Columbia College Chicago

September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week: September 24 - October 1, 2011

This week, we celebrate Banned Books Week! Each year during the last week of September, the American Library Association (along with libraries, booksellers, publishers, and others) celebrates the freedom to read and brings to light books which have been challenged or banned throughout the country.

A yearly compilation of books which have been challenged or banned is produced by Robert P. Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association. Among the titles for 2010-2011 include:
  • Slaugherhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Koran
  • Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India by Joseph Lelveld
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Come by and check out our first floor display cases with more examples of banned books. We will also have buttons and bookmarks to give away. Show your support of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read!

September 21, 2011

Technology help when you need it

Having trouble editing that video you just shot? Want to know how to retouch photos like the pros? Want to redesign your website so it’s mobile-friendly? We can help! There are two great resources available to assist you with your technology questions, both of which can be accessed with your OASIS login.
This College resource features video tutorials on a wide array of topics, complete with screen caps and visual examples of demonstrations. Lynda is a wonderful resource for those who don't learn well through books, and can help you gain an overview of a familiar topic or learn a totally new skill. Videos lead you through the process or program step by step, teaching you the technical skills and the core concepts behind them.

Safari Tech Books
This Library resource consists of more than 12,000 online e-books, and is a great reference for those who don’t learn well through video or who need to look up specific facts. E-books are presented much the same way as paper books, complete with chapters, indices, screen caps, and diagrams. The main advantage of an e-book, however, is the ability to keyword search. You can find the specific tool, trick, skill, or shortcut to meet your needs quickly and efficiently.

Lynda + Safari Tech Books... Figuring out technology, so you don't have to on your own.

Alumni on 5 Exhibit: Revolution of Self

September 23, 2011 – March 9, 2012
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Avenue, 5th Floor

The fall 2011 Alumni on 5 exhibition explores the rawness of self-portraiture and self-exploration when it is approached with honesty, both brutal and beautiful; our necessary non-fictions.

What is self-portrait and how can you use it to express revolution of self?
What happens when everything you thought you once knew has been altered; when the necessary fictions melt away? What does this change look like? How do you express this revolution/revelation, in your art?

Late Night Television, image by Larry Chiat ('02)

Shows organized and curated by:
Jodi Adams (BA ‘08)
* Stephen DeSantis (MFA ‘08)*

Featured alumni artists:
* Ali Beyer (MFA ’08)*
Evy Briggs (BFA ’08)
Valerie Burke (BA ’76)
Larry Chait (’02)
* Sandi Chaplin (MA ’98)*
Anni Holm (BFA ’04)
* Laurie LeBreton (MFA ’11)*
Shellie Lewis (BA ’10)
Dimitri Moore (BA ’11)
* Kelly Parsell (MFA ’10)*
Carolyn Otto Pavelkis (MFA ’01)
* Rose Camastro Pritchett (MFA ’03)*
*Jamie Rey (MFA ’07)*
Kevin Riordan (BA ’96)
* Karol Shewmaker (MFA ’09)*
Kayla Story (BFA ’11)

* Interdisciplinary Arts Department Alumni

Exhibition open during regular library hours

September 19, 2011

20th Century Cover Design Exhibit

Twentieth Century Cover Designs
September 19 – December 23

Stop by the Library’s 3rd floor to view plates from this book arranged & printed by Victor H. and Ernest L. Briggs and published in 1902. The book is held in Special Collections, a unit of the Library that collects, preserves, and provides access to unique, rare, and valuable items in support of the educational, research and cultural needs of the Columbia College Chicago community.

The exhibit was curated by Emily Sperl, an undergraduate student in the Photography Department.

Paper Clips & Paper Fasteners Exhibit

Keeping It Together: Paper Clips & Paper Fasteners
September 19 – December 23

Keeping it together

Take a moment to honor the paper clip on the Library’s second floor. The exhibit includes images of distinctive fasteners from the 19th and 20th centuries, removed during the processing of archival collections. Acquaint yourself with each paper clip’s distinctive shape and discover a bit about the hardworking and largely unheralded fastener!

Keeping it together

The exhibit was curated by Zach Michael, an undergraduate student in the Photography Department.

Keeping it together

September 9, 2011

New Comics & Graphic Novels Database!

Underground and Independent Comics - a new resource from the Library.

Underground and Independent Comics includes more than 100,000 pages of materials, 75,000 pages of primary materials (the comics themselves), and more than 25,000 pages of materials about comics—interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism—from The Comics Journal and other secondary sources.

Browse and search by character, genre, people, publisher, series and titles. 

Questions? Ask a Librarian, we're always happy to help!

September 8, 2011

Berg Fashion Library Database - New!

The Library has added Berg Fashion Library to our list of databases available to Columbia College Chicago students.

You can scroll through the slideshow of designers...

...explore fashion and textile by Place...

...or by Time...

...and Search the image collection ...

...and Browse by topic...

... all through the Berg Fashion Library!

September 6, 2011

Asian Fashion and Cosplay Exhibit

In 2008, students participated in a summer study tour in Tokyo, Japan. The tour description read:

Love Harajuku street fashion? Big fan of manga, anime, and Japanese pop culture? Interested in Japanese art, design, new media and its history? Join us for a study tour to Tokyo, the cultural capital of Asia where refined traditions, Zen philosophy and tranquil aesthetic coexist with the exaggerated cuteness of animate subculture and imported global influences.

Asian Fashion & Cosplay Exhibit
The street fashion images displayed in the Library, 3rd floor, east contain highlights from an exhibit co-created by the Center for Asian Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago.
The exhibit runs through December 23, 2011.

September 2, 2011

Trouble with PDFs?

Do you have Adobe Reader on your Mac? If you're using Safari or Firefox on a Mac, you may have trouble downloading PDFs articles from library databases. The solution is simple - just download Adobe Reader:
• It’s free
• It just takes a few minutes,
• and you just have to do it once

Click the Download Adobe Reader button on the library website and follow the steps to install.
Download Adobe Reader

The brief video below outlines the process.

Still having trouble?
Ask a Librarian

Contact us via email or chat (, phone (312-369-7153) or in person (624 S. Michigan Ave.)

September 1, 2011

Library Search - It’s in the box!

Finding books and articles at the Library just got easier!
There’s a new way to search for them on the Library website.
What is it? How do you get to it? Piece of cake…it’s in the box! The one that says “Books & Articles”. You can now search for both at once - simply enter a search term into the box and away you go!

In this box
Need help? Stop by and see a Reference Librarian at the 2nd floor reference desk. For a quick question, use Chat Reference featured on the Library front page (as well as throughout the Library website) or send us an email for in-depth or after hours requests.