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 – Be the first to comment

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 – Be the first to comment

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.

Film Screening: Come Back, Africa

Posted in Display on August 23rd, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

The Chatham community is invited to a screening of Come Back, Africa by Lionel Rogosin. The film tells the story of a black South African named Zachariah living during the apartheid in the late 1950s.

When: Sunday, September 7th at 6pm

Where: Sanger Hall

Pizza and popcorn will be served! A discussion panel will follow the film. This event is brought to campus in collaboration with the Sembene Film Festival.

Before you attend the screening stop by the JKM Library for books on South Africa and the apartheid. A wide variety of materials are on display on the First Floor of the library; many will be available in the “Year of” display throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

Meet the JKM Library Staff- Rachel Rohrbaugh

Posted in Meet the Staff on August 20th, 2014 by library – Comments Off

Rachel Grove Rohrbaughrachel_tomato

  • Grew this extra-large tomato herself!
  • Once listed pizza among her top priorities
  • Is the Archivist and Public Services Librarian here at JKM Library!

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

I am the Archivist and Public Services Librarian.  In this role, I handle all aspects of the Chatham University Archives and the Jennie King Mellon Library Special Collections.  The Archives holds records, photographs, and other materials on the history of the school, and Special Collections is where we keep all of our rare and fragile books.

What made you choose your current profession?

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, I got a work study job in the Art History Slide Collection—now known as Visual Resources as everything moves into a digital format.  I thought it was wonderful how the librarians there got to learn about all these different periods in art history and didn’t have to focus on any one time or place.  It was there that I realized being a librarian would fuel my intellectual curiosity.  Then, after a summer volunteer position at the Pennsylvania State Archives, the whole world of archives opened up to me.  I loved the chance to work with one of a kind pieces of history.  There is so much excitement and potential in all the untold stories archives can hold.

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

When I was very small, I wanted to a be a waitress in a pizza parlor, because I figured the waiters and waitresses could eat all the pizza they wanted—What could be better?  As I got a little older, I was interested in being a children’s book illustrator and then later still a microbiologist.  I saw the movie And the Band Played On in health class, and it made working as a scientist for the CDC look incredibly exciting.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love working with students and faculty, especially when I can get a whole class into the Archives or Special Collections.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I love to travel when I can and especially love to eat new foods in each city I visit.  I also enjoy a laidback weekend camping trip with hiking, a campfire, and some quiet time in the woods.  When I’m not travelling I enjoy puttering around in my vegetable garden, playing tennis (poorly) in Arsenal Park, and catching up on my reading.

What’s the last thing you checked out? 

I always have tons of books checked out at once from both Chatham and the Carnegie Public Library.  Just yesterday evening I checked out In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, and When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.  One of the best books I’ve checked out recently at the Jennie King Mellon Library is Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.  I already loved the Netflix series based on the book, and I always enjoy a good memoir.  My favorite thing about Orange is the New Black are all the stories of the women she meets in prison.  The book really sheds light on the importance of prison reform and any movement towards keeping more folks out of prison for non-violent offences.

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

This isn’t something I’ve completely done myself, but I think everyone should try to visit as many neighborhoods as possible.  Every neighborhood has its own unique flavor and something fun to see or do.

Meet the JKM Library Staff: Erin Wolverton

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

Erin Wolverton:

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  •  Was born and raised in Michigan, and comes to Pittsburgh by way of Cleveland
  • Has her master’s in English
  • Claims that there’s nothing surprising about her (But we think that she’s just good at keeping secrets- we’ve never seen her and Batman in the same place…)
  • Works as a reference associate here at JKM Library

What made you choose your current profession

I got my Master’s degree in English but decided not to continue with the PhD for a variety of reasons. Then I was working at universities in student services for a long time. One day it dawned on me that I could combine what I knew about academic inquiry and the research process, and the satisfaction of assisting and being of use to people. So I dropped everything and ran to get an MLIS, which is almost completed.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The variety of reference questions. Some days I’m searching on nursing methodologies, and some days Pretenders albums.

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

I’d want to build a huge, huge collection that the building couldn’t possibly hold. Of course, Chatham still has enormous digital holdings, and I love digital books, too, but I still have a ton of physical books at home. And browsing shelves is so different from browsing digital records in the library catalog.

What’s the last thing you checked out?

I get most of my fiction from the Squirrel Hill branch of the CPL. I just read Dan Chaon’s Among the Missing, a collection of short stories about all the lives we don’t live because of the choices we make. The book was intense and sad and creepy, like practically everything Chaon writes. He teaches at Oberlin and occasionally writes obscure Cleveland locations into his work; he’s one of my favorite modern authors.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

The idiosyncrasies of the people who have been living here for many generations. I’m from the Midwest, but Pittsburghers are just different. You don’t hear ‘yinz’ anywhere else. Also weird things like putting French fries into the sandwiches instead of on the sides of them.

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

Take the funicular up the Duquesne Incline. Fun, cheap, amazing view of the city. Also, see a band play at Mr. Smalls.

August Display: Card-Catalog-Craft-Corner

Posted in Display, Eloise Stevens on August 2nd, 2014 by library – Comments Off
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This was taken before I had coffee and realized that “shelf” had an “L” in it.

Welcome to August! Summer’s winding down and also somehow getting hotter. Luckily we have all these card catalog cards you can use to fan yourself with. You can also use them to make art, August is also national art appreciation month and that’s the theme of this month’s display.

We have some great library materials on display, mostly focused on crafts and thinking critically about art. But in the display, they are mostly a pretense to get everyone to  make art with our catalog cards!

So please, make some arts and/or crafts! Making art will surely help you appreciate the art of others!


Need some inspiration? Take a look at what some professional and amateur artists were able to do with library catalog cards:

University of Iowa Cartalog

American Craft Council, Library Card Project

Want to learn more about Art History and art Appreciation? Check out these Databases:

Art and Architecture 


Extra Credit:

You might also want to keep an eye out for notes created for the Random Note Project, or follow the Notes @ Chatham tumblr for notes found by others.

Fossil Record

“Fossil Record” by yours truly


Meet the JKM Library staff: Anna McDevitt

Posted in Meet the Staff on July 22nd, 2014 by library – Comments Off

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 – Comments Off

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 – Comments Off

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: