Text: 724-919-4645
Email: JKMRef@Chatham.edu

Residence Life Event: Cultural Dinner

Posted in Display on September 22nd, 2014 by library – Comments Off

On Sunday, September 28th Chatham students are invited to gather on the Quad for a global meal. The food will be prepared by other students and will reflect their home culinary traditions.

To celebrate this festive meal the JKM Library is highlighting food writing and traditions from around the world! Check out the book display on the First Floor for essays, memoirs, and cookbooks reflecting the diversity of culture represented through food.

Look for:

  • Street food around the world : an encyclopedia of food and culture — The publication’s editors travel around the world studying affordable and simple food traditions. The book includes recipes too!
  • Que vivan los tamales! : food and the making of Mexican identity – An historical approach to the shaping and influences of Mexican food culture.
  • Endless feasts : sixty years of writing from Gourmet – Read about M.F.K. Fisher’s travels through Switzerland; Ray Bradbury’s musings on dandelion wine; and James Beard’s lesson in pasta.

Have you discovered a favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh? Whether the cuisine is new or reminds you of your traditions at home, we want to know! Leave a restaurant recommendation for someone. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next dinner out, take a recommendation with you!

Meet the JKM Staff- Circulation Owl

Posted in Meet the Staff on September 20th, 2014 by library – 1 Comment

Circulation Owl:

Circulation Owl

  • Was gifted by a former student and is apparently named Hedwig
  • Is very dapper
  • Is your Circulation Owl here at JKM Library!

 

What do you do here at The Jennie King Mellon Library?

[Silence]

 

Interviewers note: I waited until I had to go home. It seems like for now, Circulation Owl wants to remain as enigmatic as ever. Please tune in next time for a more lively  interview- probably with a human being!

Film Screening: Connected By Coffee

Posted in Display on September 10th, 2014 by library – 2 Comments

Naturality, a “student-led organization at Chatham University that advocates for health, nutrition, sustainability, and environmental activism issues,” is hosting a screening of the documentary Connected By Coffee on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00pm in the Rea Coffeehouse. cbc_posterimage_3-31-14The film documents the travels of two American roasters through coffee cooperatives in four Central and South American Countries. The filmmakers explore the social and economic effects of the coffee growing industry in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Visit the film’s website before and after the viewing for resources to get involved in your community and around the world! Or, visit the Book Display on the library’s First Floor for books on economics, industrialism, and development in Latin America.

Shopping for Fair Trade and Equal Exchange products is one way that you can impact the lives of growers around the world. One of the companies that works to provide fair wages and policies for coffee farmers (and growers of other produce) is Equal Exchange.Equal-Exchange-logo Their website provides a helpful country by country history of the coffee industry and socioeconomic impact of the crop. You can learn more about the products in your grocery store by looking for their logo and reading descriptions of their practices online.

If you’re interested in social documentaries, check out one of these similar titles:

  • The Take (2006) – A group of Argentinian automotive workers take over a factory following the 2001 economic collapse.
  • The Future of Food (2004) – Are there consequences to what you eat?
  • Black Gold (2006) – Discover the injustices behind your morning cuppa Joe.

Meet the JKM Library staff: Kate Wenger

Posted in Meet the Staff on September 10th, 2014 by library – Comments Off

Kate Wenger

  • Spent the summer of 2013 backpacking across Europe with her husband
  • Owns a compound bow and arrow set, promises not to use it on sleepy students
  • Is your reference librarian here at JKM Library!
You've probably seen this picture of Kate around the library's website.

You’ve probably seen this picture of Kate around the library’s website.

What do you do here at The Jennie King Mellon Library?

Perhaps an easier question to answer would be: what don’t I do?  I spend a fair bit of time at the reference desk eagerly awaiting questions from Chatham students, faculty, and staff. I also go into classes to teach students how to find the information they need for their assignments. Marketing library resources falls to me as well, so I coordinate our library newsletter, blog, Facebook page, displays, brochures, workshops, and more. I also keep track of student publications and send reminder emails to students to submit their tutorials, theses, dissertations, or capstones to the library.

What made you choose your current profession?

My mom, actually. When I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in English and psychology, I knew I was not interested in pursuing a career or more schooling in either of those at that time. My mom suggested a degree in library science, and it turned out to be a perfect fit!

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

A teacher – guess that sort of worked out since I do go into classes to teach library research.

You probably haven't seen this picture of Kate yet, but you should. (And now you have!)

You probably haven’t seen this picture of Kate yet, but you should. (And now you have!)

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Working with Chatham students, faculty, and staff! I get the most satisfaction out of helping people find the information they need, and I also really enjoy learning about the topics folks are researching.

If you could do one thing to change/improve the JKM Library- with no worries about time or expense, what would you do?

It’s hard to pick just one thing, but a bunch of them fall into one category: building/space improvements. I’d love to add more comfortable seating, more outlets, portable whiteboards around the building, and other useful things to make the library an even better place to hang out, study, and do research.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Read! I suppose that’s not particularly surprising. When the weather is nice, I love spending time outside – walking/hiking, gardening, or even just reading. I’ve also dabbled in making earrings, and I have a lot of house plants.

What book do you think everyone should read? Why?

I honestly don’t think there’s one book that everyone should read. I prefer to help folks find books they will enjoy. If I had to pick something, I do think some of the popular positive psychology works are beneficial reads – Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is particularly good.

What’s one thing you think everyone should do while they live in the city?

Enjoy the restaurants. There are so many good ones. Some of my favorites are Coriander (Indian food in Squirrel Hill), Silk Elephant/Bangkok Balcony (Thai in Squirrel Hill), Point Brugge (Belgian food in Point Breeze – get the mussels in white sauce and some frites!), and the Church Brew Works.

Eden Hall Historical Collection Now Available

Posted in Archives and Special Collections, New Resources on August 28th, 2014 by library – Comments Off

In 2008, the Eden Hall Foundation gifted Eden Hall Farm to Chatham University. Located in Gibsonia, PA, Eden Hall Farm was originally developed and built by H. J. Heinz, Co.  executive Sebastian Mueller (1860-1938) to serve as a convalescent home and vacation retreat for the female employees of Heinz. In his later years, Mueller dictated his express wishes for the continuation of his project in his Last Will and Testament and appointed trustees for the farm. Other than minor bequests, the entirety of Mueller’s estate went to establish Eden Hall Farm.

Eden Hall founder, Sebastian Mueller

Eden Hall founder, Sebastian Mueller

Although Eden Hall Farm was officially created in 1939, the farm did not open to guests until 1951 after construction was delayed due to the country’s involvement in WWII. The farm operated for the next thirty years as a non-profit corporation and any female employee of H.J. Heinz Co. could spend vacation and convalescent time there. In 2008, the Eden Hall Foundation gifted Eden Hall Farm to Chatham University with a mission to promote sustainability and empower women. Today, the Eden Hall Campus is undergoing significant changes from the retreat home of Heinz employees as work is underway to renovate and build a campus dedicated to sustainability that will serve more than 1,500 students. Following in the footsteps of one of Chatham’s most noted alumnae Rachel Carson, the Eden Hall Campus will incorporate sustainable designs which will render it a net-positive energy campus with natural water management strategies.

Mueller and young women at Eden Hall Farm

Mueller and young women at Eden Hall Farm

 

The Eden Hall Collection housed in the University Archives includes the history of Eden Hall Farm from its creation by Mueller until its donation to the University. The material covers a range of items, including the original land deeds of purchase by Mueller and his wife that comprise the area of Eden Hall Farm, the Last Will and Testament of Mueller, architectural and landscape designs of Eden Hall Farm, materials related to the estate of Mueller, numerous photographs of both Mueller in his lifetime as well as Eden Hall Farm and its female guests, and the creation of Eden Hall Upper Elementary School in 2007.