Columbia College Chicago

April 26, 2012

How Do I Pay Library Fines?

Picture of links in Services tab of Library website
Are library fines preventing you from graduating?  You can pay them online:
  1. In the Services tab on the Library website, click How much do I owe?
  2. Enter your Library Borrower ID.  This is the 11-digit number on the back of your Columbia ID card.  It starts with 22711...
  3. Enter your last name and Login.
  4. Your fines will be listed.
  5. Back on the Services tab, click Pay Fines.
  6. Login with your Oasis number.  Pay with an eCheck or Credit Card.
If you need to discuss your fines with a Library staff member, call Access Services at (312) 369-7152.

Free coffee during finals!

Monday through Thursday the week of finals grab a free cup of coffee from the first floor of the Library! Starting at 5pm each evening and brewing until 8pm, get that jolt of caffeine you need to make it through your last study session or paper.We are here to help you make it through that last crazy week of the semester.

April 25, 2012

TED-ED a new Online Learning Platform

TED, the non-profit organization famous for "Ideas Worth Spreading,"  launched a new online learning platform today as part of its new  TED-Ed education initiative (

Back in March, TED launched a YouTube Channel channel dedicated to educational videos (

The new education platform launched today, TED-Ed features a suite of tools that allow teachers to create their own lessons based on TED videos or any video found on YouTube.  

Teachers can use the pre-made lessons created by TED, customize the TED lessons for their own classes or create new lessons using TED videos or videos found on YouTube.  The TED created videos come with supplementary resources including multiple-choice questions, open-answer questions, and links to more information about the subject.  Teachers can "flip" or customize the TED-Ed lessons to suit their particular curricular needs.  If a teacher "flips" a lesson or creates their own lesson from a TED or YouTube video, the new lesson is given its own private web page that can be distributed to students.  Individual student progress can then be tracked as they complete the assignments.

"The new website is all about what teachers and students can do with those videos," says TED-Ed's Logan Smalley.  "The goal of TED-Ed is for each great lesson to reach and motivate as many learners as possible.  The new website goes a step further, allowing any teacher to tailor video content, create unique lesson plans, and monitor students' progress.   By putting this new technology to use, we hope to maximize time in class and give teachers an exciting tool for customizing  - and encouraging - learning."

More information about TED-Ed can be found at:

The Digital Education Revolution, Cont'd:  Meet TEC-Ed's New Online Learning Platform

TED Launched Revamped Education Platform

TED-Ed Hits the Classroom with New Video Website

April 19, 2012

Alumni on 5 Exhibition, Opening Reception 4/20 5-7pm

Alumni on 5: Alumni in the Library Exhibitions

"Games, Wars + Summits"

The Spring exhibition looks at this year's Critical Encounters focus, 'Rights, Radicals + Revolution' and the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago in May 2012.

Are you radical? Do you play games?  Do you war?  What revolution have/would you join or lead?  Is your art a medium for discussing politics, fun, social issues and community engagement?

Opening Reception
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave., 5th Floor
Friday, April 20, 2012

Exhibition Hours:
During Regular Library Hours
April 20, 2012-August 2012

Shows Organized and Curated by:
Jodi Adams (BA '08)
Stephen DeSantis (MFA '08)

Finals Fridays begin this week!

The Library is once again staying open late on Friday nights! This week is the first of Finals Fridays when the Library will be staying open until 8pm. The last three Fridays of the semester (4/20, 4/27, and 5/4) we will be open from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Reserve textbooks and computers are always accessible for use and Librarians will be available to help with any research questions. Come join us and finish off those last few projects!

April 18, 2012

VAST Streaming Video Available!


New in the Columbia College Library

VAST:  Academic Video Online 

(please use this full URL when adding to syllabus, Moodle, email, etc.)

The Vast: Academic Video Online database from Alexander Street Press currently provides faculty with over 13,000 video titles from a wide range of disciplines, with new titles being added on a regular basis.  By 2013 VAST expects to have over 20,000 films available for faculty and students.

Faculty can easily provide links to high-quality video in their syllabus and embed links or video clips in their Moodle class.

Disciplines covered in VAST include:
  • American History
  • Area Studies
  • Art and Architecture
  • Business and Economics
  • Counseling and Therapy
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Ethinic Studies
  • Ethonography
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Opera
  • Politics & Current Affairs
  • Psychology
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science
  • Theatre
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • World History
  • World Language & Literature

 With the VAST platform features you can:
  • Create and share custom clips and playlists
  • Speed-Browse the video with a visual TOC
  • View synchronized scrolling transcripts alongside each video, search the transcript while watching, and jump forward and backward to search your term
  • Cite whole videos or your custom clips using permanent URLs
  • Email, share, and embed links in Moodle
  • Access the videos with your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android)

To add a specific video to your class:

  • Select the video you want to use
  • Click on the Embed/Link option

  • Copy the PERMALINK and past it into your syllabus or Moodle class

April 17, 2012

How Do I Print?

To print (and photocopy!) in the Library you need a Columbia Campus ID card, with Columbia Cash on it.

With your ID and Columbia Cash, you can print in the Library and campus computer labs. Printing costs $.10 / page for black and white, $.50 / page for color. Black and white printers/copiers are on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors. The color printer is on the 1st floor, the color copier on the 4th floor.

To print with coins or bills, purchase a GoPrint/OmniPrint card from the machine on the 1st floor.

Make it Happen

  • Columbia ID cards and Columbia Cash: Campus Card Office, (866)955-6764

  • Printing and copying in the Library:
    Ask A Librarian.

Photo "Ink" by Flickr user Dollar Bin / Creative Commons licensed BY-2.0

April 16, 2012

Your chance to see who runs the world!

The NATO Summit

May 20-21, 2012
McCormick Place Chicago

NATO will be holding its 25th summit in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago, United States, on 20-21 May 2012. It will deliver on decisions that were taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, driving forward key Alliance policies and reaffirming the transatlantic link.

Chicago Global Crossroads

Key links on this site handle every question you might have about this historic event. What is NATO, who’s going to be here, who’s running this show, what’s going to be happening where…oh yeah…and most important, “this affects me how?” Transportation! Yikes!
Summit related events start as early as April 17th. 

Not be missed…in our neighborhood

  • Madeleine Albright
    May 2, 5-7pm ($20)
    Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University

    A principal architect behind the NATO enlargement and the alliance’s 2010 Strategic Concept, Secretary Madeleine Albright now serves as co-chair of the host committee for the 2012 Chicago NATO summit. She joins The Chicago Council to reflect on the historic events featured in her latest memoir and to discuss the key lessons from her family’s harrowing flight from Prague in the prelude to World War II.

  • Chicago’s Kids and Kites Day at Cricket Hill
    May 19, 10am-4pm (FREE…grab a little one and go!)
    Event Details

    The 14th Annual Chicago’s Kids and Kites Day will be linked to NATO…a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid. From running around outdoors, flying FREE paper kites and enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, crafts, balloon artists and more.

    NATO is providing 5,000 kite kits for children as well as pictures of flags and fun facts about representative countries to help inspire children as they decorate their kites. In addition, the festival will also feature a workshop on the history and tradition of Afghan fighter kites. Also, the Big Kite Candy Drop will take place during the afternoon, weather permitting.

April 12, 2012

Mac Virus Alert Update

Apple has just issued a Java security update that will help protect your Mac Computer against the Flashback malware.  Check the Apple Pull-down menu for the Java Security Update to get this newly released security patch.

Their software update has the following message attached:

This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.  This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.

This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.

For details about this update see:

April 10, 2012

Finding Frankenstein

Looking for Frankenstein?

Are you a First Year Seminar student, looking a free copy of the book Frankenstein?  The library copies may be checked out, but you can still get a free copy of this book!  Just go to Project Gutenberg to access a free digital copy of Frankenstein.  You can read the book online or download an eBook to be read on your personal eReader.  

You also might want to check out this all things Frankenstein glog: which has downloadable audio versions of Frankenstein, more links to downloadable eBooks, background information about Mary Shelly, a link to the 1910 silent movie and, of course, the Mary Shelly Frankenstein quiz!

 Steel engraving for frontispiece to the revised edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published by Colburn and Bentley, London 1831. The novel was first published in 1818.



April 9, 2012

Come hear Jim DeRogatis 4/23 7-9pm

Join The Friends of the Library as we welcome Jim DeRogatis, journalist, author and English Department faculty member for our spring Signature Showcase.  The title of his talk, The Curated Experience: We Don't Need No Stinking Critics... Or Do We? will set the stage for a lively discussion about what he knows best - the music scene.  Copies of several of Mr. DeRogatis' books will be available for sale and signing after the program.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012                                                       
Columbia College Chicago Library, 3rd Floor North
624 S. Michigan Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60605

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ’n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, and together with Greg Kot, he co-hosts Sound Opinions, the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show, originating from WBEZ Chicago and syndicated to more than 100 stations nationally via PRX. He spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times before moving into academia full-time in the spring of 2010, though he still writes entirely too much music criticism and journalism for his Pop N Stuff column on the WBEZ Web Site.

For more information about Jim DeRogatis and his work, go to: and

Art in the Library Reception 4/12 5-7pm

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 5:00-7:00pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor North

 Join us - Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Spring 2011 Exhibition in 3rd floor north.
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.

April 7, 2012

Mac Virus Alert

Mac owners can usually breath a sigh of relief as news of a new computer virus hits the internet. But this week, a new, fairly nasty bit of malware called Flashback has been unleashed on unsuspecting Mac owners. The virus exploits a vulnerability in Java and then continues to download additional software before passing confidential information off to hackers or other remote internet users. Make sure to update your Mac system software and read these articles for further information and security suggestions:

 Flashback Central: How to Find, Protect Against, and Eliminate Scary Apple Malware

 Nasty Virus Attacking Macs

Secure your Mac from FlashBack Infection

National Library Week, April 8-14

This week is National Library Week 2012, a time to celebrate libraries, librarians and all that we do.  Libraries touch many lives and provide a wide variety of resources and services free of charge. 

Listen to author Brad Meltzer, 2012 Honorary Chair of National Library Week and host of the History Channel's series, "Decoded" as he talks about the importance of libraries:

Tell the staff at your favorite library how important they are to you.  Your support will be appreciated!

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.  For more information, go to:

April 6, 2012

Edible Books winners!

On April 3rd, the Center for Book and Paper Arts and the Library held the 13th Annual Edible Books and Tea. The event, which was open to the public, was part of the International Edible Book Festival held annually around the world on or around April 1st. Participants were asked to make food that integrated text, drew literary inspiration, or looked like a book.

As always, the event drew a large crowd. The creative minds created unique and tasty representations of their favorite books.

The winners are:

Best in Show:
Title: #4 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Artist: Loni Diep
Book author: Jules Verne
Ingredients: Seafood, rice, and seaweed

Best Presentation
Title: #9 Mr Popper's Penguins
Artist: Lillian Fahrner
Book authors: Richard and Florence Atwater
Ingredients: Eggs, black olives, carrots, and sugar cubes

Best Visual Pun
Title: #17 Toast World
Artist: Claire Sammons, Grad Student in Book and Paper Arts
Book author: Daniel Clowes
Ingredients: Toast with a cinnamon stencil

Most Book-like
Title: #13 BB the Bada$$ Bookbinder
Artists: Greta Bach, Jessica Wagner, and Jamie Weaver, Grad Students in Book and Paper Arts
Book author: Josep Cambras
Ingredients: Funfetti cake mix, gum paste, cream cheese icing, and food coloring

Most Likely to be Devoured
Title: #6 Popeye's Source of Strength
Artists: K.V. & Jan Chindlund
Comic Strip: Elzie Crisler Segar
Ingredients: Spinach, feta cheese, onions, eggs, and phyllo

April 5, 2012

Technology help in the Library

Locked out of Oasis? PowerPoint presentations really dull? Can’t quite get the hang of making a pie chart?

Library assistance (powered by the Columbia Client Services Department) for tech software challenges is available!

Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-2pm at the desk on the Library 2nd floor.

April 3, 2012

Reserve Study Rooms Online!

Did you know any group of two or more can reserve a study room in the library?

Book a library study room online now!

Just click on the "study rooms" button on the library home page to fill out our online form:

That's it! You can reserve a room from your phone or any computer.