Columbia College Chicago

November 18, 2009

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Join us - Thursday, November 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Winter 2009 Exhibition in 3rd floor north.

Columbia College Chicago Library, Third Floor (in the new Library wing)
624 S. Michigan Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.

Vision. Sound. Movement.

The Art in the Library program at Columbia College Chicago provides an open, supportive and inviting setting to showcase the talent and creativity of our own community of artists. Since its inception in 2002, Art in the Library has offered library visitors the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity and progressive attitudes which thrive in the Columbia environment.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in 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.

The Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

November 17, 2009

Music Online's Jazz Music Library adds MORE content

Jazz Music Library recently released more than 2,000 albums (over 30,000 tracks!) of great jazz recordings from Verve, Impulse! Records, GRP, A&M Records, Blue Thumb Records, Geffen, Decca, Universal Classics & Jazz, Marsalis Music, and more.

Jazz Music Library
Notable artists/ensembles included in this release:

  • Alice Coltrane
  • Anita O'Day
  • Billie Holiday
  • Bing Crosby
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Cassandra Wilson
  • Diana Krall
  • Dinah Washington
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Herbie Hancock
  • John Coltrane
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
  • Nina Simone
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Shirley Horn
  • Spyro Gyra

Live recordings from legendary venues such as the Village Vanguard, Newport Jazz Festival, The Jazz Workshop, Montreux Jazz Festival, The Swing Cat's Ball, Pep's, Birdland, and La Bonbonniere

Jazz Music Library
Recordings from JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC, featuring Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and concerts from the 1940's

Recordings from the JAZZ MASTERS SERIES, featuring compilations from artists such as Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz & Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine

Recordings from the MARSALIS MUSIC HONORS SERIES, featuring music from Michael Carvin, Jimmy Cobb, Bob French, and Alvin Batiste

COMPLETE LABEL RECORDINGS from artists such as Bill Evans (The Complete Bill Evans on Verve), John Coltrane (The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings), Count Basie (The Complete Decca Recordings), Sarah Vaughan (The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury), and more

This release brings Jazz Music Library to 60,000 tracks and makes it the largest resource for streaming audio in jazz.

November 16, 2009

Take the Library Survey!

Did you know that the new study rooms in the Library are there because students told us they wanted them?

The updated reading and study spaces throughout the Library are a result of student feedback.

The Library Staff wants to hear from you.

Providing resources and services to you so you can succeed in your coursework is the reason the Library exists!

Please let us know what you think about the resources and services we offer so we can keep the good things going and improve when needed.

Our goal is 400-500 respondents. Help us reach our goal!

By completing this survey you may become eligible to receive a $25 Jewel/Osco gift card.

November 2, 2009

John Fischetti Manuscript Collection in the College Archives

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

New Digital Collection of John R. Fischetti Sketchbooks & Cartoons

Columbia College Chicago Library is delighted to offer a new digital resource - the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Sketchbook Project - showcasing the work of the Pulitzer-prize winning political cartoonist and syndicated cartoonist who drew for such publications as the Chicago Sun, The New York Herald Tribune, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, and Stars and Stripes. John Fischetti (1916-1980) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 1969. View the collection at:

Through a generous donation from his estate, Columbia College Chicago received the majority of John Fischetti’s sketchbooks in which he worked out ideas for his cartoons. Writing about his sketchbook use in his autobiography, Fischetti said "before 1961 I used to doodle ideas on the backs of envelopes, scraps of paper and yellow copy paper... Since even half-formed ideas are invaluable, I decided to use layout pads for the gestating periods. By dating each page, it turned out to be a sort of log of historical and personal events." These notebooks offer a detailed, graphical history of the period from 1962 to 1980. Shortly after Fischetti's death, Mike Alexandroff, then president of Columbia College and close friend of John Fischetti, established the Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition in 1982 at the college in the cartoonist’s honor. Today it is a nationally recognized award for political cartooning.

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

Digitizing and cataloging the drawings facilitates access to Fischetti's work for educational purposes and for scholarly research. And the new digital collection will serve as a valuable source of primary research and study material, especially as it captures and illustrates the process of creativity. Scholars, who often employ a thematic approach to political cartoon research, will be able to search the collection based on subjects the artist addressed and iconographic tropes he used, lowering an historical barrier to detailed research and study of the political cartoon as an art form. The detailed level of cataloging includes the capture of all text associated with an image (captions, dialogue, and notes) and the addition of standardized and searchable subject headings, names, and iconographic elements, providing a number of rich access points to the collection.

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to make this rich collection publicly accessible to scholars, educators, and the public for personal research and classroom use. Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

Columbia College Chicago Archives & Digital Collections
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