Columbia College Chicago

December 21, 2007

Happy holidays from the Library!

The Columbia College Chicago Library wishes you all a safe and restful winter break! Remember--we'll close at 5:00pm tonight and won't re-open until 8:00am on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008. More info on Library Hours.

Our website, including databases and other useful resources, will be open 24x7!

Enjoy your time off and we'll see you in 2008!

December 18, 2007

Please welcome our newest Library staff member!

The Library welcomes Opal Anderson to our staff! Opal is the new Administrative Assistant to our new Director, Jan Chindlund. She comes to us with extensive, rich and pertinent experience in business administration and event planning, most recently with the Union League Club.

Opal began an intense week of training yesterday, December 17th, overseen by our previous Administrative Assistant to the Director, Michelle Ferguson. Michelle will transition to her "new" role as Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Academic Research and Dean of the Library, Jo Cates.

Congratulations and welcome to Opal!

December 14, 2007

Library hours change: Semester Break

Congratulations to those of you who have finished your finals!!! Hang in there to those of you who have a few more things to wrap up (and don't forget to ask the Library for help)!

The Library wants to remind you that, starting this weekend, the semester break hours will be in effect.

That means we'll be open as usual from 9am to 5pm tomorrow (Saturday the 15th) and closed on Sunday the 16th.

Next week (Dec. 17th through 21st) we'll be open from 8am until 5pm.

We will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 22nd through the winter break, reopening in 2008 on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Enjoy a safe and restful winter break!

December 11, 2007

New Books for December

Check out some of these new books! Here's a list of our most recent acquisitions.

The saddest little robot

Stupid sock creatures : making quirky, lovable figures from cast-off socks

60s fashion : vintage fashion and beauty ads

A tribute to Frida: ABBA, solo, private

Let’s put on a show! : theatre production for novices

A sharp intake of breath

December 10, 2007

No more Purple Print cards

As we announced back in October, you are now able to use your Columbia College ID's to print in the Library. To do this, you need to add "Columbia Cash" to your card. Right now, there are only two ways to do this: with your Visa or Mastercard online (any amount added instantly) or with a check (minimum $50) at the Campus Card office during their 9-5, M-F hours.

Don't get stuck trying to print with no Columbia Cash! Add money today! And remember, you can spend Columbia Cash at the Coffee Cart in the Library, in the Bookstore and at the Plum Cafe, among other places. For more info, check out the Columbia Cash site.

FYI: You'll be able to use up your Purple Print cards or add money to existing Purple Print cards through next semester (you can't purchase new Purple Cards, though).

December 5, 2007

Don't miss the Ask A Librarian roadshow!

is hitting the road!

Tomorrow you don't need to come to the Library...the Library will come to you! Helpful and friendly Columbia College Chicago librarians will be available at the Plymouth Court dorm to assist you with your research as you head into finals week.

Where: 731 Plymouth Ct.
When: Thursday, December 6th from 1-3pm

  • Impress your friends and instructors with your ability to find relevant and "on target" sources!
  • Get more sleep at night...research and finish papers early and with ease!
  • Make a new friend! Let a librarian help you find resources instructors will love!
  • Cut the angst of finals!
Remember--there are also helpful and friendly librarians available in the Library during regular hours and the Library's web site (and through it, thousands of scholarly journals, lots of encyclopedias and other handy research stuff) is available 24x7. Use the link anytime!

December 3, 2007

Poetry reading this Wednesday

Columbia College English Department’s BA and MFA Poetry Programs are pleased to announce the second annual:

Minds of Winter
Student Poetry Reading

“For the listener, who listens in the snow....”*

featuring: Joe Bly * Jesse Crouse * Meghan Lee * Kate Dougherty

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
4:30 p.m.
Columbia College Library, Third floor
624 South Michigan Avenue

Two continuing and two outgoing BA and MFA student poets will represent their programs. A reception featuring homemade goodies from Swim Café will follow. The reading is free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy poems and refreshments!

*Quotation from Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man."

November 28, 2007

Critical Encounters event at the Library

Critical Encounters Salon Series: Banker to the Poor by Mohammad Yunus (Discussion about micro-lending and poverty in Bangladesh)

Thursday, Nov 29
Columbia College Library, 3rd floor

Light refreshments will be served

3-D Poetry reading at the Library

Don't miss this poetry event here in the Library tomorrow afternoon!

A Walk-In Book of C.D. Wright
Celebrating the influence of the MacArthur-winning American poet C.D. Wright on our work

Thursday, November 29, 2007
12:30-1:30 PM
Blum Room, 5th floor
Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave

A live, 3D reading experience
Change the way you read a book!

Poetry * Video * Audio * Installation * Projection

Hosted by the Columbia College Experiment in Influence MFA poetry craft seminar: Flynn Dorholt, Arielle Greenberg, Ted Jackle, Thomas Mowe, Meg Reilly

For more information, email Arielle Greenberg at

November 20, 2007

Library holiday hours

Please note that the Library will be closing at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 21st. The Library will remain closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and return to Regular Hours on Monday, November 26th.

Want better test scores? Read more!

From yesterday's New York Times: Harry Potter, James Patterson and Oprah Winfrey’s book club aside, Americans — particularly young Americans — appear to be reading less for fun, and as that happens, their reading test scores are declining. At the same time, performance in other academic disciplines like math and science is dipping for students whose access to books is limited, and employers are rating workers deficient in basic writing skills.

That is the message of a new report being released today by the National Endowment for the Arts, based on an analysis of data from about two dozen studies from the federal Education and Labor Departments and the Census Bureau as well as other academic, foundation and business surveys. After its 2004 report, “Reading at Risk,” which found that fewer than half of Americans over 18 read novels, short stories, plays or poetry, the endowment sought to collect more comprehensive data to build a picture of the role of all reading, including nonfiction.

Read the whole NYT article HERE

Link to the NEA "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence" report (.pdf file) HERE

Want to read more for fun but don't want to spend money on that new best-seller or that giant biography of your favorite band? Remember that the Library has more than research books, computers and videos! Use your Columbia College Chicago ID to check out (or request for delivery) books from over 70 libraries across Illinois. If we don't have the book you're looking for, we can get it for you.

Questions? Need help? Just click

November 15, 2007

Library staff member gains more recognition as a top designer

Library Circulation Assistant Dieter Kirkwood has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of the area's top emerging fashion designers. His line, DieterBennet, is produced with fellow Columbia College fashion grad Bennett Cousins. Check out the article HERE.

You may remember that Dieter was named "One to watch" in Chicago fashion by the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show back in October.

Congratulations, Dieter!

Welcome new Library staff members

A belated welcome to two new staff members:

Amy Wainwright is the Library's new Circulation Assistant. She has been a student worker here at the Library for the past few years.

Jodie Stauffer is the Library's new Cataloging Assistant.

Both officially began their new positions last month. Welcome, Amy and Jodie!

November 14, 2007

Library staffer Cole Robertson's "After, image: A memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS"

Yet more news related to our talented Library staff. Cole is the Library's Visual Resources Coordinator and the opening of his exhibit corresponds with World AIDS Day.

Center on Halsted Hosts Cole Robertson's "After, image: A memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS"

CHICAGO ­ November 2, 2007 On Saturday, December 1, 2007, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host a visual arts installation, "After,
image: a memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS", by Cole Robertson. This collection of photographs is meant to serve as a memorial, in the most traditional sense, an aesthetically beautiful gesture commemorating the past.

The images, donated by the family members of those lost to HIV/AIDS, are re-workings of photographs of those lost to AIDS. They are then digitally manipulated and printed on fine vellum. They hang as a testament, as a loving tribute, and as a call to action.

Cole Robertson, an MFA-photography graduate of Columbia College, has exhibited work internationally and nationally and chose Center on Halsted specifically to host the installation. "As I work on this, I feel some empty places in my life...spots that should be occupied by people...people who are gone.

The event begins with a reception at 4:00pm and is followed by a talk back with the artist and others who contributed images to the exhibit. A donation of $10 is requested.

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information or to RSVP contact 773-472-6469, ext. 245 or visit

Contact: Lori King, Center on Halsted, 773/472-6469, ext. 290

Congratulations to Library staffer, Jacob Saenz!

Jacob Saenz, the Library's Acquisitions Assistant, has a new poem, "Sweeping the States," in this month's issue of Poetry magazine. He's also the featured poet on's blog Harriet today.

Jacob is a recent Columbia College Chicago Poetry major graduate (B.A. '06), and was interviewed about this impressive accomplishment on the department's blog:

Congratulations, Jacob!

November 13, 2007

Art of the Library reception this Thursday

We hope you can join us at the next Art of the Library Opening and Reception. While you’re there, take a moment to welcome Jan Chindlund, our new Library Director!

Refreshments will be served ( food!)

Thursday, 11/15/07, 5-7pm

Columbia College Chicago Library, Third Floor

624 S. Michigan Avenue

Art of the Library is an ongoing series (four times a year) of exhibitions featuring the art of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty and staff.

November 6, 2007

Come to the November Critical Encounters salon!

Mark your calendars now for this upcoming Critical Encounters event. Find out more about Critical Encounters and other events on the Critical Encounters web site.

Critical Encounters Salon:

Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the battle against world poverty by Muhammad Yunus

Thurs. Nov 29
12:30-1:50pm Library, 3rd floor, 624 S. Michigan

Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus's memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world's poor. In it he traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen. He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in "putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long." The definitive history of micro-credit direct from the man that conceived of it, Banker to the Poor is necessary and inspirational reading for anyone interested in economics, public policy, philanthropy, social history, and business. … In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh.

Facilitators: Rob Watkins and Douglas Mann, President, Global Business Assist the Participants include: Students of “Politics of Poverty in Developing Countries” (Social Science class)

New books!

Check out some of these new books! Here's a list of our most recent acquisitions.

The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller
and the world economy bigger

Buy, buy baby : how consumer culture manipulates
parents and harms young minds

Canyonlands : wonders of nature on the Colorado Plateau

And then, you act : making art in an unpredictable world.

E-read any good books lately?

Think you can't carry an entire library of classic novels, cookbooks, magazines, horror stories and pulp fiction around with you? Think again! Impress your friends and family with your feats of strength (or at least your technical prowess and reading taste) by downloading ebooks to your PDA, iPod or eReader (or even your cell phone) using offers over 18,655 eBooks and they're all free!

You can find a link to on the Library's eBook page. Just click on Find Books and then choose the eBooks tab.

Check out this article from the New York Times which mentions and discusses the digital book industry. is maintained by Columbia College's Webmaster, Matt McClintock. Way to go, Matt! We heart!

November 2, 2007

7th Annual Library Halloween Costume Cavalcade

View more Halloween costume pix HERE

The tradition of inviting library staffers to commune with their inner child around the Halloween celebration was introduced to the Library in 2001 by then director, Jo Cates. Jo took the high road and came dressed as the Queen. Following her lead were revelers dressed as a clown, a small child and even a Valkyrie (you know, she’s the original "Fat Lady who sings”). Each year since then, a few brave, fun souls have continued to make it a day full of laughs and cries for everyone.

The Costumed Ones carry out their regular duties, so depending on what you were in need of this Halloween, you may have gotten your service from a zombie, a pirate, a biker chick, a slide show, Doris Day, a cave woman or someone’s dad.

Even out of costume, we’re a pretty cool bunch. Almost anytime is a good time to connect up with us via chat, e-mail, or phone…and you never know what fun you will encounter if you just come by!

Thanks to Librarian Shirley Bennett for contributing this news story!

October 26, 2007

American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! Celebrate by checking out the College Archives webpage at: Learn about Columbia’s history and presidents, view historic images from its history, and sing the Alumni song! Comments and corrections are welcome. Just drop a line to

October 18, 2007

Celebrate Friends of the Library week!

Join the staff of the Columbia College Chicago Library as we celebrate Friends of Libraries Week, October 21 – October 27, 2007

Friends of Libraries Week (sponsored by Friends of Libraries, USA) is a celebration of Friends of Libraries programs around the country and an opportunity to recognize friends members for their support of libraries. Please join us at one or more of the following events:

Friends of Libraries Week Events:

Monday October 22-Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Columbia College Chicago Friends of the Library Membership Drive, 10:00am -2:00pm, First floor, Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave.

Help the Library grow. Stop by the Library and learn about our new Friends of the Library program at Columbia College Chicago. The Friends of the Library is open to everyone, and student memberships begin at only $10.00. Other membership levels begin at $50.00. Funds received through the Friends of the Library will be used to help build the Library’s collections.

For more about the Friends of the Library at Columbia College Chicago, go to:

Tuesday October 23, 2007 - Movie Screening: The Joy Luck Club, 5:00-7:30pm Room 602, Collins Hall 624 S. Michigan Ave.

In partnership with the Center for Asian Arts and Media’s Women Warrior Festival, and in conjunction with The Big Read, we present a screening of The Joy Luck Club. This program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday October 24, 2007 - Special Collections Day, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Library, 624 S. Michigan, 1st floor entrance and Third Floor

Curious about the Library’s Special Collections? Today, we bring out select pieces from our Special Collections for your viewing pleasure! Come to the 1st and 3rd floors and see some of our unique holdings in an up close and personal way. Library staff will be on hand on the 3rd floor to answer questions about the collection.

For more information about these events or our Friends of the Library program, contact Kim Hale at 312-344-7355 or

October 15, 2007

You can now print (and buy coffee!) using Columbia Cash at the Library!

Add Columbia Cash to your Columbia College ID card and use it to print in the Library and to buy coffee from the Library Coffee Cart!

Check out the Campus Card site for more information on adding Columbia Cash as well as additional locations across campus where you can spend it.

Note: purple printing cards are still being accepted until further notice

October 13, 2007

Parents Weekend @ the Library

The Library welcomes Columbia College Chicago parents and other visitors! The Library is hosting a number of events over the course of Parents Weekend, including a chat by the College Archivist, Heidi Marshall, on the College's history (due to the number of registrants, this event is being held down the street at the 1104 S. Wabash building) and a chat on the Library itself called Way Beyond Books.

On Sunday, join the Library from 11-1 as we host a Bagel Brunch for parents and their students.

Most events require pre-registration. Here is a link to the Office of College-Wide Events for more information:

October 9, 2007

Library staff member "one to watch" in Chicago fashion

Congratulations to Dieter Kirkwood, the Library's Circulation Assistant extraordinaire, who was selected as “one to watch” at the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show.

Check out Dieter's fashion line dIETERbENNET

Congratulations, Dieter!

October 2, 2007

Columbia College is front page news in this week's Chicago Journal

Check out this article on Columbia College's South Loop presence: "Columbia as hot as its neighborhood: Largest South Loop landowner still growing"

From local news publication, the Chicago Journal.

September 28, 2007

Celebrate Banned Books week!

Banned Books Week starts tomorrow (Sept. 29) and runs through Oct. 6. To celebrate, the Library has a new display in the library entrance and several posters around the stacks. Come and take a look--you may be surprised by some of the titles that are consistently objected to year after year.

If you’d like to celebrate Banned Books Week more actively, the ALA is hosting a read-out tomorrow afternoon on Michigan Avenue. Here are the details:

You are invited to come and celebrate your freedom to read during the 26th annual celebration of Banned Books Week. Join the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, and the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL at the Pioneer Plaza (on Michigan Ave between the Tribune Tower and the Chicago River) on Saturday, September 29, 2007, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., for the Banned Books Week Read-Out! Local Chicago Celebrities join several acclaimed authors to read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books. Admission is FREE.

Library staff member receives All-Staff Arts & Media Award!

The Library is pleased to announce that John Moss, our AV Assistant, has been named one of 10 recipients of this year's All-Staff Arts & Media Award.

The award recognizes the artistic achievements of Columbia College Chicago staff and is funded through Columbia College Chicago's Office of Human Resources.

Congratulations to all of the recipients. Way to go, John!

September 27, 2007

New: Black Metropolis Research Consortium

Columbia College Chicago is proud to be a part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. The BMRC is an unincorporated Chicago-based association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with major holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. The University of Chicago serves as Host Institution of the BMRC.

The BMRC is dedicated to making broadly accessible its members' holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.

Check out the new BMRC web site HERE

September 26, 2007

Can *you* identify the photos?

Amongst the many archival materials held in the Columbia College Archives, there is no shortage of old photos. Many of these photos have no identification. Maybe you or someone you know can help out? Take a look at the current "line up" on the Archives page HERE and try your luck! You'll be helping to preserve the history of Columbia College Chicago.

September 24, 2007

The Library welcomes a new Director!

Please join the Library in welcoming our new Director, Jan Chindlund!

A welcome message from Jo Cates, Associate Vice President for Academic Research & Dean of the Library:

I am so pleased to announce that after a two-year search, we have a Library Director. Jan Chindlund will join our staff on Monday, September 24.

Before coming to Columbia, Jan was Group Project Manager/Head Librarian of the Global Business Research Information Center at McDonald’s Corporation, where she was promoted to increasingly responsible leadership positions since her arrival in 1995 as Head Librarian of the Marketing Services McLibrary. Prior to her work at McDonald’s, Jan was Assistant Vice President and Head Librarian at Duff & Phelps, an investment advisory firm. She received her MBA (Concentration in Innovation and Technology) from Benedictine University and MLS from Dominican University.

In addition to her skills as a manager and information specialist, Jan also brings space planning experience, facilitating three moves for the Information Center. We expect this experience will serve us well as the Library expands over the next few years.

Please take a moment and welcome Jan to the Columbia College Chicago community. I think you’ll appreciate her sense of humor and open and friendly demeanor.

September 21, 2007

New Library resource

Come and take a look at one of our newest reference titles, Short Stories for Students. You'll find numerous short stories covered with concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism. You'll also be pointed to media adaptations of the story, discussion questions and suggestions on what to read next. You can search Short Stories for Students by author, title, nationality and theme.

Want help with Short Stories for Students or more information on literature or authors? Just click here or on any of the Library's web pages.

September 12, 2007

Art of the Library

Please join the Library as we host an opening reception for our Fall Art of the Library exhibit.

The reception will be held tomorrow, Thursday September 13th, from 5:00 - 7:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Library. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will run from September 13th through November 2nd, 2007 and will showcase the work of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Art of the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

September 6, 2007

It's 10:00am. Do you know where your Facebook profile is?

Click the image above to join the Columbia College Chicago Library Facebook group!

Facebook announced yesterday that it will be making the names and profiles of its members available to nonmembers and eventually accessible through search-engine listings. That means in the near future, *anyone* (potential employers, strangers, parents, professors, etc.) can Google you and see your Facebook profile (or at least parts of it). Think about how you present yourself online and consider changing your Search Privacy settings in Facebook if this concerns you. Be aware that the information you make available about yourself through online social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace is not always as hidden or private as you might think it is.

Read more about this from PC World HERE

Read the Facebook announcement (and see an example of how a public search listing will appear) HERE.

Looking for books or articles on online privacy, social networking or other information? Just click here or on any of the Library's web pages.

September 4, 2007

Happy first day of Fall 2007!

Happy first day of school, everyone! A big welcome to all incoming first year and transfer students as well as to new staff and faculty. And welcome back to everyone else!

We hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready for Fall 2007. Remember that the Columbia College Chicago Library is here to help! Whether you're doing research for an assignment, looking for a comfy place to study, trying to find coffee before class, or looking for books, videos, music, newspapers or magazines, the Library has it all and then some!

Questions? Comments? Use our service anytime!

August 30, 2007

New chat reference service from the Library!

Instant messaging chat reference is here!

The link on any Library web page will lead to four options: E-mail, Phone, Chat and Consultation Appointment. Select the option that works best for you--no question is too small or too large!

Have a new email address? Add to your Gtalk (or MSN) buddy list! You can also add askccclibrary to other chat programs like Yahoo! and AIM.

Questions about how to use chat or any of our other services? anytime.