February 11, 2016
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Streaming Movies for Black History Month

Think you might spend the entire weekend indoors, huddled under a blanket, drinking hot beverages, and watching movies? If so, we have an exciting new database just for you: Swank! Swank features 300 streaming movies, from current popular titles to classics to documentaries.

With February’s celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to point out that Swank includes a number of great titles you can watch:

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For a full list of the 300 movies available, please click here (Excel file). Access to Swank is on a trial basis only and will end on June 30, 2016.

Swank requires Google Widevine, which you may need to install in your browser. It should just prompt you through the installation process, but if you have any difficulty, please contact a librarian for assistance.

Please note: Swank movies do not include public performance rights and are only intended for individual or classroom use.

August 28, 2014
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Eden Hall Historical Collection Now Available

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.

June 10, 2014
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Moving to EBSCO: PsycINFO, Medline, etc

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:

April 9, 2014
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Gwen Ifill Awarded Elsie Hillman Chair

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.

July 13, 2013
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Oxford Islamic Studies Database

Please take a few minutes to check out Jennie King Mellon’s newest database, Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Chatham students have been given special access to this amazing resource as part of the library’s Muslim Journeys grant.

The database features a wide range of information by well-respected scholars on all topics related to Islam including Islamic history, people, places, and culture. On top of this there are full color images, maps, and many primary documents to explore.

As mentioned above this is a special opportunity that has been given to our library and the database will only be available until April 2014. Don’t wait.

June 22, 2013
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ILLiad is here

The Jennie King Mellon Library is very pleased to let you all know that we now have an automated system to process interlibrary loans called ILLiad. This program is used by hundreds of university libraries across the country and now Chatham users we be able to share its benefits.
ILLiad provides a more efficient process for receiving the books and journal articles you request. Users will also have more options including choosing which e-mail they want to be notified by when materials come in and can view the status of each request. Please visit library.chatham.edu to immediately open your account.
Lastly, just a reminder that close to half of all inter-library loan requests are for materials that Chatham already has! Please always check the JKM Library’s JournalFinder feature at http://journalfinder.wtcox.com/chatham/ to double check for articles before sending a request and never hesitate to speak with one of the reference librarians first. It’s our job!
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April 16, 2013
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Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

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The Jennie King Mellon Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes the following titles, organized by theme:

American Stories:

Connected Histories:

Literary Reflections:

Pathways of Faith

Points of View

Art Architecture and Film

The Muslim Journeys bookshelf is located on the main floor of the JKM Library next to the New Books display.  When you walk into the library, just turn to your right to check out these great books located along the windows!

April 3, 2013
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Sandman #1 “Preludes and Nocturnes”

sandmanIn 1916 a cult attempts to capture death but they are thwarted when they inadvertently imprison the Sandman.  Held hostage for 72 years by the cult, Dreams (also called Morpheus) is unable to return to the realm of dreams.  As a result, an epidemic of “sleeping sickness” crosses the globe, causing thousands to slip into an unshakable slumber.

Finally freed from his captors in 1988, Dreams must reclaim his kingdom from chaos, but he is badly weakened from his captivity.  To regain his full powers, Dreams sets out on a journey to track down a serial killer with mind control powers and a demon in Hell that is set on shaming the Sandman.

Written by award winning novelist Neil Gaiman (Stardust, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, Smoke and Mirrors), Sandman #1 is a dark and gritty storyline that entices and captivates the reader.  Although Sandman is a comic book, this is not a story for young readers.  Readers will enjoy Dreams’ somber and philosophical nature as his journey entangles him with citizens of this world and many others.

Reviewed by Melissa Frye, JKM Library Student Worker

March 19, 2013
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Who Watches the Watchmen?

watchmenAlan Moore sets his Hugo Award-winning graphic novel in the political dystopia of the 1980s.  Published in comic book form between September 1986 and October 1987, Moore manages to encapsulate the nuclear tensions of the United States and the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.

Moore focuses his narrative on an unlikely group of costumed vigilantes called “The Crimebusters.”  The Crimebusters are the second generation of “heroes” that patrol the streets of New York City but they are very different from their idyllic 1950’s predecessors.  As a faceless enemy begins to kill off the Crimebusters, the fractured group revisits their pasts in an attempt to decipher a mystery that threatens the world.

The multiple threads of characters, history, politics, and encroaching world destruction are masterfully woven together by Moore to create an intense and gripping drama.  In the end, the story leaves the reader questioning her own grasp of morality vs. humanity.

A great read not only for comic book fans but avid readers as well.

Reviewed by Melissa Frye, JKM Library Student Worker

August 28, 2012
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Learn a New Language!

Vigeland Park Oslo Norway

Vigeland Park Oslo Norway. Some rights reserved by Trebz

Check out the JKM Library’s brand new database, Mango Languages.   This wonderful resource is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, and more.  There are over 40 languages to choose from as well as ESL courses.  You can even learn Pirate!

Meant to teach you enough of the language to have a brief conversation with a native speaker, this resource will be great for those planning to travel abroad.  Learn Norwegian, then visit this beautiful country and chat up the locals.

When you first start using Mango Languages, you can either create an account or just “Start Learning” using the button above the log in area.  Creating an account allows the software to track your progress.  All that is required is an email address and password.

So what are you waiting for?  Learn a new language today!

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