Meet the JKM Library Staff: Erin Simpson

Posted in Amanda Miller, Meet the Staff on November 25th, 2014 by library – Be the first to comment

ErinSimpsonErin Simpson

  • Loves Thai food and jazz music
  • Has worked in several libraries prior to her position at JKM
  • Graduate student working on her Master’s of Counseling Psychology degree

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

I assist the Access Services Librarian, Amy Lee Heinlen. This means that my main job is to fill Interlibrary Loan requests for our students and faculty members.  I also assist in keeping the Curriculum Collection tidy and you may see me behind the desk checking books in and out as well.

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

I have a lot of experience in libraries. I worked as the Teen Librarian of a town in Indiana, and took quite a few graduate courses in Library Science in order to uphold standards and provide the best library services I could. I worked through High School and Undergrad in my hometown library as well, and spent my elementary years helping my mom shelve the books in my small private schools library. Even though my degree is in Counseling, I want to always have a foot in the library because that is home!

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

A Librarian.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I really enjoy helping students and faculty find articles and books to advance their education. I can’t help but wonder if one of these articles might save a person’s life or change the world!

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time reading, sit on my porch, learn new things, and laugh a whole lot.

What’s the last thing you checked out?

The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting With Your Family – In the counseling psychology field, genograms are introduced as a way to learn about and understand our heritage and who we are. It’s basically an elaborate family tree. This particular book is interesting as it includes multiple genograms of famous people. For instance, the Bronte Sisters are highlighted and their ancestry is included, complete with mental health history, affairs, talents, etc… It’s incredibly interesting.

What book do you think everyone should read? Why?

Till We Have Faces  by C.S. Lewis.

So many reasons. I wouldn’t even call it my favorite book, but I would call it one of the most important and incredible books I’ve ever read. It’s a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche from the point of view of Psyche’s sister. Jealousy, loss, and what to do with all of it is a central theme. I could read it 100 times and still not fully grasp all of it’s layers of meaning and wisdom.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

Thai Food and Jazz

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

Go to Jamestreet Gastropub and Speakeasy on Tuesday night for a jam session. Get a burger and some fries and listen as some of the up and coming jazz musicians in Pittsburgh take the stage. 

Meet the JKM Library Staff: Kristi Hruska

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

Kristi HruskaKristi Hruska

  • Spent four weeks in Taiwan
  • Once endured eight hours of reconstructive jaw surgery
  • Won a national dance competition with her Hawaiian dance group

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

My official title is a Library Access Services Aide, but I’m better known as one of the students at the Circulation Desk that helps you check out your library books.

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

I worked in the library in high school to get out of my study hall. When I found out that I was eligible for work-study in college, I was glad to find that my previous library experience could come in handy.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love the wide array of people I get to interact with here. Chatham has such an eclectic student body, but the one thing we all have in common is that we all need to go to the library.

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

I wish we had comfier chairs, more tables, and an infinite number of group study rooms. Longer hours would be great, too – especially opening earlier on Sundays.

What’s the last thing you checked out?

I checked out 10 Things I Hate About You from our Media Collection…it’s one of my favorite movies! In terms of books, my patron account is pretty boring. I currently have a cookbook, some of my textbooks, and a few books for tutorial. I wish I had more time for leisurely reading.

What book do you think everyone should read? Why?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It’s about the rise of the Taliban and the Afghan revolution from the view of a young boy growing up in Afghanistan. I only ever learned the American viewpoint about these things, especially after 9/11, so this book really put things into perspective for me.

I also love The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s such a quick and easy ready, but it’s so realistic and relatable. It makes me cry and reevaluate my life every single time I read it. Each time, something different stands out to me.

Both of these books are in our library – I try to sneak them into the Popular Reading section when they’re not already checked out!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

EVERYTHING! I’m such a Yinzer, born and raised. It’s a big city with a small town feeling. I love going to the Pirates games, being able to walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and listening to the Sax Guy. I love how close the suburbs are – you’re outside of the city, but close enough to be there in twenty minutes. I’m open to leaving for a bit and experiencing other places, but I ultimately want to raise a family and grow old right here in Pittsburgh.

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

You must, must, must go to the West End Overlook. Mount Washington is overrated and usually crowded, and the view from West End is much better. Then, you have to get a Primanti’s sandwich – and no asking for the fries or slaw on the side!

Meet the JKM Library Staff: Jill Ausel

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

Jill Ausel

  • Alternative dream jobs from childhood include an archaeologist, ballerina, or President of the United States
  • Loves many things about living in the great city of Pittsburgh!JillAusel
  • Outside of the library, Jill enjoys shopping (especially for shoes!) and going to the movies

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

I’m the Library Director

What made you choose your current profession?

As with many librarians, I have a life-long love of books and places where I can get them – for free!!  While in college I discovered I very much enjoyed research – writing, not so much.  When I learned I could become a librarian and work in an academic library and stay in college, it was a complete “Aha!  This is perfect” moment. 

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

Oh a great variety of things.  I wanted to be an archaeologist, a lawyer, the President of the United States and a ballerina.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love to see people grow and learn.  

What do you like to do on your days off?

No surprise I love to read.  I also enjoy going to movies, Pirate games, the symphony, shopping (shoes!!) and hanging out with friends. 

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

The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak by Richard Stoneman

I have been interested in ancient Greek history since I was 8.  It stuck.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

Everything!!  I love the sports and the theater.  The symphony and the opera and the ballet.  The museums, the restaurants and the amazing music scene.  I love the rivers and the parks and the Phipps Conservatory.  The strip district and Mt. Washington and Carson St.  It’s just a great city to live in. (No, the Chamber of Commerce did not pay me for the endorsement)

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

Depending on one’s interest of course, but I think touring the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning on Pitt’s campus is a must.  Each room represents a nationality with a presence here in Pittsburgh.  From those groups we get not only great restaurants, but that neighborhood feel that is so remarkably Pittsburgh.

 

Meet the JKM Library Staff: Jennifer Howard Lemmon

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Jennifer Howard Lemmon

  • Has a dog named Beau
  • Is on the lookout for all the dinosaur statues in the city!
  • Works in the Archives here at JKM Library!

What made you want to get a job at the Library?JHLemmonJKMPhoto(1)

I was a history major during my undergraduate college years and I was so excited when I saw the Archives were hiring a student employee. I have always loved history and have previously conducted research at archives, but working on the other side has offered me an even greater understanding of how history is made and maintained.

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

An astronaut.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Learning more about our school’s background and getting to learn about student experiences from the past.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I enjoy cooking, reading, and playing with my dog, Beau.

What’s the last thing you checked out?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck-I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about the environmental and financial consequences of the Dust Bowl. For those of us in the School of Sustainability, this book is a must-read!

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

Find as many dinosaur statues as possible, visit Point Park, ride the Inclines, and attend a Pirates baseball game.

Meet the JKM Library Staff: Jessa Darwin

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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 – Comments Off

Dan Nolting

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  • 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!

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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

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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!