October 18, 2020
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(A)bridging Community: Social Responsibility During Multiple Pandemics

Welcome to (A)bridging Community: Social Responsibility During Multiple Pandemics, a virtual art exhibition curated by Chatham University student Chenoa Baker (’21, Cultural Studies) and hosted by the Jennie King Mellon Library. Starting October 18th, 2020, carefully selected pieces of art and corresponding library resources will be posted to the JKM Library’s Instagram and Facebook feeds over the course of a week. The entire exhibition (including information on the artwork, artists, and library resources) has been gathered together here as well.

Curatorial Statement

“We live in a moment that exposes our interconnections. They exist as bifurcations: an afterthought for some and constant reminders of inequalities as well as white supremacist capitalist patriarchy for others. At the intersection of two pandemics, we see that the innocent bystander is complicit, the moderate is a danger, and without bridging these connections with compassion, we sever the bridge we stand on and crumble into the water.”

Selected Works

Kim, Byron. Synecdoche. 1991, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Byron Kim (b.1961) is a contemporary Korean-American artist who explores racial identity through minimalist art. Synecdoche, one of his most famous artworks, is a collection of paint swatches matched to random sitters of different races. Some view this work as a collage of people, their untold stories, and the color of their skin speaking for them. Others may see this as a variety of people who are individuals part of the whole; similarly, the squares, put together, represent the human race.

Shimoyama, Devan. February II. 2019.

Devan Shimoyama (b. 1989) is a Pittsburgh-based artist and Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Shimoyama creates renderings of glittery fantasies and anxieties around navigating Blackness and queerness. He creates images with paint, collage, and glass to communicate his message. February II, dedicated to Trayvon Martin, signifies the innocence of Black children killed by police brutality by representing them with an article of clothing—the hoodie. The hoodie masks their true identity and skews their adolescence because of the lens of white supremacy. White supremacy obscures the child inside into a perception of suspicion. (Follow on Instagram @DevanShimoyama)

Ballard, Lavett. Hear My Call. 2020.

Lavett Ballard (b.1970) is a collage artist, curator, and art historian. She primarily uses the medium of wooden fences and wood. She reclaims this wood to represent a retelling of Black history. In her work of Breonna Taylor, Hear My Call, she celebrates her life and the collective that shaped who she was. There are motifs of flowers, circles, and a butterfly to represent femininity, softness, and transition of her life. Typically, in Black tradition, death is accompanied by a celebration of life, a time to dwell in grief and deep lamentation and to remember the interconnected network of ancestors that welcomes the deceased person into the fold. (Follow on Facebook at @LavettBallardArt)

Benjamin, Gavin. Dressed to Kill no. 1 (Hoodie). 2020, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ.

Gavin Benjamin (b.1971) is a Guyanese Pittsburgh-based artist that works in paint and a variety of appliqued materials. His most famous series is Heads of State, which depicts portraits of Black royalty in a distinct Neo-Baroque style. In Dressed to Kill, Benjamin layers images onto the subject’s hoodie and face. On the subject are images of protests, George Floyd’s phrase during the time of his death “I can’t breathe,” and Skittles and Arizona drinks that Trayvon Martin and others picked up from a corner store before their deaths. All of these markers on the body and provocative title, stresses that victims of police brutality are dressed in a multilayered story ignored during their murder. (Follow on Instagram @gavinbenjamin)

Leff, Rosa. The Real Pandemic. 2020, private collection.

Rosa Leff is an artist and educator that is known for her paper cutting prowess. She cuts elaborate cityscapes by hand and by X-Acto knife. The Real Pandemic is an accumulation of already present pathologies—systemic racism, a failing healthcare system, and broken economic infrastructure. Through the pandemic, it shows that we lost some of our main tenants of community. While we revisit this concept, police are central to the narrative of state power that was never created for the community and only disrupts it more by metaphorically tearing down bridges and literally ripping apart families. (Follow on Instagram @rosaleff)

Click on the images below to view enlarged versions.

Library Resources

Art can be described as the culmination of cultural, social, and historical context into statements, stories, and expression of creativity. Knowing that context can dramatically change the reading of a piece, but it is not always necessary to appreciate the work. At the Jennie King Mellon Library, we do believe that discovering and understanding the context behind a piece of information (such as a work of art) is critical to full understanding. We try to communicate that importance through our work as library and information professional. To that end, here is a list of resources that we feel can help aid in building your personal understanding of the context behind these pieces.

Library Books

Other Library Resources

  • Issues & Controversies Database
    • Issues & Controversies is a wonderful tool for both academic and personal use. Focusing on controversial topics such as systemic racism, Issues & Controversies gathers pro-con articles, primary source material, news publications, various media content, court cases, editorials, etc. to help offer a well-rounded view of difficult topics we see on the news and in life. It is an excellent tool for helping build context and understanding around some of the most hot-button topics of the day.
  • Adam Matthew Collection
    • The Adam Matthew Collection contains multiple relevant collections of primary source materials that touch on America’s history with white supremacy, Civil Rights, enslavement, and race relations. These materials are important when becoming familiar with our own history, especially when looking at the role community plays. Documents, newspapers, images, illustrations from the time, artifacts, and more all ground researchers in the correct historical context.
    • African American Communities: Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports, and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.
    • Race Relations in America: Documenting three pivotal decades in the fight for civil rights, this resource showcases the speeches, reports, surveys, and analyses produced by the Department’s staff and Institute participants, including Charles S. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall.
    • Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice: This resource is designed as an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering an extensive time period, between 1490 and 2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.
  • Do Not Resist | Streaming on AVON
    • DO NOT RESIST is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST – the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future.
  • The Hate U Give | Media Shelves | 791.4372 H283t
    • Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Algee Smith, K.J. Apa, Common. Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?
  • Roots | Media Shelves | 791.4372 R678h
    • An adaptation of Alex Haley’s “Roots”, in which Haley traces his African American family’s history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.

You can find more relevant resources on our Black Lives Matter resource guide.

November 3, 2013
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Database Review: E-Book Academic Collection

Attention all students and faculty!

EBSCO’s Academic E-book Collection database has more than doubled the JKM Library collection with the addition of circa 120,000 titles!

 

What is in this e-book collection? This database is multidisciplinary, covering a wide range of academic fields from the humanities to STEM and beyond. Although several classic titles have been included, most of these e-books have been published recently: 72% of the titles were published from 2000 to 2010, and 11% were published in the last 2 years.

 

How can you find these e-books? Many of these titles can be found in the catalog search with our normal collection but not all. We are working to get all titles into the catalog, but for the moment, you can access all titles through the E-book Academic Collection link on the Databases A-Z page. Once you are in the database, you can browse e-books by category, highlights, and featured books. You can also search for words within the books or search by subject, category, year of publication, language, and whether it can be downloaded.

 

How do you access an e-book you want? You can always view the e-book through the database (any time, any place, and unlimited students). Most of the e-books can also be downloaded as well, but you’ll need to create an account with EBSCO to do so (books are checked out for 28 days). Please note that your device must be compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, which can be freely downloaded. If an e-book has been downloaded, you may still view it through the database.

 

What else does it feature? Once you find a useful e-book, you can use SmartText searching to find similar ones. When an e-book is opened, you can use the dictionary to look up vocabulary, search within the e-book, find its citation, make notes on and bookmark important passages, as well as print, export, or email sections. If you create an account with EBSCO, you can save your materials and searches into a folder for future use.

August 29, 2013
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Database Review: Natural Standard

Attention students and faculty of Counseling Psychology, Biology, Environmental Studies & Ecology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Food Studies, and Psychology!

Natural Standard offers evidence-based and peer-reviewed data on complementary and alternative therapies that is synthesized into encyclopedia-like entries. The World Health Organization said “[It’s] the best and most authoritative web site available on herbal medicines” (WHO, 2009). Hundreds of scholars are involved in this completely independent international research collaboration and include our own John Laird from the Physician Assistant program!

Admittedly, this database is hard to browse or find information on a minor topic, but we have a trick for you! Use Google to search it by looking for your topic, say “acid rain,” followed by “site:naturalstandard.com/databases”. Voilà!

The toolbar header helps you navigate its main sections, including its collection of databases. These include Foods, Herbs & Supplements, Health & Wellness, Comparative Effectiveness, Charts & Tables, Brands & Manufacturers, Medical Conditions, Sports Medicine, Genomics & Proteomics, Environment & Global Health, and Animal Health. Each database is further divided into subsections for quick reference:

Database Divided into
Foods, Herbs & Supplements Herbs & Supplements, Functional Foods, and Vitamins & Minerals
Health & Wellness Therapies, Diet, Fitness, Beauty
Comparative Effectiveness Allergy & Immunology, Cardiopulmonary, Dermatology, EENT, Endocrinology, GI & GU, Hematology & Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatry, Rheumatology & Orthopedics
Charts & Tables Herbs & Supplements, Drugs & OTCs
Brands & Manufacturers Brands, Manufacturers
Medical Conditions Allergy & Immunology, Cardiopulmonary, Dermatology, EENT, Endocrinology, GI & GU, Hematology & Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatry, Rheumatology & Orthopedics
Sports Medicine Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Athletic Performance Enhancement, Bath & Body, Cell Metabolism, Exercise Recovery, Muscle Building, Sports Supplements, Sports-Related Conditions, Weight Loss & Fat Burners, Workout Routines
Genomics & Proteomics (none)
Environment & Global Health (none)
Animal Health (none)

 

Topics within these databases are arranged alphabetically and can also be searched by grade (“levels of scientific evidence for specific therapies”). When selected, each topic entry provides information on several of its aspects, such as related terms, background, signs and symptoms, treatment, prevention, evidence discussion, risk factors and causes, etc.

FYI: Some databases include topics that you wouldn’t normally associate with each other. For example, Sports Medicine includes the topic “Mindfulness Meditation” and a whole division on “Bath & Body.”

Natural Standard is directed at healthcare professionals working in the field, so it provides not just a collection of databases, but also checkers, tools, continuing education opportunities, and news and events. Checkers help you deduce ailments or effects of drugs and can be searched either alphabetically or by category. Specific checker tools include symptoms, pregnancy/lactation, depletion, interactions, and adverse effects. The tools section is your electronic reference shelf and includes a recipe and therapy finder, calculators, a dictionary, patient handouts, nutrition labels, products studied, practitioner search, and training programs. Under Continuing Education, you can take courses as well as view presentations and tutorials. News and Events also offers alerts, an eNewsletter, RSS feeds, webinars, podcasts, a blog, and social media platforms to help you get informed and involved.

Sources

World Health Organization. (2009). A Practical Handbook on the Pharmacovigilance on Antiretroviral Medicines. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/safety_efficacy/HIVhandbook.pdf

October 27, 2011
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Quick Guide: Getting Journal Articles through Interlibrary Loan

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It’s that time of year again…leaves are falling from the trees, the air is getting chilly, and you need to find full-text articles for an end-of-semester assignment.

Not to worry! Getting journal articles through interlibrary loan is a pretty painless process, once you get used to it.

First, make sure to check if the library has access to the article you are looking for in our print collection or through our online journal subscriptions. To do this, go to the library website and check the List of Print and Online Journals to see if we have access to the journal (or magazine or newspaper) that published the article in question. If we do have access to the journal that published the article you are looking for, make sure that we have access for the year the article was published – for instance, we sometimes don’t have access to articles published in the most recent 12 months.

If we don’t have access to the article, the next step is easy: simply fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request for a Journal Article. Be sure to fill the form out as completely as possible, which will insure that the request will process quickly.

As always, check in with any of the Jennie King Mellon librarians if you have any questions about this process!

 

Contributed by: Lora M. Dziemiela, Reference Associate

August 1, 2011
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NEW: Science Direct – Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection

The JKM Library has added yet another database: Science Direct – Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection!   This collection will be useful to students, faculty, and staff interested in the fields of biological & agricultural sciences, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, environmental science, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.

Please be aware that while this database contains almost 1,000 full-text journals, it is not entirely full-text.  You will get results from books in your search, but the library does not subscribe to any of those.  However, you can check our catalog to see if we have them in print, or order them through E-ZBorrow.  If there’s an article you want that’s not available full-text, order it through Interlibrary Loan!

 

March 14, 2011
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NEW: SciFinder Scholar

The JKM Library recently added the database SciFinder Scholar.  This resource from the American Chemical Society is an excellent tool for students in chemistry, biology, and food studies.

In order to use SciFinder, you will first need to create a personal account.  Once you have done so, you’ll be able to login and search the database.  SciFinder does not contain full text, but will link you out to Journal Finder (a.k.a., the List of Print and Online Journals) if you click on the “Full Text” link below the article in which you are interested.  Journal Finder will check to see if the JKM Library has access to the journal in which your article appears.

SciFinder’s main search option is the “Explore References” one.  It lets you search for your topic using keywords and phrases.  You can also use the “Explore Substances” search (available at the top of the screen) to search for a chemical by drawing its chemical structure.  Lastly, there also an “Explore Reactions” search that allows you to search for a reaction by drawing it as well.

SciFinder Scholar works off campus as well.  You may get a warning about an outdated certificate when you login.  This occurs because SciFinder uses a different method of securing their data than other library websites.

If you have any questions about SciFinder Scholar, just ask us!  (412) 365-1670 or jkmref@chatham.edu.

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