April 3, 2013
In 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
Alan 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
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!
April 4, 2012
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The JKM Library has added a new database. America: History & Life with Full Textis the definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for over 1,700 journals from 1955 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.
February 28, 2012
Computer by INPIVIC
Thanks for all the great feedback on our “I wish my library would…” poster! We have posted print responses where the poster used to be and will be posting a series of responses here on our blog as well.
Request for More Electronic Resources
We are always striving to provide you with the online resources you need. We added ScienceDirect over the summer, Environment Complete in the fall, and we will be adding America: History and Life with Full Text at the beginning of April. We are looking at others for the next fiscal year as well.
The cost of these resources, especially those with full text, can be prohibitive. In 2011-12, we spent over $200,000 dollars on online resources alone. These resources are not one-time fees. We have to pay for yearly access and the price goes up every year. One of our full-text databases cost us $27,000 this academic year. However, if you know of resources you would like us to look into, please let us know!
Also, if we don’t have access to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper, you can still get articles from it by using Interlibrary Loan – articles usually arrive within 2-5 business days and most are PDFs that we send right to your email. It’s also a free service for you to use – we don’t pass any of the costs onto you.
November 1, 2011
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a highly trained scientist and respected philosopher credited with founding the field of biodynamics, seeking social change in the practice of farming. In a series of lectures in 1923 in Dornach, Switzerland he accurately predicted that interfering with the natural, organic functions of hives would lead to the dire state of the honeybee that exists today. Steiner’s 1923 lectures have been translated into English and compiled in Bees (299.935 St34uB) and includes an afterword on the art of Joseph Beuys, which was influenced by these lectures.
In Wisdom of the Bees: Principles for Biodynamic Beekeeping (638.1 B277W) Erik Berrevoets explores Rudolf Steiner’s ideas and research on the nature of bees and their implications on beekeeping. Berrevoets, a veteran beekeeper offers practical advice for modern beekeepers on holistic beekeeping practices.
Destructive pests such as the Varroa mite have led to the standard practice of chemically treating beehives. As these pests are becoming increasingly resistant to such measure, beekeeper Ross Conrad offers holistic, non-toxic organic alternatives for beekeepers. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (638.1 C657N)covers such topics as hive management, genetics and breeding, hive diseases, pests, environmental and human threats, and honey harvest.
September 21, 2011
Forest Road. Flickr photo by buksy4free
The JKM Library needs your feedback!
Trial to Education Complete
The library currently has a 60-day trial to a resource from EBSCOhost called Environment Complete. This database contains full text for over 900 journals and provides informational access to a wealth of other journals. According to EBSCO’s website, Environment Complete covers topics related to “agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.”
How You Can Help
We need your feedback! Let us know what you think of this resource. Will it be helpful to you in your research? Does it provide access to information you cannot find elsewhere? Please email Amy Lee Heinlen at email@example.com or submit a comment through our comment form, and let us know what you think. Your feedback will greatly help us as we decide whether or not this resource would be a good addition to our collection.
August 26, 2011
The New Library Extension Cords
Are you sick of trying to plug your laptop or notebook into a wall socket and coming up short? Want to put an end to having to rearrange the furniture to reach an electrical outlet in the JKM Library? Then come to the Circulation Desk with your Chatham ID and check out an extension cord! You can check out an extension cord for 4 hours with one 4 hour renewal (for use in the Library only). No heavy lifting required!
August 1, 2011
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 24, 2011
pittsburgh (Flickr photo by happy via)
Due to an abundance of questions about all things Pittsburgh, the JKM Library has created a Pittsburgh Subject Guide to link you to a variety of useful resources about the area. Find out how to access various Pittsburgh newspapers and magazines, visit websites about Pittsburgh, and explore the many libraries and archives in Pittsburgh containing information on the city.